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The Void of Course Moon Happens More Often Than You Realize—Here’s How To Navigate It

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In astrology, the moon is your emotional center (remember, your moon sign refers to your “emotional personality”); it’s your instinctual nature and represents the cosmic mother. Through understanding the moon’s divine rhythms, she can help you live your daily life with less resistance and more flow and ease. Along those lines, by planning with intention around the moon’s cycle regarding when and how you do certain things and make specific choices, you can also maximize your own well-being. And while you may already be familiar with certain components of the moon's cycle, like the new and full moon, details about those recurring lunar phases are just the beginning of the valuable information you stand to glean from moon cycles: The void of course moon can also be an extremely useful planning tool.

The void of course moon occurs when the moon makes its final major aspect with another planet before changing signs. In general, it’s ideal to plan ahead so you can avoid big events happening during a void of course moon phase and also avoid needing to make big decisions during the time. This type of planning is possible, thanks to electional astrology—or the practice of utilizing the cosmos to identify auspicious dates and times in order to receive the most beneficial outcome. You can use electional astrology when planning for various momentous life decisions, such as a wedding date, launching a business, going on a job interview, starting a relationship, opening an important line of communication, or making a serious financial decision.

Now comes the tricky part: Due to the moon being the fastest-moving celestial body in the universe, a void of course moon transit occurs quite frequently. The moon changes signs every two to three days, which means a void of course moon can happen multiple times a week and can last anywhere from two hours to an entire day. So knowing how common the transit is, it's key to identify whether the void moon is set to occur on an important event date, during your waking hours or at your key activity times. For instance, a void moon may affect you more if it occurs at 9 a.m. on a Monday versus at 1 a.m. when you are asleep. To help you plan accordingly, you can consult a void of course moon table, which allows you to enter in your geographic location so you can track when, specifically, the transit will happen for you, and at what time.

The moon is a life force that creates action and propels time forward. When it’s floating without the influence of another planet, the energy is similar to a pause where the world around you seems to move slowly and feels unclear.

Beyond planning ahead of a void of course moon, know that while the transit occurs, it’s crucial to take care of your physical body via rest, meditation, and breathwork. The moon is a life force that creates action and propels time forward. When it’s floating without the influence of another planet, the energy is similar to a pause where the world around you seems to move slowly and feels unclear. It’s almost as if it takes twice as much effort to move through your day. Messages can misalign and communication gets crossed (which is why planning is key, and, ideally, big decisions and events won’t take place).

To honor your emotions best during void of course moon transits, use the following four self-care tips for prioritizing your physical body and moving inward.

4 self-care tips to make the most of a void of course moon transit.

  1. Start your day with a grounding breathwork session. This brings you back to your heart center, allowing you to move through your day with mindful intention instead of reactivity. Taking a walk after completing breathwork and prior to starting any work for the day can keep you feel grounded.
  2. Save important communication and meetings until the void of course moon is complete. Miscommunications can occur, causing you unnecessary tension and stress. Plus it’s always better to think first and react later.
  3. Try to not plan too many errands or over-commit yourself. Spend time in nature next to the moon’s natural element, water. Water rules our emotional intelligence, so when its ruler is on light break, confusion can set in. Nature can also have a calming effect on the nerves.
  4. Revise, plan, or brainstorm your next move rather than taking action now. Avoid scheduling a job interview or agreeing to a new contract. These choices are best left to complete for another day.

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