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.


Welcome to May, fifth month of the year.  The first exact major aspect of May is a waning trine from the Moon to Uranus followed by another waning trine from the Moon to the Sun and then another waning trine from the Moon to Venus, all on the 1st.  May brings us short Mercury and Venus void-of-course periods and a Jupiter void-of-course.  Saturn and Mercury will join Pluto in apparent retrograde motion, and we have another Moon Wobble and a full Moon total Lunar eclipse, the first of four eclipses in 2021.  Not enough, Mercury and Venus will both join Mars out-of-bounds North.  May ends with the Moon going void-of-course to carry us into June.  Plan your work, then work your plan.


05/01/21 – Happy May Day!

No, not the distress call…, well hopefully not, but the ancient celebration of Beltane, the time about halfway between Spring Equinox and Summer Solstice.  The holiday is most often celebrated with a “May Pole” dance.  It symbolizes fertility and the beginning of “summer,” when fields would be planted, and livestock returned to the pastures.  It was also a time for courting and seeking relationships.


05/01/21 – 3:13 am – fast Moon trine Uranus

It is the beginning of a new month.  What remains unfinished from April?  What is on the top of your to-do list for May?  The month starts with a series of waning trines by the Moon, first to Uranus, then to the Sun and then to Venus.  The waning trine symbolizes a time to see the whole picture of whatever you may be working on, to consider the implications of past actions, decisions and allegiances.  What, if anything, needs to be changed, eliminated, or fixed.


05/01/21 – 11:16 pm – slowing Moon sextile Neptune

This is the waning sextile in their cycle.  Time to finish things up and begin preparation for the next cycle which begins on Thursday.  Pay close attention to any dreams tonight and to first thoughts, feelings or sensations tomorrow morning.  Be cautious if you are out tonight for Neptune may try to confuse you with his fog.


05/02/21 – 2:19 am – Mercury trine retrograde Pluto

This is the waxing trine in their cycle.  This trine indicates the success or lack of success from actions taken at the waxing first quarter crisis of action square.  Time to assess how you are doing and what if any changes you may want to make.


05/02/21 – 7:38 am – slowing Moon goes Void-of-Course

Following a waning trine to Mercury, the Moon goes void-of-course for almost five hours.  It’s Sunday morning, best if you stick with your routine or whatever plans you have made.


05/02/21 – 12:31 pm – slowing Moon enters Aquarius

With the Moon’s entrance into fixed air, I love humanity Aquarius, this could be a good day to do a random act of kindness or perhaps, volunteer some time with an organization whose purpose is consistent with your own moral compass.


05/02/21 – 3:38 pm – Venus sextile Neptune

This is the waxing sextile in their cycle.  This is the time to assess where you are; perhaps as to your spiritual journey or a dream you are manifesting, and plan for what action you want to take at the next major aspect, the waxing first quarter crisis of action square.


05/02/21 – 6:26 pm – slowing Moon returns In-Bounds

The Moon is at 3 Aquarius 21’ as She returns in-bounds.  It may feel as if some things and people are returning to a more “normal” state.  You may find that even your feelings and emotions are less prone to extremes.


05/03/21 – 2:33 am – Mercury goes Void-of-Course

It is Monday and following a waxing first quarter crisis of action square to Jupiter; the first of five exact aspects today, Mercury goes void-of-course for over 17 hours.  Jupiter likes to expand things, to take them to extremes so expand your thinking.  Go beyond your normal limits.  With Mercury void-of-course, think short Mercury retrograde without a do-over so choose your words carefully, think before speaking and triple check all emails, texts or other communications.  

The day starts with waxing aspects so you may want to start your day by focusing on new or newer work.  This afternoon will be the time to shirt to older work in progress.  Focus on your priorities, whatever they may be or split your time between newer work and then work that needs to get finished.


05/03/21 – 3:02 am – Sun square Saturn

This waxing first quarter crisis of action square is the second exact aspect today.  Whatever actions you decide to take, make sure you have considered all the possible outcomes and consequences before deciding.

Following this, the Moon will make a waning third quarter crisis of consciousness square to Uranus and then conjunct Saturn for the third and fourth exact aspects of the day.


05/03/21 – 12:50 pm – average Moon square Sun

This is the waning third quarter crisis of consciousness square in their monthly cycle and the fifth and final exact aspect of the day.  Consider, what is working and what isn’t.  Let go of that which doesn’t add value to whatever you are working on and focus on that which does.


05/03/21 – 7:49 pm – Mercury enters Gemini

The Mercury void-of-course is over.  While we may be able to relax a bit, back in their home sign of Gemini, Mercury may have a tendency to talk or say too much so continue to exercise caution and engage your brain and heart before engaging your mouth. 


05/04/21 – 9:00 am – average Moon square Venus

This is the waning square in the cycle between the two great ladies of the zodiac.  This cycle began with their conjunction April 12, 2021.  This is a fixed sign square, air Aquarius to earth Taurus.  Pay attention to the details as you may need to “change direction” or shift focus, just know that you may not be able to do it quickly because of the fixed nature of this square.


05/04/21 – 5:05 pm – slowing Moon goes Void-of-Course

Following a conjunction with Jupiter, the Moon goes void-of-course for just over two hours.  Take some time to reflect on your day and the rest of the week.  Don’t start anything new during this time.  Use this time to think about how your day went and what you need to do tomorrow.


05/04/21 – 7:09 pm – slowing Moon enters Pisces

With the Moon now in mutable water seeking the divine Pisces, you might want to consider engaging in some type of spiritual activity.

To end the day, the Moon will make a waning third quarter crisis of consciousness square to Mercury.  This is a good night for reflection on whatever you have been working on, especially if it involves writing or something you have been thinking about or want to say to someone.


05/05/21 – Happy Cinco De Mayo

This holiday celebrates the victory in 1862 of the Mexican Army over the French forces of Napoleon III at the battle of Puebla.

This morning the Moon will make a waning trine to Mars and then later this afternoon She will make a waning sextile to Uranus.  Waning aspects suggest that today is a good day to focus on work in progress, preferably things that you can finish soon.  What is working and what isn’t working for you are questions to ask yourself.  Much like a card game, it is a matter of knowing to keep and what to let go of.


05/06/21 – 4:25 am – Venus trine retrograde Pluto

This is the waxing trine in their cycle.  What might we learn from this easy flowing expanding aspect between the Goddess of desire and the God of desire taken to the extreme, Pluto the abductor?  As much as we might want something or someone it is never all right to take it just because we can.  Consider what is it you desire most?  Is this desire realistic?  Sometimes, we have to accept that desiring something or someone has to be enough, because it or they may be unavailable or unobtainable.

Following this the Moon will conjunct Neptune and then make a waxing sextile to retrograde Pluto.  With the conjunction and two waxing aspects, this should be a good day to get any new things started or at least focus on your newer projects or tasks.


05/07/21 – 12:36 am – slow Moon goes Void-of-Course

Following a waning sextile to Venus, the Moon goes void-of-course for over four hours.  Because of the time, most will probably sleep through this one.  If you don’t, just remember not to start any new projects or tasks during this time.  Set them aside until after the Moon enters Aries.


05/07/21 – 1:52 am – Mercury goes Out-of-Bounds North

Mercury is at 5 Gemini 35’ when they go out-of-bounds North joining Mars.  Beyond the bounds of the Sun, you may find new inspirations, ideas or out-of-the-box solutions.  Be sure to record any ideas or thoughts that come to you.  They may not make sense at this time, but you may find them of use later.  Get a good sense of this as Mercury will be out-of-bounds North for over three weeks.


05/07/21 – 4:52 am – slow Moon enters Aries

With the slow Moon now in cardinal fire, “NOW” oriented Aries, some people may seem more anxious or tense, as if they sense that something is going to happen, but they can’t tell what.  Whatever you may be feeling, it is natural, and this too shall pass so don’t panic.  Keep your wits about you and a cool head.


05/07/21 – 6:01 pm – slow Moon sextile Mercury

This waning sextile starts off Friday evening for everyone.  Later tonight the Moon will make a waning third quarter crisis of consciousness square to Mars.  Waning aspects symbolize consolidating, contracting, letting go of non-essential things.  Listen attentively to what others are saying, then choose your words carefully before responding.


05/08/21 – 6:38 am – Venus goes Void-of-Course

Following a waxing first quarter crisis of action square to Jupiter, Venus goes void-of-course for over 12 hours.  It is Saturday and Venus will be void-of-course for most of the day.  Avoid making any long-term financial commitments or expensive purchases.  Deals that seem too good to be true, probably are.  Don’t fall in love during this time, it isn’t real and will most likely not end well for you.  At least wait until Venus enters Gemini and you can talk with someone about it.


05/08/21 – 7:01 pm – Venus enters Gemini

This could be a good night to talk about your feelings or express words of love to that someone special in your life.  Then again, someone may try to impress you with their eloquent speech.  Don’t let them fool you.  Trust your instincts and the advice of your closest friends and family.


05/09/21 – Happy Mother’s Day!

Make time for your mother today, whether you spend it with her or in remembrance of her.


05/09/21 – 10:16 am – slow Moon square Pluto

This is the waxing first quarter crisis of action square in their monthly cycle.  It is Sunday.  Do something that makes you feel good about yourself.  Go for a walk, have a spa or movie day.  Perhaps do a random act of kindness or you might volunteer to help an organization, friend or stranger.


05/09/21 – 3:50 pm – slow Moon goes Void-of-Course

Following a waxing sextile to Jupiter, the Moon goes void-of-course for almost one hour.  It is Sunday afternoon.  Don’t start something new, instead, focus on some work in progress or just take a break, maybe go back to that TV show you were watching or that book you haven’t finished.


05/09/21 – 4:46 pm – slow Moon enters Taurus

Taurus is the Moon’s second home.  Here, She may want to create a sacred space where She feels safe or at ease.  Take time for yourself, to relax, unwind and restore in preparation for the week ahead.


05/10-16/21 – A Peek at the Week Ahead

This actually looks to be a relatively quiet week with mostly waxing, expanding aspects.  Tuesday offers up a New Moon and Wednesday has both the Moon and Jupiter going void-of-course.  Thursday Jupiter returns to Pisces, the sign He used to rule and now shares rulership with Neptune.  Friday morning Moon Wobble begins and then Mercury enters their Shadow, the beginning of their next retrograde cycle.  The weekend ends with the Moon going void-of-course Sunday night.  All in all, this looks to be a good week to move forward with whatever you are working on.


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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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