July 2 to 9, 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 Sagittarius
in NYC: Weds, July 1, 9:21 pm
in Vancouver: Weds, July 1, 6:21 pm
in London: Thurs, July 2, 2:21 am
in Singapore: Thurs, July 2, 9:21 am
in Sydney: Thurs, July 2, 11:21 am
moves into Capricorn
in NYC: Sat, July 4, 12:48 am
in Vancouver: Fri, July 3, 9:48 pm
in London: Sat, July 4, 5:48 am
in Singapore: Sat, July 4, 12:48 pm
in Sydney: Sat, July 4, 2:48 pm
moves into Aquarius
in NYC: Mon, July 6, 6:08 am
in Vancouver: Mon, July 6, 3:08 am
in London: Mon, July 6, 11:08 am
in Singapore: Mon, July 6, 6:08 pm
in Sydney: Mon, July 6, 8:08 pm
moves into Pisces
in NYC: Weds, July 8, 2:12 pm
in Vancouver: Weds, July 8, 11:12 am
in London: Weds, July 8, 7:12 pm
in Singapore: Thurs, July 9, 2:12 am
in Sydney: Thurs, July 9, 4:12 am
moves into Aries
in NYC: Sat, July 11, 1:06 am
in Vancouver: Fri, July 10, 10:06 pm
in London: Sat, July 11, 6:06 am
in Singapore: Sat, July 11, 1:06 pm
in Sydney: Sat, July 11, 3:06 pm
Venus is in Gemini
This is a friendly place for the planet of love
and pleasure. It lends itself to easy-going
conversations, sprightly discussions, and
pleasurable mental diversions. People are
friendly, witty and engaging, and they laugh
a lot under this influence. Even if the world
is dealing with a pandemic, there is plenty of
humor to be had.
The emphasis is on popular culture - TV
shows, romance novels, thrillers, pop music,
action films. Everyone wants to be
entertained, without having to work too hard
to figure out what’s going on. However,
there’s a lot of curiosity to Gemini, and so
even rather abstruse works of art can find an
audience. There will always be someone
ready to explain it to everyone else.
The main thing now is communication.
There are lots of bridges being built –
between people and people, between people
and ideas, between ideas and ideas.
Everyone is engaged in making
connections. This is really good for the
current world of the 2020 pandemic, in which
social spaces are virtual rather than
physical. People can mill around, checking
out different ways of dealing with the new
reality, sharing hints and news, maintaining a
sense of freedom and choice.
When it comes to relationships, this lends
itself to casual friendships and to speed-
dating more than to deeper levels of
intimacy. It’s a good time to get to know
someone, to hang out with them in lots of
different circumstances. By the time Venus
leaves Gemini, you’ll have developed an
easy and comfortable connection, and you
can see whether you’d like to take it further.
It will be a while, because Venus is
retrograding in this sign. But maybe – just
maybe – the pandemic will be over by then,
and people can actually shake each other’s
Venus will be in Gemini until August 7.
Venus entered Gemini
in NYC: Fri, Apr 3, 1:10 pm
in Vancouver: Fri, Apr 3, 10:10 am
in London: Fri, Apr 3, 6:10 pm
in Singapore: Sat, Apr 4, 1:10 am
in Sydney: Sat, Apr 4, 4:10 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
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.
Mercury is in Cancer
Mercury, the planet of the mind, spends more
than two months in the emotional,
impressionable sign Cancer, and this is great
for the intuitive faculties. It’s not quite as
good when it comes to logic and reason!
People are more likely to believe what they
want to believe, what they have strong
emotional reasons for believing.
This gives a stronger focus on home and
family. It’s a good time for working on
genealogy, or compiling photo albums, or
having a virtual family reunion. You might call
up your older relatives and listen to their
stories, or you might tell your own stories to
the younger ones in your family. Or you
could connect with people from your past:
the kid next door, your college roommate,
your long lost cousin.
It’s also a good time for interior decoration,
for adding cozy touches to your home or
garden, for finding interesting things in your
attic. Mercury in Cancer enhances the
memory, but it’s best for learning things that
have a strong emotional charge. For
example, you might learn the language of
your ancestors, or study a historical period
that really calls to you, or take an on-line
cooking or gardening class.
Mercury will retrograde in this sign, during the
second half of June and early July, and this
will add to the urge to delve into the past. It’s
a good time to tie up all the loose ends that
you’ve been tripping over.
When it comes to communication, be sure not
to assume that everyone else feels the same
way that you do about everything. Your own
opinions seem so natural and inevitable that
it can be very startling to find out that others
believe something different. Try to go down
deeper, to find the points of emotional
connection. We’re all human, all flawed, and
all vulnerable, no matter what we think about
Mercury will be in Cancer until August
Mercury entered Cancer
in NYC: Thurs, May 28, 2:09 pm
in Vancouver: Thurs, May 28, 11:09 am
in London: Thurs, May 28, 7:09 pm
in Singapore: Fri, May 29, 2:09 am
in Sydney: Fri, May 29, 4:09 am
The Current Lunar Cycle
This is something rare, a new moon and an
eclipse so close to the solstice. Every new moon
has fresh energy for transformation, but a new
moon at 0° Cancer, the summer solstice
degree, is especially powerful. This is the
degree that has to do with the homeland, the
neighborhood, the family, the tribe, and these
things will be especially impacted.
An eclipse also signals transformation, and this
one emphasizes the last degree of Gemini and
the first degree of Cancer, so it’s really about
transition from one mode of being to the next.
This lunar cycle looks like a threshold into a
whole different reality.
With Mercury, Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, and Pluto
all retrograde, the energy isn’t all forward-
moving. Some of it hearkens back to the past,
and there will be many opportunities to correct
past mistakes. History has its own underlying
emotional reality, and then there’s the official
version. During this lunar cycle, we’ll see the
clash between these two ways of understanding
what’s gone before.
And so, many of the sorrows of the past will re-
emerge during this lunar cycle, with the sun and
moon in Cancer inconjunct retrograde Saturn in
Aquarius. Old skirmishes will be re-fought, and
tears will be shed for what was lost long ago.
At the same time, there is some forward
progress, as there’s a close Mars/Jupiter sextile
in this new moon chart. With Mars in Pisces, this
positive energy is fed by music, art, and spiritual
consciousness, and it takes the emotional
energy of the Cancer sun/moon, and turns it
into an awareness of cosmic currents. And so it
adds some healing energy, during this very
intense and tumultuous time.
This lunar cycle lasts until the next new moon on
July 20. Its climactic moment is the full moon
(and lunar eclipse) on July 5.
The new moon occurred
in NYC: Sun, June 21, 2:40 am
in Vancouver: Sat, June 20, 11:40 pm
in London: Sun, June 21, 7:40 am
in Singapore: Sun, June 21, 2:40 pm
in Sydney: Sun, June 21, 4:40 pm
The sun is in Cancer
Happy summer solstice! Cancer is a warm,
sweet, nurturing sign, and as the sun moves
through this sign, people are more open with
their feelings, their laughter and tears. There is
an emphasis on caring for others, and protecting
those who are vulnerable. Your neighbors may
organize food collection drives, and lost animals
may show up at your doorstep.
This is a time of increased sensitivity, and this
can mean being a little touchy at times. Everyone
can be a little moodier while the sun’s in Cancer.
One minute, your lover gives you the shirt off her
back, and the next minute she’s pouting because
you forgot to praise her bread pudding. People
can be needier, more dependent on each other.
During the pandemic, this is quite tricky, because
nobody has quite as much space as usual. You
need to be especially sensitive to the varying
moods of your family members, and figure out
how to back off when they show signs of going
around the bend. And you need to pay attention
to your own feelings, and find ways to nurture
yourself when you’re about to break apart.
If you don’t have family, if you’re living alone
during the pandemic, this can be a lonely time,
and you can get way up in your own feelings.
Make sure to reach out to others if you find
yourself subsisting on Cheetos, or piling up
empty wine bottles. Even if you can’t get the
hugs you really want, all expressions of care are
valuable these days. And there are people who
care, even if you can’t always see them right in
front of you.
The sun will be here until July 22.
The sun entered Cancer
in NYC: Sat, June 20, 5:43 pm
in Vancouver: Sat, June 20, 2:43 pm
in London: Sat, June 20, 10:43 pm
in Singapore: Sun, June 21, 5:43 am
in Sydney: Sun, June 21, 7:43 am
Saturn is in Capricorn
Saturn returns to its home sign for a
final six months, after spending most
of the last two and a half years here.
Some familiar old fears could be
reactivated, and some onerous
restrictions reenacted. There may
be a sense that we’re going
backwards, even that we’re re-
entering the dark ages. There won’t
be a lot of time or room for frivolity.
For Saturn in Capricorn, the main
thing is to maintain the status quo,
and to bolster it further whenever
possible. For many reasons,
including the pandemic, there could
be more poverty and lack during this
time. Natural resources become
scarcer, and people already in
power continue to take control of
When times are hard, people focus
on the basics, and act more
cautiously. However, with Mars
going through Aries during this time,
there will be some pitched battles
between the two of them, and so
sparks will fly. Saturn in Capricorn
will focus on duty, responsibility and
pragmatism, while Mars in Aries
keeps fighting, pushing to break
through all the walls and achieve
In addition, Saturn in Capricorn
encourages organization in all
forms, and so there could be more
grassroots organizational efforts.
People will find alternate ways to
distribute the earth’s resources.
Some folks already have the skills
they need to survive, and they’ll
teach them to others. Discipline,
commitment and clear vision are all
rewarded by Saturn in this sign.
Saturn will be in Capricorn until
December 17, 2020.
Saturn entered Capricorn
in NYC: Weds, July 1, 7:37 pm
in Vancouver: Weds, July 1,
in London: Thurs, July 2, 12:37 am
in Singapore: Thurs, July 2,
in Sydney: Thurs, July 2, 9:37 am
Mercury is Retrograde
Cancer is an emotional, intuitive, sensitive sign, and
when Mercury goes retrograde in this sign, all this
floating sensitivity can really bollix things up.
For example: you’re driving to an important meeting,
and suddenly you get this strong feeling that you’re
supposed to be somewhere else, so you turn around
and drive in the opposite direction. And because of
this, you meet your long-lost cousin George selling
pickles in the street, and it’s a wonderful reunion, and
you end up going into business with him, because
you’ve just lost your job. And this could be what you
were meant to do. But other people could be
unhappy about it, including the people at the meeting,
and the driver behind you when you made that illegal
You also may be a bit driftier and dreamier during
Mercury’s three-week retrograde passage. It makes
hardly any aspects to other planets during this time,
so it’s mostly untethered. You may feel a bit
disconnected to everybody and everything, and it’s
easy to get lost in the world of your imagination.
While Mercury is retrograde, don’t try to start any new
projects, as the momentum is towards the past, and
new projects can get derailed or simply fail to leave
the ground (to mix metaphors in a Mercury retrograde
spirit of confusion). This is a good time to deal with
old leftover projects that you’ve put to the side,
especially things that are connected to home and
family - such as writing all those thank-you letters, or
putting pictures in albums.
You can also reassess things that you’ve never
thought much about, and you may find yourself
recognizing patterns you never saw before. You can
explore old feelings, and finally make sense of them.
What really happened in your family, or in the
neighborhood, or in the country, back in the
good old days? It’s time to find out.
Mercury goes direct again on July 12.
Mercury went retrograde
in NYC: Thurs, June 18, 12:58 am
in Vancouver: Weds, June 17, 9:58 pm
in London: Thurs, June 18, 5:58 am
in Singapore: Thurs, June 18, 12:58 pm
in Sydney: Thurs, June 18, 2:58 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
particularly optimistic, and so
it isn't 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
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 good pace.
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,
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
Mars is in Aries
Wow, Mars is going to be in Aries for a long
time – for the rest of the year, in fact.
Usually it spends two months in a sign, so
this gives a long stretch of highly focused,
dynamic energy. Mars in Aries is very vital,
so you can get some important work done.
This fire sign is passionate, rebellious and
spontaneous, and it can mean leaping
headfirst into the most ambitious projects –
and often, accomplishing things that were
supposed to be impossible. The urge to
compete and win is very strong. But it’s not
the most organized, structured or patient
influence in the world. Everybody wants to
be a leader, nobody wants to compromise,
delays are intolerable, and arguments can
sap a lot of time and energy.
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. Even though you’
re eager to move forward, you may want to
stop, look around, and see what others are
saying or doing.
A brief pause won’t hurt anything.
Everything is still moving very quickly, and
there will be plenty of dragons left for you
Mars will be in Aries until January 6.
Mars entered Aries
in NYC: Sat, June 27, 9:45 pm
in Vancouver: Sat, June 27, 6:45 pm
in London: Sun, June 28, 2:45 am
in Singapore: Sun, June 28, 9:45 am
in Sydney: Sun, June 28, 11:45 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 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
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
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
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 it.
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, 2019, 3:27 am
in Vancouver: Weds, Mar 6, 2019, 12:27 am
in London: Weds, Mar 6, 2019, 8:27 am
in Singapore: Weds, Mar 6, 2019, 4:27 pm
in Sydney: Weds, Mar 6, 2019, 7:27 pm