September 23 to 30, 2016
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 Cancer
in NYC: Fri, Sept 23, 4:33 am
in Vancouver: Fri, Sept 23, 1:33 am
in London: Fri, Sept 23, 9:33 am
in Singapore: Fri, Sept 23, 4:33 pm
in Sydney: Fri, Sept 23, 6:33 pm
moves into Leo
in NYC: Sun, Sept 25, 9:48 am
in Vancouver: Sun, Sept 25, 6:48 am
in London: Sun, Sept 25, 2:48 pm
in Singapore: Sun, Sept 25, 9:48 pm
in Sydney: Sun, Sept 25, 11:48 pm
moves into Virgo
in NYC: Tues, Sept 27, 5:42 pm
in Vancouver: Tues, Sept 27, 2:42 pm
in London: Tues, Sept 27, 10:42 pm
in Singapore: Weds, Sept 28, 5:42 am
in Sydney: Weds, Sept 28, 7:42 am
moves into Libra
in NYC: Fri, Sept 30, 3:52 am
in Vancouver: Fri, Sept 30, 12:52 am
in London: Fri, Sept 30, 8:52 am
in Singapore: Fri, Sept 30, 3:52 pm
in Sydney: Fri, Sept 30, 5:52 pm
moves into Scorpio
in NYC: Sun, Oct 2, 3:42 pm
in Vancouver: Sun, Oct 2, 12:42 pm
in London: Sun, Oct 2, 8:42 pm
in Singapore: Mon, Oct 3, 3:42 am
in Sydney: Mon, Oct 3, 5:42 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.
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
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
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
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,
Saturn entered Sagittarius
in NYC: Thurs, Sept 17, 10:49 pm
in Vancouver: Thurs, Sept 17,
in London: Fri, Sept 18, 3:49 am
in Singapore: Fri, Sept 18,
in Sydney: Fri, Sept 18, 12:49 pm
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
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 summer
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 October 7.
Mercury entered Virgo
in NYC: Sat, July 30, 2:18 pm
in Vancouver: Sat, July 30, 11:18 am
in London: Sat, July 30, 7:18 pm
in Singapore: Sun, July 31, 2:18 am
in Sydney: Sun, July 31, 4:18 am
Mars is in Sagittarius
In this fire sign, Mars really cuts loose. There’s lots
of energy and excitement, and you can have some
riveting experiences. This is the best Mars signs for
travel, and for expanding your horizons in definite,
physical ways. You don’t want to hang out at
home. You want to see what’s out there in the
world; you want to explore, to try your luck.
Mars in Sagittarius can mean a lot more distractions
than usual. You’re distracted by all the exciting
things happening around you, as well as by your
own impulses. There can be a “feast or famine”
energy about this Mars sign, so that you rush
around madly until you’re totally exhausted, and
then you drop. You need to figure out ways to pace
yourself and to direct your energy more efficiently.
It can also give a stronger tendency to escape from
any situation that doesn’t seem congenial in the
moment. If you’re bored, or if you feel oppressed,
or if people are demanding too much of you, you
can be out the door without a backwards glance. If
you have escapist tendencies in your chart anyway,
it’s especially easy to pull this kind of vanishing act.
If you’re usually very solid and reliable, you may
surprise yourself with some of your fantasies and
Mars will be in Sagittarius until September 27.
Mars entered Sagittarius
in NYC: Tues, Aug 2, 1:49 pm
in Vancouver: Tues, Aug 2, 10:49 am
in London: Tues, Aug 2, 6:49 pm
in Singapore: Weds, Aug 3, 1:49 am
in Sydney: Weds, Aug 3, 3:49 am
The Current Lunar Cycle
This is a very charged lunar cycle. The sun and moon
are part of a mutable T-square involving Neptune in
Pisces and Mars/Saturn in Sagittarius. Plus there’s an
eclipse. It looks like a moment of reckoning for a lot of
Because the sun and moon are in Virgo, it could be a
particularly intense time for working people. We might all
go through some major adjustments in our
understanding of the role of work in society. There
could also be health crises during this lunar cycle, and
these again could really alter our perception of public
health. These things are always linked, and the links
may become more apparent now. Too many people in
our society are doing work that’s unhealthy on a lot of
A mutable T-square indicates a lot of movement and
activity, but with the Mars/Saturn conjunction, there’s
also an area in which people are taking a stand. You
might be one of those people who believes now is the
time to promote a cause, a philosophy, a belief. There’s
something that’s worth upholding, worth fighting hard
It’s definitely not a placid time. There’s criticism, there’s
doubt, there’s confusion, and there are lies being told.
One of the sacred tasks of the moment is to break
through to clarity, however you can do that. Whatever
you can do to clear the fog from your brain, now is the
time to do it.
This lunar cycle lasts until the next new moon on
September 30. Its climactic moment is the full moon on
The new moon occurred
in NYC: Thurs, Sept 1, 5:03 am
in Vancouver: Thurs, Sept 1, 2:03 am
in London: Thurs, Sept 1, 10:03 am
in Singapore: Thurs, Sept 1, 5:03 pm
in Sydney: Thurs, Sept 1, 7:03 pm
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 sensibilities.
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
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
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
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
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
The sun is in 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 by.
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
The sun will be in Libra until October 22.
The sun entered Libra
in NYC: Thurs, Sept 22, 10:21 am
in Vancouver: Thurs, Sept 22, 7:21 am
in London: Thurs, Sept 22, 3:21 pm
in Singapore: Thurs, Sept 22, 10:21 pm
in Sydney: Fri, Sept 23, 12:21 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 18.
Venus entered Scorpio
in NYC: Fri, Sept 23, 10:50 am
in Vancouver: Fri, Sept 23, 7:50 am
in London: Fri, Sept 23, 3:50 pm
in Singapore: Fri, Sept 23, 10:50 pm
in Sydney: Sat, Sept 24, 12:50 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 Next Lunar Cycle
This looks like a fairly benign lunar cycle. The
sun and moon aren’t far from the protective
planet Jupiter, and so generally there’s a more
peaceful and cooperative feeling in the air.
People will work out ways to get along with each
other. There’s an emphasis on win/win
There is a certain vagueness and drift about
this lunar cycle, though, since the sun and
moon are also closely inconjunct Neptune.
There are some things that are going well, in an
effortless way, and other things that are a bit
tangled up. People may be more passive than
usual, caught up in nostalgic longings or
The Saturn/Neptune square is still strong this
lunar cycle, and adds to the general air of
confusion. Illusions are strong, but
disillusionment is also a common theme right
now. Lots of people are breaking out of trance
states, and don’t quite know where they are.
But there are still others who continue to be well
and truly hypnotized.
The lunar cycle lasts until the next new moon
on October 30. Its climactic moment is the full
moon on October 16.
The new moon occurs
in NYC: Fri, Sept 30, 8:11 pm
in Vancouver: Fri, Sept 30, 5:11 pm
in London: Sat, Oct 1, 1:11 am
in Singapore: Sat, Oct 1, 8:11 am
in Sydney: Sat, Oct 1, 10:11 am
Mars enters Capricorn
Mars in Capricorn makes everything earthier,
more pragmatic, and more traditional. This is
a good Mars-sign for getting things done,
especially on the physical level. You have the
materials at hand, you have a plan, you have
a goal, and you work hard. When you have
obligations, you meet them. You work equally
well in groups or alone.
This is a more cautious place for Mars, and it
helps people to work out any disagreements.
There’s a stronger appreciation for the
wisdom and experience of the past, and a
greater willingness to find practical solutions.
At the same time, people can be a bit more
judgmental under this influence, since it gives
a stronger emphasis on external
People are not all that comfortable with things
that are vague and open-ended; they want
clarity and definition. They want an end to the
loose ends; they want forms, patterns,
structures, commitments, and lasting value.
They want to build something solid and
worthwhile. And in the process, they don’t
want to waste any time or materials.
Mars will be in Capricorn until November 9.
Mars enters Capricorn
in NYC: Tues, Sept 27, 4:06 am
in Vancouver: Tues, Sept 27, 1:06 am
in London: Tues, Sept 27, 5:06 am
in Singapore: Tues, Sept 27, 4:06 pm
in Sydney: Tues, Sept 27, 6:06 pm