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Published on April 19th, 2012 | Posted by Jim Schultz
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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.

Here we are, half way (6 months) through 2014 already and so far we have only known Mars in Libra and Jupiter in Cancer.  That is all about to change as Jupiter moves into “look at me” Leo and Mars moves into “don’t tread on me” Scorpio.  After a relatively quiet June, what else might July hold in store for us?  While July may seem to get off to a slow start, it more than makes up for it in the second half.

07/01/14 – 3:00 am – Moon goes Void-of-Course

Following a waxing sextile to retrograde Mercury as it get ready to change direction, the Moon 24 Leo 22 goes void-of-course.  It will last about 11 ½ hours taking us through the morning and into mid to late afternoon so it can affect the work day.  This time is best used for working on existing projects, anything that is in progress including your in-basket or in-box.  Just set aside any new items for after the Moon enters Virgo.

07/01/14 – 5:20 am – Retrograde Mercury Stations Direct

Finally, after 24 days Mercury is changing directions again.  Mercury will now begin its third and final transit over the space from 24 Gemini 22 to 3 Cancer 10.  This can be thought of as the completion phase.  The time to correct any miscommunications that may have occurred during the earlier phases or to focus on completing those writing, communication or other projects that may have seemed to be delayed.  You have until July 15 after which Mercury will move into new territory.

07/01/14 – 2:24 pm – Moon enters Virgo ending Void-of-Course

The void-of-course is over and Mercury is now direct.  Time to get busy.  Tackle those nagging items that didn’t seem to want to move forward or just plan the rest of your work week.  Review and consider re-prioritizing your to-do list.

07/04/14 – 1:00 am – Sun opposes retrograde Pluto

Happy Birthday America!  With the Sun at 12 Cancer 17 and retrograde Pluto at 12 Capricorn 17, this is the “full Moon” fruition phase in their annual cycle that began with their conjunction January 1, 2014 at 11 Capricorn 17.  Did you make any New Year’s Resolutions?  Are any of them “ripe for the picking” at this time?  Pluto is a slow deliberate transformative energy.  Look back to the beginning of this year.  What goals did you set for yourself?  Maybe now is the time to make them a reality.  Don’t worry if you let some of those resolutions or goals slide as now can be an opportune time to re-dedicate yourself to achieving them.

07/05/14 – 2:47 am – Moon square Pluto

This is the first of five aspects by the Moon today.  You might want to break out the tissue and hold your tongue.  As they used to say, “Don’t cry over spilt milk.”  You can’t change the past.  But you can change how you respond to it.  What have you learned from it?

07/05/14 – 4:59 am – Moon square Sun

Moon 13 Libra 24 square Sun 13 Cancer 24.  This is the first quarter waxing crisis of action square.  Remember those goals or resolutions we talked about yesterday?  Today is a good day to take action on them.  Remember, every journey begins with the first step.

07/05/14 – 6:31 pm – Moon occults (conjunct) Mars

This conjunction is at 20 Libra 26.  An occultation is like a super conjunction as both the Moon and the planet align by zodiacal degree and declination, that is distance above the southern horizon in the northern hemisphere and vice-versa in the southern hemisphere.  Occultations are hard to see as you have to be in just the right place for everything to line up.  In this case, you will need to be in Hawaii, along the western coast of Central America, in the northern half of South America or somewhere at sea in between those places.  Mars has been here (20 Libra 26) twice before in recent months; January 24, 2014 while direct and April 4, 2014 while retrograde.  Do either of these dates hold any significance for you?  What was happening in your life around either of those dates and how might that relate to what is happening now?  There are always multiple cycles at play in our lives.  This is just one of them.

07/07/14 – 7:12 pm – Moon occults (conjunct) retrograde Saturn

Today it’s Saturn’s turn to be occulted by the Moon.  Saturn will be changing directions in a couple of weeks and so is barely moving at this time.  This “super conjunction” occurs at 16 Scorpio 46 and will only be visible from French Polynesia, southern South America, South Georgia (the island), the South Sandwich Islands and in the Pacific Ocean in between those locations.

07/08/14 – 9:23 am – Sun square Uranus

With the Sun at 16 Cancer 26 and Uranus at 16 Aries 26, this is the first quarter waxing crisis of action square in their annual cycle.  Expect the unexpected.  Don’t be surprised if you suddenly feel the need to act or find yourself in an unanticipated situation where you need to act NOW!  The closer this aspects a planet or point in your chart, the more likely it is that you will be affected by this.

07/10/14 – 5:19 pm – Mercury goes Void-of-Course

Following at opposition by the Moon, 28 Sagittarius 05, Mercury 28 Gemini 05 goes void-of-course for the next 2 days 4 ½ hours.  Since Mercury has already covered this portion of the zodiac twice, this is the third and final, let us wrap it up and get it right this time passage.  Being unaspected should help to focus the Mercury energy to complete those tasks that have required a recent do-over.  Try to be quick about it without being careless.

07/12/14 – 4:25 am – Moon opposes Sun

This is a full Moon and a Super Moon at that as the Moon, 20 Capricorn 03 (Sun 20 Cancer 03) makes its closest approach to the Earth during its current orbit at about the same time.  Occurring in the wee hours of the morning as the Moon is setting in the west; She should appear larger than usual.  If you aren’t usually up and your skies are clear, you might want to set your alarm clock just so you can get up and see Her in all Her gorgeous giant orb splendor.  Heads up, August and September full Moon’s will also be “Super Moon’s” with August being the “superset” Moon of 2014, meaning that the Moon will be at its closest approach to the Earth during 2014.

07/12/14 – 6:56 pm – Jupiter goes Void-of-Course

Following an opposition by the Moon, Jupiter 29 Cancer 15 goes Void-of-Course for the next four days.

07/12/14 – 7:45 pm – Mercury Maximum Elongation from the Sun

With Mercury 29 Gemini 55 being as far (in zodiacal degrees, 20 degrees 44 minutes arc) from the Sun as it will get for this Morning Star cycle.  This happens when Mercury’s speed while accelerating, matches the speed of the Sun.  You might want to get up before the Sun (like 5’ish or shortly after depending on your eastern horizon) as it may be your best chance to see elusive Mercury sparkling in the east just before Sun rise tomorrow morning.  As an added treat, Venus is also a Morning Star providing a rare opportunity to see these two together.  Venus will be the brighter and higher one in the east.

07/12/14 – 9:45 pm – Mercury returns to Cancer ending Void-of-Course

It will be another three days before Mercury finally leaves its shadow and moves into new territory.  This time Mercury will speed through Cancer on its way to Leo racing to catch up with the Sun.  You may find yourself thinking more about family and friends and what you might do to nurture or protect them or perhaps what they might do or haven’t done for you.

07/15/14 – 8:26 pm – Mercury leaves its Shadow

This Mercury retrograde cycle is over as Mercury finally moves beyond the point, 3 Cancer 10 where it stationed retrograde on June 7.  Time to move on to new things, write down or record those new ideas doesn’t trust them to your memory.  Make new lists.  Check your old lists.  Update them.  Delete those things that have been done or are no longer needed.  Remember, Mercury is speeding up and so might your thoughts.

07/16/14 – 3:30 am – Jupiter enters Leo ending Void-of-Course

Jupiter entered Cancer June 25, 2013.  After 55 weeks and some Cardinal Grand Crosses and Grand Water Trines, Jupiter finally leaves cardinal watery “let me protect and nurture you” Cancer and enters fixed fiery “look at me” Leo.  Can you feel the shift?  Not to worry.  Jupiter will be in Leo until August 11, 2015 so you do have time to adjust.

07/16/14 – 5:57 pm – Venus goes Void-of-Course

Following a third quarter waning crisis of consciousness square by the Moon, Venus 28 Gemini 08 goes void-of-course for the next 37 hours.  This may be a good time to focus on any relationship you are currently in.  If you are looking for a relationship, this can be a good time to reassess what it is you are looking for and what it is you have to offer in return.  Making a list of “pro’s and con’s” is usually helpful.

 07/18/14 – 7:06 am – Venus enters Cancer ending Void-of-Course

Can you feel the shift as beautiful Venus flows from mutable air “I think I like that, but that one is pretty too” Gemini to protective nurturing cardinal water Cancer.  Perhaps this will help you to feel the shift.  The Sabian symbol for the last degree of Gemini is “A parade of bathing beauties before large beach crowds.”  The Sabian symbol for the first degree of Cancer is “On a ship, sailors lower an old flag and raise a new one.”  This can represent a time to let go of old things, habits, practices that no longer fit or serve you to something newer or different, perhaps with more substance to it.

07/18/14 – 7:08 pm – Moon square Sun

This is the third quarter waning crisis of consciousness square in the monthly cycle of the Moon and Sun.  Time to reconsider what was harvested or came to fruition at the full Super Moon and prepare for the coming new Moon on the 26th.

07/18/14 – 11:32 pm – Sun square Mars

With any square between the Sun and Mars, don’t be surprised if you seem to have new energy, feel as if you can do anything or just feel that you must do something.  As both the Sun at 26 Cancer 31 and Mars at 26 Libra 31 prepare to leave the cardinal “let’s do it” energy behind and move into more stable fixed “we really need to finish this” signs, we have the third quarter crisis of consciousness square in their two year cycle.  This cycle began with their conjunction April 17, 2013 at 28 Aries 08.  What “seeds,” actions or ideas might have been planted around that time?  This was followed by their waxing first quarter crisis of action square January 2, 2014 with the Sun at 12 Capricorn 32 and Mars at 12 Libra 32 followed by their “full Moon” opposition harvest/fruition April 8, 2014 with Sun at 18 Aries 57 and retrograde Mars at 18 Libra 57.  Because Mars was retrograde at that time, your “harvest” might have been delayed until after Mars changed direction and returned to 18 Libra 57 for the third time, July 2, 2014.  What do you make of your “harvest,” what might have come to fruition between April 8th and July 2nd that might relate back to something begun April 2013?  Time to clear out what isn’t working, put to good use that which seems to be working and begin to prepare for the next cycle.

07/19/14 – 2:54 am – Moon square Jupiter

This is another third quarter waning crisis of consciousness square and the first of five exact aspects by the Moon today.  Don’t be surprised is you or someone else seems to be on an emotional high or roller coaster today as the Moon moves from this more tense aspect to easy flowing sextiles to Venus, to Neptune and then Mercury before finishing the day with a trine to Pluto.

07/20/14 – 1:36 pm – Retrograde Saturn stations Direct

After 20 weeks, Saturn ends its annual retrograde.  He has been at 16 Scorpio since June 29th and will remain at 16 Scorpio until August 10th when He finally reaches 17 Scorpio again; spending a total of 6 weeks at 16 Scorpio.  The Sabian symbol for this degree of Scorpio is “A woman, filled with her own Spirit is the father of her own child.”  Sounds a bit like a Dean Koontz novel I remember reading.  Make of it what you will.

07/21/14 – 7:13 am – Sun goes Void-of-Course

Following a friendly sextile by the Moon, the Sun at 28 Cancer 45 goes void-of-course for the next 31½ hours.  You may feel disconnected from others or you may find yourself better able to focus on matters that are of interest or important to you.  Time is fleeting.  Best try to get it done today or you may find yourself losing interest in doing it at all.

07/21/14 – 7:53 pm – Uranus stations Retrograde

Uranus will spend just over seven months in direct motion and then about five months retrograde going over each degree of the zodiac three times during its 84 year orbit around the Sun.  Now at 16 Aries 30, after trying desperately to make an exact aspect to His son, Saturn, Uranus finds himself coming up just short again, missing “by a nose” so to speak.  Uranus will spend over two months at 16 Aries (June 17 – August 27, 2014).  Uranus will trace His steps back to 12 Aries 34 and reactivating the Cardinal Grand Cross and Pluto Uranus squares of this past year.  Don’t be surprised if things that came up then come up again or have to be re-visited.

07/21/14 – 11:47 pm – Mercury opposes Retrograde Pluto

With Mercury at 11 Cancer 51 opposing retrograde Pluto at 11 Capricorn 51 we may find our minds returning to thoughts about home, perhaps of past attempts at nurturing or of those who nurtured or failed to nurture us.  Where ever your thoughts go, remember to choose your words carefully or you may have to “eat them” when Pluto changes direction again and goes over this space for the third time.  This opposition may reactivate issues which came up during the third Uranus Pluto square of May 20, 2013.  What was going on in your life at that time?  Are there projects to complete or issues yet to be resolved?  Don’t be surprised if they require your attention again during this time.

07/22/14 – 2:41 pm – Sun enters Leo ending Void-of-Course

Are you aware of the shift as the Sun leaves cardinal water Cancer, home of the Moon and returns home joining Jupiter in fixed fire Leo?  We may find ourselves seeking attention; wanting to be recognized for our accomplishments no matter how small they may be.  Or we may just be paying greater attention to our looks, particularly our hair.

07/23/14 – 5:53 pm – Mars goes Void-of-Course

Following a waning trine by the Moon at 28 Gemini 55, Mars at 28 Libra 55 goes void-of-course for the next 49½ hours.  You may find it more difficult to control your energy at this time, particularly in areas involving others so do try to be aware and avoid being too spontaneous.  Remember, you have a brain so it is best to engage it before acting or speaking, particularly where significant others are concerned.

07/24/14 – 4:10 am – Venus trine Neptune

This watery waxing trine between Venus 7 Cancer 05 and retrograde Neptune 7 Pisces 05 is the first of seven exact aspects today, including three by the Moon.  With a mix of easy and challenging aspects expect a roller coaster ride today.

Try to remember and record any dreams you had during the night.  While this aspect might bring thoughts of romantic idealized love a cautionary note is required here as Neptune is retrograde.  Try not to spend energy on past loves and what might have been.  You might like a do-over but you won’t get it.  You only get one chance to make a first impression.  Beware of Neptune’s tendency to deceive, confuse or hide things in a fog.

07/24/14 – 1:44 pm – Sun conjunct Jupiter

Following the Moon’s trine to retrograde Neptune and then a conjunction with Venus, the Sun catches up to Jupiter at 1 Leo 52 for their annual meeting.  This marks the end of the Sun Jupiter 13 month cycle which began with their previous conjunction June 19, 2013 at 28 Gemini 32.  This is the “new Moon” phase or “seed planting” time.  Journaling about what happens in your life at this time can prove helpful when reviewing future aspects between these two giants of our Solar system.

07/24/14 – 5:07 pm – Mercury square retrograde Uranus

This is the fifth exact aspect today.  Best to watch your words as Mercury 16 Cancer 30, planet of communication squares retrograde Uranus 16 Aries 30, planet of the unexpected.

07/24/14 – 7:11 pm – Mercury trine Saturn

With Mercury now at 16 Cancer 39 what message might it be delivering to Saturn 16 Scorpio 39?  Will the message from Uranus be understood or misunderstood?  Saturn expects clarity.  Uranus doesn’t.  Sometimes, we speak before thinking.  This is not the time for that.  Be sure to engage your brain before opening your mouth or pressing the “send” key, otherwise you may have to “eat your words” or hope you have a good backstroke.  Hang in there.  Only one aspect left today.

07/24/14 – 7:23 pm – Moon opposes retrograde Pluto

The balsamic Moon is in Her home sign at 11 Cancer 47 and less than 30 degrees behind the Sun.  What business might She have to finish up with transformative Pluto before the coming new Moon?  Best get to it if you want to finish it up now.

07/25/14 – 6:53 am – Moon goes Void-of-Course

Following a conjunction with Mercury at 17 Cancer 32, the Moon goes void-of-course in Her home sign for the next 25 hours.  It’s Friday.  It may be best to spend the day finishing up projects rather than trying to start something new.  A quiet relaxing Friday evening may be best as well as things could get real serious real fast.

07/25/14 – 7:25 pm – Mars enters Scorpio ending Void-of-Course

Mars returns to His other sign, deep, fixed water Scorpio.  Can you feel the shift as Mars leaves cardinal air Libra, the sign of His fall behind?  He is much happier now.  Mars’ previous transit through Scorpio was from August 23, 2012 to October 6, 2012.  Do you remember what that was like for you?  It could give you a sense of what to expect over the next seven weeks as Mars transits Scorpio before entering Sagittarius September 13, 2014.  Don’t be surprised if things seem more intense or feelings run deeper.  Don’t forget, the Moon is void-of-course so try not to start anything you want to go well.

07/26/14 – 7:55 am – Moon enters Leo ending Void-of-Course

The Moon is now very balsamic.  It is in its darkest phase.  If you haven’t done so, you should get ready for any “new Moon” ritual you might want to do tonight.

07/26/14 – 3:42 pm – Moon conjunct Sun

This new Moon is at 3 Leo 52.  The Sabian symbol for this degree finds someone formally dressed standing near trophies brought back from a hunting expedition.  What awards or recognition might you receive or might you be expecting?  Perhaps it is your turn to acknowledge and “reward” someone for all that they have done for you?

07/27/14 – 5:38 pm – Moon goes Void-of-Course

Following a square to Saturn 16 Scorpio 41, the Moon 16 Leo 41 will be void-of-course for the next 27 hours, which means all of the rest of today (Sunday) and basically all of the normal Monday work day.  Why so long now you ask?  For one, the Moon is moving slowly, almost as slow as She gets and with the exception of Mercury in Cancer, all the other planets are in pretty much the first half of the sign they are in.

07/27/14 – 11:37 pm – Venus opposes retrograde Pluto

Venus 11 Cancer 42 is making Her “full Moon” opposition aspect to retrograde Pluto 11 Capricorn 42.  This cycle began with their conjunction November 15, 2013 at 9 Capricorn 46 and will be completed with their next conjunction December 20, 2014.  Venus represents those people and things we love and our sense of what is beautiful.  Pluto represents our path of transformation to purity.  That is purity in the sense of becoming who we are meant to be, not necessarily purity in any religious or righteous sense.  What might you have begun in November that you can now say is reaching fruition?

07/28/14 – No Exact Aspects Today (PDT)

With the Moon void-of-course the Sun and the other planets also give us the “day off” as there are no exact aspects today.  Just because the transiting planets aren’t making any aspects to each other doesn’t mean they aren’t making aspects to our personal natal planets.  The day could be one in which it is difficult to get focused or accomplish anything or it may be that we are better able to focus on an existing project.  However the day is going for you; try not to force anything to happen.

07/28/14 – 8:37 pm – Moon enters Virgo ending Void-of-Course

The Moon is still moving very slow as She enters mutable earth Virgo.  Try not to be overly critical of others or too picky.  Remember, no one is perfect.

07/31/14 – 7:48 am – Mercury goes Void-of-Course

Good news, it’s a short one.  Bad news, it’s Wednesday and you are probably at work and Mercury 29 Cancer 19 will be void-of-course for most of your work day.  Choose your words carefully so you don’t have to eat or explain yourself later.  Focus on finishing things or maybe work on your inbox.  Try to avoid starting something new until after Mercury enters Leo in 8 hours.

07/31/14 – 3:46 pm – Mercury enters Leo ending Void-of-Course

This can be an opportune time to “blow your own horn” if you are deserving.  Try to keep your ego in check when speaking, especially about yourself.

07/31/14 – 9:43 pm – Venus square retrograde Uranus

This is the first quarter, waxing crisis of action square in their cycle which began with their conjunction on May 15, 2014 at 14 Aries 49.  That wasn’t so long ago.  Do you remember what you might have started around that time?  With this square, Venus 16 Cancer 28, retrograde Uranus 16 Aries 28, there can be a feeling of a need to act, to do something even though you may not be sure of what to do.  If you need to act, trust your instinct and expect the unexpected.  Try not to over think it but do try to avoid impulse buying of anything expensive or that can’t be easily returned.  Hang on to your receipts.

Looking ahead, August starts out with six exact aspects, four of them by the Moon.  We have our second or three consecutive full Super Moons and the conjunction of the two malefics, Mars and Saturn in Scorpio.  We also have the superior conjunction of Mercury and the Sun and Venus joining the crowd, Sun, Mercury and Jupiter, giving us four planets in Leo.


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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