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Astrology and the Use of Herbs

Astrology and the Use of Herbs

astrology_herbsAccording to research, the origins of astrology had its cradle in the third century BC among the Chaldeans. Inside the tomb of the pharaoh Ramses was found a celestial chart showing the astral influences on all the organs of the human body. From there, Chaldean astrology made its way to Greece, aligning itself with philosophy and mathematics along with other sciences of the “holistic” ancient world.

In Rome, under the influence of the Church, astrological predictions eventually were considered superstitious, and astrologers, along with mystics and spiritualists, were to suffer the persecution of the Catholic Church.

The Arabs in northern Africa and the Mediterranean were the caretakers responsible for the continuity of astrological studies and traditions, adding to this knowledge with the development of more precise calculations, aspects, angles, and areas of influence in man’s life.

The Arabs were also pioneers in the study of treatment with herbs and medicinal plants. They were also the creators of the first known hospitals of the ancient world. Nowadays, herbs and flowers are still used in the preparation medicinal tinctures, teas and dyes.  When these herbs are harvested on days and hours of specific planetary regencies, they become effective on the improvement or cure of specific diseases.

Our current society mostly cherishes the values of scientific research and tries to diminish the ancient value of these natural ways of healing in favor or allopathic pharma; as if the advancement of biochemistry are the only treatments possible for our physical ills.

We have a mainstream society where homeopathy and herbal sciences are not fully supported. Obviously, we must not forget that the allopathic treatments sometime are necessary, but we should never forget to add the advantage of a complementary and supplementary use of natural resources such as herbs.

The entry of the Sun in the Zodiac Virgo is a great cosmic cycle for the harvesting of herbs, flowers and roots in order to prepare tinctures and remedies. It is indeed perfect time integration with the healing force since Virgo is the sign of the sixth house of the astral map, reigning upon health and lifestyle.

culpepers_astrologyThe following lists contain the Astrological Herbal Correspondences for Elements, Planets and signs:

ELEMENTS

FIRE:  Angelica, Basil, Bay Laurel, Bergamot, Black Pepper, Carrot, Cedar, Cinnamon, Clove, Coriander, Cumin, Frankincense, Ginger, Hyssop, Juniper berry, Mandarin, Neroli, Nutmeg, Orange, Pennyroyal, Petty grain, Rosemary, Rue, Saffron, Sassafras.

WATER: Camphor, Cardamom, Chamomile, Cypress, Geranium, Ginger, Honeysuckle, Jasmine, Lemon, Marjoram, Melissa, Mugwort, Myrrh, Pennyroyal, Sandalwood, Spikenard, Valerian, Vanilla, Ylang-ylang

AIR: Anise, Bergamot, Caraway, Clary sage, Dill, Eucalyptus, Fennel, Fir, Geranium, Lavender, Lemongrass, Lime, Marjoram, Myrtle, Neroli, Palma Rosa, Peppermint, Pine, Rose, Sage, Spearmint, Thyme

EARTH: Balsam, Bois de Rose, Cardamom, Clary Sage, Myrtle, Narcissus, Oak moss, Patchouli, Rose, Sage, Spikenard, Thyme, Vanilla, Vetiver, Wintergreen

PLANETS

SUN: Angelica, Bay Laurel, Bergamot, Carrot, Cedar, Cinnamon, Frankincense, Juniper berry, Lime, Mandarin, Neroli, Orange, Rosemary, and Plants those are beneficial to the heart and circulation.

MOON: Camphor, Chamomile, Honeysuckle, Jasmine, Labdanum, Lemon, Mugwort, Myrrh, (also many night blooming, white tropical flowers).  Include Plants that may affect the activities of the subconscious. Plants living by the water.

MERCURY: Anise, Caraway, Clary Sage, Dill, Eucalyptus, Fennel, Lavender, Lemongrass, Narcissus, Peppermint, Sage, Spearmint, Storax, Thyme, Wintergreen

VENUS: Balsam de Peru, Bois de Rose, Cardamom, Cypress, Geranium, Lavender, Marjoram, Myrtle, Oak moss, Palma Rosa, Patchouli, Rose, Sandalwood, Thyme, Vanilla, Vetiver, Ylang-ylang; herbs that calm overindulgence in food.

MARS: Basil, Black pepper, Carrot, Coriander, Cumin, Ginger, Pennyroyal, Petty grain, Pine, Rue, Sassafras

JUPITER: Bay Laurel, Bergamot, Cedar, Clove, Hyssop, Melissa, Nutmeg, Saffron, Sage, Sandalwood. Herbs that promote a positive frame of mind and expansion.

SATURN: Clary sage, Cypress, Eucalyptus, Fir, Myrrh, Oak moss, Patchouli, Spikenard, Vetiver

URANUS: Chamomile (blue), Eucalyptus, Fennel, Lime, Neroli. Herbs that energize stimulate and promote inspiration.

NEPTUNE: Honeysuckle, Melissa, Mugwort, Myrrh, Sandalwood, Spikenard. Mystical herbs that are helpful in dream work.

PLUTO: Anise, Basil, Cypress, Pennyroyal, Valerian. Herbs known as beneficial for enhancing sexuality

SIGNS OF THE ZODIAC

ARIES: (Cardinal fire, ruled by Mars, sun exalted) – Bay laurel, Black pepper, Cedar, Frankincense, Ginger, Petty grain, Pine, Rue, Sassafras

TAURUS: (fixed earth, ruled by mars, moon exalted) – Bois de Rose, Cardamom, Geranium, Jasmine, Myrtle, Oak moss, Patchouli, Rose, Thyme, Vanilla.

GEMINI: (Mutable Aair, ruled by Mercury) – Dill, Eucalyptus, Fennel, Lavender, Lemongrass, Peppermint, spearmint, Storax

CANCER: (cardinal water, ruled by Moon, Jupiter exalted) – Camphor, carrot, chamomile, honeysuckle, jasmine, lemon

LEO: (fixed fire, ruled by sun) – Bay laurel, cinnamon, frankincense, Juniper berry, Mandarin, Neroli, Rosemary, saffron

VIRGO: (mutable earth, ruled by mercury, Mercury exalted) – Caraway, Clary sage, Narcissus, Spikenard, Wintergreen

LIBRA: (cardinal air, ruled by Venus, Saturn exalted) – Cypress, lavender, Marjoram, myrtle, Palma rose, rose, spearmint, thyme

SCORPIO: Fixed water, ruled by mars and Pluto, Uranus exalted) – Anise, Basil, Coriander, Cumin, cypress, ginger, labdanum, Pennyroyal, pine, rue, valerian

SAGITTARIUS: (mutable fire, ruled by Jupiter) – Angelica, bergamot, cedar, clove, coriander, hyssop, nutmeg, sage, saffron

CAPRICORN: (cardinal earth, ruled by Saturn and Uranus) – Clary sage, Oak moss, patchouli, Spikenard, Vetiver

AQUARIUS: (fixed air, ruled by Saturn and Uranus) – Chamomile (blue), Clay sage, eucalyptus, fennel, fir, lime, Neroli

PISCES: (Mutable water, ruled by Jupiter and Neptune, Venus exalted) – Honeysuckle, Marjoram, Melissa, mugwort, sandalwood, spikenard, ylang-ylang

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  • J. Sue Gagliardi

    I love this; wonderful information and lovely illustrations. Thank you!

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