Posted on June 1, 2020
Posted by 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 major aspect of July is a pair of waxing trines by the Moon.  The month ends in the midst of a long Mercury void-of-course and a Moon Wobble.  Both of which carry over into August.  The first exact major aspect of August is accelerating Moon opposing retrograde Neptune followed by Mars conjunct Uranus with both conjunct the North Lunar Node.  In addition to the unusual aspects, August also sees Uranus stationing retrograde, bringing the number of planets in apparent backward motion to five.  Before the month is over, Mercury will enter their Shadow in preparation for their next retrograde which starts September 9.  Don‘t expect an early end to the long hot summer of 2022.


July ends and August starts with a very rare trio of conjunctions between Uranus, Mars, and the true North Node in Taurus. How rare is this trio of conjunctions in Taurus?  The last time this trio of conjunctions occurred in Taurus was in 1855.  However, that trio occurred over a period of 62 days and a span of 5 degrees of Taurus.  Over 2300 years ago, June 324 BC, their triple conjunction in Taurus occurred over a period of 16 days and 1 degree 13 minutes of arc.  Never has this trio of conjunctions occurred in Taurus in a period of less than 28 hours and covering less than ten minutes (1/6 of a degree) of arc!  Adding to the energy of this trio of conjunctions is the fact that Uranus has been at 18 Taurus since July 7, 2022; will station retrograde on August 24 at 18 Taurus 55’ and won’t retrograde out of 18 Taurus until October 12, 2022, a period of 98 days at 18 Taurus.

Uranus is the ancient God of the Sky and separated the heavens from the earth.  He symbolizes the unexpected, uncontained, the revolutionary, and out-of-the-box energy.  Mars is the ancient God of war and symbolizes how we get the things we desire.  His is generally sudden and explosive energy.  The North Node represents the future, the unknown, where we are going, and our fate or destiny. 

Mars doesn’t like being in Taurus as it is the fixed earth sign and tries to slow or bog down His energy.  However, Uranus may give Mars the support He needs to break out and ACT!  This combination with the North Node may make it more difficult to predict where or how this energetic combination may manifest.

Those with planets or other sensitive points at 17 and 18 (possibly 19) Taurus or one of the other fixed signs, Leo, Scorpio or Aquarius, or one of the other earth signs, Virgo and Capricorn, may feel this the strongest.  On a personal level, be extra cautious, watch out for others, avoid risky behavior, (accidents), and impulsive decisions.  The houses that 17-19 degrees of the fixed signs fall in, is where you are most likely to experience this energy and any related events.  On a personal level they may bring more chaos into one’s life.  Things may not go as one expects or plans, making it more difficult to get things done in a timely manner

On the world stage, when combined with the current “Moon Wobble,” natural and man-made disasters may occur more frequently and to greater extremes.  If you live in a known natural “danger zone” such as those prone to earthquakes, tornadoes, floods, and hurricanes, Be Prepared!

Read on for more information including other aspects that may re-energize this trio of conjunctions.


07/31/22 – 1:05 pm – Uranus conjunct North Node

This is the first conjunction in a series of three involving Uranus, Mars and the North Node.  This conjunction is at 18 Taurus 41’ 17”.  The Sabian Symbol for this degree is “A new continent rises out of the ocean.”  In ancient Greek mythology, Uranus was the Sky God.  Taurus is the fixed earth sign.  One potential translation of this would be to keep one eye on the ground and one eye on the sky.  Be alert for potential rewards, signs or danger from above and from around you on the ground.  A new continent would be an amazing thing but would come at a cost with potential earthquakes and tsunamis.  Whatever you have planned for the coming week, be sure to have a contingency plan, just in case.  There is an old expression, “If you want to make God laugh, tell Him/Her your plans.”


08/01/22 – 11:05 am – Mars conjunct true North Node

This is the second of the three conjunctions, all at 18 Taurus.  This conjunction is at 18 Taurus 33’.  Mars is the ancient Roman God of War.  Just a reminder, we are also in a “Moon Wobble” period, suggesting increased chaos such as natural or man-made disasters.  On a personal level, it could mean more chaos in your life.  Those most likely to be affected by these three conjunctions are people with planets or other sensitive points at 17, 18, or 19 Taurus.  Those with planets or sensitive points at those degrees of the other fixed signs, Leo, Scorpio, and Aquarius, or the other earth signs, Virgo and Capricorn, could also be more likely to feel the effect of these conjunctions.


08/01/22 – 11:50 am – accelerating Moon opposite retrograde Neptune

Oppositions mark the midpoint in a cycle, the point at which energies shift from expanding waxing to consolidating waning.  Neptune may be trying to obscure or distract you from what is more important, thus leaving you more susceptible to personal chaos from the Uranus, Mars, North Node conjunctions.


08/01/22 – 3:29 pm – accelerating Moon goes Void-of-Course

Following a waning trine to retrograde Pluto, the Moon goes void-of-course for over 5 1/2 hours.  The waning trine symbolizes that it is time to consider what actions you need to take to complete the projects you are working on as their next aspect is the waning square.  Avoid starting any new projects or tasks until after the Moon enters Libra tonight.  The addition of Pluto to today’s energy mix will only serve to increase the potential for major chaos or changes in your life or the world.


08/01/22 – 4:53 pm – Mars conjunct Uranus

This conjunction is at 18 Taurus 42’ 36”.  What might we expect when the God of War gets together with the God of the Sky?  More bad news from war zones?  Something else “raining” down from the sky?  The Perseid meteor showers are coming up in a few days.  On a personal level, consider any actions very carefully for this combination could surprise you with otherwise unexpected consequences. 


08/01/22 – 9:06 pm – accelerating Moon enters Libra

Libra is represented by the “scales of justice.”  During this transit, be sure to maintain your balance, physically, mentally, and emotionally.  Keep in mind, for every action there is an equal but opposite reaction, so choose your actions carefully.  Sometimes, the best action is no action!  Choosing not to do something can be a valid choice.


08/02/22 – 12:54 am – Venus waxing sextile North Node

The day starts with Venus adding Her energy to the recent triple conjunction of Uranus, Mars, and North Node.  She will also make waxing sextiles to Uranus and Mars before the day is over.  This could bring issues involving relationships, recent or planned major purchases, remodeling, renovations.  Proceed with extreme caution.


08/02/22 – 5:25 am – Venus waxing sextile Uranus

With Uranus involved again, this aspect may re-energize the conjunctions with Mars and the North Node.  Expect the unexpected.  Ideas, solutions to your desires (Venus) may come from anywhere or anyone.  Focus on those people and things most important to you.  Perhaps, do something extra nice for that special someone in your life.  Work focus should be on newer things to keep them moving forward.


08/02/22 – 1:27 pm – accelerating Moon opposite retrograde Jupiter

Time to shift your attention from how to make things bigger or fancier and concentrate on how to make them better.  Look for the unnecessary or that which doesn’t add value or functionality to what you are working on.  Will eliminating it make the “product” better?


08/02/22 – 5:12pm – accelerating Moon waxing sextile Sun

This is their first aspect after the New Moon.  Did you start something around that time?  How is it developing?  Does it need more time and attention?  Or should it be set aside for another time?  If you are going to “keep it,” consider what your next best action should be as the crisis of action square is early Friday morning.


08/02/22 – 7:00 pm – Venus waxing sextile Mars

This could be particularly significant if you are in a new relationship.  Time to review and consider is this really what you want or are you trying to make it into something that you know it can never be?  Focus on newer things and what they need to keep them moving forward and developing.


08/03/22 – 10:54 am – average Moon waxing square Venus

This is the crisis of action square.  What to do, what to do?  Followed about 4 1/2 hours later by the Moon making a waning trine to retrograde Saturn, it looks to be a day for action and then review of how that action turns out.  Balance what you desire, the “love to have,” with what is realistic and required.  Choose your actions wisely.


08/03/22 – 11:20 pm – average Moon goes Void-of-Course

Following a waning crisis of consciousness square to retrograde Pluto, the Moon goes void-of-course for over 5 hours.  Consider what are the best actions for you to take to finish what you are working on.


08/03/22 – 11:58 pm – Mercury enters Virgo

Finally, the Mercury void-of-course is over.  Now in their Virgo home, many may find themselves considering things from a more critical point of view.  Analyze what you have and what you are working on.  If you don’t have a priority list, make one.  Now, plan your work, then work your plan!


08/04/22 – 4:47 am – average Moon enters Scorpio

The energy shift from can’t we all just get along Libra to why did you do that to me Scorpio could be palpable for some.  Less than one hour later the Moon will make a waxing sextile to Mercury in Virgo for the only exact major aspect of the day.  The waxing sextile suggests that this should be a good day to focus on newer work.  Be critical as you analyze what you have to do, how best to do it, and how long it should take.  With four planets now retrograde, build in extra time to allow for unexpected delays or other problems that may come up.


08/05/22 – 4:07 am – accelerating Moon waxing square Sun

This is the first quarter crisis of action square.  For any new things you may have started in the last week or so, consider, “what is my best next action to take?”  Consider the possible outcomes before making your choices.


08/05/22 – 1:31 pm – accelerating Moon opposite North Node

When any planet or point is opposite the North Node that also means they are conjunct the South Node which is always exactly opposite the North Node.  Today the inconstant Moon adds Her energy to the mix, re-energizing the triple conjunction of Uranus, Mars, and North Node.


08/05/22 – 2:13 pm – accelerating Moon opposite Uranus

With Uranus still at 18 Taurus, this will re-energize the triple conjunctions involving the North Node, Mars and Uranus.  Take time to reflect on what Sunday, Monday and Tuesday were like.  Is there something that you need to do or take care of?  Be aware for signs from everywhere.  There are no coincidences during this time.


08/05/22 – 6:38 pm – accelerating Moon opposite Mars

Things from the previous aspect probably haven’t even had time to sink in or settle down.  Expect this opposition to re-energize the Mars, Uranus, North Node aspects from Monday.  Are you still dealing with “things” from then?  They may be part of your life until mid to late October when Uranus will finally leave 18 Taurus.  As long as you are prepared, the effect should be less traumatic and easier to manage.


08/05/22 – 8:46 pm – accelerating Moon waning square retrograde Saturn

This is the third quarter crisis of consciousness square, symbolizing a time for taking action on those things that are most ready to be completed.  Just over one hour later, the Moon will make a waning trine to retrograde Pluto.  Time to pause and reflect on how your day went.  What did you get finished?  What do you still need to do?  It is Friday night, if you are going out, avoid impulsive actions.  Stick with your plans.  Saturn expects you to follow the rules.  If you don’t, you will suffer the consequences of your actions.


08/06/22 – 1:08 am – accelerating Moon waning trine Neptune

Things may be feeling as if they are coming faster.  Pay close attention to any dreams.  Record them so you can review and analyze them later.


08/06/22 – 4:24 am – accelerating Moon goes Void-of-Course

Following a waning sextile to retrograde Pluto, the Moon goes void-of-course for just over five hours.  Maybe you can sleep through this.  If not, set aside any new things that come up until after the Moon enters Sagittarius.  Stick with your routine or whatever plans you had made for the morning.


08/06/22 – 9:39 am – fast Moon enters Sagittarius

With the Moon’s entrance into Sagittarius, things may feel a bit more upbeat.  Some may find themselves thinking more about exotic places or things or perhaps planning their next major vacation or some new learning experience.


08/06/22 – 5:18 pm – fast Moon waxing square Mercury

This is the first quarter crisis of action square.  With Mercury in their Virgo home, cast a critical eye on yourself before going out.  You will only get one chance to make a first impression.  Think about what you are doing or considering.  Avoid impulsive decisions.


08/07/22 – 12:06 am – fast Moon goes Out-of-Bounds South

This time, She is at 8 Sagittarius 31’ as She goes beyond the south boundary of the Sun.  The South represents the past, the things we bring with us, memories, talents, values.  The Sabian Symbol for this degree is “A mother with her children on stairs.”  See this picture.  Are they going upstairs, perhaps to prepare for bed or are they coming downstairs to start their day?  Are the children behaving or misbehaving such as to create a potentially dangerous situation?  What you see may provide insights into what the next few days may be like for you.


08/07/22 – 12:12 am – fast Moon waning trine retrograde Jupiter

This is the first of five exact major aspects today, three by the Moon and one each by Venus and Mars.  The day starts and ends with waning aspects with three waxing aspects in between.  This suggests that you may want to start your day with older work in progress, then shift to newer things before going back to reflect on things that need to get finished in the days and weeks ahead.


08/07/22 – 9:43 am – Venus waxing trine retrograde Neptune

This is the second exact aspect of the day.  Less than two hours later, the fast Moon will make a waxing trine to the Sun for the second and third exact aspects of the day.  Be sure to note any dreams you had during the night as well as first thoughts, feelings, and impressions.  Just because these are waxing aspects, it doesn’t mean you have to do “work.”  Consider trying a new game, activity, book, or TV show to binge.  Doing something for yourself is totally acceptable.


08/07/22 – 12:57 pm – Mars waxing square retrograde Saturn

This first quarter crisis of action square is the fourth exact aspect of the day.  Consider any actions very carefully.  Mars is still in fixed earth Taurus and so may have difficulty initiating things but may also reactivate the Uranus, North Node conjunctions.  With Saturn retrograde in fixed air Aquarius, this may be a good time to focus on any older problems that you have not been able to solve.


08/07/22 – 11:11 pm – fast Moon waning sextile retrograde Saturn

The waning sextile is the last major aspect before the conjunction, the beginning of a new cycle.  This is the fifth and final exact aspect of the day.  If you are still awake, you may want to take some time to reflect on those things that are ready to be finished.  What is the best action to take to achieve the optimal results for them?


08/08-14/22 – a Peek at the Week Ahead

The week may seem to start off slow with only two aspects on Monday and three on Tuesday, but things start to change on Wednesday as Venus goes void-of-course to prepare for Her move from Cancer to Leo on Thursday.  Thursday offers up six exact major aspects including the Full Moon at 19 Aquarius 21’, potentially re-energizing the Mars, Uranus, North Node conjunctions.  To get the weekend started, there is only one aspect on Friday and two on Saturday.  Not to worry, Sunday will make up for it with six exact aspects, four by the Moon and one each by the Sun and Mars

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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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12 responses to “AstroWatch”

  1.' Diana Mrewinkel says:

    Re: your comment on “like kidney stones”, unfortunately not true. My father’s stones were subjected to lithotripsy back in the late 1990s. Maximum 3 treatments were permitted. His stones stood their ground. At least he was not in discomfort.
    I enjoyed this reading otherwise.

  2.' shakthi says:

    Interesting. Thank for your efforts!

  3.' Carmela Smith says:

    Thank you for your insights

  4.' Olivia Martinez says:

    It’s been a powerful Super Moon (March 9th) so far…also interesting it is so near Venus conjunct Uranus. It feels like really big things are happening on every front.

  5. 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.

  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.' 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.

  8. 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.

  9.' 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!

  10.' andy says:

    “01/18/13 – 12:56 am – Mercury conjunct Sun 28 Aquarius 26”
    Sun still in Capricorn

  11.' 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!

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