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Astrology Horoscope: Dec. New MoonA New Moon eclipse (partial solar eclipse) at 4 degrees Capricorn falls on Christmas day this year. Christmas is a Christian holiday celebrating the birth of Jesus, but this holy day has actually been observed for many thousands of years before the Christian era. Christmas is a modern day updating of the celebration of Winter Solstice on December 21. Also known as Yule, people throughout the Northern Hemisphere have revered this day because it signifies a time when the light is growing stronger and the days are growing longer. The tradition of putting up Christmas lights on houses and trees stems from more ancient traditions of honoring the returning light.

Holiday Blues? Herbs Can Cheer You Up!

This can be a trying time of the year for many people, and we may be more prone to sickness and depression during the holidays. Sometimes, the additional burden of entertaining friends and family, overeating and little exercise can add to feelings of lethargy and melancholy. Capricorn has long been associated with feelings of heaviness, restriction and low spirits. If you are having any of these feelings this time of year, it may be a good time to recharge your batteries and strengthen your spirit. Christmas is a time of celebrating the return of the Sun (and the birth of the Son) and is a wonderful time to warm the spirit and vitalize our health. There are a number of effective herbs that work to offset the blues and help cheer and brighten us up.

Saint Johnís wort and borage have long been known for their therapeutic value as natural anti-depressants without the usual side effects that characterize pharmaceuticals. One interesting aspect of St. Johnís wort is that its leaves are perforated with tiny holes. These holes allow light to shine through and give this plant its Latin name hypericum perforatum. This herb, ruled by the Sun, is a perfect remedy for this time of year when its difficult to receive light and heat and there is a deeper need for it. Borage specifically acts as a restorative agent on the adrenal cortex. This is especially helpful if there has been excess stress over the holidays.

Astrologically, there is a strong emphasis on the earth and air element right now, with the Sun, Moon and Mercury in the earth sign Capricorn, Saturn in earthy Taurus, Jupiter in the air sign Gemini and Venus, Uranus and Neptune in airy Aquarius, and a lack of planets in fire signs. To offset this imbalance, there are a number of culinary herbs that can help add warmth during the cold holidays. Cinnamon and cloves have long been added to spice up warm apple cider. These herbs help improve our circulation and generate heat that can lift the spirits when we are feeling down and insecure. Garlic and ginger can be added to meals to help remove toxins and heat us up as well. When combined with aerobic exercise, these herbs can help relieve any stagnancy and heaviness we may feel, brighten our spirits and bring in a little fire and warmth this time of year.

New Yearís Resolutions

At every office, barber shop and store throughout the country, you can hear people talk about New Yearís resolutions this time of year. Some people want to lose twenty pounds, others want to quit smoking or start a workout program. Almost all of the resolutions have to do with strengthening health and releasing bad habits. The sign of Capricorn has a lot to do with setting goals and using discipline, patience and endurance to achieve them. Somehow, though, after a few weeks, many of these resolutions seem to fade as it becomes increasingly difficult to live up to our expectations. This year it may be smart to set just a couple small resolutions that will be easier to live up to. Itís not necessary to say that we will look like Bruce Lee or Arnold Schwarzenegger before our next trip to Grannyís. Nor is it necessary to say we will maintain a perfect macrobiotic diet without a hint of sugar or caffeine for the rest of our lives.

Try instead to set small, short-term goals and to keep up with them. Joining an athletic club and going to an aerobics class once a week, or cutting out the two scoops of almond fudge ice cream right before bed would be a great start. Sometimes when we look at strengthening our health, we see a steep mountain that we can never climb in front of us. Instead, try to place one foot in front of the other and make small, reasonable choices this time of year. Each small choice builds on the next until we notice a significant change down the road. The Capricorn New Moon is a powerful time for setting intention and developing a positive and realistic plan. At each New Moon this year, take the time to review your plan and see if you have stuck to it or if you need to renew it. Avoid guilt and self-blame as they will work to defeat you. Enjoy your holidays and 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:

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  • Lunar Health Cycles   3/13/2002
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  • 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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