The Void Moon


The Void Moon

Really, it’s when the Moon is “Void of Course,” the shorthand is VoC.

O, swear not by the moon, th’ inconstant moon,
That monthly changes in her circled orb,
Lest that thy love prove likewise variable.

Juliet in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, Act 2 Scene 2 lines 109-11

When the Moon is “Void of Course,” what it means is that the Moon isn’t making a major angle to other planets.

To fine tune this, the ephemerides usually include to the last angle the Moon makes, and to what planet, as this imparts a flavor to the VoC time.

For a year, I ran localized ephemeris sheets showing the planets’ location, and the moon phases, but I found that the information got very little traction. When I’m in the process of picking dates to execute actions of one nature or another? I watch the Moon carefully, making sure I steer clear of the VoC, when possible.

It is equally important, when looking at Void of Course Moon, to consider the last angle the Moon made and to what planet, as this has a tremendous effect on essence and sentiments of the VoC times.

Of course, when launching an endeavor and using astrological timing? It’s usually best to consult with one of us who knows about a Void of Course Moon.

With the time zone set for CDT, what this ephemeris shows?

The balsamic moon started when the Moon moved into Cancer, August 10, at 7:09 AM. It’s last major aspect was a trine to Saturn in Scorpio August 12 at 12:44 PM.


Here’s where the term Void of Course applies: from 12:44 PM to 3:53 PM, the “Moon is in Cancer,” but there are no angles, so it’s not as big of an influence. There is no planet pressure for the Moon to perform Lunar duties.

The Moon enters Leo at 3:53 PM, on August 12. It aligns with the Sun, Conjunction, August 14, at 9:54 AM. However, that afternoon, the Moon goes VoC at 11:37 PM, and stays VoC until it enters Virgo, August 15 at 2:46 AM.

I’m so legal these days, it hurts. Lost my outlaw, rebel credit. However, when I take actions like file taxes, federal and state? I tend to file when the Moon is Void of Course. Less chance of it flying back with anything more than a refund.

That’s an example of when to use the VoC.

Because Saturn is at a late degree of Scorpio all of August, the Moon doesn’t spend much time Void of Course. That’s the mechanics of it.

To best use those VoC time, it helps to look at the last angle, with flowing angles usually more beneficial as that sets a more upbeat tone.

The original Moon Sign workshop and cheat sheet.

And to think, each week? I cover this in my horoscopes.

The Void of Course Moon is when the Moon no longer makes any major angle any other planets. Major angles are called: conjunct, sextile, square, trine, and opposition.

Ephemeris Page

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