Esoteric Astrology and the Use of Herbs
Esoteric Astrology has its origins, According to research, 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 knowledge, and its 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 their esoteric 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 and cataloging of treatments 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 using the Esoteric Astrology precepts, such following on days and hours of specific planetary regencies, they become active 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 of allopathic pharma; as if the advancement of biochemistry are the only treatments possible for our physical and psychological ills.
We have a mainstream society where homeopathy and herbal sciences are not entirely supported. Apparently, we must not forget that the allopathic treatments sometimes 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 hugely known as the cosmic cycle for the harvesting of herbs, flowers, and roots 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.
The following lists contain the Esoteric Astrology Herbal Correspondences for Elements, Planets, and Signs:
ELEMENTS & HERBS
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, Oakmoss, Patchouli, Rose, Sage, Spikenard, Thyme, Vanilla, Vetiver, Wintergreen
PLANETS & HERBS
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 nights blooming, white tropical flowers). Include Plants that may affect the activities of the subconscious. Plants are 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, Oakmoss, 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. All the Herbs that promote a positive frame of mind and expansion.
SATURN: Clary Sage, Cypress, Eucalyptus, Fir, Myrrh, Oakmoss, Patchouli, Spikenard, Vetiver
URANUS: Chamomile (Blue), Eucalyptus, Fennel, Lime, Neroli. Herbs that energize stimulate and promote inspiration.
NEPTUNE: Honeysuckle, Melissa, Mugwort, Myrrh, Sandalwood, Spikenard. All the Mystical herbs that are helpful in dream work.
PLUTO: Anise, Basil, Cypress, Pennyroyal, Valerian. Herbs are known as beneficial for enhancing sexuality
SIGNS OF THE ZODIAC & HERBS
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, Oakmoss, Patchouli, Rose, Thyme, Vanilla.
GEMINI: (Mutable Air, 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 the 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, 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, Oakmoss, 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