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Advanced Astrology (cont.)

The Lunation Cycle
   Part One
   Part Two

Part of Fortune
   Part One
   Part Two

Part of Fortune in the Signs

Part of Fortune and Planets

Part of Fortune Surprises

Retrograde Planets
   Part One
   Part Two
   Part Three
   - Transiting Retrograde Planets A

   Part Four
   - Transiting Retrograde Planets B

   Part Five
   - Surprises About Retrograde
     Planets

   Part Six
   - More Surprises About Retrograde
     Planets


Libra Ingress 1997

The Void of Course Moon
   Part One
   Part Two
   Part Three

Advanced Techniques
   Part One
   Part Two
   Part Three

Planetary Hours
   Part One
   Part Two
   Part Three
   Part Four

Capricorn Ingress, 1997

New Year's Resolutions

Lunations 1998

Using New and Full Moons

Eclipses

Reading the Chart
   Part One: Chart-As-A-Whole
   Part Two: Chart-As-A-Whole
   Part Three: Examples
   Part Four: Examples (cont.)

Total Solar Eclipse

Astrologers' Dilemma
   - Clinton's Birth Data


Lunar Eclipse

Aries Ingress 1988

Decanates
   Part One
   Part Two
   Part Three
   Part Four
   Part Five

The Void of Course Moon:
Part One

When we were all novice astrologers we learned about the meaning of the Natal Moon. We examined every chart that we could find and, over a period of time, we refined and honed our understanding of the Natal Moon. Later, most of us learned to examine the Transiting Moon and its effects on our lives and the lives of those we care about. Both the Natal Moon and the Transiting Moon are clearly shown in charts drawn by our computers or in a quick examination of an ephemeris.

But there is another facet of the astrological interpretation of the Moon which is known by the most advanced astrologers, and the value of this facet can be vital in day-to-day considerations. This is the consideration of the "Void of Course" Moon. Astrologers owe much to my dear friend, the late Al H. Morrison, who worked long and hard to bring attention to the importance of observing the Void of Course Moon. He was responsible for some of the earliest compilations of ephemerides for the Void of Course Moon.

What is a "Void of Course" Moon? Technically, it is defined as that period of time after the Moon, in its current zodiacal sign, has made its last Ptolemaic aspect, and makes no more Ptolemaic aspects before it enters the next zodiacal sign. Actually, any planet can have a period of time when it is "Void of Course" either natally or by secondary progression, but this discussion is directed to the Moon.

The Moon goes around the Earth in a little more than 29 days, thereby spending about two to three days in each sign of the zodiac, depending on the rate of speed of the Moon, which is not constant. As the Moon travels through a sign, it may or may not make a Ptolemaic aspect to a planet. Ptolemaic aspects are only the conjunction, the opposition, the square, the trine, and the sextile. I stress the word only because only these five aspects are to be considered in the Void of Course discussion.

A Void of Course period can be as short as a few minutes, or as long as three days, depending on the planetary positions at the time. Let me give you some current examples. I shall use Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) unless otherwise noted. The Moon will enter the sign Aries on Tuesday, October 14, 1997 at 11:25 AM EDT. While the Moon is moving through Aries, it will make Ptolemaic aspects with Pluto, Uranus, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, the Sun, and Mercury. The last Ptolemaic aspect made by the Moon while still in Aries will be the square to Neptune at 6:46 AM EDT on Thursday, October 16, 1997. At this time, because there are no further Ptolemaic aspects to be made (while the Moon is still in Aries,) the Moon is said to be Void of Course. The Moon will remain Void of Course until it enters the sign Taurus at 11:16 AM EDT. Here is an example of a Moon that is Void of Course for four hours and thirty minutes.

While the Moon will be in Taurus, the final Ptolemaic aspect that it will make is a trine to Neptune at 7:45 AM EDT on Saturday, October 18, 1997. After this time, the Moon will be Void of Course until it enters Gemini at 12:26 PM EDT. This is an example of a Moon that is Void of Course for four hours and forty-one minutes.

Do not be fooled into thinking that these two examples signify a pattern. Neptune, at twenty-seven degrees Capricorn, will be the last planet aspected by the Moon in Aries and in Taurus, but Neptune will not receive a Ptolemaic aspect from the Moon during the time that the Moon will be in Gemini. Moreover, do not be fooled into thinking that the typical length of time of a Void of Course Moon is about four hours. When there is a planet at a high number, such as 29 degrees, then the Moon does not have far to go before it reaches the next sign so it might be Void of Course for only a few minutes. On the other extreme, on Saturday, January 18, 1997, the Moon made its last aspect at 3:12 PM EST and was Void of Course until Monday, January 20, 1997 at 3:29 PM EST, a total of 48 hours and 17 minutes.

Let us go back to the Moon in Gemini. On October 20, 1997, the last aspect that the Gemini Moon will make is a trine to the Sun at 11:52 AM EDT. The Moon will be Void of Course for 4 hours and 53 minutes until it enters the sign Cancer at 4:45 PM EDT. On Thursday, October 23, 1997, the Moon's last aspect in Cancer will be a square to the Sun at 29 Libra 49 minutes at 12:48 AM EDT. The Moon will be Void of Course for only 22 minutes until 1:10 AM EDT when the Moon enters Leo. On Friday, October 24, 1997, the Moon will make its last Ptolemaic aspect while in Leo when it trines Mars at 1:45 PM EDT. The Moon will be Void of Course for almost 24 hours until it enters the next sign, Virgo, at 12:59 PM EDT on Saturday, October 25, 1997.

I would like to give you one more example. This occurred in 1989. On Monday, November 13, the Moon in Taurus made its last aspect and went Void of Course at 3:24 AM EST. When it entered the next sign, Gemini, there were no Ptolemaic aspects for the Moon to make, so it stayed Void of Course until the Moon entered Cancer, on Wednesday, November 15, 1989 at 3:51 PM EST after a total of 60 hours and 27 minutes.

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