April 17 to 27, 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 Aries
in NYC: Thurs, Apr 16, 4:59 pm
in Vancouver: Thurs, Apr 16, 1:59 pm
in London: Thurs, Apr 16, 9:59 pm
in Singapore: Fri, Apr 17, 4:59 am
in Sydney: Fri, Apr 17, 6:59 am
moves into Taurus
in NYC: Sat, Apr 18, 5:31 pm
in Vancouver: Sat, Apr 18, 2:31 pm
in London: Sat, Apr 18, 10:31 pm
in Singapore: Sun, Apr 19, 5:31 am
in Sydney: Sun, Apr 19, 7:31 am
moves into Gemini
in NYC: Mon, Apr 20, 7:28 pm
in Vancouver: Mon, Apr 20, 4:28 pm
in London: Tues, Apr 21, 12:28 am
in Singapore: Tues, Apr 21, 7:28 am
in Sydney: Tues, Apr 21, 9:28 am
moves into Cancer
in NYC: Thurs, Apr 23, 12:25 am
in Vancouver: Weds, Apr 22, 9:25 pm
in London: Thurs, Apr 23, 5:25 am
in Singapore: Thurs, Apr 23, 12:25 pm
in Sydney: Thurs, Apr 23, 2:25 pm
moves into Leo
in NYC: Sat, Apr 25, 9:12 am
in Vancouver: Sat, Apr 25, 6:12 am
in London: Sat, Apr 25, 2:12 pm
in Singapore: Sat, Apr 25, 9:12 pm
in Sydney: Sat, Apr 25, 11:12 pm
moves into Virgo
in NYC: Mon, Apr 27, 9:07 pm
in Vancouver: Mon, Apr 27, 6:07 pm
in London: Tues, Apr 28, 2:07 am
in Singapore: Tues, Apr 28, 9:07 am
in Sydney: Tues, Apr 28, 11:07 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 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
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 occurred
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 this influence!
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 pretty good.
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 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 faithfulness.
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
Mercury is in Taurus
Mercury, the planet of thought, speech, writing
and learning, is calmer and more stable in
Taurus. It’s easier to retain what you learn. In
fact, you want to chew everything over more
thoroughly, to figure out how it really applies to
your life. You’re not as excitable as you were a
week ago, not as prone to distraction.
And so this can be a time when you get a lot
done. You take your responsibilities seriously,
and deal with whatever mental task
you’ve been given in a thorough, definite way.
People know they can count on you to be
honest, to finish a job on time, to be where you
say you’ll be. People who are normally a bit
flaky will find themselves more grounded, less
prone to wandering off and getting into trouble.
However, if you’re normally mired in routine,
you’ll be more so during Mercury’s passage
through Taurus. Habit is so pleasantly familiar.
Why fix what isn’t broken? Of course, a new
direction might be good, but then again, it could
open up a whole new can of worms. You can
talk yourself out of anything – outside of food
and sleep – during this period.
Communication impasses can also be lengthier,
because people are less likely to give an inch
while Taurus is in this fixed sign. If it makes
sense, it makes sense, and that’s all there is to
it. You may want to ask yourself occasionally
whether it’s time to compromise, at least a little
Mercury will be in Taurus until April 30.
Mercury entered Taurus
in NYC: Tues, Apr 14, 6:51 pm
in Vancouver: Tues, Apr 14, 3:51 pm
in London: Tues, Apr 14, 11:51 pm
in Singapore: Weds, Apr 15, 6:51 am
in Sydney: Weds, Apr 15, 8:51 am
The Next 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 occurs
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
The sun enters 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
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 enters 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
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
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 serious.
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
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