January 2: Mercury is conjunct Jupiter in Capricorn

January 2: Mercury is conjunct Jupiter in Capricorn

Cultivating a sense of practical expansion


Mercury is conjunct Jupiter at 8:42 a.m.

 Practical thought meets cautious optimism and measured expansion this morning as the planet of communication joins the planet of growth and opportunity. One swift, and one slow, these two planets meet in the sturdy, enduring sign of the goat, calling on us to harness these collaborative, constructive forces to plan out measured changes and take calculated risks. We can pragmatically balance the small steps we are taking in our daily habits and schedules to add up to the larger changes we are working toward this year, as we go back to our jobs, routines, and commitments after the holidays.

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The moon is square Jupiter at 10:19 am, and Mercury at 10:32 a.m.

 The bold, impulsive Aries moon sets the stage for our feelings to bristle against the practical thought and growth we want to implement today. We realize some discipline and patience are needed now, but it feels so hard to buckle down! Parts of ourselves yearn for freedom and individuality, so the heavy Capricorn themes of the current cosmic weather may have us feeling a bit burdened, and a little frustrated as we survey all that we have to do. The moon’s square to Jupiter could catalyze action, but also blow our feelings up out of proportion. And the square to Mercury may at once propel our thoughts toward action, but also challenge our patience.

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The moon is square the sun, forming the second quarter at 8:45 p.m.

 As the day gives way to night, the active second quarter phase of this month’s lunar cycle kicks into gear as the moon and the sun come into a perfect 90-degree angle aspect, catalyzing emotion, action, and re-action to the tasks and conversations at hand. It was a challenging day to get into, with the forces of individuality and duty wrestling at cross purposes, yet the quarter moon phase is our time to start ramping up our drive and resolve, and to apply our returning energies to our responsibilities. We can use the edge in the air to phase out of a dreamy holiday reverie—and back to business!


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