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.



04/01/17 – 5:20 am – Moon sextile Sun

It’s “All Fools Day,” April 1 and this is the first exact aspect of the month.  This is the opening or waxing sextile in the monthly cycle of the two luminaries.  What is the Sun shining its light on and calling your attention to?  Like the Moon, reflect on it?  Let it be your focus for some time.


04/02/17 – 12:59 am – Moon sextile Uranus

This is the first of six astrological events today including four exact aspects, a sign change and a void-of-course.  All in all, sounds like a full day.

It’s the wee hours of Sunday morning.  Are you sleeping, out with friends or with family?  With Uranus always be prepared for the unexpected, the unique or unusual.  Record any insights so they won’t be forgotten or mis-remembered.


04/02/17 – 7:43 am – Moon goes Void-of-Course

Following an opposition to Saturn, the second exact aspect of the day, the Moon goes void-of-course for almost four hours.  Best to spend your morning relaxing, reflecting or working on existing projects or tasks.  Set aside any new items until after the Moon enters Her home sign of Cancer.


04/02/17 – 11:27 am – Moon enters Cancer

The Moon makes Her monthly return to Her home sign of Cancer.  Thoughts and actions may turn to family and friends, to what you might do to protect or nurture them.  Don’t forget yourself.  Now is a good time to also nurture yourself, to protect yourself from others or even yourself; from negative thoughts or habits.  If you won’t take care of yourself, why should you expect someone else too?


04/02/17 – 11:39 am – Moon square retrograde Venus

This is the third exact aspect of the day and the first quarter crisis of action square in the monthly cycle of these two feminine archetypes.  What can you do to better love yourself or others?  If you are seeking love, what might you do to find it or help bring it to you?  Even little actions can yield BIG results.


04/02/17 – 2:52 pm – Moon sextile Mercury

This is the fourth and final exact aspect of the day.  Mercury is in its shadow that is the space it will travel over three times during its upcoming retrograde.  During this, its first pass, something done, left undone, said or unsaid is noted.  During the retrograde you may become aware of this and that it will then demand your attention and corrective action.  Choose your words carefully however you may communicate them.  Make sure your messages go only to the intended persons and that they are clear.  Be sure you understand any questions before responding or tasks before tackling them.


04/02/17 – 5:25 pm – Retrograde Venus enters Pisces

This is the last astrological event of the day.  Venus’ retrograde will take Her back to 26 Pisces.  She first covered this area from January 30 to February 3.  What happened then?  Did you meet someone who made a lingering impression?  Did you have a disagreement with someone special or important to you, a close friend or family member?  Whatever it was, it or they may come up again.  Are you prepared to resolve any conflicts, to make amends or apologize?  Just because you were right doesn’t mean you shouldn’t say you’re sorry.


04/03/17 – 9:26 am – Moon trine Neptune

This is the first of five exact aspects by the Moon today.  With the Moon also being in Her home sign of Cancer, this could be an emotional roller coaster kind of day.  Best keep the tissue handy and your temper and tongue in check.  Did you have any unusual or interesting dreams last night?  Any new insights this morning?  Be sure to record them for future reflection.


04/03/17 – 11:39 am – Moon square Sun

This is the second exact aspect of the day and the first quarter waxing crisis of action square in the monthly Sun Moon cycle.  With the potential for emotions to be running high or just all over the place it might be best to take a “time-out” before taking any actions.  Impulsive actions today could turn into issues later so keep your impulses under control.  Avoid impulsive purchases, actions or any sudden changes.

Following this, the Moon will sextile Mars for the third exact aspect of the day and then square retrograde Jupiter for the fourth exact aspect of the day.  These can add to the impulse to act (Mars) while raising the risk of a decision (retrograde Jupiter) that will be regretted later.


04/03/17 – 8:32 pm – Moon opposite Pluto

This is the fifth and final exact aspect of the day.  This could be a good time to reflect on your day and how well you lived up to your expectations for yourself.


04/04/17 – 1:45 pm – Moon goes Void-of-Course

Following a trine to retrograde Venus, the Moon goes void-of-course for about an hour and a half.  Not a long void-of-course but one that occurs in the middle of a typical work afternoon.  Good time to take a break and re-focus on work in progress or for review and reconsideration.


04/04/17 – 3:13 pm – Moon enters Leo

The void-of-course is over.  One may find that their need for attention or recognition is stronger now.


04/05/17 – 8:57 pm – Mars trine Pluto

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?  Why not make that change?  Now could be a good time to start.


04/05/17 – 10:06 pm – Saturn goes Retrograde

Saturn stations retrograde at 27 Sagittarius 48.  Saturn is aligned with the center of the Milky Way galaxy, the galaxy which is home to our solar system.  At the center of our galaxy and aligned with Saturn is a super massive black hole.  Black holes are tremendous energy sources sucking in all the flotsam of the galaxy around it and allowing only that which is worthwhile to pass through or escape.  Consider the old saying, “The truth will out.”  When you speak the truth you don’t have to remember which lie you told to whom about what.

Saturn will appear to move backwards to 21 Sagittarius 11, just over six degrees.  A relatively small zone; however, anyone having planets or sensitive points in the range of 21-28 degrees of any of the mutable signs, Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius or Pisces will most likely be affected by this.  Saturn crossed 21 Sagittarius December 30, 2016 and has been traversing this “shadow” area for over three months.  It will take Him until August 25 to retrace His steps and then until December 1, 2017 to complete His journey back to 27 Sagittarius 48.  Things that have happened, words or deeds expressed, done, unexpressed or left undone may come up again.  If they do, only a truthful and honest approach to them can result in a favorable outcome.  The Sabian symbol for 27 Sagittarius 48 is an old bridge over a beautiful stream.  If you want to be able to successfully cross this stream you must be honest with yourself and others.


04/06/17 – 5:16 pm – Moon goes Void-of-Course

Following a trine to stationing Saturn, the Moon goes void-of-course for the next four hours.  It’s Thursday evening.  Best to set aside any new projects or tasks until tomorrow and use this time to deal with any on-going issues.


04/06/17 – 9:20 pm – Moon enters Virgo

The void-of-course is over.  If you feel you must, you should be good to tackle any new issues that just came up.  A practical or analytical approach may work best at this time.


04/07/17 – 2:39 pm – Sun opposite retrograde Jupiter

What happens when the two largest objects in the solar system face off?  The Earth is now situated in the middle, between these two giants.  Be aware of the possible consequences before you decide to take on the role of referee or mediator.  Chances are neither side will be happy with the outcome.  Expect things to contract or be delayed so plan accordingly.


04/08/17 – 1:28 pm – Retrograde Venus square retrograde Saturn

This is a first quarter waxing crisis of action square in their cycle.  This cycle began with their conjunction on October 29, 2016 at 14 Sagittarius.  This is the second of three exact first quarter squares, the first occurring January 27, 2017.  Did a new relationship begin around the time of their conjunction?  Was there a significant or memorable event that occurred late January or early February?  How does that relate back to something that happened late October early November?  Chances are it’s coming back at you again.  Perhaps this aspect will be the one to bring it to your attention.  Time to act on it as the third and final exact first quarter square for this cycle will be April 21, so you may only have a couple of weeks to get your s&%t together.


04/08/17 – 5:45 pm – Sun square Pluto

This is the first quarter waxing crisis of action square in the annual cycle for these two.  The Sun is our center and Pluto is our extreme outer limit.  The methodical destroyer who will tear away that which is false or unnecessary about us exposing our new raw skin.  This is just the first step in the “tilling of our souls” to bring us back to who we truly are and what it is we should be doing with our lives.

Pluto is at 19 Capricorn, the Sabian symbol for which is “A hidden choir singing.”  The Sun is at 19 Aries, the Sabian symbol for which is “A young girl feeding birds in the winter.”  What might this mean?  Pluto is asking us to remove that which is hiding our true selves from ourselves.  The Sun offers us that while it may seem to be a scary time we are being cared for and can survive this, coming out stronger and more “beautiful” to others.


04/09/17 – 1:21 am – Moon goes Void-of-Course

It’s early Sunday morning and following a third quarter waning crisis of consciousness square to retrograde Saturn the Moon goes void-of-course for over four hours.  The third quarter square is about letting go of that which no longer serves us or which we don’t need.  Falsehoods rarely serve us but sometimes, even the truth of something has run its course and can be released.  There is no point to continually reminding others or our accomplishments or “how good we are.”  Actions speak louder than words.  Be sure to note any dreams or insights when you first awaken.


04/09/17 – 5:34 am – Moon enters Libra

The void-of-course is over.  With the sift in the Moon’s energy from analytical Virgo to other oriented Libra we may find ourselves feeling more diplomatic when dealing with others or differences.


04/09/17 – 4:15 pm – Mercury stations Retrograde

Mercury has reached the end of their apparent current forward progress, 4 Taurus 51.  From now through May 3, Mercury will retrace their steps back to 24 Aries 16.  This area of the zodiac, from 24 Aries to almost 5 Taurus is referred to as the “Shadow,” the area that the planet appears to travel over three times during the retrograde phase.  The retrograde or apparent backward movement marks the second passage over this area of the zodiac and represents the time when we are most likely to become aware of whatever issue is the theme or focus of the retrograde for us.  It will most likely be different for each of us.  With the awareness that we gain during this passage we will then have the opportunity to correct or complete any missed opportunities that most likely occurred during the first passage.  Mercury entered this shadow zone on March 26.  It is events, conversations, messages that were sent or not sent over the past two weeks that will most likely be the focus of this retrograde.


04/10/17 – 11:08 pm – Full Moon opposite Sun

Full Moon’s represent a harvest time, a time when some idea should reach a point when you need to decide whether it is viable or not.  There is still time and a need to put on the “finishing touches;” but at least now you know whether or not your efforts were successful.  This idea may have started about two weeks ago at the previous new Moon; it may have started about eighteen months ago at the new Moon near this same degree, 21 Libra, or at some other time.  What have you been working on that now seems ready and may demand at least more, if not all of your attention?  With retrograde Jupiter near this full Moon and unpredictable Uranus near the Sun, you may feel a sense of progress and impending reward coming soon but you also need to be prepared for the unexpected.

A common name for this full Moon is the Pink Moon, a name that came from the herb moss pink, or wild ground phlox, which is one of the earliest widespread flowers of the spring.  Other names for this month’s full Moon include the Full Sprouting Grass Moon, the Egg Moon, and among coastal tribes the Full Fish Moon, because this was the time that the shad swam upstream to spawn.  Whatever name you give it, like all full Moon’s it should have been an impressive sight as it rose in the east as the Sun set in the west earlier this evening.


04/11/17 – 11:19 am  – Moon goes Void-of-Course

Following a sextile to retrograde Saturn, the Moon goes void-of-course for over four hours.  It’s the middle of a typical work day and a good time to focus on any ongoing projects or tasks.  You might want to wait until after the Moon enters Scorpio before tackling any new projects or ideas.


04/11/17 – 3:42 pm – Moon enters Scorpio

The void-of-course is over and you should be “good to go” if you have new projects or ideas that need your attention.  Things may seem to be relatively quiet for the next couple of days so you may want to take advantage of this time to move things along.


04/13/17 – 9:17 pm – Moon goes Void-of-Course

Following a trine to retrograde Venus, the Moon goes void-of-course for over six hours.  It’s Thursday evening and a good time to relax and reflect on what is happening in your life.  How are your relationships?  Is there something or someone that you are missing?  Perhaps you might ask your “dream-self” for guidance tonight?  Allow yourself to be open for any insights to whatever questions you may have.


04/13/17 – 10:29 pm – Sun conjunct Uranus

This marks the end of the current annual Sun Uranus cycle and the beginning of the next.  What sudden insights or new ideas might come when the Sun shines its light on unpredictable, inspiring Uranus?  Keep a journal or other means for recording your thoughts, insights or dreams close.  Nothing is trivial now.  Record it now, make sense of it later.  Expect the unexpected.


04/14/17 – 3:27 am – Moon enters Sagittarius

The void-of-course is over.  It’s Friday and you should have a “green light” to tackle any new projects or ideas now.  Today you can choose to focus on something new and promising or on ongoing projects that need just a bit more effort to finish or move on to the next stage.  Use your time wisely.  There are no exact aspects by the planets in the sky today at least not in the Pacific time zone.  The day may have a calmer feel to it or you may feel as though there aren’t any distractions or other energies pulling you in different directions.  This could be a good day for focusing your attention and intentions on that which is most important.


04/15/17 – 3:17 am – Venus stations Direct

It’s the wee hours of Saturday morning and Venus, Goddess of Love and Beauty has finished retracing Her steps.  If you are up before the Sun, look to the East as She rises.  Take time to appreciate Her beauty this morning.  Venus is in Her Morningstar phase.  To the ancient Romans She is now Lucifer, the “Lightbearer,” signifying the coming of the Sun or Son if you prefer.  Her energy now may seem quite different from when She was Hesperus, the Evening star.  Now thoughts of love and desire may seem to be more spontaneous and you may feel a need to be more proactive and less inclined to reflect and consider the choices available before acting.  Do not go swiftly into the night for it may be dark and full or terrors.  Know when to proceed with caution and when you might take the leap of faith for some broken hearts never mend.


04/16/17 – 5:09 am – Moon trine Uranus

This is the first of six exact aspects (five by the Moon) and a void-of-course today.  Keep some tissue handy just in case.  It is also Easter Sunday for many around the world.  If you rise early to observe the Sunrise take time to honor Venus who rises first as if to announce the return of the Son.  Be open to any insights or “a-ha” moments as unpredictable Uranus is involved.  Perhaps the seed that was planted with the Sun Uranus conjunction Thursday evening will be illuminated by the combined light of the Moon and Venus, bringing additional clarity and form to it.

Following this the Moon will trine the Sun and then square Venus for the second and third exact aspects of the day.  This combination of aspects could easily manifest as more intense feelings or thoughts about what is missing in your life or what you feel you haven’t done.


04/16/17 – 11:26 am – Moon goes Void-of-Course

Following the fourth exact aspect of the day, a conjunction with retrograde Saturn, the Moon goes void-of-course for four and a half hours.  This is a good afternoon to spend with family and friends reminiscing about times past and re-imagining what great times might lie ahead.  Be honest not only with others but more importantly with yourself as any falsehoods may be quickly exposed.


04/16/17 – 4:05 pm – Moon enters Capricorn

The void-of-course is over.  With the Moon in cardinal earth Capricorn it might be a good time to “get real,” to take a practical look at your life.  Capricorn is the sign opposite Cancer, the Moon’s natural home and therefore, the Moon may not be happy here for She is farthest from Her home and may long for what was.  A person may feel more vulnerable or insecure now.  This too shall pass for it is just a transit.  The Moon in Capricorn has good business sense so if you haven’t finished your taxes, now may be a good time to finish them as the deadline for filing is nigh.


04/16/17 – 6:24 pm – Venus sextile Mars

This is the fifth exact aspect of the day.  This is the waning sextile in the Venus Mars cycle as Venus having changed direction will now begin to gain speed as She races to catch up to Mars; but for now, Mars is still the faster.

A Venus Mars cycle, from conjunction to conjunction is about two years long.  The current cycle began November 2015 with their conjunction at 24 Virgo.  This waning or closing sextile is the second of three, the first having been September 19, 2016, prior to Venus going retrograde.  The energy of the waning sextile is one of constructive implementation, the need to understand and accept that everything is interrelated, that we are each part of a greater whole.


04/16/17 – 8:55 pm – Moon trine retrograde Mercury

This is the sixth and final exact aspect of the day.  Be sure to engage your brain before engaging your mouth as both the Moon and Mercury can tend to be rather talkative at times.  Trines represent an easy or more free-flowing energy and with Mercury being retrograde one may have a tendency to speak, email or text without thinking or before considering the possible consequences of what is said.  If you are going to determine what the “facts” are, better do your research so you have a valid source to support your position or argument.


04/17/17 – 5:43 am – Sun trine retrograde Saturn

Today starts with a dash of “truth serum.”  Saturn expects us to play by the rules and stick to the facts.  Anyone who has been guilty of embellishing the truth, altering the facts or speaking untruths at any time in the past few months should expect to find themselves held accountable in the weeks to come.  The truth is always easier to remember than a lie so stick to the truth or remain silent.


04/19/17 – 1:00 am – Moon trine Mars

This is the first of four exact aspects, a sign change and three planets going void-of-course today.  All in all, a rather busy hump day.  Following this Mars goes void-of-course for over fifty hours.

When Mars goes void-of-course the challenge can be to keep one’s temper in check.  Mars energy can manifest as increased aggression, pressure or feeling a need to act and an increased potential for accidents.  Be alert and watch out for the “other guy,” the one who causes accidents.


04/19/17 – 2:57 am – Moon square Sun

This is the second exact aspect of the day and the third quarter waning crisis of consciousness square in the monthly Sun Moon cycle.  Consider what is working for you and what isn’t.  It’s time to start thinking about the next cycle, about what you want to do next, your next major project.

Following this, both the Sun and Moon go void-of-course.  The Moon will be void-of-course for just under one hour while the Sun will be void-of-course for eleven and a half hours.  Note any dreams, insights or “a-ha” moments first thing on waking.


04/19/17 – 3:52 am – Moon enters Aquarius

The Moon void-of-course is over but the Sun still has ten and a half hours to go and Mars almost two days.

Following this the Moon will square retrograde Mercury for the third exact aspect of the day.  It may be best to hold your tongue.  If you can’t say something nice about someone, it may be best to say nothing at all.


04/19/17 – 2:27 pm – Sun enters Taurus

The Sun void-of-course is over.  Can you feel the shift from action oriented cardinal fire Aries to down to earth fixed earth Taurus?  Are you feeling more grounded now?  Now can be a good time to “dig in,” to get “down to earth” and make things happen.  Work on your “woman cave” or “man cave” as you focus on what it is you want and your plan to achieve it.


04/19/17 – 10:54 pm – retrograde Mercury conjunct Sun

This is the fourth and final exact aspect of the day.  This is the inferior conjunction when Mercury passes between the Earth and the Sun and can be likened to a “new Moon” or in this case a “new Mercury,” the beginning of a new Mercury Sun cycle.  Do you have a writing project of some kind that you have been working on or perhaps set aside?  Mercury retrograde can be the ideal time to work on any of those writing projects as it is well suited to editing, re-writing and review.  Keep a record of any new ideas that might come to you.  It’s OK to make notes but it may be best to wait until after Mercury goes direct to begin the project.  Be sure to keep your notes organized or at least together so you can refer to them when you start the new project.


04/20/17 – 5:46 am – Pluto stations Retrograde

Pluto now joins Mercury, Jupiter and Saturn in the retrograde club giving us four planets retrograde.  There are eight planets that are the foundation of modern western astrology that can go retrograde.  Having four of them retrograde at the same time occurs about 1/8 of the time.  During these times, one may feel that greater effort is required to accomplish things and that things may take longer to accomplish.  Keep in mind that some people may tend to internalize things more or to take things more personally at this time as well.


04/20/17 – 10:37 am – retrograde Mercury returns to Aries

The mind may begin to race or one may just feel that their thoughts are flowing faster or more freely.  There may be a greater sense of urgency when communicating; but now more than ever, it is critical that you double and even triple check all emails or texts before sending and be sure to engage your brain before speaking.  Are the messages going to the person or people intended?  Are they clear?  Did you answer all questions?  Have you left something important unsaid?  Did you hear them clearly or understand what was asked?


04/21/17 – 3:16 am – Moon sextile Uranus

This is the first of six exact aspects (five by the Moon), a sign change and a void-of-course today.  As with all things Uranus, expect the unexpected.  Note any dreams, including fragments that you can recall as soon as you wake.  Note insights, colors, smells, physical or emotional sensations and feelings for later review.


04/21/17 – 3:32 am – Mars enters Gemini

The Mars void-of-course is over.  As Mars leaves fixed earth Taurus behind for mutable air Gemini, our minds may begin to race, to seek, to absorb more.  With Mercury, ruler of Gemini retrograde tongues may wag or loosen.  The urge to speak one’s mind or “truth;” whatever that may be, must be resisted for it will most certainly come back to bite you on the butt.  Remember what Abraham Lincoln said; “It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt.”


04/21/17 – 4:10 am – Venus square retrograde Saturn

This is the second exact aspect of the day.  This is the third and final first quarter waxing crisis of action square in the 11 to 14 month Venus Saturn cycle.  The current cycle began October 29, 2016.  Prior first quarter squares were on January 27, 2017 when both Venus and Saturn were direct and on April 8, 2017 when both were retrograde.  What do those two dates have in common for you?  Do they relate to a relationship that you are currently in or to one that ended or perhaps to a financial matter?  When Saturn is retrograde we may be expected to reconsider things we have done or said and when Venus is involved expect that affairs of the heart or finances will be involved.

Following this the Moon will sextile retrograde Saturn and then sextile retrograde Mercury for the third and fourth exact aspects of the day.  Be honest with yourself.  If you can’t be honest with others expect any untruths or alternate facts to come up again.  Deal with them now or suffer the consequences when you have to deal with them later.


04/21/17 – 11:23 am – Moon goes Void-of-Course

Following the sextile to retrograde Mercury the Moon goes void-of-course for just over one hour.  This could be an opportune time for an early or extended lunch.  Keep things light.  Save any new projects, ideas or anything important for after the Moon enters Pisces.


04/21/17 – 12:43 pm – Moon enters Pisces

The Moon void-of-course is over.  As the Moon travels through mutable water Pisces we may find ourselves contemplating things of a more spiritual nature or seek to know the unknowable.

Following this the Moon will square Mars for the fifth exact aspect of the day.  This is the third quarter waning crisis of consciousness square.  People may be feeling more anxious during this time.  Use this nervous energy to your advantage.


04/21/17 – 4:25 pm – Moon sextile Sun

This is the sixth and final exact aspect of the day.  This is the waning or closing sextile.  The energy of the waning sextile is one of constructive implementation, the need to understand and accept that everything is interrelated, that we are each part of a greater whole.  Time to begin preparing for the coming new Moon and any ritual or “seed planting” you may want to do.


04/22/17 – 12:58 pm – Moon occults Neptune

This occultation will only be visible in the south Pacific, including most of Australia, New Zealand, southeastern Melanesia and central Polynesia.  We’ve been through this before and will again in the months to come.  Note what happens today.  Consider what happened during the previous occultations of Neptune by the Moon; August 19, 2016, October 12, 2016, January 2 and 30, 2017 were the most recent.  Is there a common theme on those dates?  Look for what the days have in common; how you were feeling, what you were doing?


04/23/17 – 2:34 pm – Moon goes Void-of-Course

Following a conjunction with Venus, the Moon goes void-of-course for three hours.  It’s Sunday afternoon and this can be a good time to relax and reflect.  There is a new Moon coming up in three days.  Consider what new “seeds” you might want to “plant” at that time?


04/23/17 – 5:32 pm – Moon enters Aries

The void-of-course is over.  Tomorrow is Monday and with four planets retrograde you should at least have a Yellow caution light to tackle any new projects or tasks.  Proceed with caution.  Expect delays and that things may require extra effort to complete.


04/24/17 – 1:15 am- retrograde Mercury trine retrograde Saturn

Words may flow easily but they may be playing fast and loose with the truth or facts.  You might want to treat this like the “April Fool’s Day” of aspects and take things with “a grain of salt.”  Listen carefully to what is said and how it is said.  Avoid jumping to conclusions as it may be too long a jump.  In Monopoly as in life, you have to “cross Go” to collect your reward.


04/25/17 – 2:53 pm – Moon goes Void-of-Course

Following a trine to retrograde Saturn the Moon goes void-of-course for just over four hours.  It’s Tuesday afternoon and this is probably a good time to review your work or to finish up a project or task you’ve been working on for a while.


04/25/17 – 6:56 pm – Moon enters Taurus

This is the Moon’s second home, the place where She feels most comfortable.  Make time for yourself.  Do something nice for yourself.  Perhaps an invigorating work-out or a relaxing bubble bath.  Tonight, enjoy a good book, music, movie, TV or time with friends and family.


04/26/17 – 5:16 am – New Moon conjunct Sun

New Moon’s are new beginnings so be sure to take time to note any dreams, insights, a-ha moments, thoughts or feelings when you first awaken.  Within your notes you may find a new seed to be tended for harvesting at a coming full Moon.  It could be the one in two weeks or perhaps the one in about eighteen months that will be near this same degree.

This new Moon is at 6 Taurus 27.  The Sabian symbol for this degree is “A woman of Samaria comes to draw water from the well.”  Samaria is the origin of the word Samaritan.  The woman draws water, essential for life, from the well.  It may be for herself, her family or for a stranger.  Your task for this new Moon, should you decide to accept it Mr. Phelps (think Mission Impossible), could be to do a random act of kindness for someone.  They may be a stranger, friend or family.  If faced with a task that seems impossible, remember that “impossible” is comprised of “I m possible.”


04/27/17 – 6:18 pm – Moon sextile Venus

Following this both the Moon and Venus go void-of-course.  For the Moon it’s a short one, only 21 minutes long; for Venus it will be almost twelve hours long.  This one is short enough that it can be easily missed but that doesn’t make its potential for creating problems any less than a much longer void-of-course so avoid starting a new project until after the Moon enters Gemini.  You shouldn’t start a new relationship during a Venus void-of-course for it can be much like a short Venus retrograde.  Use the time to work on any existing relationships or to review what it is you want from a relationship and what you have to offer.


04/27/17 – 6:39 pm – Moon enters Gemini

The void-of-course is over so let’s talk about it.  The Moon in Gemini enjoys a good conversation; of course, in Her mind a good conversation may be you listening to Her talk so be a good listener and give others a chance to speak.


04/28/17 – 2:16 am – Moon conjunct Mars

This is the first of four exact aspects and a sign change today so it may be more difficult to focus your attention on that one thing you really wanted to do.  Fortunately it is night time and most will sleep through this challenging aspect that could lead to outbursts of anger or anxiety.  If you are feeling like the “energizer bunny;” why not start a new or go back to an old health routine, one that will help to channel that energy into a productive outcome.


04/28/17 – 6:13 am – Venus returns to Aries

The Venus void-of-course is over.  Do you feel the shift as Venus moves from mutable watery Pisces into cardinal fire Aries?  Venus in Aries doesn’t like to mess around.  She tends to be more direct and demanding as She knows what She wants and She wants it now!  It may be more difficult to avoid impulse buying; especially when it comes to new or shiny things, but resist you must.  Know your limits.  Stay within your budget and don’t sign any long term contracts until you fully understand all the fine print and “real” cost.


04/28/17 – 7:50 am – retrograde Mercury conjunct Uranus

This is the second exact aspect of the day.  Today’s challenge will be to remember to engage the brain before engaging the mouth.  Perhaps some duct tape will help.  To quote Abraham Lincoln again; “It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt.”  Expect the unexpected from others and from yourself.  Listen before responding and make sure you are doing a “reply” not a “reply all,” unless it is warranted.

Following this the Moon will square Neptune for the third exact aspect of the day.  Watch out so someone doesn’t “pull the wool over your eyes.”  Neptune likes to obscure things in a fog so proceed with caution.  Avoid the impulse to rush into things.  Slow down and watch for “speed bumps,” things that might throw you off course or distract you.


04/28/17 – 7:36 pm – Moon trine retrograde Jupiter

This is the fourth and final exact aspect and last major astronomical event of the day.  Take time to review your day.  Focus on things that still need to be completed or have been delayed.  Consider what it is you need to do tomorrow morning to finish them or at least keep them moving forward.


04/29/17 – 2:28 pm – Moon goes Void-of-Course

Following an opposition to retrograde Saturn, the Moon goes void-of-course for over four hours.  It’s Saturday afternoon and a good time to get back to your “spring cleaning” or other activity dealing with any ongoing projects or tasks such as finishing that book you started.


04/29/17 – 6:48 pm – Moon enters Cancer

The void-of-course is over as the Moon returns to Her home sign.  You might want to spend some time with old friends or family.  Let them know you care and that you are there for them if or when they need you and they in turn will be there for you.


04/30/17 – 8:23 pm – Moon square retrograde Jupiter

This is the last exact aspect of April and when considered with the first exact aspect for May; Moon opposite retrograde Pluto, could give us a sense of what the overall energy picture will be like next month.  Retrograde energies tend to be internalized and more focused.  Things may not move as quickly as one wants so allow extra time to compensate for any unanticipated delays.

There are two major astronomical events in May.  May will start with four planets retrograde but then Mercury will go direct and begin its third and final transit over the space from 24 Aries to 4 Taurus.  This will still leave us with three planets; Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto retrograde so expect to have to continue to deal with delays throughout the month.  Mars will go out-of-bounds for the second major astronomical event of May.  When out-of-bounds a planet may feel as if they don’t need to play by the rules and so their energies may be expressed in more extreme ways.  When Mars is out-of-bounds people may be more impulsive or become more accident prone.  Forewarned is forearmed.


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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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