Saturday, January 30, 2010

Star Trek and the Void-of-Course Moon

Star Trek first aired on September 8, 1966 at 8:30 pm Eastern time. Daylight saving time was in effect, so we have to assume that the time given was the one in use. If that is so, then the chart for the debut of Star Trek has a void-of-course Moon! Now, we’ve all been taught in astrology classes, and in Al Morrison lectures—he put the void-of-course Moon on the map, so to speak—that anything started on a void Moon has no energy or potential. (And for those of you who don’t have an astrological technical background, a void Moon is one that will not make a major aspect to a planet until it changes signs.)

I attended a local lecture in the late ‘80s by a Virginia Beach astrologer, Nancy Edwards, and she said it should be interpreted as “nothing to worry about” because the issue one might be addressing was “already decided.” This was from a horary perspective, but could just as easily apply to anything else. I began looking at the void Moon from both perspectives, and it seems to me that she is correct. Star Trek is an example. All this time we have been advising people to side step starting anything when the Moon is void-of-course, but with this evidence, we may need to re-think that—at least from a long range perspective.

In the Star Trek chart, the Moon is 27:15 Gemini, just separating from a square to Saturn at 27:05 Pisces, which was the last aspect. Saturn rules the MC! Astrologers would have hesitated advising starting a show with that in the chart! The show lasted three seasons—just until the Moon changed signs by solar arc. Now that part was predictable and would normally follow all our rules. The program was even derided at first and wouldn’t have survived if not for fans writing in protest; Mercury is conjunct Sun, Pluto and Uranus in the chart, so they were effective! Mercury not only rules letter writing generically, but also the third house in this chart, so it was a double whammy. And the Moon, ruler of the “public,” is in the third. The Moon, being in Gemini, is also indicative of the two layers this show had: one being the adventure, enjoyable in itself, but the other being a social/moral statement in each episode, as well.

I wrote a book about this a couple years ago, Star Trek Revealed, (which is available on my website—if you want an autographed copy, some Barnes and Noble and metaphysical bookstores, and Amazon, by the way). It is not aimed at the PhDs among us, but rather it is written for those who never watched nor understood the attraction of this phenomenon. It’s also for those who only saw the superficial part of the drama and didn’t recognize the underlying message. And at the end there is a section about the astrology of it all.

But, the point of this essay is to suggest why a void-of-course Moon didn’t stop it from mushrooming into a cultural icon. First, I don’t believe Star Trek was an accident or just another drama. When we are on the verge of an exponential leap in evolution, I think we are sent avatars to guide us. We need them in all levels of society and through all media. At the time of the Star Trek debut, A Course in Miracles was being scribed, for instance, which would appeal to a different kind of audience. It had a similar message to Star Trek, which was that “we make our own reality”—at least that was one of the messages. And, that “reality is not what we think it is—there are many worlds operating simultaneously.” I believe Gene Roddenberry had an avatar’s mission, whether he was aware of it or not. And so, Star Trek was “nothing to worry about”—it was an issue “already decided.”

Secondly, the chart, itself, has some clues. There is a powerful stellium in Virgo of the Sun, Mercury, Pluto and Uranus all in an applying trine to the MC. Plus, Saturn, ruler of the MC, is applying tightly to trine Jupiter with only a ten minute orb. Since Saturn is retrograde in the 12th, can this mean that the full impact on the subconscious would be felt later? It is fascinating that the original series went off the air when the void-of-course Moon changed signs, and the following Next Generation series started when the MC changed signs in 1987. (to be continued….)


  1. Interesting take on the void of course Moon. I've never been satisfied with the traditional view but have never been quite able to a finger on it myself.

  2. This throws so much of what we have been 'told' into a whole new 'light'. Times, of course, are changing along with many astrological issues.

    Will add that I joined a 'Traditional Astrology' site some time ago...way too complicated for me...tho' I have studied it reeeely a lot. However, as with Indian astrology, it just complicates things way too much. One has to stick with and focus on, one system. Otherwise it will send you bonkers!
    So, upshot is, just this one observation is fascinating and clearly needs to be looked at further. Thanks.

  3. I agree, Stevie. When I first started studying in the late '60s, I read some things in the Rosecrucian literature that indicated I was a retarded idiot (from my natal chart), but in reality, I was in the Honor Society and had a stellar school record. I'm glad I plowed on and found better information.

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