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In Part One of this article, we’ve seen how the Moon moves through the signs, and how the New Moon, Full Moon and the quarters are aspects, or angles, between the Moon and the Sun. But what is the significance of the Moon’s aspects with planets other than the Sun? And what is a Moon void-of-course?

The Moon’s Aspects

There are five major aspects that the Moon makes with the other planets: the conjunction, the sextile, the square, the trine and the opposition. The sextile and trine are considered harmonious, the square and opposition stressful, and the conjunction can go either way, depending on the planets involved. You can find these aspects, and sometimes others, listed on astrological calendars or datebooks, often with exact times. When the Moon is making a square to Saturn or Mars, conditions may be a little tense. When it is making sextiles to these planets, conditions may be tense but constructive. When the Moon aspects Venus or Jupiter by trine or sextile, conditions may be positive, but if by square and opposition, things may be excessive or boring.

The Moon Void-of-Course

As the Moon moves through any given sign, it makes aspects with the other planets. Eventually, there comes a point where it has made all possible aspects it can make with the planets in the configuration that they’re in at that time, but the Moon is still in the same sign. After some additional time, which can vary depending on where the other planets are located, the Moon enters the next sign of the zodiac. This period of time, after the last aspect  but before its entrance into the next sign, is when the Moon is said to be void-of-course.

Many astrological calendars and datebooks give the exact times of these periods, which occur every few days. As its name implies, the void-of-course Moon period marks a time of drift. It's a time when time itself seems to bend and turn, and not head straight to the next milepost. While the Moon moves through space, disconnected from the other planets, life on Earth likewise moves along with a weak sense of direction. And like Mercury retrograde, this period definitely works. Anyone planning to commence an important event, like opening a business or starting off on a trip, should make sure they know when the Moon is void-of-course.

When the Moon is void-of-course don't expect to meet all your goals. Don't expect to settle disputes in meetings or make real progress with any new business. Don't do something really important for the first time, and don't try to force things along a preconceived path. But also, don't get paranoid about it. There are plenty of ways to use, and even enjoy, the qualities of the void-of-course Moon. It's a great time for getting on with unfinished business, for cleaning up that which is left over, and for simply letting things happen.

Here is an example of what I mean. Suppose you're a director and you want to begin shooting a film, but the Moon is void-of-course. You can postpone your shoot and begin again later, after the Moon has entered the next sign and is moving toward a positive aspect with another planet. This would be the right thing to do if you intend to make your film follow the script and turn out the way you have envisioned it.

But if your film is open-ended, or maybe a continuation of something that has already been started, the void-of-course Moon will do you no harm. Another possibility is that you go ahead and start filming and just let things happen. If the film begins to swerve away from the original script, let it go. It's possible that it will go nowhere, but it's also possible it may go in directions never anticipated.

On a recent beautiful spring day, the Moon was void-of-course. A friend and I decided to go for a hike so as to better enjoy the weather. We visited a forest we'd been to before, but after some walking, we chose to follow a side path that took us deep into an area we'd never explored. Although the trail eventually ended, we just kept going. A little work with a map and compass, and some bushwhacking alongside a stream, and we came out to a trail we were familiar with. Although we were never really lost, we just let the process of the hike take over and let go of any specific expectations about where we were going. The day was a great success. The lesson here is that the void-of-course Moon should not be your enemy. Let it be your guide.

The Moon's movements affect all of us, as individuals and in groups. In fact, the larger the collection of people, the stronger the effect of the Moon. The next time you are at a large gathering, take note of what sign the Moon is in, what aspects it is making, and if it is void-of-course. If you know exactly when the Moon goes void-of-course, look for indications that it has made this change. Sometimes this shift is very clear, though most times it is quite subtle. If you're a good observer, however, you'll see people moving right along with the changes of the Moon, acting out the script of our nearest neighbor in space.



Bruce Scofield, C.A. NCGR, is an astrologer with a private practice in western Massachusetts who works with clients by telephone. He is the author of fourteen books and over two hundred articles. His interests include psychological astrology, electional astrology, Mesoamerican astrology and the history of astrology.

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Other StarIQ articles by Bruce Scofield:

  • Using the Moon’s Cycles Part 1   11/30/2013
  • Your Astrological Navigation System   3/4/2012
  • Using the Moon’s Cycles Part 1   7/25/2001
  • Travel with Electional Astrology   9/30/2000

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