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.



11/01/15 – 1:53 am – Moon opposite Pluto

It is early in the morning of All Saints Day and there are just seven minutes of Daylight Savings Time left.  This is the first of five exact aspects by the Moon today so best keep the tissue handy.  The veil between worlds is still very thin.  Note everything when you wake, whether it is in the middle of the night or in the morning.  Dreams, impressions, feelings, thoughts are all relevant.

Following this, the Moon will sextile Jupiter, square Uranus and then sextile Venus.


11/01/15 – 7:35 pm – Moon sextile Mars

Sunday is winding down.  This is the last exact aspect by the Moon today.  An evening walk may be just the ticket to burn off some excess energy.  If it is a clear night, check out the stars.  If not, check out the clouds and city lights reflecting off them.


11/01/15 – 11:06 pm – Mercury enters Scorpio

This is the last astronomical event of the day and ends the Mercury void-of-course.  That doesn’t mean that you can now say whatever comes to your mind.  Before you decide to give someone a piece of your mind, make sure you have enough to share.


11/02/15 – 5:10 pm – Venus conjunct Mars

This is the annual mating of the archetypal lovers.  It is Moon’s day (Monday) evening.  This could be a good night for a romantic dinner or date night.  No one to share it with?  Curl up with a good book, watch a favorite movie or spend time with friends.

This is also the beginning of the new Venus Mars cycle.  It can be a good time to re-assess your relationships and to begin the process of creating an environment that will bring in and foster the kind of relationships you are looking for.  If you are still holding on to unrealistic expectations in a relationship that is no more; or that you know isn’t right for you, then maybe it’s time to get real.  Time to love yourself and perhaps let go of those that don’t love you or love themselves more than they do you.


11/03/15 – 4:24 am – Moon square Sun

This is a third quarter waning crisis of consciousness square.  Time to sort through stuff and let go of those things that aren’t working, don’t serve your purpose or you just don’t need or want anymore.  The new Moon is coming and that means preparing for the next “seed planting.”


11/03/15 – 5:46 pm – Moon goes Void-of-Course

Following an easy flowing trine to unpredictable retrograde Uranus, the Moon goes void-of-course for over 24 hours.  It is “hump day” tomorrow and there will be no exact aspects tomorrow.  Looks like tomorrow should be a good day for working on existing projects or tasks.  If possible, avoid starting anything new until after the Moon enters Virgo.



11/04/15 – 6:22 pm – Moon enters Virgo

The Moon’s void-of-course is over and you should be good to go on any new projects or items.  While there were no exact aspects today, tomorrow should make up for it.


11/05/15 – 3:36 am – Moon square Saturn

This is the first of six exact aspects today, five of them by the Moon.  Saturn wants to keep the emotional Moon in check.  Since the Moon is in practical and sometimes overly critical Virgo, that shouldn’t be too hard.  Try not to be overly critical of others.  You don’t know where they have been or what they are going through.  A little understanding can go a long ways.

Following this, the Moon will sextile Mercury and then oppose Neptune for the second and third exact aspects of the day.


11/05/15 – 7:58 pm – Sun sextile Pluto

This is the one exact aspect of the day that does not involve the Moon.  Following this, the Moon will trine Pluto for the fifth exact aspect of the day.  Together, these two aspects could make for a good evening for deep discussions or the meaning of life, death and whatever else there may be.


11/05/15 – 9:35 pm – Moon sextile Sun

This is the sixth and final aspect of the day.  This can be a good time to relax and let your thoughts of the day play through your mind.


11/07/15 – 4:47 am – Venus goes Void-of-Course

Following a conjunction by the Moon, Venus goes void-of-course for almost 27 hours.  The Moon also goes void-of-course but only for three hours.  When Venus is void-of-course it is best to not start a new relationship.  It can be a good time to re-assess and work on any existing relationships.


11/08/15 – 7:31 am – Venus enters Libra

Venus ends Her void-of-course by moving into Libra Her second home and the sign of relationships.  You may find your attention shifting from yourself to others and relationships.  This can be a good time to bring back into balance any area of your life that feels out-of-balance and to try to resolve old or ongoing conflicts or disagreements with others.


11/08/15 – 6:42 pm – Moon goes Void-of-Course

Following an opposition to retrograde Uranus, the Moon goes void-of-course for over 25 hours.

Tomorrow, Monday November 9 should be a good day to focus and work on any ongoing projects as the Moon will be void-of-course for most of the day and there will be no exact aspects by any of the transiting planets to provide potentially distracting energies.


11/09/15 – 8:02 pm – Moon enters Scorpio

It’s Monday evening and the long void-of-course is finally over.  In case you hadn’t noticed, there were no exact aspects today either.  What is/was your day like?


11/11/15 – 9:47 am – New Moon conjunct Sun

This new Moon is at 19 Scorpio 01.  The Sabian symbol for this degree is “A woman drawing aside two dark curtains that closed the entrance to a sacred pathway.”  Symbolically this indicates an opportune time to clear away obstructions or confusions that impede you from moving forward or getting “unstuck.”  While it may be unclear at this time it may be a good time for you to reevaluate your life and circumstances.  Perhaps make a list of things you haven’t done but wanted to.  Pick one to start with and break it down into small, doable actions to accomplish it.  Some things should become clearer in the week ahead as you prepare to take action with the coming first quarter Moon on November 18/19th.


11/11/15 – 5:04 pm – North Node enters Virgo

The nodes of the Moon move backwards (retrograde) through the zodiac spending about 18 months in each sign.  As they move from the Libra/Aries axis with the emphasis on trying to find balance between oneself and others into Virgo/Pisces this emphasis should start to shift.  The coming 18 months can be a good time to get real about what one wants their future (north Node in Virgo) to look like.  Virgo is about service to others.  One could start by considering how they could best do that.  With the south Node now in Pisces, consider service in areas which support your spiritually but don’t become a martyr.  That isn’t what this transit is about.


11/12/15 – 1:41 pm – Mars enters Libra

The Mars void-of-course is over.  Mars isn’t particularly happy in Libra as He doesn’t really care that much about others and what their wants or needs might be.  During Mars trip through Libra one may find that others may seem a bit touchier.  Try to keep your temper in check.  Focus on your listening skills and “just walking away,” rather than reacting to others.  After Libra, Mars moves into Scorpio and you know what they say; “payback can be a bitch.”


11/13/15 – 7:18 pm – Moon goes Void-of-Course

Following a first quarter waxing crisis of action square to expansive Jupiter, the Moon, 18 Sagittarius goes void-of-course for just over 21 hours.  It’s Friday 13th; and while one may not be superstitious, it’s better to not push your luck.  Try to avoid making plans or starting something new until tomorrow after the void-of-course is over.  Try not to over-commit or over indulge this evening.


11/14/15 – 4:21 pm – Moon enters Capricorn

It’s late Saturday afternoon and the void-of-course is over.  Got an idea for something new to try this evening?  You should have a green light to go; just remember “do no harm.”


11/16/15 – 12:53 pm – Moon goes Void-of-Course

Following an easy waxing sextile to the Sun, the Moon 24 Capricorn, goes void-of-course for the rest of the day.  It’s Monday, the start of another workweek for most.  The morning should be good for tackling any new projects or ideas.  After noon, shift your focus to on-going projects or tasks that need to be reviewed, reconsidered or that may be ready to finish.


11/16/15 – 11:24 pm – Moon enters Aquarius

The void-of-course is over.  As the Moon moves from cardinal earth, business oriented Capricorn into fixed air Aquarius; our attentions may be drawn to causes, groups or friends.  Know that there are times when the needs of the many do out-weigh the needs of the few or even our own needs.


11/17/15 – 6:53 am – Mercury conjunct the Sun

This is the superior conjunction or “full Moon” phase between these two.  This occurs when Mercury passes on the far side of the Sun and they both line up with the Earth.  This Mercury Sun cycle began with the Inferior Conjunction (new Moon phase) on September 30, 2015 as retrograde Mercury passed between the Sun and the Earth.  What new “seeds,” endeavors, projects did you plant/start around that time?  If you have done your due diligence, one or more of them should be at a point now that you can determine which to keep, continue with and which to let go of.  Are any of them ready for “harvest” now?  You have until January 14, 2016 when the next cycle starts to finish them or at least move them on to the next phase.


11/18/15 – 8:32 am – Retrograde Neptune stations Direct

With Neptune stationing direct at 7 Pisces, Uranus remains the only planet still retrograde.  Note if there is any change in the frequency, subject or nature of your dreams.  It may take some days before one can begin to realize and understand any changes.


11/18/15 – 10:27 pm – Moon square Sun

This is the first quarter, waxing crisis of action square.  While we may feel a stronger urge to act or do something, sometimes the best thing to do is to decide not to do it.  This can be a good time to “trust your instinct,” the “gut brain” we all have.  Whatever is decided, any repercussions, be they positive or negative, should show themselves in the week to ten days ahead.


11/20/15 – 11:44 am – Mercury enters Sagittarius

As Mercury shifts from fixed water Scorpio to mutable fire Sagittarius, can you sense any changes in your thought processes?  You may find that what you think about or what you want to talk or write about is changing?  In Scorpio our attentions may have been more focused on deeper feelings; on people who we believe may have injured or offended us; or the occult or even death.  Now our attentions may shift to more spiritual thoughts; to the meaning of things; higher education or advanced studies; distant lands or times and they may become lighter and more fluid.  Good time to “go with the flow.”


11/20/15 – 5:59 pm – Venus square Pluto

This is the third quarter, crisis of consciousness square in their planetary cycle.  With Venus in Her home sign of cardinal air Libra and Pluto in Saturn’s sign of cardinal earth Capricorn; this could be an opportune time to re-assess relationships of all types.  What is it we really, really want from our relationships?  What are we willing to put into them?  Do we expect more from others in our relationships than we are willing to give in return?  Successful relationships need to be grounded (earthy water-goat Capricorn) and balanced (airy scales of justice Libra).  Consider what is working and what isn’t.  Are there relationships that are all give and no get?  Does the other always manage to make it about themselves?  Time to let go of relationships that are unfulfilling or no longer of benefit.  Time to shift attention to those that not only support us but also support the “other” in the relationship.

This cycle began with the Venus Pluto conjunction December 20, 2014.  Did any new relationships begin around that time?  How are they working out for you?  Focus on those that are working and consider letting go of those that aren’t.

The next cycle begins February 5, 2016 when Venus and Pluto will again be conjunct.  For as long as Pluto is in Capricorn, this Venus Pluto aspect will have Venus in Libra and will be asking us to look at our relationships.  The objective is for us to be true to ourselves, our needs and the needs of the other with whom we are in a relationship; be they spouse, parent, child, significant other, close or casual friend.  Relationships are meant to be fulfilling and enriching, not demeaning or abusive.


11/21/15 – 5:23 am – Moon and Sun go Void-of-Course

Following an easy flowing waxing watery trine from the Moon in Pisces to the Sun in Scorpio, both go void-of-course.  The Moon will be void-of-course for less than two hours but the Sun will be void-of-course for over 26 hours.  This can be an opportune time to dust off that self-help book you’ve been meaning to read and see if it has anything to offer.


11/21/15 – 7:12 am – Moon enters Aries

The Moon’s void-of-course is over but the Sun’s will last another day.  Good day for reviewing but not necessarily for starting a new project on yourself.  Wait until tomorrow if you can.


11/22/15 – 7:26 am – Sun enters Sagittarius

Can you feel the shift as the Sun leaves the deep intense emotions of fixed water Scorpio and enters the philosophical scholarly realm of mutable fire Sagittarius?  If you have only been thinking about taking a trip for Thanksgiving, now may be a good time to make your decision.  Go for it, even if it is only a trip through your mind’s eye by book or movie as distant lands and times may call to you.


11/22/15 – 11:16 am – Moon goes Void-of-Course

Following a super conjunction at 17 Aries, the Moon goes void-of-course for the next 21 hours.  This is not only a conjunction but also an occultation, meaning Uranus will also be blocked from our view by the Moon.  It will only be visible from Queen Maud Land, Enderby Land and the southern Indian Ocean; but anyone with planets or sensitive points at 14-19 degrees of any of the cardinal signs, Aries, Cancer, Libra or Capricorn, may be in for a surprise or two.  Try to avoid impulsive decisions.  Wait until tomorrow after the Moon enters Taurus if you can.  Forewarned is forearmed.


11/23/15 – 8:26 am – Moon enters Taurus

The void-of-course is over and our emotions, instincts and autonomic responses should be good as the Moon is considered to be exalted in Taurus.  Take some time to do something nice for yourself.  This can be a good time to redecorate or just straighten up your space, be it home, office or car.  It’s Monday (Moon day) so go ahead and start that new project, routine or try out that new look or recipe.


11/23/15 – 2:13 pm – Venus opposite retrograde Uranus

As the Goddess of love and beauty faces off against the God of revolutions, of the populace and the sudden unexpected events in life, don’t be surprised if your love life or a relationship takes a sudden turn; hopefully for the better.


11/24/15 – 5:26 pm – Moon goes Void-of-Course

Following an easy flowing waning trine to expansive Jupiter, the Moon goes void-of-course until tomorrow morning.  Finish any clean-up or projects you started on your space.  Avoid starting anything new.  May be best to avoid shopping as your impulses may lead you to over-spend or over-commit.  Put it off until tomorrow when you just might be able to talk your way out of whatever situation you find yourself in.


11/24/15 – 8:57 pm – Mercury conjunct Saturn

As they say, the devil is in the details.  The truth, only the truth will do now.  This is not the time to try to get away with something.  If you speak your truth, be sure that others understand that it is your truth and not necessarily a universal truth.  Avoid the temptation to “bluff” your way through it.

This also marks the beginning of the next Mercury Saturn cycle.  Choose your words carefully, be they written, spoken or e-words.  This can also be a good time to start that new writing project.  Need more inspiration; it should only be a couple hours away.


11/24/15 – 11:15 pm – Mercury square Neptune

This is the third quarter, waning crisis of consciousness square in their cycle.  Let the Mercury Saturn conjunction help you to let go of any unrealistic dreams or ideas and focus on those that can yet materialize.  The first Mercury retrograde of 2016 will delay the completion of their cycle so you will have opportunities to review, rewrite, reassess, re-edit or redo before the new Mercury Neptune cycle starts March 10, 2016.  Let that be your target date.


11/25/15 – 8:32 am – Mercury sextile Mars

This is the first of six exact aspects today; the other five will be by the Moon so keep the tissue handy.  This is a waxing sextile meaning that Mercury is racing ahead of Mars and thoughts and ideas may be growing, developing.  Sextiles generally indicate an easy flow but can also indicate a place or time where we feel caught, stuck or in a trap.  Watch your tongue and give careful thought to how you express yourself as Mars can be explosive and doesn’t have a filter.



11/25/15 – 9:15 am – Moon enters Gemini

The Moon’s void-of-course is over but the day is still young and there are five exact aspects by the Moon ahead so be alert.


11/25/15 – 2:44 pm – Moon opposite Sun

This is the full Moon, the time of harvest, fruition and manifestation as the Moon is opposite the Sun in Sagittarius.  The Moon in Gemini can be very talkative or She can withdraw into Her quiet space to rest and recharge.  Either way, since tomorrow is Thanksgiving, this can be a good time to consider all the people and things you are thankful for.  Don’t forget to tell them.

Following this aspect, the Moon will be opposite Saturn, square Neptune and trine Mars.  Four down and one to go.


11/25/15 – 11:26 pm – Moon opposite Mercury

This is the fifth and final exact aspect by the Moon today.  Anything can happen when talkative Moon in Gemini makes any aspect to Mercury, messenger of the Gods and ruler of communication.  Choose your words carefully.  Allow others a chance to speak and be sure to listen when they do.  You aren’t the only one with something to say.  “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.”  Abraham Lincoln.


11/26/15 – 4:18 am – Saturn square Neptune

Happy Thanksgiving!  Note any dreams you had in the night.  Saturn Neptune cycles are about 37 years long, from conjunction to conjunction.  This is the third quarter waning crisis of consciousness square in their current cycle which began with their conjunctions in Capricorn in 1989.  What did you start then?  Did you have a long term goal or dream to manifest?  Now is the time to let go of those things that aren’t supporting you in that goal.  You should have plenty of time to “get your ducks in a row” as their next cycle won’t begin until 2026.   


11/26/15 – 7:35 pm – Moon goes Void-of-Course

With the Moon going void-of-course you should probably avoid going shopping for those “bargains” as there is a good chance you will be disappointed.  So you want to take advantage of those “too good to be true” Black Friday bargains?  Shop early and you may find out that they were just that, too good to be true.  Wait until the Moon enters Cancer when you should be better able to spot the real deals and avoid shopping mistakes.


11/27/15 – 11:27 am – Moon enters Cancer

If you really must, you should be good to go shopping now.  Make sure you understand all return policies, get gift receipts and keep all receipts organized and in a safe place.  Try to get it done before 5 pm though.


11/27/15 – 5:00 pm – Mercury goes Out-of-Bounds

Out-of-bounds refers to a planet moving beyond the range of the Sun.  At Winter Solstice, the Sun is as low in the southern sky as it will get.  When a planet goes lower than that it is considered out-of-bounds south.  When a planet goes out-of-bounds it can be like a dog in a park off its leash.  It can feel unrestrained as if the normal rules no longer apply.  For Mercury, this can be similar to going retrograde.  With that in mind, be extra cautious when signing any contracts and with all communications.  Mercury won’t be back in bounds until late Christmas eve.  Unless you want to spend Christmas day explaining yourself or justifying what you’ve written or said, choose your words carefully and be sure to think before engaging your mouth and to re-read any and all written communications.  When sending a text or e-mail, reread it and double check to make sure it is going to only the intended recipient.

11/29/15 – 4:46 am – Moon goes Void-of-Course

Following a waning third quarter crisis of consciousness square to Venus, the Moon goes void-of-course for the next twelve hours.  This can be a good day to spend with friends or family, to stay home and relax or work on on-going projects.


11/29/15 – 6:50 am – Sun square Neptune

This is another third quarter waning crisis of consciousness square.  Record any dreams.  Get the details now and analyze them later.


11/29/15 – 4:16 pm – Sun conjunct Saturn

Now is a good time to get real with yourself.  What is it you really believe?  Consider what it is you want this holiday season.  Go over your shopping list for friends and family.  Get real!


11/29/15 – 4:47 pm – Moon enters Leo

The void-of-course is over.  This evening and tomorrow should be good for starting any new projects.  Note to self; don’t forget Mercury is out-of-bounds so pay extra attention to any contracts and all communications.

Looking ahead to December, there will be six days with five or more exact aspects, direction or sign changes.  Mercury will return in-bounds and Uranus will station direct.  At that time, all planets will be in direct forward motion symbolizing a time when forward progress should be easier.  This will extend from late Christmas Day through the end of the year until January 5, 2016 when Mercury stations retrograde.

Remember, they are only transits so this too shall pass.













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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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