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If you’ve ever been to Vermont in the fall, then you will have seen the dazzling display of deciduous leaves changing colors from green to shades of gold, amber, orange and red. On September 13 at 12:37 pm (PDT), the Moon grows full in Pisces. This Full Moon is the last of the summer and signals the start of a new season, a time of change and letting go. As the fall approaches, the mornings become a little brisker and the evening’s cool winds come a little quicker. These environmental cues are signs to tend to our health in preparation for the changes ahead.

In the last article for the New Moon, I described the need for Virgoan skills to prepare, organize and plan for the upcoming changes into the darker months. This is still a good time to focus on the details of preparation but with the Full Moon in Pisces, this is also a good time to broaden our perspective and see the larger picture. When we get caught up in the basics of life—getting enough money to pay the bills, doing the errands and chores to run a household—we can lose track of our larger goals and purpose in life. The Pisces Full Moon is a perfect time to expand our horizons to see our role in the community and society at large.

Service Work

Ultimately, the theme of Pisces is service and spiritual growth. When we focus our numerous gifts and talents for the benefit of the community, we act as conduits and channels for selfless expression. In essence, we become greater than ourselves. Volunteering at a homeless shelter, a soup kitchen or the local co-op are all ways to expand ourselves and serve others. Ultimately, service work is a way of setting aside our personal ambitions and our daily routine to develop our heart and compassion. When we surrender our basic concerns and focus on the needs of others, whether it be a small child, a drug addict or the environment, we reclaim our essential humanity and our basic goodness.

Pisces and the Immune System

The immune system has long been linked to the planet Neptune, which is the ruler of Pisces. With the Full Moon in Pisces and Neptune in a grand trine with Jupiter and Mercury, now is a perfect opportunity to tend to this physiological function. The immune system acts as the fundamental barrier of protection from the outside world. It functions both emotionally and physically. Physically, it works to dispel toxins and germs from damaging our health. Emotionally, it shuts out verbal abuse, negative attacks and harmful people who could damage our health. Many of us can have a hard time shutting out emotional abuse and can feel sapped and drained in our home and/or work life.

To protect our immune system physically, we can take certain herbs regularly, such as licorice and nettles. These herbs act as immune system tonics, capable of strengthening and fortifying us. If we are prone to colds, we can also take echinacea and goldenseal to ward off illness. Emotionally, we can protect ourselves by becoming more assertive and by strengthening our boundaries. Often we feel we are required to be nice and accommodating to all people all the time. This can leave us feeling resentful and frustrated after a while. This Pisces Full Moon may be a good time to learn to say “no” and to be honest and confront someone if they are being emotionally abusive toward you.

Pisces and the Feet

In medical astrology, Pisces is also connected to the feet. In foot reflexology, each portion of the foot’s sole corresponds to a portion of the human body. Foot reflexology works by the same method astrology works, “As above, so below.” The sole of the foot is seen as a microcosm to the macrocosm of human health and physiology. Massaging the sole of the foot then becomes a profound way of augmenting and nourishing the health of all the organs in our body. Besides foot massage, there are a number of ways to tend to the feet to benefit our health. This is a good time to soak our feet in a hot water bath with a few drops of essential oil. Try lavender and mugwort oils for this practice. Also, walking around in bare feet and stretching out our toes helps our feet to breathe and gather good energy from the ground and the air.


As we move into the fall, this Pisces Full Moon is a perfect time to expand our senses and see ourselves as part of a great ocean of creation. Take the time to go out under the night sky and take in the boundless panorama of stars in the cosmos. With each breath, draw in the immense power and majesty of the universe and see yourself as a part, a thread, in the vast fabric of creation. Good health to you!



Jonathan Keyes, B.S., is an astrologer, herbalist and plant spirit medicine practitioner. His writing has appeared in The Mountain Astrologer and in numerous Llewellyn almanacs. Jon has written a book entitled 'Guide to Natural Health, The Horoscope as a key to Ancient Healing Practices'. Jon is available for readings and can be contacted at Go to Jon's web site at

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Other StarIQ articles by Jonathan Keyes:

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  • Lunar Health Cycles   11/14/2001
  • Lunar Health Cycles   10/31/2001
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  • Lunar Health Cycles   10/1/2001
  • Lunar Health Cycles   9/14/2001
  • Lunar Health Cycles   8/31/2001
  • Lunar Health Cycles   8/16/2001
  • Lunar Health Cycles   8/2/2001
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  • Pluto, Your Health and Herbs   4/30/2001
  • Pluto and Your Psyche   4/16/2001
  • Your Health and Neptune Part 2   3/12/2001
  • Your Health and Saturn Part 2   11/13/2000
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  • Michael Stipe Shuns the Spotlight   9/16/2000
  • Michael J. Fox   8/21/2000
  • Animals and Astrology Part Two   7/3/2000
  • Animals and Astrology   6/12/2000
  • The Astrology of Stones Part 2   5/15/2000
  • Astrology and Stones   5/1/2000

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