May 16 to 30, 2018
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 Gemini
in NYC: Tues, May 15, 4:43 pm
in Vancouver: Tues, May 15, 1:43 pm
in London: Tues, May 15, 9:43 pm
in Singapore: Weds, May 16, 4:43 am
in Sydney: Weds, May 16, 6:43 am
moves into Cancer
in NYC: Thurs, May 17, 5:47 pm
in Vancouver: Thurs, May 17, 2:47 pm
in London: Thurs, May 17, 10:47 pm
in Singapore: Fri, May 18, 5:47 am
in Sydney: Fri, May 18, 7:47 am
moves into Leo
in NYC: Sat, May 19, 7:10 pm
in Vancouver: Sat, May 19, 4:10 pm
in London: Sun, May 20, 12:10 am
in Singapore: Sun, May 20, 7:10 am
in Sydney: Sun, May 20, 9:10 am
moves into Virgo
in NYC: Mon, May 21, 10:02 pm
in Vancouver: Mon, May 21, 7:02 pm
in London: Tues, May 22, 3:02 am
in Singapore: Tues, May 22, 10:02 am
in Sydney: Tues, May 22, 12:02 pm
moves into Libra
in NYC: Thurs, May 24, 2:51 am
in Vancouver: Weds, May 23, 11:51 pm
in London: Thurs, May 24, 7:51 am
in Singapore: Thurs, May 24, 2:51 pm
in Sydney: Thurs, May 24, 4:51 pm
moves into Scorpio
in NYC: Sat, May 26, 9:39 am
in Vancouver: Sat, May 26, 6:39 am
in London: Sat, May 26, 2:39 pm
in Singapore: Sat, May 26, 9:39 pm
in Sydney: Sat, May 26, 11:39 pm
moves into Sagittarius
in NYC: Mon, May 28, 6:29 pm
in Vancouver: Mon, May 28, 3:29 pm
in London: Mon, May 28, 11:29 pm
in Singapore: Tues, May 29, 6:29 am
in Sydney: Tues, May 29, 8:29 am
moves into Capricorn
in NYC: Thurs, May 31, 5:26 am
in Vancouver: Thurs, May 31, 2:26 am
in London: Thurs, May 31, 10:26 am
in Singapore: Thurs, May 31, 5:26 pm
in Sydney: Thurs, May 31, 7:26 pm
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.
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 there
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 control of what’s
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 so
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, 4:48 am
in Singapore: Weds, Dec 20,
in Sydney: Weds, Dec 20, 3:48 pm
The sun is in Taurus
Everything becomes more concrete and
physical when the sun enters Taurus. There’s
an emphasis on working with the stuff of the
earth: the soil, the worms, the compost, the
seeds. People are more definite about
everything, more likely to make up their minds
and keep them made up. It’s time to take a
stance, to pick a little spot of ground and plant
People also become more aware of the
basics: how much money they have in the
bank, how much insurance they have, and the
general state of their health. This is a good
time to look at the foundations of your life, and
to strengthen them in any way that they need
It’s also a good time to live in the moment,
though. This earthy sign is very sensual, and
so this is a nice month to just sit in the garden
and listen to the birds sing and watch the
flowers grow. This is a different kind of
maintenance. You’re recharging your
batteries, finding your center, feeling your
connection to the earth’s core.
The sun will be here until May 20.
The sun entered Taurus
in NYC: Thurs, Apr 19, 11:12 pm
in Vancouver: Thurs, Apr 19, 8:12 pm
in London: Fri, Apr 20, 4:12 am
in Singapore: Fri, Apr 20, 11:12 am
in Sydney: Fri, Apr 20, 1:12 pm
Jupiter is in Scorpio
The character of the year changes, as Jupiter enters its new
sign. And this new year is one of deeper thoughts and
feelings. Many people will be moved to examine what’s going
on in their brains and their hearts, to figure out where these
angry or painful thoughts are coming from, and perhaps to
Scorpio is an intensely emotional sign, so a great many strong
feelings will emerge throughout this year. People will be
laughing, crying, suffering, bonding, and trying to come to
terms with their inner demons. Some people will do this in the
quiet of their rooms, and nobody will know about these dramatic
inner struggles until the explosion happens. Other people will
reach out, will allow themselves to be vulnerable, will heal, and
will help others heal.
So you can say this will be the year when we all deal with our
mental and emotional health. Spiritual health also plays a part
in this, and Scorpio is a sign of extremes. So you may have
more people rejecting the noisy materialism of the world, and
living in a state of Zen purity. Scorpio is a sign of strong
desires, and it can also manifest in the desire to completely
And it’s also a year when hidden things can come to light,
including corruption, collusion and vice. I expect some
politicians to fall from grace, and some rottenness to be
exposed during the coming year.
Jupiter will be here until November 8, 2018.
Jupiter entered Scorpio
in NYC: Tues, Oct 10, 2017, 9:20 am
in Vancouver: Tues, Oct 10, 2017, 6:20 am
in London: Tues, Oct 10, 2017, 2:20 pm
in Singapore: Tues, Oct 10, 2017, 9:20 pm
in Sydney: Weds, Oct 11, 2017, 12:20 am
Venus is in Gemini
This is a friendly place for the planet of love and
pleasure. It lends itself to easy-going conversations, low-
key discussions, and pleasurable mental diversions.
People are friendly, witty and engaging, and they laugh a
lot under this influence. Nothing seems quite as serious
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. The world
is a small place, but it’s a place of constantly milling
people. Everybody wants to experience the whole range
of activities, to glide smoothly from one place to the next,
never stopping or getting too enmeshed.
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
Venus will be in Gemini until May 19.
Venus entered Gemini
in NYC: Tues, Apr 24, 12:39 pm
in Vancouver: Tues, Apr 24, 9:39 am
in London: Tues, Apr 24, 5:39 pm
in Singapore: Weds, Apr 25, 12:39 am
in Sydney: Weds, Apr 25, 2:39 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
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 Current Lunar Cycle
This is a time of change, and these changes
could impact systems and institutions that are
seen as quite solid and permanent. When the
mighty fall, it makes quite a crash.
Three planets are in stable, earthy Taurus at
this new moon, and Uranus – the planet of
change - is just on the verge of moving into
Taurus, after seven years in Aries. And Uranus
is already dealing with a challenge, at this
threshold time. Mars, also just about to change
signs, is squaring Uranus, contributing more
excitable, unstable energy to the picture. This
lunar cycle is going to see a lot of challenges,
conflicts, and breakdowns.
The best way to use the energy of this new
moon is to check on the basics in your life.
What’s most important? What do you want to
last? This is where you need to put your
energy. It’s important to be grounded, to focus
on the essentials, and to avoid over-reacting.
Some changes are uncomfortable but
necessary, and if you’re calm and patient, you
can improve your situation.
This lunar cycle lasts until the next new moon on
June 13. Its climactic moment is the full moon
(and lunar eclipse) on May 29.
The new moon occurred
in NYC: Tues, May 15, 7:47 am
in Vancouver: Tues, May 15, 4:47 am
in London: Tues, May 15, 12:47 pm
in Singapore: Tues, May 15, 7:47 pm
in Sydney: Tues, May 15, 9:47 pm
Mercury is in Taurus
Mercury, the planet of thought, speech, writing and
learning, is more stable in Taurus. It’s easier to retain
what you learn. In fact, you want to chew everything over
more thoroughly, to figure out how it really applies to your
life. The first few days that Mercury is in Taurus, when it
conjuncts Uranus, you’re excitable and prone to
distraction – but after that, things calm down
And so this can be a period when you get a lot done. You
take your responsibilities seriously, and deal with
whatever mental task you’ve been given in a thorough,
definite way. People know they can count on you to be
honest, to finish a job on time, to be where you say you’ll
be. People who are normally a bit flaky will find
themselves more grounded, less prone to wandering off
and getting into trouble.
However, if you’re normally mired in routine, you’ll be
more so during Mercury’s passage through Taurus. Habit
is so pleasantly familiar. Why fix what isn’t broken? Of
course, a new direction might be good, but then again, it
could open up a whole new can of worms. You can talk
yourself out of anything – outside of food and sleep –
during this period.
Communication impasses can also be lengthier, because
people are less likely to give an inch while Taurus is in
this fixed sign. If it makes sense, it makes sense, and
that’s all there is to it. You may want to ask yourself
occasionally whether it’s time to compromise, at least a
Mercury will be in Taurus until June 6.
Mercury entered Taurus
in NYC: Sun, May 13, 8:40 am
in Vancouver: Sun, May 13, 5:40 am
in London: Sun, May 13, 1:40 pm
in Singapore: Sun, May 13, 8:40 pm
in Sydney: Sun, May 13, 10:40 pm
Mars is in Aquarius
The planet of will and action becomes more
independent and free-spirited in Aquarius.
You may have a stronger urge to experiment,
a desire to venture into unknown territory.
The urge to learn new things is strong, and
this is not just a mental but a physical desire.
You want to pick up new physical skills, and
you may be particularly drawn to the kinds of
sports that happen in wide-open spaces, like
wind-surfing, mountain-climbing, or ice-
skating. You want the wind in your hair, while
you master some new skill. And it’s a plus if
not too many other people know how to do it.
Your sense of style is more pronounced under
this influence. People are less into being
fashion slaves, more inclined to figure out
something that’s uniquely their own. Some
people will be quirky, while others will be
downright eccentric, and a few will get thrown
in jail for running naked down the street.
It’s a very creative time. Because there’s very
little interest in conforming, everybody is
coming up with interesting ways to express
themselves. Inventors are more inventive,
scientists are more inspired, and artists are
Mars will be here until August 12.
Mars entered Aquarius
in NYC: Weds, May 16, 12:55 am
in Vancouver: Tues, May 15, 9:55 pm
in London: Weds, May 16, 5:55 am
in Singapore: Weds, May 16, 12:55 pm
in Sydney: Weds, May 16, 2:55 pm
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 poetry.
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 lifestyle.
Uranus will be in Taurus until November 6,
2018, when it will retrograde back into Aries
for about four months, before re-entering
Taurus in March 2019.
in NYC: Tues, May 15, 11:16 am
in Vancouver: Tues, May 15, 8:16 am
in London: Tues, May 15, 4:16 pm
in Singapore: Tues, May 15, 11:16 pm
in Sydney: Weds, May 16, 1:16 am
The sun enters Gemini
The mind is really active when the sun goes through
Gemini. Ideas proliferate, and beg to be written down
or thoroughly talked over. Everyone is more interested
in the latest news, gossip, and information, and these
things spread with record-breaking speed.
It’s an especially good time for writers, especially
writers of short forms, but it’s good for anyone whose
focus is communication. Musicians write catchy tunes,
researchers find out new and telling facts, community
organizers find it easier to gather people together, and
students are eager to follow any interesting trail of
knowledge. But if a subject is boring, students will be
doodling, passing notes, or playing on their cell
phones. Everyone is more easily distracted when the
sun is in Gemini.
This is a playful sign, great for solving puzzles and
meeting mental challenges. People are friendlier,
lighter and funnier, more inclined to wordplay and to
retelling the latest jokes. People meet spontaneously,
getting into the spirit of the moment. Everyone wants
to keep their options open, to have lots of free time
and an abundance of choices. People are busy, but
not because they’re working themselves to death.
They’re more likely to be busy having fun.
The sun will be in Gemini until June 21.
The sun enters Gemini
in NYC: Sun, May 20, 10:14 pm
in Vancouver: Sun, May 20, 7:14 pm
in London: Mon, May 21, 3:14 am
in Singapore: Mon, May 21, 10:14 am
in Sydney: Mon, May 21, 12:14 pm
Mercury enters Gemini
In this air sign, Mercury – the planet of the
mind – is right at home. Mental processing
is faster, more skillful, more imaginative.
Everybody is quicker to connect the dots, to
find the links between various pieces of
information. People are not as interested in
going deep, and seeing the underlying
causes, but rather want to cover a lot of
territory. They are drawn to diversity,
variety, multiple possibilities.
This is an excellent Mercury sign for writers
and idea people. People don’t mind being
quirky, in the interest of keeping everything
moving. Cleverness has plenty of cachet,
and so lots of great aphorisms can be
written, and lots of witty sayings passed
around. Sometimes nothing gets done,
because people are so taken with their own
This is a great time for brainstorming and
networking. However, it’s very easy for
everything to stay up there on the cloud
level, and never come down to earth. It’s all
so interesting when it’s theoretical. You can
go in all sorts of directions; there are no
limits. And so if you actually want to
accomplish something concrete, you may
need to put some sort of limit on meetings,
mailings or phone conversations.
Mercury will be in Gemini until June
Mercury enters Gemini
in NYC: Tues, May 29, 7:49 pm
in Vancouver: Tues, May 29, 4:49 pm
in London: Weds, May 30, 12:49 am
in Singapore: Weds, May 30, 7:49 am
in Sydney: Weds, May 30, 9:49 am
Venus enters Cancer
Venus, the planet of love and pleasure, is gentle,
nurturing and sympathetic in this sign. This is
mostly very good for relationships.
It’s a sentimental time, when you may feel more
like taking pictures of your sweetheart, saving
locks of hair and greeting cards, and whispering
endearments in her ear as you walk past. If you’
re not normally prone to this kind of gooiness,
you may wonder what’s gotten into you. But
there’s a good chance you’ll both enjoy it,
although you may be thankful that nobody else
can hear the silly names you’re calling each
It’s a great time for cooking, so if you’re inclined
to this sort of thing, now is the time to get into the
kitchen. It’s also a great time for eating, and all
dishes, whether humble or exotic, are more
pleasurable. It’s nice for entertaining, especially
family and close friends. Your home is cozier,
more attractive, and you find it very easy to just
Generally, you want to be comfortable when
Venus is in this sign, so it can be perfect for a
stay-at-home vacation. It also attracts you to
watery places, like beaches and the lake. Just
be sure you bring along your favorite pillow and
your favorite brand of cookies.
Venus will be here until June 13.
Venus enters Cancer
in NYC: Sat, May 19, 9:10 am
in Vancouver: Sat, May 19, 6:10 am
in London: Sat, May 19, 2:10 pm
in Singapore: Sat, May 19, 9:10 pm
in Sydney: Sat, May 19, 11:10 pm