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This November 25 at 3:11 pm (PST), the Moon returns to conjoin with the Sun at 4 degrees Sagittarius. This is the last New Moon of the fall (in the Northern Hemisphere), and it is a time to prepare for the winterís cool months. Like a bear hibernating, winter should be a time of deep rest, nourishing and hearty meals and slower, steadier activity. Since this is the last lunation before the winter, this is a good time to finish projects and complete tasks in preparation for the quieter times ahead.


Sagittarius is a fire sign and also a sign known for enjoyment of the rich life. When the New Moon is in this sign, there may be a deeper desire to play, go to parties, stay up late, eat rich food and have a few drinks. In short, this may be a time to take a bite out of life. For some peopleís constitutions that are hardy, it may be possible to be a little excessive at this time of the year, but for others this can have a rapid deteriorating effect on oneís health. The Sagittarian New Moon can also have the quality of lighting oneís social and creative fires. For those who are feeling a little lethargic and fatigued, this could be a good time to get renewed and reinvigorated.

The Liver in Western and Chinese Medicine

In medical astrology, Sagittarius is linked to the liver, the organ responsible for the formation and filtration of toxins from the blood. The liver is also involved in the creation of bile, which helps aid digestion. The liver helps metabolize carbohydrates, fats and proteins and helps regulate the blood sugar level in the body. In traditional Chinese medicine, the liver helps maintain an even flow of energy throughout the body. When there is liver stagnation or damage, one can develop mood disorders such as irritability, frustration, arrogance, impatience and even violent behavior at the most extreme. If left unchecked, liver damage can affect the entire digestive process and cause indigestion, ulcers, diabetes, colitis and enteritis. Excess heat in the liver due to toxins in the blood can also cause rashes, dermatitis, eczema and acne. One of the main reasons for a stagnant liver is overeating rich and greasy food. Processed foods, coffee and alcohol can also play a role in damaging and stagnating the liver.

Nourishing the Liver

One of the main ways to protect and nourish the liver is to regularly cleanse it through aerobic exercise. Exercise cleanses the pores and removes toxins through sweating. This lessens the burden on the liver and allows it to function more easily. Biking, jogging, yoga and martial arts are all ways to strengthen the liver so it can function better. Have you ever noticed how you feel after a workout? All the energy is pumping easily throughout the body and there is a general feeling of relaxation and contentment. The Sagittarian New Moon is the perfect time to build the fire of regular exercise into your life.

To help stimulate the liver out of stagnancy, there are a number of foods and herbs that one can take this Sagittarius Moon. In Chinese medicine, it is thought that pungent and slightly sour foods help restore the liver. These include the culinary herbs basil, bay leaf, marjoram, cumin, fennel, ginger, rosemary and mint. Fresh raw foods in the form of sprouts, seeds and fruits also help limit liver damage. Two of the best remedies for liver damage are vinegar and honey. Both detoxify the system and both are energizing and stimulating to a diminished and deficient liver.

Pluto and Transforming Belief Systems

With the Sun and Moon conjuncting Pluto, the energy of transformation is very important this lunation. Pluto is a powerful, intense planet that brings out the deepest aspects of ourselves. In Sagittarius, Pluto may ask you to take a strong look at your belief systems and the very fabric of how you look at life.

In Chinese medicine, the liver is connected to the proper functioning of the eyes, and the eyes determine how you perceive and view your life. Improper or clouded perceptions can cause faulty belief systems which lead to damaging ways of living. For example, alcoholics see a drink as the only way to relieve tension and anxiety and bring a sense of peace to their lives. Over time, this thought process becomes an ingrained belief that clouds their every judgment. Beliefs can develop in smaller ways as well. For someone who is job hunting and has been turned down a number of times, a belief may develop that says that he is not good enough or smart enough to be hired.

Beliefs define the framework of our lives. With Pluto in conjunction to the Sun and Moon in Sagittarius, this is a time to transform and revolutionize your ways of seeing and perceiving life. There are a number of ways to work on these changes. One is to attend seminars and workshops that emphasize shifting your beliefs away from negative and self-destructive behaviors. Another way is to seek a counselor who can help deconstruct faulty belief systems. It could also be helpful to have long talks with friends and partners and discuss how you are living life and what changes you should make. This Sagittarius New Moon is a good time to light the fires of new ways of seeing, believing and living. Good health to you!

Editorís 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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  • Pluto, Your Health and Herbs   4/30/2001
  • Pluto and Your Psyche   4/16/2001
  • Your Health and Neptune Part 2   3/12/2001
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