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.



07/01/19 – 2:48 pm – fast Moon conjunct Venus

This is the first exact aspect of July.  What might the two great ladies of the zodiac have in mind for this summer?  They seem to want to keep it a secret as following this both go void-of-course.  Whatever plans you have made or whatever is on your schedule, it is best you stick with it for now.  The Moon’s will last for about 3 1/2 hours while Venus’ will last about 41 1/2 hours. Avoid starting any new projects, tasks or ideas until after the Moon enters Cancer later today.  With Venus void-of-course, avoid starting a new relationship or making any big financial commitments, at least until after Venus enters Cancer.


07/01/19 – 4:20 pm – Mars enters Leo

The Mars void-of-course is over but that doesn’t mean you should let down your guard as we are in a strong Moon Wobble period.  While this may generally indicate significant events on a large scale such as public transportation accidents, storms or other natural events some individuals may be impacted as well so stay alert and watch out for the other guy.


07/01/19 – 6:24 pm – fast Moon enters Cancer

With Her return to Her home sign, the Moon’s void-of-course is now over.  For now many people will turn their attention to family, security and their home.  Cancer is the cardinal water sign and with the Moon moving fast, some people may find the need to make quick decisions and move forward quickly; perhaps without fully considering the possible consequences of their decisions so press the pause button and take time to consider. 


If you have set aside any new ideas, tasks or projects you should be good to get started on them.  This is what is known as the “Balsamic phase” of the Sun Moon cycle; the period prior to the next Sun Moon conjunction and the time for making plans and preparations for the coming cycle which will begin with the new Moon Total Solar eclipse tomorrow.  That’s when you will want to “plant the new seed.”


07/02/19 – 12:16 pm – fast New Moon Total Solar Eclipse

This total Solar eclipse is at 10 Cancer 38’.  The Sabian symbol for this degree is “A clown making grimaces.”  Elias Lonsdale in his book “Inside Degrees” assigns the symbol of “Monstrosities in glass jars at a side show.”  What might these indicate? Both of these symbols seem to relate to something unpleasant. Many people don’t like clowns and while monstrosities may be curiosities for some, they are not what we want to encounter when we are working on something important, out at night or home alone.  Whatever “new seed” you want to “plant,” make sure it is something that you can be proud of and that will not be offensive to others or just an odd “curiosity.”


This eclipse will only be visible in South America across northern Argentina and Chile out into the southern Pacific Ocean.  This eclipse is part of Saros series 127 or 3 North; depending on which naming system you prefer, and is part of the same family as the summer Solstice eclipse June 21, 2001 at 0 Cancer.  According to author Bernadette Brady, this family of eclipses main theme is about either news involving young people or news that transforms a situation. This may cause some to worry or become obsessive.  Some may want to undertake major plans that could have a positive outcome if they don’t get carried away. Considering the two symbols for the degree of this eclipse; whatever new “seed” you choose to plant, be realistic, and build in extra time to account for unanticipated delays or missed steps.  It can be good to push yourself; but you must also know your limits. Don’t over exert yourself or go over your-budget.


Those people with planets or sensitive points from 8-13 degrees of Cancer are most likely to feel the effects of this eclipse.  Those with planets or sensitive points at 8-13 degrees of the other cardinal signs; Libra, Capricorn and Aries, may also be impacted.


07/03/19 – 7:25 am – fast Moon goes Void-of-Course

Following an opposition to retrograde Pluto the Moon goes void-of-course for almost 13 hours.  It’s the day before the holiday. Don’t start anything new or make new plans now. Stick with whatever plans you have made or your usual holiday routine.  Focus on any work in progress. If you need to make changes in your plans for tomorrow, best to wait until later, after the Moon enters Leo.


07/03/19 – 8:18 am – Venus enters Cancer

The Venus void-of-course is now over.  You should be good to go if you want to start a new relationship; however, that doesn’t guarantee that they will be the “right one” or that it will have a “happy ending.”  That will depend on your choices. Trust your “gut” instinct. Listen to trusted friends and family. If you are looking for a relationship, allow yourself to be open and allow it come to you.


07/03/19 – 8:19 pm – fast Moon enters Leo

The Moon continues to “accelerate” as She moves into Leo.  In Leo the Moon may be expected to take a backseat to the Sun, ruler of Leo, as She reflects the light back to the Sun.  People may feel as if they are not getting the attention they deserve and so expect to receive it from others. Don’t be an attention “hog,” it isn’t “all about you!”


07/03/19 – 10:41 pm – fast Moon occults Mars

Occultations are like “super conjunctions” as the Moon passes between the Earth and a planet blocking the planet from view on the Earth.  This is the first of three occultations by the Moon of planets this month. This occultation is at 1 Leo 26. The Sabian symbol for this degree is “An epidemic of mumps.”  The symbol from Elias Lonsdale’s book “Inside Degrees” is “A horn of brass to be used as a hearing aid.” What might these symbols indicate? Beware! Stay alert! There is a potential for some challenge or difficulty in your future that you might not hear coming.  On the greater scale since we are in a period of Moon Wobble a potential threat on a national or global scale may be sounded by someone; however, those in power (Mars) may fail or choose not to heed the warning.


07/04/19 – Happy 243rd Birthday America!

Today we celebrate the Birth of the United States as it was 243 years ago that we declared our independence from England.  However the United States Solar Return will be tomorrow. More about the Solar Return in the outlook for July 5. 


If you want another day to celebrate, have a Constitutional Party on March 4, in celebration of the day the Constitution of the United States became effective; March 4, 1789, when we officially became the United States of America. 


07/04/19 – 5:24 am – Mercury 4 Leo 00’

Mercury will spend the next 7 days at 4 Leo.  That puts a lot of energy on 4 degrees of all the fixed signs, Leo, Scorpio, Aquarius and Taurus.  Anyone with planets or sensitive points at or near those degrees may find the next week to be more stressful than normal.  As Mercury gets ready to change direction and appear to go backwards (retrograde), be very careful with your words. Choose them wisely, with conscious thought and the most positive of intent; otherwise, you may have to pay dearly for them.  “It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt.”


07/04/19 – 3:10 pm – Earth at Aphelion

Aphelion is when the Earth is farthest from the Sun.  At this time the Sun is at 12 Cancer 31 and the Earth exactly opposite at 12 Capricorn 31.  At this time the Earth is over 94 1/2 million miles from the Sun that is over 3 million miles farther than at perihelion, the Earth’s closest approach to the Sun which was January 2, 2019.  Yes, we are closer to the Sun in winter when it is colder and farther in the summer when it is hotter. Contemplate that if you will.


07/04/19 – 11:24 pm – fast Moon goes Void-of-Course

America’s birthday ends as following a waning trine to retrograde Jupiter the Moon goes void-of-course for 22 hours.  If you haven’t made plans for tomorrow, it’s probably too late now. Stick with whatever plans you have made or whatever your usual Friday routine is; at least until tomorrow night after the Moon enters Virgo.  Focus on any work in progress and set aside any new tasks, ideas or projects until tomorrow or next week.


07/05/19 – 11:11 am – USA Solar Return

The Solar Return is when the Sun returns to the same zodiacal position it was at when someone or something was born.  It will usually be the same day, but may be the day before or the day after. The premise is that the Solar Return chart can give indications as to what the year ahead may hold in store.  So, what might we intuit from the USA’s Solar Return for 2019? Two significant signs in the chart are no planets in air signs and the other is Saturn conjunct the South Node and opposing the Sun.  Air signs are about communication. This would seem to indicate issues in communicating with others; that could be within our country and with our allies and others. The South Node in part represents our past while Saturn is about structure and following the rules.  With Saturn retrograde and Mercury preparing to go retrograde, our past; things we’ve said or promised may be coming back to bite us on the butt. Being in the middle of a Moon Wobble at this time does not bode well for US as others may challenge US as to what was said, what was meant and agreements made and broken.  Pay attention to the news in the weeks and months ahead to see how all of this plays out.


07/05/19 – 9:25 pm – fast Moon enters Virgo

The long Moon void-of-course is over.  With the Moon now in mutable Earth Virgo this could be a good evening to take a long critical look at your life, where you are and where you thought you would be.  The Moon is moving fast so the next void-of-course is only 36 hours away. If you want or need to start some new project, task or idea you better get to it. Make lists, keep notes and be sure that all parties are in agreement to whatever any contract says.  Build in extra time as there are four planets retrograde symbolizing potential delays and the need to contract and go within.


07/06/19 – fast Moon in Virgo

Today the Moon will make three waxing aspects; first a sextile to Venus, then a trine to Uranus and lastly a sextile to the Sun.  Things that were started around the time of the July 2, new Moon total Solar eclipse are growing, but perhaps not in ways that one might have expected.  Pay close attention to whatever you are working on. Make sure you are on course and on schedule. Check your “to-do” lists to be sure you haven’t missed or forgotten anything.


07/07/19 – 9:50 am – fast Moon goes Void-of-Course

Following a waning trine to retrograde Pluto the Moon goes void-of-course for over 13 hours.  It’s Sunday and best that you stick with your routine or whatever plans you have made for the day.  The waning energy today is better suited to assessing what you have accomplished and how well it meets your expectations; and then disseminating “it” to your target audience or the world.  The waning phase ends with the next conjunction; in this case between the Moon and Pluto. Prior to that you need to make your plans for what “new seed” you are going to “plant.” Life like time is a series of cycles within cycles.


07/07/19 – 4:15 pm – Mercury stations Retrograde

It’s Sunday afternoon and for a short time Mercury will appear to stand still at 4 Leo 28 as they prepare for their next retrograde.  This retrograde will be the longest in time; lasting over 24 days, yet it will cover the shortest distance, 10 1/2 degrees of the three Mercury retrogrades in 2019.  Choose your words carefully and wisely. Avoid gossip or repeating any facts which you have not personally verified. It’s OK to be a bit paranoid for the next 24 days as the potential is there for everything you say verbally or in text, e-mails or snail mail is subject to possible misunderstanding or misquoting.  You’ve been warned.


07/07/19 – 11:07 pm – fast Moon enters Libra

The void-of-course is over.  Get a good night’s rest or if you prefer you could use this time to reflect on your day or your week ahead.  Make your plans for the week ahead so you won’t have to concern yourself with the void-of-course periods. As the Moon transits through Libra, the sign of “the other,” people’s attention may turn to friends, family or co-workers.  


07/08/19 – 6:09 am – fast Moon sextile Mars

This week starts with four consecutive days with five exact aspects each day.  This could be a rather emotional week so remember to breathe and keep the tissue handy.  This waxing sextile is the first of five exact aspects today, three by the Moon.


Following this the Moon will make a waxing sextile to retrograde Mercury for the second exact aspect of the day.  Waxing aspects represent growing or expanding times. With the overall emphasis on cardinal, action oriented signs continue to push forward.  Just don’t take any shortcuts or try a quick fix as there are five planets in apparent retrograde motion.


07/08/19 – 8:31 am – Venus sextile Uranus

This is the third exact aspect of the day and the third waxing sextile.  Check your lists; make sure everything is in order and that you have everything you need for whatever you are working on.


Following this the Moon will make a waxing first quarter crisis of action square to Venus for the fourth exact aspect of the day.  The aspects today seem to be saying “Go for it.”


07/08/19 – 3:28 pm – retrograde Mercury conjunct Mars

This is the fifth and final exact aspect of the day and the second conjunction in their current cycle.  Keep your temper and tongue in check. Be sure you know what you are talking about before speaking.


07/09/19 – 2:30 am – slowing Moon sextile retrograde Jupiter

This is the second consecutive day with five exact aspects.  This waning sextile is the first of five exact aspects today, four by the Moon.  There is an energy shift today as three of the five are waning or contracting aspects.  Chances are you may still be sleeping but for today, with five planets retrograde and a preponderance of waning aspects this could be a good day to reflect on yesterday and reconsider your priorities for the rest of the week.


07/09/19 – 3:55 am – slowing Moon square Sun

This is the waxing first quarter crisis of action square in the monthly cycle of the two luminaries and the second exact aspect today.  Note any dreams, visions, sights, sounds, smells or feelings when waking. Use this energy to take any needed actions to keep your tasks moving forward.


Following this the Moon will make a waning third quarter crisis of consciousness square to retrograde Saturn for the third exact aspect of the day.  Reflect, review, reconsider and remember to give yourself time to think. If appropriate, retrace your steps to make sure you haven’t forgotten or overlooked something important.


07/09/19 – 10:07 am – Sun opposite retrograde Saturn

This is the fourth exact aspect of the day.  Saturn is now at their closest to Earth. He should be rising in the east as the Sun sets in the west so with clear skies, it will be a good night to see Him.  While you won’t be able to see Him, Pluto will be within a thumbs width of Saturn. Are you being true to yourself? Do you have a code that you live by? Are you living it?


07/09/19 – 12:35 pm – slowing Moon goes Void-of-Course

Following a waning third quarter crisis of consciousness square to Pluto; the fifth and final exact aspect of the day, the Moon goes void-of-course for almost 14 hours.  If you can, avoid starting anything new for the rest of the day. Focus on work in progress or any projects that have already gotten started.


07/09/19 – 8:36 pm – Sun conjunct North Node

This marks what could be considered the midpoint of the current Moon Wobble period.  Have you been following the news? What events have you noticed that might reflect the current Moon Wobble?  Watch for more in the next week or two.


07/10/19 – 2:28 am – slowing Moon enters Scorpio

The void-of-course ends with the Moon’s return to Scorpio.  Feelings may be more intense for the next two or three days; breathe, relax as this transit too shall pass.


07/10/19 – 9:48 am – slowing moon square retrograde Mercury

Today is the third consecutive day of five exact aspects.  This waxing first quarter crisis of action square is the first of five exact aspects today, four by the Moon. 


Following this the Moon will make a waxing first quarter crisis of action square to Mars, oppose Uranus and then make a waxing trine to Venus for the second, third and fourth exact aspects of the day.  Today’s aspects reflect the waxing or growing phase of cycles. Take stock of whatever you are working on and consider ways to move them forward.


07/10/19 – 9:32 pm – Sun trine retrograde Neptune

This waxing trine is the fifth and final exact aspect of the day.  What dreams may come tonight? Be open to receive and be sure to note them.


07/11/19 – 3:07 am – retrograde Mercury leaves 4 Leo

After almost a week, retrograde Mercury finally leaves 4 Leo as they return to 3 Leo for another “look see.”  Things may start to “lighten up” a bit but don’t let your guard down for any communication may be subject to misunderstanding, any thoughts or “conclusions” you think you’ve reached may not be what they seem to be.  This is a good time period to rethink, rewrite, review and reconsider.


07/11/19 – 8:41 am – average Moon sextile retrograde Saturn

This is the first exact aspect of the day and the fourth day in a row with five exact aspects.  It’s the waning sextile in the monthly cycle for these two. If you have been truthful and honest, then you should have nothing to fear as the truth is always easier to remember.


07/11/19 – 10:59 am – Mars square Uranus

This is the waxing first quarter crisis of action square and the second exact aspect of the day.  Be open to the unexpected. Allow your unique individuality to show through and your creativity to lead the way in whatever actions you take.


Following this the Moon will make a waning trine to retrograde Neptune and then a waxing trine to the Sun for the third and fourth exact aspects of the day.  These aspects create what is known as an easy flowing grand water trine. A Grand Trine occurs when there are three planets; one in each of the different signs of the same element and each trinning the other two.  Generally a Grand Trine is considered to be a very favorable aspect pattern because of the easy flow of energy. However, there is a challenging or down side to this aspect pattern. Because of the easy flow of the energy, one may take things for granted and not put forth the effort.  Just because something may seem easy or “too good to be true,” doesn’t mean it isn’t true. Know your truth and if this is your day, “grab the brass ring” and use this energy to make that big “jump forward.”


07/11/19 – 5:28 pm – average Moon sextile retrograde Pluto

This waning sextile is the fifth and final exact aspect of the day.  The waning sextile is the “finishing aspect;” get it done, wrap it up and put it out there for it will soon be time to make preparations for the next cycle which begins with their coming conjunction.


Following this the Moon goes void-of-course for 14 1/2 hours.  You may want to take the rest of the day off or use this time to reflect on your day, your week and what you still have to get finished before the weekend.  Avoid starting anything new until tomorrow morning after the Moon enters Sagittarius. Stick with your routine or whatever plans you had made.


07/12/19 – 8:05 am – average Moon enters Sagittarius

Do you feel the shift from fixed water (intense) Scorpio to mutable fire (philosophical) Sagittarius?  It’s Friday. What is on your agenda for today? You can go “off script” if you need too, but be sure to allow extra time to get things started or done as there are five planets retrograde.  Don’t take everything so personally and cut others some slack if they do.


07/13/19 – 6:31 pm – Moon goes Void-of-Course

Following a waning third quarter crisis of consciousness square to retrograde Neptune the Moon goes void-of-course for 21 1/2 hours.  It’s Saturday evening and this long void-of-course will last until late tomorrow afternoon so take a break. An easy way to avoid starting something new is to deal with unfinished business or just take the day off.  Stick with whatever plans you’ve made.


07/14/19 – 7:46 am – Sun opposite retrograde Pluto

Pluto may be closest to Earth now but you still can’t see Him without a powerful enough telescope.  Pluto is the great transformer, pushing us to be our purest (authentic) self and now He is stronger than ever so this is a good day to dust off any self-help program you may have put aside and get started.  Or you may prefer to spend the time in self-reflection. What part of yourself, your life are you most satisfied with? What are you least satisfied with? Make lists and keep them handy. Pluto may push or pull you into a dark place within you.  Don’t be afraid of the dark for Pluto will protect you IF you don’t resist Him.


07/14/19 – 4:05 pm – slow Moon enters Capricorn

Can you feel this shift from mutable fire philosophical Sagittarius to cardinal earth practical Capricorn?  The Moon in Capricorn is often considered good for getting to the business at hand. Plan your days or week ahead with a mind toward getting down to business and making things happen.


 07/15/19 – slow Moon in Capricorn

The Moon will trine Uranus and then oppose Venus today.  With five planets retrograde a love or something/someone you desired from your past may show up in a most unexpected way.  This energy can also be used to add spark to an existing relationship that may help you take it to a new level. Be creative.


07/16/19 – 12:18 am – slow Moon occults retrograde Saturn

This is the first of five exact aspects today, four by the Moon.  We’ve had this one before; May 22 and June 19 and we will have this again, every month through November. 


An occultation is like a “super conjunction” in that as the Moon passes between the Earth and Saturn, She blocks our view of Saturn.  As it happens this is occurring on the other side of the Earth so it won’t be visible from any part of the western hemisphere. It will only be visible from most of Australia, the southern Pacific Ocean and northern Antarctica. 


So what is it all about?  With this energy some may try to hide the truth from others; however, they will fail for as surely as the Moon will move on and Saturn will again be revealed so will the truth.  If you are tempted to hide the truth or tell a lie; even a little white one, be warned for you will be found out and you won’t like the consequences for Saturn will see to that.


Following this the Moon will make a waning sextile to retrograde Neptune for the second exact aspect of the day.  It is still nighttime, be sure to note any dreams, thoughts, sensations or inspirations on waking.


07/16/19 – 10:16 am – slow Moon occults Pluto

This is the third exact aspect of the day.  This occultation is visible from the Central Pacific Ocean across New Guinea, Indonesia and Northwestern Australia into the Indian Ocean.  Like the occultation of Saturn; this has also happened before, May 22 and June 19 and will repeat every month through December.


What might the Moon’s blocking of Pluto symbolize?  Pluto rules the underworld but also can be considered strongest at night or when or wherever it is dark, the places we generally don’t like to go.  When retrograde the planetary energy is asking us to go within. To reflect, review, reconsider but also to renew, recharge and realize. With this event 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 pretty 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.  The occultation will repeat every month giving you time to chip away at the false fake stone idol that you have been feeding for so long.


07/16/19 – 2:38 pm – slow Full Moon Lunar Eclipse opposite Sun

This is the fourth exact aspect of the day.  This full Moon is known as the Buck Moon as the new antlers of buck deer start growing in July, giving the Buck Moon its name. Other names for this full moon are Thunder Moon because of frequent thunderstorms during this time and the Hay Moon as July is the time for cutting and putting up hay.


Following this the Moon goes void-of-course for almost 12 hours.  It’s Tuesday afternoon. It would probably be best if you spent the rest of the day focusing on work in progress and set aside any new tasks until tomorrow, after the Moon enters Aquarius.


07/16/19 – 10:34 pm – Venus opposite retrograde Saturn

This is the fifth and final exact aspect of the day.  Have you been questioning your relationships or lack of one?  Is it you or them? Use this energy to help you go within and get in touch with your true self.  Be honest with yourself. You might consider making lists of what you have to offer and what it is you are seeking.  Are you being honest?


07/17/19 – 2:19 am – slow Moon enters Aquarius

As the Moon passes from cardinal earth, business oriented Capricorn to fixed air, causes you care about Aquarius Her void-of-course comes to an end.  Pay attention to any dreams, insights or answers that come to you in the night. Be open to the unusual, eccentric or unique.


07/17/19 – 4:39 am – retrograde Mercury goes Void-of-Course

Following an opposition to the Moon, retrograde Mercury goes void-of-course as they prepare for their return to the Moon’s home of Cancer.  Mercury will be void-of-course for about 43 1/2 hours. Normally I would say treat this like a Mercury retrograde; however, they already are so treat this like Mercury retrograde on steroids.  Perhaps a vow of silence; at least until after Mercury returns to Cancer is in order. “It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt.”


07/18/19 – 8:53 am – slow Moon goes Void-of-Course

Following a waxing sextile to retrograde Jupiter the Moon goes void-of-course for almost 29 1/2 hours.  That is the rest of today into tomorrow afternoon. Avoid starting anything new if you can. Focus on your work in progress.  If you must start something new, take extra precautions (remember Mercury is retrograde and void-of-course); make lists, double check them, build in extra time to complete, check your work and progress frequently.


07/18/19 – 11:03 am – Venus trine retrograde Neptune

This is the waxing trine.  Overly romanticized or unrequited love may preoccupy your feelings.  With the Moon still in fixed air Aquarius use this energy to focus your thoughts on what really is most important to you.  You are unique, embrace your individuality.


07/18/19 – 6:44 pm – North Node leaves “Combust” zone

The North Lunar Node is now more than 8 1/2 degrees from the Sun and no longer “combust.”  There are three phases that all planets or points go through as part of their conjunction with the Sun.  At about 17 degrees from the Sun they enter “into the beams;” that distance at which they cannot be seen without special equipment because they are too close to the Sun.  At 8 1/2 degrees they enter the “combust” zone, when they are so close to the Sun that their energy is burned away and the planet or point may become weak. The final phase is “cazimi,” when they are within 17” minutes of arc, or slightly more than 1/4 degree.  This represents the planet or points “passage” over the Sun as the Sun’s diameter is about 34 minutes of arc. During this phase they suddenly gain new strength as if empowered by the Sun. The phases reverse as the planet or point moves past the Sun. At this point while the “Moon Wobble” period should be diminishing; it may not be over so stay alert and proceed with caution for another week or so.


07/19/19 – 12:07 am – retrograde Mercury enters Cancer

The Mercury void-of-course is over.  With a little bit of luck, the retrograde Mercury energy should abate and return to “normal retrograde.”  It’s still retrograde so choose your words carefully.


07/19/19 – 2:19 pm – slow Moon enters Pisces

Do you feel the shift as the Moon moves from fixed air “I’m unique” Aquarius to mutable water “the divine in me sees the divine in you” Pisces?  With the Moon moving slowly this transit could be an opportune time to reflect on and consider your beliefs. Do you believe in a “Creator,” a “Higher Power,” or … nothing?  Reflect on your spiritual journey.


07/20/19 – slow Moon in Pisces

Today the Moon will make a waning sextile to retrograde Uranus, then a waxing first quarter crisis of action square to retrograde Jupiter and then a waxing sextile to retrograde Saturn.  Start your day by focusing on finishing whatever you’ve been working on. Allow yourself to be open for new insights into how to work smarter without having to work harder. Finish with a flourish as you “just make a decision” on whatever seems to be holding you back.  Trust your “gut instinct” and you should be OK.


07/21/19 – 1:30 am – Venus opposite retrograde Pluto

This is the first of six exact aspects today, four by the slow Moon.  Be aware of your surroundings, for the night is dark and full of terrors.  Time for a reality check on your relationships or courtships and the role you play in them.  If you are out, stick close to your friends or whoever you are with.


Following this the Moon will conjunct retrograde Neptune for the second exact aspect today.  Note any dreams, feelings or sensations you have.


07/21/19 – 5:35 am – retrograde Mercury conjunct Sun

This is the Inferior Conjunction and the third exact aspect of the day.  This conjunction is when Mercury passes between the Earth and the Sun and can be thought of as the “New Moon” phase in the Mercury, Sun, and Earth relationship.  What is your first thought on waking? What was the first sound you heard? What have you been putting off? Mercury retrograde periods are well suited for editing, reviewing, rewriting, reconsidering, recharging, most all the various “re” words.  Stop putting it off. Get to it!


Following this the Moon will make a waxing sextile to retrograde Pluto and then a waning trine to Venus for the fourth and fifth exact aspects of the day.  Venus and Pluto started the day. What have you learned, observed, experienced today that needs to be acted upon or integrated into your life? Get to it!


07/21/19 – 10:58 pm – slow Moon trine retrograde Mercury

This is the waning trine and the sixth and final exact aspect of the day.  What ideas have been germinating in your mind? Select the one(s) best suited for you and make it/them happen.


07/22/19 – 1:34 am – slow Moon trine Sun

Following this waning trine both go void-of-course.  The Moon will be void for 1 1/2 hours while the Sun will be void for over 18 hours.  Most will probably sleep through the short Moon void-of-course; but if you aren’t one of them, just remember to not start anything new (unless it’s a new TV show or movie, then go ahead and watch).  Use the time to relax, reflect or review work in progress. With the Sun void-of-course for most of the day, your focus should be on whatever you have been working on or had already planned for the day; especially if it relates to yourself or self improvement/change.


07/22/19 – 3:02 am – slow Moon enters Aries

Did you feel the shift in the night as the changeable Moon slipped from mutable watery Pisces to cardinal fire Aries?  Compare how you are feeling when you wake up to how you felt when you went to bed. What about your dreams, first impressions or sensations when you woke?  People may be feeling more energized and ready to push forward; however, with five planets retrograde that may be ill advised as the more you push the more something may seem to resist.  Don’t waste your energy. Find a way around any apparent obstacles.


07/22/19 – 7:51 pm – Sun enters Leo

Do you feel the shift from cardinal water; “I’ll take care of you” Cancer to fixed fire, “everyone look at me” Leo?  With the Sun now in His home sign, people may be expecting everyone’s undivided attention. If you let them have their moment in the Sun then you should get yours as well.


07/23/19 – slow Moon in Aries

The Moon makes four exact aspects today as She slowly moves through Aires.  It starts with a waning trine to Mars, followed by a waxing trine to retrograde Jupiter, then a waxing first quarter crisis of action square to retrograde Saturn and finally a waxing first quarter crisis of action square to retrograde Pluto.  The waning aspect indicates a time to review what you have done and followed by the waxing aspects to three retrograde planets indicates a time to take action. Normally waxing aspects represent growing time; but when retrograde planets are involved they may represent a time to focus ones actions on getting things finished.  This may be saying that whatever you have been working on and perhaps weren’t sure what to do next really need to be finished before moving on to something new.


07/24/19 – 7:48 am – slow Moon square retrograde Mercury

This is the waning third quarter crisis of consciousness square.  Following this the Moon goes void-of-course for almost 7 hours. Stick with your plans or your routine at least until after the Moon enters Taurus.  Choose your words carefully during this critical time. Even “verbal” karma can be nasty.


07/24/19 – 2:42 pm – slow Moon enters Taurus

With the Moon now in Her second home, you should have at least a “Yellow” caution light to start any new projects you’ve set aside.  The cautionary note is because there are five planets retrograde which can lead to unexpected delays or obstacles so plan accordingly.


07/24/19 – 5:27 pm – retrograde Mercury conjunct Venus

While this may look like a conjunction to us as both planets appear to be at 26 Cancer 14; to them it looks like an opposition as they are on opposite sides of the Sun, appear to be moving in opposite directions.  While both are in their “Morning Star” phase; that is rising before the Sun, they are combust (less than 8 1/2) degrees from the Sun) or too close to the Sun to be seen. How might this apparent conjunction be different than an actual conjunction when both are on the same side of the Sun and both are in either direct or retrograde motion?  Appropriately, the symbol for this degree from Elias Lonsdale’s book; “Inside Degrees” is a woman giving birth to twins. As much alike as twins may be, because their birth times will vary by a few to several minutes, their charts are not the same and they may develop differently. In direct motion Venus asks us to look around us while retrograde Mercury is asking us to go within.  Venus rules love, relationships, money and things we desire. Mercury is about communicating and how our minds work. If you have been or are considering making a major purchase be sure to consider your budget, how much can you afford; and perhaps more importantly, do you really need it and is now the best time to buy it?

 As for relationships, whether you are in one or seeking one, consider what was good or right with your past relationships and what wasn’t?  What role did you play in the success or failure of past relationships? Keep in mind that you can’t expect someone to love you if you don’t love yourself in a healthy way.  And with Mercury retrograde; that is pretty well established, be very careful and selective with whatever you say, how you say it and who you say it to, especially your partner, family or closest friends.


07/24/19 – 6:18 pm – slow Moon square Sun

This is the waning crisis of consciousness square in their monthly cycle.  Time to start thinking about what you need to do to finish whatever you have been working on and to start making preparations for the next cycle (new Moon) which is just one week away.  While moving slowly the Moon is beginning to accelerate and emotions or feelings may begin to shift more quickly.


07/25/19 – 5:22 am – Mars trine retrograde Jupiter

This is the waning trine in the Mars Jupiter cycle.  Time to “know your limits.” When retrograde Jupiter is saying this may be time to contract rather than expand; that is “don’t grow too fast” or “over-do” (Mars) as you may hurt yourself.


07/26/19 – 9:28 pm – average Moon sextile Venus

The Moon has reached Her average speed but continues to accelerate.  Things may feel or seem as if they are happening faster, at least for the next several days.  Following this waning sextile by the Moon to Venus; both go void-of-course, the Moon for 2 hours and Venus for 21 1/2 hours.  It’s Friday night. Stick with your plans for now. 

 With Venus void-of-course avoid starting a new relationship or making any expensive or long term purchases.  If you are out with friends, stay together and watch out for each other “for the night is dark and full of terrors.”


07/26/19 – 11:29 pm – average Moon enters Gemini

The Moon’s void-of-course ends with Her entry into Gemini.  With the ruler of Gemini, Mercury retrograde, don’t repeat past mistakes.  “It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt.”  Venus is still void-of-course so avoid taking any risks especially those involving finances, relationships or “hook-ups,”


07/27/19 – 6:54 pm – Venus enters Leo

It’s Saturday night and the Venus void-of-course ends as She enters Leo.  Everyone likes to be flattered. But, if you can’t say something nice about someone than perhaps it is best if you say nothing at all.  Beware of unexpected or inappropriate flattery for it often comes with ulterior motives or a price you don’t want to pay.


07/28/19 – 8:25 am – accelerating Moon goes Void-of-Course

Following a waxing first quarter crisis of action square to retrograde Neptune the Moon goes void-of-course for just over 20 hours.  It’s Sunday and this could actually be a good day for “day dreaming.” Allow your mind to flow freely and dream big. Be sure to record them.  Get outside of your comfort zone.


07/29/19 – 4:31 am – fast Moon enters Cancer

It’s Monday morning as the Moon returns to Her home sign of Cancer.  Thoughts and feelings may turn to protecting or nurturing others but don’t forget yourself.  How is your relationship with your mother or other female family members? What about female friends?  How have you been nurturing yourself, your partner, your family and friends? 


07/29/19 – 4:13 pm – Sun square Uranus

This is the waxing first quarter crisis of action square in their annual cycle.  This cycle began around the time of their conjunction, Earth Day, April 22, 2019.  Did you start something new or have some new inspiration, insight or realization around that time?  With Uranus now retrograde and in fixed earth Taurus this could be a good time to take some action on your “idea” or in support of conservation or other cause that is important to you.


07/30/19 – 8:33 pm – fast Moon goes Void-of-Course

It’s been a busy day for the Moon as She opposes retrograde Saturn, makes a waxing trine to retrograde Neptune, then opposes retrograde Pluto before conjuncting retrograde Mercury after which She goes void-of-course for almost 10 hours.  This mix of energy may have had some people off balance. It’s evening and now would be a good time to reflect on your day; what you got done, what you didn’t, what you started and what didn’t get started. People should feel more stable tomorrow after the Moon enters fixed fire Leo.


07/31/19 – 6:18 am – fast Moon enters Leo

It’s “Hump Day!”  The Moon’s void-of-course is over.  Now in “look at me” Leo, people may seem to want your attention or be more selfish.  Before criticizing others, take a good long look in a mirror. Perhaps they are just reflecting back to you what you are presenting to them.


07/31/19 – 8:12 pm – fast New Blue Moon conjunct Sun

This is the last exact aspect and the second New Moon of July, hence the reference as a “Blue” Moon.  This new Moon is at 8 Leo 36. The Sabian symbol for this degree is “glass blowers creating beautiful shapes with their breath.”  In his book “Inside Degrees,” Elias Lonsdale assigns a symbol of “A solid gold egg.” Both imply something of beauty to behold but also have an underlying element of risk or potential danger as others may be envious of what you have or have created.  Time to be protective of your “new” ideas and creations. Share them only with those you trust for someone else may try to take credit for your work.


07/31/19 – 8:58 pm – Mercury stations Direct

After 24 days of apparent retrograde motion Mercury, messenger of the Gods is finally ready to move forward.  As Mercury begins their third pass from 24 Cancer back to 4 Leo issues that have come up since July 7 may need to be finally dealt with. 

What might we make of the last aspect of July being a new Moon and the first exact aspect of August being the Moon making a waxing trine to retrograde Jupiter?  Perhaps the “new seed” should really be an “old seed” that has been forgotten or set aside and not properly nourished? The Jupiter retrograde implies something that won’t necessarily grow quickly or big; at least not at first.  With four planets still retrograde patience is a virtue with any new plans, projects, tasks or ideas.  

In addition to several days with five there will be one day with six and one day with seven exact aspects.  Check your “seat belt,” it could be a bumpy ride. The biggest day in August may be the 11th when both Jupiter and Uranus change direction.  When appearing to change direction a planet will seem to remain motionless in the night sky. This implies the expenditure of a great deal of energy so pace yourself.  Other astronomical events of interest will be the Venus superior conjunction Sun and Venus conjunct Mars to look forward to. Remember, these are only transits so let them pass and breathe.

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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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