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.


12/01/17 – 1:14 am – Venus enters Sagittarius

The Venus void-of-course is finally over, … for now.  If you are seeking a new relationship Venus should be on your side at least until She goes void-of-course again early December 23.  Venus will then be void-of-course will last until late Christmas Eve day when She will enter Capricorn and then catch up to Saturn.  With that in mind, follow the rules and avoid taking chances in matters of the heart and the dating world.  If you don’t know who or what you are looking for in a relationship, how will you know when the right one comes along?


12/01/17 – 2:04 am – Mars opposite retrograde Uranus

Mars is not happy in Libra as it is the sign opposite Aries, the sign He rules.  This is kind of like the absentee landlord checking in with an unpredictable tenant.  Anger issues such as sudden outbursts, “road rage” or similar displays may be more prevalent.  You can’t control others but you can and need to control yourself.  Don’t be the instigator.  Watch out for the other guy, the one who causes accidents.  Expect the unexpected.  Acts of aggression or violence may be more likely so exercise greater caution.


12/01/17 – 5:53 pm – Moon goes Void-of-Course

Following a trine to Pluto, the Moon goes void-of-course for 19 1/2 hours.  It’s Friday evening.  Stick to your plans and avoid impulsive decisions as this is not the time for trying something new.  It may turn out to be exciting but not in ways you might like.


12/02/17 – 1:21 pm – Moon enters Gemini

The long void-of-course is over.  It’s Saturday afternoon and you should be good to go with any new project or idea.  Doing something new doesn’t require a lot of planning, it may be as simple as trying a new restaurant, park or spot on the beach for an outing.


12/02/17 – 6:22 pm – Jupiter trine Neptune

Jupiter was the ancient ruler of Pisces until Neptune was discovered in 1846.  This is the waning trine in the thirteen year cycle between these two co-rulers of Pisces.  What dreams of yours remain unfulfilled?  What are you doing to manifest them?  It’s time to get busy, make room for them in your life and make them happen.  Dream it.  See it.  Believe it.  Achieve it!


12/02/17 – 11:34 pm – Mercury stations Retrograde

Just before completing its transit of Sagittarius, Mercury appears to stop and retrace its steps as if to say; oh, wait, I think I’ve forgotten to do/say something.  For their last retrograde of 2017, Mercury stations at 29 Sagittarius 18 and will appear to retrace their steps back to 13 Sagittarius.  Those with planets or sensitive points in that space may be most susceptible to this retrograde.  Those with planets or sensitive points between 13 and 29 of the other mutable signs, Pisces, Gemini and Virgo may also feel this, but perhaps not as strongly.

The cautionary note for Mercury retrogrades is to mind what you say or sign.  This is a “re” time.  Re-read any contracts, be sure you understand the fine print.  Re-read all emails or texts before you send them.  Spell check them and double check to make sure they are only going to the people you intend.  This time is best suited for reviewing things, works in progress, for dusting off that old writing project and re-reading it, for editing it.  The time for finishing and submitting it will be after Mercury stations direct December 22 and before they complete their third and final transit of the shadow January 10, 2018.

This will be the shortest Mercury retrograde in terms of time, for 2017, lasting 19 days, 18 hours and 17 minutes.  It will also be the longest in terms of zodiacal distance covered, 16 degrees 18 minutes.  It is an odd feature of Mercury retrogrades that the shortest in time always covers the longest distance, as if to say; “I’ve got a long way to go and a short time to get there.”  If you feel as if you are under a time crunch, … you are.  Make it count.  It’s the holiday season.  Make amends to those you may have offended or hurt.  Forgive those who have hurt or offended you.  Life is too short to waste it carrying the burden of grudges or regrets.


12/03/17 – 3:44 am – Sun square Neptune

This is the third quarter waning crisis of consciousness square in the annual Sun Neptune cycle.  This is another sign that it is time to make those dreams happen.  Perhaps it’s time for you to help manifest someone else’s dream.  What might have started about nine months ago when last the Sun and Neptune met?  Their next conjunction will be March 4, 2018, time to get busy manifesting dreams.


12/03/17 – 7:47 am – Full Moon opposite Sun

This is considered a “super” Moon as the Moon will be near its perigee or closest approach to the Earth for its current orbit.  The common name for the December full Moon is the “Cold Moon,” because it is the “cold” time of year in the northern hemisphere.  This is a morning full Moon so look to the West and watch the Moon loom larger than life as the Sun rises behind you while the Moon sets.  The Moon should also appear larger than usual when it rises in the east on the evening of December 2 and as it rises tonight, December 3.

Full Moons represent a time of fruition or fulfillment, when seeds planted at the new Moon should be ready for harvest or pruning.  What new project did you begin about two weeks ago?  Have you been working on it, tending it and helping it to grow or have you been ignoring it?  Everything and everyone needs tending too, care, “feeding,” and love.  If you’ve done your part you should be able to see clear results by now.  On the longer-term, was there something you began about 18 months ago that is now reaching maturity or ready for “harvesting?”


12/04/17 – 11:13 am – Moon goes Void-of-Course

Following an opposition to retrograde Mercury, the Moon goes void-of-course for about an hour and a half.  This is a short one, but it is Monday morning.  This is a good time to review your work or to-do list.  Make sure you aren’t missing something.  Avoid starting anything new until after the Moon enters Cancer this afternoon.


12/04/17 – 12:37 pm – Moon enters Cancer

Once again the Moon returns to Her home sign of Cancer.  Thoughts and feelings may turn to nurturing and protecting those we care most for, including ourselves.  It’s the holiday season and while we all appreciate material things, sometimes the best gift isn’t something material.  It is the thought that counts, not the dollars spent.  Don’t just say you care, show them.  Smile and greet strangers as you pass on the street or while standing in line at the coffee shop.  Strangers are just friends you haven’t met yet.


12/06/17 – 4:05 am – retrograde Mercury conjunct Saturn

This is the second of three conjunctions between these two.  The first was November 27 when Mercury was direct and in their shadow.  Saturn demands the truth.  Saturn expects us to dot the “i’s” and cross the “t’s.”  Perhaps there was something you said or signed around that time that comes up again and requires your attention.  Consider it carefully.  What exactly did you say?  What did you mean?  How did you say it?  Who did you say it to?  What did you sign or agree too?  Whatever it was, now is the time to figure out if it needs fixing or clarification and how best to do it.  Don’t ignore it or put it off.  Their third conjunction will be January 12, 2018; by then you need to have it taken care of.


12/06/17 – 7:58 am – retrograde Mercury sextile Mars

Sometimes actions speak louder than words.  Whatever you do, be sure your intentions are true and clear.  Just because you “misspoke” before doesn’t mean you have to live with what you said.  Clarify or apologize as needed.  Don’t dig in your heels and let it become more than it really is.


12/06/17 – 9:56 am – Moon goes Void-of-Course

Following a third quarter waning crisis of consciousness square to Mars, the Moon goes void-of-course for less than three hours.  This is another relatively short void-of-course and adds emphasis to the earlier aspect between retrograde Mercury and Mars.  Trust your feelings, your instincts when dealing with delicate situations or rectifying problems.  As always, if you can, avoid starting anything new.  Use this time to review, repair, refresh, reinvigorate, regenerate, redo, etc..


12/06/17 – 12:37 pm – Moon enters Leo

The void-of-course is over.  You may find that some people, even yourself, seem to demand or require more attention now.  It’s normal.  A verbal compliment or even a simple gesture of appreciation can make someone’s day.  Be kind.  Pay it forward.


12/06/17 – 1:21 pm – Mars sextile Saturn

Saturn may demand the truth, but can you (or they) handle it?  Think “Mary Poppins,” and remember, “A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down.”  You don’t have to sugar coat the truth, but you can deliver it in such a way that it is not as painful or threatening.  If something needs correcting, offer or ask for help.


12/07/17 – 10:03 am – retrograde Mercury In-Bounds

After four weeks out-of-bounds retrograde Mercury returns in-bounds and now must play by the rules; at least the rules that apply to retrograde Mercury.

It’s the 76th anniversary of Pearl Harbor, a dark day in American and world history.  Take a moment to remember and honor the sacrifices of those who came before and made this life possible for “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”  George Santayana.


12/08/17 – 2:40 pm – Moon goes Void-of-Course

Following a waning sextile to Mars, both the Moon and Mars go void-of-course.  The Moon will only be void-of-course for 29 minutes; however, Mars’ will last over ten hours.  This would seem to be a good time to review the work you’ve done today or this week and see what you might still be able to complete before your work-day ends.  When Mars is void-of-course tempers may flair and accidents may be more prevalent so with Mercury retrograde, mind your tongue, keep your temper in check and watch out for the other guy.


12/08/17 – 3:09 pm – Moon enters Virgo

The Moon void-of-course is over.  It’s Friday afternoon and you may still have time to kick start that new task or project before your workday ends.  Get a head start on next week.  Be extra careful this evening as Mars is void-of-course.  Avoid over-doing.


12/09/17 – 1:00 am – Mars enters Scorpio

The Mars void-of-course may be over; however with Mars in His old home sign of Scorpio it may be best not to let your guard down.  Scorpio is symbolic of fixed water.  Water represents our emotions and the fix nature is to hold onto things long after they have served their purpose or we should.  What old emotional hurts or wounds are you holding onto?  As Dr. Phil would say, “How’s that working for you?”  When we hold onto things they can prevent us from moving forward and having new more meaningful experiences.  Holding on to an old “lost love” may prevent one from finding their new “true love.”  Give it to the Universe and step back into the light.


12/09/17 – 9:37 am – Moon square Venus

This is the first of five exact aspects by the Moon today so expect moods, emotions and feelings to ebb and flow freely, possibly even to extremes.  Got tissue?  The Moon and Venus are the two major feminine archetypes of the zodiac.  Issues with women may come up.  How do you really feel about …?  What is it you really want or expect from …?

Following this the Moon will oppose Neptune, sextile Jupiter and then trine Pluto for the second, third and fourth exact aspects of the day.  These aspects may further emphasize dreams or issues involving women or your attitude towards women or your own femininity or obsessions.  It’s Saturday so this may be a good time for some reflection, even meditation on whatever is presenting itself to you.


12/09/17 – 11:51 pm – Moon square Sun

This is the fifth and final exact aspect of the day and the third quarter waning crisis of consciousness square in the monthly Lunar cycle.  Time for sorting through “stuff,” for considering what is working and how best to consolidate it into the tasks at hand and/or your life.


12/10/17 – 1:30 am – retrograde Mercury trine retrograde Uranus

Now here is a pair to draw too.  Planets when appearing to be retrograde are closer to the Earth and therefore their energies will be stronger.  How can one know what to expect when Uranus, the planet of the unexpected is retrograde and combines with the planet of thinking and communication, Mercury who is also retrograde?  You can’t; but what you can do is allow yourself to be open to whatever comes.  Allow your mind to flow freely, to free associate.  Keep a recorder or notebook handy and record whatever insights, thoughts, dreams, visions, sounds or smells come your way.  No detail is too small.  Nothing is irrelevant.  Everything will become clear in time.


12/10/17 – 5:48 am – Venus square Neptune

This is another third quarter waning crisis of consciousness aspect.  When these two get together our thoughts or dreams may turn to the idealized romantic nature of love and life as often depicted by artists, of legends such as the knights in shining armor and damsels in distress.  Coming so soon after the Mercury Uranus aspect this may bring some added insights or perhaps a reality check, or it may just cloud the issues.  “Do they love me or do they not, they told me once but I forgot.”  In matters of the heart, be sure your words and actions are clear and consistent.  Don’t say one thing and then do something contrary.


12/10/17 – 7:02 pm – Moon goes Void-of-Course

Following a third quarter waning crisis of consciousness square to Saturn, the Moon goes void-of-course for two hours.  It’s Sunday evening.  Allow yourself time to relax and reflect on your day, the coming week or just chill with friends, family, a book, a movie, TV or a meditation.


12/10/17 – 9:01 pm – Moon enters Libra

The void-of-course is over.  Make or check your to-do list for the week ahead.  Get started on it if you like.  With the Moon in “other” oriented Libra, remember to think of the “others” in your life.  Let them know you are thinking of them and that you care.  Tomorrow could be a busy day as there will be five exact aspects so get a good night’s sleep and check your supply of tissues.


12/11/17 – There are no major astronomical aspects today.  Mercury and Uranus still appear to be going backwards so miscommunications and surprises may seem to be the norm.


12/12/17 – 7:09 am – Moon square Pluto

This is the third quarter waning crisis of consciousness square and the first of five exact aspects today, four by the Moon so don’t be surprised if some people’s emotions and feelings seem to be all over the place or they insist on bringing up “old stuff.”

Following this the Moon will sextile the Sun and then sextile retrograde Mercury; both waning sextiles, for the second and third exact aspects of the day.  The general “flavor” for the day seems to be one of assimilating lessons learned, making use of things created and cleaning things up in preparation for the week ahead and the holidays.  Whatever messages you want to convey and however you want to convey them, take your time and be sure they are clear and that you are saying exactly what you mean.  If you have any questions about what someone else is saying or what they mean, ask for clarification.  Avoid debates and arguments as today has all the markings of a “no win” day.


12/12/17 – 5:49 pm – retrograde Mercury conjunct Sun

This is known as the “Inferior Conjunction,” when retrograde Mercury passes between the Sun and the Earth and is the fourth exact aspect of the day.  It is similar to a new Moon in that it has a “new beginning” type of energy and on that level, represents the beginning of a new Sun Mercury cycle.  While Mercury is retrograde, if you have been planning on starting a new writing project, this could be a good time to start.  Let your words flow freely.  Save the spell check and editing for later.


12/12/17 – 7:49 pm – Moon opposite retrograde Uranus

This is the fifth and final exact aspect of the day.  Can you believe everything you hear, see or feel?  Probably not.  What about today surprised you the most?  What did you least expect?  This evening is a good time to reflect on the day and make sense of anything that seemed to be nonsensical.


12/13/17 – 4:27 am – Moon goes Void-of-Course

Following a waning sextile to Saturn, the Moon goes void-of-course for an hour and a half.  It’s a short one so you may just sleep through it or if you are up, stick to your usual morning routine.


12/13/17 – 5:59 am – Moon enters Scorpio

Emotions, feelings, wounds may seem deeper now.  However, it is a new day and it is “hump day” and you should be clear to tackle any new tasks or projects that come your way.  Remember that Mercury and Uranus are still retrograde so make sure you understand all instructions and expectations and plan for unexpected changes in them.


12/14/17 – 5:42 pm – Moon goes Void-of-Course

Following a waning sextile to Pluto, the Moon goes void-of-course for over 23 hours.  The length of the void-of-course depends on where the planets are in their journeys through the zodiac.  In this case, it will be a long one.  It’s Thursday evening and this void-of-course will last until late Friday afternoon.  This time is best used reviewing work you thought was finished and for working on things in progress.  If you can, set aside any new projects until Saturday or next week.


12/15/17 – 6:09 am – retrograde Mercury conjunct Venus

One could argue that this is really an opposition and not a conjunction as retrograde Mercury is passing between the Sun and the Earth while Venus is passing on the far side of the Sun.  From a heliocentric (Sun) perspective this is an opposition not a conjunction.  From our perspective on Earth they appear to be together, that is conjunct.  How might this energy differ from a “real” conjunction, when they are both on the same side of the Sun?  You may find that someone you thought was on your side actually isn’t or perhaps they just didn’t understand.  Be aware of your surroundings and make sure that everyone on the team understands the “play;” otherwise, it may not go as planned.


12/15/147 – 5:07 pm – Moon enters Sagittarius

The long Moon void-of-course is finally over.  It’s Friday evening and if you want to do something different such as try a new restaurant or recipe; all other factors being considered, you should be good to go.  Just know that it still may not turn out as you expect, but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing.


12/16/17 – 3:27 am – Sun trine retrograde Uranus

This is the waning or closing trine in the annual Sun Uranus cycle.  It is an indicator that the Uranus retrograde will be ending in a few days.  Use this time for any last re-do’s on projects; to check for and correct any missed steps and get ready for the next phase, the assimilation of what works and the letting go of those things that don’t.


12/17/17 – 10:30 pm – New Moon conjunct Sun

There are three phases to the “new Moon” time.  The first is the last of the balsamic, time to finish up, make room for the new.  The second is the dark phase of “sit in silence” and prepare yourself for the new; and then comes the third phase or new Moon when it’s time to “plant the new seeds.”  This new Moon lines up with the center of our home galaxy, the Milky Way.  At the center of our galaxy there is a supermassive black hole.  It is the “engine” that drives our galaxy and our solar system around the galaxy.  Allow this energy to “recharge” yourself as the coming holidays may be either a time of joy and friendship or a trying time or a bit of both.

This conjunction is at 26 Sagittarius 31.  The Sabian symbol for this degree is “The sculptor’s vision is taking form.”  What are your expectations (visions) for this holiday season?  Did you have any goals (visions) for 2017 that you haven’t completed yet?  Finish them, clear your slate for 2018 holds much promise but may also hold new challenges.  Utilize the next two weeks to prepare yourself for 2018 as it will start off with a full Super Moon to kick-start your manifesting any New Year’s resolutions (visions).

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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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