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Astrology Horoscope: May New MoonOn June 5, at 6:39 pm (PDT), the Moon waxes full at 15 degrees Sagittarius. The Moon conjoins the powerful and transformative planet Pluto and points to this as a time of great metamorphosis and transition. Those who are born with a lot of planets in either Sagittarius or Gemini (the opposing sign) may feel the effects of this Full Moon most strongly. This is also the last Full Moon of the springtime as we draw close to the New Moon/solar eclipse on June 21. The coming New Moon also happens to fall just a few hours after the Summer Solstice, so these next two weeks are preparation for a very powerful astrological event. The days begin to grow shorter and the nights grow longer in the Northern Hemisphere after this so it may be an important time to meditate on the shift in balance between light and dark and to honor the sunniest time of the year through celebration and ritual.

Sagittarius Moon, Fire Moon

The Sagittarius Moon is a fire Moon and fundamental to the concept of fire in human health is the idea of stoking our internal fires properly. Imagine tending a campfire out in the woods. You only have a certain amount of wood for the night and you want to make sure you stoke it enough so that it keeps going, but not add too much wood so that it burns out. This Sagittarius Full Moon presents a perfect time to stoke our internal fires by adding strengthening herbs and healthy food to our diet. We also want to avoid adding too much fuel to our fire by eating and drinking too much, staying up too late and burning up our energy through too many activities. Conserving our energies is key to optimal health and this Moon time can remind us to return to an even steady flow.

Sagittarius and the Liver

With the Full Moon in Sagittarius, this is a perfect time to examine the liver, the part of the body ruled by this fire sign. The liver is especially vulnerable during this time of the year and it's important to take steps to try to protect this organ's health. Fundamentally, the liver is responsible for processing waste and toxic residue from the body and helping to send it through to the eliminatory organs. During the winter when we are sedentary and tend to eat more fatty and processed foods, our liver can become malnourished and weakened. During this Full Moon in Sagittarius, there are a number of steps we can take to assist in cleansing and purifying the liver and helping it to function optimally.

Chinese Medicine and the Liver

In Chinese medicine, the liver is responsible for the free flow of energy, or qi, throughout the body. When qi moves easily, the entire body and spirit feels light, unencumbered, relaxed and directed. When the liver is malnourished, the qi can become stagnant and erratic, causing symptoms such as anxiety, depression, lethargy, fatigue and anger. In Chinese medicine, the liver is specifically associated with anger and sometimes this and related emotions such as irritability, impatience and frustration can rise to the surface if the liver is not properly tended.

Tending the Liver

The period of the Sagittarius Full Moon can be a wonderful time to strengthen the liver through helpful dietary, herbal and lifestyle therapies. Some people recommend doing long fasts during this time, but in my opinion this is rarely necessary and it is much more important to gradually change negative eating habits and to augment the diet with some strengthening and nourishing herbs. To begin with, the liver is especially affected by a number of foods and beverages such as white flour and sugar, alcohol, caffeine and nicotine. Reducing or eliminating these substances will go far to strengthen the health of the liver preliminarily. After that, it is very helpful to avoid processed and pesticide laden foods. Try to eat a diet primarily based in whole grains and vegetables (with a small amount of meat if you are not vegetarian) along with plenty of pure water to ensure the fundamentals of a healthy liver.

In terms of herbs, there are a number that are especially helpful. Dandelion is probably the most common herb known to us as it grows ubiquitously in lawns and gardens. The root of this plant is especially helpful in stimulating bile production, cleansing the blood and the liver of impurities and strengthening this organ optimally. Burdock and yellow dock also have these stimulating, cleansing and nourishing qualities. Try buying the dandelion root fresh from an herb store and make a tea of this herb so you can get to know its wonderful properties. Boil a pint of water and then pour it over an ounce of this root and let it steep for an hour or two. When you are ready, drink the whole pint during the day. Try doing this once a day for four weeks (until the next Full Moon) and see how you feel afterward. Your vitality and health will flourish from this daily practice. Good health to you!



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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