Welcome to Thyme and Space, an Astro-Herb blog series. This is the fourth of a five part series that will introduce you to the beautiful connection between plant life and astrology.
Recap: In the first, second and third blogs we discussed how every astrological sign is a sun sign and that each sun sign has an element that it represents. Those elements are Fire, Water, Air and Earth. In the previous blogs we covered the elements of fire, air and water. During this blog entry we will discuss the element of earth.
Being grounded seems like an easy thing to do or at least most woke people will tell you that it is. There are self help books, philosophical ideologies and stabilizing exercises (yoga/meditation) that all suggest various ways of achieving “grounded-ness”. With that said, being and staying grounded are difficult. Just ask a Taurus, Virgo or Capricorn, the earth signs of the astrological zodiac. Like the earth itself, these signs are all about depth. How shallow do you plant your seeds (Taurus), how long does it take for your seeds to take root (Virgo) and how deeply do you need to plant your next crop (Capricorn)…these are all the things that an Earth sign asks.
In previous blogs, it was easy to find an herb that had a Sun planet and fire, water and air element. It wasn’t so easy to find and blog about an earth element herb. Why, you might ask. The simple answer is because earth is right under our feet. As an astrologer of 20+ years, I have been taught to connect the dots…the ones that you see when you look upwards. However as an herbalist, I have come to understand the value of connecting the roots that grow beneath…these are the dots that can’t be seen but must be felt. It may seem like common sense to most yet it isn’t common sense at all. It requires the depthitude of trial and error. Yes, I know depthitude is not a word. Because, it’s an experience.
Earth Sign Houses
Let’s take a look at the earth signs through the astrological houses. Earth signs rule the 2nd, 6th and 10th houses of astrology. These are your construction houses. The 2nd house builds values, the 6th builds mental fortitude and the 10th builds your career.
In astrology, Taurus is the first earth sign. It is ruled by Venus and it rules the second house of values. What you value and where you plant those values becomes integral in your ability to adapt to changing circumstances. Virgo is the second earth sign and is ruled by Mercury and rules the 6th house of health and daily needs. Its role is to analyze how well we’ve changed and adapted much in the same way that an herbalist analyzes the overall benefits of one herb compared to another. It’s a “sleeper” sign in that you don’t realize how important it is until you need it. Capricorn is the third earth sign, ruled by Saturn and focuses on building and constructing your career. It is the earth sign that has you scaling back in order to create sturdier more hardy guiding principles. This earth sign energy will give as much as it takes as it wants you to understand consequences and to learn from the passages of time. I.e karma.
Earth Element Herbs
It’s safe to say that every herb is a member of the earth element family in astrology. So if we take a look at the previous herbs that we’ve discussed and relate them to the earth element, it’s possible that we can create an entirely different story. That’s why we are going to take a deeper look at Rosemary, Oryza Sativa and Chamomile. Rosemary was the first Astro-herb. It has the element of fire and is used for cleansing the troubles of the day. When it is combined with an earth element or earth sign it allows you to wipe your slate clean and build from a different vantage point. It allows you to invoke the Capricorn energy because Karma is the best teacher.
Oryza Sativa was the 2nd Astro-herb in the blog series. It’s element is air and when combined with an earth sign is most beneficial for clearing your thoughts and any negative ions that have infiltrated your mind. We first plant our thoughts in our values, which means that Taurus as the ruler of the house of values is the energy that is invoked. How deep are those values and what will it take to realize them.
Chamomile was the 3rd Astro-herb. It’s element is water. Water combined with earth creates a soothing mud bath. A place that we can go to gather and recoup whilst gaining mental clarity. It’s for this reason that this Astro herb relates to the earth sign of Virgo. Remember, Virgo is a sleeper sign that leverages its power only when needed.
So what does all of this mean? It means that every last herb has an earth element and therefore is in one way or another Taurus, Virgo or Capricorn. It’s deep. Take a look at your astrological chart to see where the earth signs were when you were born.
Bio: Kaye Bee is an astrologer with over 20 years of experience connecting the dots. She is available for astrology chart readings by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org, www.askkaye.com; www.thepetitpaquet.com and facebook @thepetitpaquet