Void-of-Course Moon Guide

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The History of the Void-of-Course Moon

The entire body of astrological knowledge is enormous. Astrology can describe personality, predict world events, diagnose health problems, help gardeners, estimate the potential of relationships, and do many other interesting and important things. There is also one peculiar branch of astrology that deals with answering people’s questions, it is called horary astrology. A person could come to an astrologer and ask pretty much any question of concern to him or her. A horary astrologer would then create a chart for the moment when the question was asked and attempt to give an answer to the question by following a specific set of rules of judgement.

Through the astrological tradition, the attitude towards horary astrology was uneven. There were famous astrologers, like Guido Bonatti in the 13th century and William Lilly in the 17th century, who were great masters of horary and could do miracles with it, but there were also equally great astrologers, like Al-Biruni in the 11th century, who believed that horary astrology simply can’t be true. Many contemporary astrologers, as well as highly reputed astrologers of the 20th century, like Alan Leo and Charles Carter, either rejected the validity of horary or had serious doubts about it. On the other hand, there were astrologers like Ivy Goldstein-Jacobson and Derek Appleby, who showed amazing examples of the horary art. Typically, those astrologers who’d prefer to view their astrology as a kind of contemporary science, similar to physics or math, reject horary, simply because it defies mechanistic logic. It has to be said though that there are also numbers of inexperienced or naive astrologers who misuse horary by asking silly or trivial questions and then hoping that astrology will give an answer no matter what. Definitely, those practitioners do not add to the credibility of the method.

Now, let me explain you why all this is relevant for our discussion. The void-of-course Moon is one of many considerations used in horary astrology, and only In horary astrology. This means that there are quite a few experienced professional astrologers who might have no clue what the void-of-course Moon is, and that’s okay. They just don’t need it as they never use horary. That is why I was so surprised when discovered how popular the void-of-course Moon was, that it is actually becoming a part of popular astrology.

How to Use Void-of-Course Periods In Your Daily Life

The simplest way to make a practical use of the knowledge about the void-of-course Moon is to follow the advice given by horary astrologers. Ivy Goldstein-Jackobson gave us a key word, ‘NOTHING’, Derek Appleby — a key phrase, ‘Nothing will come of it’. William Lilly wrote that a business will unlikely go handsomely when the Moon is void-of-course.

Projecting these hints onto everyday life, we can say that nothing important should be done during the periods of void-of-course Moon, because chances are that there will be no result. Unless, of course, you want something to have no result — then it should be done exactly when the Moon is void-of-course. Here is an example:

I work as an IT consultant. When the project I worked on is over, I need to go and find another project. The result is that I have lots of job interviews in my life, sometimes more than one a day. This also means that I am an experienced interviewee, and in most cases I can successfully guess whether I was successful or not before I was told the final decision. On the day I want to tell you about, the Moon was void-of-course from approximately 10am to about 7pm, and I had two interviews: one at 11am, another at 2pm. Both interviews went very well, and I believed that I will be offered both jobs. I was even a little bit uneasy, anticipating how I will be torn apart between the two possibilities. To my surprise, however, not only I wasn’t offered any of the jobs, but even the job agents through whom I attended the interviews, didn’t ring me with a feedback, and that was very unusual. ‘NOTHING’ was the correct keyword to summarize the essence of this story.

An example of a positive use of void-of-course periods is given by the horary authorities I cited: if you get some unpleasant news during such a period — health-related or otherwise — chances are ‘nothing will come of it’, there will be no real consequences, the reason for worry will disappear without a trace after the Moon’s entry into the next sign. Another example: you have some long and tedious official form to fill in. The questions are ambiguous and you can never be sure that you did everything 100% right, but at the same time you don’t want to be harassed for this form for the rest of your life. Send it in when the Moon is void-of-course and forget about it.

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