Here’s the bizarre humour of the Universe, on the very day that I am (finally!) able to share this (much awaited) topic with you (which I’ll explain in a sec) we get a card message that is nearly the polar opposite. Symbolically speaking, anyway. I just had to laugh when I realized what had happened. Life is truly and remarkably entertaining, not to mention ridiculously funny.
My “mystery” subject is an astrological phenomenon that’s considered an Aspect Vacuum and called, more commonly, Moon Void of Course. It happens about every other day, or approximately thirteen times in each lunar cycle. It can last for a moment, or up to almost two and a half days. The “cause” is credited to when Mother Moon is not in any relationship with anything else, when she is not forming a conjunction, sextile, square, opposition, or trine with any other planet.
Honestly, I don’t completely understand what most of those technical words mean, but the fact is, we’re all made of so damn much water that when the Moon is doing something messy, or moving from one connection to another, we feel it. And that’s all I need to know. (Science sometimes hurts my head.) (Not even kidding.)
I’ve been consulting professional charts and graphs and essays for days. It’s still slightly confusing to my smooth wee brain, but I’ve learned that it’s an aspect of the cosmos (and of us) which we need to NOT let slide by unattended to.
See, skeptics don’t have to be persuaded that these things affect us, because our physical reactions to phenomenons like this are there. We see, feel, and fully experience them. Believe in it or not, it’s gonna happen, either way.
Many people will react in a dizzy or spacey way, feeling detached, or simply ”out of it.” The lack of lunar energy coming in can leave us with the sensation of emptiness, feeling an unexplained lack, and even just wondering why we’re so oddly tired. We might not understand why uncertainty or loneliness just appear out of nowhere.
Well, clearly there can be tons of reasons for these attitudes, moods, or reactions, but when it occurs during the Void of Course span, we can confidently lay that blame flat-out onto its doorstep. No question about it, the phase of the Aspect Vacuum hits fast and dirty. Fortunately, there are ways to watch out for it, and ways to live with it. Knowledge, in this case, is absolutely the answer.
One way to avoid any turmoil, and to keep our lives and schedules running smoothly, is to NOT do anything during that exact second, or few minutes. Obviously this won’t work for those phases that last for days or even many hours, but we CAN plan around them. One place I read (credited to Dallas Jennifer Cobb, who also has some articles HERE) says that we are given Divine permission to hit the PAUSE button for the duration. Or at least pencil in activities that won’t be horribly garbled.
Like, no relationship decisions, no crucial paperwork signing, no diagnostic machines or professional consultations, no Magick work or technical maneuvering, no significant or major purchases, no job interviews or important beginnings of any sort. What DO we do? We relax, journal, chill out, pray or meditate, rest, take our Quiet Three Minutes, practice yoga, and basically let go of expectations until the Lunar connections are linked up again.
(Yes, the suggestions are quite similar to when Mercury, or other close-in planets, drop out into a Retrograde Phase. Which makes sense because so much of what we manage and finagle, on a personal level, rides on where/when the Earth is in orbital relationship to others. Ditto for the Moon.)
Where do we find these times and know how long they last? On-line, at the store, in calendars, any place you would search for other tables of important info. When I opened my new witches’ datebook, I saw the chart provided, but I won’t be able to type it all out. HERE is one place, and THIS is another. Feel free to use these or go with a site/almanac you’re already familiar with. There are plenty out there.
I look forward to hearing what everyone has to say about this subject, sharing with the rest of us what you already know, or asking about what we still need to look up or find out. As you can tell, I think the entire situation (real-life application and astrological concept) is fascinating, and important for us all.
Now, for our other item of business, the daily draw. Ready for this one? Wow, dear Toni at his worst, and most confusing. This particular illustration is just beyond unattractive and yet, there is that valid message of the words. So. We go with it, and avert our eyes as best we can.
“God Of Indulgence ~
It’s alright! Stop beating yourself up; a little indulgence, in balance, is healthy.
It is wonderful to indulge in the things we love every once in a while; everything is fine in good measure, just don’t overdo it. Whether it is food, drink, or substances of any kind, relationships or material possessions, remember, excess of anything leads to some form of imbalance.
Yet at the same time, know that all is valid and all is love. A little indulgence in some form or another is natural and even healthy, so don’t beat yourself up when you do indulge in those things that you love, just be mindful. Do not deny yourself, just keep it in balance and when you do indulge try to do it in ways that nurture and nourish your spirit rather than cloud or suppress it.”
I don’t have much more to add. As children, my siblings and I had a mother who baked something sweet nearly every damn day or our lives, and who had candy dishes on every flat surface in the house. We never OVER did it because these “treats” were all-the-time options for us. You know me well enough by now to realize that I am a firm believer of the moderation in all things expression, it’s how I was raised.
However, I have nothing to say about that “art” (ART?!) we were given to go along with the message. Best to look away, that’s what I’m doing.
Angels, Gods, and Goddesses Oracle Cards by Toni Carmine Salerno
Alaska (a different one from yesterday).
4.431, which is how far away our closest post office is, and back home again. Average speed of 9.8MPH with pedal-time of 27 minutes and 07 seconds. I upped my top speed to 22.9 but only because I went down another street/hill, that’s directly off of our own road. Coasting and gravity SO don’t count.