July 9 to 29, 2019
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 Libra
in NYC: Mon, July 8, 2:07 am
in Vancouver: Sun, July 7, 11:07 pm
in London: Mon, July 8, 7:07 am
in Singapore: Mon, July 8, 2:07 pm
in Sydney: Mon, July 8, 4:07 pm
moves into Scorpio
in NYC: Weds, July 10, 5:28 am
in Vancouver: Weds, July 10, 2:28 am
in London: Weds, July 10, 10:28 am
in Singapore: Weds, July 10, 5:28 pm
in Sydney: Weds, July 10, 7:28 pm
moves into Sagittarius
in NYC: Fri, July 12, 11:05 am
in Vancouver: Fri, July 12, 8:05 am
in London: Fri, July 12, 4:05 pm
in Singapore: Fri, July 12, 11:05 pm
in Sydney: Sat, July 13, 1:05 am
moves into Capricorn
in NYC: Sun, July 14, 7:04 pm
in Vancouver: Sun, July 14, 4:04 pm
in London: Mon, July 15, 12:04 am
in Singapore: Mon, July 15, 7:04 am
in Sydney: Mon, July 15, 9:04 am
moves into Aquarius
in NYC: Weds, July 17, 5:18 am
in Vancouver: Weds, July 17, 2:18 am
in London: Weds, July 17, 10:18 am
in Singapore: Weds, July 17, 5:18 pm
in Sydney: Weds, July 17, 7:18 pm
moves into Pisces
in NYC: Fri, July 19, 5:19 pm
in Vancouver: Fri, July 19, 2:19 pm
in London: Fri, July 19, 10:19 pm
in Singapore: Sat, July 20, 5:19 am
in Sydney: Sat, July 20, 7:19 am
moves into Aries
in NYC: Mon, July 22, 6:02 am
in Vancouver: Mon, July 22, 3:02 am
in London: Mon, July 22, 11:02 am
in Singapore: Mon, July 22, 6:02 pm
in Sydney: Mon, July 22, 8:02 pm
moves into Taurus
in NYC: Weds, July 24, 5:42 pm
in Vancouver: Weds, July 24, 2:42 pm
in London: Weds, July 24, 10:42 pm
in Singapore: Thurs, July 25, 5:42 am
in Sydney: Thurs, July 25, 7:42 am
moves into Gemini
in NYC: Sat, July 27, 2:29 am
in Vancouver: Fri, July 26, 11:29 pm
in London: Sat, July 27, 7:29 am
in Singapore: Sat, July 27, 2:29 pm
in Sydney: Sat, July 27, 4:29 pm
moves into Cancer
in NYC: Mon, July 29, 7:30 am
in Vancouver: Mon, July 29, 4:30 am
in London: Mon, July 29, 12:30 pm
in Singapore: Mon, July 29, 7:30 pm
in Sydney: Mon, July 29, 9:30 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 period.
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 new art-forms.
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
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 March 2023.
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 poetry.
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 do it.
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 lifestyle.
Uranus will be in Taurus until July 7, 2025.
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
Saturn is in Capricorn
Saturn is now entering its home sign, where
it’s an especially strong influence. This is a
period when the focus will be on duty,
responsibility and pragmatism, and there
won’t be a lot of time or room for frivolity.
When times are hard, people focus on the
basics, and act more cautiously.
This is a sign of structure and tradition, and
so the emphasis will be on maintaining the
status quo, and bolstering it further whenever
possible. We may see more poverty and lack,
for many reasons, during this time. Natural
resources will become scarcer, and people
already in power will be even more efficient in
taking control of
With Saturn in this sign, I can see the world
becoming more and more like a factory, a
machine, with people being ground under by
the emphasis on efficiency and competence.
At the same time, organization is rewarded, in
whatever form, and so we are likely to see a
lot of grassroots organization take firm root.
Discipline and commitment are rewarded by
this sign, and this will help people survive.
Saturn is the planet that rules bones, and so
we’ll become aware of the bones of our
society. We’ll become well acquainted with its
framework, and it will be clear when it’s
crooked, when it’s unstable, when
it’s not sustainable. The process of righting it
is slow and painstaking, but that work will
continue doggedly during this time.
Saturn will be in Capricorn until March 21,
Saturn entered Capricorn
in NYC: Tues, Dec 19, 11:48 pm
in Vancouver: Tues, Dec 19,
in London: Weds, Dec 20,
in Singapore: Weds, Dec 20,
in Sydney: Weds, Dec 20,
Jupiter is in Sagittarius
The character of the year changes, as Jupiter
enters its new sign. And this will be a more
Jupiter’s passage through Sagittarius is a great
counter to the more dour presence of Saturn in
Jupiter in Sagittarius is about freedom,
adventure, and expansion. The Sagittarian
archetype is the Seeker, and so a lot of people
will take to the road, or fly off to some distant
land. People will be looking for something –
new experiences, a deeper understanding of
life, a sense of meaning. Some folks will
approach the quest while staying in their chairs,
zipping around in cyberspace, but most will want
to be physically as well as mentally and
This is Jupiter’s home sign, so the buoyant,
positive energy of Jupiter will express itself in so
many ways. There could be a great rush of
people who want to be more involved in their
communities, whether they jump into the political
fray or volunteer for a worthy cause. Everybody
takes energy from everybody else.
So it will be an energetic year. There could also
be some luck, for the human race in general.
This also counters Saturn in Capricorn, which
keeps repeating the message that you have to
work really hard for everything you get. Jupiter
in Sagittarius is passing around another
message: that there is a certain grace that just
falls on all of us. We can identify it, enjoy it, and
be grateful for it.
Jupiter will be here until December 2, 2019.
Jupiter entered Sagittarius
in NYC: Thurs, Nov 8, 7:38 am
in Vancouver: Thurs, Nov 8, 4:38 am
in London: Thurs, Nov 8, 12:38 pm
in Singapore: Thurs, Nov 8, 8:38 pm
in Sydney: Thurs, Nov 8, 11:38 pm
The sun is in Cancer
Happy summer solstice! Cancer is a warm, sweet,
nurturing sign, and as the sun moves through this sign,
people spend more time laughing, crying, hugging, and
being sentimental. There is an emphasis on caring for
others, and protecting those who are vulnerable. Your
children will be more likely to bring street urchins home to
dinner, and to adopt all the lost animals they find.
At the same time, because feelings are so strong,
everyone can be a little moodier while the sun’s in
Cancer. One minute, your lover gives you the shirt off
her back, and the next minute she’s pouting because you
forgot to praise her bread pudding. People can be
needier, more dependent on each other. If you’re
normally a person who goes solo, you may get a little too
much togetherness during this sunsign. On the other
hand, it might be nice to have a lot of friendly people
watching your back for a change.
Whenever the sun goes through a water sign, sensitivity
is increased. So you’re picking up what other people are
feeling, whether they admit it or not. You’re picking up
the vibes in your environment, even if it’s not quite clear
where these vibes are coming from. You may be sensing
what that silent person over in the corner is going
through, or you may be in touch with something that
happened in this room forty years ago. It’s a time when
psychic abilities are increased, but it still takes some
practice to use them effectively.
The sun will be here until July 22.
The sun entered Cancer
in NYC: Fri, June 21, 11:54 am
in Vancouver: Fri, June 21, 8:54 am
in London: Fri, June 21, 4:54 pm
in Singapore: Fri, June 21, 11:54 pm
in Sydney: Sat, June 22, 1:54 am
Mercury is in Leo
This is all about the Voice of Authority. Some
people have it naturally, and they thrive when
Mercury is in Leo. Other people are shy and
retiring, but they are also more likely to speak
up with confidence when Mercury is in this sign.
It’s not just about being sure you’re right –
although that’s definitely a good part of it. But
Mercury in Leo offers more, when it comes to
communication skills. It gives warmth, passion,
enthusiasm, and honesty, and so people find it
easier to understand and appreciate each
other. Leo is not a cerebral sign, and so you
pick up as much from body language and
expression as you do from the actual words.
Shared passions are important, and it doesn’t
matter how you convey your feelings – whether
in long speeches or entirely in mime! You get
your point across, and your heartfelt message
can kindle lasting friendships and a few love
affairs during this time.
Leo is a very creative and expressive sign, so
artists of all kinds can enjoy Mercury in Leo. It’s
especially good for performance artists, since
Leo is so dramatic. Singers and poets can
move people not just by the words but by the
tone and nuance and rhythm of their voices.
However, there are likely to be more arguments
during this Mercury sign, because the sense of
being right gets notched up to a new level.
There’s more ego invested in the things people
say and believe. It definitely helps that Mercury
in Leo also inclines to laughter, although it won’t
necessarily deescalate conflict if you laugh in
your opponent’s face. But later, when you’re
talking about it, laughter is good.
Mercury will be here until July 19.
Mercury entered Leo
in NYC: Weds, June 26, 8:19 pm
in Vancouver: Weds, June 26, 5:19 pm
in London: Thurs, June 27, 1:19 am
in Singapore: Thurs, June 27, 8:19 am
in Sydney: Thurs, June 27, 10:19 am
The Current Lunar Cycle
The Cancer new moon brings up a lot of emotion.
People are more attached, more inclined to do the
things that foster intimacy with friends, lovers, and
It’s a good time for new domestic or family projects,
such as getting all those family pictures into order,
or cleaning out the attic. Or you could take up
canning, or carve a walking stick for your elderly
grandmother, or cross-stitch a portrait of your dog
onto a sampler. Or just find a lake or a beach and
spend the next month basking and hanging out with
your favorite people.
At the same time, there’s a spark of excitement
about this new moon, since Mercury and Mars are
close in Leo, and Mercury is just about to turn
around and conjunct Mars. This is going to be a
long, steamy embrace, since Mercury will be moving
quite slow. It could mean a lot of concentrated
passion – and this could be very nice for lovers, and
for artists who harness passion in dance or music or
There could also be quite a few squabbles,
however, with all this seething passion. Because
Mercury will be retrograde throughout most of this
lunar cycle, it’s not easy to get anything new done,
and people may be frustrated by a sense that all
these conflicts have happened before. Ego-fights
can break out, and can flame pretty high.
Communication may not be all that easy during this
lunar cycle. Nobody changes their mind easily, with
Mercury retrograde in a fixed fire sign. So be nice to
people, even if you feel like hitting them on the head
with a two-by-four. They can’t help it, and if you’re
lucky, they’ll remember that you can’t help it either.
This lunar cycle lasts until the next new moon on
July 31. Its climactic moment is the full moon on July
The new moon occurred
in NYC: Tues, July 2, 3:16 pm
in Vancouver: Tues, July 2, 12:16 pm
in London: Tues, July 2, 8:16 pm
in Singapore: Weds, July 3, 3:16 am
in Sydney: Weds, July 3, 5:16 am
Venus is in Cancer
Venus, the planet of love and pleasure, is gentle,
nurturing and sympathetic in this sign. This is
generally good for relationships.
It’s a sentimental time, when you may feel more like
taking pictures of your sweetheart, saving locks of
hair and greeting cards, and whispering
endearments in her ear as you walk past. If you’re
not normally prone to this kind of gooiness, you
may wonder what’s gotten into you. But there’s a
good chance you’ll both enjoy it, although you may
be thankful that nobody else can hear the silly
names you’re calling each other.
It’s a great time for cooking, so if you’re inclined to
this sort of thing, now is the time to get into the
kitchen. It’s also a great time for eating, and all
dishes, whether humble or exotic, are more
pleasurable. It’s nice for entertaining, especially
family and close friends. Your home is cozier,
more attractive, and you find it very easy to just
Generally, you want to be comfortable when Venus
is in this sign, so it can be perfect for a stay-at-
home vacation. It also attracts you to watery
places, like beaches and the lake. Just be sure
you bring along your favorite pillow and your
favorite brand of cookies.
Venus will be here until July 27.
Venus entered Cancer
in NYC: Weds, July 3, 11:18 am
in Vancouver: Weds, July 3, 8:18 am
in London: Weds, July 3, 4:18 pm
in Singapore: Weds, July 3, 11:18 pm
in Sydney: Thurs, July 4, 1:18 am
Mars is in Leo
This is a time of extra passion, excitement and
will-power. Mars is the planet of action, and in
Leo, it’s especially strong, confident and in
charge. You are less likely to stand on the
sidelines, more likely to charge into the fray, to
get involved, to take a few risks.
Pride is stronger when Mars is in Leo, and the
urge to defend your pride is stronger too. And
so sometimes conflict is all about posturing,
bluffing, and scoring points, with nothing real at
stake. If you find yourself involved in something
like this, try to find the funny side of whatever is
going on. Once you can laugh at yourself, you
can usually move on to some more productive
don’t laugh at other people before they’re
ready, as they could become even more
This is a very creative time. You’re more
ambitious, and you need to express yourself in
a big, vivid, colorful way. Everybody needs an
audience, and everybody needs a certain
amount of applause. So don’t hog the spotlight,
but don’t avoid it either. Take your turn in the
sun, and then be generous with other people as
they show what they can do.
You are more playful while Mars is in Leo, so be
sure to incorporate some spontaneous playtime
in your life. Go out and run around with your
dog in the park, or find some kids who want to
play hide-and-seek. When you do things just
for the fun of it, you’re rejuvenated.
Mars will be here until August 18.
Mars entered Leo
in NYC: Mon, July 1, 7:19 pm
in Vancouver: Mon, July 1, 4:19 pm
in London: Tues, July 2, 12:19 am
in Singapore: Tues, July 2, 7:19 am
in Sydney: Tues, July 2, 9:19 am
Mercury goes Retrograde
Mercury in Leo is retrograding at a very active
place, conjunct Mars, so this could be one of
the more upsetting retrogrades. Pay a lot of
attention to details, and don’t jump to
As usual with a Mercury retrograde, watch out
for mishaps connected to communication and
transportation. However, this time, Mercury
and Mars are in the confident (often bossy)
fixed fire sign Leo, so road rage could escalate
into freeway fist-fights. Leo is also a sign that
likes an audience, so everybody could get out
their cameras and document what’s going on.
It’s exciting, but nobody gets to where they
wanted to go.
Conflicts are also likely to rise over
information, paperwork, transactions, and
agreements. Everybody’s got an ego, and
everybody wants to be right, but people are
not necessarily hearing everything correctly.
You think the waiter called you a dunce, but he
actually just asked if you wanted to order
lunch. Bars, theatres, and places of
entertainment are especially rowdy during this
The first few days are generally the most
prone to mix-ups. Once Mercury gets away
from Mars, it’s fairly quiescent, although there
are intense aspects from other planets. On
July 19, Mercury re-enters Cancer, and this is
However, all during the three weeks of Mercury
retrograde, it’s best to stick to finishing up old
business, rather than to start anything new.
Some very important old business could finally
put to rest, so this can be a valuable time.
Mercury goes direct again on July 31.
Mercury goes retrograde
in NYC: Sun, July 7, 7:14 pm
in Vancouver: Sun, July 7, 4:14 pm
in London: Mon, July 8, 12:14 am
in Singapore: Mon, July 8, 7:14 am
in Sydney: Mon, July 8, 9:14 am
The sun enters Leo
The sun is exuberant in its own sign, Leo.
Everyone is encouraged to live a little bit
more loudly: to be more dramatic, to
express themselves, to shine. People who
are comfortable in the spotlight are even
happier to be there when the sun is in Leo.
People who are shyer gain confidence as
they see how much fun everybody else is
having. And audiences are also greatly
appreciated when the sun is in this sign.
This is a nice time for children, and it brings
out the child in all of us. It’s a time to soak
up the sun, to be free and playful, to sing
and dance, to clown around, to climb trees
and look at the view from above. Everything
is out in the open, there’s freedom and high
spirits and bright colors, and people are
living for the moment.
There can also be quite a lot of jousting
while the sun is here. Some battles for
dominance are just for show, but others are
quite serious. This is the time when the
alpha dog may have to deal with a lot of
challenges from the lesser dogs. There is
more posturing, and social events may
become fabulous and outrageous affairs
during the sun’s sojourn in Leo.
The sun will be here until August 23.
The sun enters Leo
in NYC: Mon, July 22, 10:50 pm
in Vancouver: Mon, July 22, 7:50 pm
in London: Tues, July 23, 3:50 am
in Singapore: Tues, July 23, 10:50 am
in Sydney: Tues, July 23, 12:50 pm
Mercury enters Cancer
Mercury, the planet of the mind, spends a few weeks 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 believing.
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 family reunion. You might sit down
with 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 lost cousin.
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 or in antique stores.
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 a cooking or gardening class.
However, because Mercury is retrograde until July 31,
it’s best to wait till after that to begin any new project.
While it’s retrograde, you are most successful if you’re
re-learning something, rather than tackling it for the first
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 anything.
Mercury will be in Cancer until August
Mercury enters Cancer
in NYC: Fri, July 19, 3:06 am
in Vancouver: Fri, July 19, 12:06 am
in London: Fri, July 19, 8:06 am
in Singapore: Fri, July 19, 3:06 pm
in Sydney: Fri, July 19, 5:06 pm
Venus enters Leo
Venus is at her most charming, flamboyant and
dramatic in the fire sign Leo. You’re more inclined
to adorn yourself with diamonds and flowers, and to
put in an appearance at the swankiest places you
know. Even if you’re generally a modest soul,
Venus in Leo can give a sudden desire to shine, to
see what center stage feels like.
Everybody gets a moment in the sun while Venus is
here. There’s a stronger emphasis on expressing
yourself, and this means singing, dancing, flirting,
partying, playing, performing. Whatever you do,
you have an appreciative audience. And you, in
turn, enjoy the high energy and the varied talents of
all the people around you. Whether you’re croaking
out a tune at a karaoke bar, or singing around a
campfire, you join in with a good spirit.
For lovers, this is a romantic time, good for stirring
proclamations of ardor. Everyone is warmer and
more excitable, and spontaneous demonstrations of
affection come easily. You’re also likely to think of
the perfect gifts for the ones you love.
Those who tend to be domineering or demanding
will be more so under this influence, however. So at
times, there may be some need to set limits, to say
“no”, and to take space for yourself.
Venus will be here until August 21.
Venus enters Leo
in NYC: Sat, July 27, 9:53 pm
in Vancouver: Sat, July 27, 6:53 pm
in London: Sun, July 28, 2:53 am
in Singapore: Sun, July 28, 9:53 am
in Sydney: Sun, July 28, 11:53 am