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.


October starts with six exact aspects by the Moon on the 1st and a few days later Mercury goes retrograde followed by the other two eclipses of 2014.  Venus starts October less than 6 degrees from the Sun.  The astrological tern is combust, meaning basically that She can’t be seen by the unaided eye without special equipment.  Mythologically, this is Innana’s (Venus) passage through the underworld.  Since She is in direct motion, this means She is passing on the far side of the Sun away from the Earth.  She will reappear in late November as the evening star, Her Hesperus phase according to the ancient Romans.


10/01/14 – 12:38 am – Moon sextile Mercury

First of six exact aspects by the Moon 1 Capricorn 41 today.  You might want to keep your “chill pills” handy as it could be a bumpy ride for the next few hours.  This is followed by Moon square Venus at 12:52 am and then Moon sextile Neptune at 7 am.


10/01/14 – 12:32 pm – Moon square Sun

This is the fourth exact aspect by the Moon today.  With the Moon at 8 Capricorn 33 and the Sun 8 Libra 33 this is a first quarter waxing crisis of action square.  You may just feel as if you have to do something even if you aren’t sure what.  Try to breathe and if you aren’t sure what to do, start with the little things like sharpening your pencil or straightening up your desk or kitchen counter.  The fifth aspect is the Moon conjunct Pluto.


10/01/14 – 11:11 pm – Moon square retrograde Uranus

The last of the six exact aspects by the Moon 14 Capricorn 44 is a third quarter crisis of consciousness square to retrograde Uranus 14 Aries 33.  What unexpected things happened today or might happen in your dreams tonight?


10/02/14 – 9:18 am – Moon goes Void-of-Course

Following a friendly sextile to Saturn, the Moon goes void-of-course for the next 15 ½ hours.  TGIT.  Good day to work on resolving on-going issues or work on existing projects as the Moon is void-of-course for the rest of the day.


10/03/14 – 1:00 am – Moon enters Aquarius

The void-of-course is over and it’s Friday.  Hit the deck a running and see what you can get started or done today.


10/04/14 – 12:14 am – Moon sextile Mars

This is the first of six exact aspects and seven total planetary events today.  Again!  Yes we just did this but this time it’s a different set of players and it’s a Saturday so while it may be another emotional roller-coaster, the ride should be different.  Going out?  Check your weekend picnic/party bag; Kleenex, check, chill pills, check, back-up plan, hmm, maybe a good idea just in case.


10/04/14 – 1:03 am – Sun square Pluto

Second aspect of the day finds Sun 11 Libra 01 making a third quarter crisis of consciousness square to Pluto 11 Capricorn 01.  This cycle began with their conjunction January 1, 2014 at 11 Capricorn 17 and will end with their next conjunction January 3, 2015 at 13 Capricorn 16.  Their first quarter crisis of action square was April 3, 2014 at 13 Capricorn 33 and their opposition, fruition phase was July 4, 2014 with Sun 12 Cancer 17 opposing retrograde Pluto 12 Cancer 17.  Whenever Pluto is involved, you should expect that something, if not given up willingly may be ripped away in what could be a very painful process.  The third quarter square is a time for reviewing things, letting go of those that you no longer need, that no longer serve you or that are holding you back.  They may be material things or they may be ideas or beliefs.

Following this the Moon will sextile Uranus and then oppose Jupiter for the third and fourth aspects of the day.


10/04/14 – 10:02 am – Mercury stations Retrograde

Here we go again.  When a planet appears to stop moving and changes direction, whether going direct or retrograde it is at its strongest.  Even speedy Mercury will spend almost 4 ½ days at 2 Scorpio so be prepared if you have any planets or sensitive points at 2 degrees of any the fixed signs, Taurus, Leo, Scorpio or Aquarius.  Mercury entered the shadow September 14 and is now stationary and ready to go back over the space from 2 Scorpio 19 to 16 Libra 46.  This should be the time frame for anything that might be affected by this Mercury retrograde and might come up again to be dealt with.  The first pass usually marks the spot and may often go unnoticed at the time.  The retrograde pass which begins now may bring it into our awareness and the third and final pass later this month into November will provide the opportunity to resolve or complete the issue/lesson.


10/04/14 – 9:18 pm – Mars trine Uranus

Before this the Moon squared Saturn.  This easy but perhaps erratic and unpredictable trine is the last exact aspect today.  Good time to take that relaxing bath or shower before going out with friends or staying home to watch TV or read a book.  No significant transiting aspects or events on Sunday so maybe we’ll get the day off.  Then again, maybe someone is affecting your planets; in which case you may not feel like you’re getting the day off.


10/06/14 – 12:38 pm – Moon goes Void-of-Course

Following a friendly trine to Saturn in Scorpio, the Moon 21 Pisces 05 goes void-of-course for the rest of the day until early Tuesday morning.  Spend your afternoon reviewing existing projects, lists or just cleaning and organizing.  Tomorrow you can get at the new stuff again.


10/07/14 – 3:07 am – Moon enters Aries

The void-of-course is over.  You have a green light for any new projects, ideas or ventures today.  This doesn’t mean that the day will go well or that anything you start today will turn out well or as expected.  It just means you can go ahead.  You still have to honor Saturn and give everything your due diligence.


10/08/14 – 2:52 am – Moon occults (conjuncts) retrograde Uranus

This conjunction at 14 Aries 29 is the first of six exact aspects today.  This is like a super conjunction as the Moon will pass in front of Uranus blocking it from the view of observers on certain parts of the Earth.  With clear skies and the right equipment, people in northeastern Asia, northern Greenland, west and central Europe and the Arctic will be able to see Uranus disappear behind the Moon and then reappear several minutes later.  Is the Moon blocking Uranus’ influence from us or will She be acting like a lens and magnifying and focusing Uranus’ energy in Aries?  Looks like this could be a day full of surprises and emotional ups and downs.  Adding to this, the Moon is moving faster than usual so the energies of the day can be expected to hit hard and fast.  These may be more like punches than slaps.  Keep the tissue and band-aids close by.


10/08/14 – 3:51 am – Moon opposes Sun

This is not only a Full Moon it is also a total eclipse of the Moon as it passes through the darkest parts of Earth’s shadow.  This occurs an hour after the occultation of Uranus adding a Uranian flavor to this eclipse.  With Venus combust (less than 7.5 degrees) from the Sun and opposing the Moon and Uranus we also have a Venusian flavor to this eclipse.  Moon 15 Aries 05 opposing Sun 15 Libra 05 may bring our (Aries) roles within relationships (Libra) into the forefront.  It may be helpful to look into a dark mirror as we try to see what role our shadow side plays in our relationships and how best to use that energy to improve them.

This is a full Moon representing the fruition or harvest stage following a new Moon, that is Sun Moon conjunction.  The short cycle began with the previous new Moon September 23 at 0 Libra.  What short term goals have you accomplished?  As this full Moon is also an eclipse, we need to look back to the previous new Moon Solar eclipse which was April 29, 2014 at 8 Taurus 52.  What seeds were planted around that time and are now coming to fruition?  There is also a longer cycle to eclipses known as the Saros cycle.  This full Moon Lunar eclipse is considered part of Saros series 127.  The previous new Moon Solar eclipse in Saros series 127 was June 21, 2001 and occurred at 0 Cancer 10.  Is there any significance to that date or events around that date in your life?  “Seeds” planted at that time may finally be coming to fruition now.  Life is comprised of a series of over-lapping cycles.  Eclipses represent just one of them.  Understanding your life cycles can help you to better understand your life and what is happening around you.

Following this, the Moon will trine Mars 17 Sagittarius 02 bringing His energy into the events of the day and then trine Jupiter 17 Leo 11 creating an expansive, potentially hard hitting Grand Fire Trine.


10/08/14 – 10:31 am – Venus square Pluto

This is the fifth exact aspect of the day.  Venus 11 Libra 03 is making a third quarter, crisis of action square to Pluto 11 Capricorn 03.  This cycle began November 15, 2013 with their conjunction at 9 Capricorn 46 and reached fruition with their opposition July 27, 2014 with Venus 11 Cancer 43 and Pluto 11 Capricorn 43.  What might be significant about those dates in your life?  Time now to put the finishing touches on whatever that might be and begin to prepare for their next cycle which will begin with their next conjunction December 20, 2014 at 12 Capricorn 47.


10/08/14 – 1:43 pm – Mars trine Jupiter

This is the sixth and final exact aspect of the day.  After this, the energy of the Grand Fire Trine should start to dissipate, slowly at first but then flowing quickly away.


10/10/14 – 10:27 am – Retrograde Mercury re-enters Libra

It was only September 27th, when direct Mercury moved from Libra into Scorpio.  What was happening then in your life that calls upon you to revisit it now?  This will be Mercury’s second pass over the zodiac from 29 Libra 59 back to 16 Libra 46.  This is generally considered the phase that will bring any Mercury retrograde type “events” into your awareness.  It could be something you said or didn’t say that you should have.  Something you signed or should have or perhaps shouldn’t have signed.  Perhaps you meant to backup your computer hard drive but forgot?  Try to pay attention this time as you will get one more pass to finish it or “make it / do it right.”  Third time may be the charm but three on a match can be bad luck.


10/11/14 – 2:10 am – Venus opposes retrograde Uranus

Warning!!  Exercise extreme caution in all relationship matters as Venus 14 Libra (us) 22 opposes retrograde (do over) unpredictable Uranus 14 Aries (me) 22.  While Mercury is retrograde and it may already be too late, caution is still required.  If luck is on your side, you will sleep through this one.  Just don’t get up on the wrong side of the bed.


10/12/14 – 10:57 am – Moon sextile retrograde Uranus

This is the first of five exact aspects by the Moon today.  It’s Sunday and starting off with an easy flowing sextile so don’t be surprised if someone, maybe you, is more emotional than usual.  As with any day with five or more exact aspects by the emotional inconstant Moon, keep the tissue handy.  By the way, the Moon is slowing down now so expect the emotional roller-coaster ride to be longer lasting.

Following this the Moon will trine Venus, sextile Jupiter, trine the Sun and for Her grand finale of the day, oppose Mars at 10:12 pm.  Sleep tight.


10/13/14 – 10:58 am – Moon goes Void-of-Course

Following a trine to retrograde Mercury 27 Libra 06, the Moon 27 Gemini 06 will go void-of-course for the next 5 1/2 hours.  While this isn’t a particularly long void-of-course, it is Monday so try to plan your work day accordingly … just be sure to plan it before the Moon goes void-of-course.


10/13/14 – 4:30 pm – Moon enters Cancer

The void-of-course is over now and so for some is their work day.  The Moon has returned to Her Cancer home again and perhaps all will feel right with our world, at least for now.


10/15/14 – 12:19 am – Sun sextile Mars

This is the first of five exact aspects today.  This easy flowing sextile can give one a boost in energy which may come in handy with the next four aspects by the Moon, three of them squares.  Next up, the Moon will square Venus then trine Saturn, perhaps advising us that we need to take stock of our love life and whether or not it is truly fulfilling.


10/15/14 – 12:12 pm – Moon square Sun

This is fourth aspect of the day and the third quarter waning crisis of consciousness square.  With the Moon at 22 Cancer 21 and the Sun at 22 Libra 21, issues regarding home life, significant relationships and how we nurture and are nurtured may come up.


10/15/14 – 4:27 pm – Moon square retrograde Mercury

This is the last exact aspect of the day.  As the Moon 24 Cancer 29 makes a third quarter crisis of consciousness square to retrograde Mercury 24 Libra 29 more relationship issues may come up again as this is Mercury’s second transit over this part of Libra.  Resolution may not come until Mercury makes its third transit in November.


10/16/14 – 1:40 pm – Retrograde Mercury conjunct Sun

This is the Inferior Conjunction at 23 Libra 24 as retrograde Mercury moves between the Earth and the Sun and marks the beginning of the next Mercury cycle.  This can be thought of as being like a new Moon and always occurs when Mercury is retrograde.  The first “seeds” of this cycle may have been planted around the time when Mercury was here September 19, 2014.  Clarity may not come until Mercury makes its third and final pass (superior conjunction) on November 3, 2014.


10/17/14 – 10:56 am – Retrograde Mercury conjunct Venus

Because Mercury and Venus both orbit between the Earth and the Sun their cycle dance is different than that of any of the other planets.  Most of the time, like this one, these meetings involve one of them being retrograde and passing between the Earth and the Sun and the other being direct and passing on the far side of the Sun (an opposition from the Sun’s perspective, Heliocentric).  Think of this as if they are two contestants at 22 Libra 20 circling in the ring with the Sun (referee, 24 Libra 16) in the center as they check each other out but not necessarily having much to say.  Because this conjunction occurs so close to the Sun, we will not be able to see it without the use of special viewing equipment.  The ancient term for this is “combust” which was considered to mean that the planets energies are weakened.  Rather than thinking of them as weaker, think of them as being more internalized or possibly representing the subconscious.  Try feeling this internally rather than as an external process.

With Venus direct and on the far side of the Sun and Mercury retrograde and on the Earth’s side of the Sun (which from the Sun’s perspective is Aries) this may give Mercury’s tongue a bit of an edge or bite to it.  The Mercurial energy, let’s talk about this or think this through is stronger as Mercury is closer to us and wants to assert itself (unseen Aries energy).  Venus may be more inclined to want to compromise or even sacrifice Herself for the good of the relationship.  It may be more difficult to stand one’s ground when confronted by another with whom we are in a relationship, be it at work or home.  As Mercury is retrograde, this is its second pass over this degree.  Issues which come into awareness at this time may not get resolved until Mercury returns to this degree again around the evening of November 2, 2014.

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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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