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.

For October we have the end of the Mercury retrograde to look forward to along with Venus finally leaving Leo for Virgo and catching up to Mars.  What “child” may come forth when the two love symbols of the zodiac come together?  Time will tell.  We also have both Mercury and Venus reaching their maximum separation from the Sun.  Will we be able to see both in the morning sky before dawn?  Weather and location will be the key factors for that.


10/01/15 – 3:44 am – Moon goes Void-of-Course

It’s a new month and we start off with a morning void-of-course.  It’s Thursday morning and following a third quarter square to Venus in Leo, the Moon 24 Taurus will go void-of-course for the next nine hours.  The Moon will also be conjunct the infamous fixed star Algol (Beta Perseus) so it may be best to keep your head down, your mouth shut and your fingers off the “send” key as Algol is noted for symbolizing losing one’s head, literally or figuratively.  Focus on ongoing projects, things that need tweaking or work to get them to the next step.  Set new things aside until after lunch.


10/01/15 – 1:03 pm – Moon enters Gemini

The void-of-course is over.  Moon in Gemini can have a tendency to be rather talkative and with Mercury still retrograde, better choose your words carefully or keep your mouth shut.  At least engage your brain before engaging your mouth.


10/03/15 – 10:18 am – Moon goes Void-of-Course

Following a sextile to Venus, the Moon 26 Gemini goes void-of-course again.  This time Venus goes void-of-course as well.  This is a shorter one for the Moon, only seven hours, but it will be a long one, over five days, for Venus.  This can be a good time to work on any existing relationships but it is best to wait until Venus enters Virgo on the 8th before starting any new relationships.


10/03/15 – 5:22 pm – Moon enters Cancer

Thus endeth another Moon void-of-course.  The Moon is now in Her home sign of Cancer so some people may be feeling more sensitive or protective.  The Moon appears to be slowing down now as if She wants to spend more time at home.  Emotions and feelings may seem to come on more slowly and last longer now.  It is the cycle of life.


10/04/15 – 4:00 am – Moon sextile Mars

This is the first of five exact aspects by the Moon today.  She is in Cancer and with an easy flowing sextile to Mars some emotions may seem more raw or people may seem more sensitive so try to be on your best, most considerate behavior and keep the tissue handy.

Following this, the Moon will trine Neptune for the second exact aspect of the day.  Note any dreams, thoughts, feelings or images you had during the night or on awakening.


10/04/15 – 2:06 pm – Moon square Sun

This is the third quarter waning crisis of consciousness square and also the third exact aspect by the Moon today.  Time for “fall cleaning,” to let go of or get rid of things that aren’t working or you no longer need as you begin to prepare for the coming new Moon on October 12.

Following this the Moon will sextile Jupiter for the fourth exact aspect of the day.  Try not to “blow” things out of proportion.

10/04/15 – 5:13 pm – Moon opposite Pluto

This is the fifth and final exact aspect by the Moon today.  This “full Moon” type of aspect should help to clarify what is working, what to keep and what let go of.  Emotions may start to seem less raw by this evening.


10/05/15 – 4:04 am – Moon goes Void-of-Course

This is the first of a series of longer void-of-course Moon periods.  It is Monday (Moon-day) and the Moon will be void-of-course for the rest of the day.  Following a waxing first quarter crisis of action square to retrograde Uranus, the Moon 18 Cancer goes void-of-course for the next 21 1/2 hours.  If you must act, engage brain, consult calmer minds and count to 100 before acting.  Uranus can be full of surprises and with Him being retrograde; they may not be the most pleasant of surprises.


10/06/15 – 1:31 am – Moon enters Leo

The void-of-course may be over but the day is just beginning.  It looks to be an active one so stay alert.


10/06/15 – 4:24 am – Moon trine Saturn

This is the first of five exact aspects today.  Only the truth will do for Saturn so be honest with yourself and others today.

Following this the Moon will sextile retrograde Mercury for the second aspect of the day.  Mind your words, spoken, written or electronic.  Once thought they are given to the Universe.


10/06/15 – 7:12 am – Sun square Pluto

This is the third aspect and third quarter waxing crisis of consciousness square in the yearly Sun Pluto cycle.  This cycle began January 3, 2015 with their conjunction at 13 Capricorn.  This square finds the Sun at 13 Libra and Pluto back at 13 Capricorn.  This is a good time to reflect on what you have accomplished so far this year and what you wanted to, but have not.  Why did that “New Year’s resolution” that seemed so important and doable get left behind?  Was it unrealistic or is it time to dust it off and make it happen?

Following this retrograde Mercury will sextile Saturn for the fourth exact aspect of the day.  Just because it is “your truth” doesn’t mean others will agree with you or that you need to share it.  Some words and thoughts are better left unspoken.


10/06/15 – 7:53 pm – Mars opposite retrograde Neptune

This is the fifth and final exact aspect of the day.  Enjoy your evening as there is another long Moon void-of-course tomorrow.  Pay attention to any dreams, thoughts, visions or insights.  Take copious notes.













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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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