December 12 to 19, 2014
What sign is the moon in? What signs do the planets occupy?
What is the current lunar cycle about?
Check out my new blog, Friday Forward, for a look at the moment and the immediate future.
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 Virgo
in NYC: Fri, Dec 12, 10:18 am
in Vancouver: Fri, Dec 12, 7:18 am
in London: Fri, Dec 12, 3:18 pm
in Singapore: Fri, Dec 12, 11:18 pm
in Sydney: Sat, Dec 13, 2:18 am
moves into Libra
in NYC: Sun, Dec 14, 11:04 pm
in Vancouver: Sun, Dec 14, 8:04 pm
in London: Mon, Dec 15, 4:04 am
in Singapore: Mon, Dec 15, 12:04 pm
in Sydney: Mon, Dec 15, 3:04 pm
moves into Scorpio
in NYC: Weds, Dec 17, 9:51 am
in Vancouver: Weds, Dec 17, 6:51 am
in London: Weds, Dec 17, 2:51 pm
in Singapore: Weds, Dec 17, 10:51 pm
in Sydney: Thurs, Dec 18, 1:51 am
moves into Sagittarius
in NYC: Fri, Dec 19, 4:55 pm
in Vancouver: Fri, Dec 19, 1:55 pm
in London: Fri, Dec 19, 9:55 pm
in Singapore: Sat, Dec 20, 5:55 am
in Sydney: Sat, Dec 20, 8:55 am
moves into Capricorn
in NYC: Sun, Dec 21, 8:25 pm
in Vancouver: Sun, Dec 21, 5:25 pm
in London: Mon, Dec 22, 1:25 am
in Singapore: Mon, Dec 22, 9:25 am
in Sydney: Mon, Dec 22, 12:25 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
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,
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
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
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
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 Current Lunar Cycle
The Sagittarius new moon is a good time to begin
ambitious projects. It’s not a time to think small, and
whatever you begin now should be connected with your
larger goals, ambitious and dreams. This fiery moon
rewards a heroic, adventurous approach. The planets in
the new moon chart are arranged in a bucket shape, with
Jupiter as the handle, so this is a time when you can go
beyond your usual limits.
At the same time, the strongest aspect at this new moon is
the Mercury/Jupiter square, so there is some tendency to
talk, plan or promise too much, more than you can possibly
manage. You may say things you wouldn’t normally say (or
write) during this lunar cycle, and end up way over-
Be especially careful not to sign anything without thinking
carefully about it, and running it by your most practical
friends and advisors. This is not the best lunar cycle to
buy a car, a computer, or a plane ticket; everything may
be more complicated and expensive than usual.
With all this fire, though, you can have fun. The energy is
passionate, tempestuous and excitable, and so lots of
interesting things can happen during this lunar cycle. You
can express yourself, you can be creative and playful, you
can have adventures. You can laugh, and that’s good,
because sometimes you may need to laugh at yourself.
This lunar cycle lasts until the next new moon on December
21. Its climactic moment is the full moon on December 6.
The new moon occurred
in NYC: Sat, Nov 22, 7:32 am
in Vancouver: Sat, Nov 22, 4:32 am
in London: Sat, Nov 22, 12:32 pm
in Singapore: Sat, Nov 22, 8:32 pm
in Sydney: Sat, Nov 22, 11:32 pm
The sun is in Sagittarius
With the sun in this fiery sign, things get
exciting. As always at this time of year, it’s a
good time for parties, celebrations, feasts, and
community events. Sagittarius is enthusiastic,
gregarious, extravagant, and optimistic, but
there’s some tendency to go to extremes (in a
friendly and good-natured way).
This is also a good time for travel. People are
eager for all kinds of new experiences, and
they’re more willing to get away from the usual
routine and do something wild and
adventurous. Everyone is thinking bigger.
People who are normally idealistic are now
thinking of ways to save the world, and they
want to jump into this world-saving business in
an active way. People who are normally
cautious and prosaic are reconsidering their
more outrageous impulses.
The sun will be in Sagittarius until December
The sun entered Sagittarius
in NYC: Sat, Nov 22, 4:38 am
in Vancouver: Sat, Nov 22, 1:38 am
in London: Sat, Nov 22, 9:38 am
in Singapore: Sat, Nov 22, 5:38 pm
in Sydney: Sat, Nov 22, 8:38 pm
Mercury is in Sagittarius
Mercury is enthusiastic, visionary and impulsive in
this mutable fire sign. You aren’t as interested in
small details, but are drawn irresistibly towards the
bigger picture. Once you see it, you want to talk
about it, to dream about it, and to take action to
make it real.
No project is beyond your possibilities. You don’t
see any limitations, even when they are immediately
at hand, and you may run right through them, as if
they were so much smoke. This might be okay, or
you might be cited later because of all the rules you
broke! If you’re normally a timid person, this
Mercury sign will signal an opportunity to move
beyond the ordinary. And if you’re normally cheerful
and rambunctious, there won’t be any holding you
Mercury is the planet of speech, and so there are a
lot of very ambitious meetings, discussions and
conversations while Mercury is in Sagittarius.
People can wax very passionate. Other people will
be pedantic, convinced they know the truth, eager to
convert everyone. Others will be impatient with all
this talk, and ready to get started on whatever
project you’re talking about. Arguments can break
out over these different approaches, and the air can
get heated. But afterwards, people will talk about
how exciting it all was.
This is a great Mercury sign for travel, and it’s also
excellent for educational ventures. You are eager to
know everything, to experience it firsthand.
Mercury will be in Sagittarius until December 16.
Mercury entered Sagittarius
in NYC: Thurs, Nov 27, 9:25 pm
in Vancouver: Thurs, Nov 27, 6:25 pm
in London: Fri, Nov 28, 2:25 am
in Singapore: Fri, Nov 28, 10:25 am
in Sydney: Fri, Nov 28, 1:25 pm
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,
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
Mars is in Aquarius
The planet of will and action becomes more
independent and free-spirited in Aquarius. You
have a stronger urge to experiment, a desire to
venture into unknown territory.
The urge to learn new things is strong, and this is
not just a mental but a physical desire. You want
to pick up new physical skills, and you may be
particularly drawn to the kinds of sports that
happen in wide-open spaces, like wind-surfing,
mountain-climbing, or ice-skating. You want the
wind in your hair, while you master some new
skill. And it’s a plus if not too many other people
know how to do it.
Your sense of style is more pronounced under
this influence. People are less likely to be fashion
slaves, more likely to figure out something that’s
uniquely their own. Some people will be quirky,
while others will be downright eccentric, and a few
will get thrown in jail for running naked down the
It’s a very creative time. Because there’s very
little interest in conforming, everybody is coming
up with interesting ways to express themselves.
Inventors are more inventive, scientists are more
inspired, and artists are more avant-garde.
Mars will be here until January 12.
Mars entered Aquarius
in NYC: Thurs, Dec 4, 6:56 pm
in Vancouver: Thurs, Dec 4, 3:56 pm
in London: Thurs, Dec 4, 11:56 pm
in Singapore: Fri, Dec 5, 7:56 am
in Sydney: Fri, Dec 5, 10:56 am
Venus is in Capricorn
This is not the most congenial place for the planet
of pleasure, but there are some benefits. You
can experience the pleasures in getting
organized, in accomplishing important goals, in
adding more structure and accountability to your
When it comes to relationships, Venus is more
pragmatic than romantic in this sign. Even if
you’ve just met someone, you may find yourself
talking about life-goals, and making plans to
introduce them to your parents. This could
dampen the mood, but it could also expedite
matters, if you’re both looking for something
beyond the moment.
Capricorn is an earth sign, so this is an excellent
time for creative work that emphasizes structure,
such as pottery or architecture. It’s good for
reusing old materials, and it’s also good for going
back to more traditional forms. You may find
yourself mining your older work, looking for
possibilities that you left behind. Capricorn is a
sign that hates waste, and that uses everything in
Venus will be here until January 3.
Venus entered Capricorn
in NYC: Weds, Dec 10, 11:42 am
in Vancouver: Weds, Dec 10, 8:42 am
in London: Weds, Dec 10, 4:42 pm
in Singapore: Thurs, Dec 11, 12:42 am
in Sydney: Thurs, Dec 11, 3:42 am
Mercury enters Capricorn
Everybody is a bit more realistic, more pragmatic
and more skeptical during this influence. For
those who are already practical and business-
like, much can be accomplished. For those who
generally have their heads in the clouds, the
benefits of structure become a bit clearer.
However, Capricorn is a very serious sign, and
sometimes pessimism can be part of the
equation. If you’re normally prone to shadowy
thoughts, then everything could look a little
grimmer during this time. It’s not as easy to turn
to fantasy, or to fool yourself, or to take refuge
in denial. Everything is clearer, more definite,
and more physical. It is what it is.
At the same time, this is a very grounding
influence, and it can help you build something
new. You need a solid foundation in reality
before you can construct something which will
last. Mercury in Capricorn gives you that. It
helps you define your goals, gather resources,
work out a strategy, and take the first small
steps towards improving your life. What’s better
for the New Year?
Mercury will be here until January 4.
Mercury enters Capricorn
in NYC: Tues, Dec 16, 10:53 pm
in Vancouver: Tues, Dec 16, 7:53 pm
in London: Weds, Dec 17, 3:53 am
in Singapore: Weds, Dec 17, 11:53 am
in Sydney: Weds, Dec 17, 2:53 pm