Void of Course Moon
Spending about two and a half days in a sign, the Moon as it travels rapidly through the zodiac, aspects every other planet by conjunction, sextile, square, trine and opposition. Once it makes the last major aspect to another planet from the sign it occupies, it becomes “Void of Course” for the duration of time it remains in that sign.
What’s it good for?
Those familiar with Horary Astrology have heard this terminology because in Horary, a Void of Course Moon impedes a chart reading and it is the first Stricture Against Judgment. A question formed within this time frame is devoid of results or a definitive answer cannot be found. It indicates wavering in the mind of the questioner or uncertainty surrounding the issue.
In our daily lives, the Void of Course Moon period tends to be a less favorable time in which to carry out various business concerns or affairs that require decisions and a practical frame of mind. Depending on the positions the other planets occupy, the amount of time the Moon remains in this Void of Course status is never the same. It may only be a few minutes or it can last up to a couple of days.
In his essay that appears in Secrets From a Stargazer’s Notebook: Making Astrology Work for You by Debbi Kempton-Smith, Copyright 1982 and 1999, published by Topquark Press, Al H. Morrison who traced the effects of the Void of Course Moon from ancient times to the present makes this observation of its effects:
Decision making in such periods turns out later to be unrealistic. Creativity diverges into unpleasant directions, improvisations, false starts, error. Business moves fail to generate profits, or meet unexpected difficulties.
(Quotes used by permission, Copyright 1982 and 1999, Debbi Kempton-Smith.)
There are however, certain activities that can be carried out with beneficial results during the Void of Course period. Some are things we may be lacking in our weekly schedules anyway. As Al H. Morrison also reveals, this time “is best used for subjective, spiritual, non-material concerns like prayer, yoga, play, psychotherapy, or passive experience, sleep or meditation.”
It is also an appropriate time for reading, listening to music, watching a movie, taking a nap and other pleasurable activities.
Activities to avoid during the Void of Moon period include important business meetings, new enterprises, elective surgery, submitting proposals, negotiations, shopping for important items or making important decisions.
Remembering the phrases “passive experience” and “subjective concerns” in connection with the time the Moon is Void, it is even an appropriate time to learn about your own horoscope – at this time you are more open to discovering any blind spots you might have had. Self-analysis of any kind is enhanced if carried out during the Void of Course Moon period.
Actually, you are probably more sensitive to the Void of Course Moon than you think. These are the mornings it’s hard to drag yourself out of bed or you notice you’re having an especially difficult time feeling motivated. Or, it’s the frustrating times during the workday that you say to yourself; ok, what is going on here? Is it just me or is something strange going on?
For a table of the Void of Course Moon times and the complete essay by Al H. Morrison, link to Topquark. My book, Identifying Planetary Triggers, shows how a Void of Course Moon may have played a role in the JonBenet Ramsey case never being solved.
Llewellyn’s 2013 Astrological Calendar is an easy way to track of the Void of Course Moon. This info is included on the days of the month at the time the Moon goes void. This artistic and colorful wall calendar also gives monthly readings for each sign and tons of great info for all signs.