April 17 to 24, 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 Scorpio
in NYC: Tues, Apr 15, 12:20 pm
in Vancouver: Tues, Apr 15, 9:20 am
in London: Tues, Apr 15, 5:20 pm
in Singapore: Weds, Apr 16, 12:20 am
in Sydney: Weds, Apr 16, 2:20 am
moves into Sagittarius
in NYC: Thurs, Apr 17, 5:43 pm
in Vancouver: Thurs, Apr 17, 2:43 pm
in London: Thurs, Apr 17, 10:43 pm
in Singapore: Fri, Apr 18, 5:43 am
in Sydney: Fri, Apr 18, 7:43 am
moves into Capricorn
in NYC: Sat, Apr 19, 9:28 pm
in Vancouver: Sat, Apr 19, 6:28 pm
in London: Sun, Apr 20, 2:28 am
in Singapore: Sun, Apr 20, 9:28 am
in Sydney: Sun, Apr 20, 11:28 am
moves into Aquarius
in NYC: Tues, Apr 22, 12:18 am
in Vancouver: Mon, Apr 21, 9:18 pm
in London: Tues, Apr 22, 5:18 am
in Singapore: Tues, Apr 22, 12:18 pm
in Sydney: Tues, Apr 22, 2:18 pm
moves into Pisces
in NYC: Thurs, Apr 24, 2:55 am
in Vancouver: Weds, Apr 23, 11:55 pm
in London: Thurs, Apr 24, 7:55 am
in Singapore: Thurs, Apr 24, 2:55 pm
in Sydney: Thurs, Apr 24, 4:55 pm
moves into Aries
in NYC: Sat, Apr 26, 6 am
in Vancouver: Sat, Apr 26, 3 am
in London: Sat, Apr 26, 11 am
in Singapore: Sat, Apr 26, 6 pm
in Sydney: Sat, Apr 26, 8 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 social
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.
The sun is in Aries
Happy spring equinox, if you happen to live in
the Northern Hemisphere! This is definitely a
time to move forward, to tackle new projects
with enthusiasm. There’s energy to burn,
and lots of new and interesting possibilities to
For creative people, this is a particularly good
time. Aries is a sign which focuses on self-
expression, on the question “Who am I?
What am I hear to do and say?” So people
who were shy and retiring before may
experience a sudden gust of confidence and
courage, and put themselves and their work
forward for the first time. Of course, people
who are a bit brash and conceited may be
quite insufferable under this influence!
It’s a spontaneous time, both when it comes
to love and passion, and when it comes to
anger and conflict. People get upset, fight it
out, and then forget about it. There’s too
much going on to spend a lot of time
brooding. People are living in the moment,
and that generally feels pretty good.
The sun will be in Aries until April 19.
The sun entered Aries
in NYC: Thurs, March 20, 12:57 pm
in Vancouver: Thurs, March 20, 9:57 am
in London: Thurs, March 20, 4:57 pm
in Singapore: Fri, March 21, 12:57 am
in Sydney: Fri, March 21, 3:57 am
The Current Lunar Cycle
This is a fast-moving, unstable lunar cycle, since the sun and
moon in Aries are joined by Uranus, and are squaring Jupiter
and Pluto. The new moon shows the beginning of the cardinal
cross which will form after the full moon. The players are still
roaming around, finding their spots, but soon they will face off,
occupying the cardinal points and challenging each other.
So there are likely to be demands, passions, struggles and
sudden changes during this lunar cycle. There’s very little
time to pause and assess everything that’s going on. You
have to trust your spontaneous impulses to take you where
you want to go. You need to act, to feel your power and to use
This means that the most important thing, at this new moon, is
to know who you are. What is important to you, what is worth
fighting for, and where do you want to put all this burgeoning
new energy? Don’t be afraid of aggression, since breathing
itself is an aggressive act. But at the same time, be especially
careful if you have more enemies than you had, say, a month
ago. Everyone is more likely to take a stand, but this doesn’t
mean that you have to fight everything out to the death. If you
don’t take yourself too seriously, you can work out reasonable
One of the more helpful influences at this new moon is the airy
trine of Venus and Mars, and that helps you look at things –
especially love and relationships - more peacefully,
objectively, and rationally. Still, it’s not a calm time. There’s
fire in your blood.
This lunar cycle lasts until the next new moon on April 29. Its
climactic moment is the full moon (with an eclipse) on April
The new moon occurred
in NYC: Sun, Mar 30, 2:44 pm
in Vancouver: Sun, Mar 30, 11:44 am
in London: Sun, Mar 30, 7:44 pm
in Singapore: Mon, Mar 31, 2:44 am
in Sydney: Mon, Mar 31, 5:44 am
Venus is in Pisces
Venus is gentle, imaginative and spiritually
oriented in this sign. It’s a very nice place for
the planet of love, pleasure and relationships,
and in traditional astrology, Venus is said to
be exalted here.
This is the sign of the lover, not the fighter. It
can mean beautiful, romantic, spiritually
uplifting relationships, in which there is an
intuitive link between those involved. This is a
very open-hearted sign, not particularly
egotistical, and that makes love run more
smoothly. When you’re wronged, you are able
to forgive whole-heartedly, and when you
wrong another, your amends are genuine.
Pisces is a very escapist sign, however, and
you may have a tendency to ignore or deny
problems during Venus’ time here. You know
something bothers you, but you’d prefer not to
confront your friend or your partner.
It’s easier to gloss it over now, to opt for
peace. That’s in part because you can feel a
bit more vulnerable when Venus is in Pisces,
since it’s such a tender and sensitive sign.
This is a great Venus sign for artists of all
kinds, especially musicians and film-makers.
Your imagination is abundant, and ideas and
images and sounds and feelings just flow
through you. You hold nothing back. You may
not have as much faith in your work, however,
so you might want to hold off on showing it to
large numbers of people until Venus is in Aries
Venus will be here until May 2.
Venus entered Pisces
in NYC: Sat, Apr 5, 4:30 pm
in Vancouver: Sat, Apr 5, 1:30 pm
in London: Sat, Apr 5, 9:30 pm
in Singapore: Sun, Apr 6, 4:30 am
in Sydney: Sun, Apr 6, 7:30 am
Jupiter is in Cancer
Jupiter enters a new sign yearly, so this could be considered
astrologer’s New Year. Jupiter’s effect is to expand the
characteristics of its sign, and so the coming year will be an
emotional one. This water sign is warm, effusive, nurturing,
protective, and home-loving, and these are the traits that will
be lauded, praised, encouraged, supported, and funded.
We can expect to see a lot of emphasis on food – local food,
comfort food, fresh food, vintage food from past days, diets
through history, new recipes, new dining room arrangements,
maybe even new kinds of
chef’s hats. There will also be an emphasis on families –
designing safe and cozy homes, raising children, supporting
mothers, listening to elders, and naturally making sure
everyone has plenty to eat.
Cancer is an old-fashioned sign in some ways, and so there
may be a lot of retro trends in the coming year. People may
yearn for the lifestyles of their grandparents, and find ways to
The shadow side of Jupiter in Cancer can be a distaste for
anything that isn’t cozy and familiar. Jupiter is usually a pretty
adventurous planet, but in Cancer, people will stay closer to
home than usual. Political action will be motivated
by a need to care for the family, the tribe, the neighborhood,
rather than an altruistic desire to save the world. But that kind
of motivation can go a long way towards cleaning up the
environment and improving social services.
Jupiter will be here until July 16, 2014.
Jupiter enters Cancer.
in NYC: Tues, June 25, 2013, 9:40 pm
in Vancouver: Tues, June 25, 2013, 6:40 pm
in London: Weds, June 26, 2013, 2:40 am
in Singapore: Weds, June 26, 2013, 9:40 am
in Sydney: Weds, June 26, 2013, 11:40 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
The sun enters Taurus
Everything becomes more concrete and physical when the
sun enters Taurus. There’s an emphasis on working with
the stuff of the earth: the soil, the worms, the compost, the
seeds. People are more definite about everything, more
likely to make up their minds and keep them made up. It’s
time to take a stance, to pick a little spot of ground and
plant yourself there.
People also become more aware of the basics: how much
money they have in the bank, how much insurance they
have, and the general state of their health. This is a good
time to look at the foundations of your life, and to
strengthen them in any way that they need strengthening.
This is also a good time to live in the moment, though. This
earthy sign is very sensual, and this is a nice month to just
sit in the garden and listen to the birds sing and watch the
flowers grow. This is a different kind of maintenance. You’
re recharging your batteries, finding your center, feeling
your connection to the earth’s core.
The sun will be here until May 20.
The sun enters Taurus
in NYC: Sat, Apr 19, 11:55 pm
in Vancouver: Sat, Apr 19, 8:55 pm
in London: Sun, Apr 20, 4:55 am
in Singapore: Sun, Apr 20, 11:55 am
in Sydney: Sun, Apr 20, 1:55 pm
Mars is Retrograde
Mars retrograde doesn’t tend to be as
disruptive as Mercury retrograde, but it can
mean a bit less effective, focused action.
That’s because everyone is more likely to
pause and consider the situation before doing
anything, especially since Mars is in the
thoughtful, principled sign Libra. Is it fair, is it
right, is the best and most ethical thing to do?
These are the thoughts that will be going
around in everyone’s head.
This could be the time when old conflicts of the
past move into a new phase. Sometimes
people are not ready to move on, and some old
quarrels could be revived. But in many
situations, reexamining an old conflict can
teach us a great deal. We become more aware
of the basic principles of justice at stake. We
may need to do something more to correct the
situation, and this can be a good time for that.
People will be examining their patterns of
reaction and defensiveness during Mars’ two
and a half retrograde months. Anger is never
simpler, and less so now than usual. People
who are used to jumping into the fray may
hesitate, and those who tend to run away from
danger may also rethink their habitual
responses and find ways to move towards
whatever they’ve feared or rejected in the
Mars goes direct again on May 19.
Mars went retrograde
in NYC: Sat, Mar 1, 11:23 am
in Vancouver: Sat, Mar 1, 8:23 am
in London: Sat, Mar 1, 4:23 pm
in Singapore: Sun, Mar 2, 12:23 am
in Sydney: Sun, Mar 2, 3:23 am
Mercury is in Aries
Mercury, the planet of the mind, is really on
fire when it’s in Aries. You’re quick, alert,
excitable, mentally active, but even though
there’s a lot going on inside your head, you
are also able to focus clearly on important
goals. This is a great time for problem-
solving, and for spontaneous inspiration.
It’s a time to trust your first thoughts, your
first impulses, and to let them take you in
new directions. Every idea can take you
somewhere you’ve never been, and you’re
eager to go and check it out. You’re alive to
all possibilities that may have seemed a little
too outrageous or radical before. You’re
more independent, more careless of public
Everyone is a little more argumentative
under this influence, so there could be some
thorny disagreements. On the other hand,
these conflicts erupt and are dealt with
immediately, rather than hanging over your
head, and so the air is cleared much more
efficiently. You may be more impatient than
usual, but remember that not everything can
Mercury will be here until April 23.
Mercury entered Aries
in NYC: Mon, Apr 7, 11:34 am
in Vancouver: Mon, Apr 7, 8:34 am
in London: Mon, Apr 7, 4:34 pm
in Singapore: Mon, Apr 7, 11:34 pm
in Sydney: Tues, Apr 8, 1:34 am
Mars is in Libra
Mars in Libra is a fighter for justice. Mars
represents the things we quarrel over, the things
we move towards, the roots of our impulses. And
with Mars in Libra, principles will become more
important, so we are more likely to exert ourselves
in their defense.
The causes could be global or local, but what
matters is the underlying principle of fairness,
courtesy and order. Some people will be working
on getting traffic lights in their communities, others
on getting computer access in schools, some on
funding libraries. Others will be promoting equal
opportunity, or women’s power over our bodies, or
the right to marriage.
There is more personal processing under this
influence, and it can be a good time to iron out
any imbalances in a relationship. Are you doing
your share? Is there a better way to divide
chores, responsibilities and privileges? Mars in
Libra helps you focus on the mechanical issues
that spell successful interpersonal connections:
sharing, listening, understanding, communicating,
and figuring out workable compromises.
People want to do the right thing, and there’s
more give-and-take on every level. There are
more meetings, more bargaining, more strategy
sessions, and a greater emphasis both on the
rules and what they mean. Mars in Libra is not
necessarily progressive, but it does give an ability
to see how things look from the other side. It’s
more considerate, polite, and peaceful than other
So this is a good time to tell your side of the story,
especially if you don’t usually get a chance to do
so. Whatever your cause is, you can find people
who will take it up. Mars stays here for quite a
while because it retrogrades in this sign, so there’
s plenty of time to take action for a fairer and more
balanced world, both in small and large ways.
Because Mars in Libra gives an emphasis on
symmetry, balance and beauty, it’s also a very
nice time for artists, especially visual artists. And it’
s good for athletes, particularly when
they’re doing something that’s graceful and that
requires balance – such as dancing, skating, or
Mars will be here until July 25, 2014.
Mars entered Libra
in NYC: Sat, Dec 7, 3:41 pm
in Vancouver: Sat, Dec 7, 12:41 pm
in London: Sat, Dec 7, 8:41 pm
in Singapore: Sun, Dec 8, 4:41 am
in Sydney: Sun, Dec 8, 7:41 am
Mercury enters 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 a week ago, not as prone to distraction.
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 bit.
Mercury will be in Taurus until May 7.
Mercury enters Taurus
in NYC: Weds, Apr 23, 5:16 am
in Vancouver: Weds, Apr 23, 2:16 am
in London: Weds, Apr 23, 10:16 am
in Singapore: Weds, Apr 23, 5:16 pm
in Sydney: Weds, Apr 23, 7:16 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,
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
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, 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