Herbs can be mixed and combined to produce a "recipe" that's just right for each of us. Since the Sun sign you were born under has such an amazing influence on your health and well-being, using the herbs that correspond with that sign alone can be a tremendous help in times of stress or illness. Here's a short list of herbs that seem to be tailor-made for each of the signs, due to their associations with both the planetary ruler and the positive qualities of that sign.
Aries - Mars Correspondence Allspice, basil, cayenne, garlic, ginger, mustard, onion, pepper. It's no secret that Aries is the astrological equivalent of a bullet. It's a red-hot burst of energy that's capable of overcoming any obstacle by charging straight for it. The ruler of Aries is Mars, the "red" planet, the ancient god of war who was known for his equally fiery temperament. No wonder, then, the herbs that correspond with your sign are also a bit "hot" to the taste. Use them in cooking to raise your endorphins, the substance Mars loves best.
Taurus - Venus Correspondence Apple, apricot, blackberry, cherry, heather, hibiscus, raspberry, rose. Taurus is the sign that's fondest of the pleasures that life inside these bodies can provide. Whether it's a blazing sunset, a symphony by Mozart, or a delicious meal, you folks are experts at enjoying the physical delights of the senses. It's no surprise that the herbs you'll enjoy most are the sweet ones, since your planet, Venus, is the purveyor of sweetness. Use each of them to satisfy that sweet tooth.
Gemini - Mercury Correspondence Clover, eyebright, fennel, lemongrass, lemon verbena, marjoram, parsley. Your quick-witted, fleet-footed energy just loves variety - in fact, the expression "variety is the spice of life" was written with you in mind. Each of these herbs provide a different type of taste, and most can be combined in a light, aromatic tea you can sip on the run. Use clove or slippery elm to protect against gossip and to keep your thoughts and actions grounded.
Cancer - Moon Correspondence Aloe, lemon balm, chamomile, mimosa, lavender, lilac. Nurturing is your business, Cancer, and you distribute your soothing touch to one and all. There's nothing you like better than a home that smells good, too, whether it's because there's something wonderful simmering on the stove, a vase of fresh flowers on the dining room table, or a warm, fragrant bubble bath waiting for you upstairs. Each of the herbs listed above are known for their ability to calm, heal, or bring a wonderful aroma to the environment. Use aloe to soothe burns and scrapes and chamomile for a wonderful bedtime tea.
Leo - Sun Correspondence Chicory, cinnamon, goldenseal, rosemary, St. John's Wort, sandalwood. Your planet is the Sun, Leo, the source of life and warmth that keeps us all alive and provides us with the energy we need to keep pursuing our life's quest. It makes perfect sense, then, that the bright, cheerful sunflower would be the perfect representation of your equally bright and happy sign. Herbs like goldenseal and St. John's Wort are tailor-made for you, too, since their ability to keep the body resistant to illness and depression are well known. Mix a bit of chicory with your morning coffee to help remove any obstacles that come up.
Virgo - Mercury Correspondence Caraway, dill, eyebright, horehound, lily of the valley, marjoram, savory. Your quick-thinking meticulous sign likes nothing better than a mental challenge, Virgo, whether it's organizing a pile of papers at the office, solving a puzzle, or learning a new skill. The herbs listed above are all well known for their subtle abilities to strengthen the mind, and many can be mixed together in teas to give you a boost you often need at the end of a long day. The lily of the valley seems perfect for you, too, with its subtle, "clean" scent and delicate flowers.
Libra - Venus Correspondence Catnip, passion flower, persimmon, rose, sugar cane, violet. There's no sign as fond of pleasing others as yours, Libra, whether it's by saying just the right thing to bring warring factions together, or by using your polite charm to draw the object of your desires closer. Of course, catnip is famous for its effects on our feline friends, but its also traditionally used in conjunction with rose petals to bring loving relationships that last forever. Since you're ruled by Venus, you're capable of being every bit as sweet as the sugar cane - but if you need a bit of help to attract a beloved, use this potent plant (sugar cane) that's long been used to conjure love - sweetly.
Scorpio - Pluto/Mars Correspondence Ginseng, dill, patchouli, pomegranate, saffron, vanilla. As fond as you are of intensity and intimacy, Scorpio, it's no wonder the herbs you'll love best are famous for their use in stirring up passion. Drink ginseng tea (or offer some to your beloved) to induce a magnetic physical attraction. Wear patchouli to arouse lust and silently conjure the magic of the Beltane rituals. Present the object of your desire with a pomegranate, the fruit traditionally associated with seductive Pluto, your ruling planet.
Sagittarius - Jupiter Correspondence Anise, clove, fig, hyssop, mugwort, myrtle, nutmeg, rosemary, sage. There's no sign that hangs on to youth with more fervency and determination than yours Sagittarius. To keep that youthful appearance and disposition going as you travel the world in search of yet another experience, drink a tea made of anise, rosemary, and Vervain. To aid in making your dreams more prophetic than they already are, use mugwort. Burn clove incense to attract the wealth you'll need to pay for your travels.
Capricorn - Saturn Correspondence comfrey, horsetail, mint, poppy, sassafras, woodruff. You've always been described as a very "focused" sign, Capricorn, intent on self-sufficiency and material success. The influence of your planet, Saturn, gives you the ambition and self-discipline to attain those goals, and to ensure success and prosperity in business matters, too. Each of the herbs mentioned above are known for their ability to attract that success, and most can be mixed together in a tea.
Aquarius - Uranus/Saturn Correspondence Anise, bittersweet, citron, dandelion, lemon verbena, rosemary, sage. Your sign is a cerebral one, Aquarius, and your ability to turn "odd" or eccentric ideas into strokes of genius is well known. Since communication (and mass communication in particular) is your specialty, the herbs above are all associated with the air principle, which rules the intellectual side of life. To increase your already powerful intuition, use citron, clover, or rosemary. Above all else, listen to that intuition. It will seldom prove to be wrong.
Pisces - Neptune/Jupiter Correspondence Aloe, bay, cotton, eucalyptus, lavender, Norfolk Island pine, rue. As the most sensitive and psychic of all signs, Pisces, yours is the one that requires help to ward off the adverse thoughts and intentions of others. Since you have no boundaries to keep you separate from others, you also need protection against negative influences. To that end, use rue, a powerful herb known to ward off ills of every kind. To stay positive and healthy keep a lavender plant growing either outside or inside your home.
The following is a list of color and planetary correspondences to assist you in developing and working your spells...there are many variations to this information depending on which magical system you employ. please feel free to change this information to fit your particular needs. Monday (Moon) - White/Silver/Gray -- White is used to build purity, sincerity, and truth; to repel negative energies and raise vibrations; balance the aura, contact spirit guides, emotional healing, protection, healing of children and pets, healing from the birth process, dreams, ancestors, instinct, memory, virginity, child bearing, and theft. White may also be used as an "all-purpose" color to substitute for any other color. Gray and silver are used to cancel and neutralize spells which no longer serve your purposes; also used to cause a stalemate in a situation. Fragrances: Eucalyptus, Jasmine, Myrrh, Sandalwood. Tuesday (Mars) - Red -- Lust, physical desire, courage, war, aggression, enemies, pain, danger, energizing and stimulating, health, strength, vigor, (sexual love -- cherry reds). Be careful when using the darker reds, as they stand for wars, battles, blood, danger, and hate. Fragrances: Carnation, Dragon's Blood, Ginger, Pine, Peppermint. Wednesday (Mercury) - Orange -- Energy building, success, stimulation, attraction, mental agility, attracts good luck and fortune, builds vitality, energy, and stamina, encouragement, discourages laziness, adaptability. Fragrances: Bayberry, Lavender, Peppermint. Thursday (Jupiter) - Purple/Royal Blue -- Expansion in all forms (love, healing, wealth, etc.), magical powers, desires, riches, honor, oaths, changeability, impulsiveness. When working with expansion, make sure you currently have the item or quality you wish to expand first. If not, use another color to first obtain that item or quality, and then use purple to expand...Fragrances: Nutmeg, Sage, Sandalwood. Friday (Venus) - Green/Pink -- Green is used for fertility, luck, finances, and healing. It attracts success and facilitates communication with plants and faeries. Pink is for romantic, emotional, spiritual love (usually without the sexual connotation). Pink raises vibrations, facilitates spiritual healing, banishes negative vibrations and hate, and promotes honor, morality, and unselfishness. Fragrances: Cherry, Rose, Thyme, Vanilla. Saturday (Saturn) - Black/Brown -- Black is used to absorb negativity, remove obstacles, bad habits, unwanted emotions, etc. Also used to cause confusion, discord, evil, and loss. It can be an extremely useful color, but if used improperly, it can cause disaster!!! Brown is useful to attract money by working with your hands, and can also connect and ground you to Mother Earth. Fragrances: Iris, Pansy, Black Orchid, Patchouli. Sunday (Sun) - Gold/Yellow -- Gold is used to attract money and power, to attract happy people to your life, to heal, to rejuvenate, to charm; builds confidence, useful in persuasion; gives energy and intelligence to make proper decisions in financial affairs. Yellow is used to gain insight into problems, attract others, obtain knowledge and facilitate retention of learning. Fragrances: Cedar, Clove, Cinnamon, Frankincense, Rosemary.
Candles have been used for centuries and have always been a important part of Wiccan tradition. Here is a basic list of colors and their meanings though there are many interpretations. Black: Used for hexwork, uncrossing, evil wishes Blue: Used for protection from evil forces or during sleep, honor, peace, truth, tranquillity, induce prophetic dreams Brown: Used for locating lost objects, concentration, telepathy, protecting our animal friends Gold: Used for attracting cosmic influences, honor solar deities, good health Gray or Silver: Used for elimination of negative forces, ending gossip or slander, attracting the influence of the Goddess Green: Used for fertility, success, good luck, money, new beginnings Orange: Used for stimulation of energy Orange-Red: Used for sexual activity, sexual seduction, sexual attraction, aphrodisiacs, love, magnetism (The more experienced Wiccan may use Red candles) Pink: Used for friendship, femininity Purple: Used for healing, independence, power, contact with the spirit world. Also used for psychic readings White: Used for meditation, lunar energy, spiritual strength, inspiration Yellow: Used for confidence, attraction, spiritual love
The element of water is associated with the subconscious mind, intuition, and emotions. As the primal substance of life, it is symbolized by the womb and is related to fertility. Direction - West Astrological Signs - Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces Rules - Emotions, feelings, love, courage, the unconscious mind, intuition, the womb, marriage, friendship, happiness, dreams, sleep, healing, menstruation, fertility, cleansing, purification, vision quests, self-healing, sorrow, reflection, psychic ability, oceans, rivers, lakes, rain, springs and wells Types of Magic - Magic involving the sea, snow or ice, mirror, magnet, rain, cleansing and purification Colors - Blue, blue-green, green, gray, indigo, aquamarine, white Season - Autumn Magical Tools - Chalice, cauldron, mirrors Time - Twilight, dusk Energy - Receptive, feminine Gemstones - Aquamarine, amethyst, blue tourmaline, pearl, coral, blue topaz, blue fluorite, lapis lazuli, sodalite Metals - Mercury, silver, copper Plants - Aloe, apple, catnip, chamomile, ferns, gardenia, lemon, lettuce, lilac, lily of the valley, lotus, mosses, orris, passion flower, rose, seaweeds, thyme, valerian, water lilies, all water plants, willow tree Animals - All fish, shellfish and sea mammals, serpents, sea birds, cat, frog, turtle, swan, bear Goddesses - Aphrodite, Isis, Mariamne, Mari, Tiamat, Yemaya, Ran, Kupala Gods - Dylan, Ea, Manannan, Osiris, Neptune, Poseidon, Varuna
Earth is the element that is most stable and dependable. It represents abundance, prosperity, and wealth, and is creative but in a practical, physical manner. Earth is that which sustains all life and on which the other elements rest. Direction - North Astrological Signs - Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn Rules - The body, growth, money, creativity, birth, death, material gain, fertility, birth, healing, rocks, trees, animals, manifestation, materialization, crystals, silence, metal, empathy, grounding, employment, stability, success, runes, strength, practical wisdom, mystery Types of Magic - Gardening, grounding, magnet, image, stone, tree, knot, binding Colors - Black, brown, green, gold, white Season - Winter Magical Tools - Pentacle, salt, images, stones, cord magic Time - Midnight, night Energy - Receptive, feminine Gemstones - Rock crystal, emeralds, peridot, onyx, jasper, azurite, amethyst, royal azute, tourmaline, tourmalanted quartz, rutilated quartz Metals - Iron, lead Plants - Cedar, cypress, comfrey, honeysuckle, ivy, grains, magnolia, patchouli, primrose, sage, Vetivert, nuts, oak Animals - Cow or bull, bison, stag, dog, horse, gopher, ant, bears, wolf Goddesses - Ceres, Cerridwyn, Demeter, Gaia, Persephone, Epona, Kore, Mah, Prithivi, Rhea, Rhiannon Gods - Adonis, Athos, Arawn, Cernunnos, Dionysus, Herne, Marduk, Pan, Tammuz, Thor
Direction: -North. Color: Green, brown, gold, violet, olive rust, khaki, all earthy colors Gender: Female (receptive). Magical Tools: Pentacle, disks, plants, soil, coins Ruler :Ghob (Gob) Elementals: Gnomes Wind: Boreas, Ophion Mythological Creatures: Unicorns, trolls, ogres, giants Archangel: Uriel Goddesses: Persephone (Greek), Ceres (Roman), Nephthys(Egyptian), Rhiannon (Celtic) Gods: Hades, Dionysus, Pan, Adonis Athos (Greek), Cernunnos, Heme Arawan (Celtic). Season: Winter Sabbat: Yule Sabbat Secondary: Samhain Time of Day: Night Moon Phase: Third quarter to New Moon Geographic: Forests, caves, valleys. Urban:Farmer's markets, gardens, parks, nurseries, basement, kitchens. Rural: Woodlands, cliffs, canyons, groves, farms, mines Animals: Owls, night birds, nightingale, turtle, cattle, sheep, buffalo, stag, snakes, dog, gopher, mole; ant, rabbits, moose. Herbs: Cypress, oak moss, patchouli, ivy, comfrey, sagebrush. Flowers: Honeysuckle, lilac, mimosa, tulips. Trees: Oak, Banyan, evergreens, redwoods. Edibles: All root vegetables. Also dairy products and grains. Metals: Lead, iron, mercury. Gemstones: Geodes, petrified wood, onyx, green jasper, jade, smoky quartz, coal, emerald, peridot, turquoise. Magick Types: Stability, grounding, money, prosperity, fertility, employment. Spell work: stone, tree, knot, binding Ritual work: Gardening, burying things, planting, drawing in sand, sculpting. Personal work: money or prosperity, protection, need for stability or grounding. Astrological Signs: Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn Planets: Venus, Saturn, Earth Houses: 2nd : money, possessions, 6th: responsibilities, employment, 10th profession. Life Cycle: Sage, Crone, past 60 Chakras: Root and Solar Plexus Sound: Drums, all percussion instruments, especially deep toned. Incense: Patchouli, magnolia, benzoin.
Direction: South. Colors: Red orange, yellow, gold, white, electric blue Gender: Male (projective) Magical tools: Athame, sword, wand, rods, lamps, lights, incense burners. This can be very controversial as some Wiccans place swords and athames in the South (Fire) and wands the East (Air) or vice versa. Ruler: Djin Elementals: Salamanders Wind: Notus Mythological figures: Phoenix, Thunderbirds, Dragons Archangel: Michael Goddesses: Vesta (Roman)1 Pele (Hawaii), Bride (Briton), Brigid (Celtic) Hestia (Greek) Gods: Vulcan (Roman), Hephaestus & Prometheus (Greek) and Horns (Egyptian) Season: Summer Sabbat: Litha, Summer Solstice Sabbat Secondary: Beltane Time of Day: Noon, midday Moon Phase: Second Quarter to Full Moon Geographic: Deserts, volcanoes, the tropics. Any place HOT! Urban: Fire stations, bedrooms (as places for sexual activity), sports stadiums, weight rooms, locker rooms, saunas, ovens. Rural: steel mills, furnaces of any kind, hot springs, beaches (hot sand), volcanic fields Animals: Cardinal, robin, red hawk, electric eels, all cats, snakes, lizards, scorpions. Herbs: Basil, bay, black pepper, red pepper, clove, cardomon, cinnamon copal, cumin, curry, hyssop, juniper, mustard, nutmeg, mullein, nettle. Flowers: Bougainvillea, broom, carnations, hibiscus, nasturtiums, poppies, thistle. Trees: Cedar, maple, almond, cactus, Edibles: coffee, garlic, beets, onions, tomatoes, citrus fruits1 nuts, seeds, all peppers. Metals: Gold, brass, iron, meteorite, pyrite. Gemstones: diamonds, rubies, fire opals, tiger's eye, red jasper, bloodstone, carnelian, obsidian, apache tears, amber. Magical areas: passion, energy, banishing negativity, sex Spell Work: Courage, strength, sexual energy, protection, purification. Ritual Work: Candles, fires, burning incense, projective, Fire scrying, sex magic. Astrological Signs: Aries, Leo and Sagittarius Planets: Sun, Mars and Jupiter Houses: First: Personality, Fifth: Pleasures: romance, play, Tenth: new experiences. Life Cycle: Parenthood, 20 to 40 years of age. Chakras: Heart and Genitals. Sound: brass instruments, horns and cymbals. Incense: Cedar, Frankincense, Cinnamon.
ALEXANDRITE: Stimulates happiness and pleasant surprises. Good fortune and success in speculative matters. AGATE, BOTSWANA: Ease stress, and pain of loss. Reduces anxiety. AGATE: Restores energy and health, brings happiness, emotional balance, wealth, health, and long life. AMBER: Add strength to spells, attract love, increase beauty. AMETHYST: Spiritual awareness, peace, love, happiness, protection, divination and psychic work. APACHE TEAR: Good luck. AVENTURINE: Increases mental powers, perception, and insight. "The Gambler's Stone" BLOOD STONE: Physical strength, courage, victory in court, exorcism. CARNELIAN: Self-confidence, and peace. Eases depression. FLUORITE: Reduce emotional involvement, gain perspective, increase mental power. GARNET: Strength, endurance, protection, healing, self-esteem, and encourages success in business. HEMATITE: Stability, focus, and emotional balance. RED JASPER: Reduces stress and negativity. LAPIS LAZULI: Wisdom, truthfulness, psychic awareness, and healing. LEPIDOLILTE: Peace, and spirituality GREEN LODESTONE: Money, employment, and loyalty. Can be used in bindings. RED LODESTONE: Love, friendship, and loyalty. Also used in bindings. MALACHITE: Money, protection, and guards from danger. MOONSTONE: Love, hope, protection, unselfishness, and prophetic dreams. Helps settle disputes. MOTHER OF PEARL: Money, wealth, and protection. OBSIDIAN: Centering, divination, and increasing spirituality. PETRIFIED WOOD: Past-life work, nervous conditions, and grounding. ROSE QUARTZ: Love and happiness. SMOKY QUARTZ: Overcome depression and negative emotions. YELLOW QUARTZ: Protection, mental awareness, and improves visualization. ROCK CRYSTAL: Protection and psyches ability. SODALITE: Meditation, wisdom, and calming inner conflicts. TIGER'S EYE: Wealth, money, protection while traveling, and clarity of thought. BLACK TOURMALINE: Grounding and absorbing negative energy. EMRALD: Strong memory, increase intelligence, clear seeing, prophecy, wisdom, enhances speech and creativity FELDSPAR: Creativity, joy, psyches expansion BERYL: Patience, humor, discipline CHRYSOLITE: Prevents nightmares, purifies, increases psychic awareness CORAL: Stabilizer, positiveness DIAMOND: Covers full spectrum of psychic and spiritual matters JADE: Wisdom, protection, courage, dispels negativity AZURITE: Meditation, promoting psychic ability MALACHITE: Protection from the "evil eye" OPAL: Spells involving children, protection, enhances intuition PEARL: Meditation, soothing RUBY: Regeneration, spiritual devotion, integrity SARDONYX: Soothes emotional states TOPAZ: Inspiration, soothing, calming, banishing nightmares, emotional balance, tranquility TURQUOISE: communication, peace of mind, calming, loyalty ZIRCON: Self-esteem, strength, storing psychic power
ANEMONE: Protects against sickness ANGELICA: Lengthens life, protects from disease, exorcises evil BASIL: Protects from evil, aids love BORAGE: Generates courage, lifts spirits CARAWAY: Guards against theft, promotes love CEDAR CHIPS: Attracts money CINQUEFOIL: Brings love, aids in divination, protects from evil CLOVER: Brings luck, wealth, prosperity COMFREY: Aids healing CORNFLOWER: Promotes good eye-sight DILL: Protects from evil FENNEL: Purification MARJORAM: Ensures happiness in the afterlife MUGWORT: Alleviates female disorders, shows the future, protects from wild beasts MYRTLE: Love and peace PARSLEY: Protects from poison, promotes long life PLANTAIN: Cleanses and purifies ROSEMARY: Loyalty, devotion, love, strength SAGE: Promotes long life ST. JOHN'S WORT: Exorcisms, dispels evil SOLOMON'S SEAL: Heals Wounds SUNFLOWER: To find a thief THYME: Courage, chivalry VALERIAN: Restores peace, harmony, togetherness VERVAIN: Reconciles enemies, protects from harm, ensures fidelity WILD THYME: Protects against nightmares.
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