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.


10/01/17 – 4:32 pm – Mars trine Pluto

This is the first exact aspect of the month.  Does a traditionally easy flowing trine between the God of War and the Lord of the Underworld indicate that there will be an easing of tensions in the world or might it indicate something more foreboding?  Only time will tell.  On a personal level, do your best to keep your anger and temper in check.  Don’t take any unnecessary risks.


10/02/17 – 4:13 am – Moon goes Void-of-Course

Following a trine to Jupiter the Moon goes void-of-course for just over three hours; so for most it will be over before their work day starts.  Avoid making any new plans during this time.  Wait until after the Moon enters Pisces if you can.


10/02/17 – 7:26 am – Moon enters Pisces

The Moon void-of-course is over.  It’s Monday and you should be good to go on any new projects or tasks that come your way today.


10/03/17 – 5:46 am – Moon occults retrograde Neptune

This has been a monthly occurrence all year.  You will need to be in Antarctica or parts of the south Pacific and have a telescope if you want to see this.  Note any dreams you had and any “a-ha” moments, insights, visions or premonitions on waking.  This event might even provide you with some insight into your soul’s desire.

This is also the first of five exact aspects today, four of them by the Moon.  The first three are generally considered to be easy flowing and more positive type aspects.  The last two are both oppositions and could be more challenging.


10/03/17 – 12:06 pm – Venus trine Pluto

This is the second exact aspect of the day and the only one not involving the Moon.  What might we expect when Venus Goddess of love and beauty and Pluto, the original stalker and abductor engage in an easy flowing trine?  Romantic feelings, increased desire for that special person in your life may come over you during this time.  Bask in them and allow yourself to be inspired by whatever you are feeling.  This could be a good evening for a lovely candlelight dinner or to just curl up with a romantic novel or other good book or movie.

Following this the Moon will sextile Pluto and then oppose Mars for the third and fourth exact aspects of the day.  Don’t let a small matter at work, with family, friends or with a stranger upset your day.  In the scheme of life, most day to day events turn out to be small stuff and not worth getting upset over.


10/03/17 – 4:36 pm – Moon opposes Venus

This is the fifth and final exact aspect of the day.  While oppositions are typically like a full Moon and represent the harvest or fruition phase of a project or task, they may also represent a situation in which one is confronted with a struggle or has to make a choice as in a game of “tug-of-war” or when playing on a “teeter-totter.”


10/04/17 – 12:19 am – Moon goes Void-of-Course

Following a first quarter crisis of action square to Saturn, the Moon goes void-of-course.  The Moon has been moving at a slower pace but is picking up speed now so void-of-course periods may come more quickly.  This is a longer one lasting over 13 hours.  If possible, it may be best to set aside any new projects until after the Moon enters Aries.  Then you should not only have a “green light” you may also have a new burst of energy to help get things done.


10/04/17 – 1:40 pm – Moon enters Aries

Go ahead, take on that new project and show them all what you’ve got.  The cardinal fire energy of Aries should help you kick start whatever new or on going project you want to tackle.


10/05/17 – 9:53 am – Venus conjunct Mars

This conjunction marks the end of the twenty-three month cycle for these two symbols of feminine and masculine energy.  The cycle began November 2, 2015.  Did you start a new relationship around that time or perhaps one ended?  One side of a conjunction may represent an ending of something while the other side may represent a new beginning.  Sometimes we have to let go of something to allow something new to come into our life.

This meeting takes place at 19 Virgo 12.  The Sabian symbol for this degree is “An automobile caravan headed for the promise land.”  The energy of this pairing can help to set the stage for the beginning of a new more meaningful (Virgo energy) relationship.  Virgo’s can be sexy too so don’t discount them just because they can be overly critical or indecisive at times.  Sexy Virgo men include Keanu Reeves, Mark Harmon, Sean Connery, Paul Walker and Idris Elba.  Sexy Virgo women include Beyonce’, Pink, Gloria Estefan, Claudia Schiffer, Blake Lively and Raquel Welch, just to name a few.  Their next conjunction won’t be until August 24, 2019 at 4 Virgo 08, in case you want to plan ahead.

Whether you are seeking a new relationship or just want to rekindle the one you are in, the energy of this pairing should provide some needed support.  The rest is up to you.


10/05/17 -11:40 am – Full Moon opposite Sun

This full Moon marks the fruition or harvest phase of the Virgo new Moon of September 19.  It is at 12 Libra 42 and the Sabian symbol for this degree is “Children blowing soap bubbles.”  This symbolizes a time for play or at least a reminder that “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” so be sure to include some fun time in your life and include your friends, family and partner.


10/06/17 – 3:38 pm – Moon goes Void-of-Course

It’s Friday afternoon and following an opposition to Jupiter, the Moon goes void-of-course for less than two hours.  Rather than starting something new, set it aside and see if there is something you’ve started that you can now finish or at least move on to the next phase.


10/06/17 – 4: 56 pm – Moon enters Taurus

The void-of-course is over and it’s late Friday afternoon, but if you must, go ahead and get started on that new “whatever” that you find so intriguing.


10/08/17 – 5:54 am – Venus square Saturn

This is the third quarter waning crisis of consciousness square in the annual cycle for this pair.  It’s truth time; you need to be honest with yourself and with your partner.  What do you have to offer another?  What are your expectations from a relationship?  What is it you expect of the other?  You must also truly love yourself before another can truly love you for who you are.  To find true love one must first be truthful with themselves.


10/08/17 – 6:45 am – Moon goes Void-of-Course

It’s early Sunday morning and following an opening trine to retrograde Pluto, the Moon goes void-of-course for twelve hours or most of the rest of the day.  As with any void-of-course, it is generally better if you avoid starting something new until after it is over.  Perhaps spend the day relaxing or working on your fall cleaning or just going out with friends for fun or make some time for family.


10/08/17 – 1:54 pm – Mercury conjunct Sun

This is called the Superior Conjunction as Mercury is direct and on the far side of the Sun.  Some consider this to be the equivalent of a “full Moon” phase in the Sun Mercury cycle.  Did you begin a new project requiring writing or communication around the time of the previous conjunction, August 26, 2017, when Mercury was retrograde?  This conjunction is at 15 Libra 46.  The Sabian symbol for this degree is “After a storm, a boat dock stands in need of reconstruction.”  This symbolizes a time for reviewing, re-structuring, re-pairing, etc., something that may have been started around the time of the previous conjunction in late August.  Did you sign or negotiate a contract for something that might need to be re-negotiated now?  Is it time to edit or re-edit that story or novel you’ve been writing?  Or perhaps it’s time to change your thinking or outlook on something as Mercury also represents our mind and mental processes.


10/08/17 – 6:44 pm – Moon enters Gemini

The void-of-course is over.  You should be good to go for Monday or to try something new this evening if you like.


10/09/17 – 5:24 am – Mercury square Pluto

This is the waning third quarter crisis of consciousness square in the annual cycle for these two planets.  This cycle began with their conjunction January 29, 2017 and will end with their next conjunction, January 24, 2018.  Did you start something around that time, January 2017?  If so, its cycle is nearing completion.  Time to put on the finishing touches and to at least consider getting rid of any part that isn’t working or living up to your expectations as you also begin to prepare for the next cycle.

This may also be a good time to reflect on your thoughts or beliefs regarding life and death.  Maybe have a meaningful discussion with friends or family about it.

Do you have a will?  If not, you should at least consider the advantages of writing one now.  Maybe download a template for one from the internet to get you started.  Better to be prepared than to be caught unaware.


10/09/17 – 5:09 pm – Sun square Pluto

This is also a third quarter waning crisis of consciousness square in the annual cycle for these two.  This cycle began with their conjunction January 6, 2017 and will end with their next conjunction January 9, 2018.  Did something new start for you around that time?

This is a day with two third quarter squares to Pluto.  Did Mercury, messenger of the Gods leave a message with Pluto for the Sun?  What have you learned so far today?  Did you receive any messages today?  This evening may be a good time to ponder them.


10/10/17 – 1:04 am – Moon trine Mercury

The Moon is moving fast and this is just the first of six exact aspects She will make today.  Make notes when you wake of any dreams, insights or messages you received.  The first and last aspects are both easy flowing trines which should indicate a day starting and ending on an easy note even if it doesn’t seem to go as smoothly as you might like.  Then again, there is more to the trine than just an easy flow.  Sometimes it reflects a situation in which we have to make a choice; a choice made harder by the fact that either choice may seem to have a favorable outcome or even lead to the same end result.


10/10/17 – 6:20 am – Jupiter enters Scorpio

After thirteen months Jupiter says goodbye to Libra not to return until August 2028.  What might Jupiter in Scorpio hold in store for us?  Generally jovial and expansive Jupiter may find Himself taking on a more serious persona for the next thirteen months as He makes His way through intense and serious Scorpio.

Following this the Moon will square Mars, oppose Saturn and square Venus for the second, third and fourth exact aspects of the day.  These aspects may add some tension to the day but remember, it will be alright in the end and if it isn’t alright, then it isn’t the end.


10/10/17 – 3:24 pm – Moon goes Void-of-Course

Following a sextile to retrograde Uranus, the fifth exact aspect of the day, the Moon goes void-of-course for the next five hours.  This is a good opportunity for reviewing your day or work in progress.  What needs to be done to finish it?  What needs to be done to move it along to the next stage?  Have you left something undone?  Is there something you could or should have done better or differently?  It may not be too late to correct it.


10/10/17 – 8:38 pm – Moon enters Cancer

The Moon has returned to Her home sign but She is moving fast and so it may be a shorter than usual visit.  The urge to protect or nurture may seem stronger now than before.  If you find it uncomfortable or to demanding, don’t worry; this is just a transit and so too shall pass.


10/10/17 – 8:51 pm – Moon trine Jupiter

This is the sixth and final exact aspect of the day and also Jupiter’s first exact aspect since arriving in Scorpio fourteen hours ago.  Feelings may intensify this evening as the emotional Moon sends easy flowing energy to Jupiter who may want to test His ability to expand while in fixed water Scorpio.


10/11/17 – 6:37 am – Mars square Saturn

The ancients referred to these two as the lesser and greater malefics.  What does that mean?  Tread carefully when either of these two are involved.  Mars seems to like nothing better than a good fight with lots of dead and bloody bodies to appreciate.  Saturn demands our best effort and the truth.  Avoid arguments even if you are only speaking the truth or trying to correct someone’s error as you may be in a no win situation.  Some people cannot take or appreciate anything even resembling criticism.


10/12/17 – 1:13 am – Moon opposite Pluto

This is the first of seven exact aspects and a void-of-course today.  If Tuesday seemed to be tough, today probably won’t be a walk in the park.  Keep the tissues close for anyone who needs one.


10/12/17 – 5:25 am – Moon square Sun

This is the second of seven exact aspects today and is the third quarter waning crisis of consciousness square in the monthly Sun Moon cycle.  Time to get busy finishing things and clearing your plate so you have room for whatever may come in or for anything new you want to start with the New Moon on October 19.

Following this the Moon will make a third quarter square to Mercury, a sextile to Mars and then a first quarter square to Uranus for the third, fourth and fifth exact aspects of the day.  Expect the unexpected including normally quiet people to suddenly become angry or easily upset.  It’s probably not you as these are transits and so all this should pass as the day ends.


10/12/17 – 8:03 pm – Mercury sextile Saturn

This is the sixth exact aspect of the day and is the waning or closing sextile in this pairs annual cycle.  Time to speak only the truth and if you or anyone you are talking with or speaking too fails to do so, people will know and the piper will have to be paid.  This may also be a good time to clear up any past misunderstandings or miscommunications.


10/12/17 – 8:59 pm – Moon and Venus go Void-of-Course

The seventh and final exact aspect of the day is a waning or closing sextile by the Moon to Venus.  Take care of unfinished business as following this both the Moon and Venus go void-of-course.  The Moon will be void-of-course for less than three hours while Venus will be void-of-course for over thirty hours.  It is best to not start anything new during this time period, not even a new book and with Venus void-of-course trying to start a new relationship will most likely fail so don’t.  It may be best to wait until Saturday after Venus enters Her other home sign of Libra.


10/12/17 11:41 pm – Moon enters Leo

The Moon void-of-course is over.  With the Moon in “Can you see me now!” Leo it may be best to sleep on any new ideas until tomorrow morning when the Sun shines its light on the world.  First impressions count so be sure to put your best foot forward when you make your first appearance of the day.


10/14/17 – 3:11 am – Venus enters Libra

The Venus void-of-course is over.  With Her return to Her other home sign of Libra people may find themselves focusing more on their relationships?  Do you have a history of failed relationships?  What did or do those relationships have in common?  You for one thing.  If you want to have a successful relationship with someone, you first need to have a successful relationship with yourself.  Contemplate what do you have to offer another that they might want to have a relationship with you?  What is it you are seeking in a relationship?  Do you live up to your expectations or do you fall short?


10/14/17 – 10:27 pm – Moon goes Void-of-Course

The Moon is still moving fast and so has zipped through Leo rather quickly.  Following an opening or waxing trine to retrograde Uranus the Moon goes void-of-course for about six hours.  Avoid starting anything new, at least until tomorrow after the Moon enters practical mutable earth Virgo.


10/15/17 – 12:51 am – Mercury opposite retrograde Uranus

It’s Saturday night or the wee hours of Sunday morning if you prefer.  Be sure to engage your brain before speaking.  Expect the unexpected.  Keep your tongue in check lest you say something inappropriate or do something that puts everyone in jeopardy.  Be sure to note any dreams, memories, insights, visions or sounds when you awake.

Following this Mercury goes void-of-course for forty-eight hours.  A Mercury void-of-course can be a bit like a short Mercury retrograde but without the opportunity to correct any errors so choose your words very carefully.  Avoid generalizations and confrontations.  You can’t win during a void-of-course, no one really does.


10/15/17 – 4:19 am – Moon enters Virgo

The Moon void-of-course is now over.  Now things may seem to be less “It’s all about me.” And more about learning and sharing.  It’s Sunday so go ahead and get some sun and have some fun.  Choose your words carefully whether speaking, texting, emailing or writing a letter as you may not get a chance to correct any misstatement or misunderstanding.


10/16/17 – 4:13 am – Sun sextile Saturn

This is the waning or closing sextile; that is, the Sun is now 60 degrees (2 signs) behind Saturn and closing the gap.  This sextile is about integrating the various parts into a complete whole.  Looking back to the beginning of this Sun Saturn cycle, their conjunction December 10, 2016, consider what new project, endeavor or journey did you begin around the time?  Those that you have been tending and working on should now be ready to be integrated into your life, be it personal, social or business life.  You have two months to complete the integration into the appropriate area of your life and get ready for the next cycle as it will start December 21, 2017 when the Sun and Saturn are conjunct again, this time at 0 Capricorn, Saturn’s modern home sign.


10/17/17 – 12:59 am – Mercury enters Scorpio

The Mercury void-of-course is over.  Enjoy it while you can for Mercury is already slowing down in anticipation of its next retrograde.  With Mercury in Scorpio it becomes even more important that you choose your words carefully for the scorpion never forgets its true nature and will sting when you least expect it.  In other words, even though Mercury isn’t retrograde, your words may come back to bite you or haunt you.  Most likely you won’t see “them” coming nor is it likely that you will get a chance to correct any mistakes.  If you aren’t prepare to live with it, don’t say it


10/17/17 – 4:27 am – Moon goes Void-of-Course

Following a conjunction with Mars the Moon goes void-of-course for just over six hours.  It’s Tuesday morning so if you can, set aside any new projects or tasks until after the Moon enters Libra later this morning.


10/17/17 – 10:35 am – Moon enters Libra

The void-of-course is over and you should have a “green light” to tackle any new items you may have set aside earlier.  Make sure you have everything you need and that you understand what is expected of you before you start.


10/18/17 – 1:55 am – Mercury conjunct Jupiter

What might we expect when fast talker Mercury meets up with expansive Jupiter?  Truth be told … well maybe, maybe not.  With this conjunction some may be prone to exaggeration while others may try to “pull the wool over your eyes” or impress or confuse you with their rhetoric.  Others will be truthful and actually trying to help.  The challenge can be to figure out which is which.  Be a good listener and you should be able to figure that out.


10/19/17 – 6:24 am – Moon sextile Saturn

This is the first of five exact aspects today, all involving the Moon and or the Sun plus we have a Moon void-of-course.  Keep the tissue handy and prepare yourself for the unexpected.  This is the waning or closing sextile in the monthly Moon Saturn cycle.  For any projects started around the time of their conjunction September 27, 2017, it’s time to finish integrating them into their place in the scheme of things.  This cycle will start anew October 24, 2017 when they are again conjunct.


10/19/17 – 10:34 am – Sun opposite retrograde Uranus

This is the midpoint in the annual Sun Uranus cycle.  This aspect is like the “full Moon” phase of the Sun Uranus cycle.  Any new, unusual or exciting projects started about six months ago should now be coming into their “harvest, fruition” phase; that is they should be ready to present to the world or the powers that be or at least ready to put their applicability to the test.

Following this the Moon will oppose retrograde Uranus for the third exact aspect of the day.  You may want to double check your work and perhaps “test” it again.


10/19/17 – 12:12 pm – New Moon conjunct Sun

This is the fourth exact aspect of the day.  Following this both the Sun and Moon go void-of-course.  While the Moon will only be void-of-course for a bit over six hours, the Sun will be void-of-course for over 82 hours; that is until Sunday evening October 22.

This marks the end of the Sun Moon cycle which started with the new Moon September 19, 2017 and it’s the beginning of a new cycle.  Set your intentions for the month ahead.  Write them down, this can be on paper or electronic.  You should plan on referring back to them at the first quarter Moon, the full Moon and then at the third quarter Moon.  These are all check-points to assess your progress and make any adjustments.

For Moon void-of-course avoid starting any new projects or tasks if possible.  When the Sun is void-of-course the same is true, except it generally pertains to things on a more personal level such as starting a new fitness or health routine or education or training program.  It is OK to start one during this time if you planned and committed to it prior to the beginning of the void-of-course.  A void-of-course period can also be a good time for reviewing any work in progress or for editing any documents.


10/19/17 – 6:41 pm – Moon enters Scorpio

The Moon’s void-of-course is over.  The Sun’s will last for another 3 1/4 days.


10/19/17 – 10:41 pm – Moon conjunct Jupiter

This is the fifth and final exact aspect of the day.  This is a good time to look back on your day and reflect on all the positive things that happened.  Congratulate yourself for your successes and achievements.  Even deciding not to do something can be a positive achievement.  Who or what new, unexpected or exciting came into your life today or perhaps yesterday?


10/22/17 – 4:35 am – Moon goes Void-of-Course

Following a sextile to Mars, both the Moon and Mars go void-of-course; the Moon for about 22 minutes and Mars for about seven hours.  A 22 minute Moon void-of-course, especially at this time of day should be fairly easy to manage.  A seven hour Mars void-of-course that includes normal commute to work time for many people may be more difficult.  Accidents may be more prevalent during a Mars void-of-course so be extra attentive, particularly for the other guy, the one who causes accidents.  Obey the rules/laws and avoid “short-cuts.”


10/22/17 4:57 am – Moon enters Sagittarius

The Moon void-of-course is over.  You should be good to tackle new projects but you should still be extra cautious.


10/22/17 – 11:30 am – Mars enters Libra

The Mars void-of-course is over; however, it is still a good idea to be extra cautious and watch out for the other guy, at least for the rest of the day.  Tomorrow should be back to normal, that is the normal level of risk and/or reward.


10/22/17 – 10:27 pm – Sun enters Scorpio

The Sun void-of-course is now over.  Can you feel the shift from cardinal air, what about the other person Libra to fixed water intense Scorpio?  Things may seem to take on a more serious air for the next thirty days.  Be careful when digging up old stuff, whether it involves people or just “stuff.”  Some things are better left buried.

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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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