VOC Moon

Manifesting on the Void of Course Moon

4 of Swords by Elizabeth Alba
4 of Swords by Elizabeth Alba

bee-705412_640Hi Everyone! I want to draw your attention to the upcoming Void of Course Moon. It will last for 23.5 hours (that's a long one) and offers us a great opportunity to lighten out grip on the wheel, and align with a very easy--slack even--way  of manifesting.  Think Intentional Resting, Easy World, Slacker-City Manifesting. It's happening in Scorpio, from 18 degrees to 0 Sagittarius, which will give you some hints on WHERE this might be focused for you.

Here are the times:

MOON VOID STARTS @18 SCORPIO
LA– Friday 11.38 am
NY– Friday 2.38 pm
LON – Friday 7.38 pm
SYD – Saturday 6.38 am

ENDS with MOON @0 SAGITTARIUS
LA – Saturday 10.52 am
NY – Saturday 1.52 pm
LON – Saturday 6.52 pm
SYD – Sunday 5.52 am

What is The Void of Course Moon?

VOC occurs when the Moon, or planet (any other than the sun which can not go VOC) is PAST the exact degree of its final major aspect or while still in its current sign. The void of course moon is over the moment the Moon ingresses into the next sign. In the case of the upcoming VOC, it completes a sextile to Pluto at 18 Capricorn and then makes NO NEW ASPECTS until changing signs.

What does the Void of Course Moon Mean?

In horary astrology, VOC means there is nothing to worry about or nothing will happen. The VOC can last from minutes to hours slackerand is generally considered not the best time to launch new ideas or initiate change. It's a time to allow, feel and float downstream, gathering information and momentum that can be actioned when the moon enters the next sign and is renewed. VOC is, as mentioned above, excellent for meditation, creative musing and matters of the heart. If ever there is a time for SLACKER MANIFESTING, it's on the VOC Moon.

History of the Void of Course Moon

In the 1st Century AD, we find VOC Moon in the natal chart getting a bum rap:

If you find the Moon void of all the planets, none of them aspects it, and none is in the ascendant or aspecting the ascendant, then this native is void of good in livelihood, possesses pain and hardship in the pursuit of what he needs.

- Carmen Astrologicum, 1.12.7

And then, in the 4th Century AD, Thesaurus 1.39, Firmicus says:

There is void-coursing of the Moon whenever it is not applying to any planet, not bodily and not by figure [aspect].

It goes on, through the ages…

To define, Void means empty, nothing, and course is the path of the moon around the earth.

So it literally means ‘empty of influence along the path’ because there is no companionship - no new aspect, until it changes signs.

Orbs for Void of Course Moon

The question of orb is different in the past than modern times. It wasn’t until the 1970’s that the current definition of Void of Course came in. Al Morrison popularized it then, saying:

The void of course Moon “begins when the Moon in transit makes the last major aspect it will make before it changes from one sign of the zodiac to the next. It ends when the Moon enters the next sign. … You may call it a silly season, or vacation from normal living. Decision making in such periods turns out later to be unrealistic. Creativity diverges into unpleasant directions, improvisations, false starts, error. Business moves fail to generate profits, or meet unexpected difficulties. If you buy any object it usually fails of its intended use. Human judgment is more fallible than usual …

But … that’s not how William Lilly, for example, writing in 1647 defines it. He says:

A Planet is void of course, when he is separated from a Planet, nor does forthwith, during his being in that Sign, apply to any other: This is most usually in the Moon … You shall seldom see a business go handsomely forward when this is so. (CA, p. 112)

Some More Technical Info

So, for Lilly, to avoid being void of course the planet has to enter into orb of another aspect either during its separation from its last aspect, or immediately as it becomes fully separated.

He has a table of of ‘orbs’ showing that the void isn’t necessarily over when the moon enters the new sign. It has to apply, within orb, to another body. Note declinations, parallels and contra-parallels count as aspects as does the Part of Fortune. Some count aspects to the nodes and vertex too.

lilly-table-or-orbs
Above Lilly was listing the radius of the orbs and he regarded the “moiety” as half of that radius. By adding the moieties of two planets Lilly calculated the maximum distance those planets could be apart and still considered within aspect of each other.

There is no agreement historically on how long a void might last but we take it from the end of the last major aspect until the ingress into the next sign.

Remember, it's Void of Course because the ‘ship has lost her way’ for a time. In a natal chart, I suggest a natal VOC moon be the perfect candidate for "Slacker Manifesting" all the time.

Manifesting TIPS on the Void of Course Moon

I invite you all to try a relaxed approach to anything you are creating. Here's the first tip from Abigail Steidley. Read her in full on Jeannette's blog.

I use this approach with everything (albeit not perfectly, mind you! Sometimes I forget and start over-efforting).

  • Do nothing.
  • Ignore it.
  • Listen for ideas.
  • Take action on the ideas.

It’s the recipe for instant manifestation. I have learned not to put one ounce of mental or physical effort into anything until I have done nothing, ignored it, and listened for ideas. Yes, this is the exact opposite of everything we learned in school.

And then, there's Easy World:

Choosing Easy World invites us to enter a new paradigm, where suffering and struggle are not possible and joy abounds ...

My approach is to simply say, "I live in easy world where everything is easy, especially ..."

That's it.

I do it once and it's never failed.

Who wants to join me in not lifting a finger to create what we want on this VOC Moon weekend? I'll share my chart and ideas tomorrow.

Feel free to pop in the comments if you have questions, anecdotes, or support to offer.

We'd love to hear from you.

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