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 first exact aspect of September is a waning trine by Mercury to retrograde Pluto.  The combination of ending August with a waning aspect and then starting September with another waning aspect may imply that there are things left undone that need to be completed.  September looks to be a month of more uncertainty with emotional highs and lows and possible chaos as three planets, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn will change direction, the Moon ventures farther and farther out-of-bounds, Mercury goes void-of-course twice and the Sun and Venus once each.  Elemental emphasis continues to be on earth, the grounding element as we are asked to take a stand for what we want, desire, and believe in.



09/01/20 – 2:34 am – slow Moon enters Pisces

With the Moon’s entrance into mutable water Pisces, emotions may seem to be all over the place today.  Go with the flow.  Allow people their own space and time when you feel they need it, don’t forget to give yourself some time too.


09/01/20 – 3:42 am – Mercury trine retrograde Pluto

Mercury symbolizes our thinking and how we communicate.  Pluto symbolizes the “underworld,” the dark, hidden and our secret desires.  Pay attention to any dreams (including daydreams), insights, feelings or “a-ha” moments as they can often provide insights into something you have been thinking about or that has been “weighing heavy” on your mind.


09/01/20 – 10:22 pm – slow Full Moon opposite Sun

Occurring three weeks before the Fall Equinox, this Full Moon at 10 Pisces 12 is known as the Corn Moon, reflecting the time when corn may be ready for harvesting.  The Sabian Symbol for this degree is “People seeking illumination.”  Have you been seeking “illumination,” or answers to a personal, life or work-related question?  If so, this Full Moon may provide just the “illumination” you need to “see” it.  Pay attention to any dreams, insights or your first thoughts, feelings on waking.


09/02/20 – 5:18 am – Venus opposite retrograde Saturn

This is the first of five exact aspects today.  There is a mix of aspect energies so today is up to you.  Start on a new project, finish some on-going ones, or keep working on them.  You know what your priorities are and when things need to get finished so just do it.


09/02/20 – 7:09 am – Sun trine retrograde Uranus

This waxing trine is the second exact aspect today and may give you some unexpected insights into possible unique solutions to something that may have been blocking or puzzling you lately.

Following this the Moon will make a waxing sextile to retrograde Jupiter and then conjunct retrograde Neptune for the third and fourth exact aspects of the day.  When retrograde Jupiter’s naturally expansive energy may become contracting in nature and help you to focus on those things that you need to get done.  With retrograde Neptune involved, the inconstant Moon may be just the thing to clear away any fog or delusions you may have, so you may see more clearly.


09/02/20 – 10:55 pm – slow Moon sextile retrograde Pluto

This waxing sextile is the fifth and final exact aspect of the day.  With the Moon Goddess of the night and Pluto, Lord of the Underworld involved, this may be just the night to “sleep on it.”  Whatever your “it” is.  What has been on your mind lately?  A problem in need of a solution?  An idea in search of inspiration?  Whatever it may be, try writing it down on a piece of paper, place the paper under your pillow, then allow it to play around in your mind as you drift off to sleep.  Note any dreams, insights, first thoughts, feelings, or sensations.


09/03/20 – 12:23 am – Mercury trine retrograde Saturn

This is the waning trine in their cycle.  Saturn represents truth, justice, following the rules and basically “coloring inside the lines.”  When retrograde, things shift.  That doesn’t mean you can break the rules, but perhaps there are some grey areas, or you haven’t understood them completely.  Reread the instructions (rules) carefully and be sure you understand them before proceeding or signing.


09/03/20 – 7:34 am – slow Moon goes Void-of-Course

Following a waning trine to Venus, the Moon goes void-of-course for almost six hours.  That takes you through the morning.  It is best if you focus on any work-in-progress and set aside any new tasks until later this afternoon, after the Moon enters Aries.


09/03/20 – 1:22 pm – slow Moon enters Aries

Generally slow and Aries don’t go together.  Is the Moon trying Aries patience?  Perhaps someone has been trying yours.  Remember the old saying, “slow and steady wins the race.”  While that may not be true in a sprint, it generally is for the long race.  The Moon seems to be saying, slow down.  No matter how much you have to do, pace yourself.  Maybe take a short break, to rest and appreciate what is around you.  Plan your work and work your plan, and you can succeed.


09/04/20 – 2:12 am – Venus square Mars

This is the waxing first quarter crisis of action square in their current cycle.  Typically, when we think of Venus and Mars we think of love, romance, and passion between two people.  The success of any relationship is more than Venus and Mars.  This aspect is offering an opportunity to review our relationships, consider other factors in a successful relationship, such as communication (Mercury), beliefs (Neptune), and core values (Saturn).  Now, what actions do you need to take to improve your relationships or have the ones you desire?


09/04/20 – 1:32 pm – Mercury sextile Venus

Because they both orbit between the Earth and the Sun, these two can only make two major aspects, a conjunction or a sextile.  Following this waxing sextile, both go void-of-course; Mercury for just over 23 hours and Venus for almost 35 hours.  Have you been thinking about your relationships or what it is you want in a relationship?  You cannot change or “fix” others, but you, and only you, can change or “fix” yourself.

When Mercury goes void-of-course, treat it like a Mercury retrograde without an opportunity for a do-over, so better do it right.  Take all the normal precautions you might when Mercury is retrograde.  Double check all communications, written, text and email.  Spell check, grammar check then spell check again.  Make sure they are only going to your intended recipients.

When Venus is void-of-course, don’t try to start a new relationship, unless you really don’t want it to develop into anything.  This is a good time to work on your existing relationships or yourself and your relationship expectations and what you have to offer.


09/05/20 – 12:46 pm – Mercury enters Libra

With Mercury now in Venus’ other sign, Libra, sign of the other, it may be time to think about or focus on your team skills and teamwork.  One key to a successful team is good communication.  Without it, chances are high that the team will fail.  Focus on any work that involves working with others, or perhaps seek the advice of a friend, family member or co-worker when confronted with roadblocks or obstacles.


09/05/20 – 9:45 pm – slow Moon goes Void-of-Course

Following a conjunction with Mars, the Moon goes void-of-course for four hours.  It is Saturday night.  Stick with whatever plans you have made or your usual Saturday night routine.  Now is not the time to go “off script” or change your plans.


09/06/20 – 12:22 am – Venus enters Leo

With Venus’ entrance into “look at me” Leo, think appearance, be it yours or that of others.  Now is the time to “up your game” and “put your best foot forward.”  You only get one chance to make a great first impression.  Sometimes, by looking into a mirror, we can see in ourselves the things we like or don’t like in others.  When giving things a critical eye, be honest, just not brutally honest.  If you have nothing constructive to offer, then you really have nothing to offer.


09/06/20 – 1:43 am – slow Moon enters Taurus

It is early Sunday morning as the Moon enters Her second home of fixed earth Taurus.  Here, the slow Moon will feel right at home as Taurus expects us to take our time, stay grounded, and “smell the roses,” that is be aware of your surroundings.  Appreciate what you have.  When shopping, stay within your budget, your “real budget,” not your “wishful budget.” 

Following this, the Moon will make a waning third quarter crisis of consciousness square to Venus and then conjunct retrograde Uranus to end the day.  These aspects suggest this could be a good day to finish up some projects and get ready to start something, not just something new, but unique, exciting or “wow!


09/07-13/20 – Preview of the Following Week

The week starts with the Labor Day holiday and four exact aspects by the Moon.  On Wednesday Mars will station retrograde bringing the total number of retrograde planets up to six.  Then on Saturday, Jupiter stations direct and we will be back to five planets retrograde, and maybe, just maybe, it will get a bit easier to push forward and begin to expand our goals and horizons.  Sunday should be a relatively easy day to finish up the week and allow us to recharge our batteries as we settle in for two months of Mars retrograde in His home sign of Aries.


09/07/20 – 9:09 am – slow Moon trine Sun

It’s Labor Day, the traditional “end of summer” holiday and it looks to be a hot one, at least in southern California.  This waning trine is the first of four exact aspects by the Moon today.  Following this the Moon will make a waxing trine to retrograde Jupiter, a waxing sextile to retrograde Neptune and then a waxing trine to retrograde Pluto.  With this combination of aspects, you may want to start your day by seeing which tasks you have to do first.  Then you can shift gears to any newer projects you need to work on.  The Moon will be void-of-course tomorrow morning so if you have any new projects, it is best you get them started today.


09/08/20 – 5:47 am – slow Moon goes Void-of-Course

Following a waxing trine to retrograde Saturn the Moon goes void-of-course for just under nine hours.  Stick with whatever plans you have made for today or go with your routine.  Set aside any new tasks until this afternoon after the Moon enters Gemini.


09/08/20 – 2:28 pm – slow Moon enters Gemini

With the Moon now in mutable air Gemini, sign of the twins, this can be a good time to consider collaborating with others or just work on your communication skills.  Gemini is ruled by Mercury which symbolizes our communication and mental processes, so this can also be a good time to do some research and collect data or information which may be of use to you for any tasks at hand.


09/09/20 – 9:04 am – Sun trines retrograde Jupiter

This is the waning trine in the cycle of the two largest objects in our solar system.  Waning aspects are a time for reflection, introspection and completing tasks.  When retrograde, normally expansive Jupiter cautions us to stay within our limits, be it budget, consumption, or physical abilities.  Know your limits and don’t push them too hard.


09/09/20 – 3:22 pm – Mars stations retrograde

Now there are six planets retrograde again.  Mars is at 28 Aries 08.  He has been at 28 Aries and slowing down since Saturday, September 5.  He is at His strongest now as He is nearer to the Earth and moving very slowly, like a giant cargo ship, it takes a lot of energy to slow it down, stop it and then get it going again.  Mars and Aries symbolize action, how we get what we want.  When “confined” as He seems to be for now, spending almost nine days at 28 Aries, He can get frustrated.  The days ahead can be a good time for some physical activity or alone time.  Take a walk, ride a stationary bike.  Avoid confrontations.  If you had any disagreements with anyone in the past 6 weeks or so, be prepared for they may come up again.  Consider peaceful solutions or perhaps, just apologize.  It is not about who is right or wrong, it’s about who is the bigger, more mature person.  Whatever you do, avoid arguments, and watch out for the “other guy,” the one who causes accidents as they may become more common in the weeks ahead. 


09/10/20 – 2:26 am – slow Moon square Sun

This is the waning third quarter crisis of consciousness square in their monthly cycle.  Following this the Moon will make a waxing first quarter crisis of action square to retrograde Neptune.  This is a mixed energy day.  It is Thursday and if you have any things that need to get done this week, focus on them today.


09/10/20 – 5:30 pm – slow Moon goes Out-of-Bounds North

Once again, the Moon moves out-of-bounds North.  North in this context symbolizes where we should be going, the future and what we should be working towards.  With the Moon out-of-bounds, it’s time to get outside of our box.  Get creative, be original, and use all the skills and knowledge we have gathered throughout the years.  If people seem more emotional or if their emotions seem more extreme, it’s all part of the journey.  Give them and yourself some space.  Like all transits this too shall pass.


09/10/20 – 9:48 pm – accelerating Moon goes Void-of-Course

Following a waxing sextile to still stationing Mars, the Moon goes void-of-course for about 3 1/2 hours.  Give yourself a break.  If something new comes up, set it aside for tomorrow if you can.  If you must deal with it, proceed with caution, and have a plan for how to handle it.


09/11/20 – 1:23 am – accelerating Moon enters Cancer

The Moon returns to Her home sign.  What dreams did you have?  Who was the first person you thought of today?  Cancer is about protecting, nurturing and generally putting the other person first.  Do a random act of kindness for a stranger, or two, or three.


09/11/20 – 1:26 pm – Sun opposite Neptune

The Sun symbolizes our self, who we seem to be.  Neptune symbolizes our beliefs, dreams, and wishes.  This is the “full Moon” equivalent in their annual cycle which began with their conjunction early March 2020.  Did you start working on a dream or something else around that time?  How is your progress?  You should be at a point now when you can step back and analyze your progress.  Are you on course and on time?  Is so, great!  If not, why not?

It is Friday night, don’t let someone, family, friend, or stranger, confuse you or hide the truth from you.  Stay in the light and like driving in a fog, proceed with caution.


09/12/20 – 5:41 pm – Jupiter stations Direct

It is Saturday afternoon and finally, after four months retrograde, Jupiter is ready to go direct.  He is at His strongest as He is closer to the Earth and may feel as if He is exerting more energy as He appears to change direction.  Jupiter is at 17 Capricorn 24.  He has been at 17 Capricorn since August 24 and will not get back to 18 Capricorn until very early October 2.  That is 38 days at 17 Capricorn.  Those with planets or sensitive points at 17-19 Capricorn or one of the other cardinal signs, Aries, Cancer or Libra, may be feeling this as increased frustration, pressure, or perhaps a need to start or get back to something that has been lingering too long.


09/13/20 – 2:12 am – average Moon Returns In-Bounds

It is the wee hours of Sunday morning as the Moon returns in-bounds and people’s emotions may now seem to be more normal like, or would that be more like normal?  Whichever, it may be, enjoy the apparent return to the new normal, at least for now.


09/13/20 – 5:05 am – average Moon goes Void-of-Course

After returning in-bounds, the Moon will oppose retrograde Saturn and will end the day with the Moon conjunct Venus.  In between, following a waxing first quarter crisis of action square to retrograde Mars, the Moon goes void-of-course for about 3 1/2 hours.  It is early Sunday morning, and most can probably sleep through this void-of-course.  If you aren’t one of them, then stick with your routine or whatever plans you had made for the day.  Starting with an opposition, symbolizing harvest time or something coming to fruition and ending with a conjunction, symbolizing a new beginning, sounds like a day to look for things to finish and then something new to get started.


09/13/20 – 8:32 am – average Moon enters Leo

The void-of-course ends with the Moon’s entrance into fixed fire Leo, home of the Sun.  The Moon does not generate Her own light, She can only reflect the light of the Sun.  The Moon may be waning, that is getting closer to the Sun, but you might consider the Moon’s journey through Leo as having the energy similar to a new Moon when the Sun and the Moon are conjunct.  The New Moon is next week.  What new thing do you want to start?  You could start now by making a list of what you will need and a plan for doing it.  One thing that can help you to succeed is to plan your work, then work your plan.


09/14-20/20 – Preview of the Following Week

The week seems to start off easy enough, but come Thursday we have five exact aspects, one of which is the Virgo New Moon at 25 Virgo 00.  The week ends with five exact aspects on Sunday.  Be prepared for an up and down and possibly hectic kind of week as the Moon is speeding up and will be moving fast by Sunday.


09/14/20 – It’s Moon Wobble Time Again

With the Sun approaching the “Bends,” that is when it squares the Lunar Nodes, we find ourselves once again in “Moon Wobble” time, a time when major accidents and natural events may be more prevalent.  It’s time to be more attentive and aware of your surroundings.  This will last for at least a couple weeks, probably longer.  Check your emergency preparedness kits.  Is everything up to date?  Restock as necessary.  Review your emergency plans.


09/14/20 – 4:09 pm – Sun trine retrograde Pluto

This is the waning trine in their annual cycle.  If you “hit the ground running,” you may want to draw on your past experiences and successes to help you deal with any challenges that may come up.  Don’t just focus on your new tasks as any work in progress has to get done too.  Use your time wisely.


09/15/20 – 8:09 am – fast Moon goes Void-of-Course

Following a waxing trine to retrograde Mars, the Moon goes void-of-course for about 3 1/2 hours.  Stick with your routine or whatever you had planned for now.  Focus on work in progress until after the Moon enters Virgo when you can take a more analytical approach to any new tasks that come up.


09/15/20 – 8:29 am – Venus square retrograde Uranus

This is the waxing first quarter crisis of action square in their cycle.  With Uranus retrograde, take time to reflect on your past ideas and successes.  Draw on them to assist you with your tasks today.


09/15/20 – 11:37 am – fast Moon enters Virgo

With the Moon now in analytical, sometimes critical Virgo, use these skills to help you focus on any new tasks that you have to get started or work on.  Criticism is only effective when offered in a constructive manner, even if you are giving it to yourself.


09/16/20 – 4:24 am – fast Moon trine retrograde Uranus

Following this waxing trine, the Moon will make a waning trine to Jupiter and then oppose retrograde Neptune.  Note any dreams, be they nighttime or daytime, any sudden inspirations or insights.  Trust your “gut” brain, your instinct, it will rarely lead you astray.


09/17/20 – 12:06 am – fast Moon trine retrograde Pluto

This waning trine is the first of five exact aspects and a Moon void-of-course today.  How was your night?  Was it peaceful or did you toss and turn all night?  Better buckle up, it could be a bumpy ride as the fast Moon symbolizes that people’s emotions, yours too, may be subject to sudden changes.


09/17/20 – 3:34 am – Mercury square Jupiter

This waning third quarter crisis of consciousness square is the second exact aspect of the day.  Focus on completing tasks or paring them down to the essential.  Eliminate that which is no longer needed, or which does not add to the finished product.


09/17/20 – 4:00 am – fast New Moon conjunct Sun

This new Moon at 25 Virgo 01 is the third exact aspect of the day, is square the Lunar Nodes (Moon Wobble) and marks the beginning of a new cycle.  What goals do you want to work on in the weeks or months ahead?  For the short term, you are looking at about four weeks to complete while for the long term you could be looking at up to three years to complete.  Cast a critical eye on your options as you analyze them before making your choice.  Choose wisely and then plan accordingly.


09/17/20 – 4:42 am – fast Moon goes Void-of-Course

Following a waning trine to retrograde Saturn; the fourth exact aspect of the day, the Moon goes void-of-course for just over seven hours.  For most people, their day will start during this void-of-course.  Stick to your routine or whatever plans you have made.  Set aside any new tasks until after the Moon enters Leo.


09/17/20 – 11:56 am – fast Moon enters Libra

With the Moon now in fixed fire, can you see me now Leo, don’t be surprised if you find yourself in the “spotlight.”  If you have any new tasks that you set aside, you can get started on them now.  However, there are still five planets retrograde so plan for delays and unanticipated obstacles.


09/17/20 – 2:36 pm – Sun trine retrograde Saturn

This waning trine is the fifth and final exact aspect of the day.  As you work on your tasks, make sure you are following all instructions and requirements, so you don’t have to do them over or loose time by having to make corrections.


09/18/20 – 9:41 am – fast Moon sextile Venus

Following this waning sextile, the Moon will make a waning third quarter crisis of consciousness square to Jupiter, then conjunct Mercury and finish the day with a third quarter crisis of consciousness square to retrograde Pluto.  It’s Friday, end of the usual work week, and these aspects should support you in finishing up those tasks that you can.  Tonight, proceed with caution and don’t let “the stars get in your eyes,” somethings may seem great or beautiful in the reflective light of the Moon only to reveal their true self in the light of day.


09/19/20 – 7:29 am – fast Moon goes Void-of-Course

Following an opposition to retrograde Mars, the Moon goes void-of-course for four hours.  It’s Saturday morning and a good time for self-reflection or some physical activity, go for a hike, a walk or a jog.  Work on projects around your home or your “fall cleaning.”  With Mars retrograde, know your limits and don’t try to push them for accidents are the order of the day, at least until Mars finally station direct.


09/19/20 – 11:33 am – fast Moon enters Scorpio

With the Moon now in fixed water, I won’t forget,” Scorpio, you better be on your best behavior.  Even so, with five planets retrograde old feelings, emotions or someone from your past may show up when least expected.  If it happens, do your best to maintain your composure while you assess the situation.  It’s your choice how you act or if you just react.  This may be especially true tonight if you go out.


09/20/20 – 3:56 am – fast Moon opposite retrograde Uranus

This is the first of five exact aspects today, the first four all by the Moon.  Looks like this could be another emotional day, at least for some people.  Why do some days like this affect you while others don’t seem too?  It is all about who (which planets) is involved on that day and where their action falls in your chart, that is do they impact the planets where they were when you were born.  If there are no connections between the planets on any given day and where they were when you were born, then it is more likely that you won’t feel them.  Even so, others will so be considerate of what they may be going through.  It isn’t always all about you.


Following this the Moon will make a waxing first quarter crisis of action square to Venus, then a waning sextile to Jupiter, followed by a waning trine to retrograde Neptune for the second, third and fourth exact aspects of the day.  Note any dreams, insights, first impressions and feelings.  With the energy flowing from waxing, creating, increasing to waning, completion, contraction this can be a good day to deal with quick easy projects that you can finish today.


09/20/20 – 10:21 pm – Mercury square retrograde Pluto

This waning third quarter crisis of consciousness square is the fifth and final aspect of the day.  This is a good time for some reflection (Mercury mental process) on yourself, who and where you are (Pluto, the journey to becoming our purest self, the who you are meant to be) in your life.  Or you may just choose to think about what the coming week has in store for you.



09/21-30/20 – Preview of the Rest of September

As the Moon appears to be slowing down, both She and the Sun go void-of-course on Monday.  On Tuesday, the Sun enters Libra marking the Fall Equinox and the “official” end of summer.  On Wednesday, the Moon will go out-of-bounds South and Mercury will enter their shadow in preparation for their next retrograde.  Friday brings six exact aspects and has both the Moon and Mercury going void-of-course.  Saturday and Sunday look to be relatively easier days.   On the 28th, after more than four months retrograde, Saturn finally stations direct.  To finish off September we have Venus going void-of-course and the Moon making a waxing sextile to retrograde Saturn for the last aspect of the month.  With Venus starting October, the last month before the election, void-of-course, Mercury in their Shadow and Mars retrograde, it should be safe to say that the chaos will continue so stay grounded and be ready to duck and run for cover.


09/21/20 – 11:13 am – fast Moon sextile Sun

Following this waxing sextile, both the Sun and Moon go void-of-course.  While the Moon’s will last less than 1 1/2 hours, the Sun’s will last over 19 hours.  General rule is when the Moon is void-of-course you don’t want to start anything new as you may not have all of the information or things that you need to accomplish the task.  So, what to do?  Focus on any work-in-progress and set aside any new tasks until after the Moon enters Sagittarius or you could take an early long lunch.

 What about when the Sun or other planet goes void-of-course?  The Sun is a representation of the self so avoid starting any new self-help, self-improvement, or similar projects when the Sun is void-of-course.  Either start it before the Sun goes void-of-course or wait until the Sun’s void-of-course is over.  You might also use this time for some self-reflection.  If you do, be sure to take notes so you will have an idea as to where to start after the Sun enters Libra.


09/21/20 – 12:32 pm – fast Moon enters Sagittarius

The Moon’s void-of-course is over.  It’s Monday afternoon and if you have any new tasks to get started, go ahead, but proceed with caution.  The Sun is still void-of-course and there are five planets retrograde.  Make a list of everything you think you might need, then make sure you have it all.  Review the instructions and be sure you understand them.  If there is any part that doesn’t seem clear, clarify it.  Expect delays or obstacles and plan accordingly.


09/22/20 – 6:31 am – Sun enters Libra

It is the Fall or Autumn Equinox, the day when we say good-bye to summer and hello to fall or autumn.  It is the day with equal daylight and nighttime, that is Sunrise and Sunset are basically 12 hours apart.  Today is a good day to start thinking about what things you need and want to do to get ready for winter and the coming holidays.


09/23/20 – 3:38 am – Mercury square retrograde Saturn

This is the waning third quarter crisis of consciousness square.  Be sure to think before speaking, to review before sending emails or texts and to keep in mind your “audience” with any communication.  This being a waning aspect, review your work and make sure that you have followed all instructions.  Double check your work.  Look for any possible missed steps or misunderstandings.


09/23/20 – 7:26 am – decelerating Moon goes Out-of-Bounds South

Out-of-Bounds south means that the Moon will now be lower in the sky than the Sun can go, that is beyond the bounds of the Sun.  People’s emotions and moods may seem more extreme or unusual.  The direction South symbolizes the past; our natural talents, skills, aptitudes and “karma,” both positive and challenging, that we may have brought with us.  During this time people may be more reflective, memories may come up more frequently or people or events from the past may show up in our lives.  Opportunities to make amends for past mistakes may come up.  If so, do the right thing or they may keep coming up until you do.


09/23/20 – 10:31 am – decelerating Moon goes Void-of-Course

Following a waxing sextile to Mercury, the Moon goes void-of-course for just under six hours.  Waxing aspects represent times for expanding or pushing forward with whatever you are working on.  Make sure you haven’t missed any steps or misread any instructions.  This is a good time to review your work, to take a step back and take in the “big picture,” then move in to examine the details.  If you can, set aside any new tasks until after the Moon enters Capricorn or until tomorrow.


09/23/20 – 1:55 pm – Mercury enters their Shadow

As Mercury transits 25 Libra 53’ 49,” they cross the point at which they will station direct on November 3, 2020.  From this point forward Mercury will be in that space that they will go over three times.  This is their first time, when they are in direct motion which will end when they station retrograde at 11 Scorpio on October 13.  Mercury will then retrace their steps back to 25 Libra where they will appear to stop and then begin to move forward again.  Think of this pass as the “you did (or didn’t get it done)” phase followed by the Mercury retrograde “you need to fix this,” phase.  Then the third and final pass or transit from 25 Libra to 11 Scorpio provides you the time to fix or clarify whatever you may have done.  The retrograde cycle ends November 19 when Mercury will finally move past 11 Scorpio 40’, the point at which they stopped and then appeared to go backwards (station retrograde).  Exercise greater caution with all communications and when reviewing or signing any documents.


09/23/20 – 4:16 pm – average Moon enters Capricorn

The Moon void-of-course is over.  Go ahead and tackle any new tasks you have set aside.  Pay attention to all communications, choose your words carefully and reread, spell check and double check the addressees for all texts and emails.


09/23/20 – 6:55 pm –average Moon square Sun

This is the waxing first quarter crisis of action square and relates back to the New Moon of September 17.  It may also relate back to things which you began about nine months ago, around the time of the new Moon of December 25, 2019.  Is there anything that you may have started around either of those dates that you are currently working on?  How is it coming?  It’s time to take some definitive action on it that can keep it moving forward toward completion.  If you don’t have one, make a plan, then work your plan.


09/24/20 – 3:53 am – Mercury opposite retrograde Mars

Oppositions relate to the “full Moon phase” of the planetary cycle.  This is the fulfillment or harvest phase of the cycle.  This is also the time for finding meaning or purpose in whatever you have been working on that relates back to their conjunction.  Mercury and Mars were conjunct three times between June 13 and September 3, 2019.  Mercury involves communication, thought processes and tasks such as writing, editing or analyzing.  Mars represents action, how we obtain those things that we want, which could relate to an item, a person or personal achievement.  How might this relate to what was happening in your life during the summer of 2019 and is still part of your life now?


09/25/20 – 12:11 am – average Moon conjunct Jupiter

It is Friday and this is the first of six exact aspects by the Moon today.  Keep the tissue handy as it may feel like a roller coaster thrill ride today with people’s emotions (including yours) seeming to be all over the place, even more so than usual as the Moon is still out-of-bounds South.

Following this the Moon will make a waning sextile to retrograde Neptune, conjunct retrograde Pluto, conjunct retrograde Saturn, and make a waning third quarter crisis of consciousness square to retrograde Mars for the second, third, fourth and fifth exact aspects of the day.  Note any dreams, both night and daydreams as well as any swings in feelings, or insights.  These aspects suggest that today is best suited to finishing up any work in progress and getting ready for any new tasks that may come up.


09/25/20 – 5:50 pm – average Moon returns In-Bounds

With the Moon now back in-bounds, people’s emotions may feel as if they are less extreme.  Be alert as something or someone from your past may yet show up this weekend.


09/25/20 – 8:36 pm – slowing Moon and Mercury go Void-of-Course

Following a waxing first quarter crisis of action square by the Moon to Mercury, the sixth and final exact aspect of the day, both go void-of-course, the Moon for about 2 1/2 hours and Mercury for just over 28 hours.  Avoid starting anything new or changing your plans, choose your words carefully and beware the “silver tongued devil,” for if something seems too good to be true, it probably is.  If you go out, watch out for each other and avoid potentially compromising or problem situations.  Trust your instincts and feelings, especially any cautionary ones.


09/25/20 – 11:08 pm – slowing Moon enters Aquarius

The Moon’s void-of-course is over.  Now in fixed air Aquarius, tonight can be good for problem solving, particularly those involving mental processes, requiring focus or for engaging in discussions on social issues.  Avoid getting into arguments.  They don’t solve anything.


09/26/20 – 6:30 am – slowing Moon trine Sun

This is the waxing trine in their monthly cycle and overlaps the first quarter and waxing gibbous phases.  The phase symbolizes a time for reflection on any actions taken during the first quarter phase in preparation for the next phase, the opposition.  During this time, one may seek clarification and a deeper understanding of whatever is involved as they seek completion of this phase of the cycle.


09/27/20 – 12:41 am – Mercury enters Scorpio

The Mercury void-of-course may be over; however, they are in their Shadow so caution should be your first and last order of business, particularly with any communications, spoken, electronic or written.  Scorpio is fixed water, symbolizing deep emotions and old memories.  Be careful when describing any, choose your words very carefully.  Don’t ask the question if you aren’t prepared for the answer.


09/28/20 – 12:18 am – slowing Moon goes Void-of-Course

Following a waning third quarter crisis of consciousness square to retrograde Mars, the Moon goes void-of-course for over eight hours.  Start your day by sticking to your routine or any plans you have made.  Wait until after the Moon enters Pisces before starting any new tasks.


09/28/20 – 8:34 am – slow Moon enters Pisces

Pisces is the mutable water sign, symbolizing the free ebb and flow of emotions.  With the day starting with a square between the Moon and retrograde Mars, people’s emotions may seem more raw or on edge.  Be considerate and sympathetic of others and you may receive the same in return.


09/28/20 – 6:01 pm – Venus goes Void-of-Course

Following a waxing trine to retrograde Mars, Venus goes void-of-course for almost 92 hours, which is the rest of September, until October 2.  When void-of-course exercise caution with any Venus themed activities such as love, relationships, finances and your personal space.  Avoid major purchases or financial obligations.  Don’t start any new relationships, instead, work on the one’s you have or on yourself.  Don’t expect a relationship to “fix” you or make you better.  Only you can do that.  If reflecting on your current or past relationships, consider what was or is your part in the good and “bad” parts.  That is what you should work on for that is what you, and only you, can change or “fix.”


09/28/20 – 10:11 pm – Saturn stations Direct

Saturn has been retrograde since May 10, that’s 20 weeks.  With Saturn going direct, there are now four planets in apparent retrograde motion.  Saturn represents stability, truth, the need to follow the rules and as such He is slow to change.  Saturn is at 25 Capricorn.  He has been at this degree since August 31 and will be at this degree until October 27, a total of 56 days or eight weeks, before He returns to 26 Capricorn.  This can be a good time to focus on your most challenging problems, dig deep and find a solid solution to build on.


09/29/20 – 2:50 pm – retrograde Mars square Saturn

This is the second of three waxing first quarter crisis of action squares between the two ancient “Malefics” during this cycle.  Their current cycle began with their conjunction March 31, 2020.  Their first waxing first quarter crisis of action square was June 6, when Mars was direct, and Saturn was retrograde.  This time, their roles are reversed.  Is there anything in your life at this time that connects today with those earlier dates?  Whatever you find, know that it probably isn’t over as the third and final waxing first quarter square won’t be until January 13, 2021.  Keep working on it for Saturn offers rewards for doing the work, but you must stick with it.


09/30/20 – 10:30 am – slow Moon goes Void-of-Course

Following a waxing sextile to Saturn, the Moon goes void-of-course for over nine hours.  This waxing sextile is also the last exact aspect of September.  It is “Hump Day,” if you have any new tasks to get started, get to them before this.  With the Moon now void-of-course, if you can, set aside any new tasks until after the Moon enters Aries.  If you can’t wait, then make a plan and proceed slowly.  If asked, avoid committing to a completion date until after the Moon enters Aries as you may not have all the facts until then.


09/30/20 – 7:47 pm – slow Moon enters Aries

The Moon’s void-of-course is over.  Are you ready for October?  If you have any new tasks that you must get started this month, you still have time.  Otherwise, you might use this time to reflect on the past month and what may lie ahead, or just take a break and wait until tomorrow.  A slow Moon in Aries may seem like an oxymoron as there is generally, nothing slow about Aries.  Levels of anxiety and frustration may increase during this time, at least until the Moon enters Taurus, October 3.

We are still in Moon Wobble, with half the planets (4 of 8) retrograde and Mercury in their Shadow.  The first exact aspect of October is the Libra Full Harvest Moon.  What have you been working on that may now be ready to “harvest?”  What does October hold in store for us?  Moon Wobble should end, Pluto will station direct, Mercury will station retrograde, the Moon will go out-of-bounds North and then South, there will be two days with six exact aspects, Sunday, October 18, will have eight exact aspects and a Moon void-of-course and just for good measure, October will end with four planets retrograde (Mercury, Mars, Uranus and Neptune), a full “Blue” Moon (second full Moon in October) followed by the Sun opposite unpredictable Uranus for the last exact aspect of the month.


10/1-4/20 – Preview of the beginning of October

October starts with the full Harvest Moon (full Moon closest to the Autumn Equinox) followed by the end (hopefully) of the current Moon Wobble, then Pluto will station direct on Sunday morning at which time there will be three planets retrograde.



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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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9 responses to “AstroWatch”

  1.' Carmela Smith says:

    Thank you for your insights

  2.' 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.

  3. 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.

  4.' 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!

  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. 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.

  7.' 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!

  8.' andy says:

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

  9.' 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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