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What is a Void of Course & When Does it Happen

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Written by: Dawn Black (Witchipedia)


Reviewed by: Tina Caro

A planet is said to be void of course when it is not aspecting any other planet. The term void of course is usually applied to the moon and refers to the time when the moon is no longer aspecting any planets in the last sign it was in but has not aspected any planets in the sign it will go into next.

This void of course period may last only a few minutes or it may last several hours to a day. During this time, the moon is still in its previous sign, though some treat this period as if it is in no sign.

According to the definition of Void of Course which has been used since Medieval times, the void of course period begins as soon as the moon completes its final aspect with any planet in the sign it is passing through and ends the moment the moon aspects a new planet in the new sign.


The term “Void of Course” refers to a specific astrological phenomenon where the Moon is not forming any major aspects with other planets, creating a period of celestial silence.

During a Void of Course Moon, magical spells and rituals may be less effective, making it important for practitioners to choose their timing wisely.

Void of Course periods typically last a few hours to a day, and they occur multiple times a month, offering opportunities for reflection, meditation, and inner work.

Astrologers use specific charts and tools to identify when a Void of Course Moon is happening, enabling witches to align their magical endeavors with the cosmic energies.

Void of Course in Magick

During the void of course period, it can be said that no major planetary energies are dominant and available to affect your magical workings.

Some believe that working magic during this time will yield, at best, no results and at worst chaotic and unpredictable results.

However, other schools of thought see the void of course period as a time when there is nothing to interfere with your magical or mundane workings or when it is easier to be subtle, allowing your actions to go under the radar.

There is a rumor U.S. President Ronald Reagan, who was known to consult astrologers, was careful to take actions that might be unpopular with his constituents during the void of course periods.

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I am a homesteading hearth witch who grew up along the shores of the Hudson River and has lived among the Great Lakes for the past 20 years. Together with my musical husband and youngest child, I steward a one-acre mini homestead with herb, vegetable and flower gardens, chickens, ducks, geese and rabbits, and areas reserved for native plants and wildlife. 

I have three children; two are grown, and I have been practicing magick alone and with family and friends for over 30 years.

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