January 23 to 30, 2020
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 Capricorn
in NYC: Weds, Jan 22, 12:00 am
in Vancouver: Tues, Jan 21, 9:00 pm
in London: Weds, Jan 22, 5:00 am
in Singapore: Weds, Jan 22, 1:00 pm
in Sydney: Weds, Jan 22, 4:00 pm
moves into Aquarius
in NYC: Fri, Jan 24, 8:20 am
in Vancouver: Fri, Jan 24, 5:20 am
in London: Fri, Jan 24, 1:20 pm
in Singapore: Fri, Jan 24, 9:20 pm
in Sydney: Sat, Jan 25, 12:20 am
moves into Pisces
in NYC: Sun, Jan 26, 6:43 pm
in Vancouver: Sun, Jan 26, 3:43 pm
in London: Sun, Jan 26, 11:43 pm
in Singapore: Mon, Jan 27, 7:43 am
in Sydney: Mon, Jan 27, 10:43 am
moves into Aries
in NYC: Weds, Jan 29, 6:50 am
in Vancouver: Weds, Jan 29, 3:50 am
in London: Weds, Jan 29, 11:50 am
in Singapore: Weds, Jan 29, 7:50 pm
in Sydney: Weds, Jan 29, 10:50 pm
moves into Taurus
in NYC: Fri, Jan 31, 7:27 pm
in Vancouver: Fri, Jan 31, 4:27 pm
in London: Sat, Feb 1, 12:27 am
in Singapore: Sat, Feb 1, 8:27 am
in Sydney: Sat, Feb 1, 11:27 am
Saturn is in Capricorn
Saturn is now entering its home sign,
where it’s an especially strong influence.
This is a period when the focus will be on
duty, responsibility and pragmatism, and
won’t be a lot of time or room for frivolity.
When times are hard, people focus on the
basics, and act more cautiously.
This is a sign of structure and tradition,
and so the emphasis will be on
maintaining the status quo, and bolstering
it further whenever possible. We may see
more poverty and lack, for many reasons,
during this time. Natural resources will
become scarcer, and people already in
power will be even more efficient in taking
With Saturn in this sign, I can see the
world becoming more and more like a
factory, a machine, with people being
ground under by the emphasis on
efficiency and competence. At the same
time, organization is rewarded, in
whatever form, and so we are likely to see
a lot of grassroots organization take firm
root. Discipline and commitment are
rewarded by this sign, and this will help
Saturn is the planet that rules bones, and
we’ll become aware of the bones of our
society. We’ll become well acquainted with
its framework, and it will be clear when it’s
crooked, when it’s unstable, when it’s not
sustainable. The process of righting it is
slow and painstaking, but that work will
continue doggedly during this time.
Saturn will be in Capricorn until March 21,
Saturn entered Capricorn
in NYC: Tues, Dec 19, 11:48 pm
in Vancouver: Tues, Dec 19,
in London: Weds, Dec 20,
in Singapore: Weds, Dec 20,
in Sydney: Weds, Dec 20,
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
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
Uranus is in Taurus
Uranus is the revolutionary planet, and now
it’s entering the most solid, grounded sign in
the zodiac, Taurus. So this could be a time
when some very basic social and economic
factors will be challenged.
There could be big changes to the way we
all handle matters of wealth and poverty, for
example. Currencies could be affected, and
some could go dormant, while new
currencies are suddenly born. Our
agricultural methods could be altered during
this time, along with the way we distribute
food and other goods. New technology will
reshape science, especially when it comes
to medicine. New art forms could have a big
influence, particularly in music and spoken
Ecological issues will also be addressed with
innovative technology during this time, and
some of it will work, while some of it will fail.
It may become clear that we do need to
restructure our societies in order to live
sustainably on the earth, but whether this
will happen in a sufficiently radical way
remains to be seen. There will be a lot of
push-back for every change that’s
proposed. Sometimes it takes the shock of
disaster to really alter people’s
consciousness, but that’s the hard way to do
There may be more radical movements
towards traditional lifestyles during this time.
Of course, everybody interprets tradition in
their own way. Some of these will be
oppressive to women, gay people, and
minorities, while others are able to combine
a kinder social ethic with a sustainable
Uranus will be in Taurus until July 7,
Uranus entered Taurus
in NYC: Weds, Mar 6, 3:27 am
in Vancouver: Weds, Mar 6, 12:27 am
in London: Weds, Mar 6, 8:27 am
in Singapore: Weds, Mar 6, 4:27 pm
in Sydney: Weds, Mar 6, 7:27 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,
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
Mars is in Sagittarius
In this fire sign, Mars cuts loose. There’s
lots of energy and excitement, and you can
have some riveting experiences. This is the
best Mars signs for travel, and for
expanding your horizons in definite, physical
ways. You don’t want to hang out at home.
You want to see what’s out there in the
world; you want to explore, to try your luck.
Mars in Sagittarius can mean a lot more
distractions than usual. You’re distracted
by all the exciting things happening around
you, as well as by your own impulses.
There can be a “feast or famine” energy
about this Mars sign, so that you rush
around madly until you’re totally exhausted,
and then you drop. You need to figure out
ways to pace yourself and to direct your
energy more efficiently.
It can also give a stronger tendency to
escape from any situation that doesn’t seem
congenial in the moment. If you’re bored, or
if you feel oppressed, or if people are
demanding too much of you, you can be out
the door without a backwards glance. If you
have escapist tendencies in your chart
anyway, it’s especially easy to pull this kind
of vanishing act. If you’re usually very solid
and reliable, you may surprise yourself with
some of your fantasies and impulses.
Mars will be in Sagittarius until February
Mars entered Sagittarius
in NYC: Fri, Jan 3, 4:37 am
in Vancouver: Fri, Jan 3, 1:37 am
in London: Fri, Jan 3, 9:37 am
in Singapore: Fri, Jan 3, 5:37 pm
in Sydney: Fri, Jan 3, 8:37 pm
Jupiter is in Capricorn
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 Capricorn is a pragmatic, disciplined
earth sign. It’s not a particularly optimistic sign, and so
it’s not always a good fit for this exuberant planet. For many
people, the coming year will feel harder, plainer, simpler.
This is a good sign when it comes to surviving, however. Whatever
the year brings – climate change disasters, economic ups and
downs – people are more likely to seize on practical, viable
solutions. There will be an emphasis on preserving energy and
resources, reusing things, and preventing waste.
Old things will be valued more while Jupiter is in this sign, and this
includes older skills and traditions. People will be learning from
their elders, learning from books, and taking classes, as they study
up on all the skills that kept people alive before the Industrial
Revolution. Inventive people will be constructing things that help
people in immediate practical ways.
The realism of Capricorn can help everyone survive, but it doesn’t
always offer a hopeful vision of the future. There’s a sense that we
have to go slowly, painstakingly, with a lot of discipline and a
certain amount of deprivation. There may be less energy given to
pleasure, romance and the arts.
However, long-term strategy is one of Capricorn’s gifts, and so
there could be some steady progress this year. There could be
new structures and systems for work, for agriculture, for waste
management, and for health care. Foundational texts – such as the
Bible and the Constitution – could be changed in some practical
ways. (Maybe we’ll get an amendment that does away with the
electoral college.) Historical preservation is likely to proceed at a
The shadow side of Jupiter in Capricorn is a preference for
hierarchy and tradition over anything new and innovative. In our
current world, this could be disastrous. But as I said, Capricorn is a
good sign for survival, and it’s also a realistic sign. So I’m thinking
that, when they’re really needed, working solutions will be proposed
and put into practice. And, in general, paring down isn’t a bad idea
at this point in history.
Jupiter will be here until December 19, 2020.
Jupiter entered Capricorn
in NYC: Mon, Dec 2, 1:20 pm
in Vancouver: Mon, Dec 2, 11:20 am
in London: Mon, Dec 2, 6:20 pm
in Singapore: Tues, Dec 3, 2:20 am
in Sydney: Tues, Dec 3, 5:20 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, getting
away from the usual forms and inventing new
ones. You are inclined to take a cerebral and
experimental approach, and to challenge
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
Mercury will be here until February 3.
Mercury entered Aquarius
in NYC: Thurs, 16 Jan, 1:30 pm
in Vancouver: Thurs, 16 Jan, 10:30 am
in London: Thurs, 16 Jan, 6:30 pm
in Singapore: Fri, 17 Jan, 2:30 am
in Sydney: Fri, 17 Jan, 5:30 am
Venus is in Pisces
Venus is gentle, imaginative, and spiritually oriented in this
sign. It’s a very nice place for the planet of love, pleasure
and relationships, and in traditional astrology, Venus is
said to be exalted here.
This is the sign of the lover, not the fighter. It can mean
beautiful, romantic, spiritually uplifting relationships. It can
mean an intuitive link between two (or more) people. This
is a very open-hearted sign, not particularly egotistical,
and that makes love run more smoothly. When you’re
wronged, you are able to forgive whole-heartedly, and
when you wrong another, your amends are genuine.
Pisces is a very escapist sign, however, and you may have
a tendency to ignore or deny problems during Venus’ time
here. You know something bothers you, but you’d prefer
not to confront your friend or your partner. It’s easier to
gloss it over now, to opt for peace. That’s in part because
you can feel a bit more vulnerable when Venus is in
Pisces, since it’s such a tender and sensitive sign.
This is a great Venus sign for artists of all kinds, especially
musicians and film-makers. Your imagination is abundant,
and ideas and images and sounds and feelings just flow
through you. You hold nothing back. You may not have as
much faith in your work, however, so you might want to
hold off on showing it to large numbers of people until
Venus is in Aries next month.
Venus will be here until February 7.
Venus entered Pisces
in NYC: Mon, 13 Jan, 1:39 pm
in Vancouver: Mon, 13 Jan, 10:39 am
in London: Mon, 13 Jan, 6:39 pm
in Singapore: Tues, 14 Jan, 2:39 am
in Sydney: Tues, 14 Jan, 5:39 am
The Current Lunar Cycle
This lunar cycle looks interesting. With the sun and
moon in early Aquarius squaring Uranus in Taurus,
there’s the potential for abrupt, unexpected
changes. It’s a time to watch out for accidents,
separations, mishaps, and technical problems.
At the same time, there’s also a lot of creative
potential here. Aquarius gives a great deal of
intellectual curiosity, a real interest in knowing what
is possible. People will be more experimental – in
the arts, in both practical and theoretical sciences,
and in social arrangements. With this greater
willingness to try new things, we all learn a lot,
whether our experiments succeed or fail.
At the same time, there will be a lot of theorizing
and pontificating, with this Aquarius/Taurus square.
Having figured out a bunch of brilliant new ideas,
some people will be promoting them non-stop, and
others will be signing on. Everybody will be sure
that they’re right, and the only good thing about all
this arguing is that it will reveal a lot about what
people think, assume and believe.
So it will be a month of arguments, with several
races heating up. But it will also be a month of
greater transparency, as Aquarius is not a
secretive sign. And there will be an emphasis on
being honest, moral, and responsive to each other,
even when we don’t share the same world-view.
This lunar cycle lasts until the next new moon on
February 23. Its climactic moment is the full moon
on February 9.
The new moon occurred
in NYC: Fri, Jan 24, 4:42 pm
in Vancouver: Fri, Jan 24, 1:42 pm
in London: Fri, Jan 24, 9:42 pm
in Singapore: Sat, Jan 25, 5:42 am
in Sydney: Sat, Jan 25, 8:42 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 18.
The sun entered Aquarius
in NYC: Mon, Jan 20, 9:54 am
in Vancouver: Mon, Jan 20, 6:54 am
in London: Mon, Jan 20, 2:54 pm
in Singapore: Mon, Jan 20, 10:54 pm
in Sydney: Tues, Jan 21, 1:54 am