Making the Most of Void-of-Course Moons
A quick guide to what a void-of-course moon is, and how to
harness this very special energy in your day-to-day life.
Find out when all of the void moons are for the year here!
The moon is very important astrologically.
Because it reflects the light of the sun, it and the sun are known as the two "luminaries". The sun in our natal chart is our core self, our "light". The moon represents our emotional reactions, and therefore our childhood experiences and even past life experiences stored in our subconscious that create the style of our emotional behavior.
The moon in transit serves as an amplifier of whatever energy it is in contact with. So it will transmit to us the energy of the sign it is moving through in combination with whatever planets it aspects. When the transiting moon makes aspects to other planets (connects with them at specific angles: conjunction at zero degrees, sextile at sixty degrees, square at ninety degrees, trine at one hundred and twenty degrees and opposition at one hundred eighty degrees), it signifies events in our lives.
Aspects to real time planets are global influences everyone will feel. Aspects to planets of our own natal chart (where the planets were at our specific time of birth) will be more personal. But the moon is a fast mover and generally it will indicate how we feel and our mood toward things.
The Moon in the tarot is very similar in meaning to the moon in astrology. In both the moon is considered to symbolize the subconscious mind, and its tame and wild aspects. It denotes our intuition and inner guidance as well as all of the illusions and fears we hold in our mind. The moon is our path to consciousness, partially obscured by shadows yet just visible under the silver light, that whisper within so faint it might easily be mistaken for the wind. Because of its association with our subconscious, the moon is also representative of our past and our innate emotional disposition. The subconscious is that place within that serves as a storage bank of all of our past experiences which in turn affect our present and future emotional reactions.
When the moon, as it is traveling through a sign of the zodiac, has made it's final planetary aspect during its stay in that particular sign, it is said to be "void-of-course" until it enters the next zodiac sign. (The moon is void-of-course approximately every two and a half days.)
Just as it is natural to rest when it is dark and be active when the sun is shining, we can be aware of the moon's cycles and use them to our best advantage.
When the moon is void-of-course, we may find ourselves feeling spacy or floaty and without direction.
The void-of-course moon is then best used for activities that don't require decision-making, focus, or a specific outcome. Things like reading, relaxing, meditating or taking stock of past experiences, especially from an emotional or feeling perspective are great when the moon is void-of-course. It's good to stick to routine/mundane activities.
Save beginning things and anything you are wanting a specific result from for a time when the moon is not void, and making a supporting aspect.
The moon's aspects to other planets signify events.
The sign that the moon is transiting combined with the energy of the sign of the other planet, the influence of that planet, as well as the nature of the aspect the two are making, determine what aspects support what events.
For example, the best time for signing agreements is when the moon is in the waxing phase between new and full in Cancer, Scorpio, or Pisces and making a favorable aspect (conjunction, sextile, trine) to Mercury.
You would avoid days when the moon is making a stressful aspect (square or opposition) to Mars, Saturn, or Neptune.
When scheduling a surgery, always avoid within three days before or after a full moon, as this is when the risk of swelling will be at its highest.
The void-of-course moon is basically when the moon has gone off-duty and is not actively "talking" to any planets or us. It is our cue to go "off-line" as well, maybe literally.
This is not a time to push an agenda or force things - nothing will come of it.
It is easy to experience these moons as frustrating and unproductive, but When we take advantage of this time with consciousness and intention and flow with it purposefully, the void-of-course moon can be incredibly rewarding and become a valuable tool.
The Void Moon To-Do List
If you really want to harness the magic of void moons, keep a void moon to-do list. Mark down the times the moon will be void on the calendar (I always note these in the weekly Know to Flow Forecast) and then keep a list of tasks to tackle on those days.
Here are some ideas: