Moonsign,
Sunsign
and More
by Jenny Yates

July 23 to 31, 2014


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


The Moon


moves into Gemini
in NYC: Mon, July 21, 12:36 pm
in Vancouver: Mon, July 21, 9:36 am
in London: Mon, July 21, 5:36 pm
in Singapore: Tues, July 22, 12:36 am  
in Sydney: Tues, July 22, 2:36 am  

moves into Cancer
in NYC: Weds, July 23, 10:59 pm  
in Vancouver: Weds, July 23, 7:59 pm  
in London: Thurs, July 24, 3:59 am
in Singapore: Thurs, July 24, 10:59 am  
in Sydney: Thurs, July 24, 12:59 pm

moves into Leo
in NYC: Sat, July 26, 10:54 am
in Vancouver: Sat, July 26, 7:54 am
in London: Sat, July 26, 3:54 pm  
in Singapore: Sat, July 26, 10:54 pm  
in Sydney: Sun, July 27, 12:54 am


moves into Virgo
in NYC:  Mon, July 28, 11:37 pm
in Vancouver: Mon, July 28, 8:37 pm
in London:  Tues, July 29, 4:37 am
in Singapore: Tues, July 29, 11:37 am  
in Sydney: Tues, July 29, 1:37 pm

moves into Libra
in NYC:  Thurs, July 31, 12:09 pm
in Vancouver: Thurs, July 31, 9:09 am
in London: Thurs, July 31, 5:09 pm
in Singapore: Fri, Aug 1, 12:09 am      
in Sydney: Fri, Aug 1, 2:09 am      

moves into Scorpio
in NYC:  Sat, Aug 2, 10:56 pm
in Vancouver: Sat, Aug 2, 7:56 pm
in London: Sun, Aug 3, 3:56 am  
in Singapore:  Sun, Aug 3, 10:56 am  
in Sydney: Sun, Aug 3, 12:56 pm  

What does the
moon's sign tell
you?

See
Moon Signs and
Lunar Transits

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, 11:03 am
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

The Current Lunar Cycle
(5° Cancer)

The Cancer new moon is always a time of
stronger emotional expression.  More feelings
may be shared, more old memories stirred, and
more hugs exchanged.  

This is also a very spiritual lunar cycle, with the
sun and moon trining Neptune.  There’s an
emphasis on connecting with the divine, however
you do that.  For lovers, there’s more romance,
and for artists, more inspiration.  Religious
people may receive some meaningful revelations
about the holistic nature of the universe.  True
believers may find new reasons to believe.  

At the same time, there’s some erratic energy
during the next lunar cycle, since the
Mars/Uranus opposition is almost exact at the
time of the new moon.  There could be some
sudden divisions, perhaps involving a lot of
force.  Radical impulses could predominate. It’s
important to occasionally lay anger and
judgments aside, and consider what the other
side is thinking and feeling.   

It won’t always be easy to stay in balance.  There
will be a tendency to rush into things,
spontaneously and impetuously, and then
wonder what you got yourself into.  You might
burn very brightly at times, and feel utterly
burned out at other times.  Watch for accidents,
technical problems, and other mishaps.  

This lunar cycle lasts until the next new moon on
July 26.  Its climactic moment is the full moon on
July 12.   

The new moon occurred
in NYC: Fri, June 27, 4:08 am
in Vancouver:  Fri, June 27, 1:08 am
in London:  Fri, June 27, 9:08 am
in Singapore: Fri, June 27, 4:08 pm   
in Sydney: Fri, June 27, 6:08 pm

Mars is in Libra

Mars in Libra is a fighter for justice.  Mars
represents the things we quarrel over, the things
we move towards, the roots of our impulses.  And
with Mars in Libra, principles will become more
important, so we are more likely to exert
ourselves in their defense.  

The causes could be global or local, but what
matters is the underlying principle of fairness,
courtesy and order.  Some people will be working
on getting traffic lights in their communities,
others on getting computer access in schools,
some on funding libraries.  Others will be
promoting equal opportunity, or women’s power
over our bodies, or the right to marriage.   

There is more personal processing under this
influence, and it can be a good time to iron out
any imbalances in a relationship.  Are you doing
your share?  Is there a better way to divide
chores, responsibilities and privileges?  Mars in
Libra helps you focus on the mechanical issues
that spell successful interpersonal connections:  
sharing, listening, understanding,
communicating, and figuring out workable
compromises.   

People want to do the right thing, and there’s
more give-and-take on every level.  There are
more meetings, more bargaining, more strategy
sessions, and a greater emphasis both on the
rules and what they mean.  Mars in Libra is not
necessarily progressive, but it does give an
ability to see how things look from the other
side.  It’s more considerate, polite, and peaceful
than other Mars positions.    

So this is a good time to tell your side of the
story, especially if you don’t usually get a chance
to do so. Whatever your cause is, you can find
people who will take it up.  Mars stays here for
quite a while because it retrogrades in this sign,
so there’s plenty of time to take action for a fairer
and more balanced world, both in small and large
ways.      

Because Mars in Libra gives an emphasis on
symmetry, balance and beauty, it’s also a very
nice time for artists, especially visual artists.  And
it’s good for athletes, particularly when
they’re doing something that’s graceful and that
requires balance – such as dancing, skating, or
acrobatics.

Mars will be here until July 25, 2014.  

Mars entered Libra
in NYC:  Sat, Dec 7, 3:41 pm
in Vancouver: Sat, Dec 7, 12:41 pm
in London: Sat, Dec 7, 8:41 pm
in Singapore:  Sun, Dec 8, 4:41 am  
in Sydney: Sun, Dec 8, 7:41 am  


Saturn is in Scorpio

Saturn is the planet of structure, duty and
responsibility, and Scorpio is the sign of
transformation.  Saturn is about setting up new
systems, and Scorpio has a tendency to go to
extremes.  And so this is not necessarily an easy
combination.  But there is a lot of power unleashed
while Saturn is in Scorpio, and it can go towards
deep, meaningful change.

This is a time when people will be drawn towards
things that are usually taboo.  
There’s a fascination with whatever is mysterious,
unconventional, or raw.  So people will deal with sex,
death, money, power, and other topics that they
usually avoid or fear.  Underlying emotional
responses will be more visible:  resentment, hunger,
suspicion, paranoia.  When you deal directly with
these things, you release a lot of old, stuck energy,
and so these intense feelings are gateways to
transformation.

Everyone gets in touch with their inner devils, to
some extent or another, and everyone is also
required to work out a deeper moral code. What is
good and bad, what is right and wrong, when
you’re truly being honest with yourself, recognizing
what lies inside your own heart?

During the next two years, some things that are quite
risqué now may become accepted and even
respectable, while some things that are
commonplace now may be widely rejected.  People
who look wild and crazy may be totally conventional
or even straight-laced.   And people, more aware of
their own contradictions, may become a little less
quick to judge others by appearances.  

Saturn will be in Scorpio until December 23, 2014.  

Saturn entered Scorpio
in NYC:  Fri, Oct 5, 2012, 4:34 pm
in Vancouver:  Fri, Oct 5, 2012, 1:34 pm
in London: Fri, Oct 5, 2012, 9:34 pm  
in Singapore:  Sat, Oct 6, 2012, 4:34 am  
in Sydney: Sat, Oct 6, 2012, 6:34 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 March 2023.  

Uranus is in Aries


This is the revolutionary planet in the revolutionary sign,
so you know some stuff is going to happen while it's here -
mainly, during the next seven years.

This is about liberation.  It's about freedom.   It's about
looking at the fixed structures that rule our lives, figuring
out which ones limit us, and dismantling them.

There's a fast, reckless rhythm about Uranus in Aries;  it's
not always the wisest approach.  There's an urge for
immediate, spontaneous action, and so people rush into
things without stopping to think.  Every moment is charged
with creative fire.      

It's pretty exciting.  But it's definitely not a calm influence.  
Everyone will need to stop and take some deep breaths
once in a while.

Uranus will be here until May 2018.

Uranus entered Aries
in NYC:  Fri, Mar 11, 2011, 7:49 pm
in Vancouver: Fri, Mar 11, 2011, 4:49 pm
in London:  Sat, Mar 12,2011, 12:49 am
in Berlin:  Sat, Mar 12, 2011, 1:49 am
in Sydney:  Sat, Mar 12, 2011, 11:49 am

Mercury is in 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.  

When it comes to communication, the main
thing is that you don’t assume 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 July
31.                    

Mercury entered Cancer
in NYC:  Sun, July 13, 12:44 am
in Vancouver: Sat, July 12, 9:44 pm
in London: Sun, July 13, 5:44 am  
in Singapore: Sun, July 13, 12:44 pm  
in Sydney: Sun, July 13, 2:44 pm

The sun is in 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:  Tues, July 22, 5:41 pm  
in Vancouver: Tues, July 22, 2:41 pm  
in London: Tues, July 22, 10:41 pm  
in Singapore:  Weds, July 23, 5:41 am  
in Sydney: Weds, July 23, 7:41 am  

Venus is in Cancer

Venus is gentle, nurturing and sympathetic in this
sign.  It’s a very nice place for the planet of love,
pleasure and 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 nest.  

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 August 12.   

Venus enters Cancer
in NYC: Fri, July 18, 10:06 am  
in Vancouver: Fri, July 18, 7:06 am  
in London: Fri, July 18, 3:06 pm  
in Singapore: Fri, July 18, 10:06 pm    
in Sydney: Sat, July 19, 12:06 am

Jupiter is in Leo.

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 Leo is an
exciting, courageous fire sign, so the coming year will be
particularly active and stimulating.  After the sometimes
claustrophobic wetness of this last Jupiter-in-Cancer year,
Jupiter in Leo feels like a nice long stretch in the sun.  

Jupiter in Leo will give everyone more confidence, and will
encourage creativity, play, and risk-taking.  People who
are already effusive and energetic will become more so,
and shy people will start to come out into the open, and
let themselves be known.   We’ll all be warmer, friendlier,
more effusive, and more generous with each other.  

This will be a great year for artists, since Leo is such an
expressive sign.  If you’re not already an artist, you could
try your hand at whatever’s around:  dance troupes,
theatre groups, karaoke bars, origami collectives, puppet
shows, guitar lessons, improv nights, sculpture
workshops, anything at all.  You could take your
harmonica and become a busker, or teach your dog to
talk and become a star on YouTube. During the coming
year, you have a stronger urge to be seen and heard, to
let more color and drama and pleasure into your life.

Not everybody can be in the limelight at once, and
sometimes this can be a problem when Jupiter is in Leo.  
When everybody wants to be the center of attention,
there can be a certain amount of pushing and shoving.  
Pride is more pronounced, and bruised egos can set up a
squall.  As a fixed sign, Leo is stubborn, so try not to back
anyone into a corner.    

While Jupiter is in Leo, there’ll be a lot more posturing by
people in authority. Decisions will be made that are all
about preventing the loss of face, even if that means
losing battles.  Even when you don’t truly respect
someone, it’s best to grant them as much dignity as
possible, and this will help with working through conflicts.   

Jupiter will be here until August 11, 2015.

Jupiter entered Leo.
in NYC:  Weds, July 16, 6:30 am
in Vancouver: Weds, July 16, 3:30 am  
in London: Weds, July 16, 11:30 am
in Singapore: Weds, July 16, 6:30 pm  
in Sydney: Weds, July 16, 8:30 pm

The Next Lunar Cycle
(3° Leo)

This is a very ambitious, excitable, dramatic new moon,
with the sun and moon closely conjunct Jupiter, and all
three squaring Mars in Scorpio.  Everyone wants more
attention, more authority, and more appreciation, and
some people will have total melt-downs if they don’t get
what they want.

Throughout the whole lunar cycle, there could be a series
of explosions, arguments, and conflicts.  At the same time,
there’s the potential for real change.  During this time,
people will not be content to accept whatever fate
happens to hand them.  They’ll be making noise, making
waves, making demands, and doing everything in a
bigger and more boisterous way.  

There’s a real tendency to excess during this lunar cycle.  
But at the same time, this exuberance can burst out into
some wonderful events and celebrations, and some
brilliant artistic work.  People are generally more prone to
taking risks, and some of these risks could take very cool
forms.  It’s an especially good time for performance art,
and people will eagerly soak up the energy of the stage
and the concert hall.

If you’ve always been a shy and retiring type, this is a
good time to get outside your house. It’s great for sports
and games and singing and dancing and madcap love
affairs.  Not everything will work out exactly as you’d like it
to, but you’ll have some amazing experiences to tell your
grandkids.   

This lunar cycle lasts until the next new moon on August
25.  Its climactic moment is the full moon on August 10.  

The new moon occurs
in NYC:  Sat, July 26, 6:41 pm
in Vancouver:  Sat, July 26, 3:41 pm
in London: Sat, July 26, 11:41 pm  
in Singapore: Sun, July 27, 6:41 am  
in Sydney: Sun, July 27, 8:41 am  

Mercury enters 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 more from body
language and expression than you do from the actual
words.  Shared experiences count more than anything
anybody says. And this is enough to kindle lasting
friendships and a few love affairs besides.  

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 August 15.  

Mercury enters Leo
in NYC: Thurs, July 31, 6:45 pm
in Vancouver: Thurs, July 31, 3:45 pm
in London: Thurs, July 31, 11:45 pm
in Singapore: Fri, Aug 1, 6:45 am   
in Sydney: Fri, Aug 1, 8:45 am   


Mars enters Scorpio

Mars is more intense in Scorpio, more dramatic, and
more emotional.  Everyone feels more strongly about
everything, and people are more likely to go to
extremes.  There will be more laughing and crying,
more explosions, more colorful reactions of all kinds.

However, this is also a time when you can channel
your energies very powerfully and persistently towards
one particular goal.  You are determined, focused,
stubborn, and intractable.  When you want to do
something, no matter how difficult it is, you call up
reserves of strength and you are able to manage it.

Desires are very strong with Mars in this sign, and the
sexual atmosphere could get a bit dense at times.  
Whatever is forbidden holds a particular allure.  If you
usually have a hard time with impulse control, it will be
harder when Mars is in Scorpio, and you might want to
ask your crew-mates to lash you to the mast. If you’re
normally very restrained, you might be surprised at the
things you feel a sudden urge to do.   

Mars will be here until September 13.   

Mars enters Scorpio
in NYC:  Fri, July 25, 10:25 pm
in Vancouver: Fri, July 25, 7:25 pm
in London: Sat, July 26, 3:25 am
in Singapore: Sat, July 26, 10:25 am   
in Sydney: Sat, July 26, 12:25 pm