November 28 to December 5, 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.
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 Scorpio
in NYC: Sat, Nov 26, 3:01 am
in Vancouver: Sat, Nov 26, 12:01 am
in London: Sat, Nov 26, 8:01 am
in Singapore: Sat, Nov 26, 4:01 pm
in Sydney: Sat, Nov 26, 7:01 pm
moves into Sagittarius
in NYC: Mon, Nov 28, 3:45 pm
in Vancouver: Mon, Nov 28, 12:45 pm
in London: Mon, Nov 28, 8:45 pm
in Singapore: Tues, Nov 29, 4:45 am
in Sydney: Tues, Nov 29, 7:45 am
moves into Capricorn
in NYC: Thurs, Dec 1, 3:52 am
in Vancouver: Thurs, Dec 1, 12:52 am
in London: Thurs, Dec 1, 8:52 am
in Singapore: Thurs, Dec 1, 4:52 pm
in Sydney: Thurs, Dec 1, 7:52 pm
moves into Aquarius
in NYC: Sat, Dec 3, 2:44 pm
in Vancouver: Sat, Dec 3, 11:44 am
in London: Sat, Dec 3, 7:44 pm
in Singapore: Sun, Dec 4, 3:44 am
in Sydney: Sun, Dec 4, 6:44 am
moves into Pisces
in NYC: Mon, Dec 5, 11:31 pm
in Vancouver: Mon, Dec 5, 8:31 pm
in London: Tues, Dec 6, 4:31 am
in Singapore: Tues, Dec 6, 12:31 pm
in Sydney: Tues, Dec 6, 3:31 pm
moves into Aries
in NYC: Thurs, Dec 8, 5:15 am
in Vancouver: Thurs, Dec 8, 2:15 am
in London: Thurs, Dec 8, 10:15 am
in Singapore: Thurs, Dec 8, 6:15 pm
in Sydney: Thurs, Dec 8, 9:15 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.
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 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
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
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
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 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
Jupiter is in Libra
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 during the coming year, the emphasis will
be on relationships, and on finding the balance
between opposing viewpoints.
Libra is, at its best, a cooperative, egalitarian,
altruistic sign, giving an emphasis on what’s
right. So we can hope that the year will be
dedicated to promoting peace and justice in the
world. There will be more negotiating, more
processing, more diplomatic overtures.
Libra is all about the way we treat each other,
and so the focus will be on courtesy, manners
and protocol. To some, this will seem curiously
bloodless, but there is also a beauty to urban
ritual. Because Libra is such a social influence,
these repeating patterns allow us all to interact
without bruising each other’s sensibilities.
Libra is not a sign of extremes. And yet
sometimes the Libran emphasis on justice and
equality can lead people to radical acts. It can
be a strongly humanistic sign, with an inherent
belief in the value of human effort and
understanding. So we are likely to see some
people, and some groups, that take a strong
stand for a better world, and that don’t back
Libra has a shadow side too. It’s the sign that
gives the strongest desire to be liked, and so we
could also see a lot more political pandering
under this sign. Social scenes may become
even more intricate tangles of who’s in and who’s
out. And this sign, which is so egalitarian at its
best, can also be quite prejudiced, since certain
people may seem to fit better into the group.
They’re read as more civilized, but the truth may
be that they’re just easier to label.
This is an air sign, so it has to do with mental
constructions. Libra emphasizes culture, so
Jupiter in Libra could indicate an upsurge in the
arts. Art could become more formal, more
mannered, and more graceful. The Grecian urn
is the most Libran of art forms: perfection for its
own sake, unrelated to human emotion.
Jupiter will be here until October 10, 2017.
Jupiter entered Libra
in NYC: Fri, Sept 9, 2016, 7:18 am
in Vancouver: Fri, Sept 9, 2016, 4:18 am
in London: Fri, Sept 9, 2016, 12:18 pm
in Singapore: Fri, Sept 9, 2016, 7:18 pm
in Sydney: Fri, Sept 9, 2016, 9:18 pm
The Current Lunar Cycle
This is a thoughtful and spiritually attuned lunar cycle. The
sun, moon and Mercury are closely aligned in Scorpio, and this
gives a desire to delve into things on a deeper level,
emotionally and intellectually. You can reach a more profound
level of understanding – of yourself, of others, of life itself.
The sun, moon and Mercury all closely trine Neptune, and so
it’s a time when imagination is heightened, intuition is
stimulated, and psychic talents could come to the fore. It’s a
good time for deep dreaming, and for working with the
information that the dreams provide. Your mind is filled with
thoughts of life and death, essence and metamorphosis. For
artists, there’s an abundance of material.
There’s also some sadness, as Venus and Saturn are closely
conjunct in Sagittarius. So for some people, the party will be
over. (I’m wondering if this refers to the Republican party?)
Along with the mourning, though, there’s a new and more
serious approach, along with some deep emotional work.
Where are do our responsibilities lie? What inspires us? What
do we believe?
And yes, there is some danger of violence, because Mars and
Uranus are still square at this new moon. So there will be some
sharp rebellious impulses. With Mars in Capricorn, some
ambitious people could use other people’s anger and
restlessness as a tool. At the same time, that doesn’t mean that
the anger isn’t legitimate.
But I’m not seeing violence as the dominant paradigm for this
lunar cycle. It’s a more inward time: reflective, prayer-full,
This lunar cycle lasts until the next new moon on November 29.
Its climactic moment is the full moon on November 14.
The new moon occurred
in NYC: Sun, Oct 30, 1:38 pm
in Vancouver: Sun, Oct 30, 10:38 am
in London: Sun, Oct 30, 5:38 pm
in Singapore: Mon, Oct 31, 1:38 am
in Sydney: Mon, Oct 31, 4:38 am
Mars is in Aquarius
The planet of will and action becomes more independent
and free-spirited in Aquarius. You may have a stronger
urge to experiment, a desire to venture into unknown
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
Your sense of style is more pronounced under this
influence. People are less into being fashion slaves,
more inclined 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 street.
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 December 19.
Mars entered Aquarius
in NYC: Weds, Nov 9, 12:51 am
in Vancouver: Tues, Nov 8, 9:51 pm
in London: Weds, Nov 9, 5:51 am
in Singapore: Weds, Nov 9, 1:51 pm
in Sydney: Weds, Nov 9, 4:51 pm
The Next Lunar Cycle
Sagittarius is a fiery, impulsive sign, and
so this is a hectic lunar cycle. There’s
only one planet in a fixed sign, so there
isn’t a sense of stability. Everyone is
searching for something, but what that is,
it’s not quite clear.
This is a very confusing time, as the sun
and moon closely square Neptune.
People don’t really know what to think,
what to say, or what direction to go.
We’re all like a herd of gazelles moving
first one way and then another, always
sniffing the wind. There’s a lot of
restless activity but little accomplishment.
As soon as somebody makes a decision,
someone else preempts it and makes a
different one, and everyone reacts to
We need to ground ourselves somehow,
so this is a good time for spiritual work.
Neptune is closely conjunct the south
node, so much of the current confusion
stems from old, unresolved karmic
traumas. So many lies have been told,
throughout history, that people don’t
know who to trust. But the lesson of this
lunar cycle is to learn to trust yourself.
You have an inner wise self, touchstone,
a connection to the truth.
This lunar cycle lasts until the next new
moon on December 29. Its climactic
moment is the full moon on December
The new moon occurs
in NYC: Tues, Nov 29, 7:18 am
in Vancouver: Tues, Nov 29, 4:18 am
in London: Tues, Nov 29, 12:18 pm
in Singapore: Tues, Nov 29, 8:18 pm
in Sydney: Tues, Nov 29, 11:18 pm
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 life.
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 so it uses everything in
Venus will be here until December 7.
Venus entered Capricorn
in NYC: Fri, Nov 11, 11:54 pm
in Vancouver: Fri, Nov 11, 8:54 pm
in London: Sat, Nov 12, 4:54 am
in Singapore: Sat, Nov 12, 12:54 pm
in Sydney: Sat, Nov 12, 3:54 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
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.
Political arguments can get very heated at this
time. Sagittarius is a sign of inspiration and
discovery, and when people feel that they have
found The Way, they want to turn everybody else
on to their new vision of the world. This is also
the sign of philosophers, and you may find one
on every street-corner during this time.
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 21.
The sun entered Sagittarius
in NYC: Mon, Nov 21, 4:22 pm
in Vancouver: Mon, Nov 21, 1:22 pm
in London: Mon, Nov 21, 9:22 pm
in Singapore: Tues, Nov 22, 5:22 am
in Sydney: Tues, Nov 22, 8:22 am
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
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
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. Some 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
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 2.
Mercury entered Sagittarius
in NYC: Sat, Nov 12, 9:39 am
in Vancouver: Sat, Nov 12, 6:39 am
in London: Sat, Nov 12, 2:39 pm
in Singapore: Sat, Nov 12, 10:39 pm
in Sydney: Sun, Nov 13, 1:39 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. This sets the
stage for the new year.
Mercury will be here until January 4.
Mercury enters Capricorn
in NYC: Fri, Dec 2, 4:18 pm
in Vancouver: Fri, Dec 2, 1:18 pm
in London: Fri, Dec 2, 9:18 pm
in Singapore: Sat, Dec 3, 5:18 am
in Sydney: Sat, Dec 3, 8:18 am