Void of Course Moon:
In the previous two articles on the phenomenon known as "Void
of Course" I defined the term, gave specific examples of a
"Void of Course Moon," and described the astrological
significance of a Void of Course Moon in Electional Astrology. I
shall take advantage of this article to reiterate that "Anything
started while the Moon is Void of Course will fail in its intent
and purpose ... and nothing will come of it."
In this, the concluding article of the three part series, I shall
discuss the astrological significance of a natal horoscope whose
Moon is Void of Course. Fewer than ten percent of the natal horoscopes
that you deal with will have Void of Course Moons. Even that small
percentage of Moons is easy to miss if you merely look at a computer
printout of the chart or merely calculate the chart from an ephemeris.
You must actually seek the Void of Course phenomenon by searching
for Moon transits to see whether any Ptolemaic aspects occurred
after the moment of birth. I, personally, like to see the Moon make
at least two such Ptolemaic aspects before I say that the Moon is
not Void of Course in this natal horoscope, stretching the definition
Should you find that there is a Void of Course Moon in a person's
horoscope, you can be very helpful to this person by pointing out
some characteristics, and suggesting remedies for them. I have found
two major characteristics that need discussion. The first is that
these people always trust the wrong people. Mention this, and they
will nod their heads and agree. The Astrologer's job is to make
the "native" aware of this characteristic, and urge them
to make considered judgments hereafter about whom to trust. The
second characteristic is that people whose Moon is Void of Course
have something wrong with their sense of timing. In general, they
wait too long to take care of personal matters. They procrastinate
until a crisis occurs. They usually do not realize that they are
putting off pleasurable vacations, purchases, repairs, and other
activities, for no particular reason.
Now let us consider Secondary Progressions and the Progressed Moon.
Since the Progressed Moon will enter a new sign approximately every
two and a half years, there will be a period of time after the Progressed
Moon's last Ptolemaic aspect when the Progressed Moon is Void of
Course. Sometimes this period lasts for a few months, depending
on the personal horoscope. Everyone experiences this phenomenon
every two and a half years, at dates that you can determine with
a little arithmetic.
Next let us consider a situation which you may have in your own
horoscope. If you should have a planet late in a sign, the transiting
Moon might still be making a major (Ptolemaic) aspect to your personal
late planet, even after it has made its last major aspect to other
transiting planets and is officially Void of Course for the rest
of the world. You, personally, might be able to continue operating
effectively while the rest of the world is falling over the edge.
Make sure that you are not involving anyone else! They might not
be as protected as you are.
I suppose that you would like some examples of important events
that went awry because they were started when the Moon was Void
of Course. Easy. Thomas Dewey, Richard Nixon (1960, opposite John
Kennedy), Barry Goldwater, and George McGovern were all nominated
to run for President of the United States while the Moon was Void
of Course. Hah! Nothing came of their candidacy. The Watergate break-in
occurred during a Void of Course Moon. Richard Nixon was elected
in 1972 while the Moon was Void of Course. My last example: Bill
Clinton was inaugurated as President in 1997 while the Moon was
Void of Course.