February 4 to 12, 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 Sagittarius
in NYC: Tues, Feb 2, 10:49 am
in Vancouver: Tues, Feb 2, 7:49 am
in London: Tues, Feb 2, 3:49 pm
in Singapore: Tues, Feb 2, 11:49 pm
in Sydney: Weds, Feb 3, 2:49 am
moves into Capricorn
in NYC: Thurs, Feb 4, 7:44 pm
in Vancouver: Thurs, Feb 4, 4:44 pm
in London: Fri, Feb 5, 12:44 am
in Singapore: Fri, Feb 5, 8:44 am
in Sydney: Fri, Feb 5, 11:44 am
moves into Aquarius
in NYC: Sun, Feb 7, 12:59 am
in Vancouver: Sat, Feb 6, 9:59 pm
in London: Sun, Feb 7, 5:59 am
in Singapore: Sun, Feb 7, 1:59 pm
in Sydney: Sun, Feb 7, 4:59 pm
moves into Pisces
in NYC: Tues, Feb 9, 3:31 am
in Vancouver: Tues, Feb 9, 12:31 am
in London: Tues, Feb 9, 8:31 am
in Singapore: Tues, Feb 9, 4:31 pm
in Sydney: Tues, Feb 9, 7:31 pm
moves into Aries
in NYC: Thurs, Feb 11, 4:54 am
in Vancouver: Thurs, Feb 11, 1:54 am
in London: Thurs, Feb 11, 9:54 am
in Singapore: Thurs, Feb 11, 5:54 pm
in Sydney: Thurs, Feb 11, 8:54 pm
moves into Taurus
in NYC: Sat, Feb 13, 6:35 am
in Vancouver: Sat, Feb 13, 3:35 am
in London: Sat, Feb 13, 11:35 am
in Singapore: Sat, Feb 13, 7:35 pm
in Sydney: Sat, Feb 13, 10:35 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.
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
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
The Current Lunar Cycle
This is a very intense new moon, with the sun and
moon conjunct Pluto in Capricorn. There is a certain
amount of stress, and for each of us, it comes from
our deeply buried fears. Most of the things people
fear are not all that logical, but anxiety often creates
the things it fears. And this is the time when some of
these bogeymen could emerge from the closet, and
take on three dimensions.
There’s also a Uranian element to this new moon, so
things could turn around quite quickly. One minute
you love something, and the next moment, you’re
destroyed by that very thing. (This must be how
people feel when their dogs knock their guns off the
table and accidentally shoot them.) Your beliefs,
assumptions and prejudices are likely to be tested
against the practical details of life.
So this is a new moon that really calls for thinking
more deeply, looking closely at the things that drive
you, and seeing exactly where they’re driving you.
What are you claiming, and what are you avoiding?
There’s a powerful reality pill enclosed in this new
moon, and swallowing it will either kill you or wake you
This lunar cycle lasts until the next new moon on
February 8. Its climactic moment is the full moon on
The new moon occurred
in NYC: Sat, Jan 9, 8:30 pm
in Vancouver: Sat, Jan 9, 5:30 pm
in London: Sun, Jan 10, 1:30 am
in Singapore: Sun, Jan 10, 9:30 am
in Sydney: Sun, Jan 10, 12:30 pm
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 19.
The sun enters Aquarius
in NYC: Weds, Jan 20, 10:27 am
in Vancouver: Weds, Jan 20, 7:27 am
in London: Weds, Jan 20, 3:27 pm
in Singapore: Weds, Jan 20, 11:27 pm
in Sydney: Thurs, Jan 21, 2:27 am
Mercury is in 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 February 13.
Mercury entered Capricorn
in NYC: Fri, Jan 8, 2:36 pm
in Vancouver: Fri, Jan 8, 11:36 am
in London: Fri, Jan 8, 7:36 pm
in Singapore: Sat, Jan 9, 3:36 am
in Sydney: Sat, Jan 9, 6:36 am
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
that uses everything in multiple ways.
Venus will be here until February 16.
Venus entered Capricorn
in NYC: Sat, Jan 23, 3:31 pm
in Vancouver: Sat, Jan 23, 12:31 pm
in London: Sat, Jan 23, 8:31 pm
in Singapore: Sun, Jan 24, 4:31 am
in Sydney: Sun, Jan 24, 7:31 am
The Next Lunar Cycle
This is not a particularly peaceful lunar cycle, with
the sun and moon square Mars. There could be
some new conflict, with Mars in Scorpio representing
deep, uncomfortable resentments, desires and
prejudices. Some people will hide all these feelings
behind bluster and arrogance. Some will try to
defend their position with guns or bombs.
Certain masks will be ripped off, perhaps because
the truth is so obvious. But that doesn’t mean that
people will suddenly embrace reality. Suspicion and
paranoia are endlessly inventive, and there’s a
conspiracy theory for everything. Those who are
logic-based will be frustrated and angry at this.
So this may boil down to a fight between the
scientists and humanists, on one side, and the true
believers, on the other. Why can’t we all live in
peace? With the sun and moon in Aquarius, there’s
a real push for world-wide understanding, and a
sharing of knowledge. So many important resources
are not at all diminished by sharing, and this is more
and more true in the digital age.
But the walls that surround us are walls of fear, and
during this lunar cycle, that will become abundantly
clear. There are a lot of traumatized people walking
around, and we need to know how to treat them. But
how do you help people who refuse to admit they’re
scared and hurting? That’s the question of this
The lunar cycle lasts until the next new moon on
March 8. Its climactic moment is the full moon on
The new moon occurs
in NYC: Mon, Feb 8, 9:39 am
in Vancouver: Mon, Feb 8, 6:39 am
in London: Mon, Feb 8, 2:39 pm
in Singapore: Mon, Feb 8, 10:39 pm
in Sydney: Tues, Feb 9, 1:39 pm
Mars is in Scorpio
Mars is more intense in Scorpio, more dramatic,
and more emotional. Everyone feels more
strongly about everything, and people are more
likely to go to extremes. There will be more
laughing and crying, more explosions, more
colorful reactions of all kinds.
However, this is also a time when you can
channel your energies very powerfully and
persistently towards one particular goal. You are
determined, focused, stubborn, and intractable.
When you want to do something, no matter how
difficult it is, you call up reserves of strength and
you are able to manage it.
Desires are very strong with Mars in this sign,
and the sexual atmosphere could get a bit dense
at times. Whatever is forbidden holds a
particular allure. If you usually have a hard time
with impulse control, it will be harder when Mars is
in Scorpio, and you might want to ask your crew-
mates to lash you to the mast. If
you’re normally very restrained, you might be
surprised at the things you feel a sudden urge to
Mars will be here until March 5.
Mars entered Scorpio
in NYC: Sun, Jan 3, 9:32 am
in Vancouver: Sun, Jan 3, 6:32 am
in London: Sun, Jan 3, 2:32 pm
in Singapore: Sun, Jan 3, 10:32 pm
in Sydney: Mon, Jan 4, 1:32 am
Jupiter is in Virgo
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 the coming
year will be more practical and realistic. Virgo is an
analytic, discriminating, perceptive sign.
People will generally become geekier, more interested in
science and technology, and this will make for a welcome
change. This could be the year when climate change finally
is accepted as fact, and when there’s a stronger push
towards practical solutions. People will work harder, and
often they’ll work together, to preserve the environment that
shelters and nurtures us all.
There will be less of an emphasis on belief systems, and
more of an emphasis on things that can improve people’s
lives in the moment. And instead of flashy things giving
status, people will gain more status from living in a green,
sustainable, somewhat rustic way. This is a good year for
working out all sorts of alternate systems to replace the
ones that are falling apart, or that never worked well to
Health will be an important theme this year. As people
understand more about what makes for health, hopefully
there will be a gradual recognition that what’s good for big
business is often bad for the public health. It’s not a flashy,
revolutionary year, so this might not manifest in a big
revolt. However, a lot of small choices could add up to
some big changes.
The shadow side of Jupiter in Virgo is a tendency to be a bit
too much of a purist about everything. Health nuts will be
nuttier, and techno-geeks will be geekier. Everybody is
looking for something that works, and when they find it, they
will have a hard time understanding why everybody else
doesn’t adopt this perfect system, practice or technology. At
least the arguments will involve lots of graphs and research
results, rather than personal insults.
Jupiter will be here until September 9, 2016.
Jupiter entered Virgo.
in NYC: Tues, Aug 11, 7:11 am
in Vancouver: Tues, Aug 11, 4:11 am
in London: Tues, Aug 11, 12:11 pm
in Singapore: Tues, Aug 11, 7:11 pm
in Sydney: Tues, Aug 11, 9:11 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 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 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 December 19,
Saturn entered Sagittarius
in NYC: Thurs, Sept 17, 10:49 pm
in Vancouver: Thurs, Sept 17, 7:49 pm
in London: Fri, Sept 18, 3:49 am
in Singapore: Fri, Sept 18, 10:49 am
in Sydney: Fri, Sept 18, 12:49 pm