Posted on April 19, 2012
Posted by Jim Schultz

Jim Schultz

Jim Schultz

*Any times indicated are for the Pacific Time Zone.

*Refer to “AstroCast” by Kimberly Maxwell for more detailed information as these events unfold.

*Remember, these are just transits and they too, like a kidney stone, shall pass.


08/01/18 – 3:54 am – Moon enters Aries

This is the first astronomical/astrological event for August.  The Moon’s void-of-course is over. It’s early Wednesday, “Hump Day” morning and while five of the eight planets are retrograde, you should still be good to start on any new projects, tasks or ideas.  Just know that you will need to allow extra time to get them started and/or complete them for it is most likely that you will encounter unexpected delays and things may not develop as quickly as you would like.


08/01/18 – 7:41 pm – retrograde Mars square Uranus

With both planets in fixed signs and Uranus getting ready to change direction in just six days this can be a difficult energy to deal with.  One may feel as if they are in a pressure cooker or being restrained by some unseen or unknown force as normally “just do it” Mars is drawing in His energy while “unexpected” Uranus is keeping His “cards close to His chest.”  Stay alert, play it safe and watch out for the other guy, the one who causes accidents.


08/02/18 – 7:52 pm – Moon goes Void-of-Course

Following a trine to retrograde Mercury the Moon goes void-of-course for 17 hours.  It’s Thursday evening and hopefully you’ve already made your plans for tonight and tomorrow morning.  Stick with your schedule and avoid starting anything new, at least until after the Moon enters Taurus tomorrow afternoon.


08/03/18 – 12:51 pm – Moon enters Taurus

It’s Friday afternoon and if you have some new tasks, projects or ideas you want to get started, go for it.  Remember the note from August 1, you will need to build in extra time for things to develop and get them finished.


08/04/18 – 11:18 am – Moon square Sun

This is the waning third quarter crisis of consciousness square which relates back to the new Moon Solar eclipse of July 12 and the long total full Moon Lunar eclipse of July 27.  The third quarter is the time for reassessing things started with the previous new Moon that came to fruition with the full Moon and identifying those things that need to be discarded, tweaked and or assimilated before the following new Moon.  In this case, the next new Moon August 11 will be another Solar eclipse making it doubly important.

On the longer term, this phase also relates back to the new Moon Solar eclipse of February 15, 2018; the first Solar eclipse this year and to the new Moon of May 6, 2016 which was near this same degree.  What new ideas, projects or goals might you have set for yourself around one of those dates? How have they developed? Have you been working on them? Now is the time to start assimilating the best of those and making final plans to finish them before the next new Moon cycle begins.


08/05/18 – 4:46 pm – Moon trine Venus

Following this both go void-of-course; the Moon for only about two hours while Venus’ will last for almost 24 hours.  It’s Sunday afternoon and best you stick with any plans you may have already made or with your routine, at least until after the Moon enters Gemini.  Then if you want to consider making some changes or doing something new, talk about it with others that may also be involved or included before deciding.

When Venus is void-of-course avoid starting any new relationships.  Instead, focus on the one’s you have. What can you do to nurture them or; if you are looking for a new one, what can you do to make yourself “relationship ready?”


08/05/18 – 6:32 pm – Moon enters Gemini

The Moon’s void-of-course is over, but Venus’ continues.  You should be good to try something new or change your routine or plans for the evening, as long as it doesn’t involve looking for or starting a new relationship.


08/06/18 – 4:28 pm – Venus enters Libra

Venus’ void-of-course ends with Her return to Her other home sign, Libra the sign of “others,” of partnerships and relationships.  This is a good time to work on any relationships you might be in. What can you do to make them better? What can you do to show the other person how important they are to you?

While this means that the basic energies shouldn’t be working against you; it doesn’t mean that you should try to start a new relationship or, if you do, that it will work out to your satisfaction.  Before looking for a new relationship take a long hard look in the mirror. Are you really ready for a relationship? Are you relationship material at this time? Consider the energy you are giving off; what kind of message are you sending and what sort of person might that attract?  Would you want to be in a relationship with someone like you? You may want to start by creating a healthy, loving relationship with yourself.


08/06/18 – 4:28 pm – Sun square Jupiter

This is the waning third quarter crisis of consciousness square in the 13 month Sun Jupiter cycle.  Their current cycle began with their conjunction October 26, 2017 and will end with their next conjunction November 25, 2018.  Like any cycle, the conjunction represents a new beginning, a time to “plant a new seed” be it an idea, a goal or starting a project.  The third quarter represents the time to re-assess the progress of that “new seed.” Consider what is working and needs to be retained, what might need a bit of “tweaking,” and what should be discarded or set aside for another time.  You have about 3 1/2 months to take care of business and get ready for the next cycle.


08/07/18 – 12:55 am – Moon goes Void-of-Course

Following a sextile to retrograde Mercury the Moon goes void-of-course for over 21 hours.  It’s best to use today to focus on any on-going projects or tasks and “clean them up,” and then tomorrow you can present them to the world or at least hand them off to the next in line to do their thing.


08/07/18 – 9:49 am – Uranus stations Retrograde

With Uranus joining Mercury, Mars, Saturn, Neptune and Pluto we now have six of eight planets retrograde.  This is a rare occurrence happening less than one percent of the time. Expect the unexpected particularly as it may pertain to projects or tasks and result in delays or the need to re-visit, re-think, re-do some aspects of it.  Whatever time frame you may have been considering, it probably won’t be long enough. This time can be used effectively to review, reflect on or reconsider any new ideas or insights you have had recently. What inspires you? Focus on those things most important to you and those you care most about.


08/07/18 – 5:33 pm – Venus trine retrograde Mars

This is the waning or closing trine in the cycle of the two symbols of love and human relationships.  This is a good time to press pause and reflect on any relationships you are in or what you may be seeking from your relationships.  Work on the relationships you are in and if you aren’t in a relationship with someone else, then work on your relationships with friends, family and yourself.  If you want to make your relationship better or find a meaningful one, then now is the time to “get your s#%& together.” Just don’t start any new “self-help,” or make-over now.  Wait until after the Moon enters Cancer.


08/07/18 – 9:01 pm – Moon enters Cancer

The long Moon void-of-course is finally over and She is home again.  The Moon is moving fast and appears to be speeding up so this may be a relatively short visit to Her home.  Time for checking on the “security” of your home and those that you care most about. Don’t forget yourself.  You need to nurture, protect and love yourself too. How can you expect others to if you don’t?


08/08/18 – 1:12 am – Moon sextile retrograde Uranus

This is the first of five exact aspects, four by the Moon today so you may want to keep your tissue close by.  This is the opening or waxing sextile in the monthly Moon Uranus cycle. Be alert for any sudden insights, particularly as they may pertain to some recent or past event, idea or person.  This can be a good time for reflection and to make plans to act on them.

Following this the Moon will oppose retrograde Saturn for the second exact aspect today.  Keep your wits about you. Be truthful or be silent.


08/08/18 – 7:06 pm – retrograde Mercury conjunct Sun

This is the third exact aspect of the day, the only one not involving the Moon and what is known as the inferior conjunction of Mercury and the Sun.  This occurs when retrograde Mercury passes between the Earth and the Sun and marks the equivalent of a “new Moon” Mercury Sun phase. This can be a good opportunity to dust off an old idea or take that “germ” of an idea you had and start to work on it.  Flesh it out and see what you might make of it.

Following this the Moon will trine Jupiter for the fourth exact aspect of the day.  This is the closing or waning trine in their monthly cycle and this energy should help you to assess the practicality of any new ideas germinating from the Mercury Sun conjunction and expand on them.


08/08/18 – 10:43 pm – Moon trine retrograde Neptune

This is the fifth and final exact aspect of the day.  Reflect on your day, on any ideas, “a-ha” moments, insights or times when things didn’t seem clear or make sense.  Tell yourself you will remember the details of any dreams you have tonight. Record them when you first wake. Don’t try to analyze them or fill in any “missing” details.  Just record everything you can recall, sights, colors, sounds, people, feelings and other sensations. You can analyze them later.


08/09/18 – 4:20 am – Moon goes Void-of-Course

Following an opposition to retrograde Pluto the Moon goes void-of-course for 17 hours.  It’s Thursday and this looks to be a good day to work on any on-going projects, tasks or ideas.  If you can, set aside any new ones for tomorrow.


08/09/18 – 6:34 pm – Venus square retrograde Saturn

This is the waning or closing third quarter crisis of consciousness square in the annual Venus Saturn cycle.  Time to get serious as you reflect on any relationships be they personal or business. Is it a healthy relationship that is good for you or has it become toxic?  Can it be improved or “repaired” or is it time to let it go and move on? You need to be honest with yourself and decide what is best for you.


08/09/18 – 9:18 pm – Moon enters Leo

The Moon void-of-course is over.  Turn the spotlight on yourself for a change.  You know what is best for you and what you need to do.  Now do it!


08/09/18 – 10:12 pm – retrograde Mars goes Void-of-Course

Following an opposition by the Moon retrograde Mars goes void-of-course for 69 hours, that’s almost three days or until Sunday evening.  Keep your temper in check. Avoid confrontations and any situations that might pose a risk. Don’t take any chances. Be alert and watch out for the “other guy,” the one who causes accidents for there may be more of them during this time.  Tempers may flare and significant accidents or explosive events may take center stage in your life or the news during this time.


08/10/12 – 1:21 am – Moon square retrograde Uranus

This is the first of five exact aspects, the first four by the Moon, today.  What happened on August 8 when these two made an opening sextile? Time to take action as this is the waxing first quarter crisis of action square.  Consider the possible consequences of each before deciding on which action to take.

Following this the Moon will sextile Venus, square Jupiter and conjunct retrograde Mercury for the second, third and fourth exact aspects of the day.  Stay alert and listen carefully to what others are saying. Choose your words thoughtfully in response to whatever others may have said. Remember what Abraham Lincoln said; “It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt.”


08/10/18 – 11:32 pm – retrograde Mercury square Jupiter

This is the fifth and final exact aspect today and the only one not involving the Moon.  It is a third quarter crisis of consciousness square in the Mercury Jupiter cycle. This time is best used for assessing and assimilating that which is working.  With Mercury, there may also be a tendency to say something, anything, to someone. Resist the temptation for you may regret it later. Fortunately it is late and it should be easier to avoid saying something “stupid” or that you may regret.  Words, once said; be they verbal, email, text or written, cannot be unsaid.


08/11/18 – 2:58 am – New Moon conjunct Sun Solar Eclipse

This is the third and final solar eclipse of 2018.  This eclipse is at 18 Leo 42. The Sabian symbol for this degree is “A houseboat party.”  The Inside Degree symbol for this degree is “A hummingbird feeding at a trumpet vine.” The implications from both of these symbols is that this can be a positive time or event.  Make the most of it.

This eclipse is part of the 2 New North Saros series.  According to Bernadette Brady in her book “Predictive Astrology: The Eagle and the Lark,” this eclipse family (series) may symbolize the need to change direction due to the sudden collapse of one’s plans.  While there may be some initial confusion or uncertainty; after the “dust settles” the opportunity to rebuild and reshape in a better or more positive way becomes apparent. Take advantage of the extra energy provided by this Solar eclipse new Moon to “kick start” that new project or idea and the universe should support you.

Following this the Moon goes void-of-course for 18 hours.  It’s Saturday so stick with your routine and avoid making any new plans or overreacting to whatever events come your way.

Because of the Moon void-of-course, how does one take advantage of the extra energy of the new Moon Solar eclipse to “kick start” a new project or idea?  With any new Moon or conjunction there is always some time before the actual event that can be used to start or “plant the new seed.” Take action Friday before the eclipse, using the additional energy of the Moon retrograde Uranus crisis of action square from earlier in the day.


08/11/18 – 8:59 pm – Moon enters Virgo

The Moon void-of-course is over; however, retrograde Mars (which is still out-of-bounds south as well) is still void-of-course so danger may lurk around even seemingly safe corners or right in front of you.  Proceed with cautions and stick close to family and friends. There is safety in numbers.


08/12/18 – 1:04 am – Moon trine retrograde Uranus

This is the first of four exact aspects by the Moon and a major sign change today.  This is the waxing or opening trine in the monthly cycle of this pair. You might want to think back to August 8 when the two made the waxing sextile and August 10 when they made the waxing first quarter crisis of action square for some insight into what this aspect might mean for you.  Be sure to record any dreams, a-ha moments, feelings or other sensations on waking.

Following this the Moon will trine retrograde Saturn for the second exact aspect of the day.  This is the waning or closing trine in the monthly Moon Saturn cycle. Be honest with yourself and others for you will be found out if you are not and the consequences could be severe.


08/12/18 – 7:13 pm – retrograde Mars enters Capricorn

It’s Sunday evening and the Mars void-of-course is finally over.  That doesn’t mean you can let your guard down though as Mars is still retrograde and out-of-bounds, meaning He may feel as if the rules don’t apply to Him.

Following this the Moon will sextile Jupiter and then oppose retrograde Neptune for the third and fourth exact aspects and bring this Sunday to a close.  It’s the waning or closing sextile to Jupiter and a good time to reflect on anything you’ve been working on. If you have “big” plans for the days to come you should probably curtail them a bit as the overall energy pattern is still one of delays, hidden obstacles and the unexpected.  Pay attention to any dreams tonight and be sure to record them.


08/13/18 – 9:37 pm – Moon goes Void-of-Course

Following a trine to retrograde Mars the Moon goes void-of-course for 20 minutes.  It’s the evening and a short one so it shouldn’t be too hard to avoid starting something new until after the Moon enters Libra.


08/13/18 – 9:57 pm – Moon enters Libra

With the Moon moving fast but slowing down; emotions, particularly Mars related ones such as passion, anger or excitement may seem to shift quickly.  Remember to breathe and avoid impulsive behavior. Now may be a good time to reflect and work on your relationship skills. For example, consider what you might do to be a better friend.


08/14/18 – Moon in Libra

There are no major aspects between the other planets today.  The Moon is continuing to slow down as She makes aspects to retrograde Saturn, Venus and then retrograde Mercury today.  In matters involving your relationships it is most important that you be honest and when speaking or communicating always exercise consideration.  This is probably not a good time to be honest to a fault as with Saturn and Mercury both retrograde, misperceptions and mis-communications may have serious repercussions later.


08/15/18 – Moon in Libra

Today the Moon, still in other oriented Libra and continuing to slow down makes two more aspects, first to retrograde Pluto and then a sextile to the Sun.  This can be a good time for self reflection particularly with attention toward things you’ve started but not finished.


08/16/18 – 12:56 am – Moon goes Void-of-Course

Following a third quarter crisis of consciousness square to retrograde Mars the Moon goes void-of-course for one hour.  It is a short one and considering the time of day, most people will sleep through it. Note any dreams, feelings, insights and other sensations on waking.


08/16/18 – 1:54 am – Moon enters Scorpio

The void-of-course is over.  Remember to note any dreams or anything of interest or out of the ordinary that might have happened during the void-of-course.

Venus reaches Her Maximum Elongation or distance from the Sun early tomorrow morning.  That means with a clear sky this evening you will have the most time to see and appreciate Her beauty.


08/17/18 – 1:15 am – Venus Maximum Elongation

At this time Venus will be almost 46 degrees from the Sun but She will have set about four hours ago and won’t be visible, at least not in the continental US.  46 degrees is a half square or semisquare, the maximum angular aspect Venus can make with the Sun. This can be likened to a third quarter Moon phase or the waning crisis of consciousness square.  The current Venus Sun cycle began with the Inferior Conjunction of these two March 25, 2017 at 4 Aries 57. Did you start a new project or relationship around that time? Or perhaps you moved or remodeled your home or made a significant purchase?  Whatever you began around that time, it’s now time to reassess it. How is it working for you? Is it progressing as you had hoped, planned or desired? If not, time to consider what changes you should make, what to let go of and what to keep. Their new cycle will begin late October and you need to be ready for your next “new seed.”


08/18/18 – 12:48 am – Moon square Sun

This is the waxing first quarter crisis of action square.  Coming just a day after the Venus Sun third quarter crisis of consciousness “square,” this could be your “call to action.”  “Time and tide wait for no one.” “When opportunity knocks, you must answer the door.” Enough clichés, the idea is if you want to change your life, you need to take action.  Begin with small doable steps as each accomplishment will help to inspire you on to the next.


08/18/18 – 8:07 am – Moon goes Void-of-Course

Following a sextile to retrograde Mars the Moon goes void-of-course for less than two hours.  It is another short one and it is Saturday so stick with your morning routine or plans or just sleep in.  Later, after the Moon enters Sagittarius should be soon enough to tackle any new issues, ideas or projects that you haven’t planned for and that may come up.


08/18/18 – 8:36 am – retrograde Mercury sextile Venus

This is the only major aspect; other than the conjunction, that Mercury and Venus make.  Aspects represent opportunities for the two bodies to communicate. With Mercury retrograde, this can be an opportune time to reflect on past conversations or other communications with other people in your life, be they friends, family or co-workers.  Are there amends you should make or perhaps it’s a good time to just “call to say I love you.” Don’t assume someone knows how you feel if you haven’t told them.


08/18/18 – 9:45 am – Moon enters Sagittarius

The void-of-course is over.  If you want to change your plans or someone invites you to do something spontaneous, you should be good to go.  That said, remember there are six planets retrograde (expect delays and for everything to be taken personally) and Mars is not only retrograde but still out-of-bounds so exercise extra caution and avoid taking risks or placing yourself in potentially dangerous circumstances.


08/18/18 – 9:25 pm – Mercury stations Direct

It’s Sunday evening and finally, the Mercury retrograde ends.  As Mercury begins its third and final transit over the space from 11 through 23 Leo opportunities should present themselves to rectify any miscommunications or misunderstandings of the past few weeks.  Be ready to “answer the door” when opportunity knocks; or better yet, take the initiative and be the opportunity. The good news is that now only five of the eight possible planets are retrograde. The bad news is that you still need to plan for extra time as delays and obstacles will be encountered.


08/19/18 – 12:48 am – Jupiter trine retrograde Neptune

Today starts early with Jupiter trinning retrograde Neptune during the night so be sure to record all dreams, insights, “a-ha” moments, feelings and sensations when you wake.  Today is Sunday and with Jupiter and Neptune getting together it could be a good day to work on manifesting your dreams, or at least identifying those that you want to manifest.  Then make a plan of action and include “baby step” goals to keep you moving toward your dream.


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Jim Schultz

Jim has been a professional astrologer and Oraclist for over 15 years. As a child his favorite books were the encyclopedia and the Almanac. He continues to be intrigued by the Universe around us; always searching for answers and new questions. Should you ask, he will tell you there is no such thing as "TMI."

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7 responses to “AstroWatch”

  1.' Donna says:

    Oh boy! I am not an astrology student, however, I do enjoy reading your article every week. I have picked up the tiniest sliver of what is being discussed and from what I am able to glean, July sounds like it has the potential to be rather challenging. As a Taurus, I was happy to have read about the Mercury retrograde before it happens! I will be carefully watching my “p’s & q’s ” throughout the month and refer back to the entirety of the article – changes are a-comin’ for sure.
    Thanks for your work!

  2.' andy says:

    “01/18/13 – 12:56 am – Mercury conjunct Sun 28 Aquarius 26”
    Sun still in Capricorn

  3.' Dane Sullivan says:

    Probably just an editorial slip, but believe the May 9 eclipse doesn’t happen until 5:55 at 19 Taurus 33. Enjoy your observations!

  4. Jim Schultz says:

    Hi Dane, thank you for your comment. Not sure what your source for the eclipse time is. I use Solar Fire 8 for the dates and times I post. The time is based on the exact conjunction of the Sun and Moon which is 5:28 pm PDT. The NASA eclipse site shows a time of 5:26 pm PDT.

  5.' Dane Sullivan says:

    Hey Jim,
    Source: Astronomical Phenomena For the Year 2013, prepared by US Naval Observatory and Her Majesty’s Nautical Almanac which defines lunar eclipse time as Moon reaching centermost point of its journey thorough the shadow cast by the earth, and solar eclipses timed for maximum obscuration — typically different from time of simple conjunction. However, I note the Rosicrucian Ephemeris, citing JPL and the US Naval Observatory call it at 5:21. I’m betting there’s yet another computation out there.

  6.' Iolé says:

    What a time to be born for the new prince-princess in England!
    Leo sun, Cancer planets: care for the family = the Kingdom, Aquarius Moon- we need open minds in the future!

  7. James Schultz says:

    Here are the basic astrological details of His Royal Highness, Prince of Cambridge. Weight 8 lbs. 6 oz., according to news reports, the heaviest future King by birth weight in 100 years of more. Correct birth time is July 22, 2013, 4:24 pm, London, England.

    A true “cusper” with Sun 29 Cancer 58. Moon 28 Capricorn 17, which means that HRH was born less than 3 hours before the full Moon at 0 Aquarius. Birth ascendant is 27 Scorpio 10 and his birth M/C is 20 Virgo 36. He was born with 7 of the 10 primary points in Cardinal signs and 6 of them in water signs. He has a Grand Water Trine of Mars 6 Cancer and Jupiter 5 Cancer trining Saturn 5 Scorpio and trining Neptune 5 Pisces. He also has a Cardinal T-square with Mercury 13 Cancer opposing Pluto 9 Capricorn and both squaring Uranus 12 Aries. He has none of the 10 primary points in an Air sign and 3 of them are retrograde. 3 retrogrades is the second most common number, 2 being the most common. Born with Mars out-of-bounds north might he be a rather precocious child, to say the least.

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