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When the moon goes void-of-course

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In a single lunar cycle the moon does more than reveal each of her phases.  She also travels through each sign of the zodiac.  Her journey across the sky always circles through

  • Aries
  • Taurus
  • Gemini
  • Cancer
  • Leo
  • Virgo
  • Libra
  • Scorpio
  • Sagittarius
  • Capricorn
  • Aquarius
  • Pisces

and then repeats in that order.

The signs of the zodiac in the sky are a bit like towns.  Each one has a personality of sorts, rather like a town has its own culture.  The kinds of work you can do in a particular town, the kinds of activities that you can successfully engage in, depend on both you and the community.  Success in farming is much more likely with a combination of farming knowledge and a farming community than it is to happen with a combination of farming knowledge and a semiconductor community.  The relationship between the moon and the sign of the zodiac is comparable.  For example, success in emotional or intuitive magical matters is more likely to occur when the moon is in emotional and intuitive communities like Cancer, Scorpio or Pisces.

Continuing with the "signs of the zodiac are like towns" analogy, they have borders.  You know you have left town when you cross the city limits.  You leave town and then you (usually) have to travel down the road a ways before you reach the next town.  The moon does the same thing.  She leaves a sign of the zodiac and then must travel across the sky before she reaches the next sign.  This window of time when she is between signs is called void-of-course.  During this time period, she cannot draw on the resources of any of the signs because she is not in any of the signs, just like we cannot take advantage of a town's resources once we are no longer in that town.

The down side of void-of-course

The moon cannot help you with your spellwork.  She cannot access any of the resources that are available when she is "in town."  Plans made when the moon is void-of-course have a tendency to go wrong one way or another.  Sometimes, they are not heard at all.  Life goes on as if no plans or agreements were ever made.  They are forgotten completely.  Other times, those plans are heard, but they fall apart.  The ideas simply do not work.  The last scenario is that the plans will be implemented but they will work in unexpected way and have unforeseen consequences.  Many a Witch avoids working magic when the moon goes void-of-course because of this tendency toward ineffective results.

The up side of void-of-course

Take advantage of the fact that plans will fail.  If you absolutely must make arrangements to do something you are not ready to agree to, this is this time to do it.  Plans will be forgotten, will fail, or will be messed up.  Regardless, the issue is not settled.  You have time to mull things over knowing that the matter will resurface later.  A word to the wise: avoided problems will return and return again until they are adequately and successfully addressed.  Everyone needs to step back from overwhelming problems and take a deep breath from time to time.  That is healthy.  Sticking your head in the sand style avoidance is not. 

Void-of-course periods are excellent for taking stock.  Consider where you are, where you have been, where you are going.  Are you where you should be?  Are you going the right direction?  Contemplation time is important.  Reflection is necessary for growth and eventual success.

Meditation is also a good activity to engage in when the moon goes void-of-course.  Walking a labyrinth like the one pictured above can be soothing and grounding.  Pausing in a quiet place to focus on your breath and clear your mind is certainly time well spent.

The moon will return to one of the signs of the zodiac.  She always does and she is never late.  Take the moment to pause.  Breath.  You'll be ready to work again when she is ready to work with you.

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The Meditation Labyrinth. / CC BY 2.0

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Prana Timer for Meditation.

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  • Keri - Bangor Paganism Examiner 5 years ago

    I don't do much astrology, so hadn't heard that phrase before. Thanks for explaining it in such an easy to understand way! Nice metaphor!

  • Terry Hurlbut - Creationism Examiner 5 years ago

    You didn't make the moon void-of-course right now?

  • Jennifer Clark -- Austin Paganism Examiner 5 years ago

    To find out when the moon is void-of-course, read my Austin Almanac for the current week.

  • Regina Garson - Ethnic Communities Examiner 5 years ago

    I learn so much from your articles, good informative writing, as always.

  • Jesse - Tucson Atheism Examiner 5 years ago

    Another great piece of information, keep putting them out there- I try to always read them regardless. I enjoy what you do!

  • Emily Jones, Denver Wicca Examiner 5 years ago

    Thanks for the informative article. I am glad you chose to focus on the void-of-course moon as it is a topic that is not frequently discussed.

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