twenty-nine days, twelve hours, forty-three minutes and roughly 11 seconds. During her monthly journey, our lady also travels through the twelve signs of the Zodiac and graciously presents herself to the planets she meets along the way. When the moon and planets meet in the same sign, their angular interface is known in astrological terms as an 'aspect.' The type of aspect they share, like any angle, is measured in degrees and seconds. Once Lady Moon has met and passed all the planets within a given sign, we say that the moon is 'Void of Course' and that there will be no further influences from her until she enters another sign with new planets. When the moon is Void of Course, or, VoC, there is a brief pause in the breath of the Universe and you should, be all means, honor that pause.
It takes the moon approximately 2 1/2 days to enter and leave a sign in the Zodiac. Consequentially, VoC periods occur about every 2 1/2 days. These voids can last a few moments, several hours and occasionally, for the entire 2 1/2 day cycle. That means we experience roughly twelve to thirteen VoC moons in a month. We often sleep right through them as they can also occur in the middle of the night. There is some debate amongst astrologers as to how many planets should be included in the calculation for lunar voids, as well as what particular aspects should be considered. (See the basic aspect table below) Some astrologers favour Ptolemy's ancient system, while others wish to include more newly discovered bodies like Pluto and Charron. I'm not convinced that it really matters.
The truly remarkable thing about a lunar VoC is that the Universe, in its wisdom, has created time and space for inconsequential drifting. You'll hear the usual warnings about starting new ventures, unexpected results, etc. Wiccan's and magician's won't normally try spell work during a VoC. Regardless of all of that, during a VoC you have the Universe's permission...no, assertion that it's right and proper to slow down and simply enjoy the state of being. You might feel a little aimless, slightly ungrounded as if life has an unreal quality to it. Not really a surprise. Reality as we perceive it is, after all, is merely an illusion.
It's suggested that we use the minutes, hours and days of VoC to connect to ourselves, to promote our spiritual growth. A hike in the woods, good music, a deck of tarot cards - whatever it is that helps you connect to your higher self. During VoC periods meditations can be deeper, more profound. We have the ability to more easily slip our earthly bonds and do spiritual work in the higher realms.
Western society moves at an abominably fast pace. As
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On August 15th at 21 minutes past midnight PST, we will experience the Moon's next Void of Course. It will last until 10:04 a.m. Here's your opportunity to begin your quest to find your own guidelines about who you are, what you believe matters above all else and what you truly want to create as your spiritual framework. Just you and your Creator doing some inconsequential drifting. Turn off the morning rhetoric and instead, start your day with a mediation. Take a moment before 10:00 a.m. to just sit quietly in this space in time, on this tiny planet and honor the peace of the void.
COMMON ASTROLOGY ASPECTS (PLANETS AND/OR MOON)
Term Degree or Relationship To Each Other
Conjunction approximately on the same degree
Semi Sextile 30 degrees
Sextile 60 degrees
Square 90 degrees
Trine 120 degrees
Opposition 180 degrees