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.


06/01/15 – 4:01 am – Moon goes Void-of-Course

Maybe this is a good way to start the month.  While this is a relatively short one, less than eight hours, it is Monday morning.  Start your day/month by checking your lists to see what is unfinished as this may be an opportune time to finish some things.  Or perhaps go through your “in-box” and prioritize things so you will know what needs to be done first when you tackle the new stuff this afternoon.


06/01/15 – 11:39 am – Moon enters Sagittarius

The void-of-course is over and with the Moon in optimistic light-hearted Sagittarius; you have all the makings for a good positive afternoon.  Just hold off on any “love” things until later.


06/01/15 – 4:55 pm – Venus returns In-Bounds

Venus now is in bounds and should be “bound” by the rules again.  Issues involving love, things you desire should be more “predictable” or at least back to what you are used to, what is familiar.  Venus is in Cancer, sign of nurturing and protection and ruled by the emotional Moon; so try not to over-react when dealing with those you love and care about.


06/02/15 – 1:28 am – Moon opposition retrograde Mercury

This is the first of six exact aspects by the Moon today and should hopefully pass unnoticed as you sleep.  Keep your tissues handy just in case as this could be an emotional roller-coaster day.

For the second exact aspect of the day, the Moon will make a third quarter waning crisis of consciousness square to dreamy Neptune.  Note any dreams you’ve had as soon as you wake.


06/02/15 – 9:19 am – Full Moon opposition Sun

The Moon has set and is at 11 Sagittarius 19.  The Sabian symbol for this degree is “A flag that turns into an eagle, the eagle into a chanticleer saluting the dawn.”  The message is to embrace the new day and make it yours.  Think good thoughts.  Do good deeds and good work.

Following this, Moon will oppose Mars; use the energy to assist you in your good deeds for next the Moon will trine Jupiter and provide the opportunity to achieve even greater results than expected.


06/02/15 – 10:59 pm – Moon trine Neptune

This is the last of the exact aspects today and a good time to reflect on your accomplishments.  Try not to delude yourself into feeling that you are entirely responsible for ALL that you may have done today as “no man is an island;” we are all connected on many levels.  Keep your dream journal close at hand.  After this the Moon goes void-of-course for almost 19 hours.  Tomorrow is “hump day” and a good day for tying up any lose ends or details, for re-viewing, re-editing, re-writing, re-thinking, all the typical “re” words associated with Mercury “re”-trograde and a void-of-course Moon.  Any necessary missing details should become apparent tomorrow evening or by Thursday.


06/03/15 – 5:50 pm – Moon enters Capricorn

It’s hump day and the void-of-course is over.  There are no exact aspects by the transiting planets today.  Try to focus on things in progress, what is on your plate now.  Tomorrow should be soon enough to add something new to your plate.


06/05/15 – 3:54 am – Moon goes Void-of-Course

It’s the wee hours of Friday morning and following a third quarter waning crisis of consciousness square to Uranus, the Moon goes void-of-course for the next 18 hours.  This is also the first of five exact aspects and a sign change today.  It may not be easy, but try to focus on completing any existing projects or at least moving them on to the next stage.


06/05/15 – 8:33 am – Venus enters Leo

Do you feel the shift as Venus leaves “I feel for you” Cancer and moves into “look at me Leo?”  Someone who may have seemed concerned about you before may now just want your adoration or compliments and attention.  Take a breath and allow them their “time in the Sun.”  Anyone who seems overly self-centered or “narcissistic” in the days ahead should realize that it come back to “bite them in the butt” when Venus goes retrograde in late July.


06/05/15 – 4:38 pm – Mars sextile Jupiter

You may be feeling energized, as if you can move that mountain; but you should think twice before trying.  With this “I can do that” aspect, the caveat is maybe so, just don’t over-do.


06/05/15 – 10:02 pm – Moon enters Aquarius

The void-of-course may be over but the day isn’t done yet.  It is Friday evening.  Be careful in areas of love or desire as the truth will come out.  Following this, the Moon will oppose Venus and then sextile retrograde Saturn for the third and fourth exact aspects of the day.


06/05/15 – 11:23 pm – Venus trine retrograde Saturn

This is the last exact aspect of the day.  The easy flowing trine from lustful Venus at 0 Leo to retrograde truthful Saturn at 0 Sagittarius could lead one to tell someone just how they feel about something or someone.  When speaking the truth it is important not to do so in a malicious way but to come from a place of concern and compassion.


06/06/15 – 12:19 pm – Mars goes Out-of-Bounds

Mars is loose!  Still under the lingering influence of yesterdays Mars sextile Jupiter it is important to remember your limits.  Just because you could run a mile yesterday doesn’t mean you can run a marathon today.  This archetypal combination is one that indicates a time when one might over-do and injure oneself.


06/06/15 – 4:33 pm – Venus semi-square Sun

Venus is now just over 45 degrees from the Sun.  This is Her maximum elongation from the Sun for this Venus cycle.  Because or Her orbit inside the Earth’s orbit, Venus can only make certain aspects to the Sun; they are conjunction (when they appear together), semi-sextile (30 degrees) or semi-square (45 degrees).  Like a square (90 degrees) a semi-square can seem rather stressful.  At this time, one may feel the need to really make a good impression, to put your best foot forward; but it may also seem as if it’s never quite good enough.  Trust your friend’s advice or opinions on how you look.  Is that new outfit really flattering or not?  Do you really need that new thing and can you really afford it at this time?


06/07/15 – 7:30 am – Moon goes Void-of-Course

It’s Sunday and the Moon will be void-of-course for the rest of the day.  Relax, do something you’ve always enjoyed doing.  It is a day best suited to the familiar, to finishing projects around the home or connecting with friends and family for fun, relaxing times.


06/08/15 – 1:16 am – Moon enters Pisces

The void-of-course is over.  It’s Monday morning and you should have a Green Light to tackle those new projects or ideas.


06/08/15 – 2:56 pm – Sun sextile Jupiter

The two largest objects in our solar system are teaming up for what could be an easy flow of positive energy.  This can be a positive time to go for it but there is also a cautionary side to this.  Don’t over-do.  Jupiter is expansive and doesn’t have a brake so this is also a time when one can easily take on too much, over indulge or over commit.  Know your limits.  Stick to them.


06/09/15 – 8:42 am – Moon square Sun

This the third quarter, waning crisis of consciousness square has the Moon in Pisces and Sun in Gemini.  This is a time well suited for review, reconsideration and clearing out stuff that no longer serves you including out-dated beliefs.  You may feel as if “you are mad as hell and you’re not going to take it anymore.”  So don’t.  Plan your work and work your plan.  Make your list but best be quick about it as the Moon will go void-of-course in just over two hours.


06/09/15 – 11:08 am – Moon goes Void-of-Course

It’s Tuesday and following a third quarter, waning crisis of consciousness square to Mars in Gemini, the Moon will go void-of-course for the rest of the day.  Focus on on-going projects or ideas.  Things you may have started yesterday for example.


06/10/15 – 4:14 am – Moon enters Aries

It’s early Hump Day and the void-of-course of is over.  Inspiration may be just around the corner so pay attention.


06/10/15 – 2:30 pm – Sun sextile Uranus

With the Sun in fluid minded Gemini and sudden inspiration Uranus in fiery let’s do it Aries this easy flow of energy may be just the thing to bring forth unique ideas.  You might want to keep something handy to record your ideas as they may fly through your mind like seeds on the wind.  You need to catch them if you hope to plant and grow them into reality.


06/11/15 – 5:29 am – Moon square Pluto

This is the first of five exact aspects by the Moon today.  You may want to keep some tissue handy as the next aspect is Moon trine Jupiter which can tend to want to expand whatever emotions one is feeling today.


06/11/15 – 1:45 pm – Moon occults Uranus

This is the third exact aspect today.  An occultation is like a super conjunction as the Moon passes between the Earth and the planet or star blocking it from our view.  Is the energy of that planet blocked or is it magnified, that is the question?  This occultation will only be visible from parts of the south Pacific and will require a telescope to see.

Following this, for its fourth exact aspect of the day, the Moon will sextile the Sun, perhaps making it easier for one to express one’s true feelings.


06/11/15 – 3:33 pm – Mercury stations Direct

The retrograde portion of this Mercury cycle is over; however, Mercury is still circling around the Sun and because it appears to be moving slower than the Sun the distance between the two will continue to grow.  Mercury is now rising before the Sun and its role is to herald the coming of the Sun.  It’s only 16 degrees from the Sun but with a clear eastern horizon you may have been able to see it rise before this Sun this morning.  If not, and you usually get up early before the Sun keep checking in the East as Mercury should become visible over the next few days.


06/11/15 – 4:43 pm – Moon goes Void-of-Course

Following the last exact aspect of the day; a sextile to Mars, the Moon goes void-of-course for over 14 hours.


06/12/15 – 2:09 am – Neptune stations Retrograde

With Neptune in Pisces going retrograde, this may be the time to exercise more caution with one’s dreams or insights as things may not be what they seem.  During this time, the potential for Neptune “fogging” or obscuring things may be greater.  As Davy Crockett said, “Be sure you’re right, then go ahead.”


06/12/15 – 7:16 am – Moon enters Taurus

It’s Friday morning and the void-of-course is over.  You should have the “green light” to proceed with new projects or ideas today.


06/13/15 – 3:06 pm – Moon goes Void-of-Course

It’s Saturday afternoon, so hopefully you’ve already made any “new plans” for this evening.  If not, double check your plans and you may want to have a “Plan B” just in case.


06/14/15 – 8:56 am – Sun conjunct Mars

You may feel as if you have boundless energy, enough to do anything you set your mind too … you don’t!  It just can feel that way when the Sun (self) joins up with Mars (energy).  Know your limits.


06/14/15 – 10:51 am – Moon enters Gemini

The void-of-course is over.  Want to try something new this afternoon?  Give it a try.


06/14/15 – 5:38 pm – Retrograde Saturn returns to Scorpio

As Saturn returns to Scorpio for the next three months there may be a sense of “what was it I forgot to do?” or perhaps “what is it I need to reconsider, re-visit, re-do?”  This can be a time for reflection as the rule maker (Saturn) asks us to go within and reconsider where we are and where is it we wanted/expected to be at this time?  Am I there?  If not, why not?  Was it something I forget to do?


06/14/15 – 7:27 pm – Moon occults Mercury

This is a rather rare event and will only be visible from the southern tip of India, Sri Lanka, southeast Asia and Micronesia.  As the Moon blocks our view of Mercury, messenger of the Gods, is there something someone said that we didn’t hear or misunderstood?  Double check all messages verbal and electronic.


06/16/15 – 7:05 am – New Moon conjunct Sun

This new Moon at 25 Gemini 07 occurs just after both rise and with Mars close beside them.  The Sabian Symbol for this degree is “A winter frost in the woods.”  This indicates that something is in or requires a period of hibernation before being able to grow and flourish.  Consider any longer term projects, one’s that may take 2-3 years to complete.  They may take longer than you expect or would like to “get off the ground.”  Double check the plans.  Allow extra time to get the project going as it could be nine months before positive results are clearly seen.

Following this, both the Sun and Moon go void-of-course so use this time to review the plans and time-lines.  While the Moon will be void-of-course for only a few hours, the Sun will be for over five days.  This can be an opportune time for self-reflection; however, try to avoid any dramatic changes or sudden “about-faces.”


06/16/15 – 3:51 pm – Moon enters Cancer

The void-of-course ends as the Moon returns to Her home sign of Cancer for some TLC.  Don’t forget to give yourself some too as the sign Cancer isn’t just about nurturing others; it’s also about nurturing and caring for yourself.

All may seem quiet for the next few days as there are no long or significant void-of-course periods, no major exact aspects, sign or direction changes until the 21st.


06/21/15 – 8:42 am – Venus enters Her Shadow

Venus crosses 14 Leo 23, this is the point to which She will return during Her coming retrograde.  That means that over the next 3 ½ months Venus will be covering the same space three times.  Exercise caution in all matters of love and desire.  It is probably best not to enter into any new committed relationships during this time.


06/21/15 – 9:38 am – Sun enters Cancer

This is the Summer Solstice, longest day, shortest night of the year.  The Sun’s void-of-course is now over.  For the next few days the Sun will appear as high in the sky as it will get, then gradually we will perceive it rising slightly later, crossing not quite as high in the sky and setting slightly earlier.  This is the sign that our days are beginning to get shorter and nights longer; however, the hottest days of the year are still ahead even as the Earth’s orbit continues to take it farther from the Sun.


06/22/15 – 6:43 am – Jupiter trine Uranus

With this easy flow of energy try not to be too surprised if something unexpected (Uranus) happens in an even bigger (Jupiter) way then one might have anticipated.


06/23/15 – 11:09 am – Mercury square Retrograde Neptune

As Mercury in Gemini makes a first quarter crisis of action square to Neptune in Pisces you may find yourself needing to say something, anything just to be heard.  Better think twice (or maybe even three or four times) about what you “need” to say as Neptune’s ability to cloud things could lead you to say something that is at best, inappropriate or maybe even wrong.  Do you really have all the facts you need to make your statement?  Under these circumstances … probably not.  “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt.”  Mark Twain.


06/23/15 -10:12 pm – Mars goes Void-of-Course

Following a tense first quarter waxing crisis of action square by the Moon, Mars goes void-of-course for just over eight hours.  Fortunately, it is the evening and if you can “keep your cool” all should be right by morning.  Try to be more aware of others, you know, the ones who cause the accidents as some may be more accident prone during this time.


06/24/15 – 4:02 am – Moon square Sun

This is the first quarter, waxing crisis of action square.  At this time, the Moon is conjunct its North Node symbolizing the direction we want to move toward.  If you must act, do so in accordance with the greatest good for all and it will be so for you as well.


06/24/15 – 6:33 am – Mars enters Cancer

The Mars void-of-course is over.  Mars is considered to be in its “Fall” in Cancer; that is in a weakened or dissatisfied state.  In such a state Mars may be inclined to act or lash out.  Try to exercise caution and restraint in the weeks ahead as Mars moves slowly through Cancer.  It’s hump day so the week is almost half over.  The Moon is in Libra today so do your part to maintain balance in your life be it at home, work or play.


06/24/15 – 5:43 pm – Mercury Maximum Elongation

Mercury is now as far ahead of the Sun as it will get, about 22 1/4 degrees this time.  Tomorrow morning, before Sunrise, you should have your best chance to see Mercury as it rises first heralding the coming of the Sun.  In this position, Mercury symbolizes the quick mind, a mind with the ability to think and talk its way through problems.  This could be a good evening to spend contemplating some problem or issue that you have been unable to solve.  Tonight, you just might find the answer you seek.


06/25/15 – 4:22 pm – Moon goes Void-of-Course

The Moon is going void-of-course for over 18 hours.  Still at work?  Use this time to review, re-think or reconsider things you have been working on.  Plan to start your day tomorrow by focusing on them.  Save new things for tomorrow afternoon.


06/26/15 – 10:57 am – Moon enters Scorpio

It’s Friday morning and now you should be good to go at some of those new projects, issues or things.  Proceed with caution though as the Moon is in Scorpio and any misstep could be difficult to recover from.


06/26/15 – 9:22 pm -Mercury Leaves the Shadow

When Mercury stationed retrograde back on May 18, it was at 13 Gemini 09.  Now Mercury is back at 13 Gemini 09 and moving into new territory.  The next Mercury retrograde is in September.  Until then, start checking the warranties on all electronic equipment.  If you haven’t been, begin a regular backup of all computers and data.  You should do it at least once a week, more if you create a lot of new material.  Get your car serviced, especially if you are planning a driving trip.


06/28/15 – 11:24 am – Sun slowest apparent motion

Here is the odd phenomenon; in the summer when it is hottest in the northern hemisphere, the Earth is farthest from the Sun and when it is winter, it is closest.  How can this be you ask?  Because of the tilt of the Earth on its axis, the Sun’s rays strike the northern hemisphere more directly in the summer causing a rise in temperatures.  Because the Earth is now farthest from the Sun, the Sun’s apparent motion is now the slowest and so with the heat, we may also feel like we or things are moving slower.  Not to worry, things should start to pick up in the days ahead.


06/28/15 – 11:26 pm – Venus trine Uranus

This is a fiery waxing or growing trine of potential desire, lust and passion.  Venus Goddess of love, beauty and desire is in fixed fire look at me Leo.  She is definitely seeking attention.  Uranus, the unexpected, sometimes erratic teenager of the planets is in cardinal fire Aries; I want it now.  There may be no rhyme or reason for some things that pop up now.  While there are usually ways to plan for the unexpected, now may not be one of them.  The yellow caution flag is out in all areas of love, desire, passion and anything we want because we think it is pretty.  Avoid impulse buying, particularly high priced items such as cars or anything that can’t be returned.  For those things that can be returned, be sure to keep the receipt in a safe place where you can easily find it.  You will need it when you decide to return it later.


06/30/15 – 11:18 am – Moon goes Void-of-Course

The Moon will be void-of-course for about 15 hours.  Perhaps an early lunch is in order and then you can spend the afternoon working on existing projects or issues.  Tomorrow is a new month and it will also be hump day; soon enough to tackle those new issues.


July should be an interesting month as it starts out with a full Moon and will end with a full Moon.  When there are two full Moons in a calendar month, the second one is usually referred to as a “Blue Moon.”  Adding to our viewing pleasure for July, Venus will be going retrograde and begin Her transition from evening star to morning star.  Mythologically the six week journey of Innana through the underworld.  During this time, Venus will be closest to the Earth and Her energy will be at its strongest.  Be prepared for old loves, old wounds or old lovers quarrels to show up during this time.


07/01/15 – 12:51 am – Venus conjunct Jupiter

Normally, Venus and Jupiter will meet (conjunct) once a year; however in 2015 they will meet three times.  This is the first and closest of their meetings; in fact the closest they have been or will be visually, in a very, very long time.  They will be so close to each other that for some, they may appear to be one.

The ancients considered Venus and Jupiter to be the lesser and greater benefics so this meeting should be a very good omen, especially for anyone with planets or sensitive points at 21 Leo.  The Sabian symbol for this degree is “a carrier pigeon fulfilling its mission.”  This implies a clear sense of purpose and success in the endeavor.  The key is having a clear sense of purpose, of what it is you want or are seeking; but it must be an honorable or right purpose for there may always be consequences.


07/01/15 – 2:11 am – Moon enters Capricorn

The void-of-course that we ended June on is now over.  It’s Hump Day and with the Venus Jupiter conjunction to light your way you should have a “green light” to tackle any new tasks.  There is a cautionary note however as Neptune is in play and may try to deceive you or cloud the issue.


07/01/15 – 2:10 pm – Sun trine retrograde Neptune

Trine are generally easy flowing energies; however, in this case it may be that one is too easily deceived or details may be over-looked as Neptune likes to hide things in His fog or mists.  Whatever you are working on, pay close attention to the details and check them carefully and at least twice.


07/01/15 – 7:20 pm – Full Moon opposes Sun

This full Moon at 9 Capricorn 56 is the first of two in the calendar month of July.  The second full Moon on July 31 will be known as a “blue Moon.”  Full Moon are a time of harvest, when seeds planted at the new Moon reach fruition.  What did you start two weeks or perhaps even 18 months ago that is now ripe and ready for harvest, perhaps to be presented to the world?

The Sabian symbol for this degree is “an albatross feeding from the hand of a sailor.”  This symbolizes the need to overcome your fears, doubts or superstitions and to recognize how they may be limiting your life.  Don’t be afraid to challenge yourself.  Don’t give in to nay Sayers, bullies or detractors.

Following this, all may seem quiet for a while as there are no major planetary aspects, sign changes or long void-of-courses.


07/05/15 – 1:19 am – Mercury sextile Venus

Because they orbit between the Earth and the Sun the only major aspects that Mercury and Venus can make to each other is a conjunction or a sextile.  From our point on Earth the two can never be more than 76 degrees apart.  A sextile, 60 degree aspect can only happen when either Mercury or Venus is an evening star and the other is a morning star.  At this time, Venus, the evening star appears to be slowing down as She prepares for her retrograde and transition to morning star.  Mean while Mercury is speeding up and racing to catch the Sun and make its transition to evening star.

Sextiles generally represent and easy flow of energy.  Mercury the mental planet or communication and Venus planet of love may be signaling that now may be an opportune time to speak of our true feelings to those we care most about.  The words may flow more freely now and our true intent and feelings may be more apparent to others.





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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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