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.



May begins with the Moon void-of-course, moving slowly but accelerating and three planets retrograde.  The last aspect of April was a waning or ending sextile by Mercury to Mars and the first aspect of May a waxing or growing first quarter crisis of action square by Mercury to retrograde Saturn.  “To thine own self be true,” may be the order for May. Also coming in May Mercury will join Mars out-of-bounds North and then the Superior Conjunction of Mercury and the Sun marking the “Full Moon” phase in this Sun Mercury cycle.  With Mercury so involved this month; all forms of communication and our mental processes may seem to take center stage. Not enough for you; there will also be several days with five or more exact aspects just to keep the emotions flowing.


05/01/19 – 1:50 am – Mercury square retrograde Saturn

This is the waxing first quarter crisis of action square in this pair’s current cycle.  Things started around the time of their conjunction, Mid January 2019 are due for review and renewed energy to keep them on course.  Mercury brings emphasis to writing projects or projects involving writing and all communications. With Mercury in Aries and Saturn in Capricorn, both bring cardinal, let’s do it energy to the aspect.  Mercury is moving fast but with Saturn retrograde any decisions must be thought out and consequences considered before taking action. Avoid making impulsive or hasty decisions.


05/01/19 – 3:24 am – slow Moon enters Aries

Though still moving slowly the Moon is gradually picking up speed as She joins Venus and Mercury in action oriented Aries.  People may be feeling emotionally “charged” during the Moon’s journey through Aries so proceed with deliberate caution.


05/02/19 – 7:39 am – slow Moon conjunct Venus

The two Ladies of the zodiac get together every month.  This time their pairing is the first of five exact aspects today, three by the Moon.  You may feel overwhelmed by desires, passions, and emotions today so allow yourself time to breathe and feel it before reacting.  Maintain your composure as best you can today and allow others to do the same.


05/02/19 – 2:49 pm – Mercury square retrograde Pluto

This is the waxing first quarter crisis of action square in this pair’s current cycle and the second exact aspect of the day.  Allow yourself time to think and consider your response. Practice saying things such as “That’s interesting …” or “Let me get back to you on that …” or try repeating the question back to make sure you understand it and give yourself time to consider your answer.

Following this the Moon will make a waxing first quarter crisis of action square to retrograde Saturn for the third exact aspect of the day.  You should have this routine down by now; pause, consider, reflect and then respond if appropriate. Some questions are rhetorical and don’t require a response.


05/02/19 – 8:59 pm – Mercury trine retrograde Jupiter

This is the waxing trine in their current cycle and the fourth exact aspect of the day.  Reflect on your day. How did it go? Did you get everything done that you wanted too? What do you still need to take care of?  Make plans to finish what you can tomorrow.


05/02/19 – 9:22 pm – accelerating Moon sextile Mars

This is the waning or closing sextile in their cycle and the fifth and final exact aspect of the day.  It’s getting late but there may be some things that you can still take care of if need be. Finish your plans for tomorrow or the weekend.


05/03/19 – 1:47 am – average speed Moon and Mercury go Void-of-Course

Following their conjunction, both go void-of-course, the Moon for 11 1/2 hours and Mercury for almost 82 hours.  The Moon is reflective; what communications or thoughts should you “reflect” on? Note any dreams, insights, messages or feelings when you wake.  It’s Friday and the Moon is void-of-course so stick with your routine or whatever plans you made the night before. Set aside any new tasks, projects or ideas until after the Moon enters Taurus.  When void-of-course Mercury may behave as if it were retrograde so choose your words carefully for this time you may not get a do-over or chance to say you’re sorry. “It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt.”  Abraham Lincoln.


05/03/19 – 1:18 pm – average speed Moon enters Taurus

The void-of-course is over.  If you have some new urgent task to attend to you should be good to proceed.  If you want or need to change your plans for tonight or this weekend it should probably be OK to do so, just be sure to allow extra time and plan on being early to allow for any unexpected delays.  Don’t forget, Mercury is still out-of-bounds so think before speaking.


05/04/19 – 3:46 pm – average speed New Moon conjunct Sun

This new Moon is at 14 Taurus 10.  The Sabian Symbol for this degree is “A man with a rakish silk hat, muffled, braves the storm.”  New Moons symbolize new beginnings. It’s Saturday afternoon and if you have some new plan or idea you want to start on, expect delays, interruptions and obstructions.  Taurus is the fixed earth sign symbolizing being grounded but also the danger of getting stuck. With three planets retrograde, consider that all bets are off. Double and triple check your plans, your supplies and your team before starting.  They say “Don’t sweat the small stuff;” but at this time, there really isn’t any “small stuff.” Even seemingly little details can gain great importance or cause irreparable damage.


05/05/19 – 8:10 am – Moon goes Void-of-Course

It’s Sunday morning and following a waxing trine to retrograde Pluto the Moon goes void-of-course for over 12 hours.  It is best to stick with your routine or whatever plans you have made. Avoid making changes or starting or trying something new, at least until after the Moon enters Gemini tonight.


05/05/19 – 2:57 pm – Mars opposite retrograde Jupiter

With both in mutable signs, it is best to remain flexible.  Retrograde Jupiter may want to restrict or contract things; while Mars’ initial response may be to fight it and “power through,” it is best to draw in that energy and use it to move down the path of least resistance.


05/05/19 – 8:40 pm – Moon enters Gemini

It’s Sunday evening and the Moon void-of-course is over.  Note that Mercury is still void-of-course but you can still use this time to make plans for tomorrow, next week or to adjust any plans you may have already made.


05/06/19 – 11:25 am – Mercury enters Taurus

Mercury’s void-of-course is over.  Taurus is the fixed earth sign known for being dedicated and grounded but can also be stubborn at times.  Mercury rules the mind and how we communicate. This mix of energies can provide an opportunity to take ideas or thoughts and manifest them into action plans or one can be “close-minded” making it very difficult to reason with them.  “Don’t confuse me with the facts.”


05/07/19 – 5:15 am – average Moon square Neptune

This waxing first quarter crisis of action square is the first of five exact aspects today, four by the Moon.  Start by noting any dreams, insights, feelings or “a-ha” moments when you wake. Also note any daydreams, visions, or other insights during the day.  If you are going to take any action based on any of these, be sure to make your plans before the Moon goes void-of-course this afternoon or you will have to wait until tomorrow.


05/07/19 – 6:26 am – Venus square retrograde Saturn

This is the second waxing first quarter crisis of action square; the second exact aspect of the day and the only one not involving the Moon.  This is an opportune time to reflect on your relationships or what you desire. Not in a relationship but want one; then focus on yourself. What do you want/expect from a relationship?  What do you have to offer? Might you be the reason you’re not in one? If you are in a relationship consider is it fulfilling you? Are you doing all you can to nurture the relationship or are you “absent” most of the time?  Be honest with yourself. You can’t fib or “white lie” your way into a meaningful relationship.

If you are considering a major purchase or investment, be sure to do your “due diligence” or you may find yourself in a financial bind.  With retrograde Saturn involved you need to be honest with yourself and your financial expectations. If something seems too good to be true, it probably is.  Spending a lot on lottery tickets is not a good investment.

Following this the Moon will sextile Venus and then oppose retrograde Jupiter for the third and fourth exact aspects of the day.  Venus and Jupiter are considered the two benefics of the zodiac. Perhaps you should focus on what you have rather than on what you don’t.  If you don’t appreciate what you have you will never have enough to be happy.


05/07/19 – 4:50 pm – average Moon goes Void-of-Course

Following a conjunction with Mars; the fifth and final exact aspect of the day, the Moon goes void-of-course for just over nine hours.  If you have plans for this evening, use the energy of this conjunction to help you follow through on those plans. Avoid changing them or making new ones until tomorrow, after the Moon enters Cancer.


05/08/19 – 2:06 am – average Moon enters Cancer

The void-of-course ends as the Moon returns to Her home sign.  It’s “Hump Day!” How is your week going? Are you on schedule, behind schedule or off schedule?  Take time to nurture yourself as you review your schedule. Make any changes necessary to get back on track or to rearrange your priorities.


05/08/19 – 7:22 am – Mercury conjunct Uranus

Watch your tongue.  “Loose lips sink great ships.”  In other words watch what you say for your words may be your undoing.  There may be a tendency to speak without thinking or to share whatever thought comes into your mind.  DON’T! Take time to consider your audience and whether or not it is the right audience for your “message.”  Be sure to engage your brain and consider the possible consequences of what you might say before speaking. Remember the old saying; “Two people can keep a secret if one of them is dead.”


05/08/19 – 7:53 pm – Sun sextile Neptune

What dreams do you want to manifest?  Take some time this evening and focus on them and decide which is most important to you.  Pay attention to your dreams, insights, intuition and feelings for they may provide clues to how best to make your dreams come true.  The next aspect for these two is the waxing first quarter crisis of action square on June 9, 2019. Have your action plan in place.


05/09/19 – 9:55 am – accelerating Moon trine Neptune

The Ladies; Moon and Venus, are busy today.  This is the first of seven exact aspects today, five by the Moon and two by Venus.  There will be no small details today so pay attention to every sign, symbol and feeling.


05/09/19 – 9:56 am – Venus trine retrograde Jupiter

This is the waxing trine and second exact aspect of the day.  These are the two benefics and while normally this might be time to expand and go big, with Jupiter retrograde it’s really time to pull-in and focus on those things most important and which promise the greatest reward.  Get out your action plan as you will need it next.


05/09/19 – 10:18 am – Venus square retrograde Pluto

This is the waxing first quarter crisis of action square and third exact aspect of the day.  Whatever action you decide to take it must be toward becoming the truest “you” you can be. What is the purest essence of who you are?  That is the you, you are meant to be. Go for it!

Following this the Moon will make a waxing sextile to the Sun, then oppose retrograde Saturn and then oppose retrograde Pluto for the fourth, fifth and sixth exact aspects of the day.  With this energy combination, take some time to reflect on your day and your plan. Be honest with yourself. Focus! It’s not about how high you aim it’s about how on target you are.


05/09/19 – 7:06 pm – accelerating Moon goes Void-of-Course

Following a waxing first quarter crisis of action square to Venus; the seventh and last exact aspect of the day, the Moon goes void-of-course for just over 11 hours.  It’s Thursday evening and a time best suited for reflecting on your day or just “chilling.” Take some time to review what you have accomplished and what you still need to do this week for tomorrow is Friday.  You can make lists if they pertain to things you are working on or have been planning, just don’t start anything new until tomorrow after the Moon enters Leo.


05/10/19 – 6:14 am – accelerating Moon enters Leo

The void-of-course is over.  With the Moon in “I deserve your attention” Leo, you may feel that it is your turn to be in the spotlight but don’t forget to share it with others as they may feel the same.


05/11/19 – 2:18 am – Sun trine retrograde Saturn

This is the waxing trine in the annual cycle for these two.  Their cycle began with their conjunction January 1, 2019. Did you make New Year’s resolutions?  Have you stuck with them; any of them? It’s not too late to get back on track. Now is a good time to review them and decide which are worth keeping and what you need to do to keep them moving forward.


05/11/19 – 6:12 pm – Fast Moon square Sun

This is the waxing first quarter crisis of action square in the monthly cycle of the two luminaries.  With the Sun in Taurus and the Moon in Leo; both fixed signs, choose your actions carefully and stick with them.  Note; there are three planets retrograde so anticipate delays and at least the potential for needing to make adjustments when planning and executing your actions.


05/12/19 – 5:25 am – Fast Moon goes Void-of-Course

Following a waxing sextile to Mars the Moon goes void-of-course for about four hours.  It is best if you start your day by sticking with your usual Sunday morning routine or whatever plans you have already made.  Wait until after the Moon enters mutable earth Virgo before making any changes or deciding to try something new.


05/12/19 – 9:22 am – Fast Moon enters Virgo

Virgo is the mutable earth sign.  This energy helps us stay grounded while at the same time to make adjustments and to move; be it forward, backwards or sideways.  Caution for Virgo is to avoid being overly critical, particularly of oneself or those closest to us. Instead, use the energy to analyze the options and weigh them critically before deciding what course to follow.



This week may seem more hectic than most as there will be 3 days; Monday, Thursday and Saturday with 5 or more exact aspects.  Adding energy to the week, the Moon starts fast but then seems to apply the brakes as She slows to average speed by the end of the week.  Most may feel as if they are getting a break come Sunday as there will be no exact aspects between any of the 10 primary bodies. Just because the planets won’t be making any exact aspects with each other doesn’t mean they won’t be making exact aspects to your planets; that is where the planets were when you were born.  Your life is unfolding, live it.


05/13/19 – 7:48 am – fast Moon trine Mercury

This is the first of five exact aspects today, four by the Moon and one by the Sun.  It’s Monday and the two luminaries seem to be asking us to reflect and shine the light on those things most important to us.  Make a “to-do” list for today and another for the week. Keep them close and refer to them often to help keep yourself on track.

Following this the Moon will oppose Neptune and then make a waning trine to retrograde Saturn for the second and third exact aspects of the day.  Saturn seems to be saying “go back and look again” for Neptune may have tried to hide something or mislead you. Allow the spring wind to blow away Neptune’s fog so you can see clearly.


05/13/19 – 8:04 pm – Sun trine retrograde Pluto

This is the fourth exact aspect of the day and the waxing trine in their annual cycle.  Use this generally easy flowing energy to review any major projects or tasks you are working on and to make any adjustments necessary to help push them through to completion.


05/13/19 – 11:32 pm – fast Moon square retrograde Jupiter

This is the fifth and final exact aspect of the day and the waning third quarter crisis of consciousness square in their monthly cycle.  Like an onion, it’s time to “peel away” that last layer of excess or unneeded “stuff” so you may complete whatever you are working on and make it ready to be put to use or assimilate it into your life.


05/14/19 – 6:58 am – Venus goes Void-of-Course

Following a waning sextile to Mars, Venus goes void-of-course for almost 20 hours.  With Venus void-of-course avoid starting any new relationships or making any large financial purchases or commitments.  Use this time to reflect on what or who you desire and why you desire it or them. Wait until after Venus enters Taurus before deciding what actions to take.


05/14/19 – 10:19 am – fast Moon and Mars go Void-of-Course

Following a waxing first quarter crisis of action square by the Moon to Mars, both go void-of-course.  The Moon’s void-of-course will only last about 1 1/2 hours while Mars’ will last about 34 hours. With the Moon void-of-course use this time to focus on those things you have already started.  Set aside any new items for later, after the Moon enters Libra. With Mars void-of-course keep your energy and temper in check. Avoid acting or reacting impulsively. Count to 10 or 20 or 100 or perhaps say “Let me get back to you later on that,” and just walk away.  Watch out for the “other guy;” you know, the one who causes accidents. Be extra cautious for Mars is also out-of-bounds and may behave even more impulsively than normal.


05/14/19 – 11:51 am – fast Moon enters Libra

The void-of-course is over.  With the Moon now in Libra, sign of “others,” this may be a good time to seek the advice or assistance of others with whatever questions you may have or new projects you need to get started.


05/15/19 – 2:46 am – Venus enters Taurus

The Venus void-of-course ends as She enters Her first home, Taurus the fixed earth sign.  This is a good time to focus on your finances, your budget and your home and sanctuary. Just because you want or desire something or someone doesn’t mean you need it or that it or they will be right or good for you.  Consider “why” you desire it/them and whether or not they feel the same. With the Moon in Libra, Venus’ other home sign; perhaps you should talk with a trusted friend or family member before making any decisions.


05/15/19 – 6:21 pm – Mercury sextile Neptune

This is the waxing or opening sextile in their cycle.  Consider writing down your dreams, what is it you want for or in your future?  Dream big, for only then might you actually be able to reach your full potential.  Find a quiet place and spend some time writing whatever comes to you. Don’t think about it, just write it down or record it.  Allow your mind to flow freely as Neptune’s energy gives you a glimpse of all that can be. If you’ve written them down, place the paper under your pillow when you go to bed.  Be sure to record any dreams, feelings, intuitions, “a-ha” moments or sensations and first images or thoughts when you wake.


05/15/19 – 8:10 pm – Mars enters Cancer

Mars void-of-course is now over.  That doesn’t mean you can just go “wild and crazy.”  With Mars now in the Moon’s home sign of Cancer direct your energies towards nurturing and protecting yourself, those closest to you and any causes near and dear to your heart.  In other words, put your energies to use for good, not just for good use.


05/16/19 – 1:39 am – fast Moon sextile retrograde Jupiter

This is the first of six exact aspects today; five by the Moon and the other by Mercury so keep the tissue handy and mind your tongue.  This is the waning sextile in the monthly cycle of these two. With both reflecting light and Jupiter being retrograde this is a good time to go within and reflect, review, re-evaluate, reconsider and most any other “re” word you might think of.  It’s the wee hours of Thursday morning and most will probably sleep through this so if you do, be sure to note any dreams, insights, feelings, sensations, “a-ha” moments and first thoughts or images when you wake. If you aren’t sleeping, allow your intuition to “free flow,” that is just let it go and see where it takes you.  Be sure to make some record of all that you see, feel or experience.


05/16/19- 2:37 am – fast Moon goes Void-of-Course

Following a waning third quarter crisis of consciousness square to retrograde Pluto; the second exact aspect of the day, the Moon goes void-of-course for almost twelve hours.  Stick with your routine or whatever plans you have made. Focus on work in progress and set aside any new ones until after the Moon enters Scorpio.


05/16/19 – 2:26 pm – Moon enters Scorpio

The Moon’s void-of-course is over.  You should be good to go if you have any new projects, tasks or ideas to get started.  Don’t forget any works in progress that you need to finish this week. The Moon in Scorpio can be very serious and take you into deep, even dark places you may not want to go.  Know that if She does, it is because you need to go there now.

Following this the Moon will make a waxing trine to Mars for the third exact aspect of the day.  With Mars in the Moon’s home sign of Cancer, use this energy to help you find your way through or around any obstacles that might be in your path.


05/16/19 – 4:09 pm – Mercury trine retrograde Saturn

This is another waxing trine and the fourth exact aspect today.  When retrograde Saturn is asking us to look back at what we have said or done in the past and whether or not we were honest and sincere in whatever it was we said or did.  With Mercury involved it is most likely that this aspect will relate to something we’ve said or written. This can be an opportune time to edit your writing, clarify it and to apologize if appropriate.  Then, move forward with integrity and in truth.

Following this the Moon will oppose Venus for the fifth exact aspect of the day.  What might it mean when the two great female energies of the zodiac sit in opposition to each other?  Do they work at counter purposes as in a tug-of-war or do they work together as on a teeter-totter? It’s your life and your call.  Find a way to best utilize their cooperative energies of love, desire and intuition. Note what you are feeling and why.


05/16/19 – 9:03 pm – fast Moon opposite Uranus.

This is the sixth and final exact aspect of the day.  Allow your creative juices to flow. Uranus wants us to assert our true individualism, to be the best unique self we can be.  As the Moon reflects Uranus unique qualities look within yourself to find your true authentic, unique self.


05/17/19 – 10:46 pm – Mercury trine retrograde Pluto

This is the waxing trine in their cycle.  While Uranus emphasizes our uniqueness Pluto wants us to find the “pure” essence of ourselves.  Pluto is there to help us live our life at its purest level, to reach our fullest potential as promised at birth.  Mercury represents our mind, our mental processes and how we think and communicate. This is a good time to meditate, to sit in silence and quiet the noise in your mind and allow the silence to speak to you.  Allow Pluto to speak to you from His dark, underworld; that is your deepest core, the dark shadows of your inner self.


05/18/19 – 1:15 am – slowing Moon sextile retrograde Saturn

It is the wee hours of Saturday morning and this is the third day this week with multiple exact aspects.  This is the waning sextile and first of five exact aspects today, four by the Moon and one by Venus. Now, where did you leave the tissue?  Allow the energies of Mercury and Pluto from last night to flow into you. Note any dreams, insights, feelings, first thoughts and sensations when you wake.  Don’t edit or try to categorize, clarify or justify them, just note them or as much as you can recall. Be honest; record them truthfully as best you can. Is there a deep, perhaps dark truth you have been hiding from yourself?  Confront it!

Following this the Moon will make a waning sextile to retrograde Pluto and then oppose Mercury for the second and third exact aspects of the day; all while you may still be sleeping.  First things first, record everything you can recall from the night and whatever you first saw, thought or felt on waking.


05/18/19 – 9:16 am – Venus conjunct Uranus

This is the fourth exact aspect of the day and the only one not involving the Moon.  It’s Saturday morning. Don’t be afraid to allow your uniqueness to show today for we each are beautifully unique in our own way.  Have you been considering a new hairstyle or color or perhaps a change in your wardrobe? Take a trusted friend or family member with you if you go and heed their advice.  What is your color palette? Make sure they can see you and not just that bright yellow outfit. Very few people actually look good in bright yellow. Go with colors that compliment you rather than outshine and hide you.


05/18/19 – 2:11 pm – slowing Full Moon opposite Sun

This full Moon is at 27 Scorpio 38 and is the fifth and final exact aspect of the day.  This full Moon is known as the “Flower Moon” and also called the “Corn Planting Moon” or the “Milk Moon” by others symbolizing that time of year.  The Sabian Symbol for this degree is “The King of Fairies approaching his domain.” Elias Lonsdale, in his book “Inside Degrees” assigns the symbol for this degree as “A building:  the only part of it left is the cornerstone.” With the Sun in Taurus, fixed earth and the Moon in Scorpio, fixed water, one may experience a mixture of feelings, possibly good but also perhaps troubling.  The Sabian symbol implies some anticipation with returning to something familiar or with expectation of the completion or fruition of some project that one has been working on. Elias Lonsdale’s symbol would seem to imply possible disappointment as one might find their work undone and the need to either scrap it or start over.  The cornerstone implies that the idea and foundation may be sound but perhaps something came up short in the execution. The Sabian symbol implies “don’t give up.” There is much that has been done that is good and solid. Go back to your original plan and pare away the excess and frills. Now, do what you set out to do. You still have time.

Following this both the Moon and the Sun go void-of-course.  The Moon’s void-of-course will last just over four hours while the Sun’s will last almost 59 hours.  Avoid starting something new; especially as it pertains to yourself such as a new “fitness or diet” routine.  Focus on completing what you have been working on first; then consider some new project, task or idea.


05/18/19 – 6:21 pm – Moon enters Sagittarius

The Moon’s void-of-course is over.  It’s Saturday evening and you should be good to go if you want to change your plans or try some new restaurant or dish for dinner.  With the Moon in Sagittarius, sign of the long distance wanderer, of foreign lands, people and foods you may want to try some new ethnic restaurant or recipe.


05/19/19 – Moon in Sagittarius

There are no exact aspects today.  It’s Sunday and with no exact aspects by the planets as they transit the zodiac; today is a good day to rest, relax and recharge your batteries as you look to the week ahead.  Remember, the Sun is void-of-course so don’t start any new “self-help/improvement” programs.

Next week looks to be a “Mercurial” week as Mercury goes void-of-course, makes their Superior Conjunction with the Sun and then finishes the week by joining Mars out-of-bounds North.  Best to get your writing affairs in order as you may find new inspirations coming from just about anywhere.


The Moon for the remainder of May begins this week moving at about average speed giving a sense of “normalcy” to the week.  As She moves through the week She will be slowing down which when combined with three retrograde planets and give a sense of increasing internal turmoil as emotions and feelings may seem to build and be more difficult to get out of or shake off.  By the end of the week the Moon will just begin to pick up speed reaching near average speed by the end of May.


05/20/19 – 10:05 am – average Moon goes Void-of-Course

Following a conjunction to retrograde Jupiter the Moon goes void-of-course for almost 15 hours.  If at all possible, avoid starting anything new today as you will most likely experience problems, delays or restrictions.  If you must start something new, start by making lists of what you will need, who you will need and a timeline for the project.  You should be able to drag that out until tomorrow after the Moon is in cardinal earth Capricorn which should provide the energies you need to correct your lists and timeline and then get off to a solid start.


05/21/19 – 12:56 am – slow Moon enters Capricorn

Capricorn is the cardinal (action oriented) earth (grounded, practical) sign often considered the business sign of the zodiac.  It’s Tuesday and while you can expect delays; with three planets retrogrades; you should still be good to go with any new projects, tasks or ideas you’ve set aside.  Just allow extra time for any unanticipated delays.


05/21/19 – 12:59 am – Sun enters Gemini

The Sun void-of-course is now over.  Did you feel or sense the shift as the Sun moves from fixed earth Taurus to mutable air Gemini.  Your mind may feel more active and alert; but focusing may be more of a challenge.


05/21/19 – 3:52 am – Mercury enters Gemini

Mercury has been chasing the Sun for several weeks now.  In their home sign of Gemini they will catch up to the Sun in just over two hours.  Note any dreams, insights, feelings or sensations on waking as today is ripe for inspiration to complete any writing or mental tasks you have been working on.


05/21/19 – 6:07 am – Mercury Superior Conjunction Sun

When a planet is conjunct the Sun it is considered to be “Cazimi.”  In this state the planet is strengthened by the Sun as if it is using the solar energy to power charge its batteries.  This conjunction is at 0 Gemini 12, the first degree of Gemini. The Sabian Symbol for this degree is “A glass-bottom boat drifts over under-sea wonders.”  Elias Lonsdale in his book “Inside Degrees” assigns the symbol of “Knots in a cord. They are a message in code.” Both hold the potential for revealing something that has been hidden from you.  What have you been struggling with of late? What have you been searching for? Seek and you will find. This conjunction; with the Earth and Mercury on opposite sides of the Sun, can be likened to the full Moon phase of the Sun Mercury cycle.  Time to “reap what you have sown.”


05/22/19 – 7:46 am – Mars sextile Uranus

This is the waxing sextile in the cycle of action oriented Mars and impulsive oriented Uranus.  Best be on your toes today and be prepared for anything and everything. The may be a greater potential for accidents so stay alert and watch out for the “other guy.”


05/22/19 – 3:22 pm – slow Moon occults retrograde Saturn

An occultation is like a “super conjunction” in that as the Moon are so perfectly aligned 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.  This occultation will repeat every month through November.

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.


05/22/19 – 8:57 pm – slow Moon occults retrograde Pluto

Following this “super conjunction” the Moon goes void-of-course for almost 14 hours.  This occultation will only be visible from Brazil across the south Atlantic and across southern Africa.  This occultation will repeat every month through December.

It’s Wednesday night.  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, and reconsider, to renew, recharge and also realize. With this event it is as if we are being asked to realize 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 of FEAR that you have been feeding for so long.

Note any dreams, insights, feelings or sensations on waking.  What are the first things you feel, hear, and see?


05/23/19 – 10:49 am – slow Moon enters Aquarius

The Moon’s void-of-course is over.  It’s Thursday and there’s still time to get those new projects, tasks or ideas in motion.  There’s also time to finish up anything that needs to get done this week. Use the energy of the Moon in fixed air Aquarius to focus your mind on the tasks at hand, prioritize them and find that “unique” solution to whatever problem confronts you.


05/23/19 – 3:48 pm – slow Moon trine Sun

This is the waning trine in their monthly cycle.  The energy of the waning trine is to help finish up whatever project or task one has been working on.  If the “fruit” was harvested at the full Moon; the opposition, then now is the time to consider the value of the “fruit” and how best to reap its full potential.  Is it clean and good and ready to be packed for shipping or should it be used in some other capacity? With both the Moon and Sun in air signs do you need to write instructions or something else to go with the project?  If so, now is the time to get to it. The next event is the third quarter crisis of consciousness square and it’s only three days away. By that time you should have a finished product ready for presentation, inspection or final approval.


05/24/19 – 9:17 am – slow Moon square Venus

This is the waning third quarter crisis of consciousness square between the two Great Ladies of the Zodiac.  With the Moon in fixed air Aquarius and Venus in fixed earth Taurus, a sign that She rules, you might want to take some time to focus on your personal space and what you might do to make it truly your own.  Work on your “man cave” or “woman cave;” your sanctuary, the place where you feel most safe and secure. It’s never too late to start or do some spring cleaning. A fresh coat of paint, a colorful pillow or throw can make a big difference without stretching your budget.


05/25/19 – 5:51 am – slow Moon goes Void-of-Course

Following a waxing sextile to retrograde Jupiter the Moon goes void-of-course for over 17 hours.  It is Saturday and best that you stick with whatever plans you have made or your routine. Avoid starting something new or making changes to your plan or routine; at least until tonight, after the Moon enters Pisces.


05/25/19 – 11:08 pm – slow Moon enters Pisces

It’s Saturday evening and the void-of-course is finally over.  With the Moon in mutable water, spiritual Pisces ruled by Neptune, this is not a good night to take chances or allow yourself to be swayed by a pretty face or sweet words.  With Mars out-of-bounds standard rules don’t apply. If something or someone seems too good to be true or to be the “dream” person you’ve been looking for be extra careful for dreams can turn into nightmares.  Stick with your family and friends and watch out for each other for the night is dark and may be full of terrors.


05/26/19 – 9:34 am – slow Moon square Sun

It’s Sunday morning and this is the waning third quarter crisis of consciousness square in the monthly cycle of the two luminaries.  The Sun is the great light and the Moon the great reflector. At this stage in their cycle it’s time to reflect back on what you started, what your desired outcome was and where you are now.  If you are satisfied with what you have or have accomplished, then now is the time to either integrate it into your life, your work or pass it on to the next person for them to do their part. If you aren’t satisfied or it’s not quite ready, then fix it, make it ready or perhaps you just need to set it aside and plan on getting back to it later, after you have had time to consider what went right, what went wrong and is it fixable/doable to not?


05/26/19 – 5:41 pm – Mercury goes Out-of-Bounds North

With Mercury joining Mars out-of-bounds North what might we expect now?  Mercury is in their home sign of Gemini, the “I think” sign. When out-of-bounds the planetary energy may feel more unrestrained, as if the normal “rules” don’t apply.  The direction north symbolizes the future, what is to come, what it is we are seeking, what we need to acquire and assimilate. This mix of energy from Mercury and Mars can help one to allow their mind to flow freely, to imagine the unimaginable, to think beyond whatever limits one has had imposed on them or self-imposed.  It may be alright to think it but you may want to consult cooler heads before you act on it or express it to the world. Record your thoughts or better yet, write them down for the physical act of writing can help to better form the idea and visualize it.

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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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