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.

12/01/16 – 12:52 am – Moon enters Capricorn

The Moon void-of-course is over.  You should be good to tackle any new assignments or projects that come your way.  Remember though that both Mercury and Venus are out-of-bounds so mind what you say and don’t forget to double check those emails and texts before sending.


12/01/16 – 5:18 pm – Mercury enters its Shadow

The Shadow is the zodiacal space (the space in the sky) that a planet goes over three times during a retrograde cycle.  The first pass is direct and is the time when something may come up that we need to deal with but are reluctant or fail to do so.  The second pass over this same space is when the planet appears to be retrograde.  If we did or said something we shouldn’t have or failed to do something we should have it will most likely be brought to our attention at this time.  The third pass over this space is when the planet goes direct again and represents our opportunity to correct our mistakes, to make amends for or to fix any problems that came up.

For the coming Mercury retrograde this zodiacal space covers the area from 28 Sagittarius 51, the point at which Mercury will station direct on January 8, 2017 to 15 Capricorn 08, the point at which Mercury will station retrograde on December 19.  Between today and January 8, Mercury will cover this area of the zodiac three times.  If you have planets, angles or other sensitive points within that degree spread, it’s time to pay close attention to all details especially with communications and contracts.


12/01/16 – 7:46 pm – Mars trine Jupiter

When Mars the symbol of action and energy makes an easy flowing trine aspect to expansive Jupiter one may feel an extra burst of energy or a need to get moving, to do.  The key is just don’t overdo or take on more than you can handle, especially during this busy holiday season.


12/02/16 – 1:19 pm – Mercury enters Capricorn

The Mercury void-of-course is over.  While this may take a bit of the edge off Mercury, it is still out-of-bounds and now in its Shadow so don’t let your guard down.  Be a good listener.  Be sure any message you speak or send is clear.  Check your grammar and spelling.  Even your spell-check can make a mistake, particularly with words that sound the same but may have very different meanings.


12/03/16 – 2:16 am – Moon conjunct Venus

Following this, both the Moon and Venus go void-of-course.  The Moon for about 9 1/2 hours and Venus for about 100 hours, that’s over four days.  It’s Saturday so you may want to take the morning off, read the paper or go over your gift and to-do lists.  Avoid tackling any new tasks until this afternoon.

When Venus is void-of-course it is best to not start a new romance or relationship as nothing may come of it.  This can be an opportune time to work on any existing relationships or to reflect on what it is you seek in a relationship.  Are you being realistic?  What do you have to offer?


12/03/16 – 7:01 am – Venus returns In-Bounds

At least with Venus back in bounds She can now be expected to play by the rules, Her rules that is.  But She is void-of-course so there is that to keep in mind.


12/03/16 – 11:44 am – Moon enters Aquarius

The Moon void-of-course is over.  You should be good to go on any new tasks this afternoon; however, with Venus, ruler of money void-of-course watch your budget and keep track of all receipts and return policies.  When Venus enters Aquarius on December 7, you may change your mind and want to return some things.  Better yet, wait until then to decide about any major purchases or long term financial commitments.


12/05/16 – 3:23 am – Moon goes Void-of-Course

It’s Monday morning and the Moon will be void-of-course for over seventeen hours, that’s basically the normal office work day.  This is a good day to play “catch-up” and focus on work in progress.  If you can, set aside any new projects until tomorrow.  If you can’t, proceed with caution.  Do the Santa thingy, make a list and check it twice or maybe even three times before starting it.


12/05/16 – 8:31 pm – Moon enters Pisces

The Moon void-of-course is over.  You should be good to go on any new projects that you’ve set aside.  With the Moon in Pisces, staying grounded may be difficult but it is essential.  Life isn’t a reality TV show or a dress rehearsal.


12/06/16 – 1:35 pm – Moon occults Neptune

Is the Moon blocking Neptune’s attempt to confuse or lead us astray or is She focusing Neptune’s intuitive qualities?  Consider taking a walk during your lunch break.  Be in the moment; be aware of all there is around you.  On reflection (the Moon is like a mirror reflecting the Sun’s light) you may find the answers you seek.


12/06/16 – 7:35 pm – Mars sextile retrograde Uranus

There is the potential for sudden bursts of anger so beware.  Be aware of your surroundings and of anyone who enters your “space.”  With Uranus retrograde you may suddenly become aware of something you forgot to do, didn’t finish or a mistake you made.  It may not be too late to correct it.


12/07/16 – 1:03 am – Moon square Sun

This is the waxing first quarter crisis of action square.  Did you wake up suddenly and remember something you forgot to do or is it something you need to do?  You may feel a strong need to act, to do something.  Consider your options before taking action.  Sometimes the best action is deciding not to act.


12/07/16 – 6:05 am – Moon goes Void-of-Course

Following another waxing first quarter crisis of action square, this time to stubborn Saturn, the Moon goes void-of-course for the rest of the day, a total of twenty hours actually.  It’s the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor.  Take time to remember all those who have made the greatest sacrifice so that we can have the freedoms we do.  Never forget; for those who forget history are doomed to repeat it.  It’s Hump Day and with the Moon void-of-course focus on any on-going projects or tasks.  If you can, set aside any new ones for tomorrow.


12/07/16 – 6:51 am – Venus enters Aquarius

The Venus void-of-course is over.  She is in-bounds and now all Her rules should apply.  If you are looking for a new relationship, allow yourself to be open to receive what comes your way.  Trust your instincts.  Sometimes Miss/Mr. Right may be right for someone else but not right for you.


12/08/16 – 2:16 am – Moon enters Aries

The Moon void-of-course is over.  The Moon in Aries can be a real go-getter and even a bit reckless so keep your wits about you.  It’s Thursday, use this energy to get things done and get ready for the coming weekend.  Friday and Saturday have the potential for being very busy and perhaps even a bit crazy so do read ahead.


12/09/16 – 5:52 am – Moon square Pluto

This is the first of seven exact aspects today, six of them involving the emotional inconstant Moon.  You may want to stock up on tissue today or at least keep them close at hand, for others if not yourself.  With the Moon in action oriented Aries and Pluto in let’s get things done Capricorn this can be a productive day for you if you channel your energies and use them wisely.

Following this the Moon will trine the Sun, oppose Jupiter, trine Saturn and then conjunct retrograde Uranus for the second, third, fourth and fifth exact aspects of the day.  This mix of energies can be confusing, contracting or challenging but most likely will come in sudden or unexpected ways.  Maintain your balance and be the “super-surfer” as you ride the waves of the day.


12/09/16 – 1:39 pm – Sun sextile Jupiter

This is the sixth exact aspect of the day.  The expansive nature of this aspect should help you to “see the big picture” and guide you on the tasks to focus on for the rest of the day.


12/09/16 – 5:06 pm – Moon sextile Mars

This is the seventh and final exact aspect of the day.  If you are starting to feel trapped, allow yourself time to breath and reflect on all that you have accomplished this week.  Tomorrow will be another busy day with five more exact aspects.

Following this the Moon goes void-of-course for almost twelve hours.


12/10/16 – 12:26 am – Mercury sextile Neptune

This is the first of five exact aspects today, three of which involve the Moon.  If you are keeping count, that’s twelve exact aspects, nine of them involving the Moon over a two day period.  A most intense period for many no doubt.  Be sure to record any dreams you have.  Include insights, feelings, impressions, smells, sights and sounds.  No detail is too small.


12/10/16 – 3:51 am – Sun conjunct Saturn

This is the second exact aspect of the day.  This is a “get real” aspect.  Focus on what is real and important for you and those you care about.  Ask yourself, “Can I handle the truth?”  If you answer “no” then this could be a rough day as you may find yourself confronted by the truth in different ways.


12/10/16 – 4:41 am – Moon enters Taurus

The Moon void-of-course is over.  Taurus is Her second home and so you should be good to go with any new ideas, chores or tasks on your to-do list for today.  Watch your budget!

Following this the Moon will square Venus and then sextile Neptune for the third and fourth exact aspects of the day.  Be in awareness.  Day-dreams can be very enlightening, even prophetic.


12/10/16 – 9:19 pm – Moon trine Mercury

This is the fifth and final exact aspect of the day.  Perhaps a quiet evening with family or friends or even alone is just what is needed.  Allow yourself time to reflect on the past few days and all that has happened.  What do you make of it all?


12/11/16 – 8:04 pm – Moon goes Void-of-Course

Following a first quarter crisis of action square to Mars, the Moon goes void-of-course for almost nine hours.  Fortunately it’s Sunday evening and there shouldn’t be too many new demands on your time.


12/11/16 – 10:56 pm – Sun trine retrograde Uranus

Uranus represents the sudden, the unexpected, the revolutionary energies around us.  If you have a sudden insight or inspiration, be sure to write it down so it won’t be forgotten.  Don’t limit your note to just the idea, but include how you felt when you got the insight or inspiration as this can be very helpful when you implement it or explain it to others.



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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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