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On Saturday, November 11, at 1:15 pm (PST), the Moon shines full in Taurus. There are less than six weeks until the Winter Solstice arrives and until the daylight hours begin to grow again in the Northern Hemisphere. As the light diminishes this fall, many of us turn inward and spend more time indoors and in quieter pursuits like reading, snuggling up by a fire and hanging out with our loved ones. This might be a smart time to buy some full-spectrum light bulbs if you are prone to depression from lack of light. It is also essential to find time for exercise, which raises the endorphins and offsets any lethargy and melancholy that might come this time of year.

Taurus and the Thyroid

In medical astrology, Taurus is linked to the throat and the thyroid gland. The thyroid gland plays an essential role in the regulation of body metabolism. If our metabolism is functioning well, we burn up food properly and can maintain a steady body weight. When the thyroid is overactive, the metabolism heightens and there is a tendency toward restlessness, anxiety and weight loss. When the thyroid is underactive, the metabolism slows down and there is a tendency toward fatigue, depression and weight gain. With the Full Moon’s emphasis on Taurus this month, it may be helpful to pay special attention to this important gland.

To help balance and regulate the thyroid gland, it can be helpful to look at specific herbal supplements. In all cases, it is essential that a doctor diagnose the condition before trying herbal remedies. For an overactive thyroid gland, it is important to take a combination of herbs that are simultaneously relaxing, balancing and tonifying. Valerian or skullcap can be taken as nervine relaxants, bugleweed can be taken to regulate the thyroid gland and nettles and licorice can be taken to strengthen the entire system. In combination, a tea made of these herbs would be especially beneficial for an overactive thyroid.

In the case of an underactive thyroid gland, it is essential to build strength, raise the metabolism and heal the digestive system. In this case, one could take nettles and oats as strength building tonics, take bladderwrack (kelp) and garlic to increase the metabolism and a bitter like yarrow or wormwood to help process and assimilate food to benefit and raise the metabolism. In all cases, a diet of whole grains and vegetables and a proper amount of rest are essential for healing the thyroid gland.

Taurus and the Throat Chakra

In Hindu philosophy, the throat chakra is linked to our creative power and our self-expression. The throat is where we verbalize and vocalize our intent and will in the world. It is the center where we emanate personal power and give and receive with our community. When this center is depleted, we are likely to feel shut down, uncreative and have difficulty generating financial security. Physical ailments such as laryngitis, chronic sore throats, TMJ and thyroid gland problems may develop. To strengthen this center this Taurus Full Moon, take a deep look at your communication style and how you interact with the world. Using your words to positively affirm the people in your life and to speak openly and honestly with others will develop what is called “right speech” in Buddhist thought. Right speech is one of the tenets and moral precepts in Buddhism for living a good and healthy life.

Our words are deeply powerful and how we choose them has the capability to shape and form our lives and paths. In religious and spiritual rituals, words are carefully chosen because there is an understanding of how language can be magically transforming and uplifting, or dangerous and destructive. Using our words to tear down others, pin blame and take on the role of a victim only works to damage our throat chakras and our sense of self-esteem. So when we make prayers, talk to our friends and family and think and talk about ourselves, we have the choice to be a little more thankful, a little more humble and honest and a little more open and welcoming to the community around us. The Taurus Full Moon is a wonderful time to strengthen our throat chakra in this way and generate creative and positive energy that will strengthen our health and well-being.


With the Sun in Scorpio and the Moon in Taurus, there is an emphasis on fixed signs this Full Moon. Fixed energy is magnetic, solid, powerful and hard to change. In the last New Moon column for two weeks ago, I talked about working with habits and addictions. By untangling the root reasons for their presence, there is a possibility for transformation and letting go of these fixations. The Moon is now Full and in what is called a t-square configuration with the Sun and Uranus. Uranus represents a powerful force for destabilization and dramatic change. This time of the year presents an opportunity for sudden and life-changing breakthroughs. When working with health, most positive changes come slowly over a long period of time. This Full Moon offers a chance to make decisions that irrevocably end damaging behavior and hurtful lifestyle choices. If you have developed an addiction or an unhealthy relationship, this Full Moon is a perfect opportunity to change your life and embrace a stronger and healthier sense of self.

Editor’s note: The health information given in this article is not meant as a substitute for care from a qualified physician. This information is given for educational purposes only, and is not intended to diagnose or prescribe. is not responsible for any mishaps that occur as a result of using this information.



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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