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Astrology Horoscope: October Full Moon
On November 14th at 10:41 pm (PST), the Sun and Moon conjoin in the powerful and intense sign of Scorpio. Two other planets, Venus and Mercury, are also travelling through this sign during this lunation. As the light wanes in the northern hemisphere, we are moving towards the darkest point of the year as we are beginning to prepare for the return of the light five weeks from now. The waning light can be a time of reduced energy. Instead of fighting it, take a few naps and rest more—this is good time to get into synch with the darker energy. Sleep nine or ten hours a night if you feel like it...and don't feel guilty!

Scorpio, the Reproductive System and Raspberry Leaf

In medical astrology, Scorpio is associated with the reproductive system as well as the eliminatory organs. The cycles of menstruation and ovulation are part of the process of the reproductive system and symbolize the powerful transformative energy of this water sign. Within the context of these natural ebbs and flows, there is a chance for deep and dramatic metamorphosis. An egg can be fertilized and a fetus can begin to grow within the womb. This is the aspect of Scorpio that is truly amazing. New life can be generated within the system and a new stage of development can begin within the body.

In traditional European medicine, herbs that helped strengthen the reproductive system were frequently associated with the planet Venus. Venusian herbs often helped tonify and strengthen this system. One great example of a reproductive tonic is the herb raspberry leaf. This Venusian herb contains a great deal of tannins that gives it an astringent quality (what was known as drying in traditional European herbalism). This astringent quality makes it a helpful herb for toning the uterine and pelvic muscles in preparation for childbirth. Expectant mothers can use this herb throughout their pregnancy to help strengthen this system. During labor, this herb can help reduce pain and muscle spasms. After birth, the herb is also helpful for increasing mother's milk and is an overall wonderful tonic.

Though raspberry is primarily offered as a healing agent for women's reproductive systems, it can also be used by men to help strengthen and tone the testes and prostate gland. As a tea, raspberry has a delicious flavor not too dissimilar from green tea.

Fixed Energy and Health

During this lunation, there are seven planets in fixed signs. This strong emphasis on the fixed signs Scorpio and Aquarius can lead to a greater degree of difficulty in releasing stored emotion, as well as waste products in the body. Scorpio is associated with the eliminatory system because that is where we let go of unnecessary material. When we hold on too tightly to deep-seated feelings, this system can get backed up and we may experience constipation. It can then be helpful to take a gentle laxative such as dandelion root or eat more fruits and vegetables.

Fixed energy, in general, can lead to a slight stagnation of energy in the body. I once had a client who had almost all his planets in fixed signs. This man had tremendous difficulty moving forward in life and seemed to be caught in patterns related to childhood. His energy was also very stagnated and he carried excess weight, as well as having constipation.

To work with this "fixed" time, it can be helpful to move our energy in some ways. Physical exercise is one of the best means to help us get out of any ruts and avoid sinking in to a stagnant energetic state. Aerobic exercise where one sweats is supremely valuable because it helps to remove any toxic build up and residue as well. Running, biking, swimming and hiking are all wonderful ways to work with this fixed time of the year.

September 11th and Health

The transformative events of September 11th and after have dramatically affected our consciousness and have also affected many people's health. It is important to spend extra time with loved ones and to nourish ourselves optimally through these difficult times. Since we are more stressed, we are also more prone to colds and illness. The Scorpio New Moon is a time to release some of that emotional build-up from watching and listening to news and fearing for our safety. Try taking a couple days away from reading and watching news reports during this time—a news fast, if you will. I'm sure if something really big happens, someone will tell you about it. Otherwise, the overwhelming barrage of information can act to simply drain our spirits. Try to find places of quiet and refuge where you can release any deep-seated feelings you may have. Sing, shout, cry, laugh or scream when you can to allow the emotions to pour forth and be expressed instead of being stored deep inside. In this way we can stay in touch with what we are feeling and give ourselves a time to let it all go as well. Good health to you!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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 jon_keyes@msn.com. Go to Jon's web site at jonkeyes.com

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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   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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