Something that can only be gleaned by carefully looking through an astrological ephemeris (which presents the daily motions of celestial bodies) is going right now, but not referenced in any manuals you can buy or available widely on any metaphysical website. Mercury, the fastest traveling planet (when going at top speed), has been nearing a conjunction with Venus and this has been getting closer and closer to happening for many weeks. Just yesterday and into this morning these two celestial bodies were only one-half degree away from one another — with Mercury poised to unite with its friendly neighbor in our solar system at any moment. However, due to the phenomenon of apparent retrograding of planets (from the Earth’s vantage point), Mercury is now slamming on the brakes as it prepares for a three-week reversal in the zodiac starting on January 21. And because of this slowing down of Mercury, the Messenger of the Gods planet does not conjunct Venus until August 6 at 28 degrees of Leo. However, if you want to absorb a combination of literary-artistic, mental-emotional, and electrical-magnetic vibrations, go ahead and do so — knowing that Mercury and Venus are virtually together, even though they never form a precise union at this time of the year.
Adding to today’s stress factors are the Last Quarter Sun-Moon Phase (1:48AM and activating 23 degrees of Capricorn and Libra) as well as the Moon’s eventual entry into passionate, persevering Scorpio (3:45PM). Any quarter moon cycle tips the scales of consciousness toward imbalance, and it is your job to cut through possible obstacles to forward progress by jumping through the challenging hoops that the behind-the-scenes carnival masters place in your direction. Be aware that the Sun-Moon square of 90-degrees at 1:48AM also begins a void Moon cycle that lasts until 3:45PM. Strive to complete old business during this void-of-course Moon time-period — gaining some support on the social horizon as Venus makes a constructive, 60-degree sextile with intuition-enhancing Uranus (12:13PM). Be on your best behavior overnight as the cosmos returns to its Mr. Hyde persona on Wednesday. [Note to readers: All times are calculated for Pacific Standard Time. Be sure to adjust all times according to your own local time so the alignments noted above will be exact for your location.]