and More
by Jenny Yates

October 21 to 28, 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

The Moon

moves into Cancer
in NYC: Thurs, Oct 20, 11:28 am
in Vancouver: Thurs, Oct 20, 8:28 am
in London: Thurs, Oct 20, 4:28 pm  
in Singapore: Thurs, Oct 20, 11:28 pm  
in Sydney: Fri, Oct 21, 2:28 am

moves into Leo
in NYC: Sat, Oct 22, 3:34 pm
in Vancouver: Sat, Oct 22, 12:34 pm
in London: Sat, Oct 22, 8:34 pm
in Singapore: Sun, Oct 23, 3:34 am  
in Sydney: Sun, Oct 23, 6:34 am  

moves into Virgo
in NYC: Mon, Oct 24, 11:16 pm  
in Vancouver: Mon, Oct 24, 8:16 pm    
in London: Tues, Oct 25, 4:16 am  
in Singapore: Tues, Oct 25, 11:16 am     
in Sydney: Tues, Oct 25, 2:16 pm  

moves into Libra
in NYC:  Thurs, Oct 27, 9:50 am
in Vancouver: Thurs, Oct 27, 6:50 am
in London: Thurs, Oct 27, 2:50 pm
in Singapore: Thurs, Oct 27, 9:50 pm  
in Sydney: Fri, Oct 28, 12:50 am

moves into Scorpio
in NYC:  Sat, Oct 29, 10 pm
in Vancouver: Sat, Oct 29, 7 pm  
in London: Sun, Oct 30, 3 am
in Singapore: Sun, Oct 30, 10 am  
in Sydney: Sun, Oct 30, 1 pm

What does the
moon's sign tell

Moon Signs and
Lunar Transits

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 plans.  

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

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 fields.  

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,
7:49 pm  
in London: Fri, Sept 18, 3:49 am  
in Singapore: Fri, Sept 18,
10:49 am    
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
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 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
thing too.    

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  

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-

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

The Current Lunar Cycle
(8° Libra)

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 ambivalent feelings.

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 occurred
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 is in 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 standards.           

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 entered 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

Mercury is in 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, 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 working in
partnership, or taking one’s place in the
community.  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-minded.  

Mercury will be here until October 24.    

Mercury entered Libra
in NYC:  Fri, Oct 7, 3:55 am
in Vancouver: Fri, Oct 7, 12:55 am
in London: Fri, Oct 7, 5:55 am
in Singapore: Fri, Oct 7, 12:55 pm   
in Sydney: Fri, Oct 7, 3:55 pm

Venus is in Sagittarius

When Venus, planet of pleasure, enters
Sagittarius, the urge for excitement becomes
stronger.  If you’re usually a friendly, extroverted
person, you’ll be even more so.  You may dress
more flamboyantly, eat and drink with more
abandon, and generally party on.  If you’re normally
shy and withdrawn, you could still get drawn into all
the fun times that other people are having.

In relationships, there’s more generosity, more
entertainment, more passion, and more room for
everyone to express themselves.  Things could get
tempestuous occasionally, since people are more
impulsive.  But when there’s good will, things can
be worked through.  And there’s more good will
these days.  

This is a good time for travel, especially if you can
really cut loose and enjoy your new situation.  You’
re curious about everything and everyone, and you
really want to experience the world.  

Venus will be in Sagittarius until November

Venus enter
ed Sagittarius
in NYC: Tues, Oct 18, 3:01 am
in Vancouver: Tues, Oct 18, 12:01 am
in London: Tues, Oct 18, 8:01 am  
in Singapore: Tues, Oct 18, 3:01 pm   
in Sydney: Tues, Oct 18, 6:01 pm

The sun enters Scorpio

This is a time of extreme emotions, fixed
attitudes, and powerful desires.  Everything
goes a little underground when the sun is in
Scorpio, and it’s harder to figure out what
people are thinking and feeling.  People who
are introspective anyway will start brooding
about everything.  People who are gregarious
will wonder why nobody is calling them up.   

The only kinds of relationships that flourish
when the sun is in Scorpio are intimate ones.  
People have much less time for anything
superficial, and may completely ignore the
usual niceties.   But intimate relationships can
get deeper.  This is the place where things get
dramatic and extreme, where Romeo and Juliet
scenarios are played out, where secrets are
kept and revealed, and sometimes, where deep
healing happens.  

There’s a lot of sexual energy when the sun is
in Scorpio, and that makes everything that
much more fraught.  And of course, sexual
energy gets sublimated in a lot of different
ways:  violent emotions spill over, people grab
for power, or people faint in religious ecstasies.  
And then, of course, there are the people who
are keeping all of it under wraps.  

The sun will be in Scorpio until November

The sun enters Scorpio
in NYC:  Sat, Oct 22, 7:45 pm
in Vancouver: Sat, Oct 22, 4:45 pm
in London: Sun, Oct 23, 12:45 am
in Singapore: Sun, Oct 23, 7:45 am   
in Sydney: Sun, Oct 23, 10:45 am

Mercury enters Scorpio

Mercury is the planet of intellect, and in Scorpio,
intellect is compressed, concentrated, internal.  This is
a time when you can focus your mental powers on what
is really important to you.  It’s especially good for
research, for digging down deep to find buried truths.

Scorpio is a retentive sign, and so communication may
be a bit more sparse while Mercury is here.  Your
tendency is to mull things over, to let them percolate
until the time is right to reveal them.  If you’re usually a
chatty type, you’ll be more thoughtful and discreet
during this period.  If you tend towards silence, you
may be positively inscrutable.

This is a good time to talk about deeper emotional
realities.  You are drawn towards things that are
intense, dense, timeless, mysterious, and magical.  It’s
a good time for writers of fantasy and science fiction,
for psychologists, and for story-tellers.  There’s a great
deal of power in the word, whether spoken or written,
and now is the time when that power is most evident.     

Mercury will be in Scorpio until November

Mercury enters Scorpio
in NYC:  Mon, Oct 24, 4:46 pm
in Vancouver: Mon, Oct 24, 1:46 pm
in London: Mon, Oct 24, 9:46 pm  
in Singapore: Tues, Oct 25, 4:46 am  
in Sydney: Tues, Oct 25, 7:46 am  

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 label.    

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