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.


The last exact aspect of September was a waning square and the first exact aspect of October is a waning sextile.  The waning aspects symbolize a time for taking stock and completing tasks; at least that would seem to be the case for the beginning of the month.  October starts with Mercury void-of-course, the early days of “Moon Wobble” and then a Mars void-of-course. October ends with Halloween or All Hallows’ Eve and Mercury stationing retrograde.  The last exact aspect of October is average speed Moon conjunct Jupiter symbolizing a new beginning. What promises might November hold in store for us? Don’t be afraid to seek the counsel of your ancestors.


10/01/19 – 1:43 am – fast Moon sextile Saturn

This waning sextile is the first exact aspect of October.  It symbolizes a time for making final reviews of projects you’ve been working on and completing them so you may start the new month afresh.  With Saturn involved be practical, follow the instructions and be honest in your assessment, especially with yourself.


10/02/19 – 2:46 am – slowing Moon and Mars go Void-of-Course

Following a waxing sextile to Mars, both go void-of-course; the Moon for two hours and Mars for 42 1/2 hours.  This is an early, relatively short Moon void-of-course so most will probably sleep through it. If you are an early (or late) bird, stick with your routine and avoid starting anything new until after the Moon enters Sagittarius this morning.

When Mars is void-of-course exercise extra caution as accidents may prevail and don’t forget, we are in a Moon Wobble period so extremes may also rear their ugly heads.  Just because you feel like you have unlimited energy and can do anything Don’t! Know your limits. Avoid taking unnecessary risks and watch out for the “other guy,” the one who causes accidents.


10/02/19 – 4:44 am – slowing Moon enters Sagittarius

The Moon void-of-course is over.  In mutable fire Sagittarius people may seem to be feeling more optimistic.  This is a good thing and a good time to tackle those new projects that you used to think were “too good to be true.”  Of course, it doesn’t mean that some of them aren’t “to good,” so choose wisely and don’t spread yourself to thin.


10/02/19 – 11:37 pm – Pluto stations Direct

With Pluto direct only Uranus and Neptune remain in apparent retrograde motion.  Two planets retrograde is the most common occurrence and so things may feel more “normal” for now; at least for many people.  If things aren’t feeling “normal” for you, it may be that you were born when there were more planets retrograde. For now at least, most people should be feeling a decent balance of internal and external pressure.


10/03/19 – 1:15 am – Mercury enters Scorpio

The Mercury void-of-course is over.  That doesn’t mean you should let your guard down when sending emails, texts or correspondence for errors may easily creep in.  Exercise appropriate restraint. You should always spellcheck and proofread all texts, emails and correspondence before sending.  In fixed water Scorpio you may find your thoughts turning to matters of life, death and past hurts. Don’t dwell on them for the past is behind you and you aren’t going that way.  Perhaps it is time to accept the experiences for they have helped make you who you are today; let them go and move forward.


10/03/19 – 9:22 pm – Mars enters Libra the sign of His Debilitation

The Mars void-of-course is now over.  In Libra; the sign of His debilitation, frustration may be the order of the day as people feel the need to act but at the same time feel limited in their ability to do so.  The good news is this is a transit and so too shall pass. The bad news is that this transit will last almost seven weeks so hunker down and practice ways to relieve any tension and anxiety.  Keep your anger in check and avoid confrontations.


10/04/19 – 12:34 am – average Moon goes Void-of-Course

Following a waxing sextile to Venus the Moon goes void-of-course for just over ten hours.  The waxing aspects are about nurturing or “growing” whatever you may be working on. This is the predecessor to the first quarter crisis of action square so it is a good time to consider what actions you might want to take and how best to take them at that time.  Avoid starting anything new until after the Moon enters cardinal earth Capricorn. It will be best if you start you day by sticking with whatever you have been working on or had already planned.


10/04/19 – 10:43 am – average Moon enters Capricorn

The void-of-course is over.  It’s Friday and if you have any new projects that need to get started today you should be good to go.  Otherwise, focus on any work in progress.


10/05/19 – 9:47 am – slow Moon square Sun

It’s Saturday morning and this is the waxing first quarter crisis of action square between the Sun and Moon.  In the short term this relates back to any new projects or tasks started around the time of the new Moon of September 28, 2019.  In the longer term, this may relate back to the new Moon of January 5, 2019. Did you begin anything new around that time? How are these new projects going?  What do you need to do, or should you do at this time to keep those tasks moving forward? Take advantage of the energy of this aspect to help you keep on track.  Then you can take a break.


10/05/19 – 1:39 pm – slow Moon occultation Saturn

An occultation is like a “super conjunction” in that as the Moon passes between the Earth and a planet, in this case Saturn, She blocks our view of the planet.  This will only be visible in parts of the Southern Hemisphere, from southern Africa across the south Atlantic, southern South America and into the south Pacific.  This occultation is at 14 Capricorn 09’ and is Saturn’s third transit of this point. The first was January 24, 2019 while in direct forward motion and the second was August 31, 2019 while retrograde.  Did something happen or did you start something around either of those dates that is unfinished or unresolved? Now is the time to take care of it. This occultation will occur two more times in November so pay attention, particularly if you have a planet or sensitive point at or near this degree of any of the cardinal signs, Aires, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn. 


10/06/19 – 2:14 am – slow Moon occultation Pluto

This has been happening every month and will continue to happen into 2020.  Pluto rules the underworld and so can be considered strongest at night or when or wherever it is dark, the places we generally don’t like to go.  This month it will only be visible (with a telescope) in parts of the southern Indian Ocean, across Australia and into the southern Pacific Ocean.  Still, the potential power of this event shouldn’t be minimized, particularly if you have planets or sensitive points near 22 Capricorn or the other cardinal signs. 

With this series of events, it is as if we are being asked to accept and acknowledge our greatest fears.  Things that we can’t see, don’t know or understand can be scary. But what is fear? False Evidence Appearing Real!  What belief do you have that isn’t real?  Now is the time to confront and conquer it.  Like a habit, this may not be an easy or quick thing to break.  Pluto changes are slow and require effort and commitment. With effort comes reward so stick with it.


10/06/19 – 11:29 am – Sun square the Lunar Nodes

With the Sun exactly square both Lunar Nodes (at the bendings), the conflicting energy of a first quarter crisis of action square struggles with the energy of the third quarter crisis of consciousness square creating potentially maximum Moon Wobble energy.  Exercise extra caution now and in the week ahead. Be alert to your surroundings and open for any “signs” or “feelings” of potential danger. Life goes on. You can’t hide from Moon Wobble, but you can be prepared for it. Do you have an emergency kit in your car?  What about an earthquake survival kit? It is better to be safe than sorry. Preparation is the greater part of success. Be sure to heed any warnings whatever their source.


10/06/19 – 4:25 pm – slow Moon goes Void-of-Course

Following a waxing first quarter crisis of action square both the Moon and Venus go void-of-course. While the Moon’s will last for just over four hours Venus’ will last almost 42 hours. With the waxing first quarter crisis of action square, avoid spontaneity in matters of the heart or any relationships. With the Moon void-of-course stick with whatever plans you have made or your usual routine. Avoid making any new plans until this evening after the Moon enters Aquarius.

With Venus void-of-course avoid starting any new relationships or expecting any to become significant. Wait until Tuesday afternoon, October 8, after Venus enters Scorpio. More about that in next weeks “AstroWatch.”


10/06/19 – 8:42 pm – slow Moon enters Aquarius

The void-of-course is over.  In fixed air Aquarius people’s attitudes and feelings may take on a more focused; even stubborn sense at times.  Trust your intuition and any messages you receive.


10/06/19 – 11:16 pm – Mercury opposite retrograde Uranus

Be open to any insights, “a-ha” moments or intuition with attention to those involving relationships or other people.  Any which relate to past situations or events may be more significant as they may provide guidance on how to resolve or deal with them.  Record any dreams, insights, “a-ha” moments or feelings you may have during the night.

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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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