April 29 to May 6, 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. For the weekly blog, 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 Aquarius
in NYC: Fri, Apr 29, 4:46 am
in Vancouver: Fri, Apr 29, 1:46 am
in London: Fri, Apr 29, 9:46 am
in Singapore: Fri, Apr 29, 4:46 pm
in Sydney: Fri, Apr 29, 6:46 pm
moves into Pisces
in NYC: Sun, May 1, 10:33 am
in Vancouver: Sun, May 1, 7:33 am
in London: Sun, May 1, 3:33 pm
in Singapore: Sun, May 1, 10:33 pm
in Sydney: Mon, May 2, 12:33 am
moves into Aries
in NYC: Tues, May 3, 1:04 pm
in Vancouver: Tues, May 3, 10:04 am
in London: Tues, May 3, 6:04 pm
in Singapore: Weds, May 4, 1:04 am
in Sydney: Weds, May 4, 3:04 am
moves into Taurus
in NYC: Thurs, May 5, 1:10 pm
in Vancouver: Thurs, May 5, 10:10 am
in London: Thurs, May 5, 6:10 pm
in Singapore: Fri, May 6, 1:10 am
in Sydney: Fri, May 6, 3:10 am
moves into Gemini
in NYC: Sat, May 7, 12:34 pm
in Vancouver: Sat, May 7, 9:34 am
in London: Sat, May 7, 5:34 pm
in Singapore: Sun, May 8, 12:34 am
in Sydney: Sun, May 8, 2:34 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 this?"
Pluto has been in Capricorn since November
2008 and will be here until March 2023.
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 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
possible about all the issues of the day. Open communication
is important and protective during this period.
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
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
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,
in London: Fri, Sept 18, 3:49 am
in Singapore: Fri, Sept 18,
in Sydney: Fri, Sept 18, 12:49 pm
The Current Lunar Cycle
The Aries new moon is always a good time for new
beginnings. This one is a bit erratic, with the sun and
moon conjunct Uranus, but it’s definitely ripe for
change. During this lunar cycle, you can let your
inner genius emerge – and also your inner eccentric
and inner punk rocker. You can start a life that’s very
different from the life you were living before.
The energy is fast-moving and impulsive, so it is a
good idea to be a little more careful at the new moon,
and all during this lunar cycle. You may feel the urge
to jump into things that are not all that good for you in
the long run. The urge to experiment is very strong,
and this could work out wonderfully, or it could be a
complete disaster. You might want to do a little bit of
research before investing your life savings.
The sun and moon make a close square to Pluto, so
you could be feeling a lot of pressure these days.
There are some deeper problems which you want to
fix. And so you may find yourself tearing up the
floorboards, digging in the cellar, or dismantling other
old structures, during this lunar cycle. This renovation
may turn out to be vital in the long run, but the interim
period can be a bit uncomfortable.
Try to be a bit kinder to yourself and to others during
this lunar cycle. You don’t need to do everything
immediately, and you don’t need to do it all on your
This lunar cycle lasts until the next new moon on May
6. Its climactic moment is the full moon on April 22.
The new moon occurred
in NYC: Thurs, Apr 7, 7:23 am
in Vancouver: Thurs, Apr 7, 4:23 am
in London: Thurs, Apr 7, 12:23 pm
in Singapore: Thurs, Apr 7, 7:23 pm
in Sydney: Thurs, Apr 7, 9:23 pm
Mercury is in 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
when Mercury was in Aries, not as prone to
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 June
Mercury entered Taurus
in NYC: Tues, Apr 5, 7:09 pm
in Vancouver: Tues, Apr 5, 4:09 pm
in London: Weds, Apr 6, 12:09 am
in Singapore: Weds, Apr 6, 7:09 am
in Sydney: Weds, Apr 6, 9:09 am
Venus is in Aries
Romantic passion has its day, with Venus in this sign. If
you ever wanted to write a love sonnet, now is the time.
You’re more spontaneous and impetuous than usual, and
if writing sonnets isn’t your thing, you might just blurt out
the way you feel. Later on, you may wonder how you
managed to be so bold! But the good side of this is that
you get your answer right away, and you can move on if
the object of your interest
isn’t in the same place.
All lovers are a little friskier under this influence, even if
they’ve been together a long time. Everybody is looking
for a little more excitement in their lives.
It’s also a great time for artists, as the urge for creative
self-expression is very strong. There’s an
autobiographical feel about Venus in Aries, and this will
come through in any media. You’re drawing yourself, or
doing comedy about your own life, or putting your feelings
into interpretive dance. Whatever you’re doing, it’s an
exploration of what it means to be you – and what it means
to be human – and the honesty and spontaneity of your
work engages your audience.
When it comes to pleasure, you want to do things that are
different while Venus is here. You want to try something
you’ve never done before, something that will engage your
body and spirit. You might go out and do the tango, or
climb a cliff, or learn something about rocket science, and
even if it challenges you, it will be fun.
Venus will be in Aries until April 29. .
Venus entered Aries
in NYC: Tues, Apr 5, 12:50 pm
in Vancouver: Tues, Apr 5, 9:50 am
in London: Tues, Apr 5, 5:50 pm
in Singapore: Weds, Apr 6, 12:50 am
in Sydney: Weds, Apr 6, 2:50 am
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 begin with.
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
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 else
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
The sun is in 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
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
It’s 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
The sun will be here until May 20.
The sun entered Taurus
in NYC: Tues, Apr 19, 11:29 am
in Vancouver: Tues, Apr 19, 8:29 am
in London: Tues, Apr 19, 4:29 pm
in Singapore: Tues, Apr 19, 11:29 pm
in Sydney: Weds, Apr 20, 1:29 am
Mercury is Retrograde
Taurus is a slow, cautious sign in general, and when
Mercury goes retrograde here, movement tends to be
quite sluggish. A lot of things are on hold, while we wait to
see what happens. People are hedging their bets,
checking the weather, whiling away the time.
Communication can get bogged down at this time, and
answers to everything may be slow in coming. It’s also
easier to make mistakes. Even though you’re more
careful than usual, it may be harder to deal with
distractions, irritants, and interruptions, and so you could
forget to go back and recheck something.
So this is not the most efficient time, and it’s better not to
have inflated ambitions. If you get even half of those
things on your list done, you’re doing very well. It’s best
for routine, physical tasks, and it’s especially good for
things you started earlier (like cleaning out the attic) and
somehow never got back to.
At the same time, it’s not the greatest time for throwing
things out, because you’re more retentive under this sign.
You’re cleaning out a closet, and you come to your stuffed
penguin, and you think, “Yeah, I’ve got to hang on to this
for the grandchildren,” even if you don’t have any kids
yet. Or you unearth your old sumi painting kit, and you
decide to take it up again. Will you, really? Who knows?
But that’s your intention, right now.
So you may spend a certain amount of time gazing
nostalgically at the past under this influence. When a
decision about present action comes to you, you ask
yourself, “Is this a careful use of my time, energy and
money?” and “Does this really have to be done now?”
Half the time, you end up putting it aside for a more
favorable moment – and that may be the wisest course.
Mercury goes direct again on May 22.
Mercury goes retrograde
in NYC: Thurs, Apr 28, 1:19 pm
in Vancouver: Thurs, Apr 28, 10:19 am
in London: Thurs, Apr 28, 6:19 pm
in Singapore: Fri, Apr 29, 1:19 am
in Sydney: Fri, Apr 29, 3:19 am
The Next Lunar Cycle
This is a fairly sedate new moon. The emphasis is
on earth, so people generally take this lunar cycle
to do practical things. It’s a good time to build
something, or add to your foundation one way or
another. This could mean putting money in the
bank, or tending your garden, or getting a health
check-up. Since Mercury is retrograde throughout
most of this lunar cycle, it’s better for going back
and fixing things from the past, rather than starting
However, there’s a nice great trine involving the
sun/moon/Mercury in Taurus, Jupiter in Virgo, and
Pluto in Capricorn. So a lot of positive things can
spring from this time. You might choose to do
something quite ambitious, and you’ll come at it in a
grounded, pragmatic way, with a realistic sense of
what’s possible. With this mental clarity, and with
support from the community, you can accomplish a
Not everything is easy for everyone during this
time, though. With the Jupiter/Saturn square, there
are some big economic adjustments happening,
and for some people, this means that some source
of income could dry up. But because of the
positive aspects, this is a pretty good time to make
changes, and to strike out in new areas.
This lunar cycle lasts until the next new moon on
June 4. Its climactic moment is the full moon on
The new moon occurs
in NYC: Fri, May 6, 3:29 pm
in Vancouver: Fri, May 6, 12:29 pm
in London: Fri, May 6, 8:29 pm
in Singapore: Sat, May 7, 3:29 am
in Sydney: Sat, May 7, 5:29 am
Mars is Retrograde
Mars retrograde doesn’t tend to be as disruptive
as Mercury retrograde, but it can mean less
effective, focused action. In Sagittarius, Mars is
impulsive, but while it’s retrograde, impulses may
send you in a completely wrong direction. Or at
least, it can seem like a wrong direction in the
You’re intending to rush forward, but instead you
find yourself shooting back into the past. All the
people you’ve ever been mad at, you find
yourself annoyed at once more. Everything that’
s ever frustrated you is now frustrating you
again. Old obstacles show up. Or without
thinking, you repeat mistakes you’ve made
This can drive you crazy, until you realize that
you need to slow down and stop over-reacting to
everything. What are you supposed to learn
from this? It’s a good time to pause, look around
you, and draw some conclusions. When you’re
still, your viewpoint widens, until you can see
patterns that you never saw before, and make
more viable plans for the future.
Anger is never simple, and less so now than
usual. If you’re used to robustly defending
yourself, you may suddenly recognize that you
haven’t been entirely blameless. If you’ve been
feeling like a victim, you may notice the ways in
which you’ve let that happen. If you’ve run away
from scary situations in the past, you may find
ways to move towards them, and face what you’
ve always feared.
Mars goes direct again on June 29.
Mars goes retrograde
in NYC: Sun, Apr 17, 8:13 am
in Vancouver: Sun, Apr 17, 5:13 am
in London: Sun, Apr 17, 1:13 pm
in Singapore: Sun, Apr 17, 8:13 pm
in Sydney: Sun, Apr 17, 10:13 pm
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 impulses.
Mars will be in Sagittarius until May 27.
Mars entered Sagittarius
in NYC: Sat, Mar 5, 9:28 pm
in Vancouver: Sat, Mar 5, 6:28 pm
in London: Sun, Mar 6, 2:28 am
in Singapore: Sun, Mar 6, 10:28 am
in Sydney: Sun, Mar 6, 1:28 pm
Venus enters Taurus
When Venus, the planet of love, goes through
Taurus, lovers are more reliable, more faithful,
and more loyal than usual. There’s a tendency to
stick with a good thing, rather than trying to
change it. It’s a time when you really notice all the
pleasures and delights of your current life, and
counting your blessings feels natural and easy.
During this time, particular pleasure comes from
anything physical. It’s nice for gardening, for
walking in the woods, for hugging trees, for being
outside in general. This is an excellent time to go
camping, to soak in the sounds and smells and
tastes of nature. It’s good for potting, weaving,
painting, sculpting, creating in any kind of tactile
media. And, of course, it’s good for the pleasures
of the flesh: eating, drinking, making slow love.
When it comes to relationships, people are more
forthright and honest when Venus is here. You
present yourself as you are, with no hidden
agendas, and you prefer that others be that way
as well. People who usually lead complicated,
dramatic lives may discover the joys of simplicity
while Venus is in Taurus.
Venus will be here until May 24.
Venus enters Taurus
in NYC: Fri, Apr 29, 8:35 pm
in Vancouver: Fri, Apr 29, 5:35 pm
in London: Sat, Apr 30, 1:35 am
in Singapore: Sat, Apr 30, 8:35 am
in Sydney: Sat, Apr 30, 10:35 am