What Astrology can do for you as an Herbalist

As an herbalist, you love working with plants on many levels. You might be a wildcrafter, or a gardener. You might just love making herbal medicine. You probably help your friends, family, clients and community with their health through herbs. And chances are, you actually do all of the above, right? But you probably didn’t know…

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Alchemical Herb Profile: Red Root (Ceanothus cuneatus)

Red Root, or commonly called “Buckbrush” around here – is a wild shrubby plant that flourishes all around the hills where we live. Though this variety of Ceanothus is poky, dense, and hardy – not the most welcoming looking plant around – it exudes the most sweet, heavenly fragrance throughout the forest while its fluffy…

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Alchemical Herb Profile: Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale)

“A weed is a plant whose virtue is not yet known.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson Though Dandelion is a common “weed” found in most people’s yards, it is full of medicinal properties that are valuable to know. I often think that those herbs which show up all over the place, growing up through the cracks in…

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Herbal Alchemy: The Water Element

Learn how to use the Elements as a lens for classifying and using herbal remedies. The Alchemical herbal perspective involves looking at the planetary rulerships of different herbs, their organ and tissue affinities, as well as providing a sophisticated and refined way of preparing herbal medicines according to astrological influences. In this video, I reveal how…

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What is “Energetic Architecture?”

I use the term “energetic architecture” a lot in my work- for it’s a phrase that to me truly encompasses the concept in alchemy of correspondences, or the philosophy that everything in life is interconnected, related, and the above and below are ultimately One. But what does that mean? And how do we use that philosophy practically? Energetic…

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Medical Astrology and Herbalism: Mars

Mars is considered one of the “malefic” planets- IE one of the “bad guys.” Of course, no astrological archetype is purely evil or bad, unless we don’t work with it in a good way or have it well integrated into our constitution. Mars typically creates diseases associated with heat, what the old physiomedicalist doctors called…

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Evolutionary Herbal Profile: Oregon Grape

This is one of my favorite plants that I’m so glad grows around us. This is one of the great remedies for the solar plexus- on a physical level through it’s impact on digestion and the liver, but also energetically as it operates upon the Manipura, or 3rd chakra. It’s one of my major remedies…

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Evolutionary Herbal Profile: Manzanita

I just moved to southern Oregon just a few years ago and have been around such different plants than when I lived in NW Washington! One of the most common plants that grows around here is Manzanita, a relative of the Madrone trees and the common medicinal Uva-Ursi (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi). This common urinary tract remedy is…

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Medical Astrology and Herbalism: Mercury

Mercury- this astrological force represents the nature of our mind and much of our psychological temperament. The closest planet to the Sun, Mercury represents the changeable mutable qualities of our thinking, as well as our capacities with language and communication. I wanted to talk a little bit about this planet and a few of my favorite…

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The Transformational Virtues of Spagyrics

This is a full almost hour long lecture I gave at the Renaissance Medicine Conference in 2014, with Judith Hill and Matthew Wood. It’s a pretty amazing conference that goes in depth on herbalism, medical astrology, as well as alchemy and spagyrics. Let me know what you think below! If you haven’t heard about this…

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