Ask Jo: About Time


Ok, here’s the thing. I live in Sydney, Australia…and I know from my traffic feed that most of you don’t.

Another thing you should know is that I am, essentially, selfish. When I write my week aheads or, indeed, any other post involving aspects, when I’m referring to times, I’m actually talking about the time whatever it is is happening here in Sydney- where I live.

It will still be happening where you live, at exactly the same moment that it’s happening where I live…but the time will be different.

I’m asked about this a lot- at least a few times a week. The question will go something like:

‘you said that the Moon will be in Pisces, but not where I live.’

‘You said that there is a Full Moon tomorrow, but I’m in LA and we don’t have it until Sunday.’

‘I’m in San Francisco. Does that mean that we’ll miss out on it?’

These are not stupid questions. Unless you are into this stuff, why would you know?

If the Moon is in Pisces where I live, at that point on the other side of the world, the Moon is also in Pisces. The difference is, here is Sydney, I’m very often already in tomorrow.

As an example, as I write this, the Moon is at 5 Scorpio. It’s 4.14pm on Monday afternoon.

If you’re reading this in Kuala Lumpur, or Ubud, or Hong Kong, or Perth, the Moon is at 5 Scorpio and it’s 2.14pm on  Monday afternoon.

If you’re reading this in New Zealand, the Moon is at 5 Scorpio and it’s 6.14pm on Monday evening. If you’ve poured your glass of wine to cook dinner with, cheers!

If you’re reading this in New York…well, you probably won’t be reading it yet, as it’s 2.14am. But if you are, it’s Monday morning and the Moon is at 5 Scorpio.

If you’re reading this in London, you could be buttering your breakfast toast as it’s 7.14am on Monday morning. Yes, the Moon is at 5 Scorpio.

If you’re in Los Angeles, it’s still yesterday, but, you guessed it, the Moon is at 5 Scorpio.

Get it?

The planet watchy widgety thing on the side bar (powered by Astrodienst) tells you where each planet is at that point in time- regardless of where you are reading it from.

It’s impossible for me to pinpoint the zones for every single one of you. Besides, I’m a big picture girl, so for me, it’s enough to know that a theme or a vibe will be with us for that day.

If, however, you want to know the time that an aspect is exact in the place and timezone that you live, it’s seriously easy. I use Planetwatcher. Mine is configured to Sydney time, but you can set it to your personal time zone.

It shows you all the upcoming major transits (you can also configure this). Simply click on the transit and the time it’s exact will be shown. I use this when I’m doing my week ahead posts. But that can be our little secret…ok?

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