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.



02/01/16 – 4:35 pm – Moon goes Void-of-Course

Following a sextile to retrograde Jupiter, the Moon; 22 Scorpio, goes void-of-course for over 15 hours.  It’s late Monday afternoon and this will run through Monday night.  Best to focus on ongoing projects or tasks and put off starting anything new until after the Moon enters Sagittarius tomorrow morning.


02/02/16 – 7:50 am – Moon enters Sagittarius

The Moon void-of-course is over.  There are no exact aspects today by the transiting planets.  This should be a day when you feel that there are fewer obstacles or distractions, but you may also feel as if you aren’t getting the support you need or deserve.  Try not to make too much of it as this too shall pass fairly quickly.  When we speak of aspects, we are referring to the angular connections between the planets as they move through the solar system around the Sun.  Because they are in constant motion, these “transiting aspects” come and go on a regular, predictable schedule.   Tomorrow there will be six exact aspects so expect the day to at least, feel different.

Today is Candlemas and it is also Groundhog Day.  Candlemas is one of the cross-quarter days as it marks the midpoint between the beginning of winter and the beginning of spring.  As Groundhog Day, the great question is will Punxsutawney Phil, the Pennsylvania groundhog see his shadow and return to his burrow signifying six more weeks of winter weather or will he not see his shadow, signifying a possible early spring?


02/03/16 – 12:26 am – Moon square Neptune

This is the first of six exact aspects today, four of them by the Moon.  This is a third quarter waning crisis of consciousness square signifying a time of increased tension or anxiety as one tries to clear up any latent issues with ongoing projects, tasks or ideas.  With Neptune involved it may be best to keep a dream journal close with an extra pen or pencil to record any dreams, thoughts, insights or visions.  No detail is too small or trivial.  Be sure to note colors, feelings, words, people or monsters.

Following this, Mars will sextile Pluto and then the Sun will sextile Saturn.  This will be followed quickly by the Moon conjunct Saturn and then sextile the Sun.  It is almost as if Saturn has instructions or guidance for both the Sun and the Moon.  Today is a day to follow the rules and to take the safe way through or out.  Avoid shortcuts or cutting corners as the sixth and final exact aspect of the day may have some surprises in store.


02/03/16 – 4:58 pm – Moon trine Uranus

This is the last exact aspect of the day.  Trines represent a relatively easy flow of energy with little if any resistance but with Uranus involved expect the unexpected and be prepared for surprises.  Check the instructions and your lists carefully as you don’t want to overlook or forget something.  Chances are if you do overlook or forget something, it will be important.


02/04/16 – 2:04 am – Moon goes Void-of-Course

Following a square to retrograde Jupiter, the Moon, 22 Sagittarius, goes void-of-course for over 14 hours.  You should try to focus on any ongoing projects or tasks and set aside any non-urgent new tasks until after the Moon enters Capricorn.  If you must tackle a new task, double check everything.  The energy of a void-of-course is that something may be overlooked or missed; and if so, it will become important even if it wasn’t before.


02/04/16 – 4:44 pm – Moon enters Capricorn

The void-of-course is over.  Now may be a good time to plan your next couple of days as they could get very active.


02/05/16 – 8:25 am – Moon sextile Neptune

This is the first of five exact aspects today, four of them by the Moon.  Record any dreams you had in the night.  Pay attention to your “daydreams” and any insights, feelings or flashes you may get and record them as well.


02/05/16 – 5:12 pm – Venus conjunct Pluto

This is the second exact aspect of the day.  Passions may flare.  Try to control yourself, especially when dealing with other people.  When it comes to matters of the heart, Pluto may be inclined to take what He wants and damn be the consequences; after all He is Lord of the Underworld.  Whatever we do, there will always be consequences to live with.  Before you act, ask yourself if you can live with the consequences of your action.

Following this the Moon will conjunct Pluto and then conjunct Venus for the third and fourth exact aspects of the day.  What might the two ladies (Venus and the Moon) have in store for Pluto?  It is Friday evening and passions could be very high and with the fifth aspect coming up, they could even get out of hand.  Do your best to keep your wits about you.  Remember, first do no harm to others or yourself.


02/05/16 – 11:52 pm – Moon square Uranus

This is the last aspect of the day.  Tensions may rise adding to the passion of the previous Venus, Pluto, Moon aspects.  Consider what tomorrow holds in store.  There will be six exact aspects tomorrow.  Where did you put the box of tissue?  Make sure you have a clean handkerchief.  Chances are after this night is over, you will find yourself spending extra time reflecting on your actions of this night.  Try not to do anything you may regret in the light of day tomorrow as it will probably be too late to fix it then.


02/06/16 – 12:21 am – Moon sextile Mars

This is the first of six exact aspects of the day only three of which involve the Moon.  When the Moon dominates the aspects, expect a roller-coaster ride of emotions.  When other planets get involved, the energy can feel stronger and last longer as they are larger and move slower.  If you are feeling trapped, try to extricate yourself carefully and diplomatically.  Avoid using force.  Be polite.

Following this the Moon will conjunct Mercury for the second exact aspect of the day.  Mind your tongue.  What is said can never be unsaid.


02/06/16 – 7:54 am – Moon goes Void-of-Course

Following a trine to retrograde Jupiter, Her third exact aspect of the day, the Moon, 22 Capricorn, goes void-of-course for just over 14 hours.  Try not to “speak your truth” just because you can.  Consider your motive.  Who are you trying to please or impress?  With Mercury still in its shadow, this may be your last chance to “get it right” so engage brain before engaging mouth.  With Jupiter retrograde, try not to over embellish or exaggerate.  With the Moon now going void-of-course you may be missing or forget an important detail so proceed with caution.

Following this, the Sun will sextile Uranus and then Mercury will trine retrograde Jupiter for the sixth and final exact aspect of the day.  “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.”  Abraham Lincoln.

A footnote for anyone in the Eastern Time Zone.  Because of the three hour time difference, you will have the pleasure of having experienced nine exact aspects today.


02/06/16 – 9:59 pm – Moon enters Aquarius

Tonight should feel calmer as the Moon in fixed air Aquarius tends to be more thoughtful and less anxious or emotional.


02/07/16 – 4:08 am – Sun square Mars

Try not to beat yourself up over things you may have said or done over the past couple of days.  “The past is already written.  The ink is dry.”  You can’t change the past but you can and should learn from it.  Apologies accepted.  Make amends if needed.  Today is a good day to plan a New Moon ritual.  Tonight will be the darkest of the dark Moon.  Tomorrow morning is the new Moon and the Chinese New Year.  If you are going to celebrate, keep it civil and under control.  Have fun and be safe.


02/08/16 – 6:39 am – New Moon conjunct Sun

This new Moon also marks the traditional Chinese New Year, the year of the Red Yang Fire Monkey.  The Sabian symbol for the degree of this new Moon, 19 Aquarius 16 is “A big white dove, a message bearer.”  What message does the white dove of peace have for you?  This is a chance to make a meaningful “New Year’s Resolution.”  Something worth working on over the months ahead.  In the Chinese tradition, the animal signs repeat every twelve years while the combination of animal and element only repeat every sixty years.  The message of the monkey is “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.”  Make time for yourself, time to unwind, to relax and have fun; even if you have to schedule it.  This can also be a good time to ask yourself, what do I like to do for fun?

Following this, the Moon goes void-of-course for almost 18 hours.  Unfortunately, it is Monday morning, a “normal” workday for most.  If you have new tasks to tackle, this time is best used for making lists, things you will need, people you may need to talk with; break the task down into smaller doable parts.  It’s OK to begin the planning process, just wait until tomorrow if you can to commit and get started.


02/09/16 – 12:31 am – Moon enters Pisces

The void-of-course is over.  Be prepared for any messages, insights or “a-ha” moments that may come to you in the night.  Record them as they come through.  You can analyze them after you get up in the light of the new day.


02/09/16 – 11:54 pm – Venus trine retrograde Jupiter

Generally, an easy flowing trine between the two benefics should be favorable; however, when the Greater Benefic, Jupiter, largest planet in the solar system is retrograde, things may not play out as well as we hoped.  Good things may yet come but try not to be too surprised if there are delays.  There is reason and purpose behind all things great or small.  Try to get a good night’s rest as there will be six exact aspects again tomorrow.











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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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