Moonsign,
Sunsign
and More
by Jenny Yates

July 30 to August 6, 2014


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 Virgo
in NYC:  Mon, July 28, 11:37 pm
in Vancouver: Mon, July 28, 8:37 pm
in London:  Tues, July 29, 4:37 am
in Singapore: Tues, July 29, 11:37 am  
in Sydney: Tues, July 29, 1:37 pm

moves into Libra
in NYC:  Thurs, July 31, 12:09 pm
in Vancouver: Thurs, July 31, 9:09 am
in London: Thurs, July 31, 5:09 pm
in Singapore: Fri, Aug 1, 12:09 am      
in Sydney: Fri, Aug 1, 2:09 am      

moves into Scorpio
in NYC:  Sat, Aug 2, 10:56 pm
in Vancouver: Sat, Aug 2, 7:56 pm
in London: Sun, Aug 3, 3:56 am  
in Singapore:  Sun, Aug 3, 10:56 am  
in Sydney: Sun, Aug 3, 12:56 pm


moves into Sagittarius
in NYC: Tues, Aug 5, 6:18 am
in Vancouver:  Tues, Aug 5, 3:18 am
in London:  Tues, Aug 5, 11:18 am
in Singapore: Tues, Aug 5, 6:18 pm  
in Sydney: Tues, Aug 5, 8:18 pm

moves into Capricorn
in NYC:  Thurs, Aug 7, 9:38 am
in Vancouver: Thurs, Aug 7, 6:38 am
in London: Thurs, Aug 7, 2:38 pm
in Singapore: Thurs, Aug 7, 9:38 pm  
in Sydney: Thurs, Aug 7, 11:38 pm
 

What does the
moon's sign tell
you?

See
Moon Signs and
Lunar Transits

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


Saturn is in Scorpio

Saturn is the planet of structure, duty
and responsibility, and Scorpio is the
sign of transformation.  Saturn is about
setting up new systems, and Scorpio has
a tendency to go to extremes.  And so
this is not necessarily an easy
combination.  But there is a lot of power
unleashed while Saturn is in Scorpio, and
it can go towards deep, meaningful
change.

This is a time when people will be drawn
towards things that are usually taboo.  
There’s a fascination with whatever is
mysterious, unconventional, or raw.  So
people will deal with sex, death, money,
power, and other topics that they usually
avoid or fear.  Underlying emotional
responses will be more visible:  
resentment, hunger, suspicion,
paranoia.  When you deal directly with
these things, you release a lot of old,
stuck energy, and so these intense
feelings are gateways to transformation.

Everyone gets in touch with their inner
devils, to some extent or another, and
everyone is also required to work out a
deeper moral code. What is good and
bad, what is right and wrong, when
you’re truly being honest with yourself,
recognizing what lies inside your own
heart?

During the next two years, some things
that are quite risqué now may become
accepted and even respectable, while
some things that are commonplace now
may be widely rejected.  People who look
wild and crazy may be totally
conventional or even straight-laced.   
And people, more aware of their own
contradictions, may become a little less
quick to judge others by appearances.  

Saturn will be in Scorpio until December
23, 2014.  

Saturn entered Scorpio
in NYC:  Fri, Oct 5, 2012, 4:34 pm
in Vancouver:  Fri, Oct 5, 2012, 1:34 pm
in London: Fri, Oct 5, 2012, 9:34 pm  
in Singapore:  Sat, Oct 6, 2012, 4:34 am  
in Sydney: Sat, Oct 6, 2012, 6:34 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 2023.  

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

Mercury is in Cancer

Mercury, the planet of the mind, spends a
few weeks 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 family reunion.  You might sit down
with 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 or in antique stores. 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 a cooking or gardening class.  

When it comes to communication, the main
thing is that you don’t assume 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
anything.        

Mercury will be in Cancer until July
31.                    

Mercury entered Cancer
in NYC:  Sun, July 13, 12:44 am
in Vancouver: Sat, July 12, 9:44 pm
in London: Sun, July 13, 5:44 am  
in Singapore: Sun, July 13, 12:44 pm  
in Sydney: Sun, July 13, 2:44 pm

The sun is in Leo

The sun is exuberant in its own sign, Leo.  
Everyone is encouraged to live a little bit more
loudly:  to be more dramatic, to express
themselves, to shine.  People who are
comfortable in the spotlight are even happier to
be there when the sun is in Leo.  People who are
shyer gain confidence as they see how much fun
everybody else is having.  And audiences are
also greatly appreciated when the sun is in this
sign.  

This is a nice time for children, and it brings out
the child in all of us.  It’s a time to soak up the
sun, to be free and playful, to sing and dance, to
clown around, to climb trees and look at the view
from above.  Everything is out in the open,
there’s freedom and high spirits and bright colors,
and people are living for the moment.  

There can also be quite a lot of jousting while the
sun is here.  Some battles for dominance are just
for show, but others are quite serious.  This is the
time when the alpha dog may have to deal with a
lot of challenges from the lesser dogs.  There is
more posturing, and social events may become
fabulous and outrageous affairs during the sun’s
sojourn in Leo.  

The sun will be here until August 23.  

The sun enters Leo
in NYC:  Tues, July 22, 5:41 pm  
in Vancouver: Tues, July 22, 2:41 pm  
in London: Tues, July 22, 10:41 pm  
in Singapore:  Weds, July 23, 5:41 am  
in Sydney: Weds, July 23, 7:41 am  

Venus is in Cancer

Venus is gentle, nurturing and sympathetic in this
sign.  It’s a very nice place for the planet of love,
pleasure and 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 other.

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 nest.  

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 August 12.   

Venus enters Cancer
in NYC: Fri, July 18, 10:06 am  
in Vancouver: Fri, July 18, 7:06 am  
in London: Fri, July 18, 3:06 pm  
in Singapore: Fri, July 18, 10:06 pm    
in Sydney: Sat, July 19, 12:06 am

Jupiter is in Leo.

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 Leo is an exciting,
courageous fire sign, so the coming year will be particularly
active and stimulating.  After the sometimes claustrophobic
wetness of this last Jupiter-in-Cancer year, Jupiter in Leo
feels like a nice long stretch in the sun.  

Jupiter in Leo will give everyone more confidence, and will
encourage creativity, play, and risk-taking.  People who are
already effusive and energetic will become more so, and
shy people will start to come out into the open, and let
themselves be known.   We’ll all be warmer, friendlier, more
effusive, and more generous with each other.  

This will be a great year for artists, since Leo is such an
expressive sign.  If you’re not already an artist, you could try
your hand at whatever’s around:  dance troupes, theatre
groups, karaoke bars, origami collectives, puppet shows,
guitar lessons, improv nights, sculpture workshops, anything
at all.  You could take your harmonica and become a
busker, or teach your dog to talk and become a star on
YouTube. During the coming year, you have a stronger
urge to be seen and heard, to let more color and drama and
pleasure into your life.

Not everybody can be in the limelight at once, and
sometimes this can be a problem when Jupiter is in Leo.  
When everybody wants to be the center of attention, there
can be a certain amount of pushing and shoving.  Pride is
more pronounced, and bruised egos can set up a squall.  
As a fixed sign, Leo is stubborn, so try not to back anyone
into a corner.    

While Jupiter is in Leo, there’ll be a lot more posturing by
people in authority. Decisions will be made that are all about
preventing the loss of face, even if that means losing
battles.  Even when you don’t truly respect someone, it’s
best to grant them as much dignity as possible, and this will
help with working through conflicts.   

Jupiter will be here until August 11, 2015.

Jupiter entered Leo.
in NYC:  Weds, July 16, 6:30 am
in Vancouver: Weds, July 16, 3:30 am  
in London: Weds, July 16, 11:30 am
in Singapore: Weds, July 16, 6:30 pm  
in Sydney: Weds, July 16, 8:30 pm

The Current Lunar Cycle
(3° Leo)

This is a very ambitious, excitable, dramatic new moon, with
the sun and moon closely conjunct Jupiter, and all three
squaring Mars in Scorpio.  Everyone wants more attention,
more authority, and more appreciation, and some people
will have total melt-downs if they don’t get what they want.

Throughout the whole lunar cycle, there could be a series
of explosions, arguments, and conflicts.  At the same time,
there’s the potential for real change.  During this time,
people will not be content to accept whatever fate happens
to hand them.  They’ll be making noise, making waves,
making demands, and doing everything in a bigger and
more boisterous way.  

There’s a real tendency to excess during this lunar cycle.  
But at the same time, this exuberance can burst out into
some wonderful events and celebrations, and some brilliant
artistic work.  People are generally more prone to taking
risks, and some of these risks could take very cool forms.  It’
s an especially good time for performance art, and people
will eagerly soak up the energy of the stage and the
concert hall.

If you’ve always been a shy and retiring type, this is a good
time to get outside your house. It’s great for sports and
games and singing and dancing and madcap love affairs.  
Not everything will work out exactly as you’d like it to, but
you’ll have some amazing experiences to tell your
grandkids.   

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

The new moon occur
red
in NYC:  Sat, July 26, 6:41 pm
in Vancouver:  Sat, July 26, 3:41 pm
in London: Sat, July 26, 11:41 pm  
in Singapore: Sun, July 27, 6:41 am  
in Sydney: Sun, July 27, 8:41 am  

Mercury enters Leo

This is all about the Voice of Authority.  Some people have
it naturally, and they thrive when Mercury is in Leo.  Other
people are shy and retiring, but they are also more likely to
speak up with confidence when Mercury is in this sign.  

It’s not just about being sure you’re right – although that’s
definitely a good part of it.  But Mercury in Leo offers more,
when it comes to communication skills.  It gives warmth,
passion, enthusiasm, and honesty, and so people find it
easier to understand and appreciate each other.  Leo is not
a cerebral sign, and so you pick up more from body
language and expression than you do from the actual
words.  Shared experiences count more than anything
anybody says. And this is enough to kindle lasting
friendships and a few love affairs besides.  

Leo is a very creative and expressive sign, so artists of all
kinds can enjoy Mercury in Leo.  It’s especially good for
performance artists, since Leo is so dramatic.  Singers and
poets can move people not just by the words but by the
tone and nuance and rhythm of their voices.  

However, there are likely to be more arguments during this
Mercury sign, because the sense of being right gets
notched up to a new level.  There’s more ego invested in
the things people say and believe.  It definitely helps that
Mercury in Leo also inclines to laughter, although it won’t
necessarily deescalate conflict if you laugh in your
opponent’s face.  But later, when you’re talking about it,
laughter is good.  

Mercury will be here until August 15.  

Mercury enters Leo
in NYC: Thurs, July 31, 6:45 pm
in Vancouver: Thurs, July 31, 3:45 pm
in London: Thurs, July 31, 11:45 pm
in Singapore: Fri, Aug 1, 6:45 am   
in Sydney: Fri, Aug 1, 8:45 am   

Mars is in Scorpio

Mars is more intense in Scorpio, more dramatic, and more
emotional.  Everyone feels more strongly about everything,
and people are more likely to go to extremes.  There will be
more laughing and crying, more explosions, more colorful
reactions of all kinds.

However, this is also a time when you can channel your
energies very powerfully and persistently towards one
particular goal.  You are determined, focused, stubborn, and
intractable.  When you want to do something, no matter how
difficult it is, you call up reserves of strength and you are able
to manage it.

Desires are very strong with Mars in this sign, and the sexual
atmosphere could get a bit dense at times.  Whatever is
forbidden holds a particular allure.  If you usually have a hard
time with impulse control, it will be harder when Mars is in
Scorpio, and you might want to ask your crew-mates to lash
you to the mast. If you’re normally very restrained, you might
be surprised at the things you feel a sudden urge to do.   

Mars will be here until September 13.   

Mars enter
ed Scorpio
in NYC:  Fri, July 25, 10:25 pm
in Vancouver: Fri, July 25, 7:25 pm
in London: Sat, July 26, 3:25 am
in Singapore: Sat, July 26, 10:25 am   
in Sydney: Sat, July 26, 12:25 pm