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On December 11 at 1:03 am PST, the Moon rises to full in Gemini. This is the last Full Moon of the fall, and by the next New Moon the days will become longer in the Northern Hemisphere. The ďreturn of the lightĒ has been heralded by many cultures and peoples throughout the world. Though Yule (December 21) is the darkest day of the year, it is also a beginning point, a time to renew hope and pray for a happy and productive year. You can celebrate Yule with friends and family by exchanging gifts and blessings.

This is also a good time to make a wonderfully aromatic Yule oil. Hereís one recipe:

4 drops pine oil
3 drops cedarwood oil
3 drops cinnamon oil
2 drops frankincense oil
2 drops juniper oil
Ĺ ounce almond oil

First drop the essential oils in the bottle and swirl them around, then add the almond oil. You can also add small quartz crystals, garnet and green tourmaline to strengthen the Yule oil. This oil can be used in a bath or placed around the house to add a good, healing holiday aroma. (Editorís note: Donít put essential oils directly onto furniture, clothing or skin.)


This Full Moon, the Sun sits exactly conjunct the asteroid Chiron. In Greek mythology, Chiron was a famous healer, musician, warrior, teacher and philosopher. Chiron is associated with natural healing because he mainly taught people to heal themselves through the use of diet. He employed herbal and magical methods for healing as well. In one story, the hero Hercules accidentally shot Chiron with one of his poisoned arrows grievously injuring him. Chiron felt tremendous pain, but because he was a god, he could not die. Finally, after much suffering, he struck a bargain with the other gods which allowed him to die in exchange for releasing Prometheus who was chained to a rock atop a mountain.

When Chiron is placed prominently in a chart, it often signals a powerful emotional wound, and also a powerful gift in the same realm as that wound. For example, someone who is an alcoholic may go to AA and finally give up his destructive habit (his wound). He then may turn around and act as a counselor for other people who are trying to kick the same habit (his gift). This conjunction of gift and wound is what is most present at this Full Moon.

Sagittarian Wounds, Sagittarian Gifts

With Chiron conjunct the Sun in Sagittarius, there is a strong possibility that emotional pain related to Sagittarian themes could arise this Full Moon. Sagittarius is a fire sign, and one type of fire problem is burnout. If you have been burning the candle at both ends, been moving too fast or are overextending yourself, you could feel the deeper implications of this lifestyle. You may feel drained, anxious, angry and depressed this time of year.

With Chiron involved, the deeper reasons for going so fast may come up. Perhaps there is an element of fear in actually slowing down. I have one friend who goes a hundred miles an hour and only stops when he gets really sick. But although the sickness is difficult for him, it actually helps him to see where he could slow down and be more patient and mindful in his life. The wound of his sickness then becomes the balm to heal and redirect him.

The Sagittarian fire is also connected with the creative spark. Often times we can find ourselves working hard to keep up with our job, our errands and our appointments. Itís hard to find time for our own process, whether that be through making art, singing songs or writing. Chiron might point at the deeper reason why we arenít spending more time being creative. Perhaps thereís a feeling that taking this time for ourselves is selfish or frivolous. Or perhaps thereís a feeling of inadequacy, that our creations wonít measure up or arenít worth anything.

This is a good time to look at those deeper self-doubts and try to set them aside. Make an intention to spend at least twenty minutes a day allowing for your own creative process. Creative projects help stimulate aspects of our mind and soul that are not utilized in day-to-day activities. They also help develop a sense of who we are, what our skills and talents are and how we feel and express those feelings in the moment.

Full Moon in Gemini

With the Full Moon in Gemini this month, this is a good time to take herbs that help strengthen the lungs (linked to Gemini in medical astrology.) Strong lungs help us to bring in good air and oxygenate our entire system so that we remain healthy and vitalized. Mullein is the herb par excellence that helps rejuvenate and heal the lungs while acting as an expectorant to remove any unwanted foreign particles. Coltsfoot is also a wonderful herb that helps act as an expectorant and has a soothing demulcent quality. It also has a high level of zinc which can have a marked anti-inflammatory effect on the lungs as well. Along with these good herbs, take time to stroll out under the sky and draw in some of that wonderful healing fresh air this Full Moon. 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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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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