September 14 to 24, 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 Scorpio
in NYC: Weds, Sept 12, 2:15 pm
in Vancouver: Weds, Sept 12, 11:15 am
in London: Weds, Sept 12, 7:15 pm
in Singapore: Thurs, Sept 13, 2:15 am
in Sydney: Thurs, Sept 13, 4:15 am
moves into Sagittarius
in NYC: Fri, Sept 14, 8:45 pm
in Vancouver: Fri, Sept 14, 5:45 pm
in London: Sat, Sept 15, 1:45 am
in Singapore: Sat, Sept 15, 8:45 am
in Sydney: Sat, Sept 15, 10:45 am
moves into Capricorn
in NYC: Mon, Sept 17, 7:07 am
in Vancouver: Mon, Sept 17, 4:07 am
in London: Mon, Sept 17, 12:07 pm
in Singapore: Mon, Sept 17, 7:07 pm
in Sydney: Mon, Sept 17, 9:07 pm
moves into Aquarius
in NYC: Weds, Sept 19, 7:51 pm
in Vancouver: Weds, Sept 19, 4:51 pm
in London: Thurs, Sept 20, 12:51 am
in Singapore: Thurs, Sept 20, 7:51 am
in Sydney: Thurs, Sept 20, 9:51 am
moves into Pisces
in NYC: Sat, Sep 22, 8:26 am
in Vancouver: Sat, Sep 22, 5:26 am
in London: Sat, Sep 22, 1:26 pm
in Singapore: Sat, Sep 22, 8:26 pm
in Sydney: Sat, Sep 22, 10:26 pm
moves into Aries
in NYC: Mon, Sept 24, 7:03 pm
in Vancouver: Mon, Sept 24, 4:03 pm
in London: Tues, Sept 25, 12:03 am
in Singapore: Tues, Sept 25, 7:03 am
in Sydney: Tues, Sept 25, 9:03 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 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
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 people survive.
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
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.
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
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-
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 21.
Mercury entered Virgo
in NYC: Weds, 5 Sept, 10:38 pm
in Vancouver: Weds, 5 Sept, 7:38 pm
in London: Thurs, 6 Sept, 3:38 am
in Singapore: Thurs, 6 Sept, 10:38 am
in Sydney: Thurs, 6 Sept, 12:38 pm
The sun is in Virgo
This is a good time for a fall cleaning. The Virgo sun gives
a sharp 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
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: Thurs, Aug 23, 12:08 am
in Vancouver: Weds, Aug 22, 9:08 pm
in London: Thurs, Aug 23, 5:08 am
in Singapore: Thurs, Aug 23, 12:08 pm
in Sydney: Thurs, Aug 23, 2:08 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 make changes.
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
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
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
The Current Lunar Cycle
This is an expansive lunar cycle, so it’s a good
time to set far-reaching intentions. The sun and
moon are trining Pluto in Capricorn, with Jupiter
in Scorpio halfway between and sextiling both
sides. So there can be progress that’s both
immediately heartening and enduring. What are
your ambitions? What role do you want to play in
your community? What do you want to see
happen in the world, and how do you want to
contribute to it?
The energy is very earthy, so this is a time of
practical action. There are no planets at all in air
signs, so the time for discussions and meetings is
past. Everybody knows what needs to be done,
and is engaged in doing it. People are more
meticulous and discriminating than usual, and
everyone is more interested in results.
There’s a lot of steady work going on. Folks are
healing people, healing the environment,
organizing and sorting, and throwing out
whatever doesn’t function well.
There are some shake-ups in relationships this
month, as the Venus/Uranus opposition is just
moving into place, with Mars acting as a catalyst
planet. If your relationship isn’t solid, it may go
through some ups and downs, and things may
need to change, one way or another. This
isn’t necessarily a peaceful process, but in the
long run, you may be glad you worked some
This lunar cycle lasts until the next new moon on
October 8. Its climactic moment is the full moon
on September 24.
The new moon occurred
in NYC: Sun, Sept 9, 2:01 pm
in Vancouver: Sun, Sept 9, 11:01 am
in London: Sun, Sept 9, 7:01 pm
in Singapore: Mon, Sept 10, 2:01 am
in Sydney: Mon, Sept 10, 4:01 am
Venus is in Scorpio
Venus becomes a lot more intense and focused in
Scorpio. It also becomes more sexual, so this is a
good time to develop your love-making techniques,
as well as reach a greater level of intimacy in your
relationships. You’re more aware of other people’s
sexual energy, on both the chemical and emotional
Power issues tend to come up, generally at times
when people feel most vulnerable. In relationships,
old trauma can have a lot of buried influence, and it
could move people to shut each other out. Be
ready to forgive your lovers, friends and family
members, and to keep the doors to your heart
open. Everyone needs to feel safe, and people
come to this in their own ways.
Venus will be in Scorpio until October 31.
Venus entered Scorpio
in NYC: Sun, Sept 9, 5:25 am
in Vancouver: Sun, Sept 9,
in London: Sun, Sept 9, 10:25 am
in Singapore: Sun, Sept 9,
in Sydney: Sun, Sept 9, 7:25 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
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 more avant-garde.
Mars will be here until November 15.
Mars entered Aquarius
in NYC: Mon, Sept 10, 8:55 pm
in Vancouver: Mon, Sept 10, 5:55 pm
in London: Tues, Sept 11, 1:55 am
in Singapore: Tues, Sept 11, 8:55 am
in Sydney: Tues, Sept 11, 10:55 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: Sat, Sep 22, 9:54 pm
in Vancouver: Sat, Sep 22, 6:54 pm
in London: Sun, Sep 23, 2:54 am
in Singapore: Sun, Sep 23, 9:54 am
in Sydney: Sun, Sep 23, 11:54 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
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
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-
Mercury will be here until October 9.
Mercury enters Libra
in NYC: Fri, Sep 21, 11:39 pm
in Vancouver: Fri, Sep 21, 8:39 pm
in London: Sat, Sep 22, 4:39 am
in Singapore: Sat, Sep 22, 11:39 am
in Sydney: Sat, Sep 22, 1:39 pm