Today is the last day of the Sun’s course through Aries. Though this comment would likely start an argument on an astrology discussion board, the Sun is void-of-course until it enters Taurus tomorrow morning. The void Sun is mentioned in some old texts, and if you read enough charts you will see it in action. Maybe you’ve heard of the void-of-course Moon; that’s when the Moon has finished making aspects in a sign, but before it enters the next sign. It’s the equivalent of a foul ball in baseball. It can look fantastic but if it’s on the wrong side of the foul line, it doesn’t count.
Therefore, the void Moon is a good time to plan something that you don’t want to go on the scoreboard. For example, let’s say you have to have a meeting, but you don’t want that meeting to happen; schedule it during a void Moon and, mysteriously, it will be as if it didn’t happen. If you have a big argument during one such a phase (void Moons occur two to three times a week) the whole thing can disappear like it never happened.
Far less attention has been paid to the void-of-course Sun. It happens less frequently, just 12 times a year, since that’s how often the Sun changes signs. We are in one of those phases now, as the Sun will be drifting across the last degree of Aries today, making no aspects to any of the major planets. In the simplest sense, this is a transitional day. A cycle is letting go of one phase and entering another. By the time the Sun reaches the end of a sign, that energy can have a tired or listless feeling to it. By the time the Sun gets to this point, it doesn’t matter so much — the next sign is in the air.
My prior ideas about the void Sun hardly seem to matter anymore. I used to observe that it was a day when unlikely events could unfold. From a news perspective, this is a moot point — under the Shock Doctrine, we have unusual things going off every day or so. There is always another crisis, another war, another disaster to sell us. Yesterday we learned that hundreds of tornadoes had ripped across the Midwest and the South over the weekend, killing 45 people. That was clearly an unusual weather event, the product of heat and energy and the correct atmospheric conditions and maybe a few lines of computer code. But it was not unusual in the sense that these things keep happening over and over, to the point where it just seems normal. And that may fit into the signature. For me the bellwether event of the void Sun was the JFK assassination. Within a few years, being an outspoken liberal leader meant that your turn could be next. Political assassination for those with left-leaning views was ‘made normal’.
One thing that was unusual a year ago but is now literally part of the landscape — the BP platform blowout and subsequent 87-day undersea gusher — happened with the Sun in the first degree of Taurus. Even though there’s a big difference between the Sun being at the end of one sign and the beginning of another, it fits the description of that which was unusual being part of the way things now are. The Sun was in Taurus and Chiron had just entered Pisces, and we did seem to begin a new phase of the Era of Consequences with that event. (Here is a flashback to that coverage. We will post others this week.)
Today, a year later, it seems small compared to multiple nuclear meltdowns on the shores of the Pacific, with the radiation reaching the United States ongoing.
What about personally? Using a set of about 100 planets and other points, we get some detail on aspects to minor planets being made by the Sun. Look at the bottom of the list — those are the points with a higher degree value, to which the Sun is applying. Most astrologers would not usually count minor planets as being aspects that cancel the notion of a void Sun or Moon. In this case both aspects are ‘inconjuncts’ — that is, non-aspects in the classical sense; the Sun is making a 60 degree meeting with Bacchus and a 30 degree meeting with Tantalus. The themes represented by these asteroids are relevant, and so too is our sense of disconnect from them.
You could say that this chart points to exactly what we are missing. One thing indicated by Bacchus is the role of addictive substances, but particularly alcohol, in our society. Have you ever considered not just the ocean of liquor consumed on the planet every day, but the reason for that? There is a reason, and it’s not because the planet is such a happy place. Alcohol provides social lubrication on planet when many, many people are entirely uncomfortable with themselves.
There is a reminder here to set a boundary.
The other point is Tantalus, which is in the last degree of Taurus. Tantalus is about something being so close you can see it and smell it and nearly reach it, but you cannot touch or taste it. Sound familiar? We live in a world where this is not only normal, it’s the basis of our economy. Advertising is based on what you cannot quite have, though the problems really begin when we become that thing; when we present ourselves to the world as a package that never quite lives up to the promotion. We live as if ‘it’s all about image’, then wonder what happened to substance.