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.


July starts strong as we are still in Moon Wobble.  On the 1st, we have Mars in Aries and five planets retrograde.  July’s first exact aspect is a waning trine from the Moon to retrograde Neptune which when considered with June’s last aspect, the waxing sextile from the Sun to Uranus, would seem to create an air of uncertainty and a potentially volatile mixture for the coming month.  It is safe to say that we should at least expect the unexpected and pay very close attention to our dreams. 

What else might July have in store for us?  The third and final eclipse of the summer, a Full Moon Lunar eclipse will be on July 4, America’s birthday, with the out-of-bounds Moon opposing the Sun and the Sun in the USA chart.  July also brings another day with the Moon going void-of-course twice plus a day with no exact aspects in the Pacific Time Zone.  There will be some days with five or more exact aspects, Mercury will station direct, Mars will enter His shadow and the Moon will go out-of-bounds three times.  All in all, should be another interesting month.


07/01/20 – 3:02 am – fast Moon trine retrograde Neptune

This waning trine is the first of five exact aspects all by the Moon, and the shortest Moon void-of-course possible today.  It’s Wednesday, “Hump Day,” and with all five aspects being waning or decreasing in nature and the generally easier flowing sextiles and trines, this should be a good day to make progress on whatever you are working on.  Waning aspects signify a time for consolidating and finishing things.  Take stock of what you are working on; what it will take to finish them or at least get as much done on them as you can this week. 

Following this the Moon will make waning sextiles, first to retrograde Jupiter and then to retrograde Pluto for the second and third exact aspects of the day adding to the consolidating and finishing energies. 


07/01/20 – 4:37 pm – retrograde Saturn returns to Capricorn

Saturn’s return to His home sign of Capricorn suggests there may be some unfinished business to attend to.  If it isn’t obvious to you what it might be, take some time to reflect on what you have been working on that you thought you might have finished.  You may have to think back to the beginning of the year to find it.  It may help you if you remember that it may be in the little details, something you thought was minor that you overlooked or for whatever reason, didn’t finish.


07/01/20 – 6:20 pm – fast Moon goes Void-of-Course

Following another waning sextile; this time to retrograde Saturn, the fourth exact aspect of the day, the Moon goes void-of-course for one minute.  You could probably hold your breath for this one, but that’s not necessary.  Just don’t start something new.  You can think about it or read about it, but don’t start it until after the Moon enters Sagittarius.


07/01/20 – 6:21 pm – fast Moon enters Sagittarius

That was so short, it almost wasn’t worth mentioning; but, as always, it’s better to be safe than sorry.


07/01/20 – 10:35 pm – fast Moon trine Mars

This waning trine is the fifth and final exact aspect of the day.  It’s late, but with Mars involved you may get a boost of energy to take care of any last-minute details from your efforts of the day.


07/02/20 – 5:02 am – fast Moon opposite Venus

These two are the great female archetypes of the zodiac and the only major exact aspect of the day.  Oppositions are like a full Moon, they signify a point of harvest, of coming to fruition, of balance.  What have you been working on?  Is it really finished?  With five planets retrograde, something may have been overlooked or forgotten.  Take a step back and review, rethink, reconsider, reevaluate.  Go within yourself.  Trust your instinct, your “gut brain” and you will know what is ready and what isn’t.


07/03/20 – 6:06 am – slowing Moon goes Void-of-Course

Following a waning third quarter crisis of consciousness square to retrograde Neptune, the Moon goes void-of-course for almost 16 hours.  It’s Friday, stick with your routine or whatever you had planned for today.  Focus on work-in-progress and set aside any new items for after the Moon enters Capricorn.


07/03/20 – 8:21 pm – slowing Moon goes Out-of-Bounds South

With the Moon going out-of-bounds South, people or things from the past may come up again.  This doesn’t mean it will be a bad thing, it could be an opportunity to reconnect with someone from your past or to complete something you left unfinished.


07/03/20 – 9:48 pm – slowing Moon enters Capricorn

The Moon void-of-course is over.  With the Moon now in cardinal earth, very practical Capricorn, it’s time to get real.  You know when you are safe and when you aren’t.  You know the truth when you hear it.  If you haven’t already, you should start your countdown to tomorrow’s USA Birthday Full Moon Lunar Eclipse. 


07/04/20 – 4:34 am – Earth at Aphelion

The Earth is now as far from the Sun as it will get in 2020.  It may seem strange to people in the Northern Hemisphere that in the midst of summer heat, the Earth is farther from the Sun then in the cold dead of winter when at our closest.  Blame it give credit to the tilt of the Earth on Her axis as the Northern Hemisphere is tilted toward the Sun in summer and away from the Sun in Winter.

Following this the Moon will make a waning third quarter crisis of consciousness square to Mars, oppose Mercury, and then make a waning trine to Uranus as She speeds to Her eclipse point.  These aspects would seem to indicate that some things, on the grander scale, or possibly in your personal life, may be coming to a head.  Reminder, we are still in a Moon Wobble, so stay alert for the chaos isn’t over yet.


07/04/20 – 9:44 pm – average Full Moon Lunar Eclipse opposite Sun

This Full Moon is known as the “Buck Moon” or the “Thunder Moon.”  It is during this time that the male deer begin growing their new antlers and it is also the time of increased thunderstorms throughout the great plains, Midwest and southeast.  This full Moon will be the last eclipse in the Cancer/Capricorn series for several years.  The general theme of these eclipses has been about making things happen, about security, caring for and protecting those people and things that are most important to us. 

Don’t get too excited about seeing this eclipse as you may be disappointed.  Because this eclipse occurs over 14 degrees from the nodes, the Moon will not be in the Earth’s darkest shadow, but just the edge of that shadow.  The Moon may appear slightly dimmer or duller, but there most likely won’t be any dark shadow, blood moon to see.

Like other full Moon’s, this is a time for “harvesting” what you have “sown.”  Quantum physics has established that everything in the Universe is connected, nothing acts alone.  While this full Moon, 13 Capricorn 38 opposite Sun 13 Cancer 38, may be the strongest energy, the other planets are all in play and five of them are retrograde.  Check and recheck all communications before sending.  Jupiter, Saturn, and Pluto are all retrograde and also in Capricorn creating a very strong cardinal (lets get this started) earth (grounded physical reality) energy.  It’s time to stand up and get the job done. 

One more item of significance is that the eight planets are all on one side of the Sun Moon opposition.  With the planets all in one half of the chart emphasis may shift during the day from being or working alone to being and working with others, from focusing on yourself to wanting to share something you know or have created with others.


07/05/20 – 10:44 am – average Moon sextile retrograde Neptune

It’s Sunday and for those in the Eastern Time Zone, your day will start with the Full Moon Lunar Eclipse at 12:44 am.  Following this waning sextile, the Moon will first conjunct retrograde Jupiter and then conjunct retrograde Pluto.  With retrograde Neptune involved, be sure to take note of any dreams, feelings, sensations or “a-ha” moments.  With conjunctions to retrograde Jupiter and Pluto, there may be opportunities to restart something “new” or a second chance at a missed opportunity.


07/05/20 – 5:16 pm – average Moon returns In-Bounds

With the Moon now back in-bounds, people’s emotions may begin to seem more “normal,” whatever the new normal is.


07/06-12/20 – Preview of the Following Week

Next week starts with the Moon going void-of-course twice on Monday and then no exact major aspects on Tuesday in the Pacific Time Zone.  The week finishes up with Mercury stationing direct on Sunday morning.


07/06/20 – 2:35 am – average Moon goes Void-of-Course

Following a conjunction with retrograde Saturn, the Moon goes void-of-course for just over 1/2 hour.  It’s the wee hours of Monday morning and most will sleep through this.  If you aren’t one of them, remember to not start anything new during this time.  Wait until the Moon enters Aquarius and be sure to follow all instructions very carefully.


07/06/20 – 3:08 am – average Moon enters Aquarius

The void-of-course is over.  If you have something new you would like to start, go ahead.  Remember though, there are five planets retrograde, including Mercury and Saturn so pay attention to the details and be sure you understand all instructions.  Double check everything, especially all communications.


Following this the Moon will make a waning sextile to Mars and then a waning trine to Venus.  Waning aspects symbolize a time for consolidating, reviewing and paring things down to the essentials.  If “it” doesn’t add function or value to whatever you are finishing, then you should probably eliminate “it;” whatever the “it” may be.  The Moon will go void-of-course for over 37 hours tonight.  If you have any new “things” to get started, start them today; otherwise it would be best if you wait until Wednesday afternoon.


07/06/20 – 9:37 pm – average Moon goes Void-of-Course

Following a waning third quarter crisis of consciousness square to Uranus, the Moon goes void-of-course for the second time today; this time for about 37 1/2 hours.  That means the Moon will be void-of-course all day tomorrow and until almost noon Wednesday.  If you haven’t got that new projects, task or idea started by now, it is best if you set it aside until Wednesday, after the Moon enters Pisces.  If you can’t or don’t want to set it aside, make sure you have everything you will need and that you have read and understand any instructions.  Expect to encounter delays or unexpected obstacles so build in extra time to complete it.


07/07/20 – No Exact Major Aspects Today

To have no major exact aspects and the Moon void-of-course all day is unusual.  Just because the transiting planets don’t make any major exact aspects to each other, doesn’t mean they won’t be aspecting you (your chart that is).  Things may have a more “mellow” feel or there may be a sense of  unease, as if you may have forgotten something; or something is coming and you don’t know if it will be good or bad.  Take note of how this day feels and goes for you for future reference.


07/07/20 – 10:46 am – end of Moon Wobble??

The Sun is now 17 degrees from the North Node.  With the Nodes now outside the “Beams of the Sun,” we may be out of or at least moving out of the Moon Wobble.  Hopefully the chaos will begin to abate, and life may feel as if we are returning to or beginning a new “normal,” whatever that may be.


07/08/20 – 3:42 am – retrograde Mercury square Mars

This is the second of three waxing first quarter crisis of action squares between these two.  People may seem more irritated, angry or argumentative today.  Don’t be one of them.  Words said in anger today will most likely have long and lasting effects.  Do you remember what happened around the time of the first one, May 10, 2020?  This square may bring up something from around that time that you said, wrote or thought that you will now need to deal with.  You may have some time to make amends or correct any mistakes or things you over-looked or forgot to do as their third square won’t be until July 27, 2020.  But whatever comes up, put it at or near the top of your priority to-do list.  You have less than three weeks to take care of it.


07/08/20 – 11:13 am – slowing Moon enters Pisces

Finally, the long void-of-course is over.  If you have any new “things” that you have set aside, you should be good to go now; however, it’s a caution light, not a green “go” light.  There are five planets retrograde which symbolize the possibilities of delay, obstacles or missteps.  Pay attention to every detail.


07/09/20 – 4:15 am – slow Moon square Venus

This is the waning third quarter crisis of consciousness square in the monthly cycle of the two grand ladies of the zodiac.  Pay attention to your dreams and any feelings you may have.  Trust your instincts, your intuition.  If you need to ask, “Is this too much?” then, yes, it is too much.  This is a time for paring down and eliminating that which does not add too or enhance whoever you are with or whatever you are working on.


Following this the Moon will make a waning sextile to Uranus and then a waning trine to the Sun.  These make it a waning aspect, consolidate, eliminate day.  When Uranus gets involved, be open to new insights or unique ideas from unexpected sources and be prepared to act quickly.


07/10/20 – 3:57 am – slow Moon conjunct retrograde Neptune

Be ready to record any dreams, insights, feelings, “a-ha” moments, and first thoughts, and sensations on waking.  There is a “bit of truth” in every fable, perhaps even in a lie.  Trust yourself to be able to discern what is and what isn’t real or right.  Don’t be misled by Neptune’s fog.

Following this the Moon will make waxing sextiles to retrograde Jupiter and then Pluto.  It’s Friday and with a conjunction and two waxing aspects, this could be a good day to make progress on your newer projects.  Remember, waxing aspects symbolize a time for growing, expanding and taking action. 


07/10/20 – 8:49 pm – slow Moon goes Void-of-Course

Following a waxing sextile to retrograde Saturn the Moon goes void-of-course for about 1 1/4 hours.  It’s Friday night.  If you are going out, be aware of your surroundings and keep your “lie-detector” on.  With both Mercury and Neptune retrograde, the “silver-tongued devils” may be out in force.  If it sounds to good to be true, it most likely is.  Wait for the light of day if you must check it out.


07/10/20 – 10:06 pm – slow Moon enters Aries

With the Moon now in Aries, be sure not to leave your better judgment at home.  It is as if the Moon knows to move cautiously through normally spontaneous Aries.  With five planets retrograde, this is no time to try to force things to happen.


07/11/20 – 9:09 am – slow Moon square stationing Mercury

This waning third quarter crisis of consciousness square occurs as retrograde Mercury is stationing, that is making preparation to go direct tomorrow.  Like large ships changing direction, planetary energies are strongest when the planet appears to change direct as they may appear motionless for several days.  Be even more careful with all communications during this time.

Following this the Moon will conjunct Mars and then make a waning sextile to Venus.  With the Moon, representing women in one’s life making aspects to the symbols of male and female; Mars and Venus, today you may want to take extra care with all relationships and who or what you may desire.  Sometimes we desire things that we don’t really need or that might not be in our best interest.  Think before asking or acting.


07/12/20 – 1:27 am – Mercury stations Direct

Mercury appears to change direction at 5 Cancer 29.  Mercury has been at 5 Cancer since July 9 and won’t leave 5 Cancer for 6 Cancer until July 16.  Spending one week at 5 Cancer, anyone with planets or other sensitive points near that degree (3-7 degrees) or any of the other cardinal signs, Libra, Capricorn or Aries, or any of the other water signs, Scorpio or Pisces, is most likely to feel this energy.  Mercury is the messenger of the Gods, so pay attention to all messages you receive or send.  Be sure you understand what is said, any deadlines involved and who it is going to.


07/12/20 – 2:26 pm – slow Moon Apogee

The Moon is now as far from the Earth as She will get during Her current orbit.  Some may feel more stress, as if something is struggling to get away; but others may feel more relaxed, each being a different side of the same Moon.


07/12/20 – 4:29 pm – slow Moon square Sun

This is the waning third quarter crisis of consciousness square and relates back to the New Moon Solar eclipse of June 20 and the Full Moon Lunar eclipse of July 4.  On the longer term, this may relate back to the New Moon of April 15, 2018 and the Full Moon of October 13, 2019.  Whatever you have been working on or focusing on during this time should now be at a point where you can see that the end is in sight.  What do you need to do to finish “it?” 

Following this the Moon will make waxing first quarter crisis of action squares to retrograde Jupiter and then to retrograde Pluto.  Be it work or personal; long term or short term, take advantage of the energy of these two first quarter squares to plan or act on whatever you have been or need to start working on.


07/13-19/20 – Preview of the Following Week

The week may seem to start easily enough; however, Tuesday brings the annual Sun retrograde Jupiter opposition followed by six exact aspects, including the annual Sun retrograde Pluto opposition.  There is a long void-of-course on Friday and then on Saturday, the Moon goes out-of-bounds North again.




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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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8 responses to “AstroWatch”

  1.' 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.

  2. 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.

  3.' 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!

  4.' 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.

  5. 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.

  6.' 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!

  7.' andy says:

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

  8.' 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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