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.


09/01/16 – 2:03 am – New Moon conjunct Sun

What a way to start September.  A new Moon symbolic of new beginnings and it’s a Solar eclipse and it’s the first of six exact aspects today; the first five by the Moon and the first and last aspects by the Sun.

This is classified as an annular eclipse.  An annular eclipse is when there is a narrow ring of the Sun visible around the Moon as She attempts to cover the Sun.  The line of maximum coverage of the Sun runs from the eastern Atlantic off the coast of Gabon across the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Tanzania, Mozambique, the island of Madagascar and out into the southern Indian Ocean.  It will be visible throughout most of Africa, southern Saudi Arabia, the Indian Ocean and the northwestern tip of Australia.  For viewing purposes, the eclipse will last just over three minutes depending on where you are standing.

This eclipse is in Saros series 19 North as it is conjunct the north node.  Bernadette Brady in her book “Predictive Astrology: the Eagle and the Lark” describes this eclipse series as being about “realism, a coming down to Earth.  The individual will become aware of an old situation and see it for what it is rather than what he or she thought it was.  This can be a constructive time for tackling the truth.”  This eclipse occurs at 9 Virgo 21 and the Sabian symbol for this degree is “Two heads looking out and beyond the shadows.”  The shadows may symbolize the past or the future or the need to become aware of one’s immediate surroundings.  Time to pay attention.  Don’t jump to conclusions and don’t engage your mouth before you’ve allowed your brain to fully engage and assess (remember Mercury is retrograde).

At this time both the Sun and Moon are moving slow providing extra power to any events or encounters.  Eclipses can help to break open things that seem stuck so be prepared to start moving again.  This is a new Moon; choose your “seeds” wisely as the influence and power of this eclipse could last for anywhere from six to eighteen months.  If you have planets or sensitive points between 6-12 degrees of Virgo or the other mutable signs, Sagittarius, Pisces or Gemini or one of the other Earth signs, Capricorn or Taurus you may be more likely to feel any effects of this eclipse.

Following this, the Moon will square Saturn, oppose retrograde Neptune, square Mars and then trine Pluto for the second, third, fourth and fifth exact aspects of the day.  Record all insights, dreams, feelings or past memories that may come up as they may help to understand what this eclipse might mean for you.


09/01/16 – 8:22 pm – Sun Square Saturn

This is the sixth and final exact aspect of the day.  It is the third quarter waning crisis of consciousness square in the annual cycle of Sun and Saturn.  The power of the new Moon Solar eclipse is still with you.  This is get real time.  Time to set unrealistic dreams or any goals or desires that do not truly serve your purpose aside and focus on what really matters to you; after all it is your life.


09/02/16 – 9:38 am – Sun opposite retrograde Neptune

Oh goody, another reality check, there are more coming.  Neptune can get carried away with dreamy, wouldn’t it be nice ideas, things that can get or keep us off track.  While all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy, one should set some limits.  Did you record your dreams from last night yet?  Best get to it.  No details are too small.  Note thoughts, words, people, animals, settings, colors, smells, and feelings, everything you can, even if it is just a one word description.  There will be time to make sense of it all later.


09/02/16 – 10:18 am – Retrograde Mercury conjunct Jupiter

Hold your tongue, literally if you must for when retrograde Mercury connects with boastful Jupiter there is no telling what someone might say.  Take what you hear with a grain of salt.  Consider it carefully before taking it to heart.  To once again quote Abraham Lincoln, “It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt.”


09/02/16 – 3:13 pm – Moon occults Jupiter

This is like a super conjunction as the Moon passes between the Earth and Jupiter.  It will only be visible in easternmost Russia, southwestern United States, Central America, Caribbean and northern part of South America.  If you want to see this, you best check ahead of time as you will probably need special equipment as the Sun will be up and Jupiter will be blinded by the light and not visible to the unaided eye.

This occultation occurs at 28 Virgo 37.  If you have planets or sensitive points at 26 Virgo to 1 Libra or one of the other cardinal or air signs, you are more likely to be affected by this.  The Sabian symbol for this degree is “A man gaining secret knowledge from an ancient scroll he is reading.”  What have you been reading?  What knowledge have you been seeking?  Note your dreams, insights, feelings, particularly between now and tomorrow morning when the Moon will occult Venus.

Following this the Moon goes void-of-course; but it will be a short one lasting less than three hours.  Take a break from new stuff until after the Moon enters Libra.  Then you should plan on being on your best behavior with your partner, friends or others as relationships are emphasized.


09/02/16 – 5:55 pm – Moon enters Libra

The void-of-course is over and now the Moon begins Her pursuit of Venus.  With both feminine planets in Libra, sign of the other, did I mention you should expect partnerships to be emphasized?  Do your part.


09/03/16 – 4:30 am – Moon occults Venus

Just yesterday the Moon occulted Jupiter, now She occults Her female compatriot, Venus.  This will only be visible in central Russia and northern Mongolia; however, that doesn’t mean it won’t affect people elsewhere.  What might this mean for you?  This occultation occurs at 5 Libra 31.  If you have planets or sensitive points between 3 and 8 degrees of Libra or one of the other cardinal signs, Capricorn, Aries or Cancer or one of the air signs, Aquarius or Gemini, chances are it may.  In astrology clock time, this occurs on a Venus day during a Venus hour.

How this might affect you will depend on which planet or sensitive point and which house it will occur in.  The Sabian symbol for this degree may give us a sense of what we might expect.  It is “The ideals of a man abundantly crystallized.”  What are your ideals?  Are you living them?  Accept guidance from the ladies and take action to manifest and live your ideals.  Be the you, you are meant to be.


09/04/16 – 5:30 pm – Moon goes Void-of-Course

Following an opposition to retrograde and always unpredictable Uranus, the Moon goes void-of-course for just over twelve hours.  It’s Sunday evening and one possible course of action is to take the evening off.  Put any new tasks off until tomorrow if you can.


09/05/16 – 5:38 am – Moon enters Scorpio

The void-of-course is over.  It’s Monday morning and if not a green light, you should at least have a yellow light to proceed with caution when tackling any new tasks or projects.


09/06/16 – 10:17 pm – Sun trine retrograde Pluto

This is the waning or closing trine in the annual cycle for these two extremes of our solar system.  The Sun is the center and Pluto represents what was at one time the known edge of our solar system.  What might happen when the Sun shines its light on the Lord of the Underworld?  Might a secret you’ve kept hidden suddenly be illuminated?  What has been hiding in the shadows?  Time to bring it out and deal with it.


09/07/16 – 4:34 am – Venus sextile Saturn

This is the waning or closing sextile in the annual cycle for these two.  Now is the time to get real in matters of the heart or what you desire.  In relationships, consider what it is that you have to contribute.  Remember it takes two and you are the other half of any perceived problems in the relationship.  Do you desire a new car or other expensive item?  Do the numbers first.  Can you afford it?  Do you need it?  Why do you want it?  Will it make your life better?  Those are some tough questions to ask yourself for starters.


09/07/16 – 5:43 pm – Jupiter goes Void-of-Course

Following a friendly sextile by the Moon, both go void-of-course.  The Moon for less than one hour but Jupiter will be void-of-course for almost 35 hours.  Feeling lucky?  When void-of-course Jupiter can behave in such a way that we feel very lucky and so take unnecessary risks or overspend.  This is not the time to “bet the farm” as they say; that is, don’t go overboard.  Don’t risk everything on the off chance that there might be a favorable outcome.

If you are feeling lucky and want to test it, consider going out between 1:53 pm and 2:55 pm on the 8th and buying a (one) lottery ticket.  Don’t leave before and don’t buy after the times mentioned.  Why, because it will be a Jupiter day and a Jupiter hour astrologically.  If you win big, remember who gave you the tip.  If you don’t, remember the odds are always against you and I warned you.


09/07/16 – 6:20 pm – Moon enters Sagittarius

After less than one hour, the Moon void-of-course is over.  It’s Wednesday evening so if you want to make new plans, you should be good to go.


09/09/16 – 4:18 am – Jupiter enters Libra

The Jupiter void-of-course is now over.  With Jupiter joining Venus in Libra expect added emphasis on any and all relationships be they work, family or friend.  Don’t forget, Mercury is retrograde so engage your brain first and choose your words carefully.


09/09/16 – 4:49 am – Moon square Sun

This is the first quarter waxing crisis of action square.  If you must act, choose your actions carefully with consideration for others and what the possible outcome may be.  With the Sun in mutable earth Virgo and the Moon in mutable fire Sagittarius you may have difficulty making a decision on what to act on or what action to take.  It’s alright if you can’t decide.  Sometimes the best action is no action.


09/09/16 – 5:51 pm – Moon goes Void-of-Course

Following a waning trine to retrograde Uranus, the Moon goes void-of-course for the next twelve hours.  It’s Friday evening so avoid committing yourself to any new tasks or challenges, unless you don’t want anything to come of it.  At least that is how the theory goes.  The void-of-course implies that something, possibly important information or a necessary part is missing and if you start something new during this time it won’t work out or you will encounter unexpected delays and it may have to be abandoned.  With that in mind, if it is something new that you don’t want to come to pass or develop into anything, this may be the time to go for it as it may end up being cancelled or discarded.


09/10/16 – 5:55 am – Moon enters Capricorn

It’s Saturday morning and the void-of-course is over.  Got some new chores you want to tackle today?  You should be good to go for it.


09/10/16 – 6:10 am – Saturn square retrograde Neptune

This is another reality check.  Saturn says get real.  Neptune wants to confuse things by creating a fog to hide things or deceive you into thinking that something isn’t what it appears to be or you know it to be.  This is the third quarter waning crisis of consciousness square in there thirty-seven year cycle.  Their current cycle started with their first of three conjunctions March 3, 1989 at 11 Capricorn 55.  This cycle ends with their next conjunction February 20, 2026 at 0 Aires 45.  Did you have a reality check in 1989?  If you weren’t born yet what about your parents?  Did they or someone else important in your life have a significant reality check at that time?


09/11/16 – 12:45 am – Venus square retrograde Pluto

This is the third quarter, waning crisis of consciousness square in the annual cycle for these two.  It is also the first of six exact aspects today and the only one not involving the Moon.

What might happen when Venus Goddess of love, beauty and desire squares off with Pluto Lord of the Underworld and obsessive love?  He just had to have Persephone, even if it meant kidnapping her and then tricking her.  Have you been obsessing over someone or something?  Do you really believe that having them or it will make you happy?  You are responsible for your own happiness, not someone or something else.  The energy of this aspect is to integrate what has been learned and accomplished into one’s life in a productive, positive way.  Even with obsession there is a right and a wrong way.  Some obsession is normal, too much is not healthy.

Following this, the Moon will sextile retrograde Neptune (record all facets of any dreams as soon as you wake), then the Moon will conjunct retrograde Pluto, square Venus and then trine the Sun.


09/11/16 – 10:37 pm – Moon trine retrograde Mercury

This is a waxing or opening trine and the last exact aspect of the day.  The Moon can also be rather talkative at times so when combined with retrograde Mercury in an easy flowing trine things best left unsaid may get said anyway.  Do I need to quote Lincoln again or is it sufficient to remind us all to hold our tongues and engage our brains and hearts first.  Bullying is never healthy or right, even if it is just in spoken or written words.


09/12/16 – 3:00 am – Moon goes Void-of-Course

Following a third quarter waning crisis of consciousness square to retrograde Uranus the Moon goes void-of-course for over eleven hours.  It’s Monday so best plan your day around on-going tasks and set aside any new projects until tomorrow or at least until after the Moon enters Aquarius.


09/12/16 – 11:59 am – Retrograde Mercury square Mars

Words said in anger can cut like a knife and leave wounds that bleed excessively.  Mars rules the surgeon, cutting, the knife and bleeding.  When mixed with retrograde Mercury, in any aspect, a person may be more apt to say unkind words that leave lasting wounds not easily forgiven.  This is the waning crisis of consciousness square in their cycle.  This is also the second of three waning squares in this cycle.  It may be that at this time one becomes aware of something that was said that “cut like a knife” and has offended someone or that someone said to or about you.  Now is the time to admit one’s mistakes, misstatements and to begin to make amends.  There will be one more waning crisis of action square for these two in this cycle on October 13, 2016.  You need to make amends by then.  If you were the injured party, accept their apologies and forgive them.  Then you can both move on.  Or at least forgive yourself so you can move on, even if that means without them.


09/12/16 – 2:29 pm – Moon enters Aquarius

The void-of-course is over and you should have the rest of today and all day tomorrow to tackle any new projects or tasks.


09/12/16 – 4:40 pm – Retrograde Mercury conjunct the Sun

This is the Inferior Conjunction as retrograde Mercury passes between the Sun and the Earth.  This is like the “new Moon” phase in the Sun Mercury Earth cycle and marks the beginning of a new cycle.  Being closest to the Earth at this time Mercury’s energy is also stronger.  Choose your words carefully, whether spoken or written.  Engage your heart and your brain before speaking or sending that text or e-mail.  Been meaning to write a book, story, play or movie?  Now is a good time to get started or to get out that old manuscript, dust it off and start editing, re-writing and finish it.

Have you heard the old rhyme; “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words shall never hurt me?”  Thanks to the internet and social media we all know that is not true.  Broken bones may heal but hurtful words can leave lasting wounds and scars on the soul.  Choose your words with compassion.  If you must express anger, try writing it down on a piece of paper and then burning them and let them go up in the smoke or go to some place away from others and shout them into the wind.


09/13/16 – 1:39 pm – Sun square Mars

This is the third quarter waning crisis of consciousness square in the current Sun Mars cycle.  These cycles last about 25 months.  The current cycle began June 14, 2015 and will end with their next conjunction July 26, 2017.  Remember, Mars is still out-of-bounds south and His energy may be directed outward at others and He is moving fast now.  In the old west, the gunfight didn’t always go to the “fastest gun,” but to the straightest shooter, the one who hit the target first.  Curb your anger; and if you can’t, at least be sure where or at whom it is directed.


09/14/16 – 8:31 am – Moon goes Void-of-Course

Following a sextile to retrograde Uranus the Moon now goes void-of-course for almost eleven hours.  This is another good day to work on any on-going projects or tasks.  Set the any new ones aside until tomorrow, unless it is one that you really don’t want anything to come of it.


09/14/16 – 7:23 pm – Moon enters Pisces

As Hump Day winds down, the void-of-course ends.  Go ahead, look at those new tasks that you’ve set aside and plan your day for tomorrow.


09/15/16 – 12:46 pm – Moon occults retrograde Neptune

Been there, done that.  Do you have a sense of déjà vu?  This happened last month, August 19 to be precise.  What was that day like for you?  This may not be an exact repetition but it may seem pretty close.  Day-dreaming?  Be sure to record it, all that you saw, heard, felt.  Who was there, where were you, what happened?  No detail is too small.


09/16/16 – 12:05 pm – Full Moon Lunar Eclipse

This is the fifth and final eclipse of 2016.  This eclipse occurs with the Moon at 24 Pisces20 and the Sun exactly opposite at 24 Virgo 20.  Because of the time of day it will not be visible in the United States.  This full Moon is known as the “Harvest Moon,” that is the full Moon closest to the autumnal equinox and the fall harvest.  The additional light provided by the full Moon allows farmers to stay in their fields later while harvesting the fall crops, thus the name “Harvest Moon.”

The Sabian symbol for the degree of this eclipse for the Moon, “The purging of the priesthood” and for the Sun, “A flag at half-mast in front of a large public building.”  Taken separately or together, they certainly don’t sound very encouraging.  For an individual this may symbolize the purging or letting go of a belief that one finally realizes is not true.  When letting go of any belief or “truth” a period of mourning or sense of loss is to be expected.  What truth have you been holding on to or questioning?  What belief has served its purpose or is no longer true and needs to be let go of?  Time for some soul searching and cleansing of beliefs that no longer fit or serve your true purpose.

Following this, the Moon goes void-of-course for the next nine hours.  It’s Friday so you should probably spend your afternoon dealing with and completing on-going tasks or projects.  Time to work on your personal harvest.


09/16/16 – 9:22 pm – Moon enters Aries

It’s Friday night and the void-of-course is now over.  While you should have a “Green Light” to go ahead; with Mercury retrograde under the energy of the eclipse, exercise extra caution as it is “the other person,” who runs the red light and causes the fatal accident.


09/17/16 – 12:04 am – Mars trine retrograde Uranus

This is the waning or closing trine in the Mars Uranus cycle.  This aspect is about finding value in what one has been doing or building during this cycle.  There is a need to find value in our lives and what we do with them.  The current cycle began with their conjunction March 11, 2015.  Did something unexpected happen or begin for you around that date?  Things may be happening or come up now; things that you didn’t plan on or expect.  With Mars, you should have more than enough energy to tackle and push through whatever it may be.


09/18/16 – 1:06 am – Venus opposite retrograde Uranus

With this aspect involving the Goddess of Love and Beauty, Venus in Her home sign relationship oriented Libra opposing unpredictable Uranus, retrograde and in me, myself and I Aries, the individual’s role in relationships may be emphasized and tested.  With no planets in a fixed sign at this time, chances are something is going to happen or change.  Proceed with caution.  Choose your words carefully as Mercury is still retrograde and keep your anger in check as Mars is still out-of-bounds south, directing His energy outward, toward others.

This is also the “full Moon,” harvest phase in the fifteen month Venus Uranus cycle.  This cycle began with their conjunction April 22, 2016.  Did you start a new relationship around that time?  If so that relationship may be subjected to elevated stress or challenges at this time.  Avoid over-reacting.  Know that this is just a transit and it too shall pass.  


09/18/16 – 1:10 pm – Moon goes Void-of-Course

It is Sunday afternoon.  Set any new projects aside and instead, get busy finishing things or at least moving them on to the next challenge or if you prefer, consider taking the rest of the day off.


09/18/16 – 9:58 pm – Moon enters Taurus

The void-of-course is over.  With the Moon feeling right at home in Taurus, the sign of Her exaltation, tomorrow should be a good day to tackle any new projects or tasks that come your way.


09/19/16 – 4:53 am – Venus sextile Mars

This is the waning or closing sextile in the current Venus Mars cycle.  As Venus is the Goddess of Love and Beauty and represents the feminine and Mars represents the masculine energy, when combined with yesterday’s Venus Uranus opposition you may need to practice your counting, you know the “count to 10” before speaking.  With Mercury still retrograde now is definitely not the time to “speak your mind” in matters involving relationships.  Take time to consider what might be upsetting you and then put yourself in the other person’s shoes.  How might they react?  How would you react if you were them to someone who does what you’ve been thinking about doing?


09/20/16 – 12:05 pm – Mars reaches maximum Out-of-Bounds

Mars is as far from the line of the Sun as He is going to get this time and He’s going to be here for a few days.  Keep your anger in check.  Direct that energy toward accomplishing productive tasks.  Maybe help a friend move or with some other physical project.


09/20/16 – 6:41 pm – Retrograde Mercury trine retrograde Pluto

If “two wrongs don’t make a right,” what might two retrogrades make?  Generally energy flows more easily in a trine so stay alert.  Be particularly alert at night if you go out as even the expected can seem unexpected in the dark.


09/20/16 – 8:32 pm – Moon trine Sun

Following this easy flowing aspect both go void-of-course; the Moon for about two and a half hours and the Sun for 35 hours.  Take some time to reflect on yourself, your relationships and the role you play in their success or failure.  Avoid starting any new plans or projects this evening.


09/20/16 – 10:53 pm – Moon enters Gemini

The Moon’s void-of-course is over.  You may have a “green light” to tackle those new projects but proceed cautiously as there are other forces about.  Remember Mars is out-of-bounds so don’t over exert yourself; you can only do so much.  There is nothing wrong with asking for assistance.


09/21/16 – 10:31 pm – Mercury stations direct

This marks the end of Mercury’s retrograde and the beginning of its third and final pass over the space from 14 Virgo to 29 Virgo.  Mercury in its home sign of Virgo will probably be only too happy to tell you the truth or at least what it thinks.


09/21/16 – 11:38 pm – Moon square Mercury

This is Mercury’s first exact aspect since going direct.  It’s barely had time to start moving.  In fact it is still at the same point where it changed direction; you might say its wheels are spinning as it’s trying to gain traction.  What is your mind doing?  What thought or idea might you be trying to “gain traction” on?  It’s OK to talk out loud with yourself as you struggle to make sense of something.  The sound of one’s own voice can be both soothing and stimulating.  Take notes as ideas may come fast now.


09/22/16 – 7:22 am – Sun enters Libra

The Sun’s void-of-course is over.  Can you feel the shift from mutable earthy practical Virgo to cardinal air let’s talk about us Libra?  As the Sun joins Venus, ruler of Libra and Jupiter in the sign of relationships and partnerships, how and why we relate to others is emphasized.


09/22/16 – 8:53 pm – Mars goes Void-of-Course

Following an opposition by the Moon, Mars goes void-of-course for over four days, just over 100 hours actually.  Curb your enthusiasm and keep that temper in check.  People may seem more irritable or angry and tempers may flare so mind yours and keep this in mind when dealing with others.


09/23/16 – 12:57 am – Venus goes Void-of-Course

This could be a very busy night as this is the first of five exact aspects and two sign changes today.  Following a waning trine by the Moon both will go void-of-course.  The Moon will be void-of-course for only a few minutes but Venus will be for about seven hours.  You may just sleep through both of them.  If you do, note any dreams you may have had or any “a-ha’s” when you awake.  If you get up before Venus enters Scorpio, you may want to use this time to reflect on your most important relationships or what kind of relationship you want and what it is you are willing to give to it.


09/23/16 – 1:33 am – Moon enters Cancer

The Moon void-of-course ends as She returns to Her home sign.  Your thoughts or dreams may turn to nurturing or protecting themes.  Record them, whatever they may be.


09/23/16 – 1:36 am – Mercury trine retrograde Pluto

This is the second exact aspect of the day and Mercury’s second since stationing direct.  From our earthly perspective, Mercury is still at 14 Virgo, the degree at which it changed direction but it is actually moving forward, though very slowly.  If you are awake take notes of thoughts, images, ideas, whatever is going through your mind.  Can’t sleep.  Try counting sheep, that is doing some simple relatively meaningless mental task to calm the noise in your head and help you to settle in.  If you sleep through this make notes when you awake of any dreams, sensations or ideas when you awake.


09/23/16 – 2:56 am – Moon square Sun

This is the third exact aspect of the day and the third quarter waning crisis of consciousness square.  Should I repeat myself?  Can’t sleep, count sheep.  Awake, take notes of what is going on in your mind.  Don’t worry about making sense of them as some may never make sense.  Just write them down.  When you awake, add to your notes.  What and or who did you dream about?  What was your first thought or feeling on awakening?

Following this the Moon will square Jupiter for the fourth exact aspect of the day.


09/23/16 – 7:51 am – Venus enters Scorpio

The Venus void-of-course is over and She is ready to get serious about relationship issues.  Scorpio energy can be deep and intense, even dark at times so make time to have some fun, especially with those people who are important in your life.


09/23/16 – 7:06 pm – Moon trine retrograde Neptune

This is the fifth and final exact aspect of the day.  It’s Friday evening and a good time for reflecting on the day and the past week.  Did you have any “a-ha” moments?  What about insights or revelations about your relationships or yourself?


09/24/16 – 6:42 pm – Moon goes Void-of-Course

It’s Saturday night and the Moon is going void-of-course for the next twelve hours.  This could be a good night to spend with family or friends just relaxing.  Avoid starting anything new this evening.  Enjoy what you have and what is in progress.


09/25/16 – 6:48 am – Moon enters Leo

The void-of-course is over.  Today the Moon, those people and things of a feminine nature want and deserve respect and attention.


09/25/16 – 11:59 pm – Sun conjunct Jupiter

What might we expect when the two largest bodies in our solar system come together?  The Sun gives us light and heat which support life on the Earth.  Jupiter has been shown to influence our weather and symbolically entices us with all things we desire without regard to how much is too much.  This marks the beginning of the next Sun Jupiter cycle, a cycle which lasts about thirteen months.  The cycle that is ending began August 26, 2015 at 3 Virgo.  This cycle starts at 3 Libra.  The Sabian symbol for this degree is “A group around a campfire.”  Conjunctions symbolize new beginnings.  With Libra the sign of others, this could be an opportune time to get together with friends and or family and start planning something new.  This should be something with a time frame of 10-12 months, perhaps a group vacation or family reunion for next year.


09/26/16 – 12:14 am – Mars begins to come back

Mars begins His return to the boundaries of the Sun.  He is still out-of-bounds and void-of-course but is beginning to cross the southern sky ever so slightly higher.  It will be another month before He is back in bounds.  Expect times when you or others seem to have an unending supply of energy or things seem to be stuck or harder to get moving.  Pace yourself, you aren’t the energizer bunny and you aren’t invincible.


09/26/16 – 7:59 am – Pluto stations direct

Pluto begins His return to apparent forward motion.  He moves so slowly that even when moving full speed His motion can be difficult to see.  Now, only Uranus and Neptune appear to be going backwards.  This is the most common occurrence; that is two planets apparently in retrograde motion and so things may seem “more normal” now, if there is such a thing.


09/27/16 – 1:08 am – Mars enters Capricorn

Finally, Mars’ void-of-course is over.  He’s still out-of-bounds so don’t expect Him (others) to begin acting normally.  You may still feel invincible or think you have more than enough strength or energy to tackle any task … you don’t.  Be smart.  During this time one may be more prone to sustain injuries or have accidents.  Start by engaging your brain before tackling that “oh, I can do that,” task.


09/27/16 – 1:52 am – Moon goes Void-of-Course

Following a waning trine to retrograde Uranus the Moon goes void-of-course for almost thirteen hours.  It’s Tuesday and you probably have work to do.  Focus on things that are already in progress and set any new projects aside until later, after the Moon enters Virgo.


09/27/16 – 2:43 pm – Moon enters Virgo

It’s Tuesday afternoon and another void-of-course is over.  If you have new projects that demand your attention, go ahead and get started.


09/29/16 – 3:05 am – Moon occults Mercury

If this sounds familiar it should as the Moon occulted Mercury on August 4.  This is the “super-conjunction” when the Earth, Moon and Mercury line up so exactly that for some people on the Earth, Mercury will disappear behind the Moon.  Their conjunction is at 18 Virgo 52.  The Sabian symbol for this degree is “A swimming race.”  This phenomenon will only be visible from eastern South America, the southern tip of South Africa and northern Antarctica.  Pay attention to any dreams, messages or insights you receive.  Is the Moon amplifying them or trying to block them causing internal static?  Note any dreams, insights, feelings, smells, thoughts, etc., as soon as you get up.

Following this the Moon goes void-of-course for the rest of the day, 22 hours in total.  This should be a good day to focus on existing projects, things already in the works.  If you can, set aside any new projects or tasks until tomorrow.


09/30/16 – 12:52 am – Moon enters Libra

The void-of-course is over.  If you have new tasks or projects on your list, go ahead and start them.


09/30/16 – 9:54 am – Moon occults Jupiter

Now it’s Jupiter’s turn to be hidden (occulted) by the Moon.  Seem familiar?  This just happened September 2, but it won’t be a repeat of that day.  This conjunction (occultation) is at 4 Libra.  The Sabian symbol for this degree is “A man teaching the true inner knowledge.”  Conjunctions are like a new Moon, signifying a new beginning.  The Sabian symbol for the previous occultation was “A man gaining secret knowledge from an ancient scroll he is reading.”  Now it would seem he is ready to share that knowledge.  Did you learn something new around the time of the previous occultation, September 2, that you might now be ready to share?


09/30/16 – 5:11 pm – New Moon conjunct Sun

September ends on new Moon, new beginnings energy.  The new Moon energy can last several hours after the actual conjunction and should carry into October.  Nothing like starting a new month with new Moon new beginning energy.  What would you like to start?  Make your plans and take that first step this evening.


09/30/16 – 11:55 pm – Moon sextile Saturn

This is the last exact aspect of the month.  It should be an easy flow of energy from the “old” month of September into the “new” month of October.  Saturn is Mr. Serious as planets go.  If we expect to reap the rewards of our efforts, He expects us to put in the work.  As the old expression goes, “When the going gets tough, the tough get going.”  Time to buckle down and get busy on whatever new tasks or goals you have set for yourself.  Dot your “i’s,” cross your “t’s” and by putting in the effort success will be achieved.

As we finish September under the energy of a new Moon we ponder what new things might October bring us.  The first exact aspect for October is Moon square Pluto following which She goes void-of-course for 14 hours.  The October full Moon, known as the “Hunter’s Moon,” brings great activity with eight exact aspects.  We also have Venus going out-of-bounds and then finally, Mars returning in-bounds.  Should be an interesting month leading up to the November election.


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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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