Void of Course Moon – August 2020

It is always my intention to post these dates and times by no later than the 2nd of each month; however, there are sometimes when circumstances out of my control that make it impossible to do so. In such events, please refer to Llewellyn’s Astrological Calendar for the current year, which can be purchased at www.Llewellyn.com

Each month, when the day’s Moon Sign is the same as your Moon sign, your emotional well-being is rejuvenated for the month.  When the Moon Sign is in the same Sign as your Sun sign, that’s your time to shinetake in the warmth and regeneration of your Energy. Take the opportunity to express your highest self for the good of all and not to your detriment. (Also Stay Aware of when we’re also in a Mercury Retrograde cycle — dates are listed on this site.)

When the Moon transits each Constellation/Sign, you can use “Moonlinks Messages” to get a sense of the current Moon Sign’s Energy Influences before it goes Void of Course (also click on the Void of Course Moon link for those dates and times). See Moonlinks Messages on the Facebook page for SwimmingInYourBrain by Elle Simon.

Learning about the Void of Course Moon and your Personal Void of Course Moon dates and times (pages 84-85 of Swimming In Your Brain) adds a greater sense of control over the outcomes of your intentions on the days you don’t have support from the Moon.  You can also begin learning to interpret the movement of each Moon sign through your natal/birth chart, using the example on pages 72-74 of Swimming In Your Brain.  A signed copy can be purchased on the Home Page of this website.

(Note: The dates and times posted  below for the Void of Course Moon are Pacific time and gathered from Llewellyn’s 2020 Daily Planetary Guide or the Daily Ephemeris & Aspectarian, both of which can be purchased at www. Llewellyn.com)

August

2            Sunday 6:59A to 11:11A              Aquarius

4            Tues.     2:45P to 7:28P                 Pisces

7            Fri.         5:53A to 6:05A                 Aries

9            Sun.      12:50P to 6:28P               Taurus

12          Wed.     12:55A to 6:46A              Gemini

14          Fri.         4:19A to 4:35A                Cancer

16          Sun.      4:59P to Mon. 1:38A      Leo

18          Tues.     10:38P to Wed. 1:20A    Virgo

20          Thur.     8:37P to Fri. 2:16A          Libra

22          Sat.        9:20P to Sun. 3:16A        Scorpio

24          Mon.     11:27P to Tues. 5:49A    Sagittarius

27          Thur.     5:00A to 10:37A              Capricorn

29          Sat.        12:31P to 5:37P               Aquarius

31          Mon.     9:56P to Tues. 2:34A      Pisces

What Is a Void of Course Moon?

For those unfamiliar with the term “Void of Course Moon,” this refers to the period of time the moon is “in between” signs, and it occurs at the same time for everyone (though according to our respective time zones; e.g., if the general V/C Moon occurs a 9 a.m. on the west coast, it is occurring at the same time but 12 p.m. clock time on the east coast.) An example of the moon being in between signs would be, when the moon leaves the sign of Sagittarius and hasn’t yet moved into Capricorn.  This period can last a minute or a day.  But it is definitely a time during which we chill, take a break — time out. Certainly, actions begun when one’s *Personal* Moon is Void of Course bring unintended consequences.

There are general Void of Course Moon periods, and our personal Void of Course Moon dates and times, which coincide with or precede the general V/C Moon and are important to know and use in conjunction with the general V/C Moon dates and times. Those whose personal Moon is not void of course still have to work within the parameters of the General Void of Course Moon — it just won’t be quite as frustrating. Remember, however, most people have no clue whether their personal Moon is void of course, so we have to operate from the point of view that everyone has to use the rules of a general V/C just to keep things copacetic (if that’s even possible).

The P-V/C Moon is a signal that we are vulnerable to circumstances beyond our control.  It would not be the time to take (elective) tests, go on an interview or have *any* important meeting, start any new job, have surgery (unless it is an emergency, of course), and certainly not the time to start a partnership or business, get engaged — let alone married. We should plan nothing, decide nothing in particular, commit to nothing, and purchase nothing. If we do, we should expect the result to be very different than we intended.  Relationships begun under a Void of Course Moon go nowhere (especially under our P-V/C Moon).

Any one of the Jim Maynard astrological calendars (at least through 2020) is extremely useful for planning around general V/C Moon dates and times for the whole year; the dates and times are listed here a month or two at a time.

Examples of what can occur during or because of action planned or taken during a Void of Course Moon (V/C Moon) include: in 2000, Al Gore’s nomination for, and acceptance of, the nomination to be the Democrat standard-bearer for President and Joe Lieberman’s nomination for Vice President; the 2000 Election Night and the outcomes of various court proceedings related TO the 2000 Election; President Nixon’s nomination for President and also his election in 1972; the Watergate break-in; and President Ford’s swearing-in. Among other examples: failed businesses, countless accidents, jobs taken that don’t last, romances that go nowhere, marriages or other partnerships that ultimately fail; as well as major and minor purchases that are major disappointments and repairs that require RE-repair.

Of note, in the 2008 Presidential Election, Barack Obama was nominated by Hillary Clinton to be the 2008 Democratic standard-bearer for President during a V/C Moon, and Joe Biden accepted his nomination to be the Democratic party Vice President during a V/C Moon. On Election Day, Nov. 4th, the Moon was Void of Course until 4:01 p.m. Finally, the *official* time for a new President is 12 Noon EST on January 20th.  At that time, in 2009, the Moon was Void of Course; therefore, Barack Obama became President during a V/C Moon.

In terms of its legal significance, Barack Obama was first sworn in at 12:10 p.m. (also during Mercury Retrograde, when communications are often more challenging, and Chief Justice John Roberts misspoke — placing “faithfully” at the end of the sentence rather than correctly before the word “execute”). On January 21st, 2009, at 7:35 p.m. (the Moon was not Void of Course) then-President Obama re-took the Oath from Justice Roberts. Arguably, the lack of support from Moon (extrapolated to Congressional support) the original swearing-in caused the bulk of President Obama’s “agenda” to be stopped in its tracks and otherwise definitely made it much more difficult for him to garner minimal support for the fulfillment of various “change” issues in his first term.

President Obama’s swearing-in for his second term, on January 20, 2013, at approximately 11:50 a.m. EST, was in a Taurus Moon; thus, not in a V/C Moon, nor was he in a P-V/C Moon.  This ostensibly gave him more lunar (and Congressional) support for some of what he intended to accomplish in his final term in office. President Obama accomplished a great deal, and one could say the persevering nature of the Taurus Moon under which he was sworn into Office (and the fixed and loyal nature of his Leo Sun) enabled President Obama to accomplish a great deal in spite of obstructionists in the Republican party attempting to block his efforts throughout his 8 years in office.