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Void of course Moon (V/C)


The moon is the only celestial object that orbits directly around Earth, and therefore our most intimate link to the cosmos. The moon functions like a window, or an optical lens, collecting the emanations of stars and planets, to then pass them on to mother Earth.

The moon moves very fast. Every 27.3 days it comes back to the same constellation.  And only because the Sun moves too, it takes an additional 2.2 days to realign with the Sun at new moon which occur every 29.5 days.



On its journey around Earth, the moon forms angles (aspects) with the planets. The main angles used in astrology are 0°, 60°, 90°, 120° and 180°, called the Ptolemaic aspects, in memory of Ptolemaeus. Research shows that these particular angles generate strong bonds, literally creating the ‘music of the spheres’, as Johannes Kepler (1571-1630), the famous astronomer described it.


When two planets form an exact angle, their energy fields come into subtle resonance with one another, like the strings of a violin. Resonance is one of the most basic natural laws.

The following sequence shows photographs of a drop of water, dripping into a bowl of water. This experiment was performed by Theodor Schwenk (1910-1986) who founded the Institute of Flow Science in Germany.




"The influence of planetary aspects on water is made visible by the drop picture method. These picutres reveal a higher structural order while Jupiter and Neptune are forming a 90° angle (center); 12min before (left), and 12min after (right)"


If you've ever watched the moon over the course of a few consequent nights, you will know how fast it moves against the starry sky. Every two to three days the moon changes sign, likewise entering new territory.



In order to stay focussed the moon needs to know which planet to meet next. Towards the end of a sign, after having formed the last Ptolemeic aspect, the moon finds itself engulfed by thick fog. It cannot see past the end the sign, thus oblivious of which planet it will come to resonate with. Focus and control are absent - only to be regained  upon entering the new sign.



You will find that all astrological calendars listing planetary aspects are making a note of the times when the moon goes void-of-course with the symbol 'V/C'.

The void-of-course moon is one of the most amazing features Tropical astrology offers. I encourage that you to start paying attention to these periods. Of all the celestial influences the VOC moon is one of the easiest to recognize. I'm very convinced that it won't take long for you to feel the change in energy. When void, mundane life becomes directionless, somewhat confused. Things go sideways, often ending up in a ditch. Rational mind is tampered, linear thinking often falls short. Vision gets blurred, we tend to be unfocused, dreamy and easily distracted.

It's certainly great advice to plan important events and decisions around such VOC periods. Our capability of making valid and informed choices may be compromised during VOC moons. For example we might feel tempted to spend money on things we later may regret. Extreme expressions show as collective confusion and chaos and more often than we see accidents and calamities unfolding during periocs of VOC moons.

Needless to say, the void-of-course moon has its very special gifts too. If we can take ourselves out of the loop of the rational world, then such periods can be great times for creative activities, for inner reflection and meditation, to sit back and relax, to enjoy and celebrate. These stretches could be called dream time, they are spiritual and holistic by nature. Not focussing on anything in particular, wide-angle vision opens, and at best  we may see the full panorama.



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