Posted on April 19, 2012
Posted by Jim Schultz

Jim Schultz

Jim Schultz

*Any times indicated refer to Pacific Time Zone.

*Refer to “AstroCast” by Kimberly Maxwell for more detailed information as these events unfold.

*Remember, these are just transits and they too, like a kidney stone, shall pass.


Setting the tone for the New Year, we have four planets Sun, Pluto, Mercury and Venus in cardinal earth Capricorn and the Moon in fixed earth Taurus.  This implies the potential for a busy make things happen; get things done real world kind of year.  Try to pace yourself as the year is just getting started.  As it happens every month, the Moon is transiting over the malefic fixed star Algol, so be careful and don’t lose your head, figuratively or literally.


01/01/15 – 4:19 am – Moon and Venus go Void-of-Course

Following a friendly trine these two representatives of the feminine both go void-of-course joining Mercury.  The Moon 27 Taurus 22 for just under five hours and Venus 27 Capricorn 22 for just over 50 hours.  This could be a good time for writing love sonnets or it could be that your overtures of love are not reciprocated.  Or it just may be that someone wants your undivided attention.  It could be the start of a beautiful year.

01/01/15 – 9:09 am – Moon enters Gemini

This ends the Moon’s short void-of-course.  Mercury and Venus are both still void-of-course so choose your words carefully when speaking of love or your feelings.

01/01/15 – 11:49 am – Mars opposes retrograde Jupiter

With the God of war and action oriented Mars 21 Aquarius 41 opposing expansive but retrograde Jupiter 21 Leo 41, this may be the ideal time to reflect on actions we’ve taken recently or may be planning to take in the next few months.  Choose your course carefully for once begun it may be difficult to change or undo what is done.

01/03/15 – 12:40 am – Sun square Uranus

This is the first of six exact aspects or sign changes today.  Sun 12 Capricorn 38 is making a third quarter waning crisis of consciousness square to unpredictable Uranus in act first Aries.  The Sun as the center of our solar system and source of power behind all life on Earth doesn’t carry messages; He gives instructions and will be conjuncting Pluto later today.  What instructions might he have for these two as they prepare for their seventh and final square in March 2015?

01/03/15 – 3:55 am – Moon goes Void-of-Course

After sextiling Jupiter the Moon 23 Gemini now trines Mars and then goes void-of-course.  It’s Saturday and the Moon will be void-of-course for over 13 hours so it is probably best not to start anything new today.

01/03/15 – 6:48 am – Venus enters Aquarius

This ends Venus’ void-of-course.  In fixed air Aquarius Venus, Goddess of love may just want to give you a piece of Her mind and tell it like it is.  Don’t waste your energy trying to tell Her She is wrong, you can’t.  If She is, She will have to figure it out for Herself.

01/03/15 – 3:32 pm – Sun conjunct Pluto

This marks the end of the Sun Pluto cycle that began January 1, 2014 and the beginning of a new cycle.  Whenever the Sun meets transformative Pluto 13 Capricorn 16, one can expect to feel as if something isn’t quite right.  That there may be more that one can do or perhaps something that can be done better.  Pay attention to whatever you may be feeling and to any insights or “a-ha” moments you may have.  The smallest light can dispel the greatest darkness allowing us to see what was right in front of us all along.

01/03/15 – 5:08 pm – Moon enters Cancer

This ends the Moon’s void-of-course and is the last planetary event of the day.  With the Moon back in Her home sign of Cancer, we may feel a sense of relief or an emotional letting go.  Don’t put the tissue away just yet.

01/04/15 – 3:33 am – Moon trine Neptune

It’s another potentially emotional day with six exact aspects or sign changes today.  Have your dream journal handy as something important may be revealed.  The smallest detail may grow into something significant.

01/04/15 – 5:08 pm – Mercury enters Aquarius

Mercury ends its void-of-course and joins Venus in fixed air Aquarius.  For 2015 all three Mercury retrogrades will take place entirely in air signs.  All forms of communication, written, spoken, electronic and even thoughts will be highlighted during this year.  Best to re-read anything you write before sending it and to re-think anything you might say before speaking it.  Time spent in reflection can be time well spent.  Tomorrow, Mercury enters its shadow in preparation for the first retrograde.

01/04/15 – 8:53 pm – Full Moon opposes Sun

The Moon 14 Cancer 31 opposes Sun 14 Capricorn 31 and marks the fruition phase of their monthly cycle began on the Winter Solstice, December 21, 2014.  What “seeds” did you plant at that time?  Are any ready to harvest and be put to use?  Following their opposition, the Moon goes void-of-course for the next 30 hours giving one plenty of time to reflect and assess the harvest.  This is also the last planetary event of the day.  Good night to “just sleep on it.”

01/05/15 – 12:00 am – Moon Void-of-Course

The Moon will be void-of-course all day.  If this is your first work day of 2015 you may want to use it to work on things left over from 2014 or start your “to-do” list for 2015.  Use a pencil as it will change.  Try not to start anything new that is important.  It’s OK to gather information and to reflect on it, but best wait until tomorrow before committing to it.  Don’t make any New Year’s resolutions today as chances are nothing will come of them, unless of course that is what you really want.

01/05/15 – 1:31 pm – Mercury enters Its Shadow

Mercury 1 Aquarius 18 is now in the shadow, that space that it will retrograde back over.  You may find that all or much of what you learn or think you know now isn’t so after all.  Choose your words carefully as you may have to defend or explain them later.  Consider Davey Crockett’s motto, “Be sure you’re right, then go ahead.”

01/06/15 – 3:06 am – Moon enters Leo

This ends the first long void-of-course of 2015.  It won’t be the last.

01/08/15 – 9:04 am – Moon opposes Mars

Both the Moon and Mars now go void-of-course.  The Moon 27 Leo 05 for just under five hours and Mars 27 Aquarius 05 for almost four days.  You may find yourself energized as with no aspects; there is no one to drain Mars’ energy.  Use the energy wisely.

01/10/15 – 7:45 am – Moon goes Void-of-Course

It’s Saturday morning and the Moon will be void-of-course for the rest of the day and into the wee hours of Sunday morning, a total of over 20 hours.  Enjoy the day; just try to avoid starting any new projects until tomorrow.

01/11/15 – 3:57 am – Moon enters Libra

The void-of-course is over.  You should be good to go now until Tuesday.

01/12/15 – 12:59 am – Moon Trine Mercury

This is the first of five exact aspects by the Moon today so it may be a bit more emotional than usual.  Know where your tissues are … just in case.  Since Mercury is in its shadow best to mind what you say, how you say and who you say it to.  Next up is another easy trine, this time with Venus.

01/12/15 – 2:21 am – Mars enters Pisces

This ends Mars void-of-course.  Mars was last in Pisces from February 1 to March 11, 2013.  What was that time like for you?  While a repeat of any events is unlikely, you may experience some familiar feelings.

Following this, the Moon will oppose Uranus and then square Pluto, aspects three and four which may help to set things up for the seventh and final Uranus Pluto square on March 16.

01/12/15 – 9:25 pm – Moon sextile Retrograde Jupiter

This is the last exact aspect by the Moon today.  Try not to exaggerate things or over-state your case.

01/13/15 – 1:46 am – Moon square Sun

This is the third quarter waning crisis of consciousness square.  Following this aspect, the Moon 22 Libra 52 goes void-of-course for almost 14 hours.  Best to start your day by focusing on existing projects and save any new ones for later this afternoon or tomorrow.

01/13/15 – 3:44 pm – Moon enters Scorpio

The void-of-course is over so you can tackle new things now, but you may want to wait until tomorrow to really dig into them.

01/14/15 – 2:25 am – Mercury sextile Uranus

Mercury is in its shadow and with this easy sextile to unpredictable Uranus you may want to consider a vow of silence today.

01/14/15 – 10:11 pm – Mars square Uranus

This could be considered a potential accident aspect as Mars wants to act and Uranus is the unexpected so do be careful.

01/15/15 – 3:52 pm – Moon and Sun go Void-of-Course

Following a friendly sextile, both the Sun 25 Capricorn 30 and the Moon 25 Scorpio 30 go void-of-course.  The Moon for just over eight hours and the Sun for over four days.  Will the Sun seem stronger because its energy isn’t being drained off by other planets or might it seem weaker as it has no lines of communication (aspects) with the other planets?  Chances are if you have any planets or sensitive points from 25 degrees to the end of any of the cardinal signs, Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn, you are more likely to feel this transit of the Sun until it enters Aquarius.

01/16/15 – 12:01 am – Moon enters Sagittarius

This ends the Moon’s void-of-course.  It’s Friday so this could be a good time to line up any new projects for next week.

01/17/15 – 11:25 am – Moon goes Void-of-Course

It’s Saturday and the Moon will be void-of-course for the rest of the day, a total of almost 16 1/2 hours.

01/18/15 – 4:04 am – Moon enters Capricorn

The Moon void-of-course is over.  It’s Sunday so you may want to get a head start on planning your week as the Moon will be void-of-course all day Monday.

01/19/15 – 2:51 am – Moon goes Void-of-Course

It’s Monday and this is another long one, over 26 hours.  With the Moon void-of-course all day your time may best be spent taking care of business and not starting anything new until tomorrow.

01/19/15 – 5:44 am –Venus opposes Retrograde Jupiter

What can one expect when the two benefics Venus and Jupiter oppose each other?  It’s Venus 19 Aquarius 57 opposing retrograde Jupiter 19 Leo 57; fixed air versus fixed fire.  Fire can’t survive without air.  Will Venus in air feed the fire Jupiter is in causing some little issues to become larger or even get blown out of proportions?  Tread lightly and choose your words carefully as Mercury is preparing to go retrograde and unkind words now will may come back to haunt you.  Will it be about love in your life or will it be about global issues of revolution and justice for the downtrodden or reaction to terrorists?

01/19/15 – 4:09 pm – Mars conjunct Neptune

This is the second conjunction of these two in Pisces.  The first was February 4, 2013 at 2 Pisces 12; this one is at 5 Pisces 56.  All conjunctions are like a new Moon marking both the end of one cycle and the beginning of a new cycle between the two points involved.  What began about two years ago and now seems to be completed?  Do you have any planets or sensitive points at 5-6 degrees of one of the mutable signs, Pisces, Gemini, Virgo or Sagittarius?  The Sabian symbol for this degree is a parade of Army officers in full dress.  Are you ready to stand up for what you believe?  Think carefully about what you might say about this as Mercury is ready to go retrograde and you may well have to explain yourself or address this again over the next few weeks.

01/20/15 – 1:44 am – Sun enters Aquarius

No, it’s still not the “dawning of the age of Aquarius.”  This happens every year at this time.  Can you feel the shift from cardinal earth, business oriented Capricorn to fixed air, idealistic, revolutionary stand up for the weak Aquarius?

01/20/15 – 4:59 am – Moon enters Aquarius

This ends the long void-of-course and sets up the fourth consecutive new Moon at 0 degrees of a sign.

01/20/15 – 5:14 am – New Moon conjunct Sun

This new Moon 0 Aquarius 09 is the first of two new Moons in Aquarius and the last of four consecutive new Moons at 0 degrees of a sign.  This new Moon may also have a greater sense of urgency or a “fleeting” sense to it as both the Sun and Moon are moving very fast.  The Sabian symbol for this degree is an old adobe mission in California.  Start your day with a new Moon ritual.  Be selective with your choice of “seeds” and plant them carefully.  Emotions may run fast and high as the Moon is accelerating to warp speed.

01/20/15 – 11:23 pm – Moon at Maximum Speed

The Moon is now moving at 15 degrees 05 minutes of arc a day.  That means it could zip through a sign in two days; but it cannot sustain this speed and will begin slowing down now.

01/21/15 – 1:40 am – Moon sextile Uranus

This is the first of five planetary events today including four exact aspects by the Moon.  It is an easy flowing sextile and with the Moon still moving fast and combing with erratic and unpredictable Uranus one may have some unusual dreams or insights.  Unexpected emotional outbursts are also possible today.  Just try to “chill.”

01/21/15 – 7:54 am – Mercury stations Retrograde

Mercury 17 Aquarius 05 begins the first of its three retrogrades of 2015.  All will be entirely within the three air signs.  The air signs represent our thinking and communicating so be careful what you put out there as you may find yourself having to re-think or restate things that you thought were clear or obvious.

Following this, the Moon will conjunct retrograde Mercury and then oppose retrograde Jupiter.  That is a lot of “re-ing.”  There may be some clarification later today when the Moon makes the last aspect.  Pay attention as both Mercury and Jupiter may have messages for the Moon to pass onto Venus later today.

01/21/15 – 5:45 pm – Moon conjunct Venus

This conjunction at 23 Aquarius 04 is the last exact planetary aspect of the day and also the beginning of another Moon void-of-course, this one lasting just over eleven hours.  Earlier this month it had seemed that Mercury would catch up to Venus as if it had an important message to relay.  It never happened.  Did Mercury pass the message on to the Moon to deliver?  What about Jupiter?  With the Moon void-of-course, take time this evening to reflect on the events of the day and see what meaning, insights or messages you may have received from them.

01/22/15 – 4:48 am – Moon enters Pisces

This ends the Moon’s void-of-course.  What did you learn from the events of yesterday?  Today might be a good day to put them into action, to start something new.  Don’t forget that Mercury and Jupiter are both retrograde so be careful what you say as it could get “blown out of proportion.”

01/23/15 – 3:13 am – Moon goes Void-of-Course

It’s Friday morning and following a friendly sextile to Pluto, the Moon goes void-of-course, this time for over 26 hours.  Try to focus on existing projects and avoid starting anything new today.  Save the new stuff for next week.

01/24/15 – 5:31 am – Moon enters Aries

It’s Saturday morning and the long void-of-course is over.  Enjoy your weekend, but remember to keep your tongue in check.

01/25/5 – 3:27 am – Moon occults Uranus

This super conjunction occurring at 13 Aries 04 won’t be visible in the United States as it occurs on the other side of the world.  When these two get together be prepared for new and perhaps unexpected ideas, revelations or insights.  They may come during sleeping dreams, day dreams or from out of nowhere.  Pay attention.  Take notes.

01/26/15 – 6:23 am – Moon and Venus go void-of-Course

It’s Monday morning and the beginning of another work week for many people.  Following an easy flowing sextile, both the Moon 28 Aries 43 and Venus 28 Aquarius 43 go void-of-course.  It is a short one for the Moon, just over two hours so start your day reviewing your inbox, to do list or things that are unfinished.  You should be able to tackle the new stuff after your morning coffee break.  On the other hand, Venus will be void-of-course for just over 24 hours so mind your “P’s” and “Q’s” in matters of the heart or things you desire.  Avoid large impulse purchases.  Choose your words of love carefully as Mercury is retrograde.

01/26/15 – 8:37 am – Moon enters Taurus

The Moon is exalted in Taurus and with Her void-of-course over you should be ready to tackle any new business that comes your way today.

01/26/15 – 8:45 pm – Moon square Sun

This is the first quarter waxing crisis of action square.  With the Moon just coming out of a short void-of-course this should be like a green light to go ahead, make your day.  Don’t forget, Mercury and Jupiter are both retrograde so be careful what you say, don’t press your luck and try not to exaggerate achievements or potential outcomes.

01/27/15 – 5:34 am – Moon sextile Mars

This is the first of seven planetary events of the day, including four exact aspects by the Moon.  With all the planetary action, you may want to check your supply of tissue.  This is an easy flowing aspect and the Mars energy will want to act, to go, move or do.  All well and good but this bears repeating, Mercury and Jupiter are both retrograde so watch what you say and don’t press your luck.

01/27/15 – 7:00 am – Venus enters Pisces

This is the second event of the day and marks the end of Venus void-of-course.  Venus is exalted in Pisces so She is happy to be here and most likely looking forward to Her meeting with Neptune as it will mark the beginning of a new cycle.  Their previous meeting (conjunction) was April 11, 2014 at 6 Pisces 42.  Their next will be February 1, 2015 at 6 Pisces 21.  It may be that whatever seeds were planted at their conjunction in 2014 did not mature as expected and so some may need to be replanted.  What might have started for you around April 11 that seems to be unfinished?  It is time to prepare for the next conjunction (new Moon phase) for Venus and Neptune.  What does your heart desire?  What about your spiritual beliefs?  Are you now where you wanted to be last April?  What work is undone or might need to be re-done?  Time to plan for the next cycle.

For the third and fourth events of the day, the Moon will square retrograde Mercury then trine Pluto.

01/27/15 – 6:18 pm – Moon goes Void-of-Course

The fifth event and fourth exact aspect by the Moon 18 Taurus 54 today is a square to retrograde Jupiter 18 Leo 24.  Having just squared retrograde Mercury a few hours ago, is the Moon carrying a message from retrograde Mercury to retrograde Jupiter?  Is it something new or something that bears repeating or requires clarification?  Pay attention to the details and any and all insights or a-ha moments.  Take notes.

Following the square to retrograde Jupiter, the sixth event of the day finds the Moon going void-of-course, this time for over 20 hours.  This can be a good time to reflect, re-assess, reconsider the events of the day or review any notes you may have taken.

01/27/15 – 9:03 pm – Retrograde Mercury sextile Uranus

The last event of today finds retrograde Mercury sextiling Uranus.  Tomorrow is Wednesday, hump day and with Mercury retrograde and the Moon void-of-course you may want to put off any new projects, until later Wednesday after the Moon enters Gemini.

01/28/15 – 2:36 pm – Moon enters Gemini

Wednesday starts with the Moon void-of-course so try to catch your breath, center yourself and reflect on works in progress at least until the void-of-course is over.  The Moon in Gemini can be rather talkative, just remember that Mercury is retrograde so think before you speak and choose your words carefully.

01/29/15 – 2:11 am – Moon square Uranus

It’s Thursday and the Moon in Gemini is doing what She likes to do best, talk.  Today She will make five exact aspects starting with this square to Uranus.  Did you receive any interesting insights during the night?  You might want to keep a note pad handy to jot down any insights, thoughts or ideas.

Following this the Moon will make an easy flowing trine to the Sun, then another easy flowing trine to retrograde Mercury followed by a sextile to Uranus.  Ideas, insights, thoughts in general or emotions may be flowing very freely today.  With Mercury retrograde, be careful what you say and who you say it to.

01/29/15 – 4:12 pm – Moon square Mars

After all the easy flowing energy, the Moon makes its fifth and final exact aspect of the day, a waxing first quarter crisis of action square to the God of Action, Mars.  If you must act, act wisely, engage your brain first and consider the possible consequences as both Mercury and Jupiter are still retrograde and words, written or spoken may be misunderstood or get blown out of proportion.

01/30/15 – 12:23 am – Venus square Saturn

This is the first quarter waxing crisis of action square in their current cycle.  This cycle began with their conjunction November 12, 2014 at 25 Scorpio 18.  What seed might you have planted around that time that now seems to be ready for or in need of attention?  Treat it kindly, with love and in accordance with whatever agreement you made at that time if you expect it to grow to fruition.

01/30/15 – 1:24 am – Moon goes Void-of-Course

It’s Friday and it’s another long void-of-course, this one over 21 hours.  This might be a good day to review, re-check, re-edit your work for this past week and to plan your work for next week.  Try to avoid starting anything new though.

01/30/15 – 5:45 am – Retrograde Mercury conjunct Sun

This is the inferior conjunction of Mercury and the Sun and always happens when Mercury is retrograde and passes between the Earth and the Sun.  It is like the “new Moon” phase in the cycle of Mercury, Sun and the Earth.  This conjunction occurs at 10 Aquarius 20.  The Sabian symbol for this degree is “During a silent hour, a person receives a new inspiration which may change their life.”  Are you seeking some insight or inspiration?  This may be the ideal time for it.  Try starting your day with some quiet time or meditating.  Something once considered and discarded may now make sense.  An old idea thought long forgotten may come back and be just the inspiration you need.  Be present.  Be quiet.  Be aware.

01/30/15 – 11:09 pm – Moon enters Cancer

This ends the last void-of-course of January and is the last significant planetary event of the month.  There are no major planetary events on Saturday but don’t let your guard down as Mercury and Jupiter are both still retrograde.

February starts with another long Moon void-of-course and the annual Venus Neptune conjunction.  We have a day with no exact aspects and the second of two new Moons in Aquarius which marks the Chinese New Year and the beginning of the Year of the Wood Sheep.


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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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