September 18 to October 4, 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
moves into Virgo
in NYC: Mon, Sept 18, 12:52 am
in Vancouver: Sun, Sept 17, 9:52 pm
in London: Mon, Sept 18, 5:52 am
in Singapore: Mon, Sept 18, 12:52 pm
in Sydney: Mon, Sept 18, 2:52 pm
moves into Libra
in NYC: Weds, Sept 20, 6:06 am
in Vancouver: Weds, Sept 20, 3:06 am
in London: Weds, Sept 20, 11:06 am
in Singapore: Weds, Sept 20, 6:06 pm
in Sydney: Weds, Sept 20, 8:06 pm
moves into Scorpio
in NYC: Fri, Sept 22, 1:40 pm
in Vancouver: Fri, Sept 22, 10:40 am
in London: Fri, Sept 22, 6:40 pm
in Singapore: Sat, Sept 23, 1:40 am
in Sydney: Sat, Sept 23, 3:40 am
moves into Sagittarius
in NYC: Mon, Sept 25, 12:01 am
in Vancouver: Sun, Sept 24, 9:01 pm
in London: Mon, Sept 25, 5:01 am
in Singapore: Mon, Sept 25, 12:01 pm
in Sydney: Mon, Sept 25, 2:01 pm
moves into Capricorn
in NYC: Weds, Sept 27, 12:24 pm
in Vancouver: Weds, Sept 27, 9:24 am
in London: Weds, Sept 27, 5:24 pm
in Singapore: Thurs, Sept 28, 12:24 am
in Sydney: Thurs, Sept 28, 2:24 am
moves into Aquarius
in NYC: Sat, Sept 30, 12:40 am
in Vancouver: Fri, Sept 29, 9:40 pm
in London: Sat, Sept 30, 5:40 am
in Singapore: Sat, Sept 30, 12:40 pm
in Sydney: Sat, Sept 30, 2:40 pm
moves into Pisces
in NYC: Mon, Oct 2, 10:26 am
in Vancouver: Mon, Oct 2, 7:26 am
in London: Mon, Oct 2, 3:26 pm
in Singapore: Mon, Oct 2, 10:26 pm
in Sydney: Tues, Oct 3, 1:26 am
moves into Aries
in NYC: Weds, Oct 4, 4:39 pm
in Vancouver: Weds, Oct 4, 1:39 pm
in London: Weds, Oct 4, 9:39 pm
in Singapore: Thurs, Oct 5, 4:39 am
in Sydney: Thurs, Oct 5, 7:39 am
moves into Taurus
in NYC: Fri, Oct 6, 7:56 pm
in Vancouver: Fri, Oct 6, 4:56 pm
in London: Sat, Oct 7, 12:56 am
in Singapore: Sat, Oct 7, 7:56 am
in Sydney: Sat, Oct 7, 10:56 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
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
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,
in Berlin: Sat, Mar 12, 2011, 1:49 am
in Sydney: Sat, Mar 12, 2011,
The Current Lunar Cycle
This lunar cycle starts with a bang, with the
famous eclipse in Leo! There’s lots of positive
creative energy in this new moon. There’s a
lovely and very close trine to Uranus, getting
everyone even more excited.
Most new moons set the tone for the coming
month, but this one is more powerful. You’ll feel
its effects for about six months, with important
insights and inner and outer transformations.
There could be a flood of innovative ideas,
scientific breakthroughs, brilliant inventions, and
exciting solutions to ongoing problems.
So this is a good time to consider what new
you’d like to try. Where do you need more
freedom and agency? In what areas would you
like to educate yourself? Where have you tied
yourself up in knots? In your area, who is doing
the most liberating and stimulating work, and how
do you join up with them?
Mercury is retrograde at this eclipse, so there’s
also an emphasis on the past. It’s a good time to
get rid of the things that are keeping you from
moving forward. Are you stuck reliving some
past failure, some old habits of thought? Are you
angry or resentful because of some long-past
Now is the time to move past this, to take on
some new intellectual challenges, to reclaim the
joy, confidence and self-expression that are
rightfully yours, and to connect with others who
are doing the same.
This lunar cycle lasts until the next new moon on
September 20. Its climactic moment is the full
moon on September 6.
The new moon occurred
in NYC: Mon, Aug 21, 2:30 pm
in Vancouver: Mon, Aug 21, 11:30 am
in London: Mon, Aug 21, 7:30 pm
in Singapore: Tues, Aug 22, 2:30 am
in Sydney: Tues, Aug 22, 4:30 am
The sun is in Virgo
This is a good time for a fall cleaning. The Virgo sun gives
an eagle eye for details, and so
you’re very aware of all the little areas of disorder around
you. You can organize, mend, fix, and generally get
everything in shape.
Work also goes well with the sun in Virgo. People want to
get things done, as efficiently and thoroughly as possible.
People may be staying late at the office, working through
lunch, and making a lot of progress on ongoing projects.
Those pesky labor-intensive tasks can finally all be taken
care of. It’s also a good time for maintenance on all the
tools and systems that you customarily use.
Everyone may be a little more critical than usual, and this is
something to watch out for.
It’s important to encourage your staff, co-workers and family
members, even if they
haven’t done something as perfectly as you would do it
yourself. And everybody has their own little way of doing
things. Try to be tolerant of these different methods, even if
they don’t seem to be as good as your own.
This is also a good time to focus on health. Virgo is a sign
dedicated to healing – so whether you’re starting an
exercise regime, eating a nutritious breakfast every morning,
starting to take vitamins regularly, or getting a check-up, you
can improve your health this month. You can make some
important revisions to your daily schedule, in line with your
beliefs and goals.
The sun will be here until September 22.
The sun entered Virgo
in NYC: Tues, Aug 22, 6:20 pm
in Vancouver: Tues, Aug 22, 3:20 pm
in London: Tues, Aug 22, 11:20 pm
in Singapore: Weds, Aug 23, 6:20 am
in Sydney: Weds, Aug 23, 8:20 am
Mars is in Virgo
With Mars in this pragmatic earth sign, your
attention is directed to all the things that you
want to fix, mend, heal and recover. It’s an
excellent time for any kind of work, because it
gives a strong desire for excellence, and a
willingness to analyze any problem until a
There’s an innate logic to the sign Virgo, and
people who are already logical benefit the
most when Mars enters this sign. Everything
makes even more sense than it usually does.
Information can be analyzed, and can yield
results, and these results can make a
difference in the smooth functioning of the
world. As you can see, this is a particularly
good time for scientists and researchers.
This is the most detail-oriented sign, however,
and there is some danger that you can get
completely bogged down in the smallest
pieces of information, or the tiniest problems.
This can mean ignoring larger problems that
really cry out for solutions. Perfectionism can
be a real stumbling block when a lot of things
are going on at once.
For people who are normally pretty spacey,
this is a great influence, since it does mean
slowing down and looking at the way
everything fits together. Some people will be
neater, and some chores will get done. Some
things will be repaired, and this could be
especially helpful at this time of seasonal
Mars will be in Virgo until October 22.
Mars enters Virgo
in NYC: Tues, Sept 5, 5:34 am
in Vancouver: Tues, Sept 5, 2:34 am
in London: Tues, Sept 5, 10:34 am
in Singapore: Tues, Sept 5, 5:34 pm
in Sydney: Tues, Sept 5, 7:34 am
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
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
The Next Lunar Cycle
This is the beginning of a very industrious lunar cycle,
with five planets in Virgo. Mercury and Mars are close
together, giving lots of mental and physical energy.
The focus is on working, and on workers.
This is a great time to push for really comprehensive
health care reform! It’s a good time to take a look at
everything that impacts the people who actually make
this country (and every country) run – the ones picking
up the garbage, teaching school, nursing the sick,
dispensing hamburgers and French fries, keeping the
lights and the water and the internet working.
And it’s a great lunar cycle for improvements in
agriculture and nutrition. There’s an emphasis on
practical ideas in all fields. People will begin to
recognize that plants don’t grow from the top down,
and will reject the whole idea of trickle-down job-
However, there are a couple of wee problems. One is
the opposition between Mercury and Neptune, which
shows that public deception is an even bigger problem
during this lunar cycle. There will be an even greater
effort to keep people from connecting the dots, and
figuring out what really makes sense. And a lot of
people will fall prey to lies and conspiracy theories that
call forth their inner demons.
Another chaotic element comes from Uranus, closely
conjunct the sun and moon. There are plenty of people
who are angry, who don’t trust the slow growth that
comes from practical reform. These are people who
want to be heroes, who think they have to taste blood
to be real. This is why workers sometimes have to
This lunar cycle lasts until the next new moon on
October 19. Its climactic moment is the full moon on
The new moon occurs
in NYC: Mon, Aug 25, 10:12 am
in Vancouver: Mon, Aug 25, 7:12 am
in London: Mon, Aug 25, 3:12 pm
in Singapore: Mon, Aug 25, 10:12 pm
in Sydney: Tues, Aug 26, 12:12 am
The sun enters Libra
Libra is an idealistic sign, and with the sun
here, principles and ethical beliefs are
stronger. Everyone wants to do the right
thing, to create a world that’s fairer, gentler,
and more cooperative.
People are willing to put their self-interest
aside and to think about the good of others,
both as individuals and as a community. If
something goes wrong, they are happier to
compromise, as they look for a solution.
They are better at taking turns, whether they
are five or fifty. Everyone wants to create
harmonious organizations, in which things are
clear and aboveboard, and in which there are
some definite rules that everyone must live
However, people are also more likely to make
rules, which sometimes just makes everything
more complicated. They can spend a lot of
time deliberating over the fine points, and
end up not doing anything at all. It can seem
important to figure out exactly what every
word in the bylaws refers to. It could also be
a litigious time, since people are less likely to
let infractions slide. It’s not enough to do the
right thing; it can seem important that
everyone else do the right thing too.
The sun will be in Libra until October
The sun enters Libra
in NYC: Fri, Sept 22, 4:01 pm
in Vancouver: Fri, Sept 22, 1:01 pm
in London: Fri, Sept 22, 9:01 pm
in Singapore: Fri, Sept 23, 4:01 am
in Sydney: Fri, Sept 23, 6:01 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
You see your responsibilities as part of a larger picture
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
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, 2015, 10:49 pm
in Vancouver: Thurs, Sept 17, 2015,
in London: Fri, Sept 18, 2015,
in Singapore: Fri, Sept 18, 2015
in Sydney: Fri, Sept 18, 2015,
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 legal processing, more diplomatic
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
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
Mercury is in Virgo
Mercury is at home in Virgo, one of the signs it rules.
Everybody becomes more organized, analytical and
methodical, and a little more conscious of the objects
around them. Even normally untidy people may feel a
sudden urge to organize the spice-rack, or wash their
sheets, or recycle all their newspapers.
It’s a good time to look at the smaller issues, and figure
out how they all fit together and form bigger issues.
Small parts make up a smooth, unified whole.
Everything has a place, and when things are in their
places, and functioning as they’re meant to function, it
all goes more smoothly.
Mercury’s passage through Virgo is a good time to deal
head-on with health issues. How is your nutrition, how
is your level of exercise, are you doing things to combat
stress? This is a good time to fix anything that isn’t
working well, in relation to your body or your lifestyle. It’
s also good for mending things around the house, and
for working in the garden. And it lends itself to an
efficient bout of end-of-summer cleaning.
There’s a focus on figuring out definite, practical
answers to specific questions. The main danger of
Mercury in Virgo is that details can be so involving that
you don’t see the whole picture. If you spend hours on
some small task, making everything perfect, you may
not have time to get to more crucial work.
Mercury will be here until September 29.
Mercury entered Virgo
in NYC: Sat, Sept 9, 10:52 pm
in Vancouver: Sat, Sept 9, 7:52 pm
in London: Sun, Sept 10, 2:52 am
in Singapore: Sun, Sept 10, 10:52 am
in Sydney: Sun, Sept 10, 12:52 pm
Venus is in 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
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 September 19.
Venus entered Leo
in NYC: Sat, Aug 26, 12:29 am
in Vancouver: Fri, Aug 25, 9:29 pm
in London: Sat, Aug 26, 5:29 am
in Singapore: Sat, Aug 26, 12:29 pm
in Sydney: Sat, Aug 26, 2:29 pm
Venus enters Virgo
As Venus enters this earth sign, work becomes more
enjoyable. You find it easier to tackle practical jobs, to
improve your life in definite ways. There’s satisfaction in
cleaning out closets and fixing or discarding anything
that’s broken or that doesn’t fit into your daily routine. You
want everything to be beautiful, clean, functional, and
Whatever your work, it feels pretty good to do it, and to get it
done - but it’s best if there are tangible, earthy results of
some kind. This is a pleasant time for healers, body-
workers, herbalists, gardeners, and craftspeople. You enjoy
an ongoing sense of accomplishment, a contentment with the
tasks of each day.
Virgo is about the details, and there can be some tendency
to be too picky, with Venus in this sign. Try not to nag your
loved ones about the small things that drive you crazy, but
seek alternate systems that will work better. And avoid being
overly mental in your approach, expecting everything to be
rational rather than looking at the underlying feelings.
Sometimes people just need to be listened to, rather than
Venus will be in Virgo until October 14.
Venus enters Virgo
in NYC: Tues, Sept 19, 9:15 pm
in Vancouver: Tues, Sept 19, 6:15 pm
in London: Weds, Sept 20, 2:15 am
in Singapore: Weds, Sept 20, 9:15 am
in Sydney: Weds, Sept 20, 11:15 am
Mercury enters Libra
Mercury, the planet of intellect, is well-suited to the air
sign Libra. There’s a real love of the intellectual
process - an appreciation for learning, a willingness to
teach and to share knowledge, and an attraction to
intricate concepts and well-crafted sentences.
This is an excellent time for cooperative work,
especially in small teams. People are more willing to
listen to each other, to trade ideas back and forth, to
compromise, to take turns exercising leadership.
Everybody is more focused on fairness, equality, and
balance. People are more apt to play by the rules,
especially if it’s obvious that these rules benefit others,
either collectively or individually.
This is an idealistic time. There’s less emphasis on
individual action, more on working in partnership, or
taking one’s place in the community. There may be
quite a lot of arguments and debates, but they will
mostly be pretty orderly. The focus will be on ideas,
principles, and beliefs.
Libra is an artistic sign, and so everyone finds it easier
to communicate in a graceful and effective way.
Rhetoric can rise to new heights. At the same time,
where is the heart behind the words? Sometimes the
words can seem a bit slick and overly crafted, and
they can hide underlying messages that are not so
pretty, not so open-minded.
Mercury will be here until October 17.
Mercury enters Libra
in NYC: Fri, Sept 29, 8:42 pm
in Vancouver: Fri, Sept 29, 5:42 pm
in London: Sat, Sept 30, 1:42 am
in Singapore: Sat, Sept 30, 8:42 am
in Sydney: Sat, Sept 30, 10:42 am