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Inauguration 2009’s Void of Course Moon

Update Feb 9, 2009: the Inauguration’s VOC Moon has resulted in unintended results already. Pres. Obama is on TV now giving his first presser as prez and we’ve seen everything from two Oaths of Office, to stand-offs with Republicans on the economic stimulus package. Then there’s Rush Limbaugh’s kerfluffle from last week saying that he wants Obama “to fail.”

And the rest of the country, too, it would seem. #

Update Jan 20, 2009: seems the frail health of Senators Kennedy and Byrd are related to the critical-degreed Inaugural Moon – the astrological Moon can relate to the physical body and medical issues.

Plus, there were some SNAFUs at security gates earlier, too, which we will hear about at some point from the disgruntled. So far those are the only crisis situations I know of occurring on this Inauguration Day 2009…unless you were one of the attendees standing in the bitter cold since 3:00 am! #

Original post begins here:

Between William Lilly and Bonatus, astrologers of old, there are unfortunate difficulties implied with a void-of-course Moon (VOC.)

A round-up of their opinions appears in Anthony Louis’ book, ‘Horary Astrology’  for that is the branch of Astrology where we most often hear the term, VOC.

Since the Moon 29Sco45 for Jan 20, 2009, noon EST, Capitol Building, Washington DC, applies to no major (Ptolemaic) aspect with another planet while the Moon remains in Scorpio, it is being considered as having no course, or is ‘void of course.’

Indications for a VOC Moon are: impediments; things will not come to a good end except with great toil and trouble; good time for festivities (Bonatus); matters go hardly unless Moon is in Taurus, Cancer, Sagittarius, or Pisces; business seldom goes ‘handsomely forward’ ; nothing will come of the matter; no significant changes (Lilly.) 

Yet in modern terms, Alphee Lavoie says that a VOC Moon means that a conclusion is already manifested, the outcome is already known, and/or there’s ‘nothing to worry about’!

One reason to hope for the best come Inauguration Day 2009  is that modern interpretations take into account whether the VOC Moon is applying closely with other planets from the sign she’s in – such as we see with Jan 20’s Moon sextiling the 10th house Sun/Mercury conjunction 00AQ+…which also happens to be Barack Obama’s natal Jupiter degree.

Well, we know that 29 degrees of any sign is a Critical/Crisis Degree and in the case of 2009’s Inaugural Moon in Scorpio, I’m relating the Moon’s condition (VOC) and degree (29) to the financial and medical crises the American people continue to suffer ungladly.

Plus, spying and surveillance relate to Scorpio, along with Big Finance, and for certain a whole lotta surveillance will be going on in the inaugural city, and a whole pack of till-raiding financial crooks are on the loose.

So…nothing to worry about? Dunno about that although some folk seem to feel (unrealistically) that having Obama, a Democrat, in the White House will solve everything. At least he isn’t a dratted Republican, right?

Will this Moon’s condition make the down-to-earth transit of restrictive Saturn to US natal Neptune (ideals; dreams) more of a shock…or will it bring solidity and realization (Saturn) to our ideals and dreams (Neptune)? (Saturn to  US Neptune August-Sept 2009.)

But I suspect 2009’s Inaugural Moon is reaching forward into Sagittarius (which sextiles Aquarius) toward the change and hope of a new presidency’s promise to put the American people’s needs first in line over monied interests. Sextiles are aspects of opportunity, but willing efforts must be made in order to benefit from them.

Whether the ‘reaching forward’ results in eventual improvements for we-the-people is a question for the future to answer.

That there will be delays and difficulties in implementing plans is a given, but I pray the ineffectuality of a traditional VOC Moon doesn’t rule the day or the modern presidential term of Barack Obama which will be, we hope, on behalf of we-the-people.

May the festivities begin!

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  1. Biden took his oath at 11:56 AM, and Barack took his at 12:05 PM.



    January 21, 2009 at 4:21 am

    • Thanks! I was making notes as they went along. I agree about Obama’s Oath- 12:05 pm est – yet here Biden clocked in at 11:57 am. The band began playing ‘Hail to the Chief’ at 12:06 pm. But Obama actually became president at Noon when Bush’s term ended, ‘even though he hasn’t been sworn in yet,’ said one of the TV guys – Brian Williams, I think.

      All in all it was an amazing day, wasn’t it? jude



      January 21, 2009 at 3:10 pm

  2. Hey thanks, Dan!

    They have said though (on TV this morning) that BHO’s Oath-taking is set for 11:56 am because Bush’s term ends precisely at noon. Wouldn’t want to be late for that har har!!!

    About to add the change in cusps (noon to 11:56 am) to Inauguration post just in case.

    Oh Happy Day…Cheers! jude



    January 20, 2009 at 1:44 pm

  3. Jude: with all the stuff set to happen starting at 12PM Washington DC time: invocation and prayer, military bands playing John Philip Sousa tunes, singers singing, poetry recited, etc. the actual swearing-in first of Joe Biden as VPOTUS and then Barack as POTUS likely won’t happen until AFTER 12:30PM. And an interesting thing happens with the Secret Service at the very moment the new President says “so help me God”; their eyes will shift from Bush to Barack. That’s the very moment when they consider Obama to be the President. So, with all that considered, VOC moon probably not a factor (if it ever was a factor).


    Dan Smolen

    January 20, 2009 at 11:51 am

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