and More
by Jenny Yates

May 24 to 31, 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

The Moon

moves into Taurus
in NYC: Tues, May 23, 8:32 am
in Vancouver: Tues, May 23, 5:32 am
in London: Tues, May 23, 1:32 pm
in Singapore: Tues, May 23, 8:32 pm   
in Sydney: Tues, May 23, 10:32 pm

moves into Gemini
in NYC: Thurs, May 25, 8:15 am  
in Vancouver: Thurs, May 25, 5:15 am    
in London: Thurs, May 25, 1:15 pm  
in Singapore: Thurs, May 25, 8:15 pm     
in Sydney: Thurs, May 25, 10:15 pm  

moves into Cancer
in NYC:  Sat, May 27, 7:24 am
in Vancouver: Sat, May 27, 4:24 am
in London: Sat, May 27, 12:24 pm
in Singapore: Sat, May 27, 7:24 pm  
in Sydney: Sat, May 27, 9:24 pm

moves into Leo
in NYC: Mon, May 29, 8:12 am
in Vancouver: Mon, May 29, 5:12 am
in London: Mon, May 29, 1:12 pm
in Singapore: Mon, May 29, 8:12 pm  
in Sydney: Mon, May 29, 10:12 pm

moves into Virgo
in NYC:  Weds, May 31, 12:15 pm
in Vancouver: Weds, May 31, 9:15 am  
in London: Weds, May 31, 5:15 pm  
in Singapore: Thurs, Jun 1, 12:15 am   
in Sydney: Thurs, Jun 1, 2:15 am   

moves into Libra
in NYC: Fri, June 2, 8:03 pm
in Vancouver: Fri, June 2, 5:03 pm
in London: Sat, June 3, 1:03 am
in Singapore: Sat, June 3, 8:03 am   
in Sydney: Sat, June 3, 10:03 am

What does the
moon's sign tell

Moon Signs and
Lunar Transits

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
dismantling them.

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, 12:49 am
in Berlin:  Sat, Mar 12, 2011, 1:49 am
in Sydney:  Sat, Mar 12, 2011, 11:49 am
Mars is in Gemini

This is a restless place for the planet of action,
and it increases your level of nervous energy.  
It can mean pacing, non-stop talking, and
rushing around doing a million things at once.  
It can be harder to relax and to sleep while
Mars is here, particularly for people who are
already insomniacs.  Even usually calm people
may feel a bit edgy and easily distracted.

People who are good at multi-tasking will be
even better at it during this period, and so you’
ll see a lot of people simultaneously talking on
the phone, answering their mail, and watching
cartoons.  These folks are energized by all the
mental stimuli, and so, somehow, everything
gets done.  .   

The main challenge is that there can be too
much mental energy, and sometimes people
can talk for hours without making a decision.  
There’s a certain reluctance to diminish your
options in any way.  This can mean a more
superficial approach, a tendency to dabble in
a lot of things without making a definite
commitment to anything.  

But this is an interesting time, and you’re likely
to experience lots of variety in your
You’re curious about all the untried
possibilities, and your curiosity can take you to
new places.  
You’re more likely to talk to strangers, to read
the signs along the way, to smell the flowers
and then to post facebook updates (with
pictures) about them, and to engage with
everything and everybody around you.  

When it comes to exercise, this is a great time
for biking, roller-skating, or skate-boarding.  
Walking may sometimes seem too slow.  
Hitchhiking could make a comeback, and a lot
of people will find themselves driving around
more than usual.   

Mars will be here until June 4.    

Mars entered Gemini
in NYC:  Fri, Apr 21, 6:32 am  
in Vancouver: Fri, Apr 21, 3:32 am  
in London: Fri, Apr 21, 11:32 am    
in Singapore: Fri, Apr 21, 6:32 pm    
in Sydney: Fri, Apr 21, 8:32 pm  

The Current Lunar Cycle
(6° Taurus)

Taurus is a stable sign, and the Taurus new moon
generally signals a good time for growth.  This one
is a little rockier than usual, because of the close
conjunction between Mercury and Uranus.  
Mercury is about communication and connection,
while Uranus is the planet of change.  So this can
mean a lot of broken links, disrupted
conversations, and erratic transactions. Watch for
accidents, mishaps, lost data, and other technical

Creative energy is high, and this could be an
exciting time.  There is space for new perceptions.  
Sometimes old beliefs and attitudes die hard, but
the new ones compel everyone’s attention.  
There’s a strong interest in liberation, and people
may speak and write in a way that’s more
rebellious, independent, and fiery.  There could be
a lot of symbolic crossed swords.

It does help that Mercury and Uranus are both
trining Saturn, the planet of structure.  This
provides a grounding for some of the sparks that
people are generating.  So even though many of
the emerging plans may seem like hare-brained
schemes, there are a few that will take root and
grow into something important, something that lasts
a long time.  

This lunar cycle lasts until the next new moon on
May 25.  Its climactic moment is the full moon on
May 10.   

The new moon occurred
in NYC: Weds, Apr 26, 8:16 am
in Vancouver: Weds, Apr 26, 5:16 am
in London: Weds, Apr 26, 1:16 pm
in Singapore: Weds, Apr 26, 8:16 pm  
in Sydney: Weds, Apr 26, 10:16 pm

Venus is in Aries

Romantic passion has its day, with Venus in this
sign.  If you ever wanted to write a love sonnet,
now is the time.  You’re more spontaneous and
impetuous than usual, and if writing sonnets isn’t
your thing, you might just blurt out the way you
feel.  Later on, you may wonder how you
managed to be so bold!  But the good side of
this is that you get your answer right away, and
you can move on if the object of your interest isn’
t in the same place.

All lovers are a little friskier under this influence,
even if they’ve been together a long time.  
Everybody is looking for a little more excitement
in their lives.  

It’s also a great time for artists, as the urge for
creative self-expression is very strong.  There’s
an autobiographical feel about Venus in Aries,
and this will come through in any media.  You’re
drawing yourself, or doing comedy about your
own life, or putting your feelings into interpretive
dance.  Whatever you’re doing, it’s an
exploration of what it means to be you – and
what it means to be human – and the honesty
and spontaneity of your work engages your

When it comes to pleasure, you want to do
things that are different while Venus is here.  
You want to try something you’ve never done
before, something that will engage your body
and spirit.  You might go out and do the tango,
or climb a cliff, or learn something about rocket
science, and even if it challenges you, it will be

Venus will be in Aries until June 6.   

Venus entered Aries     
in NYC:  Fri, Apr 28, 9:13 am
in Vancouver: Fri, Apr 28, 6:13 am
in London: Fri, Apr 28, 2:13 pm
in Singapore: Fri, Apr 28, 9:13 pm  
in Sydney: Fri, Apr 28, 11:13 pm

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 well.  

You see your responsibilities as part of a
larger picture these days.  
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
your visions.  

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,
7:49 pm  
in London: Fri, Sept 18, 2015, 3:49 am  
in Singapore: Fri, Sept 18, 2015
10:49 am    
in Sydney: Fri, Sept 18, 2015, 12:49 pm  

The sun is in 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

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 enter
ed Gemini
in NYC:  Sat, May 20, 4:31 pm
in Vancouver: Sat, May 20, 1:31 pm  
in London: Sat, May 20, 9:31 pm
in Singapore: Sun, May 21, 4:31 am  
in Sydney: Sun, May 21, 6:31 am  

Mercury is in Taurus

Mercury, the planet of thought, speech, writing
and learning, is calmer and 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.  You’re not as excitable as you were
when Mercury was in Aries, not as prone to

And so this can be a time 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 little

Mercury will be in Taurus until June

Mercury enter
ed Taurus
in NYC: Tues, May 16, 12:06 am
in Vancouver: Mon, May 15, 9:06 pm
in London: Tues, May 16, 5:06 am  
in Singapore: Tues, May 16, 12:06 pm   
in Sydney: Tues, May 16, 2:06 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,
11:03 am
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

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 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

The Next Lunar Cycle
(4° Gemini)

The Gemini new moon is good for new beginnings
connected with communication, so if you want to
start writing a book, or learn a new language, or
learn more about how your computer or phone
works, this is an excellent time for that. Everyone is
more attached to words, ideas, news, gossip, and
information, and so this is a month full of
conversations and discussions.

People who talk too much will talk even more during
this lunar cycle.  Naïve people will reveal things they
should keep mum about, and reticent people will be
persuaded to reveal closely-held secrets.  With
Mercury inconjunct Jupiter at the new moon,
everyone will be riveted by the unwise and
sometimes shocking things that other people say.  
As scandals unfold, legal action could be

The weakest element right now is water, so
emotions are not valued all that much during the
coming lunar cycle.  Lip service may be paid to
religion and spiritual practices, but people are living
more in their heads.  Intimacy and empathy could
be in short supply.  However, there’s a Venus/Pluto
square at the new moon, so some deeper
relationship issues could emerge, and require
people to look at things they’d rather ignore.    

This lunar cycle lasts until the next new moon on
June 23.  Its climactic moment is the full moon on
June 9.   

The new moon occurs
in NYC:  Thurs, May 25, 3:44 pm
in Vancouver: Thurs, May 25, 12:44 pm
in London: Thurs, May 25, 8:44 pm
in Singapore:  Fri, May 26, 3:44 am  
in Sydney: Fri, May 26, 5:44 am  

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 processing, more
diplomatic overtures.  

Libra is all about the way we treat each other, and so the focus
will be on courtesy, manners and protocol.  To some, this will
seem curiously bloodless, but there is also a beauty to urban
ritual.  Because Libra is such a social influence, these repeating
patterns allow us all to interact without bruising each other’s

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 down.   

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