The esbats (dark and full moons) are particularly powerful times for magic, because they signify a change in the flow of the moon's energies. Many people follow the three day cycle, which consists of the day before-, the day of-, and the day after-, both the full and dark moons. Each of these days hold special significance, as the energy ebbs and flows through the elliptic.
Moon's Void of Course
The Moon orbits the Earth in 29 days, 12 hours, 43 minutes and 11.5 seconds. As it is moving, it appears (from our geocentric view) to travel through the 12 zodiacal signs of the elliptic. It spends about 2 ½ days in each sign. As it travels, it also forms different angles with the planets in the solar system (called aspects).
The Moon is “Void of Course” (VOC) during the time between making the last major planetary aspect in one sign and her entry into the next sign. The VOC period can last anywhere from a few seconds to several days, but the usual is a few hours.
During the void, the moon is “resting” and not considered to be influenced by any sign. What does that mean to you? Nothing, really. It’s just something that you should be aware of, in case you want to avail yourself of the current lunar energy.
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