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.


06/01/16 – 8:42 am – Moon goes Void-of-Course

It’s “Hump Day” and the Moon will be void-of-course for the next eleven hours.  Use your time wisely.  Probably best to set aside any new projects or tasks until tonight or tomorrow after the void-of-course is over.  Focus your attention on any on-going projects or routine tasks.


06/01/16 – 7:43 pm – Sun square Neptune

This is the first quarter waxing crisis of action square in the annual cycle of the Sun, center of the Solar system and Neptune, outer-most of the astronomical nine planets and last of the gas giants.  The energy of this aspect may be just the thing you need to help bring a dream into reality.  This cycle began with Sun conjunct Neptune February 28, 2016.  Did you have a new idea or dream around that time?  Be alert for anything that might come up that may relate back to the end of February or early March.  Insights and ideas may come from anywhere.  Let no thought, flash or feeling go unrecorded.  Don’t take time to over-analyze them.  Be prepared for any dreams you may have tonight.  Tomorrow, with the Moon in Taurus and two more aspects to Neptune should be soon enough to go over your notes and begin analyzing them.


06/01/16 – 7:46 pm – Moon enters Taurus

The void-of-course is over.  If you like, take some time to review anything new that came up today and consider what, if any attention it may warrant from you.  Take notes, even if it is just one word, anything that will help to trigger your memory.


06/02/16 – 3:10 pm – Moon sextile Neptune

This is the first of five exact aspects today, three of them by the Moon.  What insights does the Moon bring to yesterdays Sun square Neptune?  Can you make sense of your notes from yesterday or last night’s dreams?  The first quarter square is about taking action.  It need not be a physical action or anything more than writing things down; making a list or an outline.

Following this the Moon will trine Jupiter, perhaps providing the easy flow of energy needed to expand on an idea or insight.


06/02/16 – 9:15 pm – Venus square Neptune

This is the third exact aspect of the day and the third involving Neptune since yesterday.  It is also the first quarter waxing crisis of action square of their cycle which began around March 20, 2016.  Did you start a new relationship or did someone new come into your life around that time?  Did you have a memorable dream?  Perhaps you changed something about yourself; your hair style or color, your manner of dress or something about your home?  Did you start a new self-improvement program?  If so, you may now be feeling an increasing need to do more or do something about it.


Following this the Moon will create an earth (Taurus) to earth (Capricorn) trine to retrograde Pluto for the fourth exact aspect of the day.  Things might feel more real; you may have a sense of being grounded, of being right and needing to do something.  Perhaps your feelings seem more intense or your passions may be heightened.  If you must act, consider the consequences and proceed with caution.


06/02/16 – 11:38 pm – Sun opposite retrograde Saturn

This is the fifth and final exact aspect of the day.  It is important that whatever you do, do it right.  Perhaps you are being given an opportunity to right a wrong from before or fix something that didn’t work out quite as you expected.  The opposition is the harvest or fruition phase of this Sun Saturn cycle which began at the end of November 2015 with their conjunction.  What new thing did you begin around that time?  Was it a study program, a relationship or creative idea?  Whatever the “it” is, now may be the time to present it to the “world,” that is your friends, colleagues, family or that someone special.


06/03/16 – 3:08 am – Moon Occults Mercury

An occultation is like a super conjunction.  It is when one body passes between the line of sight of some observes on Earth and another body.  At this time, both the Moon and Mercury are at 19 Taurus as the Moon blocks Mercury from our sight.  Is the Moon “blocking” messages at this time or is She serving as an amplifier or filter making those messages clearer?  It won’t be the same for everyone.  The actual occultation will only be visible from Antarctica, southern Africa and Madagascar and will only last a few minutes.  Note any dreams, messages or other insights you may have.  Allow yourself time to reflect on them before coming to any conclusions.  Perhaps it will be another piece to a “puzzle” you have been working on.


06/03/16 – 5:47 pm – Venus opposite retrograde Saturn

As Venus chases the Sun, it is now Her turn to oppose retrograde Saturn.  What did you make of yesterday’s Sun opposite retrograde Saturn?  How does Venus, archetype of love, beauty and our desires play into it?  Is it time to put the finishing touches on a renovation, redecoration or other project?  Or is it time to re-consider it, or perhaps a budding relationship?  Is it everything you hoped or wanted it to be or is it time to begin letting it go?


06/04/16 – 3:57 am – Sun square Jupiter

This is the first of seven exact aspects today, five by the Moon so you might want to have a fresh box of tissue handy.  This is the third quarter, waning crisis of consciousness square in the Sun Jupiter cycle that began end of August 2015.  Third quarter squares symbolize a time to re-assess things, to re-evaluate their current and future worth.  Is the project finished and ready to be passed off to the next phase so you can begin to prepare for a new project or task or does it need some final tweaking?  Whichever you decide, best get to it as a new cycle will begin the end of this September and you will want to be ready for it.

Following this, the Moon will make a first quarter waxing crisis of action square to Neptune and then add Her energy as she follows up the Sun and Venus and opposes retrograde Saturn for the second and third exact aspects of the day.  Allow the Moon’s reflective power to help to bring you some clarity to an issue you have been wrestling with.


06/04/16 – 5:49 pm – Venus square Jupiter

This is the fourth exact aspect of the day.  Venus is slowly closing the gap between Her and the Sun.  Like the Sun earlier today this is the third quarter waning crisis of consciousness square in the Venus Jupiter cycle that began for them late October 2015.  Whatever is being emphasized in your life at this time, give it your undivided attention as this may just be your chance to “make the most of it.”  Be open and ready for any insights, messages or “a-ha” moments as the Moon is bringing Her own energies to this mix.  Allow yourself time to reflect as the Moon is coming and may have an important message or insight to deliver.

For the fifth and sixth exact aspects of the day the Moon will make a third quarter waning crisis of consciousness square to Jupiter and then conjunct Venus.  What additional insights or message might the Moon bring to Venus?  Perhaps the Moon is picking up bits of information to carry to the Sun as they begin their new cycle.  A lot is happening in a relatively short period of time.  Trust your instincts but don’t shoot from the hip.  The “gunfight” goes to the truest shot, not necessarily the fastest.


06/04/16 – 7:59 pm – New Moon conjunct Sun

This is the seventh and final exact aspect for this Saturday.  New Moons symbolize new beginnings.  This Moon Sun conjunction at 14 Gemini is part of a mutable Grand Cross which includes Jupiter in Virgo, retrograde Saturn in Sagittarius and Neptune in Pisces.  You may feel as though you have too many things you want to do, it’s all right.  Make a list and allow yourself time to reflect on your options.  You have a few days to go over the list and consider your actions.  Prioritize them based on importance, on time frame and ease or difficulty in accomplishing.  Do you have everything you need to begin the task?  You may find that y making lists it will become clearer which ideas are ready to begin and which best left for later.  Break down your choices into doable steps or phases as this can help you decide which to start first and what order to proceed in.


06/05/16 – 5:56 am – Mercury maximum elongation Sun

Mercury’s apparent speed continues to increase, now matching that of the Sun.  Mercury 21 Taurus rises 24 degrees before the Sun 15 Gemini this morning making it the best morning for seeing Mercury, weather permitting.  If you look to the east before sunrise you may catch a glimpse of Mercury a bit above the horizon.  What might this symbolize?  Messages may be clearer so be alert and open for any dreams, insights or “a-ha’s” you might have.  Occurring so soon after a new Moon, these “messages” may relate to something new you want to or should be doing.


06/05/16 – 9:47 am – Moon goes Void-of-Course

Following a sextile to Uranus the Moon goes void-of-course for the next eleven hours.  Even though it is Sunday, it is probably best you put off any new projects and focus on finishing things you’ve already started.


06/05/16 – 8:41 pm – Moon enters Cancer

It’s Sunday evening and the void-of-course ends as the Moon returns to Her home sign of Cancer.  Do you feel the shift from mutable air let me talk Gemini to cardinal water nurturing protective Cancer?  Monday should be a good day to start any new projects.


06/06/16 – 2:39 pm – Venus conjunct Sun

This is the Superior Conjunction when Venus is on the far side of the Sun and they both align with the Earth with the Sun in the middle.  From our point of view on Earth, Venus is always in direct forward motion at this aspect.  Venus and the Sun will both be at 16 Gemini 35.  Gemini is the mutable air sign and the Sabian symbol for this degree is “The head of a youth changes into that of a mature thinker.”  What thoughts, feelings or desires might be “maturing” for you at this time.  This aspect is like the “full Moon” or harvest/ fruition phase of the current Venus Sun cycle that began with their “inferior conjunction.”  At the inferior conjunction, or new Moon phase of the Venus Sun cycle Venus will be in apparent retrograde motion and align between the Sun and Earth.  This occurred August 15, 2015 at 22 Leo.  The Sabian symbol for that degree is “A bareback rider in a circus thrills a crowd.”  Did something new and potentially “thrilling” begin for you around August 15?  Perhaps a new relationship or appreciation for something beautiful or desirable?  How would you describe it now?  Has it matured into what you expected or desired?  This may be the opportune time to put it to the test, to good use or take it to the next level/phase.


06/07/16 – 5:18 pm – Moon goes Void-of-Course

It’s Tuesday evening and following a trine to retrograde Mars the Moon goes void-of-course for over six hours.  You may want to take the evening off or just put your energies into some ongoing project, relationship or issue.  If you really feel the need to do something new, watch a new show on TV or listen to some new music.


06/07/16 – 11:47 pm – Moon enters Leo

The void-of-course is over.  Tomorrow is hump day and you should have a green light to tackle any new things you’ve been putting off.


06/09/16 – 10:01 am – Mercury opposite retrograde Mars

This is the first of five exact aspects today four of them by the Moon so you may want to check your tissue supply.  Avoid arguments or heated discussions at all cost today.  You won’t win even if you feel like you have.  Consider phrases such as “Can I get back to you on that?” or “I will look into / consider that.”  You want to “put them off” without “putting them off.”

Following this the Moon will sextile the Sun, sextile Venus and then trine Uranus.  Prepare yourself for the unexpected.  If you get the feeling of being trapped or unable to make a decision just know that this too shall pass.  Meditate, relax, go to the gym or for a walk.  Allow yourself time to process, to feel and to think.


06/09/16 – 10:37 pm – Moon square retrograde Mars

This is the last exact aspect of the day.  Maybe a relaxing cup of tea will be just what you need or perhaps a good book or old movie.  This is the third quarter waning crisis of consciousness square so you may want to go into paranoid mode and double check to make sure all the doors and windows are locked, the stove and such are turned off.  Anything that should be off is off and anything that should be on is on.


06/10/16 – 12:14 am – Moon square Mercury

Following this both the Moon and Mercury go void-of-course.  The Moon will be void-of-course for over six hours but Mercury will be void-of-course for sixty-four hours, that’s over two days.  A Mercury void-of-course can feel much like a Mercury retrograde so be careful what you say, how you say it and who you say it to.  Re-read all contracts or anything else you sign and any texts or e-mails before sending.  Make sure it is going to only the person or people intended.


06/10/16 – 6:46 am – Moon enters Virgo

It’s Friday and the Moon void-of-course is over.  This should be a good day to finish up whatever you are working on or at least move it on to the next stage or person in line.  Don’t forget to re-read, re-view, re-consider and any other appropriate “re” words.


06/12/16 – 1:10 am – Moon square Sun

This is the first quarter waxing crisis of action square and the first of five exact aspects, four by the Moon and two sign changes today so you may want to keep the tissue close.  With the Sun in Gemini and the Moon in Virgo, both mutable signs, it may be more difficult to actually “do” something, that is anything requiring you to make a decision.  No matter how strongly you feel that you MUST DO something, it may be better if that something is deciding to do nothing.  Don’t force a decision or action as you may find yourself having to explain it and defend it later.

Following this the Moon will make a first quarter waxing crisis of action square to Venus for the second exact aspect of the day.  Caution and compassion in any and all relationships is always best.


06/12/16 – 7:47 am – Moon goes Void-of-Course

For the third exact aspect of the day the Moon will sextile retrograde Mars following which She will go void-of-course for the next ten hours.  Another good reason not to start any new projects today and to be extra cautious about any decisions you make or actions you do decide to take.


06/12/16 – 8:12 am – Venus sextile Uranus

For the fourth exact aspect of the day, Venus in Gemini will sextile unpredictable Uranus in Aries.  If you are feeling sudden or unexpected pressure or uncertainty in a relationship or regarding something you thought you loved or desired hold your tongue for now.  Allow yourself time to reflect, think and get in touch with whatever you are feeling.  Mercury is still void-of-course and it is probably best to wait until it enters Gemini before making a decision or expressing yourself in a way you may later regret.


06/12/16 – 4:22 pm – Mercury enters Gemini

The Mercury void-of-course is over.  With Mercury back in the mutable air sign it rules, you may find your mind starting to pick up speed, perhaps even race as ideas or thoughts flood through.  Jot them down or record them in some way.  Don’t worry about trying to make sense of them at this time as you probably won’t be able to.  This evening or later may be a better time for that.


06/12/16 – 5:33 pm – Moon enters Libra

This is the second sign change of the day and marks the end of the Moon’s void-of-course.


06/12/16 – 5:42 pm – Moon trine Mercury

This is the fifth and final exact aspect of the day.  Now if you feel like talking go for it but remember the words of Abraham Lincoln; “It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt.”  It’s Sunday evening.  Relax and enjoy it.  Be kind, unwind.


06/13/16 – 1:43 pm – Neptune stations Retrograde

Neptune has been “hanging” at 12 Pisces for days now as He makes His annual change of direction.  He joins Mars, Saturn and Pluto in retrograde motion.  With four of eight planets in apparent retrograde motion, prepare for and expect delays and having to repeat yourself, to do-over or re-visit, re-edit, re-negotiate or re-consider some things you may have thought were done.  Neptune will retrace his steps to 9 Pisces before stationing direct November 19, 2016.  Until then, don’t be surprised if you have some recurring dreams or feel a need to “get back to” something or somewhere you were before.


06/15/16 – 12:01 am – Moon trine Venus

Following this both go void-of-course, the Moon for six hours and Venus for 60 hours.  Note any dreams, feelings, insights you may have on waking.

When Venus is void-of-course it is probably best to not start a new romance or relationship or purchase something that you “must” have.  Better to wait until Venus enters the next sign and Her void-of-course is over.


06/15/16 – 6:18 am – Moon enters Scorpio

It’s Hump Day and the Moon void-of-course is over.  You should have a “green light” to start on any new projects or tasks; just not a new relationship.


06/17/16 – 6:52 am – Moon goes Void-of-Course

It’s Friday now and following a conjunction with retrograde Mars the Moon goes void-of-course for the next 12 hours.  Focus your attentions on any on-going projects, tasks or ideas.  Set aside any new ones for next week.


06/17/16 – 12:39 pm – Venus enters Cancer

The Venus void-of-course is over.  It’s Friday and the weekend is ahead.  Perhaps there is a new relationship waiting for you.  Have you been putting off a major purchase of something you have been wanting for a while?  Now may be a good time to reconsider that purchase.  Is it something you want or something you need?  Can you afford it?  Better get real!


06/17/16 – 6:34 pm – Moon enters Sagittarius

It’s Friday evening and the Moon void-of-course is over.  Consider doing something new or different this evening or weekend for a change.


06/17/16 – 8:23 pm – retrograde Saturn square retrograde Neptune

This is the second third quarter waning crisis of consciousness square in this Saturn Neptune cycle.  This cycle began with their triple conjunction at 10-12 Capricorn in 1989.  What dreams might you have had then?  Did you think about where you wanted to be in 25+ years?  Now is the time to reconsider what is real, which dreams can be manifested and made real and which cannot.

The third quarter waning crisis of consciousness square is  time for reconsideration and re-evaluation.  What is working and what isn’t.  What to keep and what to let go of.  The first third quarter square for Saturn and Neptune, when both were in direct forward motion was Thanksgiving 2015.  What thoughts were on your mind at that time?  The third and final third quarter square will be September 10, 2016.  After that it will be time to work toward the end of this cycle and the beginning of the next cycle.  This cycle ends and the next one begins with their conjunction February 20, 2026 at 0 Aries, a fitting time for a new beginning.  Yes, that is almost ten years from now.  The Saturn Neptune cycle is a long one, some 35-36 years long so plan your work and work your plan accordingly as this is the power couple for manifesting long term goals and dreams.


06/20/16 – 4:02 am – Full Moon opposite Sun

This is the known as the Strawberry Moon and is the second full Moon in Sagittarius; the first was May 21 at 1 Sagittarius.  The Sabian symbol for this full Moon at 29 Sagittarius is “The Pope blessing the faithful.”  Have you been “faithful” to the “seeds” you planted at the new Moon June 4 at 15 Gemini?  If you have been faithful and nurtured these seeds then now is your chance to harvest the fruits of your labor.  If you haven’t, then you may see them wither on the vine.  All seeds, be they plants, ideas or dreams need to be cared for if you expect them to come true, to manifest into something meaningful.

Following this both the Sun and the Moon go void-of-course.  It’s Monday and may be a good day to put your energies into on-going projects or tasks and wait until tomorrow to tackle any new ones.


06/20/16 – 4:55 am – Moon enters Capricorn

The Moon’s void-of-course is over but the Sun’s isn’t.  This can be an opportune time to work on yourself, your ideas and desires; just don’t start any new ones, at least not until the Sun enters Cancer.


06/20/16 – 7:56 am – Mercury opposite retrograde Saturn

This is the full Moon phase in the annual Mercury Saturn cycle.  Does Mercury have messages   from Saturn for you concerning Friday’s Saturn Neptune square?  Be alert, pay attention to any dreams, insights, feelings or anything out of the ordinary.  There are no coincidences at times like this.


06/20/16 – 10:11 am – Mercury square retrograde Neptune

What now?  This is the first quarter waxing crisis of action square in their annual cycle.  Perhaps a new message, feeling or insight will be received?  Wait for clarity before acting as there may be static creating confusion in Neptune’s message.  Don’t “jump” to any conclusions.  Take the time to reflect and reconsider everything.  Clarity can come as the fog lifts.


06/20/16 – 3:34 pm – Sun enters Cancer

This is the Summer Solstice, the beginning of summer.  Those astrologers who look at the fortunes and misfortunes of countries may use the chart for this time based at the countries capital to forecast what may be coming.

This Summer Solstice set for Washington, DC, is at 6:34 pm.  The Sun is at 0 Cancer in the seventh house of significant relationships, known enemies and legal contracts.  The Moon, representing the people is at 5 Capricorn and in the second house of wealth, values and how we earn them, conserve them, spend or waste them.  Jupiter which rules the Republican Party is at the top of the chart near what is known as the Midheaven, the point at which we want most to be recognized for our achievements.  Saturn which rules the Democratic Party is retrograde, in Sagittarius and the first house representing the self, how we present ourselves to others.


Jupiter is making a third quarter waning crisis of consciousness square to Saturn which is making a third quarter square to retrograde Neptune which is making a first quarter waxing crisis of action square to Mercury which is making a third quarter waning crisis of consciousness square to Jupiter.  Each of these planets is in one of the four mutable signs creating a mutable grand cross.  The energy of a mutable grand cross can be one of great frustration, confusion and uncertainty.  This year’s presidential election could be much closer than most people would like.  One chart is not sufficient to “predict” a winner.


06/22/16 – 1:57 am – Moon goes Void-of-Course

It’s “Hump Day” and following a sextile to retrograde Mars the Moon goes void-of-course for the next eleven hours.  Probably best to use your morning to review work you thought was completed or to focus on any on-going tasks or projects.  If you can, put off any new tasks or projects until this afternoon after the Moon enters Aquarius.


06/22/16 – 1:08 pm – Moon enters Aquarius

The Moon void-of-course is over.  Before committing to any new projects, you may want to check out the next aspect.


06/22/16 – 3:59 pm – Mercury square Jupiter

This is a third quarter waning crisis of consciousness square.  Where the first half of a cycle is about development of form, the second half is about the development of meaning.  At the third quarter or crisis of consciousness square the meaning of whatever “seed” was planted at the conjunction or “new Moon” phase is assessed.  If it is understood and determined to be “meaningful;” that is of use, it may be kept and utilized in preparation for the next cycle.  If not, that is it is not understood or found to not be useful or meaningful, then it is to be discarded to clear the way for the “new seed” to be “planted” at the next conjunction.

The current Mercury Jupiter cycle began August 2015 with their conjunction at 29 Leo.  The Sabian Symbol for this degree is “An unsealed letter.”  Did you read the letter or did you seal it and send it?  Mercury is the “messenger of the Gods” and Jupiter is expansive.  Did you receive a “message around that time?  It could have been a literal message, something written either on paper or electronic or perhaps some insight, a “message in your mind.”  What have you made of it?  Do you have a better understanding of it now?

The next Mercury Jupiter conjunction will be a “three-peat;” that is it occurs with the next Mercury retrograde cycle from August to October of this year.  You have time to prepare.  More will be written about this as the time for the event approaches.


06/24/16 – 8:48 am – Moon goes Void-of-Course

Following a third quarter “crisis of consciousness” square to retrograde Mars the Moon goes void-of-course for almost eleven hours.  The Moon has a monthly cycle with each of the planets.  It’s Friday and the Moon will be void-of-course for the rest of the normal work day.  This should be a good day to focus on finishing projects and tasks at hand.  If you can, set any new projects aside until tomorrow or next week.


06/24/16 – 7:30 pm – Moon enters Pisces

The void-of-course is over.  It’s Friday night, a good time to relax with friends, family or that someone special.  Moon in Pisces can get emotional, just be aware that those emotions may be all over the place.


06/25/16 – 4:47 pm – Moon occults retrograde Neptune

An occultation is like a “super” conjunction in that the Moon will block Neptune from our view, at least if we could see it.  To observe this you will need special viewing equipment and you will need to be in central or northern Europe or western Russia.  Pay attention to any insights, day-dreams or night dreams.  Take notes and allow your thoughts to “free flow.”  Understanding should come in time.


06/26/16 – 12:36 am – Moon opposite Jupiter

This is the first of six exact aspects today, four by the Moon.  With the Moon in emotional Pisces and expansive Jupiter in analytical Virgo don’t be surprised if those you least expect are more emotional than usual.

Following this things may ease a bit as the Moon will sextile retrograde Pluto for the second exact aspect of the day.


06/26/16 – 5:10 am – Jupiter trine retrograde Pluto

This generally easy flowing earthy trine from Jupiter in mutable Virgo to retrograde Pluto in cardinal Capricorn could take a sudden turn, which could be for the better (Jupiter) or worse (Pluto).  Be aware of your surroundings and always have a “Plan B” at the ready.

Following this the Moon will trine retrograde Mars for the fourth exact aspect of the day.  When retrograde Mars can symbolize delays or accidents.  Proceed with caution.  Watch out for the “other guy,” you know, the one who causes accidents.


06/26/16 – 12:55 pm – Moon goes Void-of-Course

For the Moon’s fourth exact aspect of the day and the fifth overall, She will make a potentially challenging third quarter waning crisis of consciousness square to Mercury and then go void-of-course of the rest of the day.  Best to focus your time this afternoon on any on-going projects or tasks and set aside any new items until tomorrow.


06/26/16 – 7:31 pm – Mercury sextile Uranus

For the sixth and final exact aspect of the day, Mercury will make a sextile to unpredictable Uranus.  With half the planets retrograde, Mars, Saturn, Neptune and Pluto, this could break either way.  Expect the best but prepare for the worst or at least other possibilities.


06/27/16 – 12:08 am – Moon enters Aries

It’s Monday morning and while the Moon’s void-of-course may be over; this day has the markings of a busy day.  It’s a new day and a new week and should be a good day for tackling those new projects or tasks.  It should also be a good day to tackle any on-going projects or any unfinished tasks.  Be sure to pay attention and re-read any instructions, e-mails or notes until you are certain that you understand them.  If you have questions, ask someone you trust as mistakes today could become trouble.


06/27/16 – 6:53 am – Venus trine retrograde Neptune

The day is just getting started and this easy flowing trine should give it a more positive send-off.  First things first, note any dreams you had, also any feelings, sensations, insights or intuition on waking.  Then start your day.  Considering the aspects from yesterday and what’s yet to come today, caution and clarity would seem to be the key words.  Don’t let retrograde Neptune cloud your judgment.


06/27/16 – 11:19 am – Moon square Sun

This is the third quarter waning crisis of consciousness square.  This should be a pretty good time to work on finishing any important writing, projects or tasks that need to be completed by end of the month or for sorting out what is working and worth keeping and what should be set aside or disposed of.  The next new Moon will be on America’s birthday, July 4, and you do want to be ready for it.


06/27/16 – 11:28 pm – Mercury goes Out-of-Bounds

Mercury goes out-of-bounds by North declination; that is it will be higher in the northern sky than the Sun was on summer solstice.  When out-of-bounds a planet may act as if it no longer has to follow any rules so this time may seem much like a Mercury retrograde.  Be careful what you say, how you say it and who you say it to, be it spoken, written or electronic.  Read all contracts or anything you are asked or required to sign very carefully.  Re-read it and ask questions until you are sure you understand it as once you’ve signed it; you are responsible and may be held accountable for it.


6/29/16- 12:46 am – Moon and Mercury go Void-of-Course

This is a busy astronomical day.  Following a sextile both the Moon and Mercury go void-of-course for the next few hours.  It is Hump Day and there is a Holiday weekend coming up so be sure to plan your work and work your plan.  Mercury will be void-of-course for most of the day and is also out-of-bounds so may behave like it was retrograde.  Double, and if necessary, triple check anything you write before you send it or any contracts before you sign it.  Choose your words carefully.  Remember what Abraham Lincoln said, “It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt.”  Of course, you are probably sleeping now and hopefully won’t say something inappropriate in your sleep.


06/29/16 – 3:03 am – Moon enters Taurus

Still sleeping?  The Moon’s void-of-course is over but Mercury’s will last another 13 hours plus taking you through most of the normal work day.  Pay attention!


06/29/16 4:24 pm – Mercury enters Cancer

Mercury’s void-of-course is over.  With Mercury in Cancer your thoughts and words may turn to ones of compassion, concern or protection.  Don’t “bite someone’s head off” because of what you think you heard.  Be certain before taking any appropriate action.  Don’t forget, Mercury is still out-of-bounds and so the energy may seem as if it were retrograde.


06/29/16 – 4:38 pm – Mars stations Direct

Mars has been stationary all day, not moving but getting ready to change directions.  Now as He begins to move forward and pick up seed, anything delayed due to Mars being retrograde should start to loosen up and break free in the days and weeks ahead.


06/30/16 – 4:57 am – Moon sextile Venus

This is the first of five exact aspects today, the first four all by the Moon.  With what should be an easy flowing sextile, your charm may be your best asset today.

Be real, don’t try to fake it as following this, the Moon will trine retrograde Pluto and then trine Jupiter for the second and third exact aspects of the day.


06/30/16 – 5:19 pm – Moon goes Void-of-Course

For Her fourth exact aspect of the day, the Moon will oppose Mars; who is just beginning His forward motion, following which the Moon goes void-of-course until next Month.  Well tomorrow to be more precise.  It’s late Thursday afternoon and you may want to plan your work for Friday before this.  That way if there is something new to start, it technically won’t be new because you’ve already started on it.


06/30/16 – 8:29 pm – Venus opposite retrograde Pluto

This is the fifth and final exact aspect of the day and of the month of June.  Sometimes Pluto gets a bum rap when it comes to matters of the heart; but when He teams up with the Goddess of Love, never under estimate Him.  Perhaps an old love will come back into your life or something you did to someone or someone did to you will re-surface.  Pluto may be known as the abductor of Persephone and while He tricked Her, it was because He loved and needed Her.  She grew to love Him in return.  He seeks resolution in all matters of life as He is also the Lord of the Under World and there is no telling what might be ending this month.

July starts with three planets, Saturn, Neptune and Pluto retrograde and with the Moon void-of-course.  Fortunately the void-of-course will end in the early morning hours of July 1, before the work day begins for most people.  The Earth will reach aphelion, that is its farthest point from the Sun early in July.  Yes, strange as it may seem, during the heat of summer in the northern hemisphere, the Earth is actually farther from the Sun than it is in the cold of winter.  Before the month is over, Mercury will come back in bounds and Uranus will join the ranks of Saturn, Neptune and Pluto giving us the four outermost planets, all in apparent retrograde motion.  There will of course be other events to look forward to so stay tuned.

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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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