Mercury and Venus Presenting Eros and Anteros to Jupiter (Paolo Veronese)Venus and Mercury are in conjunction now, merging their energies into a single form. This conjunction is a particularly long-lived one, its influences being felt from mid-February to early April. The exact date of the conjunction was this Monday, so we are still quite in the midst of it.

Conjoined this way, Venus and Mercury form a union of heart and mind. There is an easy communion now between feelings and thought, between imagination and expression. Venus dominates this partnership, being much more comfortable in the sign of Pisces than Mercury is. She is filled with beautiful visions, imaginings of love and harmony, and Mercury smoothly gives these visions concrete expressions, in words or perhaps through his skills as craftsman.

This week and next present a special opportunity to make good use of this energy. The planetary pair find themselves sextile with Jupiter in Capricorn, offering him some assistance and inspiration. Jupiter in Capricorn is concerned with expanding our sense of self-worth, our role in the community, and the respect and appreciation of others. For some of us, this may mean broadening our work life, being called into a wider sense of vocation. For others, it may have more to do with becoming more valued by friends or family. Either way, Jupiter is helping us achieve, accomplish, and advance into a richer role among others. It’s a long term project for him; he’ll be working on this into next year.

Right now, though, he gets a fleeting but potentially important boost from Mercury and Venus. Their artistic, dreamy visions are something Jupiter can use to lend image to the new substance he is building for us. If you are expanding your business, this is the time when the new logo will pop into your head. If you are working with people face-to-face, this is the time for a little shift in style. If you are artistically creative, consider putting your creations to work in the service of your pragmatic efforts.

Thursday, Friday, and Saturday represent the peak opportunity to use this energy, but its influence will linger into early next week.