June 4 to 11, 2020
What sign is the moon in? What signs do the planets occupy?
What is the current lunar cycle about?
For the aspects currently affecting everyone, click here.
And for a daily overview, click here.
Venus is in Gemini
In Gemini, Venus is devoted to
intellectual pleasures. This can mean
anything from crossword puzzles to
lectures on Medieval candle magic.
It's especially good for scintillating
conversation. Everyone is wittier and
more interesting, and everyone is
quicker to respond to your ripostes.
(And they're ready to repost
everything you write, too.)
And yes, it's a good time for puns.
Try to control yourself.
Venus will be in Gemini until July 4.
Venus entered Gemini
in NYC: Thurs, June 9, 10:23 am
in Vancouver: Thurs, June 9, 7:23 am
in London: Thurs, June 9, 3:23 pm
in Berlin: Thurs, June 9, 4:23 pm
moves into Sagittarius
in NYC: Thurs, June 4, 1:17 pm
in Vancouver: Thurs, June 4, 10:17 am
in London: Thurs, June 4, 6:17 pm
in Singapore: Fri, June 5, 1:17 am
in Sydney: Fri, June 5, 3:17 am
moves into Capricorn
in NYC: Sat, June 6, 3:44 pm
in Vancouver: Sat, June 6, 12:44 pm
in London: Sat, June 6, 8:44 pm
in Singapore: Sun, June 7, 3:44 am
in Sydney: Sun, June 7, 5:44 am
moves into Aquarius
in NYC: Mon, June 8, 8:54 pm
in Vancouver: Mon, June 8, 5:54 pm
in London: Tues, June 8, 1:54 am
in Singapore: Tues, June 8, 8:54 am
in Sydney: Tues, June 8, 10:54 am
moves into Pisces
in NYC: Thurs, June 11, 5:31 am
in Vancouver: Thurs, June 11, 2:31 am
in London: Thurs, June 11, 10:31 am
in Singapore: Thurs, June 11, 5:31 pm
in Sydney: Thurs, June 11, 7:31 pm
Saturn is in Aquarius
Saturn leaves its home sign, and goes
into one that’s more objective,
intellectual and scientific. Saturn in
Aquarius is all about taking
responsibility for the world we live in,
the technology we invent, and the
societies we jointly create.
Aquarius is a sign which gives a strong
awareness of the collective, and with
Saturn here, we will all be more
conscious of our roles in the
community. Saturn in Aquarius gives a
strong call to public service and public
accountability. There will be an
emphasis on education, and on
educating each other. This won’t be
about pointing fingers, but about
helping each other to grow wiser and
At the same time, Aquarius is an
experimental sign, and so we will see
more people putting their ideas into
practice, some with good results and
some not so good. This could refer to
both scientific experiments and social
ones. Of course, even failed
experiments teach us quite a lot, so it
won’t be wasted effort. But,
occasionally, unfortunate situations
Aquarius is also a very idealistic sign.
However, the shadow of Saturn in
Aquarius is a tendency to discount the
individual, and to focus on the larger
human body, or the greater idea. And
so this can be a time when ivory-tower
types can thrive, and people with
common sense and practical knowhow
can be ignored. The main challenge of
Saturn in Aquarius is keeping
Saturn will be in Aquarius until July 1,
2020, when it will retrograde back into
Capricorn for almost six months. After
this period, it will be in Aquarius once
more, this time for two and a half
Saturn entered Aquarius
in NYC: Sat, Mar 21, 11:58 pm
in Vancouver: Sat, Mar 21, 8:58 pm
in London: Sun, Mar 22, 3:58 am
in Singapore: Sun, Mar 22, 11:58 am
in Sydney: Sun, Mar 22, 2:58 pm
Venus is in Gemini
This is a friendly place for the planet of love and
pleasure. It lends itself to easy-going
conversations, sprightly discussions, and
pleasurable mental diversions. People are
friendly, witty and engaging, and they laugh a lot
under this influence. Even if the world is dealing
with a pandemic, there is plenty of humor to be
The emphasis is on popular culture - TV shows,
romance novels, thrillers, pop music, action
films. Everyone wants to be entertained, without
having to work too hard to figure out what’s
going on. However, there’s a lot of curiosity to
Gemini, and so even rather abstruse works of
art can find an audience. There will always be
someone ready to explain it to everyone else.
The main thing now is communication. There
are lots of bridges being built – between people
and people, between people and ideas,
between ideas and ideas. Everyone is engaged
in making connections. This is really good for
the current world of the 2020 pandemic, in which
social spaces are virtual rather than physical.
People can mill around, checking out different
ways of dealing with the new reality, sharing
hints and news, maintaining a sense of freedom
When it comes to relationships, this lends itself
to casual friendships and to speed-dating more
than to deeper levels of intimacy. It’s a good
time to get to know someone, to hang out with
them in lots of different circumstances. By the
time Venus leaves Gemini, you’ll have
developed an easy and comfortable connection,
and you can see whether you’d like to take it
further. It will be a while, because Venus is
retrograding in this sign. But maybe – just
maybe – the pandemic will be over by then, and
people can actually shake each other’s
Venus will be in Gemini until August 7.
Venus entered Gemini
in NYC: Fri, Apr 3, 1:10 pm
in Vancouver: Fri, Apr 3, 10:10 am
in London: Fri, Apr 3, 6:10 pm
in Singapore: Sat, Apr 4, 1:10 am
in Sydney: Sat, Apr 4, 4:10 am
Venus is Retrograde
When Venus goes retrograde, the focus is on
relationships past. With Venus in the
communicative sign Gemini, you may find yourself
thinking a lot about past loves, and perhaps
writing about them. Or you might do a little
investigation, figure out where they are now, and
get in touch. You could even find yourself
connecting to a whole bouquet of old lovers.
If you’re alone during this social distancing phase
of the pandemic, this could help you get through.
Nostalgic strolls down Memory Lane can be fun,
when there’s no possibility of an actual stroll. And
you may actually resolve some questions you had
about your own past, or about what happened. At
the same time, there’s something unreal about it
all, so don’t expect it to figure largely in any post-
It isn’t the best time to meet new people, or to
kindle a new flame. In your existing relationships,
there may not be much forward motion, so don’t
expect your lover to propose – or at least, not to
propose anything you
didn’t expect. But if you’re happy with your current
situation, you’ll be okay.
You can also find yourself learning more about
your partner, the person you’re quarantined with.
Conversations can be light, easy, and fun, and
you can garner all kinds of new, interesting facts
about the person you thought you knew. You may
find yourself doing things that you did at the
beginning of your romance, playing the games or
telling the stories that amused you then.
Artists can return to art-forms they gave up long
ago. Even if you don’t see yourself as an artist,
you may still feel an urge to pick up that guitar, or
write some poetry, or draw a picture. Old creative
impulses can revive. All sorts of gems from the
past could turn up now.
Venus goes direct again on June 25.
Venus went retrograde
in NYC: Weds, May 13, 2:45 am
in Vancouver: Tues, May 12, 11:45 pm
in London: Weds, May 13, 7:45 am
in Singapore: Weds, May 13, 2:45 pm
in Sydney: Weds, May 13, 4:45 pm
The sun is in Gemini
The mind is really active when the sun goes
through Gemini. Ideas proliferate, and beg to be
written down or thoroughly talked over.
Everyone is more interested in the latest news,
gossip, and information, and these things spread
with record-breaking speed.
It’s an especially good time for writers, especially
writers of short forms, but it’s good for anyone
whose focus is communication. Musicians write
catchy tunes, researchers find out new and
telling facts, community organizers find it easier
to form committees, and students are eager to
follow any interesting trail of knowledge. But if a
subject is boring, students will be doodling,
gazing out the window, or playing on their cell
phones. Everyone is more easily distracted when
the sun is in Gemini.
This is a playful sign, great for solving puzzles
and meeting mental challenges. People are
friendlier, lighter and funnier, more inclined to
wordplay and to retelling the latest jokes. People
meet spontaneously, even if only virtually,
there’s plenty to say and do. Everyone wants to
keep their options open, to have lots of free time
and an abundance of choices. People are busy,
but not because they’re working themselves to
death. They’re more likely to be busy having
The sun will be in Gemini until June 20.
The sun enters Gemini
in NYC: Weds, May 20, 9:49 am
in Vancouver: Weds, May 20, 6:49 am
in London: Weds, May 20, 2:49 pm
in Singapore: Weds, May 20, 9:49 pm
in Sydney: Weds, May 20, 11:49 pm
The Current Lunar Cycle
This is a striking new lunar cycle, featuring a dense
web of concentrated energy. Besides the sun and
moon in Gemini, Mercury and Venus are very
closely conjunct in this sign, and the north node
has just entered Gemini as well.
All during this lunar cycle, the focus is on
communication and information. The level of
chatter increases enormously, as we all find ways
to connect and to gather without necessarily
involving our bodies at all. We’re all just thought-
waves, rushing and colliding, twisting and snarling
and unraveling, in empty space.
And since Mercury and Venus are closely squaring
Neptune, this can be very confusing at times.
There’s an abundance of information being
exchanged, but quite a bit of it is false, including
some official statements. Some folks are lying,
while others are misinformed. Heads are spinning,
as people try to figure out what to believe. For
some, this can lead to apathy and paralysis, while
other people are even busier, trying to sort it all out.
There is a lot of writing happening. Messages are
being sent out in a multitude of artistic media.
Some of this is amazing, beautiful, and will be
remembered for a long time after this pandemic
has faded away.
It helps that the sun and moon are trining Saturn,
too. This gives a little more weight to the truth. New
groups are forming, new organizations that will gain
more and more clout, with a focus on a world that
really works for everyone. In spite of all the
hubbub, and all the mixed signals that are going
out, there are people who are principled,
protective, and clear-sighted, and they are taking
on leadership positions. Listen for them.
This lunar cycle lasts until the next new moon on
June 21. Its climactic moment is the full moon on
The new moon occurs
in NYC: Fri, May 22, 1:38 pm
in Vancouver: Fri, May 22, 10:38 am
in London: Fri, May 22, 6:38 pm
in Singapore: Sat, May 23, 1:38 am
in Sydney: Sat, May 23, 3:38 am
Mercury is in Cancer
Mercury, the planet of the mind, spends more
than two months in the emotional,
impressionable sign Cancer, and this is great
for the intuitive faculties. It’s not quite as good
when it comes to logic and reason! People are
more likely to believe what they want to believe,
what they have strong emotional reasons for
This gives a stronger focus on home and
family. It’s a good time for working on
genealogy, or compiling photo albums, or
having a virtual family reunion. You might call
up your older relatives and listen to their
stories, or you might tell your own stories to the
younger ones in your family. Or you could
connect with people from your past: the kid
next door, your college roommate, your long
It’s also a good time for interior decoration, for
adding cozy touches to your home or garden,
for finding interesting things in your attic.
Mercury in Cancer enhances the memory, but it’
s best for learning things that have a strong
emotional charge. For example, you might
learn the language of your ancestors, or study
a historical period that really calls to you, or
take an on-line cooking or gardening class.
Mercury will retrograde in this sign, during the
second half of June and early July, and this will
add to the urge to delve into the past. It’s a
good time to tie up all the loose ends that you’
ve been tripping over.
When it comes to communication, be sure not
to assume that everyone else feels the same
way that you do about everything. Your own
opinions seem so natural and inevitable that it
can be very startling to find out that others
believe something different. Try to go down
deeper, to find the points of emotional
connection. We’re all human, all flawed, and
all vulnerable, no matter what we think about
Mercury will be in Cancer until August
Mercury entered Cancer
in NYC: Thurs, May 28, 2:09 pm
in Vancouver: Thurs, May 28, 11:09 am
in London: Thurs, May 28, 7:09 pm
in Singapore: Fri, May 29, 2:09 am
in Sydney: Fri, May 29, 4:09 am
Mars is in Pisces
Mars is generally gentle and peaceful in the
water sign Pisces. You’re open to the energy
around you, and you flow with it, rather than
fighting it. You’re more sensitive to your body
and to the natural world, more adaptable but
also more easily distracted.
If you are normally a very focused, disciplined
person, you might wonder at your sudden urge
to go outside and smell the flowers. Give
yourself a little leeway if you can, since you can
have some wonderful experiences in following
your impulses. This is a very spiritual influence,
and you can get into touch with beautiful and
blissful feelings. Of course, sooner or later, you
have to leave the garden and get back to
whatever task you’re engaged in, and that can
be a little harder.
This is not an aggressive sign for Mars, but
there’s some danger of being passive-
aggressive. That is, when you feel aggrieved
about something, you might find some indirect
way of expressing your discomfort, and this
rarely works out well in the long run. Especially
if you normally have trouble with anger, you
might choose to avoid the issue entirely while
Mars is in Pisces. But that presents the danger
that the situation will blow up in your face as
soon as Mars gets into Aries. It’s really better to
deal with things, if you possibly can.
Mars will be in Pisces until June 27.
Mars entered Pisces
in NYC: Weds, May 13, 12:17 am
in Vancouver: Tues, May 12, 9:17 pm
in London: Weds, May 13, 5:17 am
in Singapore: Weds, May 13, 12:17 pm
in Sydney: Weds, May 13, 2:17 pm
Jupiter is in Capricorn
Jupiter enters a new sign yearly, so this could be
considered the astrologer’s New Year. Jupiter’s effect is
to expand the characteristics of its sign, and Capricorn is
a pragmatic, disciplined earth sign. It’s not particularly
optimistic, and so
it isn't always a good fit for this exuberant planet. For
many people, the coming year will feel harder, plainer,
This is a good sign when it comes to surviving, however.
Whatever the year brings – climate change disasters,
economic ups and downs – people are more likely to seize
on practical, viable solutions. There will be an emphasis
on preserving energy and resources, reusing things, and
Old things will be valued more while Jupiter is in this sign,
and this includes older skills and traditions. People will be
learning from their elders, learning from books, and taking
classes, as they study up on all the skills that kept people
alive before the Industrial Revolution. Inventive people
will be constructing things that help people in immediate
The realism of Capricorn can help everyone survive, but it
doesn’t always offer a hopeful vision of the future.
There’s a sense that we have to go slowly, painstakingly,
with a lot of discipline and a certain amount of
deprivation. There may be less energy given to pleasure,
romance and the arts.
However, long-term strategy is one of Capricorn’s gifts,
and so there could be some steady progress this year.
There could be new structures and systems for work, for
agriculture, for waste management, and for health care.
Foundational texts – such as the Bible and the
Constitution – could be changed in some practical ways.
(Maybe we’ll get an amendment that does away with the
electoral college.) Historical preservation is likely to
proceed at a good pace.
The shadow side of Jupiter in Capricorn is a preference
for hierarchy and tradition over anything new and
innovative. In our current world, this could be disastrous.
But as I said, Capricorn is a good sign for survival, and it’s
also a realistic sign. So I’m thinking that, when they’re
really needed, working solutions will be proposed and put
into practice. And, in general, paring down isn’t a bad
idea at this point in history.
Jupiter will be here until December 19, 2020.
Jupiter entered Capricorn
in NYC: Mon, Dec 2, 1:20 pm
in Vancouver: Mon, Dec 2, 11:20 am
in London: Mon, Dec 2, 6:20 pm
in Singapore: Tues, Dec 3, 2:20 am
in Sydney: Tues, Dec 3, 5:20 am
Uranus is in Taurus
Uranus is the revolutionary planet, and now
it’s entering the most solid, grounded sign in
the zodiac, Taurus. So this could be a time
when some very basic social and economic
factors will be challenged.
There could be big changes to the way we
all handle matters of wealth and poverty, for
example. Currencies could be affected, and
some could go dormant, while new
currencies are suddenly born. Our
agricultural methods could be altered during
this time, along with the way we distribute
food and other goods. New technology will
reshape science, especially when it comes
to medicine. New art forms could have a big
influence, particularly in music and spoken
Ecological issues will also be addressed
with innovative technology during this time,
and some of it will work, while some of it will
fail. It may become clear that we do need to
restructure our societies in order to live
sustainably on the earth, but whether this
will happen in a sufficiently radical way
remains to be seen. There will be a lot of
push-back for every change that’s
proposed. Sometimes it takes the shock of
disaster to really alter people’s
consciousness, but that’s the hard way to
There may be more radical movements
towards traditional lifestyles during this time.
Of course, everybody interprets tradition in
their own way. Some of these will be
oppressive to women, gay people, and
minorities, while others are able to combine
a kinder social ethic with a sustainable
Uranus will be in Taurus until July 7,
Uranus entered Taurus
in NYC: Weds, Mar 6, 3:27 am
in Vancouver: Weds, Mar 6, 12:27 am
in London: Weds, Mar 6, 8:27 am
in Singapore: Weds, Mar 6, 4:27 pm
in Sydney: Weds, Mar 6, 7:27 pm
Neptune is in Pisces
This could be a time of beautiful spiritual flowering, a time
when large numbers of people open up their hearts and
connect with each other. The idealism of Neptune becomes
deeply intuitive, emotional and sympathetic when this planet
goes through Pisces.
The matter of faith is likely to be paramount as Neptune goes
through this sign. Who and what do we trust? People will
have a stronger need to believe in something (or someone),
and this can mean that some folks will be preyed upon by
unscrupulous con men. A gullible populace isn't always good
at picking leaders, so it will be important to talk as clearly and
fully as possible about all the issues of the day. Open
communication is important and protective during this
Neptune is the planet of the strange, so things may take odd
turns. Everyone will be a little more susceptible to illusions,
confusion, fascinations, and poetic deliriums. New drugs could
make an appearance – both medicinal and recreational - and
new healing techniques be developed. Creativity is enhanced
by Neptune in this sign, especially when it comes to rhythmic
forms like music and poetry, and to the arts of illusion such as
theatre and film. We could see the flowering of some amazing
Religious institutions get new life from
Neptune’s passage through Pisces, but only if they offer a true
connection with the wisdom of the inner self. It’s not a time for
dogma, but for breaking down all artificial divisions and
merging with the infinite.
Neptune will be here until March 2025.
Neptune entered Pisces
in NYC: Fri, Feb 3, 2012, 2:03 pm
in Vancouver: Fri, Feb 3, 2012,
in London: Fri, Feb 3,2012, 7:03 pm
in Berlin: Fri, Feb 3, 2012, 8:03 pm
in Sydney: Sat, Feb 4, 2012, 6:03 am
Pluto is in Capricorn
Pluto has to do with the slowest, most
relentless and most inexorable trends.
In spite of being demoted from planet
status, it's still very influential when it
comes to social transformation.
As soon as Pluto entered this
pragmatic, restrained ascetic sign, the
economy took a very different shape.
Everyone switched from spending and
speculating to worrying and saving.
The emphasis is on what works, not
necessarily what feels good.
This is a long-term conservative
influence, but the word "conservative"
can mean a lot of different things. It
could mean conserving the land, and
becoming better stewards of the earth.
It could mean conserving the wisdom of
our elders. It could mean looking to the
people who have spent their lives
developing practical skills and asking,
"Okay, how do we do this?"
Pluto has been in Capricorn since
November 2008 and will be here until