Electional astrology is the astrology of timing and the Moon plays the most significant role because she is responsible for setting events in motion. As the closest orbiting body to the earth, her influence is so important that two branches of astrology, Horary and Electional, use the Moon as the most significant planet. In Electional astrology we use the Moon to help determine the best time to do something.

To begin with, we have to find out the times during which the Moon is void of course. Many popular astrology magazines have a listing of void-of-course Moon periods showing the days and length of time the void is in effect.

The Moon changes signs approximately every two days. The Moon is void-of-course when it ceases to form any major applying aspect to another planet before it moves into the next sign. During this time, things usually don't turn out as planned. A rule of thumb is "nothing of consequence" will evolve so it's best to avoid Moon void periods when planning something of importance. However, routine activities are usually not affected and Moon void does favor artistic or creative activities, leisurely pursuits, relaxation, meditation and the like. For the purpose of this article, we are focusing on the best time to accomplish something of importance.

As a general rule, it is most desirable to begin a new project or one that requires growth after a New Moon. The two-and-a-half week period after the New Moon each month is the Moon's waxing phase. She is increasing in light, going from new to full, and anything done during this time has the best chance for growth, expansion and gain.

The two-and-a-half week period after the Full Moon is the Moon's waning phase. She is decreasing in light - going from full to new - and this is the best time to consolidate, organize and complete that which you began earlier.

Because the Moon moves so quickly, she may make several aspects during the course of the day. The Moon's first applying aspect at the time you begin something describes how your action gets off the ground or the circumstances you may encounter. The Moon's last aspect before she changes signs describes the end result or eventual outcome of your action. The Moon's final aspect is by far the most important and a favorable aspect is essential if you want a positive result.

There is much more to Electional astrology, however, making use of the Moon's phase, void-of-course periods and her aspects is a good place to start.
© Copyright 2003 Joann Hampar

Author's Bio: 

Joann Hampar has practiced astrology professionally for more than 17 years and holds Certifications in electional and horary astrology. She is also proficient in natal astrology and relocation techniques. She is a member of the American Federation of Astrologers and National Council for Geocosmic Research.

Joann began her career as a staff writer for American Astrology Magazine and many of her articles have been published in Dell Horoscope, American Astrology and The Mountain Astrologer.

Joann is a proponent of astrology as a means to self-awareness: "astrology confirms that each of us comes into this world with a specific agenda. This is revealed in the horoscope and begins to manifest from the moment of birth. The birth chart symbolism points the way and it's up to you to follow your path. Astrology is not about telling you what to do but reminding you who you are and how you can live your life to the fullest."

Joann practices a holistic approach to astrology integrating alternative knowledge such as feng shui, yoga, meditation, prayer, imagery, and the use of sound, colors and gemstones. She has trained in Consegrity, an energy technique that when applied to an individual enables a perfect state of well-being.