Posted on April 19, 2012
Posted by Jim Schultz

Jim Schultz

Jim Schultz

*Any times indicated refer to 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.


Looking ahead to December we have both Venus and Mercury going out-of-bounds meaning both may find it easier not to “play by the rules.”  We also have a rare new Moon at 0 Capricorn 06, almost exactly on the Winter Solstice.  This should be a very powerful Winter Solstice as it sets the tone for the coming year.  Plan your rituals well and be careful what you wish for, you just might get it in 2015.


12/01/14 – 3:12 pm – Moon occults (conjunct) Uranus

An occultation is when the Moon passes between a planet or star and the Earth.  This super conjunction will only be visible in western Canada, eastern Alaska and the Arctic region.  Because of the time of day, you will need some help, such as a telescope to see this.  Expect the unexpected, particularly where emotions are involved.

12/02/14 – 3:49 am – Venus goes Out-of-Bounds

Venus 19 Sagittarius 42 goes out-of-bounds until Christmas Eve morning.  A planet out-of-bounds is like a dog off its leash, free to roam where it will … or not.  What might Venus decide to do during this time?  Will we feel freer to love whom or what we choose or will we find someone new, out of the ordinary to love?  Time will tell.  Avoid impulse buying, especially of high priced items.

12/02/14 – 6:42 pm – Moon and Mars go Void-of-Course

Following a first quarter square by the Moon to Mars 28 Capricorn 32, both go void-of-course.  While the Moon will only be void-of-course for the next 2 1/2 hours Mars will be void-of-course for over 45 hours.  Capricorn is cardinal earth and Mars is exalted here; that is in His other home.  While void-of-course, Mars may feel stronger or even invincible as there are no other planets making aspects to Him that might drain His energy.  If you start feeling invincible or that you can do things you never could before, best reconsider.  Mars won’t care if you get hurt; He might even enjoy it … at your expense of course.

12/02/14 – 9:15 pm – Moon enters Taurus

After a short void-of-course, the Moon’s enters the sign of Her exaltation.  Think of it as being like Her home away from home.  Emotional highs and lows may last longer now as the Moon moves through this fixed earth sign.  Give them time.  They will pass.

12/04/14- 3:57 pm – Mars enters Aquarius

Can you feel the energy shift as Mars moves from cardinal earth Capricorn to fixed air Aquarius ending His void-of-course?  You might feel a shift from the “I can do it” physical to the “if I can think it, I can make it happen.”  You may find new confidence in your ideas and the energy and inspiration to make them real.

12/06/14 – 4:27 am – Full Moon opposes Sun

This fruition phase occurs with the Moon 14 Gemini 17 is opposing the Sun 14 Sagittarius 17.  In addition, Mercury is combust the Sun (within 7.5 degrees) at 13 Sagittarius 14.  Ideas and conversations should abound at this time.  Of course, that doesn’t mean that all the ideas will be good or that all conversations will be productive.  You may still have to sort the “wheat from the chaff.”

12/06/14 – 8:21 pm – Mercury goes Out-of-Bounds

As Mercury reaches the point that the Sun was at the full Moon, 14 Sagittarius 17, the messenger of the Gods goes out-of-bounds joining Venus in the outer realms never reached by the Sun.  What message might Mercury be conveying from the other planets to Venus or what message might Venus have for Mercury to convey to the others, particularly the Sun as Mercury will soon catch up to the Heart of our Solar System.  Give careful thought to whatever you may say as Mercury out-of-bounds can behave much like when it is retrograde.

12/07/14 – 1:52 am – Moon and Venus go Void-of-Course

Following their tug-of-war, Moon 25 Gemini 52 opposing Venus 25 Sagittarius 52, both go void-of-course.  The good news is it’s Sunday morning and the Moon will only be void-of-course for less than eight hours.  Venus on the other hand will be void-of-course for over three days and She is also out-of-bounds so matters of love, like and desire may not only take center stage, they may also seem more challenging.  When was the last time Venus was both out-of-bounds and void-of-course?  From the morning of November 2 through   November 4, 2013; over 60 hours.  Can you recall anything specific from that time period?  In matters Venusian, best to proceed with caution as if treading on thin ice.

12/07/14 – 9:34 am – Moon enters Cancer

It’s Sunday morning and the Moon has returned to Her home sign ending Her void-of-course.  2014 is rapidly winding down.  Remember to take time to breathe and relax.

12/08/14 – 1:51 am – Mercury conjunct Sun

This is the Superior Conjunction when Mercury is on the far side of the Sun.  Even though both are at 16 Sagittarius 13 this can be likened to a full Moon; that is it marks the midpoint or fruition phase in the Mercury Sun cycle.  The new Moon phase or beginning of the cycle was their Inferior Conjunction October 16, 2014 at 23 Libra 24 when retrograde Mercury lines up between the Sun and the Earth.

12/08/14 – 12:41 pm – Jupiter stations Retrograde

Jupiter 22 Leo 38 begins His four month retrograde phase.  He will eventually retrace His steps back to 12 Leo 35.  Keep this in mind in case you have any planets or sensitive points between 12 and 23 degrees of any of the fixed signs, Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius.

12/10/14 – 8:42 am – Venus enters Capricorn

This ends Venus’ void-of-course.  In Capricorn, the business sign, it should be noted that Venus also rules money $$$$.  With expansive Jupiter now retrograde it is important to remember to plan ahead, to budget for “rainy days” and watch those impulse buys, particularly of expensive items that you may not really need or be able to afford.

12/14/14 – 4:51 am – Moon square Sun

With Moon 22 Virgo 26 and the Sun 22 Sagittarius 26 this is the third quarter crisis of consciousness waning square.  Time to start planning for the next new Moon coming on the Winter Solstice December 21.  This will be the third consecutive new Moon at 0 degrees of the sign emphasizing the “new beginning.”

12/14/14 – 12:47 pm – Mercury goes Void-of-Course

Following a third quarter crisis of consciousness waning square by the Moon, Mercury 26 Sagittarius 22 goes void-of-course.  Don’t forget, Mercury is also out-of-bounds so best to pretend it’s retrograde and act accordingly.  When was the last time Mercury was both out-of-bounds and void-of-course?  It was for a few hours May 28 and 29, 2014.  Anything memorable from that time?  Just be careful what you say and how you say it.

12/14/14 – 10:14 pm – Retrograde Uranus square Pluto

This is the sixth of seven exact first quarter crisis of action waxing squares between these two.  While some may be getting a sense of what these are about, for the world and most people, it is probably still too early to tell as the cycle between these two is one that lasts for over 100 years from conjunction to conjunction.  This cycle began with their conjunction in Virgo in 1965 and 1966 and won’t end until their next conjunction April 25, 2104 at 7 Taurus 35.

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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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