Moonsign,
Sunsign
and More
by Jenny Yates

February 11 to 19, 2016


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 Pisces
in NYC:  Tues, Feb 9, 3:31 am
in Vancouver: Tues, Feb 9, 12:31 am
in London: Tues, Feb 9, 8:31 am
in Singapore: Tues, Feb 9, 4:31 pm   
in Sydney: Tues, Feb 9, 7:31 pm

moves into Aries
in NYC: Thurs, Feb 11, 4:54 am
in Vancouver: Thurs, Feb 11, 1:54 am  
in London: Thurs, Feb 11, 9:54 am  
in Singapore: Thurs, Feb 11, 5:54 pm   
in Sydney: Thurs, Feb 11, 8:54 pm

moves into Taurus
in NYC: Sat, Feb 13, 6:35 am
in Vancouver: Sat, Feb 13, 3:35 am
in London: Sat, Feb 13, 11:35 am  
in Singapore: Sat, Feb 13, 7:35 pm   
in Sydney: Sat, Feb 13, 10:35 pm


moves into Gemini
in NYC: Mon, Feb 15, 9:34 am
in Vancouver: Mon, Feb 15, 6:34 am
in London: Mon, Feb 15, 2:34 pm
in Singapore: Mon, Feb 15, 10:34 pm  
in Sydney: Tues, Feb 16, 1:34 am

moves into Cancer
in NYC: Weds, Feb 17, 2:23 pm  
in Vancouver: Weds, Feb 17, 11:23 am  
in London: Weds, Feb 17, 7:23 pm  
in Singapore: Thurs, Feb 18, 3:23 am  
in Sydney: Thurs, Feb 18, 6:23 am  

moves into Leo
in NYC: Fri, Feb 19, 9:17 pm
in Vancouver: Fri, Feb 19, 6:17 pm
in London: Sat, Feb 20, 2:17 am
in Singapore: Sat, Feb 20, 10:17 am   
in Sydney: Sat, Feb 20, 1:17 pm

moves into Virgo
in NYC: Mon, Feb 22, 6:24 am
in Vancouver: Mon, Feb 22, 3:24 am  
in London: Mon, Feb 22, 11:24 am
in Singapore: Mon, Feb 22, 7:24 pm  
in Sydney: Mon, Feb 22, 10:24 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.  

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 sun is in Aquarius

The sun’s entrance into Aquarius marks the passage
from an earthy perspective to one that’s airier, more
cerebral, and more idealistic.  This is the sign of the
intellectual, the scientist, the social activist, and the free-
thinker.  During this time, you’ll be more experimental,
more willing to try interesting alternatives.  And if there
are beliefs, habits and assumptions that have held you
back, you’re more likely to test them.

Learning is important to you during the sun’s time in
Aquarius.  If you are always soaking up new ideas and
information from your environment, this process will be
accelerated.  If you’re generally oblivious of what’s going
on around you, you may be surprised by some of the
interesting people and possibilities that cross your path.  

This is a good time to reinvent yourself.  Because you’re
more objective, you can look clearly at yourself and your
life and see what’s missing.  Are you ignoring your
health, your goals, your friends, or your creative
potential?  Whatever it is, you approach the situation with
some interesting ideas and a new plan.  If you can get
involved in a group with similar beliefs or objectives, you’
re even more likely to change your life for the better.    

The sun will be here until February 19.

The sun enters Aquarius
in NYC: Weds, Jan 20, 10:27 am
in Vancouver: Weds, Jan 20, 7:27 am
in London: Weds, Jan 20, 3:27 pm  
in Singapore: Weds, Jan 20, 11:27 pm  
in Sydney: Thurs, Jan 21, 2:27 am

Mercury is in Capricorn

Everybody is a bit more realistic, more pragmatic
and more skeptical during this influence.  For
those who are already practical and business-
like, much can be accomplished.  For those who
generally have their heads in the clouds, the
benefits of structure become a bit clearer.

However, Capricorn is a very serious sign, and
sometimes pessimism can be part of the
equation.  If
you’re normally prone to shadowy thoughts, then
everything could look a little grimmer during this
time.  It’s not as easy to turn to fantasy, or to fool
yourself, or to take refuge in denial.  Everything
is clearer, more definite, and more physical.  It is
what it is.

At the same time, this is a very grounding
influence, and it can help you build something
new.  You need a solid foundation in reality
before you can construct something which will
last.  Mercury in Capricorn gives you that. It
helps you define your goals, gather resources,
work out a strategy, and take the first small
steps towards improving your life.  This sets the
stage for the new year.   

Mercury will be here until February 13.

Mercury entered Capricorn
in NYC: Fri, Jan 8, 2:36 pm
in Vancouver: Fri, Jan 8, 11:36 am
in London: Fri, Jan 8, 7:36 pm  
in Singapore: Sat, Jan 9, 3:36 am     
in Sydney: Sat, Jan 9, 6:36 am     

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  

The Current Lunar Cycle
(19° Aquarius)

This is not a particularly peaceful lunar cycle, with
the sun and moon square Mars.  There could be
some new conflict, with Mars in Scorpio
representing deep, uncomfortable resentments,
desires and prejudices.  Some people will hide all
these feelings behind bluster and arrogance.
Some will try to defend their position with guns or
bombs.  

Certain masks will be ripped off, perhaps because
the truth is so obvious.  But that doesn’t mean
that people will suddenly embrace reality.  
Suspicion and paranoia are endlessly inventive,
and there’s a conspiracy theory for everything.  
Those who are logic-based will be frustrated and
angry at this.

So this may boil down to a fight between the
scientists and humanists, on one side, and the
true believers, on the other.  Why can’t we all live
in peace?  With the sun and moon in Aquarius,
there’s a real push for world-wide understanding,
and a sharing of knowledge. So many important
resources are not at all diminished by sharing,
and this is more and more true in the digital age.  

But the walls that surround us are walls of fear,
and during this lunar cycle, that will become
abundantly clear.  There are a lot of traumatized
people walking around, and we need to know how
to treat them.  But how do you help people who
refuse to admit they’re scared and hurting?  That’
s the question of this lunar cycle.  

The lunar cycle lasts until the next new moon on
March 8.  Its climactic moment is the full moon on
February 22.   

The new moon occur
red
in NYC: Mon, Feb 8, 9:39 am
in Vancouver: Mon, Feb 8, 6:39 am
in London: Mon, Feb 8, 2:39 pm
in Singapore: Mon, Feb 8, 10:39 pm  
in Sydney: Tues, Feb 9, 1:39 pm

The sun enters 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 enters Pisces
in NYC: Fri, Feb 19, 12:33 am
in Vancouver: Thurs, Feb 18, 9:33 pm
in London: Fri, Feb 19, 5:33 am  
in Singapore: Fri, Feb 19, 1:33 pm  
in Sydney: Fri, Feb 19, 4:33 pm

Mercury enters 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 March 5.      

Mercury enters Aquarius
in NYC:  Sat, Feb 13, 5:42 pm
in Vancouver: Sat, Feb 13, 2:42 pm
in London:  Sat, Feb 13, 10:42 pm
in Singapore: Sun, Feb 14, 6:42 am   
in Sydney: Sun, Feb 14, 9:42 am   

Mars is in 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 March 5.     

Mars entered Scorpio
in NYC: Sun, Jan 3, 9:32 am
in Vancouver: Sun, Jan 3, 6:32 am
in London: Sun, Jan 3, 2:32 pm
in Singapore: Sun, Jan 3, 10:32 pm  
in Sydney: Mon, Jan 4, 1:32 am
  
Venus enters Aquarius

Venus’ time in Aquarius is exciting.  The planet of love,
romance and pleasure finds all kinds of interesting
possibilities in this experimental, creative sign.  When it
comes to love, you could find someone new, or you could
try new things with your existing partner.  You might go
out and check out some scene that you’ve always been
curious about.

Friendship is especially emphasized by Venus in
Aquarius.  You really want to connect to friends, learning
all you can about who they are, and you also want to
meet new people.  You’re drawn to people who are
creative, scientific, knowledgeable, clear-headed, and
culturally aware.  These are the kinds of people who
cause you to question your assumptions.  At times, they
can shock you, but that’s because they carry an idea
further than other people do.   

For artists, it’s a time of enhanced creativity.   Your work
is more cerebral, more likely to contain a message, but
your audience is open both to new techniques and to
radical statements about the world we live in.    

Venus will be in Aquarius until March 12.              

Venus enters Aquarius
in NYC:  Tues, Feb 16, 11:17 pm
in Vancouver: Tues, Feb 16, 8:17 pm  
in London: Weds, Feb 17, 4:17 am
in Singapore: Weds, Feb 17, 12:17 pm   
in Sydney: Weds, Feb 17, 3:17 pm


Venus is in Capricorn

This is not the most congenial place for the planet
of pleasure, but there are some benefits.  You can
experience the pleasures in getting organized, in
accomplishing important goals, in adding more
structure and accountability to your life.  

When it comes to relationships, Venus is more
pragmatic than romantic in this sign.  Even if you’
ve just met someone, you may find yourself talking
about life-goals, and making plans to introduce
them to your parents.  This could dampen the
mood, but it could also expedite matters, if you’re
both looking for something beyond the moment.  

Capricorn is an earth sign, so this is an excellent
time for creative work that emphasizes structure,
such as pottery or architecture. It’s good for
reusing old materials, and it’s also good for going
back to more traditional forms.  You may find
yourself mining your older work, looking for
possibilities that you left behind.  Capricorn is a
sign that hates waste, and that uses everything in
multiple ways.

Venus will be here until February 16.   

Venus entered Capricorn
in NYC: Sat, Jan 23, 3:31 pm
in Vancouver: Sat, Jan 23, 12:31 pm  
in London: Sat, Jan 23, 8:31 pm
in Singapore: Sun, Jan 24, 4:31 am   
in Sydney: Sun, Jan 24, 7:31 am   

Jupiter is in Virgo

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 the coming year will be
more practical and realistic.  Virgo is an analytic,
discriminating, perceptive sign.   

People will generally become geekier, more interested in
science and technology, and this will make for a welcome
change.  This could be the year when climate change finally
is accepted as fact, and when there’s a stronger push
towards practical solutions.  People will work harder, and
often they’ll work together, to preserve the environment that
shelters and nurtures us all.  

There will be less of an emphasis on belief systems, and
more of an emphasis on things that can improve people’s
lives in the moment.  And instead of flashy things giving
status, people will gain more status from living in a green,
sustainable, somewhat rustic way.  This is a good year for
working out all sorts of alternate systems to replace the ones
that are falling apart, or that never worked well to begin with.

Health will be an important theme this year.  As people
understand more about what makes for health, hopefully
there will be a gradual recognition that what’s good for big
business is often bad for the public health.  It’s not a flashy,
revolutionary year, so this might not manifest in a big revolt.  
However, a lot of small choices could add up to some big
changes.   

The shadow side of Jupiter in Virgo is a tendency to be a bit
too much of a purist about everything. Health nuts will be
nuttier, and techno-geeks will be geekier.  Everybody is
looking for something that works, and when they find it, they
will have a hard time understanding why everybody else
doesn’t adopt this perfect system, practice or technology. At
least the arguments will involve lots of graphs and research
results, rather than personal insults.           

Jupiter will be here until September 9, 2016.  

Jupiter entered Virgo.
in NYC: Tues, Aug 11, 7:11 am  
in Vancouver: Tues, Aug 11, 4:11 am  
in London: Tues, Aug 11, 12:11 pm    
in Singapore: Tues, Aug 11, 7:11 pm    
in Sydney: Tues, Aug 11, 9:11 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