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.

05/01/16 – 7:33 am – Moon enters Pisces

The void-of-course is over.  It is “May Day” or Beltane if you prefer and the light should now be green so go ahead, celebrate or get started on any new spring projects or tasks today.


05/02/16 – 3:23 am – Moon conjunct Neptune

This is the first of six exact aspects by the Moon today.  Note any dreams, feelings, intuitions, sights, sounds or smells you have when you first awake.  You can make sense of them later.  This could be a rather emotional day so keep the tissue handy and cut yourself and others some slack.

Following this, the Moon will sextile the Sun, oppose retrograde Jupiter, square retrograde Saturn and then sextile retrograde Pluto for the second, third, fourth and fifth exact aspects of the day.


05/02/16 – 10:08 pm – Moon sextile retrograde Mercury

This is the sixth and final aspect of the day.  Following this, the Moon will go void-of-course for the next twelve hours.  Plan on starting Tuesday by reviewing your work from today, returning e-mails or phone calls and re-viewing, re-editing, re-considering, re-reading, all those “re” words for Mercury retrograde.


05/03/16 – 12:58 am – Sun trine retrograde Jupiter

When retrograde, normally expansive Jupiter may represent the contracting of things.  What are you doing or what in your life should you consider pulling back on?  Is it a relationship that is moving too fast or a project that may be over-estimated?  While you should avoid “selling yourself short,” you should also avoid “biting off more than you can chew.”  Whatever it is in your life, keep it to manageable steps or bites.


05/03/16 – 10:04 am – Moon enters Aries

The void-of-course is over.  You may start that new project or task now or just continue with what you were doing.  Remember, Mercury and four other planets are retrograde so choose your words carefully.  Be sure to re-read everything before sending and give yourself time to re-consider before responding in a conversation.


05/04/16 – 9:17 pm – Moon goes Void-of-Course

Following a conjunction with unpredictable Uranus, the Moon goes void-of-course for almost thirteen hours.  This is a good night for reflecting on the day’s events and accomplishments and for re-considering what to do tomorrow, at least until the Moon moves into Taurus.


05/05/16 – 10:10 am – Moon enters Taurus

The void-of-course is over.  While planning your day and selecting your tasks, don’t forget that Mercury, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto are all retrograde.


05/06/16 – 4:33 am – Moon sextile Neptune

This is the first of five exact aspects by the Moon today.  Note any and all details of any dreams.  Include feelings, thoughts, intuition, sounds, colors or smells.  If something doesn’t make sense, don’t worry, you can put the pieces together for a clearer picture later.

Following this, the Moon will trine retrograde Jupiter for the second exact aspect of the day.


05/06/16 – 12:29 pm – New Moon conjunct Sun

This new Moon is at 16 Taurus 41.  The Sabian symbol for this degree is a “symbolic battle between swords and torches.  Are you engaged in a “battle” with someone?  What is it about?  Which are you, the sword or the torch?  Swords can be used to slash, slice and cut away things while torches help to light up the dark.  New Moon’s represent new beginnings.  What do you need to cut away to make room for that new idea or thing that is germinating in you?  Use the torch to light your way, to see more clearly what no longer serves you and which path to take.

This new Moon is also part of a Grand Earth trine.  The two other points are retrograde Jupiter in Virgo and retrograde Pluto in Capricorn.  Reflect, re-consider, re-evaluate, re-think, and re-dedicate yourself to your new task or path.

Following this the Moon will trine retrograde Pluto for the fourth exact aspect of the day.


05/06/16 – 7:10 pm – Moon goes Void-of-Course

Following the fifth and final exact aspect of the day, a conjunction with retrograde Mercury, the Moon goes void-of-course for over fourteen hours.  Are you getting into this May routine yet?  Void-of-course starting in the evening and extending into mid-morning of the following day?  There are more to come.


05/07/16 – 6:00 am – Sun trine retrograde Pluto

The Sun symbolizes the self and Pluto symbolizes all that the self can be.  This can be a good weekend for re-viewing or re-considering who you think you are, who you feel you should be, where you are going and how you plan on getting there.


05/07/16 – 9:34 am – Moon enters Gemini

It’s Saturday and the void-of-course is over.  Could be a good time to tackle any new projects around your home or perhaps to dust off that writing project you started a while ago or start a new one.  Mercury retrogrades can be a good time to re-view, re-focus, re-write something.  If you start a new writing project just know that you will need to spend time editing, reviewing and re-writing.


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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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