Herbalism, astrology, and equanimity
Once the plant is grown, it takes on a life of its own, and that goes for just about every plant you see in a forest or garden.
For astrologers, those lives are governed, like ours, by the movement of the heavens and the planets. Therefore, those herbs taken on their traits, and complement the personalities of those who have consumed them.
I’ve found that certain people, such as Ave Guevara, who wrote the witchcraft blog we ran a few months back, veer more towards certain herbs than others. For her, Equanimity’s valerian “dulled the spirit.” Indeed, for high-energy people, herbs like valerian will not always agree with them during their waking hours, yet may help quiet their souls sufficiently enough for sleep. In addition, chamomile, lemon balm and skullcap, while soothing, are less aggressively sedative, and quite helpful for people who like to chill.
The “astroherbalists,” if you will, spend a lot of time matching these herbal personas to their planetary equivalents. Reaching out to them, I’ve found that they don’t always see eye to eye on these alignments. For instance, one astrologer believed camomile was a “Moon-governed herb,” while another saw it as “a solar herb that is associated with the sign of Leo.” So when it comes to the stars and the plants, it’s hardly a unified field. Victoria Cappuccio, a spiritual herbalist who works with tarot, astrology and alchemy, summed it up to me thusly:
“Historically, many herbalists attempted to make these connections [between plants and planets] without providing support information to show how they arrived at or defined the rulership or affinity of a plant, and this has led to confusion, as many practitioners lack the understanding to piece together the information. It’s my belief that plants actually represent a unique planetary path or relationship in the space between planets, and that while they tend to have a planet that acts as primary influence, they do not exclusively embody a sOnce the plant is grown, it takes on a life of its own, and that goes for just about every plant you see in a forest or garden. ingle planet. In my opinion, this is the key to cultivating a deeper understanding of astroherbalism.”
However, they all agree that a proper solution is a holistic solution, and the herbal choice should correspond to the specific person’s unique personality. Astrologers can use a person’s charts to determine the cause of difficult sleep, according to Sonia Primerano, founder of Earth and Coven. She points to the difficulty certain people have with falling asleep on nights of the full moon as an example.
“Astrologically, we can use our birth chart to observe the ways in which planetary transits can affect areas of our lives through the Houses of our chart. Sometimes, the transits or alignments alone can stir up emotions and heighten energies. We can use them as doorways to healing, introspection into our deepest thoughts, and even why we may not be able to sleep at night!”
Asking Primerano to give an astrological interpretation of Equanimity, I was pretty impressed by her read on the herbs’ synergies:
“Moon-governed herbs working in great synergy with Mercury ruled-herbs Skullcap, Valerian and Licorice. Catnip is ruled by Venus, Hawthorne Berry by Jupiter (or Mars). Moon plants in combination with Mercury plants allow us to access our subconscious and deep emotions while opening up the doorway to receive the insights we need in order to heal. This blend could be especially helpful for Fire-dominant folks (Leo, Aries, Sagittarius) to bring balance to their fiery energy if in excess. This can manifest in the form of red-hot emotions, overstimulation, overexertion, and insomnia due to an excess of these things, anxiety or nervousness.”
A huge part of Equanimity’s effects focuses on flow and shutting down the interior chatter, so it’s amazing for me to see how, without even trying it herself, a alternative healer can nail it like that. In the absence of strong or shifting guidance from health authorities — or structures which often sneer on health perspectives held mainly by women — intuitive perspectives often fill the gap. And in cases like sleep and anxiety, an effective solution can have all sorts of reasons why it works for people – both clinical and esoteric.
Primerano tells me, “The way I see it, astrology and herbalism are a branch of the same tree in understanding the forgotten language of nature and the cosmos, from which we are not separate.” Nature possesses many patterns; divining them can help us survive. For others, the older belief systems simply make beautiful sense of the world around them. Any rate, it’s fascinating to see what people put in their Medicine Box, and how our products connect with those seemingly out there in the cosmos. Guess it’s a small world after all.