August 19 to September 3, 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
moves into Gemini
in NYC: Sun, Aug 17, 6:41 pm
in Vancouver: Sun, Aug 17, 3:41 pm
in London: Sun, Aug 17, 11:41 pm
in Singapore: Mon, Aug 18, 6:41 am
in Sydney: Mon, Aug 18, 8:21 am
moves into Cancer
in NYC: Weds, Aug 20, 4:45 am
in Vancouver: Weds, Aug 20, 1:45 am
in London: Weds, Aug 20, 9:45 am
in Singapore: Weds, Aug 20, 4:45 pm
in Sydney: Weds, Aug 20, 6:45 pm
moves into Leo
in NYC: Fri, Aug 22, 4:49 pm
in Vancouver: Fri, Aug 22, 1:49 pm
in London: Fri, Aug 22, 9:49 pm
in Singapore: Sat, Aug 23, 4:49 am
in Sydney: Sat, Aug 23, 6:49 am
moves into Virgo
in NYC: Mon, Aug 25, 5:32 am
in Vancouver: Mon, Aug 25, 2:32 am
in London: Mon, Aug 25, 10:32 am
in Singapore: Mon, Aug 25, 5:32 pm
in Sydney: Mon, Aug 25, 7:32 pm
moves into Libra
in NYC: Weds, Aug 27, 5:54 pm
in Vancouver: Weds, Aug 27, 2:54 pm
in London: Weds, Aug 27, 10:54 pm
in Singapore: Thurs, Aug 28, 5:54 am
in Sydney: Thurs, Aug 28, 7:54 am
moves into Scorpio
in NYC: Sat, Aug 30, 4:53 am
in Vancouver: Sat, Aug 30, 1:53 am
in London: Sat, Aug 30, 9:53 am
in Singapore: Sat, Aug 30, 4:53 pm
in Sydney: Sat, Aug 30, 6:53 pm
moves into Sagittarius
in NYC: Mon, Sept 1, 1:16 pm
in Vancouver: Mon, Sept 1, 10:16 am
in London: Mon, Sept 1, 6:16 pm
in Singapore: Tues, Sept 2, 1:16 am
in Sydney: Tues, Sept 2, 3:16 am
moves into Capricorn
in NYC: Weds, Sept 3, 6:14 pm
in Vancouver: Weds, Sept 3, 3:14 pm
in London: Weds, Sept 3, 11:14 pm
in Singapore: Thurs, Sept 4, 6:14 am
in Sydney: Thurs, Sept 4, 8:14 am
moves into Aquarius
in NYC: Fri, Sept 5, 7:58 pm
in Vancouver: Fri, Sept 5, 4:58 pm
in London: Sat, Sept 6, 12:58 am
in Singapore: Sat, Sept 6, 7:58 am
in Sydney: Sat, Sept 6, 9:58 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
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
Pluto has been in Capricorn since
November 2008 and will be here until
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
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
The Current Lunar Cycle
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
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
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 occurred
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
Venus is in Leo
Venus is at her most charming, flamboyant and
dramatic in the fire sign Leo. You’re more inclined to
adorn yourself with diamonds and flowers, and to put
in an appearance at the swankiest places you know.
Even if you’re generally a modest soul, Venus in Leo
can give a sudden desire to shine, to see what center
stage feels like.
Everybody gets a moment in the sun while Venus is
here. There’s a stronger emphasis on expressing
yourself, and this means singing, dancing, flirting,
partying, playing, performing. Whatever you do, you
have an appreciative audience. And you, in turn,
enjoy the high energy and the varied talents of all the
people around you. Whether you’re croaking out a
tune at a karaoke bar, or singing around a campfire,
you join in with a good spirit.
For lovers, this is a romantic time, good for stirring
proclamations of ardor. Everyone is warmer and more
excitable, and spontaneous demonstrations of
affection come easily. You’re also likely to think of
the perfect gifts for the ones you love.
Those who tend to be domineering or demanding will
be more so under this influence, however. So at
times, there may be some need to set limits, to say
“no”, and to take space for yourself.
Venus will be here until September 5.
Venus entered Leo
in NYC: Tues, Aug 12, 3:23 am
in Vancouver: Tues, Aug 12, 12:23 am
in London: Tues, Aug 12, 8:23 am
in Singapore: Tues, Aug 12, 3:23 pm
in Sydney: Tues, Aug 12, 5:23 pm
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
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
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 entered 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
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 Next Lunar Cycle
The Virgo new moon generally signals a good
time to work on practical and organizational
projects. However, this new moon opposes
Neptune, so there’s also a spiritual element.
You may need to spend some time reconciling
your worldly ambitions with your spiritual
yearnings. It’s good to address questions of
trust and gratitude, to begin healing your soul
from the toxins of this crazy lopsided world we
On the physical level, there could be some
blockages, during this lunar cycle. With a
Mars/Saturn conjunction at the new moon, some
situations could get bogged down, perhaps
because some of the crucial players are
dragging their feet. There could be some
rivalries that have to be worked out before you
can go ahead. Financial considerations could
enter into it too, especially if there are some
debts which need to be paid.
There could also be some sexual tension during
this lunar cycle, since Venus squares the
Mars/Saturn square. When it comes to romance,
there could be inertia and frustration. Some
people will love so deeply and obsessively that
they just can’t handle it. So there’s the danger
of break-ups, fights, or boundary violations
With Venus (and Jupiter) in Leo, questions of
entitlement come up. You may need to take a
clear look at yourself, and see what you’re
taking for granted. What’s the source of your
power? How are you using it? What are you
giving, and what are you demanding in return?
This lunar cycle lasts until the next new moon on
September 24. Its climactic moment is the full
moon on September 8.
The new moon occurs
in NYC: Mon, Aug 25, 10:12 am
in Vancouver: Mon, Aug 25, 7:12 am
in London: Mon, Aug 25, 3:12 pm
in Singapore: Mon, Aug 25, 10:12 pm
in Sydney: Tues, Aug 26, 12:12 am
The sun enters 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 when the
sun’s in Virgo, 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.
in NYC: Sat, Aug 23, 12:46 am
in Vancouver: Fri, Aug 22, 9:46 pm
in London: Sat, Aug 23, 5:46 am
in Singapore: Sat, Aug 23, 12:46 pm
in Sydney: Sat, Aug 23, 2:46 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 late-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 September 2.
Mercury entered Virgo
in NYC: Fri, Aug 15, 12:44 pm
in Vancouver: Fri, Aug 15, 9:44 am
in London: Fri, Aug 15, 5:44 pm
in Singapore: Sat, Aug 16, 12:44 am
in Sydney: Sat, Aug 16, 2:44 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 sentences.
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 and cooperate, 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 individually.
This is an idealistic time. There’s less emphasis
on individual action, more on taking one’s place
in the community and being part of larger
movements. 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 September 27.
Mercury enters Libra
in NYC: Tues, Sept 2, 1:37 am
in Vancouver: Mon, Sept 1, 10:37 pm
in London: Tues, Sept 2, 6:37 am
in Singapore: Tues, Sept 2, 1:37 pm
in Sydney: Tues, Sept 2, 3:37 pm
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
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
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
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 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