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.


November ends and December begins with Venus out-of-bounds south and Jupiter void-of-course.  With both benefics in “unnatural” states, what might this signify for the month ahead?  Most likely some uncertainty and perhaps, not to set our expectations too high. December brings the last New Moon Solar eclipse of 2019 on Christmas Day night and occultations of Pluto and Venus by the Moon.  Uranus is the only planet retrograde which will continue into January 2020. The last exact aspect of December and 2019 will be Moon conjunct Neptune. What dreams may come in 2020?


12/01/19 – 3:43 am – slow Moon square Mars

This is the waxing first quarter crisis of action square in their cycle.  The first quarter square is a “Mars” type of aspect as it signifies a time for taking action.  What are your plans for this month? Nothing will happen, nothing will materialize if you don’t take action and make it happen.


12/02/19 – 4:27 am – slow Moon goes Void-of-Course

Following a waxing first quarter crisis of action square to Mercury the Moon goes void-of-course for almost 19 hours; which is pretty much the rest of the day.  It’s Cyber Monday so best if you focus on any work in progress (such as planned cyber-purchases) and; if you can, set aside any new projects (or cyber-purchases) for after the Moon enters Pisces or tomorrow.


12/02/19 – 10:20 am – Jupiter enters Capricorn

The Jupiter void-of-course is over.  How was it for you? Was there anything that didn’t meet your expectations?  This is new, so let’s talk about it.


12/02/19 – 9:19 pm – Mercury sextile Pluto

This is the third of three waning sextiles during this cycle between this pair.  Previous sextiles were on October 19, 2019 when Mercury was making their first transit through the current shadow and November 9, 2019 when Mercury was retrograde and making their second transit (back) through the current shadow.  Did anything noteworthy happen around either or both of those dates? How might they relate to what may be happening in your life at this time?


12/02/19 – 11:11 pm – slow Moon enters Pisces

The void-of-course is over.  With the Moon now in mutable water Pisces, it may be a more emotional evening for some.  There is no point in crying over something you wanted to get but didn’t or couldn’t. Perhaps it wasn’t meant to be so you could get what you really need or that perfect gift for someone.


12/03/19 – 5:43 am – slow Moon sextiles retrograde Uranus

This waning sextile is the first of five exact aspects today, four of them by the Moon, and the only one that isn’t a waxing aspect.  You may want to keep your emotions in check today lest you say or do something you later regret. This may be a rather emotional day for some.  If you aren’t one of them; be considerate, understanding and give them some space. If you are, let it flow, let it flow, let it flow.


12/03/19 – 7:47 am – Venus sextile Mars

This waxing sextile is the second exact aspect of the day.  It’s the holiday season and this could be just the day you’ve been looking for if you want to take the next step in your relationship.  Not in one; of course you are. What about your friends and family? They deserve to know how you feel about them. But, considering that this is the holiday season, if you haven’t got anything nice to say about someone; either sit next to Alice Roosevelt or don’t say anything.  Say what? Alice who? Google or Bing her.

Following this the slow Moon will make a waxing trine to Mars and then a waxing sextile to Venus for the third and fourth exact aspects of the day.  Remember, the energy of waxing aspects are creating or expanding. Whatever you’ve been working on, today may be just the day to make it happen. Focus and push forward.


12/03/19 – 10:58 pm – slow Moon square Sun

This is the waxing first quarter crisis of action square in the monthly cycle of the two luminaries and the fifth and final exact aspect of the day.  This is a good aspect for taking action on whatever you have been working on or considering. How has this day been for you? What have you accomplished? 


12/04/19 – slow Moon in Pisces

Today the Moon will make three aspects; a conjunction with Neptune followed by waxing sextiles to Pluto and then Saturn as She continues Her slow transit through emotionally fluid Pisces.  This is another good day to take stock of where you are; what you’ve accomplished and what more you want to do. Pluto and Saturn will help you push through obstacles if you are being honest with yourself and others.


12/05/19 – 12:15 am – slow Moon trine Mercury

Following this waxing trine both the Moon and Mercury go void-of-course.  The Moon’s void-of-course will last 11 1/2 hours while Mercury’s will last just over four days; that is until the early morning hours of December 9.

The general rule when the Moon is void-of-course is avoid starting anything new as you may find that you missed something, overlooked something or didn’t have all the information or “stuff” you needed to do it.  When Mercury is void-of-course it can be a bit like a short Mercury retrograde without the repetition; that is, there may be no “three-peat” or opportunity to correct any mistakes or misstatements. However, since Mercury is still in its “shadow” from the recent retrograde this just might play out like Mercury retrograde on steroids.  If you tend to be susceptible to Mercury retrograde periods, be extra cautious and aware of what you are doing and saying. Say it to yourself before speaking, texting or emailing and be sure to re-read it, spell-check and grammar check it, at least twice. Read what you actually wrote, not what you think you wrote or meant to write.


12/05/19 – 11:44 am – slow Moon enters Aries

Can you feel the shift from mutable, watery, emotional Pisces into cardinal, fiery “now” Aries?  Emotions may seem more raw now. People less tolerant and more insistent on “taking” rather than “giving.”  Don’t be one of them. Proceed with extreme caution.


12/06/19 – 5:04 pm – slow Moon trine Sun

This is the waxing trine in the monthly cycle of the two luminaries.  Let them both “shine their lights” on whatever you have been working on.  This is a good time to evaluate your progress, or lack there-of. If you find that you are behind schedule or have gotten off course, you still have time to get caught up or back on track, but you need to get to it now!  Don’t put it off or you may find yourself coming up short and not ready for the “big day” when it comes.


12/07/19 – Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day


12/07/19 – 7:01 am – slow Moon goes Void-of-Course

Following a waxing first quarter crisis of action square to Saturn, the Moon goes void-of-course for 16 1/2 hours.  Here is the action-oriented energy you need to take yesterday’s trine and make things happen. Saturn can be a tough task master, but only when you try to cut corners, deceive others or sell yourself short.  Saturn expects you to do what is necessary and be true to who you are.


12/07/19 – 10:09 am – Mercury leaves the Shadow

Mercury is now at 27 Scorpio 39 and has left the “shadow” zone from the latest retrograde.  The pressure should let up some; but, don’t let your guard down as Mercury is still void-of-course.  Double and triple check any agreements before signing. Make sure you understand all the terms and fine print.  Check all communications be they spoken, text, emails or written. Be sure to use your spellcheck and grammar check and watch them carefully.  Don’t assume the checkers will “fix” any mistakes you may have made.


12/07/19 – 11:29 pm – slow Moon enters Taurus

Can you feel the shift from action oriented cardinal fire Aries into the Moon’s second home of fixed earth, “I’m home,” Taurus?  Things may move slower now. Don’t try to force things to happen. Keep them moving; but, at their natural pace. Haste makes waste, and now is not the time for waste.


12/08/19 – 1:01 am – Sun square Neptune

This is the waning third quarter crisis of consciousness square in their annual cycle.  This cycle began with their conjunction March 6, 2019. Did you start something new around that time?  How is it progressing or working for you? It’s now time to step back and take stock of whatever you have been working on.  What’s right, useful and should be kept? What isn’t working and should be changed or let go of? Note any dreams, insights, “a-ha” moments and first impressions, feelings and sensations on waking.  There is a message in them for you.


12/08/19 – 1:49 pm – Venus sextile Neptune

This is the waning sextile in the annual cycle of this pair.  This cycle began with their conjunction April 9, 2019. What dreams might you have had around that time?  Are there any “dreams” you have been trying to manifest? Why haven’t they? Is it because you are only “trying” and not doing?  The word “try” has a built-in failure mechanism. When you tell someone “I’ll try …,” what you are really saying may be “I really don’t want to,” then when you don’t you can say “I tried but …,” and give them whatever excuse you come up with for not getting it done.


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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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