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On September 27, at 12:53 pm PDT, the Moon conjoins the Sun in Libra. This is the first New Moon of the fall, and signals a time of waning light in the Northern Hemisphere, when there are more dark than light hours in the day. In the past two articles I have talked about the last lunation being a time of change and preparation for the fall and winter. With the colder weather, it’s a good idea to cook warming meals, make fires and bundle up a little more. With the New Moon in Libra, themes of balance, justice and relationships can become important over the next few weeks.

Mighty Aphrodite

Libra is ruled by Venus, a planet that is traditionally associated with beauty, sensuality, wealth and love. To envision Venus’ domain, imagine yourself bathing in natural hot springs nestled in a valley beneath rolling green hills. Friends come and feed you grapes and wine while your partner sings sweet love songs to you. I know this may sound difficult to imagine and far away from normal life, but it’s easier to actualize than you may think.

In our busy lives, it can be hard to take the time to relax and enjoy ourselves. We often value our work lives and career over our own personal health and well-being. This New Moon is a great time to bring balance to our lives and make our leisure and personal time a priority as well. If you can’t find a lush valley with hot springs to bathe in, try drawing a bath in your home and surrounding the bathroom with candles, plants and fresh flowers. Invoke Venus by offering a few prayers for love, contentment and nourishment for yourself and your loved ones.

The Kidneys

After coming out of the bath, massage your body with warm oil. Lavender oil is especially healing and strengthens the nervous system. Take special care to massage your back, where your kidneys are. In medical astrology, the kidneys are linked to Libra, and could be especially vulnerable at this time. The kidneys help move toxic waste out through the bladder. They are also the source of the adrenal system, which supplies energy and vitality to our entire body. When the kidneys are depleted, we can feel listless, sapped and depressed.

Chinese Medicine

One of the best ways to heal the kidneys is to use natural therapies from the ancient system of traditional Chinese medicine. In this practice, the body is seen as a network of energetic channels known as meridians. Each meridian intersects with a specific organ of the body and then extends out to the hands or the feet. When there is illness in a specific organ, the meridian can become blocked. By massaging or applying heat or acupuncture to specific points along the meridians, the energy can be unblocked and illness can be cured. With the Libra Moon’s emphasis on the kidneys, it can be helpful to look at the kidney meridian to help strengthen and fortify this organ.

The kidney meridian starts at the base of the foot in the exact center, just below the ball of the foot. This is known as “kidney one.” Just up from there, on the inside of the ankle between the Achilles tendon and the anklebone, is kidney three. By gently massaging these points, you help stimulate the kidneys’ ability to heal and regenerate themselves.

Another technique for strengthening the kidneys is to sit cross-legged in a meditative posture. Try visualizing the kidneys to the left and the right of the base of your spine. Then, while breathing deeply, imagine the kidneys glowing with golden light. Pour love and healing energy into these organs. Along with proper rest and plenty of fluids this New Moon, these techniques can help restore the strength and vitality of the kidneys.

Nourishing Our Relationships

We couldn’t leave this New Moon without talking about relationships. Libra is traditionally associated with love and romantic partnerships. Not only are the Sun and Moon in Libra right now, but Venus has moved into the sign of Scorpio, a sign associated with intimacy, sexuality and intensity. One of the hardest parts about intimate relationships is working with the balance of power between partners. When one person pulls away or demands too much from the other, it can create struggle and tension. Ultimately, the goal of a healthy relationship is to be nourishing and loving to one’s partner while still maintaining a strong, independent sense of self.

Taking Time For Me

If you are in a relationship, this lunation is a good time to examine this balance and to see if one area is much greater than the other is. With Venus square to Neptune right now, the boundaries between partners may blur a little. To strengthen your sense of self, it may be a good idea to spend more time with friends, start athletic or art classes, write in a journal or start your own independent project. These activities actually will strengthen a partnership because it allows you to bring more independent creative energy into the relationship.

Taking Time For Us

If you have been less present in a partnership, now is a good time to strengthen your bonds by making time to be alone together. Walks in the park, making meals together, attending a play or a concert or finding time to relax and talk about life will help kindle the fires of love and draw partners back together. If there are underlying resentments and past hurts that are unresolved and are holding the partnership back, it may be a good idea to see a couples counselor at this time.

Healthy Love

When we worry and stress out about our relationships, our health can suffer and our peace of mind can diminish. When our primary partnership is nourished and strengthened, each person will find that their life becomes easier, joyful and more fulfilled. Like working in a garden or tending a house plant, a relationship also requires regular care, time and attention for it to grow and blossom. 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:

  • Your Health and Neptune: Part 1   12/12/2002
  • Lunar Health Cycles   3/13/2002
  • Lunar Health Cycles   2/27/2002
  • Lunar Health Cycles   1/26/2002
  • Lunar Health Cycles   11/14/2001
  • Lunar Health Cycles   10/31/2001
  • Lunar Health Cycles   10/15/2001
  • 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
  • Lunar Health Cycles   7/18/2001
  • Lunar Health Cycles   7/4/2001
  • Lunar Health Cycles   6/17/2001
  • Lunar Health Cycles   6/4/2001
  • 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
  • Your Health and Saturn   10/30/2000
  • 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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