September 26 to October 1, 2014
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 Cancer
in NYC: Tues, Sept 16, 11:24 am
in Vancouver: Tues, Sept 16, 8:24 am
in London: Tues, Sept 16, 4:24 pm
in Singapore: Tues, Sept 16, 11:24 pm
in Sydney: Weds, Sept 17, 1:24 am
moves into Leo
in NYC: Thurs, Sept 18, 11:10 pm
in Vancouver: Thurs, Sept 18, 8:10 pm
in London: Fri, Sept 19, 4:10 am
in Singapore: Fri, Sept 19, 11:10 am
in Sydney: Fri, Sept 19, 1:10 pm
moves into Virgo
in NYC: Sun, Sept 21, 11:54 am
in Vancouver: Sun, Sept 21, 8:54 am
in London: Sun, Sept 21, 4:54 pm
in Singapore: Sun, Sept 21, 11:54 pm
in Sydney: Mon, Sept 22, 1:54 am
moves into Libra
in NYC: Tues, Sept 23, 11:59 pm
in Vancouver: Tues, Sept 23, 8:59 pm
in London: Weds, Sept 24, 4:59 am
in Singapore: Weds, Sept 24, 11:59 am
in Sydney: Weds, Sept 24, 1:59 pm
moves into Scorpio
in NYC: Fri, Sept 26, 10:29 am
in Vancouver: Fri, Sept 26, 7:29 am
in London: Fri, Sept 26, 3:29 pm
in Singapore: Fri, Sept 26, 10:29 pm
in Sydney: Sat, Sept 27, 12:29 am
moves into Sagittarius
in NYC: Sun, Sept 28, 6:50 pm
in Vancouver: Sun, Sept 28, 3:50 pm
in London: Sun, Sept 28, 11:50 pm
in Singapore: Mon, Sept 29, 6:50 am
in Sydney: Mon, Sept 29, 8:50 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 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
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
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
Mercury is in Libra
Mercury, the planet of intellect, is well-suited to the air sign
Libra. There’s a real love of the intellectual process - an
appreciation for learning, a willingness to teach and to
share knowledge, and an attraction to intricate concepts
and well-crafted sentences.
This is an excellent time for cooperative work, especially in
small teams. People are more willing to listen to each
other, to trade ideas back and forth, to compromise and
cooperate, to take turns exercising leadership. Everybody
is more focused on fairness, equality, and balance. People
are more apt to play by the rules, especially if it’s obvious
that these rules benefit others, either collectively or
This is an idealistic time. There’s less emphasis on
individual action, more on taking one’s place in the
community and being part of larger movements. There
may be quite a lot of arguments and debates, but they will
mostly be pretty orderly. The focus will be on ideas,
principles, and beliefs.
Libra is an artistic sign, and so everyone finds it easier to
communicate in a graceful and effective way. Rhetoric can
rise to new heights. At the same time, where is the heart
behind the words? Sometimes the words can seem a bit
slick and overly crafted, and they can hide underlying
messages that are not so pretty, not so open-minded.
Mercury will be here until September 27.
Mercury entered Libra
in NYC: Tues, Sept 2, 1:37 am
in Vancouver: Mon, Sept 1, 10:37 pm
in London: Tues, Sept 2, 6:37 am
in Singapore: Tues, Sept 2, 1:37 pm
in Sydney: Tues, Sept 2, 3:37 pm
Saturn is in Scorpio
Saturn is the planet of structure, duty
and responsibility, and Scorpio is the
sign of transformation. Saturn is about
setting up new systems, and Scorpio
has a tendency to go to extremes. And
so this is not necessarily an easy
combination. But there is a lot of power
unleashed while Saturn is in Scorpio,
and it can go towards deep, meaningful
This is a time when people will be drawn
towards things that are usually taboo.
There’s a fascination with whatever is
mysterious, unconventional, or raw. So
people will deal with sex, death, money,
power, and other topics that they
usually avoid or fear. Underlying
emotional responses will be more
visible: resentment, hunger, suspicion,
paranoia. When you deal directly with
these things, you release a lot of old,
stuck energy, and so these intense
feelings are gateways to transformation.
Everyone gets in touch with their inner
devils, to some extent or another, and
everyone is also required to work out a
deeper moral code. What is good and
bad, what is right and wrong, when
you’re truly being honest with yourself,
recognizing what lies inside your own
During the next two years, some things
that are quite risqué now may become
accepted and even respectable, while
some things that are commonplace now
may be widely rejected. People who
look wild and crazy may be totally
conventional or even straight-laced.
And people, more aware of their own
contradictions, may become a little less
quick to judge others by appearances.
Saturn will be in Scorpio until December
Saturn entered Scorpio
in NYC: Fri, Oct 5, 2012, 4:34 pm
in Vancouver: Fri, Oct 5, 2012, 1:34 pm
in London: Fri, Oct 5, 2012, 9:34 pm
in Singapore: Sat, Oct 6, 2012,
in Sydney: Sat, Oct 6, 2012, 6:34 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
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 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
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, 11:03 am
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
Venus is in Virgo
As Venus enters this earth sign, work becomes more fun.
You find it easier to be tackle practical jobs, to improve your
life in definite ways. It makes you happy to clean out closets
and to fix or discard anything that’s broken or that doesn’t fit
into your daily routine. You want everything to be beautiful,
clean, functional, and uncluttered.
Whatever your work, you’re happy to do it, but it’s best if
there are tangible, earthy results of some kind. This is a
pleasant time for healers, body-workers, herbalists,
gardeners, and craftspeople. You enjoy an ongoing sense of
accomplishment, a contentment with the tasks of each day.
Virgo is about the details, and there can be some tendency to
be too picky, with Venus in this sign. Try not to nag your
loved ones about the small things that drive you crazy, but
seek alternate systems that will work better. And avoid being
overly mental in your approach, expecting everything to be
rational rather than looking at the underlying feelings.
Sometimes people just need to be listened to, rather than
Venus will be in Virgo until September 29.
Venus entered Virgo
in NYC: Fri, Sept 5, 1:07 pm
in Vancouver: Fri, Sept 5, 10:07 am
in London: Fri, Sept 5, 6:07 pm
in Singapore: Sat, Sept 6, 1:07 am
in Sydney: Sat, Sept 6, 3:07 am
Mars is in Sagittarius
In this fire sign, Mars really cuts loose. There’s
lots of energy and excitement, and you can have
some riveting experiences. This is the best Mars
signs for travel, and for expanding your horizons
in definite, physical ways. You don’t want to
hang out at home. You want to see what’s out
there in the world; you want to explore, to try
Mars in Sagittarius can mean a lot more
distractions than usual. You’re distracted by all
the exciting things happening around you, as well
as by your own impulses. There can be a “feast
or famine” energy about this Mars sign, so that
you rush around madly until you’re totally
exhausted, and then you drop. You need to
figure out ways to pace yourself and to direct
your energy more efficiently.
It can also give a stronger tendency to escape
from any situation that doesn’t seem congenial in
the moment. If you’re bored, or if you feel
oppressed, or if people are demanding too much
of you, you can be out the door without a
backwards glance. If you have escapist
tendencies in your chart anyway, it’s especially
easy to pull this kind of vanishing act. If you’re
usually very solid and reliable, you may surprise
yourself with some of your fantasies and
Mars will be in Sagittarius until October 26.
Mars entered Sagittarius
in NYC: Sat, Sept 13, 5:57 pm
in Vancouver: Sat, Sept 13, 2:57 pm
in London: Sat, Sept 13, 10:57 pm
in Singapore: Sun, Sept 14, 5:57 am
in Sydney: Sun, Sept 14, 7:57 am
The Next Lunar Cycle
During this lunar cycle, questions of balance keep
coming up. With the sun and moon in early Libra,
everyone is more hopeful and idealistic, and there’s an
orientation towards justice, cooperation, and the
sharing of resources. The fiery Jupiter/Uranus trine is
strong, and so some progressive, innovative ideas are
circulating, and some of them will find lots of
There’s room for new projects, especially exciting
creative projects. You may find interesting new ways
to express yourself, and there are people nearby who
can help you realize your ambitions, whether you want
to be a Broadway star or a CEO. Everyone is a bit
more experimental, more inclined to take risks and test
new alternatives, and some of these will pan out
At the same time, with the Mars/Neptune square also
strong, there is also some tendency to go full-tilt in the
wrong direction. Yes, idealism can be a wonderful
thing, but passionate belief can make people a bit
ungrounded, maybe even unglued. And so think twice
when you get a brilliant idea, during this lunar cycle. Is
it based on a crazy dream, or on a clear, logical
process of thought? Spend some time deconstructing
it. Is it even possible?
The lunar cycle lasts until the next new moon on
October 23. Its climactic moment is the full moon (with
a lunar eclipse) on October 8.
The new moon occurs
in NYC: Weds, Sept 24, 2:13 am
in Vancouver: Tues, Sept 23, 11:13 pm
in London: Weds, Sept 24, 7:13 am
in Singapore: Weds, Sept 24, 2:13 pm
in Sydney: Weds, Sept 24, 4:13 pm
The sun is in Libra
Happy equinox! This is the time when day and
night are in balance. Libra is an idealistic sign, and
with the sun here, principles and ethical beliefs are
stronger. Everyone wants to do the right thing, to
create a world that’s fairer, gentler, and more
People are willing to put their self-interest aside
and to think about the good of others, both as
individuals and as a community. If something goes
wrong, they are happier to compromise, as they
look for a solution. They are better at taking turns,
whether they are five or fifty. Everyone wants to
create harmonious organizations, in which
everything is clear and aboveboard, and in which
there are some definite rules that everyone must
However, people are also more likely to make rules,
which sometimes just makes everything more
complicated. They can spend a lot of time
deliberating over the fine points, and end up not
doing anything at all. It can seem important to
figure out exactly what every word in the bylaws
refers to. It could also be a litigious time, since
people are less likely to let infractions slide. It’s not
enough to do the right thing; it can seem important
that everyone else do the right thing too!
The sun will be in Libra until October 23.
The sun entered Libra
in NYC: Mon, Sept 22, 10:29 pm
in Vancouver: Mon, Sept 22, 7:29 pm
in London: Tues, Sept 23, 3:29 am
in Singapore: Tues, Sept 23, 10:29 am
in Sydney: Tues, Sept 23, 12:29 pm
Mercury enters Scorpio
Mercury is the planet of intellect, and in Scorpio,
intellect is compressed, concentrated, internal.
This is a time when you can focus your mental
powers on what is really important to you. It’s
especially good for research, for digging down
deep to find buried truths.
Scorpio is a retentive sign, and so
communication may be a bit more sparse while
Mercury is here. Your tendency is to mull things
over, to let them percolate until the time is right
to reveal them. If you’re usually a chatty type,
you’ll be more thoughtful and discreet during
this period. If you tend towards silence, you
may be positively inscrutable.
This is a good time to talk about deeper
emotional realities. You are drawn towards
things that are intense, dense, timeless,
mysterious, and magical. It’s a good time for
writers of fantasy and science fiction, for
psychologists, and for story-tellers. There’s a
great deal of power in the word, whether spoken
or written, and now is the time when that power
is most evident.
Mercury will be in Scorpio until October 10.
Mercury enters Scorpio
in NYC: Sat, Sept 27, 6:39 pm
in Vancouver: Sat, Sept 27, 3:39 pm
in London: Sat, Sept 27, 11:39 pm
in Singapore: Sun, Sept 28, 6:39 am
in Sydney: Sun, Sept 28, 8:39 am
Venus enters Libra
When Venus, the planet of love, goes through
Libra, everyone is more romantic. The
trappings of romance – candlelight, soft music,
dancing, silky fabrics – are all more evident.
Everything connected to relationships is
gentler, more subtle, more refined. There’s
more give-and-take, a willingness to look at
the other point of view, to cooperate, even to
yield at times.
Single people may find themselves longing for
partners, and it’s very easy to fall in love
during this Venus sign. You may be
entranced by some simple word or gesture
which seems to reflect a romantic ideal.
Whether this can go anywhere, only time will
tell, so take a while to get to know the object of
your desire. This Venus sign is good for that
anyway, as it’s more cerebral than physical.
During this time, artistic pleasure is
It’s a great time to go to a play, a concert or a
museum. People are drawn to intellectual
pleasures, parties are more elegant, and
conversation becomes an art. Those who are
already artistic will be in their element, while
those who eschew higher culture will find
themselves strangely drawn to the bookstores
and galleries they pass on the street.
Farmhands will find themselves reciting poetry
while slopping the pigs.
This is an idealistic time, in which the sense of
justice is stronger. And so, even though it
inclines to peaceful solutions, it’s not always
peaceful. There will be more processing
during this Venus sign, as people work out
what it means to be fair, egalitarian, and
balanced in their relationships to their
partners, to society in general, and within
Venus will be here until October 23.
Venus enters Libra
in NYC: Mon, Sept 29, 4:52 pm
in Vancouver: Mon, Sept 29, 1:52 pm
in London: Mon, Sept 29, 9:52 pm
in Singapore: Tues, Sept 30, 4:52 am
in Sydney: Tues, Sept 30, 6:52 am