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Astrology Horoscope: October Full Moon
On October 2nd, at 6:49 am, the Moon becomes full at 9 degrees Aries. This has been a time of powerful soul searching for a nation in mourning. The attacks on American institutions such as the World Trade Center and the Pentagon have left the country scarred and frightened. Much of the investigation has centered on Osama bin Laden, a militant Islamic fundamentalist living in the hills of Afghanistan. Astrologically, Aries is associated with the planet Mars and with themes such as anger, fighting and war. This Full Moon may see a time of increased hostilities and intense interactions with foreign countries. It is a time when the U.S. government needs to proceed with caution and to be careful of making hasty and rash decisions.

A Time to Focus on Relationships

With the Sun in Libra and the Moon in Aries, this is an important time to focus on the theme of relationships. Through developing harmonious relationships, we work towards a greater sense of integration with the world around us. Through communication and dialogue, we gain a better understanding of our role in the world and how we can positively impact our community. In this time of pain and sorrow, it is especially important to focus on how we connect to the people around us. Though we may not personally know someone who has died on September 11th, we are undoubtedly all impacted by the events and may feel more fear and grief in our lives.

It is to spend time with our friends and loved ones, to honor and be thankful for the relationships we have and to acknowledge that these are the cornerstones of a good, healthy life. The Full Moon in Aries points to a time when we may feel physically energized, perhaps even a little angry and "ready for action." We should take some of that energy and focus it on giving support and care to the people around us. Through our love and devotion we build strong bonds of community that are stronger than if we stand alone.

Health Concerns: The Adrenals

In medical astrology, Aries is associated with the adrenal glands, which connect to the kidneys. They are responsible for emitting adrenaline when we experience stress. Adrenaline gives us a burst of energy to help cope with the experiences we are going through. However, it also tends to leave us feeling harried, depleted and overwhelmed when we are in a constant state of stress. I don't know about you, but since the September 11th attack, I have felt more stressed out, nervous and generally emotionally intense. Over time, these feelings can lead to what is known as adrenal burn out. We are unable to deal with the continued high stress levels.

To help offset the negative effects on the adrenal glands during this time, it would be helpful to reduce the amount of stressful stimuli coming in. One way to do this is to take periodic news fasts. I know many of us have been glued to the television and are paying close attention to updates of world events. However, this can have a cumulative effect on our adrenals and our health and it would be smart to take a break once in a while, go outside and get some fresh air or spend some time just relaxing with friends. When we do this, we don't deny what has happened, we just give ourselves the chance to recharge our batteries and make sure we can be more relaxed and calmer.

Relaxing Herbs

Another way we can take care of ourselves through these difficult times is to try drinking relaxing and calming herbal teas. I would recommend trying the herbs chamomile, scullcap, valerian and passion flower if you are feeling intensely nervous or frightened. These herbs are known as nervines, or nerve tonics and relaxers. They will help you cope with the stress you are experiencing. It may also be helpful to buy some lavender oil and take periodic baths with a few drops of the essence in the hot water. The aroma of lavender is extremely calming and reviving.

Working through Anger

Finally, the Aries Moon may trigger strong emotional reactions and feelings of outrage and anger. These emotions are definitely valid and it is important to find a way to release them. Writing in a journal, painting or simply screaming and crying in a private place are good ways of getting out any bottled up feelings. Through expressing intense anger we may get to deeper feelings of grief and sorrow. In this time of the Aries-Libra polarity, it is essential that we have people around with whom we can discuss and vent our feelings. Make sure that when you do this that you give your friends time to express their feelings as well so that there is an equal give and take. 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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