May 7 to 28, 2015
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 Capricorn
in NYC: Thurs, May 7, 2:16 pm
in Vancouver: Thurs, May 7, 11:16 am
in London: Thurs, May 7, 7:16 pm
in Singapore: Fri, May 8, 2:16 am
in Sydney: Fri, May 8, 4:16 am
moves into Aquarius
in NYC: Sat, May 9, 7:22 pm
in Vancouver: Sat, May 9, 4:22 pm
in London: Sun, May 10, 12:22 am
in Singapore: Sun, May 10, 7:22 am
in Sydney: Sun, May 10, 9:22 am
moves into Pisces
in NYC: Mon, May 11, 10:53 pm
in Vancouver: Mon, May 11, 7:53 pm
in London: Tues, May 12, 3:53 am
in Singapore: Tues, May 12, 10:53 am
in Sydney: Tues, May 12, 12:53 pm
moves into Aries
in NYC: Thurs, May 14, 1:13 am
in Vancouver: Weds, May 13, 10:13 pm
in London: Thurs, May 14, 6:13 am
in Singapore: Thurs, May 14, 1:13 pm
in Sydney: Thurs, May 14, 3:13 pm
moves into Taurus
in NYC: Sat, May 16, 3:02 am
in Vancouver: Sat, May 16, 12:02 am
in London: Sat, May 16, 8:02 am
in Singapore: Sat, May 16, 3:02 pm
in Sydney: Sat, May 16, 5:02 pm
moves into Gemini
in NYC: Mon, May 18, 5:27 am
in Vancouver: Mon, May 18, 2:27 am
in London: Mon, May 18, 10:27 am
in Singapore: Mon, May 18, 5:27 pm
in Sydney: Mon, May 18, 7:27 pm
moves into Cancer
in NYC: Weds, May 20, 9:55 am
in Vancouver: Weds, May 20, 6:55 am
in London: Weds, May 20, 2:55 pm
in Singapore: Weds, May 20, 9:55 pm
in Sydney: Thurs, May 21, 12:55 am
moves into Leo
in NYC: Fri, May 22, 5:42 pm
in Vancouver: Fri, May 22, 2:42 pm
in London: Fri, May 22, 10:42 pm
in Singapore: Sat, May 23, 5:42 am
in Sydney: Sat, May 23, 7:42 am
moves into Virgo
in NYC: Mon, May 25, 4:51 am
in Vancouver: Mon, May 25, 1:51 am
in London: Mon, May 25, 9:51 am
in Singapore: Mon, May 25, 4:51 pm
in Sydney: Mon, May 25, 6:51 am
moves into Libra
in NYC: Weds, May 27, 5:42 pm
in Vancouver: Weds, May 27, 2:42 pm
in London: Weds, May 27, 10:42 pm
in Singapore: Thurs, May 28, 5:42 am
in Sydney: Thurs, May 28, 7:42 am
moves into Scorpio
in NYC: Sat, May 30, 5:33 am
in Vancouver: Sat, May 30, 2:33 am
in London: Sat, May 30, 10:33 am
in Singapore: Sat, May 30, 5:33 pm
in Sydney: Sat, May 30, 7:33 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.
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 visions.
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
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
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
Mars is in 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
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 comfortable.
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 deeply.
Mars will be here until May 11.
Mars entered 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
The Current Lunar Cycle
The Aries new moon always gives some fresh
new energy, and so this is a good lunar cycle
for moving ahead on your most exciting
projects. The emphasis is on being active, on
expressing yourself, and on testing yourself
against all the challenges the world may
There’s some tendency to go too fast, and to
dive into things without looking, since there’s a
Mars/Jupiter square at the new moon. You’re
more attracted to dramatic, flamboyant
gestures, and you could get into trouble that
way. Because Mercury and Mars are in
Taurus, there’s also some tendency to
become fixated on things, not noticing when
they could use some adjusting.
This lunar cycle lasts until the next new moon
on May 18. Its climactic moment is the full
moon on May 3.
The new moon occurred
in NYC: Sat, Apr 18, 2:57 pm
in Vancouver: Sat, Apr 18, 11:57 am
in London: Sat, Apr 18, 7:57 pm
in Singapore: Sun, Apr 19, 2:57 am
in Sydney: Sun, Apr 19, 4:57 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
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
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
Venus is in Gemini
This is a friendly place for the planet of love and pleasure. It
lends itself to easy-going conversations, low-key
discussions, and pleasurable mental diversions. People are
friendly, witty and engaging, and they laugh a lot under this
influence. Nothing seems quite as serious as usual.
The emphasis is on popular culture - TV shows, romance
novels, thrillers, pop music, action films. Everyone wants to
be entertained, without having to work too hard to figure out
what’s going on. However, there’s a lot of curiosity to
Gemini, and so even rather abstruse works of art can find an
audience. There will always be someone ready to explain it
to everyone else.
The main thing now is communication. There are lots of
bridges being built – between people and people, between
people and ideas, between ideas and ideas. Everyone is
engaged in making connections. The world is a small place,
but it’s a place of constantly milling people. Everybody wants
to experience the whole range of activities, to glide smoothly
from one place to the next, never stopping or getting too
When it comes to relationships, this lends itself to casual
friendships and to speed-dating more than to deeper levels
of intimacy. It’s a good time to get to know someone, to hang
out with them in lots of different circumstances. By the time
Venus leaves Gemini, you’ll have developed an easy and
comfortable connection, and you can see whether you’d like
to take it further.
Venus will be in Gemini until May 7.
Venus entered Gemini
in NYC: Sat, Apr 11, 11:28 am
in Vancouver: Sat, Apr 11, 8:28 am
in London: Sat, Apr 11, 4:28 pm
in Singapore: Sat, Apr 11, 11:28 pm
in Sydney: Sun, Apr 12, 1:28 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,
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
Mercury is in Gemini
In this air sign, Mercury – the
planet of the mind – is right at
home. Mental processing is faster,
more skillful, more imaginative.
Everybody is quicker to connect
the dots, to find the links between
various pieces of information.
People are not as interested in
going deep, and seeing the
underlying causes, but rather want
to cover a lot of territory. They are
drawn to diversity, variety, multiple
This is an excellent Mercury sign
for writers and idea people.
People don’t mind being quirky, in
the interest of keeping everything
moving. Cleverness has a lot of
cachet, and so lots of great
aphorisms can be written, and lots
of witty sayings passed around.
Sometimes nothing gets done,
because people are so taken with
their own cleverness.
This is a great time for
brainstorming and networking.
However, it’s very easy for
everything to stay up there on the
cloud level, and never come down
to earth. It’s all so interesting when
it’s theoretical. You can go in all
sorts of directions; there are no
limits. And so if you actually want
something to get done, you may
need to put some sort of limit on
meetings, mailings or phone
Mercury will be in Gemini until July
Mercury entered Gemini
in NYC: Thurs, Apr 30, 10 pm
in Vancouver: Thurs, Apr 30, 7 pm
in London: Fri, May 1, 3 am
in Singapore: Fri, May 1, 10 am
in Sydney: Fri, May 1, 12 pm
Venus enters Cancer
Venus is gentle, nurturing and sympathetic in
this sign. It’s a very nice place for the planet
of love, pleasure and relationships.
It’s a sentimental time, when you may feel
more like taking pictures of your sweetheart,
saving locks of hair and greeting cards, and
whispering endearments in her ear as you
walk past. If you’re not normally prone to this
kind of gooiness, you may wonder what’s
gotten into you. But there’s a good chance
you’ll both enjoy it, although you may be
thankful that nobody else can hear the silly
names you’re calling each other.
It’s a great time for cooking, so if you’re
inclined to this sort of thing, now is the time to
get into the kitchen. It’s also a great time for
eating, and all dishes, whether humble or
exotic, are more pleasurable. It’s nice for
entertaining, especially family and close
friends. Your home is cozier, more attractive,
and you find it very pleasant to just nest.
Generally, you want to be comfortable when
Venus is in this sign, so it can be perfect for a
stay-at-home vacation. It also attracts you to
watery places, like beaches and the lake.
Just be sure you bring along your favorite
pillow and your favorite brand of cookies.
Venus will be here until June 5.
Venus enters Cancer
in NYC: Thurs, May 7, 6:52 pm
in Vancouver: Thurs, May 7, 3:52 pm
in London: Thurs, May 7, 11:52 pm
in Singapore: Fri, May 8, 6:52 am
in Sydney: Fri, May 8, 8:52 am
The Next Lunar Cycle
This lunar cycle introduces a rather slow-moving period,
as the sun and moon make an out-of-sign opposition to
Saturn. Some things come to an end, but it may not be
easy to move on to the next phase.
Especially since Mercury retrogrades on the same day as
the new moon, this is a good time to focus on finishing
everything fully, and tying up any loose ends. The Taurus
new moon emphasizes dealing with concrete things, so
this is a good time to work in a garden, or fix up things
around your house.
There are some underlying tensions that could emerge
during this lunar cycle, since Jupiter and Pluto are
inconjunct. People in positions of authority may feel
threatened by newer and more glamorous rivals. It’s not
easy to make peace when basic world-views are so
different, and when each side focuses on control and
This lunar cycle lasts until the next new moon on June 16.
Its climactic moment is the full moon on June 2.
The new moon occurs
in NYC: Mon, May 18, 12:13 am
in Vancouver: Sun, May 17, 9:13 pm
in London: Mon, May 18, 5:13 am
in Singapore: Mon, May 18, 12:13 pm
in Sydney: Mon, May 18, 2:13 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 it made
up. It’s time to take a stance, to pick a little spot
of ground and plant yourself there.
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 strengthening.
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 core.
The sun will be here until May 21.
The sun entered Taurus
in NYC: Mon, Apr 20, 5:42 am
in Vancouver: Mon, Apr 20, 2:42 am
in London: Mon, Apr 20, 10:42 am
in Singapore: Mon, Apr 20, 5:42 pm
in Sydney: Mon, Apr 20, 7:42 pm
The sun enters Gemini
The mind is really active when the sun goes through
Gemini. Ideas proliferate, and beg to be written down
or thoroughly talked over. Everyone is more interested
in the latest news, gossip, and information, and these
things spread with record-breaking speed.
It’s an especially good time for writers, especially writers
of short forms, but it’s good for anyone whose focus is
communication. Musicians write catchy tunes,
researchers find out new and telling facts, community
organizers find it easier to gather people together, and
students are eager to follow any interesting trail of
knowledge. But if a subject is boring, students will be
doodling, passing notes, or playing on their cell
phones. Everyone is more easily distracted when the
sun is in Gemini.
This is a playful sign, great for solving puzzles and
meeting mental challenges. People are friendlier,
lighter and funnier, more inclined to wordplay and to
retelling the latest jokes. People meet spontaneously,
getting into the spirit of the moment. Everyone wants to
keep their options open, to have lots of free time and
an abundance of choices. People are busy, but not
because they’re working themselves to death. They’re
more likely to be busy having fun.
The sun will be in Gemini until June 21.
The sun enters Gemini
in NYC: Thurs, May 21, 4:44 am
in Vancouver: Thurs, May 21, 1:44 am
in London: Thurs, May 21, 9:44 am
in Singapore: Thurs, May 21, 4:44 pm
in Sydney: Thurs, May 21, 6:44 pm
Mercury goes Retrograde
When Mercury goes retrograde, there are always difficulties with
communication, transportation and organization. But this is especially
true this time, since Mercury is in the restless, fidgety sign Gemini.
Everybody has a lot of nervous energy, and this energy has to go
somewhere. It tends to take winding paths, rushing around and not
getting anywhere. Occasionally you get spectacular mix-ups.
It’s easier to overlook important things at this time. Because you can
have trouble filtering out the irrelevant stuff, your thinking may be quite
scattered. You may be multitasking, doing a million things at once, but
not doing any of them fully. And with your attention divided, mistakes
are more likely to happen, and less likely to be caught in time. It’s not
that you’re not communicating, but rather that your communications can
more easily go awry.
Some examples: In setting up a meeting, you make a typo. This makes
the other person think you won’t be there. They send you increasingly
stern text emails asking you to reschedule, and you don’t get them
because you’re already on the way there. Then you wonder where they
are. Or you can buy a new appliance, ignore the instructions, and
practically electrocute yourself on the first use. Or you can go
shopping and leave your wallet at home, or go home after shopping
and find you’ve left your new items under a café table.
In other words, this is rather a spacy time. Anything you can do to
ground yourself is helpful, but the best advice is just to slow down and
take a lot of deep breaths.
During the first few days of Mercury’s retrograde, things are especially
nuts. But during the whole three-week retrograde passage, it’s best not
to start any new projects. The momentum is towards the past, and new
projects can get derailed or simply fail to leave the ground (to mix
metaphors in a Mercury retrograde spirit of confusion). This is a good
time to deal with old leftover projects that you’ve put to the side.
Write those old letters that you never got around to writing. Call people
up that you’ve been meaning to call for years. Connect with old friends.
Make a date with your cousin. Pull those old short stories out of your
desk drawers and finish them. Throw out all the things that you no
longer use, and make some space in your home and in your mind. This
is the best way to handle Mercury retrograde in Gemini.
Mercury goes direct again on July 1.
Mercury goes retrograde
in NYC: Mon, May 18, 9:49 pm
in Vancouver: Mon, May 18, 6:49 pm
in London: Tues, May 19, 2:49 am
in Singapore: Tues, May 19, 9:49 am
in Sydney: Tues, May 19, 11:49 am
Mars enters Gemini
This is a restless place for the planet of action, and it
increases your level of nervous energy. It can mean pacing,
non-stop talking, and rushing around doing a million things at
once. It can be harder to relax and to sleep while Mars is
here, particularly for people who are already insomniacs.
Even usually calm people may feel a bit edgy and easily
People who are good at multi-tasking will be even better at it
during this period, and so you’ll see a lot of people
simultaneously talking on the phone, answering their mail,
and watching cartoons. These folks are energized by all the
mental stimuli, and so, somehow, everything gets done. .
The main challenge is that there can be too much mental
energy, and sometimes people can talk for hours without
actually settling on anything. There’s a certain reluctance to
diminish your options in any way. This can mean a more
superficial approach, a tendency to dabble in a lot of things
without making a definite commitment to anything.
But this is an interesting time, and you’re likely to experience
lots of variety in your environment. You’re curious about all
the untried possibilities, and your curiosity can take you to
new places. You’re more likely to talk to strangers, to read
the signs along the way, to smell the flowers and then to post
facebook updates (with pictures) about them, and to engage
with everything and everybody around you.
When it comes to exercise, this is a great time for biking,
roller-skating, or skate-boarding. Walking may sometimes
seem too slow. Hitchhiking could make a comeback, and a
lot of people will find themselves driving around more than
Mars will be here until June 24.
Mars enters Gemini
in NYC: Mon, May 11, 10:40 pm
in Vancouver: Mon, May 11, 7:40 pm
in London: Tues, May 12, 3:40 am
in Singapore: Tues, May 12, 10:40 am
in Sydney: Tues, May 12, 12:40 pm