October 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 Leo
in NYC: Thurs, Oct 16, 6:29 am
in Vancouver: Thurs, Oct 16, 3:29 am
in London: Thurs, Oct 16, 11:29 am
in Singapore: Thurs, Oct 16, 6:29 pm
in Sydney: Thurs, Oct 16, 9:29 pm
moves into Virgo
in NYC: Sat, Oct 18, 7:08 pm
in Vancouver: Sat, Oct 18, 4:08 pm
in London: Sun, Oct 19, 12:08 am
in Singapore: Sun, Oct 19, 7:08 am
in Sydney: Sun, Oct 19, 10:08 am
moves into Libra
in NYC: Tues, Oct 21, 7:11 am
in Vancouver: Tues, Oct 21, 4:11 am
in London: Tues, Oct 21, 12:11 pm
in Singapore: Tues, Oct 21, 7:11 pm
in Sydney: Tues, Oct 21, 10:11 pm
moves into Scorpio
in NYC: Thurs, Oct 23, 5:09 pm
in Vancouver: Thurs, Oct 23, 2:09 pm
in London: Thurs, Oct 23, 10:09 pm
in Singapore: Fri, Oct 24, 5:09 am
in Sydney: Fri, Oct 24, 8:09 am
moves into Sagittarius
in NYC: Sun, Oct 26, 12:40 am
in Vancouver: Sat, Oct 25, 9:40 pm
in London: Sun, Oct 26, 5:40 am
in Singapore: Sun, Oct 26, 12:40 pm
in Sydney: Sun, Oct 26, 3:40 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.
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
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
During this lunar cycle, questions of balance
keep coming up. With the sun and moon in
early Libra, everyone is more hopeful and
idealistic, and there’s an orientation towards
justice, cooperation, and the sharing of
resources. The fiery Jupiter/Uranus trine is
strong, and so some progressive, innovative
ideas are circulating, and some of them will
find lots of supporters.
There’s room for new projects, especially
exciting creative projects. You may find
interesting new ways to express yourself, and
there are people nearby who can help you
realize your ambitions, whether you want to
be a Broadway star or a CEO. Everyone is a
bit more experimental, more inclined to take
risks and test new alternatives, and some of
these will pan out beautifully.
At the same time, with the Mars/Neptune
square also strong, there is also some
tendency to go full-tilt in the wrong direction.
Yes, idealism can be a wonderful thing, but
passionate belief can make people a bit
ungrounded, maybe even unglued. And so
think twice when you get a brilliant idea,
during this lunar cycle. Is it based on a crazy
dream, or on a clear, logical process of
thought? Spend some time deconstructing
it. Is it even possible?
The lunar cycle lasts until the next new moon
on October 23. Its climactic moment is the
full moon (with a lunar eclipse) on October 8.
The new moon occurred
in NYC: Weds, Sept 24, 2:13 am
in Vancouver: Tues, Sept 23, 11:13 pm
in London: Weds, Sept 24, 7:13 am
in Singapore: Weds, Sept 24, 2:13 pm
in Sydney: Weds, Sept 24, 4:13 pm
The sun is in Libra
Happy equinox! This is the time when day and night
are in balance. 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
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 everything is
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 23.
The sun entered Libra
in NYC: Mon, Sept 22, 10:29 pm
in Vancouver: Mon, Sept 22, 7:29 pm
in London: Tues, Sept 23, 3:29 am
in Singapore: Tues, Sept 23, 10:29 am
in Sydney: Tues, Sept 23, 12:29 pm
Mercury is Retrograde
Mercury in Scorpio is always pretty introspective,
and now, as it goes retrograde, everybody will have
more time to think, to dwell on what is particularly
meaningful. Some people will use this time to plot
vengeance over old wrongs, while others will work
on forgiveness and healing.
But in a week, Mercury will move back to Libra, and
people will have more perspective. You may wonder
what all the heavy feelings were about, as you
achieve a greater sense of mental balance. And
you can turn your attention to any areas of chaos
around you, readying yourself for the next phase of
During the three weeks when Mercury is retrograde,
it’s not a particularly good time to move forward with
any major project. Try to relax more, to enjoy life
more, and to connect more with friends and family.
Why not call up those people you’ve been meaning
to see, and spend the afternoon catching up with
them in some little café? Why not go visit a gallery,
or take your watercolors out of the closet and do a
This is a good time to deal with old leftover projects
that you’ve put to the side. Mercury retrograde puts
your attention on the past, and so it can be a highly
successful time for finishing things, sorting things
out, cleaning things up, and taking care of all the
loose threads in your life.
Mercury goes direct again on October 25.
Mercury went retrograde
in NYC: Sat, Oct 4, 1:02 pm
in Vancouver: Sat, Oct 4, 10:02 am
in London: Sat, Oct 4, 6:02 pm
in Singapore: Sun, Oct 5, 1:02 am
in Sydney: Sun, Oct 5, 4:02 am
Venus is in Libra
When Venus, the planet of love, goes through Libra,
everyone is more romantic. The trappings of romance –
candlelight, soft music, dancing, silky fabrics – are all more
evident. Everything connected to relationships is gentler,
more subtle, more refined. There’s more give-and-take, a
willingness to look at the other point of view, to cooperate,
even to yield at times.
Single people may find themselves longing for partners, and
it’s very easy to fall in love during this Venus sign. You may
be entranced by some simple word or gesture which seems
to reflect a romantic ideal. Whether this can go anywhere,
only time will tell, so take a while to get to know the object of
your desire. This Venus sign is good for that anyway, as it’s
more cerebral than physical.
During this time, artistic pleasure is enhanced.
It’s a great time to go to a play, a concert or a museum.
People are drawn to intellectual pleasures, parties are more
elegant, and conversation becomes an art. Those who are
already artistic will be in their element, while those who
eschew higher culture will find themselves strangely drawn to
the bookstores and galleries they pass on the street.
Farmhands will find themselves reciting poetry while slopping
This is an idealistic time, in which the sense of justice is
stronger. And so, even though it inclines to peaceful
solutions, it’s not always peaceful. There will be more
processing during this Venus sign, as people work out what it
means to be fair, egalitarian, and balanced in their
relationships to their partners, to society in general, and
Venus will be here until October 23.
Venus entered Libra
in NYC: Mon, Sept 29, 4:52 pm
in Vancouver: Mon, Sept 29, 1:52 pm
in London: Mon, Sept 29, 9:52 pm
in Singapore: Tues, Sept 30, 4:52 am
in Sydney: Tues, Sept 30, 6:52 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
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
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 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 November 8.
Mercury entered Libra
in NYC: Fri, Oct 10, 1:26 pm
in Vancouver: Fri, Oct 10, 10:26 am
in London: Fri, Oct 10, 6:26 pm
in Singapore: Sat, Oct 11, 1:26 am
in Sydney: Sat, Oct 11, 4:26 am
The Next Lunar Cycle
This new moon brings a partial solar eclipse, so it’s intense,
and there’s some powerful energy for change. Venus is
closely conjunct the sun and moon, focusing particular
attention on love, sex, happiness and pleasure. And all
three sextile Mars, so there’s an urge to go after what you
want in these areas.
Desires are especially strong now, and some people will
have a hard time handling them. People are challenged by
boundaries may find them particularly grating. So be
especially careful at this new moon, especially if you’re
female, since there may be more predators out there than
usual. At the same time, this new moon can be a wonderful
time for a joyful, romantic, intimate connection. Love can be
stronger, deeper, more magical, more all-encompassing.
If you’re wrestling with an addiction to something that you
don’t want in your life, this is a good time for a little
transformative magic. Find something else that’s also
pleasurable, something that will enhance your life, and
summoning all the power of this new moon, infuse it with
your hopes and dreams. For example, you might throw your
energy into love, or yoga, or swimming, or cooking, or
communing with nature.
When you get rid of something, you need to bring
something else into the circle of your consciousness. And
whatever you bring in now will get a real boost. There is life-
changing energy in this new moon, and it’s up to you to
decide what you want to do with it.
This lunar cycle lasts until the next new moon on November
22. Its climactic moment is the full moon on November 6.
The new moon occurs
in NYC: Thurs, Oct 23, 5:56 pm
in Vancouver: Thurs, Oct 23, 2:56 pm
in London: Thurs, Oct 23, 10:56 pm
in Singapore: Fri, Oct 24, 5:56 am
in Sydney: Fri, Oct 24, 8:56 am
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 a
lot 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
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: Thurs, Oct 23, 7:57 am
in Vancouver: Thurs, Oct 23, 4:57 am
in London: Thurs, Oct 23, 12:57 pm
in Singapore: Thurs, Oct 23, 7:57 pm
in Sydney: Thurs, Oct 23, 10:57 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
Mars will be in Sagittarius until October 26.
Mars entered Sagittarius
in NYC: Sat, Sept 13, 5:57 pm
in Vancouver: Sat, Sept 13, 2:57 pm
in London: Sat, Sept 13, 10:57 pm
in Singapore: Sun, Sept 14, 5:57 am
in Sydney: Sun, Sept 14, 7:57 am
Venus enters Scorpio
Venus becomes a lot more intense and
focused in Scorpio. It also becomes more
sexual, so this is a good time to develop your
love-making techniques, as well as reach a
greater level of intimacy in your relationships.
You’re more aware of other people’s sexual
energy, on both the chemical and emotional
Power issues tend to come up, generally at
times when people feel most vulnerable. In
relationships, old trauma can have a lot of
buried influence, and it could move people to
shut each other out. Be ready to forgive your
lovers, friends and family members if this
happens, and to keep the doors open
yourself. Everyone needs to feel safe, and
people come to this in their own ways.
Venus will be in Scorpio until November 16.
Venus enters Scorpio
in NYC: Thurs, Oct 23, 4:52 pm
in Vancouver: Thurs, Oct 23, 1:52 pm
in London: Thurs, Oct 23, 9:52 pm
in Singapore: Fri, Oct 24, 4:52 am
in Sydney: Fri, Oct 24, 7:52 am