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.


Strange as it may seem, throughout May and June, as summer approaches in the Northern Hemisphere and temperatures rise, the Earth is moving farther and farther from the Sun.  This apparent contradiction happens because while the Earth is moving farther from the Sun the Northern Hemisphere is tilted toward the Sun resulting in the Sun’s rays hitting more directly.  At the same time, because the distance between the Earth and Sun is increasing, the Sun’s apparent speed is decreasing bringing on those lazy, hazy, crazy daze of summer.


5/02/15 – 7:03 am – Moon goes Void-of-Course

It’s Saturday and following a lovely waxing trine to Venus the Moon will be void-of-course for almost twelve hours.  You may want to spend the day relaxing or working on on-going projects, perhaps spring cleaning.


05/02/15 – 6:47 pm – Moon enters Scorpio

The void-of-course is over and it’s Saturday night.  With the Moon now in Scorpio, this could be a rather emotionally intense evening.  Take care.  Be safe.


05/03/15 – 1:35 am – Mercury opposes retrograde Saturn

Time to get and be real.  With Mercury in its home sign of “gather the information” Gemini and Saturn in the “so this is what it means” philosophical Sagittarius, understanding and insights may come your way.  While you may be inclined to speak “your truth” keep in mind it is yours and not necessarily theirs.  The Moon is in super-sensitive Scorpio so unless you want to risk making an enemy for life, choose your words carefully today.  Bully’s use words to label and hurt others.  Don’t be one.


05/03/15 – 4:08 pm – Mercury goes Out-of-Bounds

When a planet goes out-of-bounds, it may feel as though the rules don’t apply to it.  Mercury 3 Gemini 18, now joins Venus in this rarified atmosphere.  Choose your words very carefully, particularly when speaking of love, desires or when evaluating something.   Don’t say it if you don’t really mean it and be sure that you are willing to back up what you say.


05/03/15 – 6:42 pm – Full Moon opposes Sun

With the Moon in Scorpio rising in the east as the Sun in Taurus sets in the west, appreciate the beauty of it all.  Notice the size and color of the Moon and watch how She change as She Moon.  A full Moon is the harvest or fruition time.  On the short term, what did you start about two weeks ago that is now coming to fruition?  On the longer term, what did you begin about six months ago that is now materializing or ready to be shared?


05/04/5 – 2:02 am – Sun square Jupiter

With the Sun in Taurus and Jupiter in Leo this is a waning third quarter, crisis of consciousness square in the cycle of the two largest objects in our Solar system.  Their cycle began with their conjunction last July.  Did you have big plans for something back then?  What was begun then should have reached full maturity now.  Time to keep what is working and “prune” away what is not.  Their new cycle will begin in less than four months so time to start getting ready for it.  The Sun Jupiter cycle lasts 13 months allowing time for even small dreams to become big realities.


05/04/15 – 7:21 am – Mercury Enters the Shadow

Mercury is now at that point, 4 Gemini 34 which marks the end of its next retrograde.  When a planet appears to move backward, it is as if it is going over the same area again.  It is like retracing one’s steps; a time for re-viewing, re-considering, re-pairing.  For now, the journey is forward, but in two weeks; on May 18, we will begin to retrace our steps, looking for things left behind, undone or trying to correct or make amends for things said or done.

Remember, Mercury is out-of-bounds now and so the tendency will be to think that one can say whatever they want without worrying about the consequences or that “no one will ever know.”  WRONG!  Someone will know and once Mercury goes retrograde, it will have to be made right or one will have to try to live with the consequences.


05/07/15 – 10:51 am – Moon opposes Venus

Following this aspect, both will go void-of-course.  They will be short ones for both, but since Venus is also out-of-bounds it may be very difficult to control one’s impulses, particularly when something or someone we desire is involved.  If possible, avoid any major purchases or commitments until after Venus enters Cancer later today.  If you go shopping, just window shop for now.  Try to wait until this evening or tomorrow to buy or at least keep your receipts in case you decide to return it.


05/07/15 – 11:16 am – Moon enters Capricorn

The Moon void-of-course is now over.  When the Moon is in Capricorn, we may find ourselves feelings more practical.  Weight the pro’s and con’s of major decisions.  Get real!


05/07/15 – 3:52 pm – Venus enters Cancer

While Venus is no longer void-of-course, She is still out-of-bounds and won’t want to play by the rules.  Try to keep your brain engaged and not let your heart run away with you.


05/09/15 – 9:09 am – Mercury square Neptune

With Mercury messenger of the Gods in its home sign of talkative Gemini squaring Neptune in its home sign of Pisces conversations may turn to beliefs and related issues.  The concern is that someone may speak as if they are an expert when they don’t have all the facts or know what they are talking about.  Remember, Mercury is in its shadow so any mis-speaks now may come back to haunt you in the weeks ahead.  Choose your words carefully.


05/09/15 – 1:35 pm – Moon trine Mars

Following this easy flow of energy both go void-of-course.  It will be a short one for the Moon, less than three hours but not so with Mars.  Mars will be void-of-course for over two days so best to proceed with caution.  Try not to take any unnecessary risks as this can be a time for greater chance of accidents.


05/09/15 – 4:22 pm – Moon enters Aquarius

It’s Saturday afternoon and the Moon void-of-course is over.  The light should be green to start on any new projects.


05/10/15 – Happy Mother’s Day

There are two kinds of people in the world, mothers and children of mothers.  May you all have a happy and blessed day.


05/11/15 – 3:36 am – Moon square Sun

With the Moon in fixed air Aquarius and the Sun in fixed earth Taurus this is the third quarter waning crisis of consciousness square.  Time to begin clearing out those things that aren’t working or no longer serve (fit) you.  There is a new Moon coming in one week and you should start considering what “seeds” you want to plant then; what new ideas do you want to give birth too.


05/11/15 – 7:40 pm – Mars enters Gemini

This ends Mars void-of-course.  He should start to behave in a more expected fashion.  The energy of Mars in mutable air Gemini may find its way into your words.  Avoid speaking in haste or anger, engage your brain and heart first.  Try not to put too much of an edge on your words as they may well come back to haunt you or just “bite you on the butt” as we approach the next Mercury retrograde, which is also in Gemini.


05/12/15 – 12:01 am – Moon square retrograde Saturn

This is the first of five exact aspects by the Moon today which could make for a rather emotional Tuesday.  Keep your tissue handy and your tongue in check.

Next up the Moon will trine Venus, how lovely and then conjunct Neptune; don’t let your imagination get the best of you.  The fourth exact aspect by the Moon today is a third quarter waning crisis of consciousness square to Mercury.  You may be able to get away with thinking it but probably won’t get away with saying it.  Mum’s the word.


05/12/15 – 9:48 pm – Moon sextile retrograde Pluto

This is the last exact aspect by the Moon today and should bring a sense of at least some relief.  Pay attention to any dreams tonight and try to note as much information about them as you can when you wake.


05/13/15 – 9:55 am – Moon goes Void-of-Course

It’s “Hump Day” and the Moon will be void-of-course until late tonight.  Try to focus on existing or on-going projects and issues be they at work, school or home.


05/13/15 – 10:13 pm – Moon enters Aries

This void-of-course is now over.  Enjoy the rest of your evening.


05/14/15 – 12:50 am – Moon sextile Mars

If Tuesday the 12th was challenging for you, today could be even more so.  This is the first of seven exact aspects, six of them by the Moon today and the other by Mars.  You probably slept through this one.  Quick, note any dreams you had last night, any and all details, no matter how slight or incomplete.  Save the analysis for tomorrow or the coming weekend.

Following this the Moon will trine Saturn, square Venus, sextile Mercury and then trine Jupiter.  Emotions, ideas, words may run fast and free and may even seem as if they are coming at you from all directions.  Be the surfer and ride the waves doing your best to maintain balance throughout the day.  Try not to over-react but do act appropriately for each situation.


05/14/15 – 11:03 pm – Mars opposes retrograde Saturn

This energy may be “saying” to you, get real!  But before you can do that you must decide for yourself what is real; be it in love, work or play.


05/14/15 – 11:43 pm – Moon square retrograde Pluto

This is the last exact aspect of the day.  If it’s been an emotional, anxious or active day for you, try to relax and quiet your mind before going to bed.  A good night’s sleep may be just what the doctor ordered.


05/15/15 – 5:03 am – Moon goes Void-of-Course

After the Moon occults Uranus, again, the Moon goes void-of-course for the rest of the day.  It’s Friday so try to focus on current projects or issues.  Even if you can’t complete them now may be a good time to at least move them along.


05/16/15 – 12:02 am – Moon enters Taurus

The void-of-course is over.  It’s Saturday now.  Feel free to tackle something new.


05/17/15 – 9:13 pm – New Moon conjunct Sun

New Moons present opportunities for new beginnings; commonly referred to as “seed plantings.”  This new Moon is at 26 Taurus 56.  The Sabian symbol for this degree is an old Native American Woman selling beads and trinkets.  This symbol reflects having talents and skills and knowing when and how to use and apply them.  There is however, a potential dark side to this new Moon as it is conjunct the fixed star Beta Perseus also known as Algol, the blinking eye of the severed head of the Gorgon Medusa.  Whatever one begins at this time one needs to proceed with caution and awareness so as not to lose one’s head, be it figuratively or literally.

Keep in mind that Mercury is now stationary and will go retrograde tomorrow so be sure to engage your brain and pause before speaking or sending any communication.

Following this both the Moon and Sun go void-of-course.  It is a short one for the Moon but the Sun will be void-of-course for over three days.  This could be a good time to focus on yourself and what it is that you really want from life.


05/18/15 – 2:27 am – Moon enters Gemini

It’s Monday morning and the Moon’s void-of-course is over.  Note any dreams you may have had as soon as you wake up.  Start on those new projects or issues today.


05/18/15 – 6:50 pm – Mercury stations Retrograde

This, the second Mercury retrograde of 2015 takes place entirely within Mercury’s home sign of Gemini, the mutable air sign.  Mercury will be retrograde for almost 24 days, longest retrograde in terms of time this year.  The earlier retrograde in Aquarius was almost 21 days while the next retrograde, which will be in Libra, will be almost 22 days.  While the longest in terms of time, this retrograde is the shortest in terms of zodiacal distance, covering only 8 1/2 degrees.  The other retrogrades, in Aquarius and Libra both cover over 15 degrees.  What might this mean?  Expect this Mercury retrograde to be more intense than the previous one or the next one for that matter.  Be very mindful of what you say, how you say it and to whom you say it.  This applies to all forms of communication, be they spoken, written or even thoughts as thoughts can become actions.  Communication is a two-way street.  That means listen, if you aren’t sure what you heard, ask.  Re-read any written communication and don’t be afraid to ask questions if you aren’t sure or don’t understand any part of the communication.


05/19/15 – 10:57 am – Moon goes Void-of-Course

It’s Tuesday, Mercury just went retrograde and now the Moon goes void-of-course for 20 hours.  Got an office?  Might be a good day to stay in it and focus on existing projects with extra attention to any communications to you or from you.  Work at a desk?  You might want to stay close to it, engage brain before speaking and perhaps just keep your head down and out of the line-of-fire.  You can come up for air tomorrow.


05/20/15 – 6:56 am – Moon enters Cancer

The void-of-course is over as the Moon returns for Her monthly visit to Her home sign of Cancer.  Feelings of nurturing, protecting or home may take front and center stage for the next couple of days.

There are no exact aspects today by any of the transiting planets.  Just because the planets in the sky aren’t making any exact aspects to each other doesn’t mean they won’t be making aspects to your planets or sensitive points so do pay attention.  Tomorrow is; as they say, another day.


05/21/15 – 12:33 am – Moon trines Neptune

This is the first of five exact aspects (four by the Moon) and a sign change today.  Wistful dreams or thoughts of women or Mom may float through our minds.  Record what information you can recall of any dreams.  It’s Thursday, try not to get lost in thought or daydreams today.


05/21/15 – 1:45 am – Sun enters Gemini

This is the second event of the day.  The Sun’s void-of-course is over.  Can you feel the shift from fixed Earth Taurus to mutable air Gemini?  Do things feel lighter?  Lest you forget, Mercury is retrograde so think before you speak and if you must speak, listen to what you say.  One of the brains main functions is to be engaged and think, considering the various options available, before the mouth is opened and one speaks.

Following this the Moon will conjunct Venus, oppose Pluto and then square Uranus.  What message might the Moon be carrying between these three?  The Moon; like the planets, has no light of its own, it only reflects.  Pluto can be the truth seeker and may see the “real” image of lovely and desirable Venus as reflected back to Him by the Moon.  With a square, Uranus will only get a side profile?  Will it be Venus’ good side or …?  Avoid major purchases until tomorrow; after the void-of-course is over, if you can as you may see things more clearly by then.


05/21/15 – 5:36 pm – Moon goes Void-of-Course

Following the square to Uranus, the Moon goes void-of-course.  This will last through most of the normal Friday work day.  Plan on concentrating on on-going projects or issues and save the new ones for after the void-of-course is over tomorrow or next week if you can.


05/21/15 – 6:54 pm – Venus opposes Pluto

This is the last exact aspect of the day.  If you need a drink after this day, limit yourself to just one.  You will feel better tomorrow if you do.  Mythologically, Pluto will do anything to get what He desires.  Unfortunately, He tends to do so without considering the consequences.  What is it you desire?  What possible consequences have you not considered?  This is not the time to covet something or someone you may never have because they belong to another.  Avoid any high cost purchases or anything that is not in your budget.


05/22/15 – 2:42 pm – Moon enters Leo

It’s Friday afternoon and the void-of-course is over.  If you have any new projects to look at, now may be an opportune time.


05/22/15 – 6:35 pm – Sun opposes retrograde Saturn

The Sun is the center and light and life source of our solar system.  Saturn is the outermost planet easily seen by the unaided eye and like all the planets, is visible only because He reflects the light of the Sun.  The Sun represents us, our self.  Saturn expects us to “play by the rules;” you might even think of Him as our conscience.  When a planet appears to be retrograde or going backwards, it is asking us to go within, to “reflect” on the qualities of that planet and how we are exemplifying them or living them.  Have you done something you knew was wrong at the time but did it anyway?  This is a good time to re-asses your personal value system.  Is your word your bond?  If not, it should be.  It’s time to do the “right thing.”


05/24/15 – 3:49 am – Moon goes Void-of-Course

It’s Sunday and this 22 hour void-of-course will last until the wee hours of Monday morning.  Today is a good day to relax or work on anything already in progress.  Save anything new for tomorrow.


05/25/15 – 1:52 am – Moon enters Virgo

The void-of-course is over and hopefully you got a good night’s sleep.  Go ahead and tackle those new projects or start on those new ideas you have.

This could be a very busy or emotional day as there are six exact aspects, all of the potentially stressful more challenging type.  There are five squares indicating possible tension and one opposition indicating need for some adjustments.  Four of the aspects are by the Moon which will be moving slowly and more deliberately indicating greater intensity, so keep your tissue handy.  With the Moon in mutable Virgo and making aspects to the other three mutable signs, Sagittarius, Pisces and Gemini, it may be difficult to maintain one’s balance.  Virgo is an earth sign so try to remain grounded and be prepared to adjust as situations may tend to be in a state of flux.

First up the Moon will make a third quarter waxing crisis of consciousness square to retrograde Saturn indicating a possible need to re-evaluate requirements or standards.


05/25/15 – 10:09 am – Venus square Uranus

The second exact aspect of the day is a first quarter waxing crisis of action square by Venus in Cancer to Uranus in Aries.  Don’t be surprised if your ideas of what is beautiful or what you desire are suddenly challenged or brought into question?  “Do you love me or do you not, you told me once but I forgot?”


05/25/15 – 10:19 am – Moon square Sun

The third aspect of the day is another first quarter waxing crisis of action square, this time by the Moon in Virgo to the Sun in Gemini.  With four first quarter waxing crisis of action squares today there will likely be a strong sense of a need to act, to do something.  Keep in mind, both Mercury (communications) and Saturn (structure and rules) are both retrograde so you need to pause, think, consider and then reconsider all options before acting, speaking or sending any communication.


05/25/15 – 4:39 pm – Mars square Neptune

This is the fourth exact aspect of the day and is another first quarter waxing crisis of action square between just do it Mars in say it, think it Gemini and dreamy, if only Neptune in it feels so right Pisces.  If you must act, try to wait for Neptune’s fog to clear, at least enough so you can see clearly just what you are getting yourself into.


05/25/15 – 9:34 pm – Moon opposes Neptune

This is the fifth exact aspect of the day and may bring you to question whatever actions you may have taken earlier.  It’s late and so you may have to wait until tomorrow to try to rectify any of them.


05/25/15 – 9:51 pm – Moon square Mars

This is the sixth and final exact aspect of the day and is another first quarter, Moon in Virgo Mars in Gemini waxing crisis of action square.  You may find yourself questioning any number of things you did today and feeling as if you have to do something about it now.  Do not act in haste.  If you are questioning your actions, take time to reflect on them, re-consider and re-evaluate.  With all the mutable energy of this day, it may be difficult to take a “wait and see” approach, but unless you are absolutely sure you forgot to do something, did something you shouldn’t have or made a mistake, your best course of action may be to not act at this time, but sleep on it and re-consider it tomorrow.


05/26/15 – 7:21 pm – Moon goes Void-of-Course

Following a friendly sextile to Venus the Moon goes void-of-course for over 19 hours.  That means it will be void-of-course tomorrow until after lunch.  Try not to start any new projects or bring up new issues until after the Moon enters Libra when hopefully most people will be feeling more agreeable.


05/27/15 – 3:37 am – Retrograde Mercury conjunct Mars

The good news is that most people will either be sleeping or just getting up to start their day.  With retrograde Mercury joining up with action oriented Mars in mutable air Gemini we may be tempted to speak before engaging our brains.  At this time it is very important to pause, take a deep breath, make sure the brain is engaged and consider the options, re-think, re-read before responding.  It’s “Hump Day” so it is OK to catch your breath first as you “take in the view” from the top of the peak of the week.


05/27/15 – 2:42 pm – Moon enters Libra

The void-of-course is over.  There may still be time today to tackle that new “thing” you want or have been asked to.  While it may be difficult, try to be deliberate in your words and actions.  Get a good night’s sleep as tomorrow has the potential to be another interesting or emotional day.


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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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