Posted on April 19, 2012
Posted by Jim Schultz

Jim Schultz

Jim Schultz

*Any times indicated refer to 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.


08/01/14 – 3:16 am – Moon Sextile Sun

This is the first of six exact aspects today.  Following this we have Venus trine Saturn then two squares an opposition and then another square.  Four of the aspects are by the Moon and one each by Venus and Mars, making for a potentially emotional roller coaster kind of Friday.


08/01/14 – 3:47 pm – Mars Square Jupiter

Mars 3 Scorpio 40 square Jupiter 3 Leo 40.  This can be the “go for it” aspect with Mars giving one the energy to “Go big (Jupiter) or go home.”  Do you have a big project to finish, presentation to make or BIG plans for tonight?  If you go for it, stay positive and be real.  Try not to “blow” things out of proportion or as they used to say “don’t make a mountain out of a mole hill” as things could blow up in your face.


08/01/14 – 7:58 pm – Moon goes Void-of- Course

Moon 17 Libra 35 and moving slow.  Catch your breath.  This void-of-course will be one minute shy of 24 hours so it may be best to either take Saturday off or use it to do chores or work on projects that have been put on hold.  Try not to start something new or force something to happen unless you are OK if nothing much comes of it.


08/02/14 – 12:33 pm – Mercury Conjunct Jupiter 3 Leo 51

If you are feeling like speaking your mind or as some say, “my truth” keep in mind that this aspect is well suited for exaggeration and bragging.  This may not be easy to accept but it isn’t always “about you.”  Remember, the Moon is also void-of-course so if you really must say it, engage your brain first and then consider turning it down a notch or three.


08/02/14 – 5:01 pm – Mercury Square Mars

Mercury 4 Leo 14 squares Mars 4 Scorpio 14.  Now you may really feel like telling someone how you REALLY FEEL about something.  Don’t be a bully.  Think back to yesterday.  What was the Mars square Jupiter about for you?  You can make your point without having to ram it down someone’s throat.  Words expressed in anger or without consideration of the other can leave a deep and long lasting wound.


08/02/14 – 7:57 pm – Moon Enters Scorpio

Thus endeth the 24 hours of void-of-course.  But now and for the next six and a half days we have no planets in air signs.  We certainly can’t hold our breath that long.  What might this be like?  It’s happened before and it will happen again.  Take notes.  Choose your words carefully and with compassion for others.  The Moon is speeding up now so don’t be too surprised if people’s emotional trigger seems to be more sensitive than before.


08/03/14 – 3:33am – Moon Square Jupiter

Today the Moon will make six exact aspects making for another potential roller coaster emotional kind of day..  Following this square, the Moon conjuncts Mars, squares Mercury, trines Neptune and then sextiles Pluto.  Last up ….


08/03/14 – 5:50 pm – Moon Square Sun

This is the sixth exact aspect by the Moon today and the first quarter waxing crisis of action square with the Sun.  You have to do what you have to do.  Try to think before you act.  At least it is Sunday.


08/04/14 – 3:29 am – Moon Occults (conjuncts) Saturn

To see this “super” conjunction at 16 Scorpio 49 you will have to be in southern India, Indonesia, Australia, Fiji or Samoa.  Can’t be there?  Perhaps there will be a video of it on the internet as the Moon moves in front of Saturn, blocking him from our view.  What message might the Moon be receiving from Saturn and how might the Moon be filtering it?  Pay attention to your dreams tonight or any sudden inspiration, intuition you may have and be sure to play by the rules or Saturn will make you pay.


08/04/14 – 10:43 am – Moon goes Void-of-Course

Following a trine to Venus in Cancer, the Moon 20 Scorpio 46 goes void-of-course for the rest of the day.  It is Monday so you may want to go back over your to-do list or work on your “in progress” pile, at least until tomorrow.


08/05/14 – 3:19 am – Moon Enters Sagittarius

The void-of-course is over so today can be a good day to tackle any new projects.  Tomorrow brings another void-of-course and as such is best suited to working on things in progress and not starting anything new.


08/06/14 – 7:52 am – Moon goes Void-of-Course

Following a trine to retrograde Uranus in Aries, the Moon 16 Sagittarius 24 goes void-of-course for the next 22 ½ hours.  Back to the drawing board so to speak as you may find your time best spent working on things that are in progress rather than trying to start something new.  You definitely do not want to force anything at this time and by all means, be prepared for the unexpected.


08/07/14 – 6:39 am – Moon Enters Capricorn

New day, new energy with the Moon in practical, structured business oriented Capricorn.  Go ahead.  Tackle that new project.  Tomorrow promises to be different, to say the least.


08/08/14 – 1:22 am – Moon Conjunct Pluto

This is the first of seven exact aspects today.  Next up is Moon square Uranus.  What sharp words might the Moon have from Pluto to pass on to Uranus?  Because the Moon circles the zodiac every month it can also be considered to be carrying messages or energy between the other planets, each in turn as it makes an aspect.


08/08/14 – 9:21 am – Mercury Superior Conjunction Sun

This is the third exact aspect today.  This conjunction at 16 Leo 03 occurs when Mercury orbits around to the far side of the Sun and aligns with the Earth and the Sun.  This is usually considered to be the “full Moon” or harvest / fruition phase of the Sun Mercury cycle.  The cycle begins with the Inferior Conjunction or “new Moon” phase which occurs during Mercury retrograde as Mercury moves between the Earth and the Sun.  This cycle began June 19, 2014 at 28 Gemini 33.  What seeds were planted or projects or other things might have begun around that time?  Some may be reaching fruition around this time.

Following this the Moon will sextile Saturn then Mercury will trine Uranus followed by the Sun trining Uranus.  Expect the unexpected, even if you have dotted all the “i’s,” crossed all the “t’s” and followed all the rules.


08/08/14 – 7:50 pm – Mercury Square Saturn

This is the seventh and last exact aspect today.  Chose your words carefully as you will be heard today and you will be held to whatever you say.  Words once spoken cannot be unspoken and a text or e-mail once sent cannot be unsent.  If you can’t think of something nice to say or a constructive way to say it, you may just want to hold your tongue and keep your finger off the send key.  You won’t get a do-over this time.


08/09/14 – 1:09 am – Moon Opposition Venus

Following this opposition with the Moon 26 Capricorn 22 and Venus 26 Cancer 22, both planets go void-of-course.  It is Saturday morning and a short one for the Moon so not too much to be concerned about unless you are up late trying to make plans.  For Venus, this will be a longer void-of-course lasting almost three days.  Try to avoid impulse purchases of large or expensive items, especially of the “wouldn’t it be nice to have …” kind.  Keep your receipts in a safe place for those things you do buy.  In the realm of love, be careful what you say, how you say it and to whom you say it.  This may not be the best time to commit to a new relationship or take one to the “next level” but it could be a good time to reflect on what is right or wrong about the relationship you are in or what kind of relationship you really want.


08/09/14 – 6:52 am – Moon Enters Aquarius

This not only ends the void-of-course it also ends the long absence of air.  Enjoy it while you can as the Moon is moving fast and will zip through Aquarius and we will be “out of air” again in just two days.  When there is an absence of air with a fast Moon, we may find out emotions sprouting to the surface faster or we may have difficulty trying to put our thoughts or feelings into words.


08/09/14 – 8:11 am – Sun Square Saturn

With the Sun at 16 Leo 57 this is the third quarter waning crisis of consciousness square to Saturn at 16 Scorpio 57.  This cycle began with their conjunction (new Moon phase) November 6, 2013 at 14 Scorpio.  It reached fruition with their opposition (full Moon phase) May 10, 2014 with the Sun at 20 Taurus and Saturn at 20 Scorpio.  Have we put the “fruits of our labor” to good use or not?  Keep what is working for you and consider discarding the rest.  This may be a very intense square as we are applying fixed fire (Leo) to fixed water (Scorpio).  Kind of like putting a tea kettle on the stove and putting the burner on high.  If we don’t keep an eye on it and aren’t careful something not so good could happen.  Try checking your little duckies and making sure they are all in a row as they should be.  Follow the rules, read the fine print, and be true to yourself.  Don’t do or say anything that you aren’t willing to hold up high and say “see what I’ve done” and be proud of it.


08/10/14 – 11:09 am – Moon Opposition Sun

Full Moon at 18 Aquarius 02 opposing Sun 18 Leo 02.  The Sabian symbol for the degree of the Moon is “A forest fire finally quenched.”  For the degree of the Sun, the symbol is “Intoxicated chickens dizzily flap their wings trying to fly.”  You may find that something or a situation that has been frustrating you is finally winding down or resolving giving you a sense of relief.  Whatever it is, with Mercury, 20 Leo 16 conjunct the Sun, you will probably want to or find yourself talking about it.

This is the second of three consecutive Super Moon Full Moons and also marks the Moon’s closest approach to the Earth this year.  Best viewing will be either as the Moon sets this morning or rises this evening.  She should appear big and beautiful.  Take the time and check Her out.


08/10/14 – 3:12 pm – Moon goes Void-of-Course

Following an opposition to Mercury, the Moon moving very fast, goes void-of-course for over 14 hours.  Give yourself a break.  It is Sunday afternoon.  Take some time off and allow yourself to relax in preparation for the week ahead.


08/11/14 – 5:55 am – Moon Enters Pisces

This ends the current void-of-course but also starts another 6 ½ days with no planets in air signs.  It’s Monday morning.  Another work week for most people; at least it doesn’t start with the Moon void-of-course.  Tackle some new issues or projects at work.  Reach for the stars if you like.


08/12/14 – 12:24 am – Venus Enters Leo

Thus ends the Venus void-of-course which began almost 3 days ago.  It’s OK to love yourself.  In fact, if you can’t love yourself, how can you expect others to love you?  Try to look your best today.  Remember, you only get one chance to make a first impression and you will want to do it first thing in the morning.


08/12/14 – 9:01 am – Moon goes Void-of-Course

Following a trine to Saturn in Scorpio, the Moon goes void-of-course for the next 21 hours.  Best to focus on what you started yesterday or other things in the works.  If you can, wait until tomorrow to start any more new projects.


08/13/14 – 6:00 am – Moon Enters Aries

It’s “Hump Day.”  With Moon in Aries you should be able to find all the energy you need to tackle any new situations or projects that come your way.


08/14/14 – 9:14 am – Moon Occults (conjuncts) Retrograde Uranus

This super conjunction occurs at 16 Aries 17 and will only be visible in Central Asia and the Arctic region.  Just because we can’t see it doesn’t mean it won’t impact us.  Most of what we feel we can’t see.  How might the Moon be filtering or translating any sudden insights or brilliant ideas being sent by Uranus?


08/15/14 – 2:25 am – Mars Sextiles Pluto

As Mars in Scorpio pays homage to the co-ruler Pluto, this easy flowing energy marks the first of six exact aspects today.  Energy and emotions may run strong and deep.  Try to keep your head and wits about you and not over reach or react.


08/15/14 – 8:50 am – Moon trine Mercury

Following this, both the Moon and Mercury go void-of-course.  The Moon for only 8 minutes, Mercury for 54 minutes.  We may not even notice, unless of course we are doing something important such as signing a contract.  Best to wait until Mercury enters Virgo.


08/15/14 – 8:58 am – Moon Enters Taurus

This ends the Moon’s very short void-of-course and marks the third astrological event of the day.


08/15/14 – 9:44 am – Mercury Enters Virgo

Returning to the mutable earth sign that it also rules, we may find our words to be more thoughtful, but also potentially more cutting.  Choose them carefully.


08/15/14 – 9:01 pm – Moon Square Jupiter

This is a third quarter, waning crisis of consciousness square, Moon 6 Taurus 47 square Jupiter 6 Leo 47.  This is the last of the six exact planetary events of the day.  Squares can “make” things happen.  You may find yourself really letting go and letting it all out after what may have been an emotional day.  It’s OK to have that “good cry” now.  Jupiter may help to let it all out.  Just try not to make it seem like more than it really was.


08/17/14 – 5:26 am – Moon Square Sun

This is also a third quarter, waning crisis of consciousness square with the Moon 24 Taurus 32 square the Sun 24 Leo 32.  With the Moon going void-of-course after this square, we get a bit over ten hours to work on processing the fruition of our labors from the Super Full Moon of August 10.  The Moon is slowing down as if She wants to drag this out or is it just that She is out of breath as we haven’t had a planet in an air sign for over six days?  This is a good time for allowing your mind in its dream state to process the past week.  Have your dream journal handy when you go to bed and be sure to make notes of any dreams you remember when you wake up.


08/17/14 – 3:41 pm – Moon Enters Gemini

Air at last and the void-of-course is over too.  The Moon continues to slow down, seemingly relishing the fresh air of Gemini.  Allow your mind to race or stroll, whichever it likes.  Tomorrow is Monday.


08/17/14 – 3:41 pm – Moon Enters Gemini

Air at last and the void-of-course is over too.  The Moon continues to slow down, seemingly relishing the fresh air of Gemini.  Allow your mind to race or stroll, whichever it likes.  Tomorrow is Monday.


08/17/14 – 10:21 pm – Venus Conjunct Jupiter

This conjunction at 7 Leo 14 marks the end of the current Venus Jupiter cycle and the beginning of the next.  The Sabian symbol for this degree is “An activist is stirring up discontent by spreading their revolutionary ideals.”  Try not to bring this into your love life.  Or perhaps on this night you will find that special someone who feels as you do about what is important.  Someone who shares some of your ideals about life and love.  Do proceed with caution though as Jupiter has a tendency to try to make much out of little.

This conjunction at 7 Leo 14 marks the end of the current Venus Jupiter cycle and the beginning of the next.  The Sabian symbol for this degree is “An activist is stirring up discontent by spreading their revolutionary ideals.”  Try not to bring this into your love life.  Or perhaps on this night you will find that special someone who feels as you do about what is important.  Someone who shares some of your ideals about life and love.  Do proceed with caution though as Jupiter has a tendency to try to make much out of little.


08/18/14 – 1:06 am – Moon square Mercury

This third quarter crisis of consciousness square from Moon 4 Gemini 58 to Mercury 4 Virgo 58 is the first of six aspects today.  With five aspects by the Moon this has the potential to be a rather emotional roller coaster Monday.  Following this, the Moon will square Neptune and then sextile Jupiter, Venus and lastly, at 10:42 pm, sextile Uranus.


08/18/14 – 8:42 pm – Mercury opposition Neptune

This opposition, Mercury 6 Virgo 28 to retrograde Neptune 6 Pisces 28 is sandwiched between the Moon’s sextile to Venus and sextile to Uranus.  Do you feel like talking about love or the divine or perhaps divine unrequited love?  Try not to be too surprised at whatever topic comes up.  Listen to the ideas and opinions of others.  You don’t have to agree with them to listen to them.  You just might learn something.


08/19/14 – 7:54 pm – Sun and Moon both go Void-of-Course

Following a friendly waning sextile Moon 27 Gemini 02 and Sun 27 Leo 02, both go void-of-course.  While the Moon will only be void-of-course for a few hours, the Sun will be void-of-course for over three days.  With the Sun not being distracted by aspects to other planets, this can be an opportune time to review and release that which no longer serves you and to update your “to do wish list” in preparation for the coming new Moon on the 25th.  What “seeds” do you want to plant?


08/20/14 – 1:45 am – Moon enters Cancer

The Moon’s void-of-course may be over, but the Sun will remain void-of-course until it enters Virgo on the 22nd.


08/21/14 – 12:07 am – Moon opposes Pluto

Be prepared for another emotional roller coaster as the Moon in Her home sign at 11 Cancer 15 makes the first of five exact aspects today by opposing retrograde Pluto 11 Capricorn 15.  Following this, the Moon will trine Mars then square Uranus.  Mercury in Virgo follows these up with a trine to retrograde Pluto and for the grand finale, the Moon will trine Saturn.


08/21/014 – 12:34 pm – Moon goes Void-of-Course

Following the trine to Saturn 17 Scorpio 37 the Moon goes void-of-course for over 25 hours.  It’s Thursday so it may be a good time to get a jump start on the weekend by finishing up on-going projects.


08/22/14 – 1:49 pm – Moon enters Leo

This ends the Moon void-of-course and gives you a few hours to focus on any new items before the weekend begins.


08/22/14 – 9:46 pm – Sun enters Virgo

Can you feel it as the Sun moves from fixed fire “look at me” Leo into mutable earth “let me check those details” Virgo?  This transition marks the end of summer and the beginning of autumn.  Take time out to feel and appreciate this shift as the Universe reminds us we need to pay attention to details.


08/24/14 – 1:26 am – Moon goes Void-of-Course

Following an easy sextile to Saturn 17 Scorpio 35 the Moon enters another day long void-of-course.  It’s Sunday and a good day to take it easy or just deal with whatever is going on in your life.  Try to avoid anything new … unless of course you would rather that “not much of anything” come of it.


08/25/14 – 1:46 am – Mercury sextile Mars

This could be another roller coaster kind of day with a total of six exact aspects, three of them involving Mercury, Mars and Saturn.  What might they have to talk about?  The day starts with Mercury the messenger, 17 Virgo 23 sextiling Mars 17 Scorpio 23 picking up a message from Mars to pass on to Saturn.  Pay attention to any dreams, insights or inspirations.  Make note of them and don’t worry about trying to figure them out.  Mind your words when communicating with others as this three planet combo could behave like a Mercury retrograde on steroids; … at least be prepared for those things you thought you had buried as they may rise closer to the surface today.


08/25/14 – 2:38 am – Venus trine Uranus

With Venus 16 Leo 03 trining retrograde Uranus 16 Aries 03 expect the unexpected in matters of beauty, love or creativity.  Things can flow freely now so mind what you say however you may say it, including your body language.


08/25/14 – 5:30 am – Mercury sextile Saturn

The third aspect of the day finds Mercury 17 Virgo 39 sextiling Saturn 17 Scorpio 39 and delivering the message from Mars.  Saturn wants the details and the truth is in the details so whatever the message may be, be sure to get the details right.


08/25/14 – 7:13 am – New Moon conjunct Sun

The fourth aspect of the day is a new Moon at 2 Virgo 19.  The Sabian symbol for this degree is “Two Guardian Angels bringing protection.”  The Universe will support you at this time if you are being true to yourself and your purpose.  Pay attention to the details for any new “seeds” planted at this time.


08/25/14 – 12:30 pm – Mars conjunct Saturn

In medieval astrology, Mars and Saturn are known as the two malefics; however, they aren’t the “bad boys” they’ve so often been made out to be.  They just like to get things done and not dance around issues or pretend.  What message did Mercury deliver from Mars to Saturn earlier in the day?  Together, these two can provide the energy necessary to attend to any details for whatever may come up.


08/25/14 – 3:15 pm – Moon opposes retrograde Neptune

The Moon 6 Virgo 17 opposition retrograde Neptune 6 Pisces 17 is the sixth and final exact aspect of the day.  As the Moon reflects Neptune’s fogs or delusions, remember, mirror images are reversed.  At this time, things may not be as they seem.  Take the time to examine them more closely so you are not misled or misdirected.




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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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