January 17: Moon squares Sun and Mercury

January 17: Moon squares Sun and Mercury

The lunar mood guides us into the shadows


 The moon is square the sun at 4:58 a.m.

 Luna in Libra comes into a perfect square aspect with the sun in Capricorn, forming a perfect half-moon in the sky, and activating the final quarter of the moon’s cycle as it winds down to the new moon on January 24. This fourth-quarter phase of the moon’s cycle is a time to fully utilize the insights we have gained this month, and finalize any work that we have left to do when realizing our lunar intentions. It’s likely that we will rise today, catalyzed into action, with a need to complete any duties that linger yet undone.

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The moon enters Scorpio at 10:20 a.m.

 Later in the morning, the soft and sociable Libra moon gives way to the deep, brooding waters of Scorpio. The moon in Scorpio is said to be in its “fall”, opposite from Taurus where it is said to be exalted and uniquely powerful. This is not to say that the moon in Scorpio does not have anything good to offer, quite the contrary, but we may find its riches only by “falling” down into the depths of our inner shadowed world—to probe and investigate the mysteries of our soul. Since this work is often potent and contemplative, it can lead to some low moods and sadness, especially if there is any healing work that we need to honor at this time.


The moon is square Mercury at 1:36 p.m., and opposite Uranus at 2:55 p.m.

 The afternoon sees the pensive Scorpio moon come into a challenging square aspect with Mercury in Aquarius. This is a time when the deep emotional mood of the moment is feeling hard to reconcile with the intellectually unconventional tone of our conversations. The two—if only for today—are a bit out of phase, and the scene is set for hurt feelings, alienation, and disconnect. Later on in the afternoon, this off-kilter mood is heightened and intensified by the standoff between the brooding moon and unpredictable Uranus in Taurus. It is quite possible that this opposition will draw out sudden emotional insights that may have been inaccessible until now.

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The moon is trine Venus at 7:26 pm

 By the evening the cosmic mood takes on a sweeter, more compassionate flavor, as the soulful and sensitive moon in Scorpio comes into a perfect trine with Venus in intuitive Pisces. The moon is in its fall—which adds emotional intensity—but Venus in its exaltation collaborates and supports connection and intimacy, encouraging a night of speaking the heart and showing affection. Some tears may be shed, revealing a vulnerability that fosters bonding and trust. It is an excellent night for romance and creative breakthroughs.


All the aspects mentioned are calculated in Standard Pacific Time, for greater accuracy please adjust to your own location.