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.


05/01/16 – 7:33 am – Moon enters Pisces

The void-of-course is over.  It is “May Day” or Beltane if you prefer and the light should now be green so go ahead, celebrate or get started on any new spring projects or tasks today.


05/02/16 – 3:23 am – Moon conjunct Neptune

This is the first of six exact aspects by the Moon today.  Note any dreams, feelings, intuitions, sights, sounds or smells you have when you first awake.  You can make sense of them later.  This could be a rather emotional day so keep the tissue handy and cut yourself and others some slack.

Following this, the Moon will sextile the Sun, oppose retrograde Jupiter, square retrograde Saturn and then sextile retrograde Pluto for the second, third, fourth and fifth exact aspects of the day.


05/02/16 – 10:08 pm – Moon sextile retrograde Mercury

This is the sixth and final aspect of the day.  Following this, the Moon will go void-of-course for the next twelve hours.  Plan on starting Tuesday by reviewing your work from today, returning e-mails or phone calls and re-viewing, re-editing, re-considering, re-reading, all those “re” words for Mercury retrograde.


05/03/16 – 12:58 am – Sun trine retrograde Jupiter

When retrograde, normally expansive Jupiter may represent the contracting of things.  What are you doing or what in your life should you consider pulling back on?  Is it a relationship that is moving too fast or a project that may be over-estimated?  While you should avoid “selling yourself short,” you should also avoid “biting off more than you can chew.”  Whatever it is in your life, keep it to manageable steps or bites.


05/03/16 – 10:04 am – Moon enters Aries

The void-of-course is over.  You may start that new project or task now or just continue with what you were doing.  Remember, Mercury and four other planets are retrograde so choose your words carefully.  Be sure to re-read everything before sending and give yourself time to re-consider before responding in a conversation.


05/04/16 – 9:17 pm – Moon goes Void-of-Course

Following a conjunction with unpredictable Uranus, the Moon goes void-of-course for almost thirteen hours.  This is a good night for reflecting on the day’s events and accomplishments and for re-considering what to do tomorrow, at least until the Moon moves into Taurus.


05/05/16 – 10:10 am – Moon enters Taurus

The void-of-course is over.  While planning your day and selecting your tasks, don’t forget that Mercury, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto are all retrograde.


05/06/16 – 4:33 am – Moon sextile Neptune

This is the first of five exact aspects by the Moon today.  Note any and all details of any dreams.  Include feelings, thoughts, intuition, sounds, colors or smells.  If something doesn’t make sense, don’t worry, you can put the pieces together for a clearer picture later.

Following this, the Moon will trine retrograde Jupiter for the second exact aspect of the day.


05/06/16 – 12:29 pm – New Moon conjunct Sun

This new Moon is at 16 Taurus 41.  The Sabian symbol for this degree is a “symbolic battle between swords and torches.  Are you engaged in a “battle” with someone?  What is it about?  Which are you, the sword or the torch?  Swords can be used to slash, slice and cut away things while torches help to light up the dark.  New Moon’s represent new beginnings.  What do you need to cut away to make room for that new idea or thing that is germinating in you?  Use the torch to light your way, to see more clearly what no longer serves you and which path to take.

This new Moon is also part of a Grand Earth trine.  The two other points are retrograde Jupiter in Virgo and retrograde Pluto in Capricorn.  Reflect, re-consider, re-evaluate, re-think, and re-dedicate yourself to your new task or path.

Following this the Moon will trine retrograde Pluto for the fourth exact aspect of the day.


05/06/16 – 7:10 pm – Moon goes Void-of-Course

Following the fifth and final exact aspect of the day, a conjunction with retrograde Mercury, the Moon goes void-of-course for over fourteen hours.  Are you getting into this May routine yet?  Void-of-course starting in the evening and extending into mid-morning of the following day?  There are more to come.


05/07/16 – 6:00 am – Sun trine retrograde Pluto

The Sun symbolizes the self and Pluto symbolizes all that the self can be.  This can be a good weekend for re-viewing or re-considering who you think you are, who you feel you should be, where you are going and how you plan on getting there.


05/07/16 – 9:34 am – Moon enters Gemini

It’s Saturday and the void-of-course is over.  Could be a good time to tackle any new projects around your home or perhaps to dust off that writing project you started a while ago or start a new one.  Mercury retrogrades can be a good time to re-view, re-focus, re-write something.  If you start a new writing project just know that you will need to spend time editing, reviewing and re-writing.


05/08/16 – 9:15 pm – Moon goes Void-of-Course

Following a waning sextile to Uranus in Aries, the Moon goes void-of-course for over thirteen hours.  Since tomorrow is Monday you may want to plan on starting your day off by reviewing or working on existing projects or tasks and hold off on starting anything new until your morning coffee has kicked in and the Moon is in Cancer.


05/09/16 – 05:16 am – Jupiter Stations Direct

After four months of backtracking Jupiter stations (stops apparent retrograde motion) at 13 Virgo.  Jupiter is the largest planet in the known solar system.  When a planet changes directions it is at its strongest.  Like a large ship or locomotive, it takes more energy to stop or start moving than it does to keep it going.  Jupiter is about expansion but while retrograde may actually symbolize contraction.  What hasn’t been expanding or going as you might have expected?  With Jupiter changing direction in the days and weeks ahead that could change and things begin to move forward or expand as expected.


05/09/16 – 8:12 am – Retrograde Mercury Conjunct the Sun

This is the inferior conjunction which is generally considered to be like a new Moon; that is it marks the ending of one cycle and the beginning of a new Mercury Sun cycle.  The previous inferior conjunction was January 14, 2016 at 23 Capricorn.  This conjunction is at 19 Taurus.  What might have begun for you around that date that now has come full circle and is ending or ready for its next phase?  Have you been writing something that is now ready for the proof-reader or to be submitted?  What might this new cycle have in store?

Unlike most inferior conjunctions, this is a very special astronomical one as the Earth, Mercury and the Sun line up like three balls on a table top.  With the proper viewing equipment, one will be able to see Mercury crossing or transiting the face of the Sun.  With the exception of Australia and far eastern Asia, the rest of the world should be able to see at least a portion of Mercury’s transit weather conditions permitting.  Check online for more information about Mercury’s transit of the Sun, why it happens and how to safely view it.

If you’ve been thinking about starting a new writing project or something else having to do with any form of communication, note that at this time the Moon is void-of-course and Mercury is retrograde.  Whatever you start now proceed as if there is a Yellow, caution light.  Make lists, do your research, create an outline; these are all things suitable for a void-of-course or retrograde period.  After Mercury goes direct on May 22, you should have a Green light to move ahead.


05/09/16 – 10:24 am – Moon enters Cancer

The Moon returns to Her home sign and the void-of-course is now over.  Check and re-check any lists to make sure you haven’t forgotten or overlooked something.  You should be good to start that new project or task now; keeping in mind that Mercury is retrograde so you may want to use a pencil instead of ink.  That is to say be prepared for and expect things to change.


05/10/16 – 6:16 am – Moon trine Neptune

This is the first of seven exact aspects today, six of them by the Moon.  Grab your dream journal and note everything, memories, feelings, insights, sounds, smells and visions.  Don’t worry about writing it down as a narrative.  Allow the words to flow.  Let your hands write or type and trust your instinct.  You may want to find the tissue and keep them handy; if not for yourself then for whoever might need one.

Following this the Moon will sextile Venus and then sextile Jupiter for the second and third exact aspects of the day.  Sextiles symbolize an easy flow of energies and are associated with Venus.  What message might the Moon be carrying from Venus to Jupiter?  


05/10/16 – 12:00 pm – Venus trine Jupiter

This is the fourth exact aspect of the day and the only one that doesn’t involve the Moon.  Trines also symbolize an easy flow of energy and are associated with Jupiter.  What exchanges occur between the lesser benefic Venus and the greater benefic Jupiter?  Should be good news or at least flow with less resistance.

While not exact, both Venus in Taurus and Jupiter in Virgo are trining Pluto in Capricorn creating what is called a “Grand Earth Trine.”  Grand Trines occur when there is a planet in each of the three signs of the same element and each planet trines the other two.  This symbolizes an easy flow of energy with chances for little resistance.  The downside to a Grand Trine is that it can result in one being complacent and expecting things to happen without putting in any effort.  Every journey begins with the first step.  Even a snowball needs a little push to get it rolling down the hill.  As has been said many times, “You can’t win the lottery if you don’t buy a ticket.”  When opportunity knocks, you need to answer the door.  Know when to wait and when to start “the ball rolling.”  Enough clichés, you should have the idea by now.  You still need to show up and do the work.

Following this the Moon will oppose retrograde Pluto and then sextile retrograde Mercury.  Is there something that you need to redo, re-think, re-organize or let go of?  Did the Moon carry another message from Pluto, Lord of the Underworld to Mercury, messenger of the Gods?  If so who might Mercury carry the message to next?


05/10/16 – 10:23 pm – Moon sextile Sun

This is the seventh and final exact aspect of the day.  Allow yourself time to reflect on the events of the day and to review your dream journal notes.


05/11/16 – 12:34 am – Moon goes Void-of-Course

It’s hump day and following a square to Uranus in Aries the Moon goes void-of-course for fourteen hours so plan your day around ongoing projects and tasks.  If you can, put off any new projects until this afternoon when the Moon is in Leo.


05/11/16 – 2:32 pm – Moon enters Leo

The void-of-course is over and you should be good to tackle any new projects now.


05/12/16 – 7:51 pm – Retrograde Mercury trine retrograde Pluto

This is a connection between the innermost planet, Mercury and the outermost, Pluto.  Does this symbolize a message over great distances or over time?  Don’t be too surprised if you hear from an old acquaintance or from someone or about something you haven’t heard from or about in a long time.  Perhaps this is just a reminder to us that those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it or is it a “déjà vu” moment?  This can be a good time to reflect on the last few weeks.  Have you forgotten or over-looked something?  Did you make a commitment to do something but haven’t done it or finished it yet?  Perhaps you should get to it.


05/13/16 – 10:02 am – Moon square Sun

This is the first quarter waxing crisis of action square.  It’s also Friday the 13th.  If you feel that you must act, be sure to think first and at least consider some of the possible outcomes or consequences of your action before deciding.  Perhaps this time the best action is to decide not to act.

Following this the Moon will go void-of-course for almost eleven hours.  Use this time to clean up, review, or finish ongoing projects or tasks.  If you are going to return phone calls or emails be sure you have all the information you need and the details straight in your mind for Mercury is retrograde and you don’t want to be misunderstood or seem unprepared.


05/13/16 – 12:11 pm – Retrograde Mercury conjunct Venus

This is the first of three conjunctions between the two inner planets this year.  Depending on their retrograde cycles these two will get together once, twice or three times each year.  At this time Mercury is retrograde on passing between the Earth and the Sun while Venus is direct and on the far side of the Sun so it isn’t a “true” conjunction but may be more like an opposition.  Oppositions can be more stressful and because they are associated with Saturn one needs to pay close attention to details.  Pay attention as any message Mercury may have for Venus this time may come up again later this year.  Perhaps they want to help with a relationship issue?  If so, give it your full attention and commit to it as it may come up again with either of the next two conjunctions this year, July 16 or August 28.  Avoid arguments with family, friends and loved ones.


05/13/16 – 7:18 pm – Venus trine retrograde Pluto

Mercury was just here yesterday.  Did you get the message earlier today when Venus and Mercury were conjunct?  Is there something or someone you love or desire that you thought was lost but now is found?  Is it time for you to apologize or make amends?  Suck it up and do it while you can.


05/13/16 – 10:52 pm – Moon enters Virgo

The void-of-course is over.  It’s Friday night.  Be safe.  While “the night is dark and full of terrors.”  Melisandre, the Red Witch, Game of Thrones; the night sky can be beautiful.  Mars should be easy to spot rising in the east about 10 pm.  He is the reddish “star” and is in that portion of His orbit that brings Him closest to the Earth.  Don’t buy into any internet hype as He will never be more than a reddish point of light.  Rising about an hour later is Saturn.  Saturn can be more difficult to find as He appears more star like in size and color.  He should be slightly lower and to the left of Mars and can be distinguished from stars as He does not twinkle.  Only stars twinkle.


05/15/16 – 1:02 am – Moon conjunct Jupiter

This is the first of five exact aspects by the Moon today.  It’s Sunday and could be a bit of an emotional roller-coaster so check to make sure you have enough tissue.

If you’re still up or out celebrating or just having a good time, remember your limits because Jupiter won’t.  One can be one too many and one more may not seem like enough.  Be safe.

Following this, the Moon will square retrograde Saturn for a reality check; then trine retrograde Mercury, “You said what?  You signed what?”  For the fourth exact aspect of the day, the Moon will trine retrograde Pluto.  Is this like “do-over” day or a day for exclaiming “I/You did what?”


05/15/16 – 1:21 pm – Moon trine Venus

This is the last exact aspect today.  You have the rest of the afternoon and this evening to spend with family or friends or perhaps find a nice quiet place to reflect and relax.  Or spend some time with like minded friends or learning something new.


05/16/16 – 2:20 am – Moon trine Sun

This is the waxing trine as the Moon approaches full.  One may get a sense of the future potential for something new that was begun around the time of the new Moon May 6 or perhaps a previous new Moon.  Your efforts now can help to decide just how successful it will be.

Following this, both the Moon and the Sun go Void-of-Course.  While the Moon will only be void-of-course for about eight hours the Sun will be void-of-course for over four days.  A void-of-course period is when the planet nears the end of one sign and will make no major aspect to another planet before it enters the next sign.  It’s like a “time-out” period allowing the planet to clean up any lingering tasks from the current sign in order to clear its plate for the next sign.  If you’ve been working on any self-improvement projects, now may be an opportune time to focus on them.  Got something big or new coming up after May 20?  Take the next four days to review and prepare for it, to make sure that you have all the information and “tools” needed to complete the task successfully.  As the Sun moves from fixed earth Taurus, it’s been about what I want, need or desire to mutable air Gemini, be ready to question things and gather the information needed.  This void-of-course time can also be a good time to talk with others about the coming month, about that new project or task or about what it is you want from life.  Get their input.  Then, be ready to consider, re-consider, commit or move on.


05/16/16 – 10:33 am – Moon enters Libra

It’s Monday morning and probably best to start your day by reviewing what’s in progress and what is needed to move it to the next phase; at least until the Moon enters Libra.  Then you can consider tackling that new project.


05/18/16 – 8:23 am – Moon goes Void-of-Course

Following an opposition to unpredictable Uranus the Moon goes void-of-course for over 15 hours which is pretty much the rest of the day.  Best to use this Hump Day to work on existing projects or tasks and finish them if you can; if not, then at least move them on to the next phase or stage in the process.


05/18/16 – 11:30 pm – Moon enters Scorpio

The Moon void-of-course may be over but the Sun’s isn’t, it’s 32 hours away.  With this mix of energies, a good approach might be to mix the new in with the on-going.


05/20/16 – 7:37 am – Sun enters Gemini

It’s Friday morning.  The Sun void-of-course is over.  Can you feel the shift as the Sun moves from fixed earth Taurus to mutable air Gemini?  Gemini is often considered to be the “talker” of the zodiac.  This can be an opportune time to gather information so you will not only know what you want to talk about, you will also know what you are talking about.  To be a good conversationalist one must first be a good listener.  As Abraham Lincoln said, “It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt.”


05/21/16 – 4:40 am – Venus goes Void-of-Course

Following an opposition to the Moon, both ladies go void-of-course.  The Moon will only be void-of-course for seven hours while Venus will be void-of-course for almost three days.  This may not be the best time to start a new relationship.  It may be best to use the next three days to reflect and work on any existing relationships or what it is you really, really want in a relationship and; be honest with yourself now, what is it you bring to the relationship table.


05/21/16 – 11:48 am – Moon enters Sagittarius

The Moon’s void-of-course is over and the full Moon is just a couple hours away.  It’s Saturday afternoon, a good time to relax and have fun with family, friends and loved ones.


05/21/16 – 2:14 pm – Full Moon opposite Sun

This full Moon is often referred to as the “Flower Moon,” the time when blooming flowers are abundant throughout the land.  Take a walk in nature and appreciate Her calmness and beauty.  This full Moon is at 1 Sagittarius 13.  The Sabian symbol for this degree is “the ocean covered with whitecaps.”  There is a beauty that can be found even in a storm.  The winds can blow away the old and bring a sense of something new and fresh.  If you go down to the ocean, watch out for rip-tides which might pull you off course.  Now may not be the time to “go against the tide,” but rather the time to use its energy to your advantage.  While the shortest distance between two points may be a straight line, it may not be the quickest way to get there.  If you “go with the flow,” don’t lose sight of your goal.


05/22/16 – 4:17 am – Sun opposite retrograde Mars

This is also the first of five astrological events today, four exact aspects and Mercury changing directions.

When the Sun and any outer planet; that is any planet that orbits beyond the Earth’s orbit, are in opposition that means that the Earth is exactly in the middle.  At this time the outer planet will always appear to be moving backwards, that is retrograde and making its closest approach to the Earth for this orbit.  At this time the energy of Mars should be stronger and He will appear brighter in the night sky.  This will be Mars’ closest approach to the Earth in ten years.  To see Mars in the night sky, look to the east after sunset.  Mars will be the bright reddish-orange star-like object above the eastern horizon near the Moon at this time.  Gradually Mars will rise later and later after sunset.  He should continue to brighten up to May 30 as He moves closer to the Earth before the Earth begins moving away.

This opposition occurs with Mars at the same degree, 1 Sagittarius, as the full Moon yesterday.  Do you feel His pull?  Is there a sense of urgency that something needs to be finished?  Watch your temper.  Remember to count to 10 or 20 or as high as you need to before responding or re-acting.  Channel this energy in positive directions.  With Mars retrograde expect delays, even in routine tasks so don’t try to force something to happen that isn’t supposed to or isn’t ready.  Allow yourself extra time whenever possible when going somewhere or for any time sensitive task.


05/22/16 – 6:20 am – Mercury stations Direct

Mercury is at 14 Taurus 20 and will appear to stand still for a few hours before beginning its pursuit of the Sun.  It will take Mercury two weeks before it accelerates enough to begin closing the gap with the Sun.

For now, with Mercury finally beginning to move direct again, we begin the third and final pass of Mercury over the space (the shadow) from 14 Taurus to 23 Taurus.  This is the time to get it right and get it done.  Do your final edits to any documents, writings and get things ready to submit come June 7 when Mercury leaves this shadow.  If this Mercury retrograde has seemed more intense that previous ones it may be because Mercury has been retrograde longer, 24 days, but covered a shorter distance, just over 9 degrees, than in the previous retrograde.

Following this the Moon will square Neptune and then square Jupiter for the third and fourth events of the day.  Your beliefs, dreams or aspirations may be challenged but allow yourself time and they should become clearer and you will persevere.


05/22/16 – 3:20 pm – Moon conjunct retrograde Saturn

This is the last exact astrological event of the day.  It’s Sunday afternoon, a good time to reflect on the events, feelings and thoughts of the day, the week or the month.  Allow yourself to relax and enjoy some quiet time.


05/23/16 – 8:37 am – Moon goes Void-of-Course

It’s Monday morning.  If you haven’t started that new project or task it may be best to set it aside until tomorrow.  You could use today to focus on any uncompleted tasks, things that need “tweaking” or just reviewing things you thought were done or ready for the next stage.


05/23/16 – 10:34 pm – Moon enters Capricorn

The void-of-course is over.  Tomorrow you should have a green light to tackle any new tasks not started today.


05/24/16 – 2:45 am – Venus enters Gemini

Do you feel the shift as Venus moves from Her home loving sign of fixed earth Taurus into mutable air, “let’s talk about me and what I want to talk about” Gemini?  The Venus void-of-course is over but before you jump into any new relationship you might want to consider today’s other aspect.


05/24/16 – 7:38 pm – Venus opposite retrograde Mars

What might one expect when the two archetypes of love are opposing each other?  This may be a good time to reflect on your current relationship, what does it give you?  What is missing?  Or consider what it is you really want in a relationship?  What do you bring to a relationship?  What, if any part of yourself might you be willing to change or give up for the “right” relationship?  Are you looking for your “soul mate?”  What is a “soul mate?”  Is there really only one or might you have more than one?  All legitimate questions that you might consider now, especially since Venus is in inquisitive, I want more information Gemini and Mars is reflecting (retrograde) in philosophical Sagittarius.


05/25/16 – 6:11 pm – Moon goes Void-of-Course

It’s Wednesday evening and the Moon will be void-of-course for just over 13 hours.  This can be an opportune time to reflect on the week and what it is you need to do over the next two or three days.


05/26/16 – 5:28 am – Jupiter square retrograde Saturn

This is the third and final third quarter waning crisis of consciousness square in their 20 year cycle.  The two previous third quarter squares were March 23, 2016 and August 3, 2015.  The cycle began with the conjunction of these two in May 2000 at 22 Taurus.  Something might have begun at that time which may now seem more significant than it did then.  Jupiter is about expansion and having what you want.  Saturn is about control, doing what you know is right and having what you need.  What is the difference between want and need?  Can you identify a theme or path in your life that began spring or summer of 2000 and is now at a possible crossroad?  The third quarter square is about re-assessing things and deciding what is working and should be kept; what isn’t working and should be let go of and how might it/they fit into your long term goals.  Whatever they may be they should become clearer in the months ahead.  Remember, these are not short term goals but rather long term 20 year themes or plans.  This is a long slow cycle with over four years to go before it ends and a new one begins, December 2020 at 1 Aquarius.

Consider any dreams you may have had in the night.  What were your first thoughts on awakening?  Consider any insights or feelings, impressions, sounds, smells or other possible signs.  All of these may help you to better understand the significance of this event for you personally.


05/26/16 – 7:27 am – Moon enters Aquarius

The void-of-course is over and you should be good to go on any new projects or tasks that come up today or tomorrow.


05/27/16 – 6:21 am – Retrograde Mars returns to Scorpio

It’s been a while since Mars was here.  Mars will be retrograde until June 29 when He gets all the way back to 23 Scorpio.  Seems that He may have some unfinished business, perhaps on a deep emotional level for you.  Have you been working on yourself?  Is there something you may have over-looked or the significance of which you may have down played?  Looks like you’ll have to face it now.  Mars will be in Scorpio until August 2, so whatever it is about for you, you do have time to figure it out and deal with it, but deal with it you must.


05/29/16 – 12:48 am – Moon square Venus

This is the first of seven exact aspects today, all by the Moon.  It’s also the third quarter waning crisis of consciousness square in their monthly cycle.  When the two symbolic goddesses get together one’s thoughts may turn to the women in your life or relationships or issues with other women.  What comes up for you?  It is Sunday and it’s Memorial Day weekend which marks the beginning of what has traditionally become “the summer season.”  Emotions could run high and loose so keep the tissue close and your friends closer.  Who knows who will need who so you will want to be there for them and have them there for you.


05/29/16 – 5:12 am – Moon square Sun

This is the second exact aspect of the day and the third quarter waning crisis of consciousness square of their monthly cycle.  Seems to be a lot of third quarter square energy of late.  This could be a good time to finish spring cleaning in preparation for summer.  Make room for new things coming into your life, be it fashion, friends, ideas or surprises.  Note any dreams, feelings, sensations, insights you may have when you first awaken.  It may give you something to reflect on or talk about with your friends later.

Following this the Moon will conjunct Neptune, square retrograde Saturn, oppose Jupiter and then sextile Mercury for the third, fourth, fifth and sixth exact aspects of the day.  The energies of these aspects can run the gamut from supportive to challenging; from ease and comfort to stress and anxiety.  Forewarned is forearmed.


05/29/16 – 8:03 pm – Moon sextile retrograde Pluto

This is the seventh and last exact aspect of the day.  Sextiles can be easy and leave one feeling safe and secure or frustrating and leave one feeling trapped.  What’s this day been like for you?  Give yourself time to relax and reflect on the day.  Record the events of the day; include insights, feelings, a-ha moments, the good, the bad, the ugly and most importantly, the beautiful.  What about those dreams last night?  Did you gain any insights into them today?


05/30/16 – 4:10 pm – Moon goes Void-of-Course

It’s late Monday afternoon and this will be a short void-of-course.  This can be a good time to reflect on your day so far.  To go over any new projects, tasks or things that started today and assess how they are going and how you are doing.  Set aside any new tasks that you haven’t started yet as it will just be for a couple of hours, and then you can deal with them.


05/30/16 – 6:09 pm – Moon enters Aires

The void-of-course is over.  If you have any new, pressing projects or tasks go ahead and start them now if you want.  This could give you a head start on tomorrow.


05/31/16 – 10:35 pm – Moon square retrograde Pluto

This is the last exact aspect for May.  This is the first quarter, waxing crisis of action square in their monthly cycle.  Allow yourself time to reflect (the Moon is a mirror for the Sun’s light) on what possible actions you might take.  Consider the consequences of each before deciding.  The Moon rules the night and Pluto rules the underworld, both realms of shadows and the dark.  Decisions made in haste often lead to waste.

June starts on “hump day” with an eleven hour Moon void-of-course during the day.  The month begins with three planets still retrograde (Mars, Saturn and Pluto).  During the month they will be joined by Neptune giving us four or half of the possible planets retrograde.  Then just before June ends, Mars will station direct and the month will finish with three planets retrograde, just like when it started.  Also during the month there will be a Moon occultation of Mercury followed by Venus superior conjunction with the Sun; several days with five or more exact aspects and some long Moon void-of-courses lasting from morning till night.  Much too look forward too.


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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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