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.


03/01/18 – 3:22 am – Venus trine Jupiter

This is the opening or waxing trine in the 14-15 month cycle of the two benefics, Venus and Jupiter.  This cycle began with their conjunction November 13, 2017 and now it’s time to reassess and refine any actions taken during and since their first quarter square, February 3, 2018.  The next major aspect is the opposition or “full Moon” phase by which time one needs to be ready to present their “creation” to their world.


03/01/18 – 4:51 pm – Full Moon opposite Sun

This is the first of two full Moons in March.  This full Moon is at 11 Virgo.  The Sabian symbol for this degree is “A bride with her veil snatched away.”  This symbolizes something that has been hidden or concealed and is now; maybe unexpectedly, revealed.  One of the challenges of the Virgo energy is the tendency to over analyze, sometimes referred to as “paralysis by analysis.”  The Virgo energy can get so wrapped up in the love of analyzing things that it forgets why it is doing the analysis and so fails to make a decision and “reveal” their answer.  At some point, it’s time to consider that “it;” whatever it is, is finished and it’s time to make a decision and move on.


03/02/18 – 5:05 am – Mercury trine Jupiter

This is the first of six exact aspects today.  The other five are all by the Moon so this could become a rather emotional day for many.  Check your tissue supply.

Following this the Moon will trine Pluto, square Mars, sextile Jupiter and then oppose Mercury for the second, third, fourth and fifth exact aspects of the day.  These aspects can indicate a rather “roller-coaster” kind of day with sudden changes, exaggerations and words spoken in anger or that just make no sense.


03/02/18 – 3:50 pm – Moon goes Void-of-Course

Following an opposition to Venus the Moon goes void-of-course for 8 1/2 hours.  This will run through the rest of Friday.  It’s best if you stick with any plans you’ve made for this evening.  Avoid changing them as they may not turn out as you expect.


03/03/18 – 12:20 am – Moon enters Libra

It’s Saturday morning and the void-of-course is over.  Today could be a good day to try something new or at least get out of any “rut” you may feel stuck in.  Spend time with friends and family.  Let them know you care.


03/04/18 – 5:55 am – Sun conjunct Neptune

This marks the end of the old Sun Neptune cycle and the beginning of their new annual cycle.  This is also the first of five exact aspects today.  Record any dreams, insights or a-ha moments you’ve had.  What dreams do you want to manifest?  If you start now you’ll have about six months to manifest them.  Plan your work carefully and fully.  Be aware that there will probably be times when you have doubts or things don’t seem clear.  Go back to your plans and check off the steps carefully and you should find the needed clarity.


03/04/18 – 10:06 am – Mercury conjunct Venus

This is the second exact aspect of the day.  With both Mercury and Venus in direct or forward motion this is a “real” conjunction with both planets on the far side of the Sun away from the Earth.  This can be likened to a “full Moon” type of energy, a time for harvesting, for things coming to fruition.  Mercury is about how we think and communicate.  Venus is about love, beauty, what we desire and what we value.  Put them together and what might you have?  A time for reflecting on who or what you love, how and why you love, what does love mean to you?  What do you value?  How would you describe your “style,” what you have, what you need, what you want, what you are prepared to offer and what you expect in return?

Following this aspect both Mercury and Venus go void-of-course.  With Mercury, avoid starting any new major writing projects, choose your words carefully; otherwise you may need to “eat” them.  With Venus, it is best to avoid starting any new relationships during this time.

Following this the Moon will square Pluto and then sextile Mars for the third and fourth exact aspects of the day.  Monitor your energy levels carefully.  Don’t over exert yourself.  Know your limits.


03/04/18 – 10:19 pm – Moon goes Void-of-Course

Following an opposition to Uranus, the fifth and final exact aspect of the day, the Moon goes void-of-course for seven hours.  Since it’s nighttime, it shouldn’t be too hard to avoid starting anything new until after the Moon enters Scorpio tomorrow morning.


03/05/18 – 5:23 am – Moon enters Scorpio

The void-of-course is over.  It’s Monday morning and this should be a good day to tackle any new projects, tasks or ideas you’ve set aside; however, Mercury and Venus are still void-of-course so avoid starting any projects or tasks that involve writing, matters of the heart or major purchases.


03/05/18 – 11:35 pm – Mercury enters Aries

The Mercury void-of-course is over.  You should be good to start any new projects or tasks that involve writing or communicating now.  You’ve got three days to get started as there is a Mercury retrograde coming up and Mercury enters the shadow on March 8.


03/06/18 – 3:46 pm – Venus enters Aries

The Venus void-of-course is now over and you should be in a better place to deal with matters of the heart.  If you have been contemplating a major financial purchase or commitment, the situation should begin to clarify putting you in a better position to make a responsible decision.


03/07/18 – 12:55 am – Moon goes Void-of-Course

Following a conjunction with Jupiter the Moon goes void-of-course for the next thirteen hours.  This is a longer one and will take you through lunch.  Best to spend your morning working on projects or tasks that you have already started and set aside any new ones until after the Moon enters Sagittarius.


03/07/18 – 2:03 pm – Moon enters Sagittarius

The void-of-course is over.  It’s Wednesday, Hump Day afternoon and you should have a green light for any new projects or ideas you’ve set aside … so get started.


03/08/18 – 7:55 pm – Mercury enters the Shadow

The “Shadow” is that portion of the zodiac that a planet appears to travel over three times during its retrograde cycle.  At this time Mercury is at 4 Aries 47, the point at which it will appear to complete its coming retrograde.  This begins Mercury’s first transit over the zodiac from 4 Aries 47 to 16 Aries 54.  Time to check and recheck all communications including texts and emails, and to remember to engage your brain before you speak.  The potential is greater now that something you say or write may be misinterpreted, misunderstood, incomplete or wrong and you will have to explain, justify, correct or apologize for it in the near future.

Mercury will begin its first retrograde of 2018 on March 22.  If you are sensitive to Mercury retrograde periods, you have time to get ready before it starts.


03/08/18 – 8:46 pm – Jupiter stations Retrograde

As above, so below.  When a planet appears to go backwards, that is “retrograde” movement, it also symbolizes a time when things may be delayed.  Keep in mind that planetary energies are strongest when retrograde as the planet is closest to the Earth as they are on the same side of the Sun as the Earth.  Finally, after nine weeks with no planets retrograde, Jupiter changes things up.  As the largest planet in the solar system, when Jupiter goes retrograde prepare yourself to encounter significant delays.


03/09/18 – 3:20 am – Moon square Sun

This is the third quarter waning crisis of consciousness square.  Time to reassess, pare down and begin to assimilate what you’ve been working on.  To quote Jiminy Cricket, “Let your conscience be your guide.”


03/09/18 – 6:27 pm – Moon goes Void-of-Course

Following a waning trine to Uranus the Moon goes void-of-course for 7 1/2 hours.  That can be your reason to “take the night off.”  It’s probably better if you stick with the routine and avoid starting or trying something new.  If you have a new idea, sleep on it tonight and take a fresh look at it in the morning.


03/10/18 – 1:52 am – Moon enters Capricorn

The void-of-course ends as the Moon slips into the sign of Her detriment or greatest weakness.  Record any dreams you have or insights on waking.  She is moving very slow now so things may seem cooler, more calculating and less emotional for the next 2-3 days.


03/10/18 – 11:00 pm – Mercury square Saturn

This is the first quarter waxing crisis of action square.  Choose your words carefully.  Only the truth will do now as Mercury is in the shadow.  Any attempts to deceive or mislead will end badly for you so don’t even think about it.


03/11/18 – 4:21 am – Mars trine Uranus

This is the first of five exact aspects today.  You may feel as if you have limitless energy or can conquer the world; maybe you do and maybe you can, but the reality is more likely that you don’t and can’t.  Do not over extend yourself.  It’s Sunday and not a day for excesses.  Allow yourself some “down time” as the week ahead may place greater demands on you than you expect.


03/11/18 – 4:52 am – Sun sextile Pluto

This is the second exact aspect of the day.  It is the opening or waxing sextile reflecting a time to check your progress on any new or recently started projects or tasks.  Make sure you are on track and on schedule.  Build in some extra time for any unexpected delays that may come up.

Following this the Moon will sextile Neptune and then conjunct Pluto for the third and fourth exact aspects of the day.  Caution is in order whenever Neptune is involved as there is a greater possibility of something important being hidden or withheld from you.  Even Pluto can add to the uncertainty as He can represent one’s obsessive side coming out and not being willing to see the reality or truth of a situation or person.


03/11/18 – 10:44 pm – Moon sextile Sun

This is the fifth and final exact aspect of the day.  It is the closing or waning sextile in the monthly cycle of the two lights.  Time to get serious.  Cut your losses and assimilate the best of what you have and have been working on.  Begin preparations for the next new Moon which is only six days away.


03/12/18 – 8:36 am – Moon goes Void-of-Course

Following a third quarter waning crisis of consciousness square to unpredictable Uranus, the Moon goes void-of-course for over seven hours.  It’s Monday morning and probably best if you focus on any leftover work from last week or before. Be open to any new insights or “visions” that may help to solve any lingering problems.  Avoid starting any new projects, tasks or ideas until after the Moon enters Aquarius. You should be better able to focus on the new tasks at hand then.


03/12/18 – 3:44 pm – Moon enters Aquarius

The void-of-course is over and you should be good to go if you have any new projects or tasks you want or need to get started.  Of course, you can always keep working on any ongoing tasks that you want to work on or need/should finish.


03/13/18 – 5:39 am – Venus square Saturn

This is the first quarter waxing crisis of action square.  Thoughts may turn to relationships or investments, money or something you have been desiring.  This is the time to be honest with others and especially yourself. You should be better able to focus on whatever the problem or question is at this time.  If you are having a problem with someone or something, ask a trusted friend for their input or take a step back and look at the issue from a different angle.


03/15/18 – 12:32 am – Moon goes Void-of-Course

Following a sextile to Mars, both the Moon and Mars go void-of-course.  While the Moon will be void-of-course for less than three hours Mars will be void for over 57 hours.  As always, when the Moon is void-of-course; avoid starting anything new until after the Moon enters Pisces which shouldn’t be too hard as it is very early in the morning.

When Mars is void-of-course it’s time to be extra alert.  Be aware of your surroundings. Avoid the unfamiliar or putting yourself in potentially risky situations.  When you go out, go with friends and watch out for each other. It is best to not take chances. Watch out for the “other guy,” you know, the one who causes accidents.  Today is also the Ides of March so beware. Note any dreams, insights, feelings as they all may be warnings or be calling something to your attention.


03/15/18 – 3:12 am – Moon enters Pisces

While the Moon is no longer void-of-course, caution is still advised as Mars is still void and; as Caesar was warned, beware the Ides of March.


03/15/18 – 3:26 am – Mercury Maximum Elongation from Sun

Mercury is slowing down in preparation for its coming retrograde.  At this time Mercury’s apparent speed now matches that of the Sun so this is as far from the Sun as Mercury will get during this phase of its orbit.  At this time Mercury is just over 18 degrees from the Sun which isn’t that far but still, tonight may be your best chance to catch a glimpse of this elusive planet.  What message might Mercury have for you? Note any dreams, insights and feelings you may have when you wake. Note all details no matter how small they may seem. Don’t worry about trying to analyze or make sense of them, just record them.  Allow them to play around in your mind during the day and trust that the Universe will provide the answers, if you are open to them.


03/16/18 – 1:18 pm – Mars goes Out-of-Bounds

As if having Mars void-of-course wasn’t enough, the red planet, God of War now goes out-of-bounds again.  Out-of-bounds means the planet has gone beyond the northern or southern extremes of the Sun. This symbolizes a time when the planetary energies are no longer “bound” by the constraints of the Sun or the “normal” rules of behavior.  On the world stage, with Mars both void-of-course and out-of-bounds this could be a time of increased violence, disasters or accidents. On a personal level, one should be extra cautious and avoid situations that might place you at risk.  The chances for an accident are increased as are the potentials for violence. Forewarned is forearmed.


03/17/18 – Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!!

Today we honor St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, for today everyone is at least a wee bit Irish.


03/17/18 – 6:12 am – New Moon conjunct Sun

What a wonderful way to start this Saturday morning, a new Moon symbolizing new beginnings, a time to start on that “new” idea, perhaps a self-improvement or home project.  But you need to start early if you are going to as following this both the Sun and the Moon go void-of-course joining Mars. The Moon will be void-of-course for just over 5 1/2 hours while the Sun will be void for 75 hours.  If you don’t want to get up early; by 6 am to get started, then it may be best if you sleep in or at least stick to your routine.

When the Sun is void-of-course it is best to not start any new “self-improvement” or other projects that are focused on yourself.  Better to use this time to reflect on where you are, what you want and how you might achieve it and then wait until after the Sun enters Aries on March 20 before starting any new endeavor.


03/17/18 – 9:41 am – Mars enters Capricorn

Good news as the Mars void-of-course is finally over.  While you can relax a bit, it’s not a good idea to let down your guard, especially on this holiday best known for it’s revelry.


03/17/18 – 11:57 am – Moon enters Aries

The Moon void-of-course is over.  It’s Saturday midday and if you have any new projects you want to start this afternoon, you should be good to go.


03/18/18 – 2:57 pm – Moon conjunct Venus

Today the two great ladies of the zodiac have their monthly get together.  What might the ladies have to talk about for Mercury is close at hand?

Probably around 6:30-7 pm, as the Sun sets this evening, watch the western horizon and you may just get lucky and see not only the first crescent Moon but also Venus and Mercury close at hand.  A rare and beautiful sight indeed providing the two ladies and the messenger of the Gods much to talk about. Be open for they may have a special message for you as well.


03/19/18 – 12:29 pm – Moon goes Void-of-Course

Following a conjunction with Uranus the Moon goes void-of-course for 5 1/2 hours.  It’s Monday afternoon and probably best if you focus on projects, tasks or ideas already started.  Allow yourself to be open to receive inspirations to assist you with those projects, tasks or ideas.


03/19/18 – 6:07 pm – Moon enters Taurus

Taurus is considered to be the Moon’s second home; She is relatively happy here.  Spend time this evening relaxing in your “special space,” man cave or woman cave; do something nice for yourself and/or your partner or loved ones.


03/19/18 – 9:02 pm – Mercury conjunct Venus

While both planets are still in direct or forward motion, Mercury is slowing down as it turns the corner and prepares to go retrograde.  Another way to look at this is, Venus is on the far side of the Sun and Mercury is swinging around and preparing to go “back” and pass on the near side of the Sun or between the Sun and Earth.  Their energies are shifting as Venus gives Mercury messages to bring back to the Sun and to us. What message might Mercury be bringing for you from the Goddess of Love?????? What is it that your heart is hoping for or to hear?


03/20/19 – 9:16 am – Sun enters Aries

The Sun void-of-course is over.  This is also the Spring equinox marking the Sun’s “crossing” of the Earth’s equator.  The Sun continues its apparent northward motion as the days grow longer and nights shorter in the northern hemisphere and vice-versa in the southern.

Can you feel the shift from mutable water emotional Pisces to cardinal fire action oriented Aries?  The energy shift is from a more laid-back easy going style to a more aggressive just do it, “what consequences?” style.  Proceed with caution for there are consequences with every action.


03/21/18 – 10:21 am – Moon goes Void-of-Course

It’s “Hump Day” and following an opposition to retrograde Jupiter, the Moon goes void-of-course for just over twelve hours.  Stick with your plan or schedule; but be prepared for possible delays.


03/21/18 – 10:30 pm – Moon enters Gemini

The void-of-course is over.  Mercury goes retrograde tomorrow so get a good night’s sleep and plan your day.  If you have any old writing projects that you’ve been unable to finish, Mercury retrograde energy can be helpful in getting them done or at least making progress on them.


03/22/18 – 5:19 pm – Mercury stations Retrograde

Mercury will be retrograde for 25 days while retracing its path from 16 Aries 54 back to 4 Aries 47, just over 12 degrees.  An interesting thing about Mercury retrogrades is that the longer the retrograde in time, the shorter the distance covered and the shorter the retrograde in terms of time, the longer the distance covered.  While time may seem real to us, planetary retrogrades are optical illusions. The planets are still moving forward but because the Earth and other planets orbit the Sun when the planets are on the same side of the Sun as the Earth there will be a period of time when, from our perspective on Earth, the planet appears to move backwards.  Retrograde energies symbolize periods of delays, do-over’s, and most “re” words such as re-think, re-charge, re-do, re-cover, re-consider, re-write, etc., etc., etc..


03/23/18 – 4:13 pm – Venus square Pluto

This is the waxing first quarter crisis of action square in the annual Venus Pluto cycle.  Venus represents that which we love, value or desire and is in “I want what I want and I want it now!” Aries.  Pluto represents transformation but also was the obsessed abductor of Persephone in ancient mythology. With Mercury (how we think and communicate) now retrograde this aspect could lead one to dwell on a past love or desire and act inappropriately.  Proceed with caution and avoid situations which may place you at risk. Spend time with family or friends whose counsel you value and who can help keep you from doing something you will later regret. It’s Friday afternoon and this energy could easily last through the weekend so be careful and behave yourself.


03/23/18 – 8:52 pm – Moon goes Void-of-Course

Following a waxing sextile to Uranus the Moon goes void-of-course for five hours.  Expect the unexpected or the extreme. It’s Friday night and the energy this evening could be rather volatile or uneasy or uncomfortable feeling so stay alert or maybe just stay home.


03/24/18 – 1:53 am – Moon enters Cancer

It’s the wee hours of Saturday morning as the Moon returns to Her home sign.  Feelings of nurturing or protection may be strong for the next two-three days.  Don’t forget to nurture and protect yourself as well as those you care about.


03/24/18 – 9:08 am – Sun square Mars

This is the waxing first quarter crisis of action square in the Sun Mars cycle.  The Sun is in Aries ruled by Mars and so the Sun must pay homage to Mars and possibly leading one to feel as if they can do more than they actually can.  Pace yourself this weekend. You may feel as if you have unlimited energy; but you don’t. Avoid overexertion as you may be more susceptible to injuries this weekend.  And of course, be alert for the “other guy,” the one who causes accidents and don’t be someone else’s “other guy.”


03/25/18 – 2:53 am – Moon trine Neptune

It’s the wee hours of Sunday morning and this is just the first of six exact aspects by the Moon in Cancer today.  Pay attention to your dreams, insights, a-ha moments and feelings. Record them. Keep your tissue close at hand as this could be a very emotional day for many.

Following this the Moon will square retrograde Mercury, oppose Pluto, trine retrograde Jupiter and then square Venus.  Pay attention to your surroundings as you move through the day. Note any old memories or feelings that may arise. The combination of aspects today by the Moon carries the potential for a roller-coaster of feelings, emotions and awareness today.


03/25/18 – 11:58 pm – Moon square Uranus

This is the sixth and final exact aspect of the day.  Following this the Moon goes void-of-course for almost five hours.  Because of the time, most people will probably sleep through this one.  If you aren’t one of them, stick to your routine until after the Moon enters Leo.  If you are looking for attention, tomorrow could be your day as the Moon will be in “See me Leo;” just make sure it is the kind of attention you want.  Others may also be looking for attention so be prepared to acknowledge them if warranted.

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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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