March 27 to April 3, 2015
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 Cancer
in NYC: Thurs, Mar 26, 3:45 pm
in Vancouver: Thurs, Mar 26, 12:45 pm
in London: Thurs, Mar 26, 7:45 pm
in Singapore: Fri, Mar 27, 3:45 am
in Sydney: Fri, Mar 27, 6:45 am
moves into Leo
in NYC: Sun, Mar 29, 1:48 am
in Vancouver: Sat, Mar 28, 10:48 pm
in London: Sun, Mar 29, 5:48 am
in Singapore: Sun, Mar 29, 1:48 pm
in Sydney: Sun, Mar 29, 4:48 pm
moves into Virgo
in NYC: Tues, March 31, 2:12 pm
in Vancouver: Tues, March 31, 11:12 am
in London: Tues, March 31, 7:12 pm
in Singapore: Weds, April 1, 2:12 am
in Sydney: Weds, April 1, 5:12 am
moves into Libra
in NYC: Fri, April 3, 3:07 am
in Vancouver: Fri, April 3, 12:07 am
in London: Fri, April 3, 8:07 am
in Singapore: Fri, April 3, 3:07 pm
in Sydney: Fri, April 3, 6:07 pm
moves into Scorpio
in NYC: Sun, April 5, 3:04 pm
in Vancouver: Sun, April 5, 12:04 pm
in London: Sun, April 5, 8:04 pm
in Singapore: Mon, April 6, 3:04 am
in Sydney: Mon, April 6, 6:04 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 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.
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 also 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 June 14, 2015.
Then it will go back in Scorpio for a few months,
before returning to Sagittarius for the next two
Saturn entered Sagittarius
in NYC: Tues, Dec 23, 11:34 am
in Vancouver: Tues, Dec 23, 8:34 am
in London: Tues, Dec 23, 4:34 pm
in Singapore: Weds, Dec 24, 12:34 am
in Sydney: Weds, Dec 24, 3:34 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Mercury is in Pisces
When the planet of the mind goes into the gentle water
sign Pisces, everything goes a bit more slowly, and
sometimes in a circular motion. Everyone will feel a little
daydreamy, spacey and prone to rambling. The mind is
not bound by the usual restraints, like reason and logic. It
moves mysteriously, fluidly, intuitively, investigating all the
nooks and crannies as it goes.
This is a good time to get better at non-verbal
communication, because there will be a lot of it. Musicians,
choreographers and cinematographers will be especially
inspired, as they communicate grace and beauty and a
wide range of emotions to their audiences. Poets will be
more mysterious, more elusive, aiming to be understood
on a deeper level. Writers of science fiction and fantasy
will help everyone escape from the ordinary.
Everyone will have longer, more vivid dreams, and it won’t
always be easy to wake up from them. You may go around
all day, thinking about your dreams and wondering what
they meant. It’s a more mystical time, good for spiritual
retreats, meditation circles, and healing work. It’s not the
most disciplined or organized time, however, and there’s a
greater tendency to forget or lose things.
Mercury will be in Pisces until March 30.
Mercury entered Pisces
in NYC: Thurs, Mar 12, 11:52 pm
in Vancouver: Thurs, Mar 12, 8:52 pm
in London: Fri, Mar 13, 3:52 am
in Singapore: Fri, Mar 13, 11:52 am
in Sydney: Fri, Mar 13, 2:52 pm
The Current Lunar Cycle
This is a very intense new moon, with a total solar eclipse.
The moon is also at perigee, as close to the earth as it’s
going to get. We won’t be able to see it – the new moon is
always invisible – but the oceans will feel its stronger pull,
and the tides will carry its message.
It happens at the last degree of Pisces, so it speaks to the
end of an era. And it’s only four days after the last exact
Uranus/Pluto square, so it’s the footnote to a struggle that’
s been going on for the last four years.
There’s enormous emotional energy at this new moon, and
it will take the whole lunar cycle, and beyond, to process
it. There’s sorrow, yearning, regret, fear, and
forgiveness. Many people will feel their hearts crack open,
and will discover all kinds of things that they didn’t know
An eclipse is a time of revelations, and often these filter in
slowly, at the rate we can handle them. But because this
one is so intense, people will be flooded with these new
understandings. For some people, it will be a religious
experience. They’ll stand on their personal mountain-tops
and get a felt, personal message from their gods. For
others, it will be a new ability to recognize our shared
humanity, and a weakening of the barriers that keep us
Others may break down, unable to process this powerful
rush of feeling. So this is a lunar cycle in which we will all
need to take care of each other.
This lunar cycle lasts until the next new moon on April 18.
Its climactic moment is the full moon (and lunar eclipse) on
The new moon occurs
in NYC: Fri, Mar 20, 5:36 am
in Vancouver: Fri, Mar 20, 2:36 am
in London: Fri, Mar 20, 9:36 am
in Singapore: Fri, Mar 20, 5:36 pm
in Sydney: Fri, Mar 20, 8:36 pm
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 explore.
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
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
The sun will be in Aries until April 20.
The sun entered Aries
in NYC: Fri, Mar 20, 6:45 pm
in Vancouver: Fri, Mar 20, 3:45 pm
in London: Fri, Mar 20, 10:45 pm
in Singapore: Sat, Mar 21, 6:45 am
in Sydney: Sat, Mar 21, 9:45 am
Mars is in Aries
Mars in Aries is very vital and dynamic, so this is
a great time to get a lot of important things done.
At the same time, don’t over-commit yourself
during this period. You’re more spontaneous
and adventurous, and you don’t want to be tied
down to a schedule.
The rebellious side of your nature comes out
while Mars is in Aries, and this can make it a bit
harder for people to work together. Everybody
has a better idea, and wants to take off in an
independent direction. A town full of Lone
Rangers can be somewhat chaotic, so the best
way to handle this is to stay as self-aware as
possible, and keep your sense of humor intact. If
you catch yourself throwing the rules, schedules
and contracts in the trash can, pause for a minute
and ask yourself if this is really a good idea.
Desires are stronger under this sign, and urges
are more insistent. This can be good for athletes,
although they might have a tendency to push
themselves too hard and get hurt. If
you’re interested in starting a passionate love
affair, this could a good time for it, but do be
careful that you don’t push too hard, or demand
your way in all things.
Arguments are more likely to start while Mars is in
Aries, but they are also more likely to be solved
quickly. Nobody wants to dwell on hurt feelings,
or to analyze past misunderstandings. Everybody
wants to get on with it, to tackle the next exciting
project. It’s time to slay those dragons! Polish up
Mars will be in Aries until March 31.
Mars entered Aries
in NYC: Thurs, Feb 19, 7:11 pm
in Vancouver: Thurs, Feb 19, 4:11 pm
in London: Fri, Feb 20, 12:11 am
in Singapore: Fri, Feb 20, 8:11 am
in Sydney: Fri, Feb 20, 11:11 am
Venus is in 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
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 here.
Venus will be here until April 11.
Venus entered Taurus
in NYC: Tues, Mar 17, 6:14 am
in Vancouver: Tues, Mar 17, 3:14 am
in London: Tues, Mar 17, 10:14 am
in Singapore: Tues, Mar 17, 6:14 pm
in Sydney: Tues, Mar 17, 9:14 am
Mercury enters 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 opinion.
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 happen
Mercury will be here until April 14.
Mercury enters Aries
in NYC: Mon, March 30, 9:43 pm
in Vancouver: Mon, March 30, 6:43 pm
in London: Tues, March 31, 2:43 am
in Singapore: Tues, March 31, 9:43 am
in Sydney: Tues, March 31, 12:43 pm
Mars enters Taurus
This is a very productive time, on a concrete level. As a
fixed earth sign, Taurus focuses your attention on the
things that need to be done. It’s great for working in a
garden, or building walls and fences and decks and sheds,
or doing your spring cleaning. This is the time to sweep
away all the cobwebs of winter, to make everything fresh
and clean and airy.
During this time, everyone is more persistent and focused.
People who are usually dilettantes will settle down a bit, and
start to notice some particular thing that holds their
attention. People who are usually fairly stable may become
fixtures. Couch potatoes could get really, really
People won’t generally be all that argumentative, since this
is one of the more patient signs. But when arguments
happen, it will be because nobody wants to abandon a fixed
position. People feel more strongly about money,
possessions, and sources of security, and so there can be
conflict around these things, as well as around loyalty and
Although this is a good period for physical work, it also
lends itself to sensual pleasures: eating, drinking, dancing
and singing. There’s also an emphasis on sports that build
strength and endurance, like weight-lifting and bull-riding.
Cowboys should really enjoy this Mars sign, and all of us
may find our inner cowboy. It’s probably not buried too
Mars will be here until May 11.
Mars enters Taurus
in NYC: Tues, March 31, 12:26 pm
in Vancouver: Tues, March 31, 9:26 am
in London: Tues, March 31, 5:26 pm
in Singapore: Weds, April 1, 12:26 am
in Sydney: Weds, April 1, 3:26 am