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Review of Void of Course Moon Calendar App on the Galaxy S9+

August, 2018

Void of Course Moon Calendar

Installed May 29,2018

I have both a Kindle Fire and a Samsung Galaxy S9+. This review is for the one that is on the Galaxy S9+. I honestly looked for one in the Amazon Kindle Appstore. They don’t have one. They have all kinds of tarot, astrology and meditation apps, but nothing on the moon void of course. I will keep everyone up to date on when they get one. (I don’t know anything about doing an app, so I won’t be the one creating it. LOL)

Here is the Link to It in the Google Play App Store:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.astrolreport.moonvoc&hl=en_US

The author, Geoff Cooper, has done a good job of setting this up. He calls himself a computer geek for most of his life. He does have skills in many different computer program languages and is now using Java for the Android apps.

It seems to be accurate in the timing. I have only found two times when the timing was off by about 4 minutes. I did compare this app to two different sites and the current copy of the Llewellyn’s 2018 Moon Sign Datebook. I don’t just use sites on-line or hard copies of items. I want to compare the apps to everything that I can get my hands on.

I like this app, because it gives many dates all at once, but not the full year. I also like that the times automatically are set to your location on your phone. So that is nice, also, because you don’t have to consider that it may be for a different time zone. Most hard copy datebooks are set up for Eastern time and you must do the math to figure out your time.

If you tap on the date you are looking at, it opens another window that gives you detailed information about the moon’s status, the degrees in the sign that the moon is currently in, what aspect of that sign, the current phase, percentage of illumination, moon rise and set, declination, distance from earth, and the true node. So, you get good information. This information can be accessed on any date that is on the list, even dates that have already passed.

I am a scientist at heart and being that I was born in Missouri (the Show Me State) I need hard evidence before I will take anything as fact. That makes doing reviews fun for me. I am searching for as many references as I can find as soon as I download the app I am going to review.

Here are the two links that I used to compare the app against:

Judith Auora Ryan – Astrologer, Clairvoyant, & Feng Shui Master

https://www.astrologybyjudithryan.com/2018-void-of-course-moon

2018 Printable Void-Of-Course Moon Monthly Calendars

https://astrolibrary.org/voc-moon-calendars-2018/

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About the Author:

Dawn Borries loves reading and was thrilled to become a Reviewer for PaganPages.Org. Dawn, also, has been doing Tarot and Numerology readings for the past 25 years. Dawn does readings on her Facebook page.  If you are interested in a reading you can reach her at: Readings by Dawn on Facebook at

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Review: Headspace, the App

March, 2018

Headspace: Everyday Mindfulness

I decided to continue on my mindfulness mission by having a go with Headspace, an app with the tagline ‘A few minutes could change your whole day.’ This app focuses on the practical benefits of short meditations: reducing stress, improving focus and sleeping better. Just like with my Calm review, I’ve only reviewed what content I could get for free. The financial commitment for Headspace is pretty hefty. UK prices, you’re looking at £9.99 a month, or a one-off cost of £71.88 for the year. Want to unlock all features permanently? That will be £299.99 please. I just think these prices are very off-putting, and will stop people even trying the app for free in some cases, as they know that if they like it, and it works for them, they are going to be shelling out a huge amount of money.

Actually using the app is a doddle. It starts with a ‘meditation basics’ program, which is actually really useful. The speaker is male, British, with a calming and down-to earth tone. He speaks about meditation as if it’s a daily requirement like brushing your teeth, and makes it seem easy and accessible for all. For the first time in guided meditation like this, I am told to start with my eyes open. Each meditation session can be tweaked to reflect how much free time you have in your day. You can meditate for as little as three minutes, and as much as ten in one go. I found the ten-minute sessions were useful at the end of the day for relaxing me before sleep time.

As well as the basics program, there are other freebies, which seem to change from day to day. Today’s was an exploration of stillness and silence. Before the meditation started, the guide spoke of the nature of silence, and whether it is passive or not. He explored the usefulness of stillness, and how it helps us to be present in the moment, not wrapped up solely in our own thoughts. This aids us in listening to others.

Silence is the foundation of calm and clarity that allows us to hear what others have to say.”

There are also some mini meditations, but for free, you only get access to the ‘Breathe’ mini, which as the title suggests, gives you 60 seconds of exploring the sensation and mechanics of your breathing.

One of my favourite things about Headspace is that it can easily be linked to the ‘Health’ app on your iPhone, and I presume there will be a similar option on Android devices and similar. So, when I look at my ‘Health’ stats, if I have meditated with Headspace that day, the phone will describe how many ‘mindful minutes’ I’ve taken. I like the sense of achievement that comes with this, and recognising that I’ve been good to myself and my mind for at least a few minutes each day. The app itself also records some data for you, and shows you how many minutes and on what days you’ve meditated.

There’s also a kids’ section, split into ages 5 and under, ages 6-8, and ages 9-12. These have titles such as ‘Appreciation’ and ‘Kindness’; good at any age! But particularly useful for young, developing minds. Sadly, as far as I could tell, none of the kids’ stuff was available on the free version.

I’m going to keep the app on my phone, as even just having the basics package has been really useful. It’s so easy to use, there’s no set-up, you just download it and start meditating. An absolute beginner could use this, even if they had zero experience of mindfulness or meditation. I really hope the prices reduce at some point though, as at the moment, they are just far too high to consider a full subscription. Perhaps one day, when I’m a bit more flush with cash! But all in all, an excellent user experience; very relaxing and very unique in its informal and easy-going style.

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About the Author:

Mabh Savage is a Pagan author, poet and musician, as well as a freelance journalist.

She is the author of A Modern Celt: Seeking the Ancestors and Pagan Portals: Celtic Witchcraft.

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