- The Moon is in Libra all day (until Sunday, January 3rd, at 2:35 PM).
- The Moon is waning and in its Waning Gibbous phase until 12:30 AM / the Moon is waning and in its Last Quarter phase from 12:30 AM forward.
- A Last Quarter Moon occurs early today at 12:30 AM.
- Mercury is in its shadow phase (Mercury will be retrograde from January 5-25, 2016).
- Mercury spends its first full day in Aquarius (Mercury transits Aquarius from January 1-8, and then February 13-March 5).
Times are EST
With Mercury now in Aquarius until the 8th, you’re likely to have more contact with friends and associates, dear Aries. Networking assumes more importance in your life, and it’s an excellent time for sharing your knowledge with associates, taking part in group activities, or simply spending more time with like-minded individuals. However, new plans or friendships formed now may be put on hold or get a false start. There can be serious thought about long-term plans today, but before committing to something, you may need more information. The Moon is in your partnership sector all day, and while you’re inclined to want to share your ideas and decisions with others now, you may change your mind if it feels that you’re giving up too much power.
With Mercury now in your tenth house of career and reputation, dear Taurus, your thoughts can turn to your responsibilities. You communicate with more awareness of how your message will be received and how you will appear to others. Others might turn to you for advice or you may be asked to speak as an authority on a matter. Business affairs assume more importance in your life. Mercury transits typically last a few weeks, but this one continues only until the 8th. This is because in just two days, Mercury will turn retrograde, and on the 8th, will retreat back into your adventure sector. Consider that you are likely to need more information before making important decisions about your life path or career. The Moon transits your work and health sector today, and you’re inclined to see life for its details and problems.
With Mercury now in your solar ninth house, dear Gemini, you are more inclined to see the positive in your life. You embrace new ways of looking at old problems, and you prefer not to focus too much on the details in favor of the “big picture”. This allows you to lift yourself above the more mundane matters of your life, but you should be careful not to neglect your practical affairs. This transit is short with Mercury’s upcoming retrograde, and will resume in a more complete way in February. Today, you are inclined to give serious thought to a matter involving education, travel, or a belief system. There can be serious conversations occurring now. However, with the Moon in your sector of fun and games, you’re likely to gravitate towards recreational or leisure activities.
With Mercury now in your solar eighth house, dear Cancer, you are attracted to situations of intrigue, psychology, and deeper subjects. This is a time for thinking up plans of action. You might engage in conversations of a more intimate nature than usual, and especially today. You might enjoy playing detective, psycho-analyzing, and getting to the bottom of matters. Mercury typically transits a sign/sector in a few weeks, but this one lasts only until the 8th due to a Mercury retrograde cycle that begins in two days. Today is especially strong for insight into others’ motives and desires, even if they are doing their best to keep these things to themselves. Today’s energies are serious but also a little retiring. You’re inclined to want to stick around home or with familiar things.
Mercury has moved into the sign directly opposite yours, dear Leo, but only until the 8th, when it will retreat back into your work and health sector. In these few days ahead, you’ll be more inclined to seek out others for their feedback and input. Intellectual companionship is emphasized. You have much to learn through others, and favor one-on-one situations over group settings. Today, there may be serious thought or discussion concerning relationship needs, and this can be quite productive. Emphasis is on the practical side of partnerships.
Mercury, the planet of communication, is now transiting your work and health sector, dear Virgo, but instead of spending its typical three-week stay in this part of your solar chart, it will be here only until the 8th. While this can be a strong period for really sorting out the details of your life, there may be some false starts in the areas of work or health. Mercury will transit this sector more completely beginning on February 13th. For now, be careful not to immerse yourself so deeply in details that you forget the bigger picture. Today, conversations with others can be on the serious side, but also quite productive.
Mercury is now transiting the sector of your solar chart that rules romance, fun, pleasure, children, and entertainment, dear Libra, until the 8th. Mercury will continue this transit completely from February 13th to March 5th, but for now, you’re inclined to think about and be a little more objective about pleasure, romance, and creativity in your life. In the coming week, you could be revisiting an old romance or receiving strong reminders of the past. Today, the Moon is in your sign all day and is challenged by Uranus and Pluto. There can be some moodiness and restlessness, as you are hungrier than usual for attention and a connection to the world around you. Avoid jumping too quickly to conclusions and even to action, because in just a few days, Mercury’s retrograde might have the effect of changing your mind or perceptions of what’s currently going on. Try instead to enjoy the moment.
Communicative Mercury is now transiting the sector of your solar chart that rules heart, home, and family, dear Scorpio, but only until the 8th. You have a lot to learn at home and through contact with family and those very close to you now and when Mercury comes back to this sector from February 13-March 5. Today, you could be giving a little more serious thought to domestic matters and could have productive conversations about or with family. The Moon is in your privacy sector all day, and you’re inclined to need some time to yourself or time out from demanding people and situations. It may not be easy to get the rest you need, but you can most certainly try.
Mercury is now transiting your communications sector, dear Sagittarius, where it feels right at home. This is a transit that stimulates curiosity, willingness to learn, and desire to communicate and connect with others. It typically lasts a few weeks, but because Mercury will turn retrograde on the 5th, Mercury will back up into the previous sector of your chart by the 8th, and then return to complete this transit from February 13-March 5. For now, consider ways to improve your daily life and projects that interest you and awaken your desire to learn and share. Projects begun now, however, may be put on hold and resumed later, or reconsidered altogether. Today, the Moon in your social sector stimulates a desire to spend time with accepting people and also awakens your idealistic side. This is a strong day for relationships and personal appeal.
With Mercury now moving through your finances sector until the 8th, dear Capricorn, you adopt a more practical and rational approach to spending, saving, and making money. This is a strong albeit brief period for analyzing your cash flow, income, and earning power. With your conscious mind focused on money and possessions, as well as personal values, this can be a good time for gathering and fine-tuning money-making ideas. A complete tour of this sector of your chart will occur from February 13-March 5. Today, you could be thinking seriously about your finances and resources. However, hold off on making important decisions until you have all of the information you need. Today can require patience when dealing with those in authority and family.
Mercury is now in your sign, although it will be turning retrograde on the 5th and backing up into the previous sign on the 8th, dear Aquarius. During this short cycle, you are more curious, talkative, and possibly restless as well. You are more aware of the goings-on around you, and more willing to talk about yourself and your plans. This cycle will return on February 13th and will complete the full transit by March 5th. For now, it’s important to take note of your ideas, but keep in mind that plans made now may need refinement later. Today, good energy is with you for connections with friends. The Moon in your adventure sector all day stimulates bigger ideas and thoughts, and pulls you away from the pressure of details and petty problems.
With Mercury now in your privacy sector, your decision-making and thought processes tend to be more intuitive, inward, and solitary, dear Pisces. This is a time for a mental retreat of sorts. However, while Mercury usually spends at least a few weeks in a sign or solar sector, this transit will last only until the 8th, and then return to complete its entire cycle from February 13-March 5. Today, there can be a serious review of a past matter. Conversations with a partner may be practical and productive. The Moon is in your intimacy sector all day, stimulating a need to look more deeply into matters, and to explore your own feelings more intensely.
If Your Birthday is January 2nd, If Today is Your Birthday full horoscope here.
If you’re astrologically inclined and interested in the details of the Astrology of today, here are some of the factors considered in the forecasts (for the astrology of the week, see This Week in Astrology):
Date & Time: 2 Jan 2016 0:00 am
Event: Moon in Libra
Description: The Moon in Libra
This is a time for seeking out balance, harmony, and peace. It’s also a time to express emotions gracefully, diplomatically, and considerately. There could be a stronger focus on a relationship, partner, or potential partner. The ability to see both sides of a situation or story is a positive, but indecision can be a byproduct. This is a sociable, artistic Moon.
Date & Time: 2 Jan 2016 0:30 am
Event: Third Quarter at 11°Li14′
Date & Time: 2 Jan 2016 0:30 am
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Sqr Sun
Description: Transiting Moon Square Transiting Sun
This is a time for noticing discrepancies. Self-expression doesn’t flow well, and conflicts can be stirred. There can be some resistance and irritability. This can be a time when we’re compelled to take action, make changes, and solve problems.
Date & Time: 2 Jan 2016 0:35 am
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Sxt Sat
Description: Transiting Moon Sextile Transiting Saturn
An auspicious time for any project demanding endurance or tolerance. Also good for establishing new habits and rituals.
Date & Time: 2 Jan 2016 5:14 am
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Cpl Jup
Description: Transiting Moon ContraParallel Transiting Jupiter
Date & Time: 2 Jan 2016 6:47 am
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Pll Ves
Description: Transiting Moon Parallel Transiting Vesta
Date & Time: 2 Jan 2016 8:22 am
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Sqr Plu
Description: Transiting Moon Square Transiting Pluto
Deeper feelings emerge suddenly, and possibly in a disruptive way. We may be over-reacting or going to extremes. Wait for the tension to subside before taking action.
Date & Time: 2 Jan 2016 11:23 am
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Opp Ura
Description: Transiting Moon Opposition Transiting Uranus
Life may be a little tense right now. Avoid willful behavior if the situation doesn’t call for it. Remain open to new possibilities and all will be revealed. There could be a surprising revelation or turning point. Unpredictable responses from others (and ourselves). Emotional eruptions are possible. Not a good time to make permanent decisions, particularly about relationships.
Date & Time: 2 Jan 2016 1:18 pm
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Qnx Chi
Description: Transiting Moon Quincunx Transiting Chiron
Hurt feelings may be opportunities for healing. Now is the time for building bridges, not burning them.
Date & Time: 2 Jan 2016 5:05 pm
Event: Tr-Tr Mon SSq Ven
Description: Transiting Moon SemiSquare Transiting Venus
Relationships may be subtly strained or unsettled. Try to relax and not obsess. Restlessness can lead to poor choices or overindulgence. Show restraint and reap the rewards.
Date & Time: 2 Jan 2016 7:00 pm
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Tri Cer
Description: Transiting Moon Trine Transiting Ceres
We can be feeling pleasantly attached to, or supported by, our loved ones or family. We are seeking out security, nurturing, and warmth, and we are more likely to express these things towards others.
Date & Time: 2 Jan 2016 7:06 pm
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Cpl Ura
Description: Transiting Moon ContraParallel Transiting Uranus
Date & Time: 2 Jan 2016 11:36 pm
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Sqq Nep
Description: Transiting Moon SesquiSquare Transiting Neptune
If we are not in touch with our need for inspiration, beauty, compassion, connection to something otherworldly, or our spirituality, we could feel out of sorts right now. Relaxing, listening to music, getting close to nature, or taking a break may resolve this.
Date & Time: 2 Jan 2016 11:59 pm
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Sqr Pal
Description: Transiting Moon Square Transiting Pallas
Our judgment may be temporarily impaired by excessive emotions, or emotional bias. We may be experiencing a conundrum. Someone’s belief or idea can make us feel insecure or out of sorts, or otherwise rub us the wrong way. There can be sensitivity to others’ opinions experienced now.
Date & Time: 2 Jan 2016 6:12 am
Event: Tr-Tr Mer Pll Sat
Description: Transiting Mercury Parallel Transiting Saturn
Date & Time: 2 Jan 2016 10:51 am
Event: Tr-Tr Nep SSq Pal
Description: Transiting Neptune SemiSquare Transiting Pallas
We may not be in strong touch with reality right now. There is a tendency to illogical, deceptive, or convoluted thinking.
Even-handed, harmonious, artistic, diplomatic, balancing, strong sense of fairness. Can be over- compromising, appeasing, judgmental.
Inspiring, broad vision, enthusiastic, goal seeking, truthful, adventurous. Can be reckless, unrestrained, tactless.
Disciplined, responsible, reliable, industrious, conscientious, practical, achieving. Can be pessimistic, overly conventional, rigid, materialistic, callous.
BALANCE OF ELEMENTS
We tend to favor rational, objective thought over emotions, impulses, and feelings at this time. We are more intellectual, fair-minded, and logical in our approach, Ideas flow easily and quickly, we are more communicative and guided by principles, and also somewhat dispassionate or impersonal.
There may be some insensitivity or lack of empathy now. We may be out of touch with what we’re feeling or with our emotional needs. We may be tougher than usual now, and more inclined to follow mental or practical considerations than we are to listen to our intuition.
BALANCE OF MODES
We are ready to take action and to take on challenges, and can become frustrated with stagnant conditions.
We may be open to change but may not have much follow-through.
LUNAR PHASE: THIRD QUARTER
Moon from 90 to 45 degrees behind the Sun.
We have strong beliefs and are likely to put them into action. We have the wisdom to know when to act, but sometimes can be inflexible.
The following aspects (major only) and positions are at noon (EST) on January 2nd:
Note that when an aspect is applying, it has not yet happened but is within orb – it’s pending. When an aspect is separating, it has already happened/perfected and is moving away from the aspect. Depending on the speed of the planet/body involved, the aspect will have perfected, or will perfect, in a matter of hours (often the case with the Moon), days, months, and possibly years in the case of the very slow-moving outer planets and bodies.
Note that the Moon moves at a rate of approximately one degree every 2 hours, so that if an aspect involving is applying and has an orb of 5 degrees, the aspect will perfect (be exact) in about 10 hours. If the Moon is separating from an aspect with an orb of 2 degrees, it has already formed said aspect approximately 4 hours ago (since the following are positions at noon today, then it would have occurred at about 8 AM today).
**I suggest paying close attention to applying aspects. The energy of the aspect builds as it gets closer to exact. Once an aspect involving inner planets has happened, it’s over. Separating aspects are good to know for context, but in terms of energy that is with us today, applying aspects are most important. (This is the case for daily astrology influences involving inner planets, which pass quickly, and not natal astrology aspects, which are with us for a life time).
THE MOON IN LIBRA
We are focused on our relationships, and finding balance, peace, and harmony in our personal environment under this influence.
ASPECTS OF THE MOON
SQUARE THE SUN Orb 5°09′ Separating
There can be a conflict between our intentions and our emotions now. We can feel tense and unsatisfied until we take care of problems. We can be unsure about whether we want support or to do things independently.
OPPOSITION URANUS Orb 0°18′ Separating
We can be moody, swinging between wanting to belong and wanting to be different or independent. We can feel a little off-balance if schedules and people around us are unpredictable or changing; or, we are restless with the usual routine and want to create some kind of stir.
SQUARE PLUTO Orb 1°46′ Separating
Unacknowledged feelings can emerge in possibly disruptive ways. We may be acting in compulsive or possessive ways now.
QUINCUNX CHIRON Orb 0°38′ Applying
We could be misjudging our sensitivity levels and making poor choices as a result. Decisions made now may not reflect our hearts, and can be regrettable later on.
THE SUN IN CAPRICORN
You are responsible and respectful, with a strong need to be an authority figure. You command respect and may tend to superiority and bossiness.
12TH DEGREE OF CAPRICORN
Part of Body: Right knee joint
Sabian Symbol: A student of nature lecturing.
ASPECTS OF THE SUN
SQUARE URANUS Orb 4°51′ Applying
We may want to break free from restrictions or responsibilities, but if we aren’t in touch with this need, we could cause some problems or feel restless and irritable. There could be rebellious feelings. We don’t want to be told what to do. Use this time to see what changes need to be made.
CONJUNCTION PLUTO Orb 3°23′ Applying
You are intense, obsessive and have great personal power. You find it easy to rid yourself of the unwanted but may be intolerant of others less powerful. Transformation is the key factor in your life.
MERCURY IN AQUARIUS
You are brimming with original and unique ideas. You enjoy exchanging ideas with other people, particularly friends and groups of people. You are an inventive thinker, and may rebel against old and traditional ideas.
1ST DEGREE OF AQUARIUS
Part of Body: Right tibial nerve
Sabian Symbol: An old adobe mission.
ASPECTS OF MERCURY
SQUARE MARS Orb 0°49′ Applying
Questions are raised, discussions can become heated, and there can be nervous excitement now. Enthusiasm is likely, but may go a little too far. Impulsive speech or other communications. Mechanical breakdowns are possible.
VENUS IN SAGITTARIUS
You want to share adventure with your partner, ranging from sharing adventurous ideas to hiking in the mountains. You may also enjoy relating with foreigners, and dining out with your partner at foreign restaurants.
5TH DEGREE OF SAGITTARIUS
Part of Body: Right femoral artery
Sabian Symbol: An old owl up in a tree.
ASPECTS OF VENUS
CONJUNCTION SATURN Orb 7°11′ Applying
You are shy and inhibited in your personal relationships. You fear commitment and tend to either be the one in control or to choose a partner who tries to control you. One of your parents may have been too strict and consequently you fear expressing yourself. Once you overcome your feelings of inadequacy you will have the ability to form secure and long-lasting relationships based on firm foundations. You are faithful and loyal.
SQUARE NEPTUNE Orb 3°27′ Applying
We are easily seduced, impressionable, and ready to believe what we want to see. Wait for a better time to make important decisions.
MARS IN LIBRA
You have a strong desire for diplomacy and justice, and a strong creative urge. You may become indecisive when opposed.
30TH DEGREE OF LIBRA
Part of Body: Left ureter
Sabian Symbol: Three mounds of knowledge on a philosopher’s head.
JUPITER IN VIRGO
You have a strong desire to be of service, and high religious or spiritual ideals. You may also have an obsession with detailed perfection.
24TH DEGREE OF VIRGO
Part of Body: Capsule and ligaments of liver
Sabian Symbol: Mary and her white lamb.
ASPECTS OF JUPITER
OPPOSITION CHIRON Orb 5°40′ Applying
This can be a time when we are hungry for meaning and understanding, but it can be difficult to align ourselves with a personal philosophy or belief system that truly reflects our core. We might be led astray by beliefs and ideas now, or we might experience some form of crisis of faith.
CONJUNCTION THE NORTH NODE Orb 1°41′ Applying
Your current life challenge is to embrace adventure. You may find yourself in situations which inspire you to see the big picture. Inspiring others, possibly through preaching or teaching, may be part of your life’s destiny. Benevolent groups may also play a key role.
SATURN IN SAGITTARIUS
Saturn in Sagittarius asks us to take on the responsibility of living according to our personal truths and principles, and to be loyal to these. This is a time for turning a critical eye to those beliefs and principles that don’t accurately reflect our authentic selves. (December 23, 2014 to June 14, 2015, then September 17, 2015 to December 20, 2017)
12TH DEGREE OF SAGITTARIUS
Part of Body: Long saphenous veins
Sabian Symbol: A flag that turns into an eagle that crows.
ASPECTS OF SATURN
TRINE URANUS Orb 5°15′ Applying
You have a talent for investigation. You look at new ideas and are able then to put them into action. In business you achieve much in your own independent way.
SQUARE NEPTUNE Orb 3°44′ Separating
Some feelings of disillusionment can come now as our dreams and ideals can be put to the test. Questioning our faith in our dreams can lead to lack of follow-through or wasteful activities and avoidance of responsibilities. Ideally, this crisis leads to a realignment of material goals and spiritual ideals as we assess what is truly meaningful to us.
URANUS IN ARIES
The urge to start fresh, to break free from restrictive attitudes or circumstances, to totally redesign an area of our lives (or even our personalities), and to gain freedom through independence is strong during this cycle. (May 27, 2010 to August 13, 2010, then March 11th, 2011 to May 15, 2018, then November 6, 2018 to March 6, 2019).
17TH DEGREE OF ARIES
Part of Body: Vertebral canal
Sabian Symbol: Two prim spinsters sitting together in silence.
ASPECTS OF URANUS
SQUARE PLUTO Orb 1°28′ Applying
A time for making sweeping changes and for adapting to changes in order to progress. This is a time for revising, altering, overhauling, and purging. We can experience tension, fear, and pressure, but also a sense of liberation from over-attachments and situations that have been holding us back from growth.
NEPTUNE IN PISCES
A long-term influence in which fantasy, imagination, compassion, and spirituality are in stronger focus. (April 4, 2011 to August 4, 2011, then February 3, 2012 to March 30, 2025, then October 22, 2025 to January 26, 2026)
8TH DEGREE OF PISCES
Part of Body: Left talus
Sabian Symbol: A girl blowing a bugle.
PLUTO IN CAPRICORN
Tests of our boundaries; breaking down and rebuilding structures and rules. (From January 25, 2008 to June 14, 2008, then November 26, 2008 to March 23, 2023, then June 11, 2023 to January 20, 2024, then September 1, 2024 to November 19, 2024).
16TH DEGREE OF CAPRICORN
Part of Body: Condyle of right tibia
Sabian Symbol: Boys and girls in gymnasium suits.
ASPECTS OF PLUTO
SEXTILE CHIRON Orb 2°24′ Applying
You have the ability to be a catalyst in your daily life, helping others face and heal their emotional pain.
CHIRON IN PISCES
Strong awareness of our own vulnerabilities and humanity stimulates compassion for others. (April 20 to July 20, 2010, then February 8, 2011 to April 17, 2018, then September 25, 2018 to February 18, 2019).
18TH DEGREE OF PISCES
Part of Body: Extensor muscles of right toes
Sabian Symbol: In a huge tent a famous revivalist conducts his meeting.
ASPECTS OF CHIRON
CONJUNCTION THE SOUTH NODE Orb 7°21′ Applying
You have a tendency to become stuck in a mire of self-pity, seeing only the pain and suffering in life. You need to develop the caring and sensitive side of your nature for the good of others.
VESTA IN ARIES
This can be a time for grabbing the reins and working solo. There can be strong energy for new enterprises but not necessarily for routine work.
7TH DEGREE OF ARIES
Part of Body: The ears
Sabian Symbol: A man successfully expressing himself in two realms at once.
PALLAS IN CAPRICORN
You possess wisdom and the ability to structure your thoughts. Your mind copes well with plans and you like to put things in their proper place.
23RD DEGREE OF CAPRICORN
Part of Body: Muscle insertions of upper to lower legs
Sabian Symbol: Two awards for bravery in war.
JUNO IN SCORPIO
You want an intense and sexual relationship. You want your partner’s total attention and demand a high degree of sensuality.
7TH DEGREE OF SCORPIO
Part of Body: Left epididymus, right Fallopian tube
Sabian Symbol: Deep-sea divers.
CERES IN AQUARIUS
You feel cared for when others accept and encourage your sense of individuality. You feel comforted when surrounded by groups of people. You teach others to accept their eccentricities.
21ST DEGREE OF AQUARIUS
Part of Body: Spinal nervous system
Sabian Symbol: A woman disappointed and disillusioned.
THE NORTH NODE
THE NORTH NODE IN VIRGO
This is a quest to become dedicated to the service of others. You will need to overcome the tendency to daydream and feel overwhelmed and to put your compassion and wisdom to practical use for humanity.
25TH DEGREE OF VIRGO
Part of Body: Liver
Sabian Symbol: A flag at half-mast in front of a large public building.
THE SOUTH NODE
THE SOUTH NODE IN PISCES
This is a quest to become dedicated to the service of others. You will need to overcome the tendency to daydream and feel overwhelmed and to put your compassion and wisdom to practical use for humanity.
25TH DEGREE OF PISCES
Part of Body: Left distal tibio-fibular joint
Sabian Symbol: The purging of the priesthood.
*** CONJUNCTIONS TO FIXED STARS ***
Transits 2 Jan 2016 – Event Chart
Aspects to Plu 15°Cp06 -21°00′
Cnj 15°Cp31 VEGA Charismatic, magical, lucky.
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