January 30 to February 6, 2015
What sign is the moon in? What signs do the planets occupy?
What is the current lunar cycle about?
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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 Gemini
in NYC: Weds, Jan 28, 5:36 pm
in Vancouver: Weds, Jan 28, 2:36 pm
in London: Weds, Jan 28, 10:36 pm
in Singapore: Thurs, Jan 29, 6:36 am
in Sydney: Thurs, Jan 29, 9:36 am
moves into Cancer
in NYC: Sat, Jan 31, 2:08 am
in Vancouver: Fri, Jan 30, 11:08 pm
in London: Sat, Jan 31, 7:08 am
in Singapore: Sat, Jan 31, 3:08 pm
in Sydney: Sat, Jan 31, 6:08 pm
moves into Leo
in NYC: Mon, Feb 2, 12:40 pm
in Vancouver: Mon, Feb 2, 9:40 am
in London: Mon, Feb 2, 5:40 pm
in Singapore: Tues, Feb 3, 1:40 am
in Sydney: Tues, Feb 3, 4:40 am
moves into Virgo
in NYC: Thurs, Feb 5, 12:46 am
in Vancouver: Weds, Feb 4, 9:46 pm
in London: Thurs, Feb 5, 5:46 am
in Singapore: Thurs, Feb 5, 1:46 pm
in Sydney: Thurs, Feb 5, 4:46 pm
moves into Libra
in NYC: Sat, Feb 7, 1:43 pm
in Vancouver: Sat, Feb 7, 10:43 am
in London: Sat, Feb 7, 6:43 pm
in Singapore: Sun, Feb 8, 2:43 am
in Sydney: Sun, Feb 8, 5:43 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.
Mercury is in Aquarius
Let the genius in you emerge, while Mercury is
in Aquarius. This is one of the best signs for
Mercury, as it stimulates new ways of
processing information, perceiving the world
around you, and relating to people. You’re
excited about all kinds of new information,
whether it’s theoretical or more practical. You
want to know about science, and people, and
the laws of the universe.
This can also bring out the geek in you, if you’re
inclined that way. If you find yourself carefully
studying the designs of Star Trek spaceships, it
may be time to go outside and get some air.
This sign is very creative, and especially good
for mastering new tools and techniques. It
brings out the inventor in you, and it also brings
out the avant-garde artist. It means daring to
be different, to get away from the usual forms
and to invent new ones. It’s a somewhat more
cerebral and experimental approach, but it’s
great for challenging assumptions.
This Mercury sign generally makes for good
communication, since it gives a genuine interest
in other people and their ideas. However, it can
also mean being a bit opinionated at times.
Once you decide you know the truth about
something, it may be hard to sway you. If you’re
generally more malleable, you may be surprised
at the number of disputes you get into. If you’re
already an argumentative person, there could
be one debate after another.
Mercury will be here until March 12.
Mercury entered Aquarius
in NYC: Sun, Jan 4, 8:07 pm
in Vancouver: Sun, Jan 4, 5:07 pm
in London: Mon, Jan 5, 1:07 am
in Singapore: Mon, Jan 5, 9:07 am
in Sydney: Mon, Jan 5, 12:07 pm
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
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 years.
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 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
Mars is in Pisces
Mars is generally more gentle and peaceful in
the water sign Pisces. You’re open to the
energy around you, and you flow with it, rather
than fighting it. You’re more sensitive to your
body and to the natural world, more adaptable
but also more easily distracted.
If you are normally a very focused, disciplined
person, you might wonder at your sudden urge
to go outside and smell the flowers. Give
yourself a little leeway if you can, since you can
have some wonderful experiences in following
your impulses. This is a very spiritual influence,
and you can get into touch with beautiful and
blissful feelings. Of course, sooner or later, you
have to leave the garden and get back to
whatever task you’re engaged in, and that can
be a little harder.
This is not an aggressive sign for Mars, but there’
s some danger of being passive-aggressive.
That is, when you feel aggrieved about
something, you might find some indirect way of
expressing your discomfort, and this rarely works
out well in the long run. Especially if you
normally have trouble with anger, you might
choose to avoid the issue entirely while Mars is
in Pisces. But that presents the danger that the
situation will blow up in your face as soon as
Mars gets into Aries. It’s really better to deal with
things, if you possibly can.
Mars will be in Pisces until February 19.
Mars enters Pisces
in NYC: Mon, Jan 12, 5:20 am
in Vancouver: Mon, Jan 12, 2:20 am
in London: Mon, Jan 12, 10:20 am
in Singapore: Mon, Jan 12, 6:20 pm
in Sydney: Mon, Jan 12, 9:20 pm
The Current Lunar Cycle
This lunar cycle is not going to be peaceful, with
the Uranus/Pluto square so strong. There is the
constant tension of revolutionary movements,
armed resistance, and conflict between the
individual and the state.
With Saturn newly in Sagittarius, there are an ever-
increasing number of fanatics, who believe in
heroic and often sacrificial efforts to remake the
world. However, the sun and moon are sextile
Saturn, and this can shed some light on the variety
of philosophies and religions that make up this
world. And increased understanding can shine a
light on the path to peace.
There’s a strong Aquarius emphasis this month,
and this is all about increasing knowledge. And so
both social movements and scientific theories will
receive more attention. People will be thinking
about what works, what makes sense, and they’ll
be considering ideas that may usually seem too
radical. At the same time, Aquarius is a very
idealistic sign, and so we may hear more about
freedom, cooperation, and equality.
Opinions will be quite strong during this time, and
there will be lots of heated debates, on and off the
internet. There will be an increased need to learn,
to study, and to share ideas and knowledge, and
educational institutions may be in the news a lot.
This lunar cycle lasts until the next new moon on
February 18. Its climactic moment is the full moon
on February 3.
The new moon occurred
in NYC: Tues, Jan 20, 8:13 am
in Vancouver: Tues, Jan 20, 5:13 am
in London: Tues, Jan 20, 1:13 pm
in Singapore: Tues, Jan 20, 9:13 pm
in Sydney: Weds, Jan 21, 12:13 am
The sun is in Aquarius
The sun’s entrance into Aquarius marks the passage
from an earthy perspective to one that’s airier, more
cerebral, and more idealistic. This is the sign of the
intellectual, the scientist, the social activist, and the free-
thinker. During this time, you’ll be more experimental,
more willing to try interesting alternatives. And if there
are beliefs, habits and assumptions that have held you
back, you’re more likely to test them.
Learning is important to you during the sun’s time in
Aquarius. If you are always soaking up new ideas and
information from your environment, this process will be
accelerated. If you’re generally oblivious of what’s going
on around you, you may be surprised by some of the
interesting people and possibilities that cross your path.
This is a good time to reinvent yourself. Because you’re
more objective, you can look clearly at yourself and your
life and see what’s missing. Are you ignoring your
health, your goals, your friends, or your creative
potential? Whatever it is, you approach the situation with
some interesting ideas and a new plan. If you can get
involved in a group with similar beliefs or objectives, you’
re even more likely to change your life for the better.
The sun will be here until February 18.
The sun entered Aquarius
in NYC: Tues, Jan 20, 4:43 am
in Vancouver: Tues, Jan 20, 1:43 am
in London: Tues, Jan 20, 9:43 am
in Singapore: Tues, Jan 20, 5:43 pm
in Sydney: Tues, Jan 20, 8:43 pm
Mercury is Retrograde
Mercury goes retrograde in the idealistic,
inquiring sign Aquarius, so this is not the most
practical time in the world. You may be rather
ungrounded. You’re interested in everything, but
you don’t necessarily know how to fit it all
There could be problems with arrangements,
perhaps due to scheduling too much, perhaps
because of a missing piece of information. There
could be hassles around communication, and
communication devices could act up.
Transportation could be a bit iffy, and it may not
be easy to get parts for your car.
For example, you thought you were supposed to
meet Mme X at this spot, but she is actually
waiting over on the other side of the Metro
station. You try to call her, but there’s no signal.
You wait a half hour, and then head home,
disappointed. And then you run into the
drugstore for some cough drops, and bump into
her. When you expect things to work out, they
don’t, and when you don’t, they do.
Complications are especially rife during the first
couple of days that Mercury is retrograde. But
during the entire three weeks, it’s best to
postpone important new projects. However,
Mercury retrograde puts your attention on the
past, and so it can be a highly successful time for
finishing things. This is a great time to study, to
catch up on reading, or to visit exhibits that
you’ve been meaning to see. And it’s an
especially good time to reconnect with old
friends; just be really clear about where you’re
Mercury goes direct again on February 11.
Mercury went retrograde
in NYC: Weds, Jan 21, 10:54 am
in Vancouver: Weds, Jan 21, 7:54 am
in London: Weds, Jan 21, 3:54 pm
in Singapore: Weds, Jan 21, 11:54 pm
in Sydney: Thurs, Jan 22, 2:47 am
Venus is in Pisces
Venus is gentle, imaginative and spiritually oriented in this
sign. It’s a very nice place for the planet of love, pleasure
and relationships, and in traditional astrology, Venus is said
to be exalted here.
This is the sign of the lover, not the fighter. It can mean
beautiful, romantic, spiritually uplifting relationships, in which
there is an intuitive link between those involved. This is a
very open-hearted sign, not particularly egotistical, and that
makes love run more smoothly. When you’re wronged, you
are able to forgive whole-heartedly, and when you wrong
another, your amends are genuine.
Pisces is a very escapist sign, however, and you may have a
tendency to ignore or deny problems during Venus’ time
here. You know something bothers you, but you’d prefer not
to confront your friend or your partner. It’s easier to gloss it
over now, to opt for peace. That’s in part because you can
feel a bit more vulnerable when Venus is in Pisces, since it’s
such a tender and sensitive sign.
This is a great Venus sign for artists of all kinds, especially
musicians and film-makers. Your imagination is abundant,
and ideas and images and sounds and feelings just flow
through you. You hold nothing back. You may not have as
much faith in your work, however, so you might want to hold
off on showing it to large numbers of people until Venus is in
Aries next month.
Venus will be here until February 20.
Venus entered Pisces
in NYC: Tues, Jan 27, 9:59 am
in Vancouver: Tues, Jan 27, 6:59 am
in London: Tues, Jan 27, 2:59 pm
in Singapore: Tues, Jan 27, 10:59 pm
in Sydney: Weds, Jan 28, 1:59 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
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