August 26 to September 2, 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 Gemini
in NYC: Weds, Aug 24, 7:39 pm
in Vancouver: Weds, Aug 24, 4:39 pm
in London: Thurs, Aug 25, 12:39 am
in Singapore: Thurs, Aug 25, 7:39 am
in Sydney: Thurs, Aug 25, 9:39 am
moves into Cancer
in NYC: Fri, Aug 26, 11:06 pm
in Vancouver: Fri, Aug 26, 8:06 pm
in London: Sat, Aug 27, 4:06 am
in Singapore: Sat, Aug 27, 11:06 am
in Sydney: Sat, Aug 27, 1:06 pm
moves into Leo
in NYC: Mon, Aug 29, 4:11 am
in Vancouver: Mon, Aug 29, 1:11 am
in London: Mon, Aug 29, 9:11 am
in Singapore: Mon, Aug 29, 4:11 pm
in Sydney: Mon, Aug 29, 6:11 pm
moves into Virgo
in NYC: Weds, Aug 31, 11:22 am
in Vancouver: Weds, Aug 31, 8:22 am
in London: Weds, Aug 31, 4:22 pm
in Singapore: Weds, Aug 31, 11:22 pm
in Sydney: Thurs, Sept 1, 1:22 am
moves into Libra
in NYC: Fri, Sept 2, 8:55 pm
in Vancouver: Fri, Sept 2, 5:55 pm
in London: Sat, Sept 3, 1:55 am
in Singapore: Sat, Sept 3, 8:55 am
in Sydney: Sat, Sept 3, 10:55 am
moves into Scorpio
in NYC: Mon, Sept 5, 8:38 am
in Vancouver: Mon, Sept 5, 5:38 am
in London: Mon, Sept 5, 1:38 pm
in Singapore: Mon, Sept 5, 8:38 pm
in Sydney: Mon, Sept 5, 10:38 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
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 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
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
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
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 summer cleaning.
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
The Current Lunar Cycle
The Leo full moon always gives creative energy,
and gives a certain air of celebration. You
express yourself in a stronger, brighter, more
confident way. You’re more willful and
At the same time, the sun and moon are closely
inconjunct Neptune at this new moon, and this
adds a bit of hesitation to the bold Leo
approach. You may act like you know what you’
re doing, but you’re not absolutely sure. You’re
more sensitive, more aware of odd feelings and
sensations and half-formed notions.
So this lunar cycle is an odd mix of certainty and
uncertainty. You’re ready to charge, to take on
all challenges, to master your environment. But
you’re not all that sure of your objective. You
may have some very basic existential questions
that keep tripping you up. What are you doing
here anyhow? What’s it all about?
There’s a strong Virgo contingent during this
lunar cycle, and this helps you get organized.
This doesn’t make the existential questions go
away, but it means you can distract yourself by
making lists of what you want to get done. It’s a
fiery lunar cycle, so you’re action-oriented.
you’re not sure where you’re going, you’re in a
hurry to get there.
This lunar cycle lasts until the next new moon on
September 1. Its climactic moment is the full
moon on August 18.
The new moon occurred
in NYC: Tues, Aug 2, 4:44 pm
in Vancouver: Tues, Aug 2, 1:44 pm
in London: Tues, Aug 2, 9:44 pm
in Singapore: Weds, Aug 3, 4:44 am
in Sydney: Weds, Aug 3, 6:44 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
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
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
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 sun is in Virgo
This is a good time for a fall cleaning. The Virgo
sun gives an eagle 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 customarily use.
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: Mon, Aug 22, 12:38 pm
in Vancouver: Mon, Aug 22, 9:38 am
in London: Mon, Aug 22, 5:38 pm
in Singapore: Tues, Aug 23, 12:38 am
in Sydney: Tues, Aug 23, 2:38 am
The Next 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 occurs
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
Venus is in Virgo
As Venus enters this earth sign, work becomes
more enjoyable. You find it easier to be tackle
practical jobs, to improve your life in definite
ways. There’s satisfaction in cleaning out closets
and fixing or discarding anything that’s broken or
that doesn’t fit into your daily routine. You want
everything to be beautiful, clean, functional, and
Whatever your work, it feels pretty good to do it,
and to get it done - but it’s best if there are
tangible, earthy results of some kind. This is a
pleasant time for healers, body-workers,
herbalists, gardeners, and craftspeople. You
enjoy an ongoing sense of accomplishment, a
contentment with the tasks of each day.
Virgo is about the details, and there can be some
tendency to be too picky, with Venus in this sign.
Try not to nag your loved ones about the small
things that drive you crazy, but seek alternate
systems that will work better. And avoid being
overly mental in your approach, expecting
everything to be rational rather than looking at
the underlying feelings. Sometimes people just
need to be listened to, rather than “fixed”.
Venus will be in Virgo until August 29.
Venus entered Virgo
in NYC: Fri, Aug 5, 11:26 am
in Vancouver: Fri, Aug 5, 8:26 am
in London: Fri, Aug 5, 4:26 pm
in Singapore: Fri, Aug 5, 11:26 pm
in Sydney: Sat, Aug 6, 1:26 am
Mercury goes Retrograde
Mercury in Virgo is analytical, and now, as it goes
retrograde, everybody will have more time to
organize, reorder, and analyze everything down to
the tiniest details. This is not to say that nothing
will be going on. This is a pretty busy period. But
some projects will get stuck, and so it’s back to the
drawing board for everyone. What went wrong?
What needs to be done? Now is the time for
For the first few days after Mercury goes
retrograde, quite a few things could go wrong.
Things move backwards, or to the side, instead of
where you want them to go. At this point, it may
become clear that mistakes were made in the past,
and that it’s necessary to take some time to
correct them. This can happen with even the
smallest things. If you never got around to
stitching something up, now you’re going to have
to do a whole lot more stitching to keep it together.
So for the whole three weeks when Mercury is
retrograde, you could spend most of your time
catching up with things that you’ve gotten behind
on. This could be a pretty productive time for you,
and you could realign yourself with important long-
term goals. Small steps take you where you want
to go. But before you can go anywhere, you need
to dust off your traveling shoes. And dusting, if
you really do it right, can take a while.
Mercury goes direct again on September 22.
Mercury goes retrograde
in NYC: Tues, Aug 30, 9:03 am
in Vancouver: Tues, Aug 30, 6:03 am
in London: Tues, Aug 30, 2:03 pm
in Singapore: Tues, Aug 30, 9:03 pm
in Sydney: Tues, Aug 30, 11:03 pm
Venus enters Libra
When Venus, the planet of love, goes through Libra,
everyone is more romantic. The trappings of romance –
candlelight, soft music, dancing, silky fabrics – are all
more evident. Everything connected to relationships is
gentler, more subtle, more refined. There’s more give-
and-take, a willingness to look at the other point of view,
to cooperate, even to yield at times.
Single people may find themselves longing for partners,
and it’s very easy to fall in love during this Venus sign.
You may be entranced by some simple word or gesture
which seems to reflect a romantic ideal. Whether this can
go anywhere, only time will tell, so take a while to get to
know the object of your desire. This Venus sign is good
for that anyway, as it’s more cerebral than physical.
During this time, artistic pleasure is enhanced. It’s a great
time to go to a play, a concert or a museum. People are
drawn to intellectual pleasures, parties are more elegant,
and conversation becomes an art. Those who are
already artistic will be in their element, while those who
eschew higher culture will find themselves strangely drawn
to the bookstores and galleries they pass on the street.
Farmhands will find themselves reciting poetry while
slopping the pigs.
This is an idealistic time, in which the sense of justice is
stronger. And so, even though it inclines to peaceful
solutions, it’s not always peaceful. There will be more
processing during this Venus sign, as people work out
what it means to be fair, egalitarian, and balanced in their
relationships to their partners, to society in general, and
Venus will be here until September 23.
Venus enters Libra
in NYC: Mon, Aug 29, 10:06 pm
in Vancouver: Mon, Aug 29, 7:06 pm
in London: Tues, Aug 30, 3:06 am
in Singapore: Tues, Aug 30, 10:06 am
in Sydney: Tues, Aug 30, 12:06 pm
Jupiter is in Virgo
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 the coming
year will be more practical and realistic. Virgo is an
analytic, discriminating, perceptive sign.
People will generally become geekier, more interested in
science and technology, and this will make for a welcome
change. This could be the year when climate change
finally is accepted as fact, and when there’s a stronger
push towards practical solutions. People will work harder,
and often they’ll work together, to preserve the
environment that shelters and nurtures us all.
There will be less of an emphasis on belief systems, and
more of an emphasis on things that can improve people’s
lives in the moment. And instead of flashy things giving
status, people will gain more status from living in a green,
sustainable, somewhat rustic way. This is a good year for
working out all sorts of alternate systems to replace the
ones that are falling apart, or that never worked well to
Health will be an important theme this year. As people
understand more about what makes for health, hopefully
there will be a gradual recognition that what’s good for big
business is often bad for the public health. It’s not a
flashy, revolutionary year, so this might not manifest in a
big revolt. However, a lot of small choices could add up to
some big changes.
The shadow side of Jupiter in Virgo is a tendency to be a
bit too much of a purist about everything. Health nuts will
be nuttier, and techno-geeks will be geekier. Everybody is
looking for something that works, and when they find it,
they will have a hard time understanding why everybody
doesn’t adopt this perfect system, practice or technology.
At least the arguments will involve lots of graphs and
research results, rather than personal insults.
Jupiter will be here until September 9, 2016.
Jupiter entered Virgo.
in NYC: Tues, Aug 11, 7:11 am
in Vancouver: Tues, Aug 11, 4:11 am
in London: Tues, Aug 11, 12:11 pm
in Singapore: Tues, Aug 11, 7:11 pm
in Sydney: Tues, Aug 11, 9:11 pm