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Understanding the Void of course Moon

Understanding the Void of course Moon

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Understanding the Void-of-Course Moon by Jenni StoneThe Moon makes a complete circle through the twelve signs every 28.5 days and spendsapproximately 2.5 days in each sign.Some Moon signs are felt more acutely than others: In the sign of Aries, for instance, theenergy is physical and sometimes angry, a dynamic force that can be used to tackle tasksand start projects; the Moon in Taurus is a more laid-back and sensual urge to enjoy finedining and good music. As the Moon arrives in the sign of Gemini, the telephone startsringing and the messages begin to pour in. There are, of course, other influences at work in the solar system, but the Moon is always playing "background music" that keeps usconnected to the Earth and the stars.There is a time, however, when this connection is interrupted and we "float" betweensigns. This is the time we call the void-of-course Moon. It starts after the Moon has madeits last major aspect (1) to the Sun or planets and is still within the sign, and the Moon isconsidered void of course until it enters the next sign.The Moon goes void of course every two days or so, and this can last anywhere from afew minutes to several hours. Sometimes, the Moon is void of course for two consecutivedays; in August 2002, it lasted for almost three days when the Moon failed to make anyaspects while in the sign of Cancer.There is a distinctive quality to the energy during a void-of-course Moon: Stores andrestaurants are unusually quiet, judgment is impaired, and many people have a hard timemaking decisions. Business meetings can take a strange turn, and people find it difficultto work together as a group.Few astrology books mention this phenomenon, and there seems to be a lack of publishedinformation in this area. In an article about interpreting the void-of-course Moon in natalcharts, Robert Hand quotes Julius Firmicus Maternus, a 4th-century Roman astrologer."If however the Moon is so positioned that she is carried toward nothing, nor is she joining herself to any star by a proper ray, and no benevolent star occupies the angles, itwill make degraded paupers, and those who are destitute of all things that are necessary,and those for whom the things which are an aid to daily living are denied, and those whoalways require the support of strangers in order to sustain life." (2)These grim consequences appear to have been combined with the horary interpretation of a chart with a void-of-course Moon, which says that "nothing will come of this." Theconclusion is that action is unproductive during this time. Llewellyn’s astrologicalcalendar says that people are "fuzzy – or vague – scattered even" and that "actioninitiated during this time is often wasted, irrelevant, or incorrect."However, this is not always so. Over the past two years, I have conducted research (3)with a group of friends who know nothing of astrology beyond their Sun-sign column in
the local newspaper and are therefore not interested in either confirming or denying our current pet astrological theories.This is what we found, plus some suggested ways to plan ahead and use the void-of-course Moon in positive ways.1. Routine goes well, but take care when starting new projects.2. Organize and throw out the clutter: This is an opportunity to get rid of the piles of  papers and junk that have been accumulating. Files may be reorganized, desks and closetscleaned out; it is easy during a void-of-course Moon to see what is needed and whatshould be discarded. With blockages cleared, the natural flow of harmony and balance isrestored. When the Moon enters into the next sign, there is a noticeable "sweetness" tothe space that is created.3. Spiritual disciplines like yoga or meditation take on a new dimension. Problems can be put on hold, and a state of inner peace is possible at these times. A luxurious timelessness pervades the senses. Music can be felt more deeply, and nuances of emotions are distinct.4. Edit and correct: Writers use this time to revise their work. New ways of expressingideas can be found during this time.5. Take stock of your surroundings: Shortages, mistakes, and missing items are morenoticeable during the void.6. Sleep: Lazy morning and afternoon naps are especially tranquil when the Moon is voidof course, and the line between sleeping and waking is deliciously blurred. Luciddreaming can be encouraged by instructing the mind to find answers through dreams.7. Relax and "hang loose": Take time off to restore and replenish your internal batteries.8. Look ahead and be prepared: This can be a most productive time for making "to do"lists and reviewing the status of projects. It is easy to see what needs to be brought up todate during the void-of-course Moon. Much can be accomplished, and a profound senseof clarity and satisfaction is often experienced.9. Social events with friends can be giddy and intoxicatingly fun. Throw an impromptu party or a potluck dinner. Then add an element of surprise with games like charades or Scrabble where you make up the words and the rules. Do not serve food that takes toomuch preparation: Pick up some Kentucky Fried Chicken, and ask guests to bring cookiesor a pint of their favorite ice cream for a taste test.10. Travel: The void-of-course Moon can be a good time to take a trip, if someone else isdoing the driving. A journey by air, train, boat, or bus can be relaxing, and the time will pass easily. This is because the trip is routine to the bus driver or pilot and airlineattendants.
During the three-day void in August 2002, I traveled via Virgin Atlantic to England. The plane was only half full, and the trip was trouble-free. The only challenge was the car rideto the airport. My driver did not speak English, and I didn’t happen to speak his nativelanguage (Russian).11. Try something you’ve never done before. It’s not sensible to try rock climbing for thefirst time or to make a demo tape to launch your singing career, but it can be liberating totry a new activity when the Moon is void of course. A pioneering attitude in artistic pursuits brings results that range from groundbreaking to bizarre; intellectual and philosophical brainstorming can yield innovative ideas.12. The inner voice can be heard keenly now: Intuition is strong during this time. Inner reflection can be more profound, and inner conflicts can be resolved.What not to do during this time.1. Do not start important or life-changing projects during the void-of-course Moon: Theoutcome will not be what you want or expect. We all have undertakings that remainunfinished; this is just one of the causes. In Africa, I understand there is a tribe that burieswomen with all of their unfinished projects – and they would have to dig a mighty bighole for my grave.2. Try to avoid meeting new people: A first date or job interview should not be scheduledduring the void. People you first meet while the Moon is void of course will not be whothey appear to be; you tend to see them through rose-colored glasses, and this kind of euphoria doesn’t last. Disappointment and frustration result when they (or you) don’t liveup to the image.I have personally tested this tenet many times. My own rule is this: If the other personsuggests a time that is void for a first meeting, I will counter with a time of my choice, but if this person insists, then I will go ahead – while staying alert for setbacks andhindrances to a long-term relationship.One man (a prospective boyfriend) insisted on meeting for lunch when the Moon wasvoid of course. He told me of his foot and shoe fetish, and I assumed that would be theextent of his weirdness. But on the third date, I learned that he was a "recovering"alcoholic. This became obvious when he soaked up three double scotches and peed on thefloor.I have noticed that relationships started when the Moon is void of course usually end withtelephones being slammed down.3. Do not start a new job when the Moon is void of course. My friend Rebecca called totell me that she had no choice but to start her civil service position on a day when theMoon was void of course all day.

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