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Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Planets & Their Herbal Correspondences


The trees, plants, and herbs, and the planets that rule them according to astrological lore, are all recorded in medieval herbals, and from them we learn that:

Saturn is associated with the pine, cypress, yew, black alder, hemlock, nightshade, and poppy.

Jupiter is associated with the oak, elm, birch, hazel, agrimony, betony, columbine, cresses, foxglove, hyssop, larkspur, mallow, periwinkle, parsnip and thyme.

Mars rules the box tree, hawthorn, broom, buckthorn, dock, garlic, horehound, hemp, hops, mustard and wormwood.  The mineral influences by the same planet are iron, antimony, arsenic, and sulfur.

The Sun governs the cedar, laurel, anise, almond, chamomile, daffodil, dill, fennel, St. John's wort, juniper, lavender, marigold, mistletoe, pennyroyal, rosemary, rue, saffron, and sage.  His mineral is, of course, gold.

Venus rules apple and cherry trees and their fruits, as well as coltsfoot, dandelion, elder-flowers, myrtle, white poppy and the leaves of the violet.  Her mineral is copper.

Mercury influences the medlar, quince, willow, barberry, succory, tansy, vervain, also the elder and nut tree.

The Moon governs all trees full of sap, the palm, cucumber, mushrooms, melon, moonwort, and herbs that turn towards the Moon.  Her mineral is silver. 

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