Moonsign,
Sunsign
and More
by Jenny Yates

February 23 to March 3, 2017


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 Aquarius
in NYC:  Thurs, Feb 23, 12:17 pm
in Vancouver: Thurs, Feb 23, 9:17 am
in London: Thurs, Feb 23, 5:17 pm
in Singapore: Fri, Feb 24, 1:17 am   
in Sydney: Fri, Feb 24, 4:17 am   

moves into Pisces
in NYC: Sat, Feb 25, 7:24 pm
in Vancouver: Sat, Feb 25, 4:24 pm  
in London: Sun, Feb 26, 12:24 am  
in Singapore: Sun, Feb 26, 8:24 am    
in Sydney: Sun, Feb 26, 11:24 am  


moves into Aries
in NYC: Mon, Feb 27, 11:51 pm  
in Vancouver: Mon, Feb 27, 8:51 pm  
in London: Tues, Feb 28, 4:51 am
in Singapore: Tues, Feb 28, 12:51 pm  
in Sydney: Tues, Feb 28, 3:51 pm

moves into Taurus
in NYC: Thurs, Mar 2, 2:42 am
in Vancouver: Weds, Mar 1, 11:42 pm
in London: Thurs, Mar 2, 7:42 am
in Singapore: Thurs, Mar 2, 3:42 pm  
in Sydney: Thurs, Mar 2, 6:42 pm

moves into Gemini
in NYC: Sat, Mar 4, 5:05 am
in Vancouver: Sat, Mar 4, 2:05 am
in London: Sat, Mar 4, 10:05 am  
in Singapore: Sat, Mar 4, 6:05 pm   
in Sydney: Sat, Mar 4, 9:05 pm

What does the
moon's sign tell
you?

See
Moon Signs and
Lunar Transits

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.  

Saturn is in Sagittarius

Saturn is the planet of structure, duty and
responsibility, but it cuts loose a bit in
Sagittarius.  Sagittarius is expansive, and so it
lends itself to bigger, more ambitious structures.  
You want to create systems that are solid and
lasting, but that will fulfill some of your larger
ambitions as well.  

You see your responsibilities as part of a larger
picture these days.  
You’re thinking about the community as a whole,
about the future, about the world you live in.  
And this gives a little edge of excitement to
mundane plans.  

Rome was built brick by brick, with great
attention to structure, right?  And when it was
done, there it was:  a gorgeous, cosmopolitan
city.  You’re thinking that some of your
structures may have the same grandeur when
they’re done, and you’re willing to put time and
attention into the process, to make sure that
they’re the best they can be.  You can defer
gratification, but you don’t want to deny your
visions.  

During the years that Saturn is in Sagittarius,
there will be an emphasis on thinking
internationally.  People who have lived insular
lives will become acquainted with a lot of people
who are very different from them.  Languages
and cultural literacy will become serious
business, more codified. There will be classes,
exams, promotions, on the basis of excellence in
these fields.  

Higher education itself will grow in prestige
during this period, and more people will get
college credit for traveling.  They’ll go off to
distant parts of the globe, and learn from people
who have figured out efficient and sustainable
ways to live on this earth. There will also be a lot
of tourists out there, visiting parts of the planet
that will vanish or change utterly as the climate
changes.  

Saturn will be in Sagittarius until December 19,
2017.  

Saturn entered Sagittarius
in NYC: Thurs, Sept 17, 10:49 pm
in Vancouver: Thurs, Sept 17,
7:49 pm  
in London: Fri, Sept 18, 3:49 am  
in Singapore: Fri, Sept 18,
10:49 am    
in Sydney: Fri, Sept 18, 12:49 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 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

The Current Lunar Cycle
(8° Aquarius)

The new moon in Aquarius is a good time to
plan revolutionary movements, since everyone
is more interested in the truth.  You’re drawn
to actual facts rather than alternate facts, and
there’s more general respect for scientific
research.  Everyone is coming together,
focused on various aspects of social, political
and scientific reform.  Things are happening.

However, it’s not the best lunar cycle for
lovers, since it begins with a tight
Venus/Saturn square.  People may find
themselves somewhat disillusioned by their
romantic partners, and there could be some
coldness or even break-ups in fragile
relationships.  It’s better for friendship than
romance, better for getting together around
matters of the mind than matters of the heart.

Communication is more intense during this
lunar cycle, and some deeper power issues
could emerge. With Mercury and Pluto close
together at this new moon, the lunar cycle has
a lot of concentrated mental force.  There
could also be more controversy, since people
aren’t always ready to deal with these more
profound truths.  

“Know thyself” is definitely the watchword for
this lunar cycle. This also includes
understanding others, and realizing that they
may have the same demons as you, but they
also may see them very differently.  Know your
power, but also know its limits. Practice
connecting with your inner wisdom, and don’t
waste time and energy on the superfluous.     

This lunar cycle lasts until the next new moon
on February 26.  Its climactic moment is the
full moon (with a lunar eclipse) on February
10.   

The new moon occurred
in NYC:  Fri, Jan 27, 7:07 pm
in Vancouver: Fri, Jan 27, 4:07 pm
in London: Sat, Jan 28, 12:07 am
in Singapore: Sat, Jan 28, 8:07 am   
in Sydney: Sat, Jan 28, 11:07 am

Mercury is in Aquarius

Let the genius in you emerge, while Mercury is in
Aquarius.  This is one of the best signs for
Mercury, as it stimulates new ways of processing
information, perceiving the world around you, and
relating to people.  You’re excited about all kinds
of new information, whether it’s theoretical or
practical.  You want to know about science, and
people, and the laws of the universe.

This can also bring out the geek in you, if you’re
inclined that way.  If you find yourself carefully
studying the designs of Star Wars spaceships, it
may be time to go outside and get some air.  

This sign is very creative, and especially good for
mastering new tools and techniques.  It brings out
the inventor in you, and it also brings out the
avant-garde artist.  It means daring to be
different, to get away from the usual forms and to
invent new ones.  It’s a cerebral and experimental
approach, great for challenging assumptions.  

This Mercury sign generally makes for good
communication, since it gives a genuine interest
in other people and their ideas.  However, it can
also mean being a bit opinionated at times.  Once
you decide you know the truth about something,
it may be hard to sway you.  If you’re generally
more malleable, you may be surprised at the
number of disputes you get into.  If you’re already
an argumentative person, there could be one
debate after another.         

Mercury will be here until February 25.       

Mercury entered Aquarius
in NYC:  Tues, Feb 7, 4:35 am
in Vancouver: Tues, Feb 7, 1:35 am  
in London: Tues, Feb 7, 9:35 am
in Singapore: Tues, Feb 7, 5:35 pm  
in Sydney: Tues, Feb 7, 8:35 pm

Mars is in Aries

Mars in Aries is very vital and dynamic, so this is a
great time to get a lot of important things done. At the
same time, don’t over-commit yourself during this
period.   You’re more spontaneous and adventurous,
and you don’t want to be tied down to a schedule.  

The rebellious side of your nature comes out while
Mars is in Aries, and this can make it a bit harder for
people to work together.  Everybody has a better idea,
and wants to take off in an independent direction.  A
town full of Lone Rangers can be somewhat chaotic, so
the best way to handle this is to stay as self-aware as
possible, and keep your sense of humor intact.  If you
catch yourself throwing the rules, schedules and
contracts in the trash can, pause for a minute and ask
yourself if this is really a good idea.

Desires are stronger under this sign, and urges are
more insistent.  This can be good for athletes, although
they might have a tendency to push themselves too
hard and get hurt.  If you’re interested in starting a
passionate love affair, this could a good time for it, but
do be careful that you don’t push too hard, or demand
your way in all things.  

Arguments are more likely to start while Mars is in
Aries, but they are also more likely to be solved
quickly.  Nobody wants to dwell on hurt feelings, or to
analyze past misunderstandings.  Everybody wants to
get on with it, to tackle the next exciting project.  It’s
time to slay those dragons!  Polish up the swords!     

Mars will be in Aries until March 9.    

Mars entered Aries
in NYC:  Sat, Jan 28, 12:39 am
in Vancouver: Fri, Jan 27, 9:39 pm
in London: Sat, Jan 28, 5:39 am
in Singapore: Sat, Jan 28, 1:39 pm  
in Sydney: Sat, Jan 28, 4:39 pm

Venus is in Aries

Romantic passion has its day, with Venus in this
sign.  If you ever wanted to write a love sonnet,
now is the time.  You’re more spontaneous and
impetuous than usual, and if writing sonnets isn’t
your thing, you might just blurt out the way you
feel.  Later on, you may wonder how you
managed to be so bold!  But the good side of this
is that you get your answer right away, and you
can move on if the object of your interest isn’t in
the same place.

All lovers are a little friskier under this influence,
even if they’ve been together a long time.  
Everybody is looking for a little more excitement
in their lives.  

It’s also a great time for artists, as the urge for
creative self-expression is very strong.  There’s
an autobiographical feel about Venus in Aries,
and this will come through in any media.  You’re
drawing yourself, or doing comedy about your
own life, or putting your feelings into interpretive
dance.  Whatever you’re doing, it’s an
exploration of what it means to be you – and what
it means to be human – and the honesty and
spontaneity of your work engages your
audience.  

When it comes to pleasure, you want to do things
that are different while Venus is here.  You want
to try something you’ve never done before,
something that will engage your body and spirit.  
You might go out and do the tango, or climb a
cliff, or learn something about rocket science,
and even if it challenges you, it will be fun.  

Venus will be in Aries until April 2. .  

Venus entered Aries     
in NYC:  Fri, Feb 3, 10:51 am
in Vancouver: Fri, Feb 3, 7:51 am
in London: Fri, Feb 3, 3:51 pm  
in Singapore: Fri, Feb 3, 11:51 pm  
in Sydney: Sat, Feb 4, 2:51 am

Jupiter is in Libra

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 so during the
coming year, the emphasis will be on relationships,
and on finding the balance between opposing
viewpoints.

Libra is, at its best, a cooperative, egalitarian, altruistic
sign, giving an emphasis on what’s right.  So we can
hope that the year will be dedicated to promoting
peace and justice in the world.  There will be more
negotiating, more processing, more diplomatic
overtures.  

Libra is all about the way we treat each other, and so
the focus will be on courtesy, manners and protocol.  
To some, this will seem curiously bloodless, but there
is also a beauty to urban ritual.  Because Libra is such
a social influence, these repeating patterns allow us
all to interact without bruising each other’s
sensibilities.   

Libra is not a sign of extremes.  And yet sometimes
the Libran emphasis on justice and equality can lead
people to radical acts.  It can be a strongly humanistic
sign, with an inherent belief in the value of human
effort and understanding.  So we are likely to see
some people, and some groups, that take a strong
stand for a better world, and that don’t back down.   

Libra has a shadow side too.  It’s the sign that gives
the strongest desire to be liked, and so we could also
see a lot more political pandering under this sign.  
Social scenes may become even more intricate
tangles of who’s in and who’s out.  And this sign, which
is so egalitarian at its best, can also be quite
prejudiced, since certain people may seem to fit better
into the group.  They’re read as more civilized, but the
truth may be that they’re just easier to label.    

This is an air sign, so it has to do with mental
constructions.  Libra emphasizes culture, so Jupiter in
Libra could indicate an upsurge in the arts.  Art could
become more formal, more mannered, and more
graceful.  The Grecian urn is the most Libran of art
forms: perfection for its own sake, unrelated to human
emotion.

Jupiter will be here until October 10, 2017.  

Jupiter entered Libra
in NYC:  Fri, Sept 9, 2016, 7:18 am
in Vancouver: Fri, Sept 9, 2016, 4:18 am
in London: Fri, Sept 9, 2016, 12:18 pm
in Singapore: Fri, Sept 9, 2016, 7:18 pm   
in Sydney: Fri, Sept 9, 2016, 9:18 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,
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 sun is in Pisces

This is the last month of the zodiacal year, and the
last month of the winter in the northern
hemisphere.  It’s a meditative time, a time when it
feels good to be a little quieter than usual and to
live a simpler life. This is the time to write poetry,
to spend some time in a monastic retreat, or to
take walks by the river.  Life is a river.   

Psychic abilities are stronger, and artistic
sensibilities are especially noticeable.  Everyone is
more sensitive, more receptive, and more tender-
hearted.  People suffer more, but people also
notice when other people are suffering, and reach
out to help.  

This is a time when it’s easier to merge – with
other people, with your environment, with
characters in films or books, or with the products
of your own imagination.  Boundaries are a little
thinner.  People who are very invested in their
separate identities  – cowboys, warriors, authority
figures, contest winners – may feel a bit lost and
frustrated. The usual divisions between “good”
and “bad” can break down during this time, and
the ego may have trouble getting a foothold.        

The sun will be in Pisces until March 20.  

The sun enter
ed Pisces
in NYC: Sat, Feb 18, 6:31 am
in Vancouver: Sat, Feb 18, 3:31 am
in London:  Sat, Feb 18, 11:31 am
in Singapore: Sat, Feb 18, 7:31 pm  
in Sydney: Sat, Feb 18, 10:31 pm

The Next Lunar Cycle
(8° Pisces)

This is a volatile lunar cycle, especially since there’s a
solar eclipse happening at the new moon.  The Pisces new
moon usually signals the beginning of a spacey, mystical
time, when you can connect with divine energies.  But this
lunar cycle is much more active, even violently active at
times.

The central configuration is an opposition between Mars
and Uranus in Aries, on one side, and Jupiter in Libra, on
the other.  The Jupiter/Uranus opposition has been going
on for about a month already, fueling an atmosphere of
conflict and chaos, but now Mars joins in and further
charges the revolutionary urge symbolized by Uranus.  
Mars is about immediate, impetuous, hard-hitting action.  

With Mars in the fire-sign Aries and in the middle of this
tense Jupiter/Uranus opposition, the heroic urge is very
strong, and we could have people of all stripes doing wild,
crazy things which could save the day, or could plunge us
further into chaos. People who like to wave guns around
may be doing a lot more waving than usual.    

So there could be a lot of fires breaking out during this
time, a lot of arguments and fistfights and disturbances,
and this will be the case all during the coming lunar cycle.  
It won’t be easy to contain this energy.  Because there’s
an eclipse, the effect goes deeper and lasts longer, and
this could be tied to major transformations during the
coming half-year.

At the same time as all this volcanic passion, there’s a
shadowy element, because the sun and moon are
conjunct the mysterious planet Neptune.  So there are
some forces that are designed to confuse you, to convince
you that you didn’t see some outrageous thing that you
saw with your own eyes.  So stay grounded, stay in
balance, and stay in touch with your instincts.    

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

The new moon occurs
in NYC:  Sun, Feb 26, 9:58 am
in Vancouver: Sun, Feb 26, 6:58 am  
in London: Sun, Feb 26, 2:58 pm    
in Singapore: Sun, Feb 26, 10:58 pm    
in Sydney: Mon, Feb 27, 1:58 am

Mercury enters Pisces

Mercury in this mutable water sign gives a tendency to
daydream and ramble.  The mind is not bound by the
usual restraints, like reason and logic.  It moves
mysteriously, fluidly, intuitively, investigating all the
nooks and crannies as it goes.

This is a good time to get better at non-verbal
communication, because there will be a lot of it.  
Musicians, choreographers and cinematographers will
be especially inspired, as they communicate grace and
beauty and a wide range of emotions to their
audiences.  Poets will be more mysterious, more elusive,
aiming to be understood on a deeper level.  Writers of
science fiction and fantasy will help everyone escape
from the ordinary.

Everyone will have longer, more vivid dreams, and it
won’t always be easy to wake up from them.  You may
go around all day, thinking about your dreams and
wondering what they meant.  Everyone will be a little
more mystical, and it’s a good time for spiritual retreats,
meditation circles, and healing work.  It’s not the most
disciplined or organized time, however, and there’s a
greater tendency to forget or lose things.     

Mercury will be in Pisces until March 13.                  

Mercury enters Pisces
in NYC:  Sat, Feb 25, 6:07 pm
in Vancouver: Sat, Feb 25, 3:07 pm
in London: Sat, Feb 25, 11:07 pm  
in Singapore: Sun, Feb 26, 7:07 am    
in Sydney: Sun, Feb 26, 10:07 am