November 21 to 28, 2014
What sign is the moon in? What signs do the planets occupy?
What is the current lunar cycle about?
Check out my new blog, Friday Forward, for a look at the moment and the immediate future.
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 Scorpio
in NYC: Thurs, Nov 20, 12:31 am
in Vancouver: Weds, Nov 19, 9:31 pm
in London: Thurs, Nov 20, 5:31 am
in Singapore: Thurs, Nov 20, 1:31 pm
in Sydney: Thurs, Nov 20, 4:31 pm
moves into Sagittarius
in NYC: Sat, Nov 22, 7:19 am
in Vancouver: Sat, Nov 22, 4:19 am
in London: Sat, Nov 22, 12:19 pm
in Singapore: Sat, Nov 22, 8:19 pm
in Sydney: Sat, Nov 22, 11:19 pm
moves into Capricorn
in NYC: Mon, Nov 24, 11:31 am
in Vancouver: Mon, Nov 24, 8:31 am
in London: Mon, Nov 24, 4:31 pm
in Singapore: Tues, Nov 25, 12:31 am
in Sydney: Tues, Nov 25, 3:31 am
moves into Aquarius
in NYC: Weds, Nov 26, 2:22 pm
in Vancouver: Weds, Nov 26, 11:22 am
in London: Weds, Nov 26, 7:22 pm
in Singapore: Thurs, Nov 27, 3:22 am
in Sydney: Thurs, Nov 27, 6:22 am
moves into Pisces
in NYC: Fri, Nov 28, 5:03 pm
in Vancouver: Fri, Nov 28, 2:03 pm
in London: Fri, Nov 28, 10:03 pm
in Singapore: Sat, Nov 29, 6:03 am
in Sydney: Sat, Nov 29, 9:03 am
moves into Aries
in NYC: Sun, Nov 30, 8:13 pm
in Vancouver: Sun, Nov 30, 5:13 pm
in London: Mon, Dec 1, 1:13 pm
in Singapore: Mon, Dec 1, 9:13 am
in Sydney: Mon, Dec 1, 12:13 pm
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,
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,
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,
in Sydney: Sat, Oct 6, 2012, 6:34 am
The Current Lunar Cycle
This new moon brings a partial solar eclipse, so it’s
intense, and there’s some powerful energy for
change. Venus is closely conjunct the sun and
moon, focusing particular attention on love, sex,
happiness and pleasure. And all three sextile Mars,
so there’s an urge to go after what you want in
Desires are especially strong now, and some people
will have a hard time handling them. People are
challenged by boundaries may find them particularly
grating. So be especially careful at this new moon,
especially if you’re female, since there may be more
predators out there than usual. At the same time,
this new moon can be a wonderful time for a joyful,
romantic, intimate connection. Love can be
stronger, deeper, more magical, more all-
If you’re wrestling with an addiction to something
that you don’t want in your life, this is a good time
for a little transformative magic. Find something
else that’s also pleasurable, something that will
enhance your life, and summoning all the power of
this new moon, infuse it with your hopes and
dreams. For example, you might throw your energy
into love, or yoga, or swimming, or cooking, or
communing with nature.
When you get rid of something, you need to bring
something else into the circle of your
consciousness. And whatever you bring in now will
get a real boost. There is life-changing energy in
this new moon, and it’s up to you to decide what you
want to do with it.
This lunar cycle lasts until the next new moon on
November 22. Its climactic moment is the full moon
on November 6.
The new moon occurred
in NYC: Thurs, Oct 23, 5:56 pm
in Vancouver: Thurs, Oct 23, 2:56 pm
in London: Thurs, Oct 23, 10:56 pm
in Singapore: Fri, Oct 24, 5:56 am
in Sydney: Fri, Oct 24, 8:56 am
The sun is in Scorpio
This is a time of extreme emotions, fixed attitudes, and powerful
desires. Everything goes a little underground when the sun is in
Scorpio, and it’s a lot harder to figure out what people are
thinking and feeling. People who are introspective anyway will
start brooding about everything. People who are gregarious will
wonder why nobody is calling them up.
The only kinds of relationships that flourish when the sun is in
Scorpio are intimate ones. People have much less time for
anything superficial, and may completely ignore the usual
niceties. But intimate relationships can get deeper. This is the
place where things get dramatic and extreme, where Romeo and
Juliet scenarios are played out, where secrets are kept and
revealed, and sometimes, where deep healing happens.
There’s a lot of sexual energy when the sun is in Scorpio, and
that makes everything that much more fraught. And of course,
sexual energy gets sublimated in a lot of different ways: violent
emotions spill over, people grab for power, or people faint in
religious ecstasies. And then, of course, there are the people
who are keeping all of it under wraps.
The sun will be in Scorpio until November 22.
The sun entered Scorpio
in NYC: Thurs, Oct 23, 7:57 am
in Vancouver: Thurs, Oct 23, 4:57 am
in London: Thurs, Oct 23, 12:57 pm
in Singapore: Thurs, Oct 23, 7:57 pm
in Sydney: Thurs, Oct 23, 10:57 pm
Mars is in Capricorn
Mars in Capricorn makes everything earthier,
more pragmatic, and more traditional. This is a
good Mars-sign for getting things done, especially
on the physical level. You have the materials at
hand, you have a plan, you have a goal, and you
work hard. When you have obligations, you meet
them. You work equally well in groups or alone.
This is a more cautious place for Mars, and it
helps people to work out any disagreements.
There’s a stronger appreciation for the wisdom
and experience of the past, and a greater
willingness to find practical solutions. At the same
time, people can be a bit more judgmental under
this influence, since it gives a stronger emphasis
on external standards.
People are not all that comfortable with things
that are vague and open-ended; they want clarity
and definition. They want an end to the loose
ends; they want forms, patterns, structures,
commitments, lasting value. They want to build
something solid and worthwhile.
Mars will be in Capricorn until December 4.
Mars entered Capricorn
in NYC: Sun, Oct 26, 6:42 am
in Vancouver: Sun, Oct 26, 3:42 am
in London: Sun, Oct 26, 10:42 am
in Singapore: Sun, Oct 26, 6:42 pm
in Sydney: Sun, Oct 26, 9:42 pm
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
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 Scorpio
Mercury is the planet of intellect, and in Scorpio,
intellect is compressed, concentrated, internal.
This is a time when you can focus your mental
powers on what is really important to you. It’s
especially good for research, for digging down
deep to find buried truths.
Scorpio is a retentive sign, and so
communication may be a bit more sparse while
Mercury is here. Your tendency is to mull things
over, to let them percolate until the time is right
to reveal them. If you’re usually a chatty type,
you’ll be more thoughtful and discreet during this
period. If you tend towards silence, you may be
This is a good time to talk about deeper
emotional realities. You are drawn towards
things that are intense, dense, timeless,
mysterious, and magical. It’s a good time for
writers of fantasy and science fiction, for
psychologists, and for story-tellers. There’s a
great deal of power in the word, whether spoken
or written, and now is the time when that power is
Mercury will be in Scorpio until November
Mercury entered Scorpio
in NYC: Sat, Nov 8, 6:09 pm
in Vancouver: Sat, Nov 8, 6:09 pm
in London: Sat, Nov 8, 11:09 pm
in Singapore: Sun, Nov 9, 7:09 am
in Sydney: Sun, Nov 9, 10:09 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
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.
Venus is in Sagittarius
When Venus, planet of pleasure, enters
Sagittarius, the urge for excitement becomes
stronger. If you’re usually a friendly, extroverted
person, you’ll be even more so. You may dress
more flamboyantly, eat and drink with more
abandon, and generally party on. If you’re
normally shy and withdrawn, you could get
drawn into the fun, inspired by the examples
In relationships, there’s more generosity, more
entertainment, more passion, and more room for
everyone to express themselves. Things could
get tempestuous occasionally, since people are
more impulsive. But when there’s good will,
things can be worked through. And there’s more
good will these days.
This is a good time for travel, especially if you
can really cut loose and enjoy your new
situation. You’re curious about everything and
everyone, and you really want to experience the
Venus will be in Sagittarius until December
Venus entered Sagittarius
in NYC: Sun, Nov 16, 2:03 pm
in Vancouver: Sun, Nov 16, 11:03 am
in London: Sun, Nov 16, 7:03 pm
in Singapore: Mon, Nov 17, 3:03 am
in Sydney: Mon, Nov 17, 6:03 am
The Next Lunar Cycle
The Sagittarius new moon is a good time to begin
ambitious projects. It’s not a time to think small, and
whatever you begin now should be connected with your
larger goals, ambitious and dreams. This fiery moon
rewards a heroic, adventurous approach. The planets
in the new moon chart are arranged in a bucket shape,
with Jupiter as the handle, so this is a time when you
can go beyond your usual limits.
At the same time, the strongest aspect at this new
moon is the Mercury/Jupiter square, so there is some
tendency to talk, plan or promise too much, more than
you can possibly manage. You may say things you
wouldn’t normally say (or write) during this lunar cycle,
and end up way over-extended.
Be especially careful not to sign anything without
thinking carefully about it, and running it by your most
practical friends and advisors. This is not the best
lunar cycle to buy a car, a computer, or a plane ticket;
everything may be more complicated and expensive
With all this fire, though, you can have fun. The
energy is passionate, tempestuous and excitable, and
so lots of interesting things can happen during this
lunar cycle. You can express yourself, you can be
creative and playful, you can have adventures. You
can laugh, and that’s good, because sometimes you
may need to laugh at yourself.
This lunar cycle lasts until the next new moon on
December 21. Its climactic moment is the full moon on
The new moon occurs
in NYC: Sat, Nov 22, 7:32 am
in Vancouver: Sat, Nov 22, 4:32 am
in London: Sat, Nov 22, 12:32 pm
in Singapore: Sat, Nov 22, 8:32 pm
in Sydney: Sat, Nov 22, 11:32 pm
The sun enters Sagittarius
With the sun in this fiery sign, things get
exciting. As always at this time of year, it’s
a good time for parties, celebrations,
feasts, and community events. Sagittarius
is enthusiastic, gregarious, extravagant,
and optimistic, but there’s some tendency
to go to extremes (in a friendly and good-
This is also a good time for travel. People
are eager for all kinds of new experiences,
and they’re more willing to get away from
the usual routine and do something wild
and adventurous. Everyone is thinking
People who are normally idealistic are now
thinking of ways to save the world, and they
want to jump into this world-saving business
in an active way. People who are normally
cautious and prosaic are reconsidering
their more outrageous impulses.
The sun will be in Sagittarius until
The sun enters Sagittarius
in NYC: Sat, Nov 22, 4:38 am
in Vancouver: Sat, Nov 22, 1:38 am
in London: Sat, Nov 22, 9:38 am
in Singapore: Sat, Nov 22, 5:38 pm
in Sydney: Sat, Nov 22, 8:38 pm
Mercury enters Sagittarius
Mercury is enthusiastic, visionary and impulsive in this
mutable fire sign. You aren’t as interested in small details,
but are drawn irresistibly towards the bigger picture. Once
you see it, you want to talk about it, to dream about it, and
to take action to make it real.
No project is beyond your possibilities. You don’t see any
limitations, even when they are immediately at hand, and
you may run right through them, as if they were so much
smoke. This might be okay, or you might be cited later
because of all the rules you broke! If you’re normally a
timid person, this Mercury sign will signal an opportunity to
move beyond the ordinary. And if you’re normally cheerful
and rambunctious, there won’t be any holding you back.
Mercury is the planet of speech, and so there are a lot of
very ambitious meetings, discussions and conversations
while Mercury is in Sagittarius. People can wax very
passionate. Other people will be pedantic, convinced they
know the truth, eager to convert everyone. Others will be
impatient with all this talk, and ready to get started on
whatever project you’re talking about. Arguments can
break out over these different approaches, and the air can
get heated. But afterwards, people will talk about how
exciting it all was.
This is a great Mercury sign for travel, and it’s also
excellent for educational ventures. You are eager to know
everything, to experience it firsthand.
Mercury will be in Sagittarius until December 16.
Mercury enters Sagittarius
in NYC: Thurs, Nov 27, 9:25 pm
in Vancouver: Thurs, Nov 27, 6:25 pm
in London: Fri, Nov 28, 2:25 am
in Singapore: Fri, Nov 28, 10:25 am
in Sydney: Fri, Nov 28, 1:25 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
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
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