Sunday, 15 January 2017

VOC diary for the week beginning 16th January 2017


Moon Void of Course Timetable

Greenwich Mean Time

Monday 16th January: ******************************

Tuesday 17th January: VOC in Virgo from 06:09 to 11:15

Wednesday 18th January: ****************************
                                                        
Thursday 19th January: VOC in Libra from 08:54 to 22:09

Friday 20th January: *****************************

Saturday 21st January: ***************************
                                
Sunday 22nd January: VOC in Scorpio from 01:23 to 10:44 

Hong Kong Time

Monday 16th January: ******************************

Tuesday 17th January: VOC in Virgo from 14:09 to 19:15

Wednesday 18th January: ****************************
                                                        
Thursday 19th January: VOC in Libra from 16:54

Friday 20th January: VOC in Libra ends at 06:09

Saturday 21st January: ***************************
                                
Sunday 22nd January: VOC in Scorpio from 09:23 to 18:44 

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Thursday, 12 January 2017

Why I choose the 4th as Father and 10th as Mother

'The 4th house is father but the 4th sign is Cancer, and the 10th house is mother but the 10th sign is Capricorn.  How confusing!'  commented an astrology student.

I answered, 'Yes, that's why we have a debate in modern astrology as to which house should be mother and which should be father.  They can go either way.  You can try them out and see what works for you.  I'm afraid I don't have a better answer at the moment.  According to traditional methods, the 4th is father and the 10th is mother.'

Before I was introduced to traditional astrology, I followed the modern approach and went with the notion that the 10th is the dominant parent, i.e. the one who cares for the child or the parent the child sees the most.  This is usually the mother so I opted to go with 10th as mother and 4th as father for consistency.  However, this theory falls apart when the child is looked after by a grandparent,  another family member, or even someone unrelated (in the case of orphans).  But the 4th -10th axis shows the parents - whether they take an active role in the child's life or not.  Besides, in the cases of grandparents and other relatives, we can turn the chart to find their own designated houses:

Mother's mother (maternal grandmother) is 10th from 10th = 7th
Mother's father (maternal grandfather) is 4th from 10th = 1st

Father's mother (paternal grandmother) is 10th from 4th = 1st
Father's father (paternal grandfather) is 4th from 4th = 7th

Mother's sibling (maternal aunt/uncle) is 3rd from 10th = 12th
Father's sibling (paternal aunt/uncle) is 3rd from 4th = 6th

We can go one step further if your great grandparents featured in your childhood significantly (which is so in my case) but we'll stop here for now.

So back to my student's question, it started to make me wonder about why on earth we have Cancer in the father house and Capricorn in the mother house (if we go with father as 4th and mother as 10th).  I decided to look into the matter using traditional astrology.

4th/Cancer/father

Cancer, the 4th zodiac sign, is ruled by the Moon.  The Moon represents mother. The Moon also rules Cancer, but, Cancer does not rule mothers, only the Moon does. [1]

The 4th house is associated with our roots and heritage, hence it is tucked away at the lowest point in the chart.  The ancients have assigned Saturn to rule this house and since Saturn represents fathers, this is the father house. [2]

This makes perfect sense to me as to why we have Cancer in the father house, now that we know Cancer doesn't represent mothers.  However, Cancer is a feminine sign so this is still leaving a question mark in my mind.

Let's move on to the opposite house.

10th/Capricorn/mother

The 10th sign, Capricorn, is ruled by Saturn.  Saturn represents father.  Saturn rules Capricorn, but Capricorn does not rule fathers, Saturn does. [3]

If Capricorn doesn't represent fathers then the Capricorn-mother combo makes sense too, plus it is a feminine sign.  The 10th being the house of mothers is derived from the fact that the opposite house (4th) is the house of fathers.

We still have a missing piece - Cancer, a feminine sign, in the father house.

As I was pondering why we have a feminine sign in the house of fathers (masculine), suddenly, an image of the yin yang symbol appeared in my mind:




Take a look at the yin yang symbol, the white indicates daylight (yang - masculine) and black moonlight (yin - feminine) [4].  The area with the most white represents the summer solstice - which in the astrological calendar corresponds to the sign of Cancer.  The area with the most black represents the winter solstice, which corresponds to the sign of Capricorn astrologically.

I-Ching is a Chinese philosophy where balance is the key concept.  The yin yang symbol shows there's yin in yang and yang in yin (i.e. the white background has a black spot and the black background has a white spot), hence although Cancer is a feminine sign, it is embedded in the 4th house of father (masculine) - yin in yang.  The 10th has Capricorn as a feminine sign but is at an elevated position in the 10th house - the most prominent/midday position, when the sun is at its highest i.e. the most yang time of the day, so again we have yang in yin.  Basically, mothers have their toughness and fathers have their softness.

Astrologers have their own preferred way of determining the parents in the chart.   For me, I'm even more convinced by the traditional way of assigning 4th to father and 10th to mother, especially that it coincides with another form of ancient wisdom.

References:
[1] Horary Astrology Rediscovered, Olivia Barclay, p65  
[2] Maniilius Astronomica, ed. Loeb, book 2. 936
[3] Horary Astrology Rediscovered, Olivia Barclay, p68
[4] http://www.chinesefortunecalendar.com/YinYang.htm

Saturday, 7 January 2017

VOC diary for the week beginning 9th January 2017


Moon Void of Course Timetable

Greenwich Mean Time

Monday 9th January: ******************************

Tuesday 10th January: VOC in Gemini from 21:38 to 22:48

Wednesday 11th January: ****************************
                                                        
Thursday 12th January: VOC in Cancer from 11:33  

Friday 13th January: VOC in Cancer ends at 00:07   

Saturday 14th January: VOC in Leo from 15:16        
                                
Sunday 15th January: VOC in Leo ends at 03:52        

Hong Kong Time

Monday 9th January: VOC in Taurus ends at 06:06

Tuesday 10th January: *****************************

Wednesday 11th January: VOC in Gemini from 05:38 to 06:48
                                                        
Thursday 12th January: VOC in Cancer from 19:33  

Friday 13th January: VOC in Cancer ends at 08:07   

Saturday 14th January: VOC in Leo from 23:16        
                                
Sunday 15th January: VOC in Leo ends at 11:52  

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Sunday, 1 January 2017

VOC diary for the week beginning 2nd January 2017


Moon Void of Course Timetable

Greenwich Mean Time

Monday 2nd January: VOC in Aquarius from 07:58 to 09:57

Tuesday 3rd January: *****************************

Wednesday 4th January: VOC in Pisces from 16:14 to 16:19
                                                        
Thursday 5th January: ****************************

Friday 6th January: VOC in Aries from 18:41 to 20:17

Saturday 7th January: ***************************
                                
Sunday 8th January: VOC in Taurus from 02:22 to 22:06

Hong Kong Time

Monday 2nd January: VOC in Aquarius from 15:58 to 17:57

Tuesday 3rd January: *****************************

Wednesday 4th January: ***************************
                                                        
Thursday 5th January: VOC in Pisces from 00:14 to 00:19

Friday 6th January: ******************************

Saturday 7th January: VOC in Aries from 02:41 to 04:17
                                
Sunday 8th January: VOC in Taurus from 10:22

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VOC diary for the week beginning 26th December 2016


Moon Void of Course Timetable

Greenwich Mean Time

Monday 26th December: VOC in Scorpio ends at 03:18

Tuesday 27th December: *****************************

Wednesday 28th December: VOC in Sagittarius from 01:44 to 15:11
                                                        
Thursday 29th December: ****************************

Friday 30th December: VOC in Capricorn from 08:06

Saturday 31st December: VOC in Capricorn ends at 01:28
                                
Sunday 1st January: ******************************

Hong Kong Time

Monday 26th December: VOC in Scorpio ends at 11:18

Tuesday 27th December: *****************************

Wednesday 28th December: VOC in Sagittarius from 09:44 to 23:11
                                                        
Thursday 29th December: ****************************

Friday 30th December: VOC in Capricorn from 16:06

Saturday 31st December: VOC in Capricorn ends at 09:28
                                
Sunday 1st January: ******************************
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Tuesday, 20 December 2016

VOC diary for the week beginning 19th December 2016



Moon Void of Course Timetable

Greenwich Mean Time

Monday 19th December:  ****************************

Tuesday 20th December: *****************************

Wednesday 21st December: VOC in Virgo from 01:55 to 02:39
                                                        
Thursday 22nd December: VOC in Libra from 19:31

Friday 23rd December: VOC in Libra ends at 14:32

Saturday 24th December: *****************************
                                
Sunday 25th December: VOC in Scorpio from 07:21

Hong Kong Time

Monday 19th December:  VOC in Leo from 00:55 to 01:51

Tuesday 20th December: *****************************

Wednesday 21st December: VOC in Virgo from 09:55 to 10:39
                                                        
Thursday 22nd December: ***************************

Friday 23rd December: VOC in Libra from 03:31 to 22:32

Saturday 24th December: *****************************
                                
Sunday 25th December: VOC in Scorpio from 15:21

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Saturday, 10 December 2016

VOC diary for the week beginning 12th December 2016


Moon Void of Course Timetable

Greenwich Mean Time

Monday 12th December:  VOC in Taurus from 04:04 to 12:41

Tuesday 13th December: *****************************

Wednesday 14th December: VOC in Gemini from 05:57 to 12:08
                                                        
Thursday 15th December: VOC in Cancer from 21:36

Friday 16th December: VOC in Cancer ends at 13:14

Saturday 17th December: *****************************
                                
Sunday 18th December: VOC in Leo from 16:55 to 17:51

Hong Kong Time

Monday 12th December:  VOC in Taurus from 12:04 to 20:41

Tuesday 13th December: *****************************

Wednesday 14th December: VOC in Gemini from 13:57 to 20:08
                                                        
Thursday 15th December: ******************************

Friday 16th December: VOC in Cancer from 05:36 to 21:14

Saturday 17th December: *****************************
                                
Sunday 18th December: ******************************

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