Astrology and Human Health: Plants and Planets
This is a video about plants and planets and general medical astrology, by an astrologer on YouTube who I like, and his wife. The information they provide might help soothe some worries about our current events, or provide a distraction. (I hope it's okay to post this)
I also just find their energy very soothing. Acyuta (formerly Adam Elenbaas) is a Cancer and his wife Ashley is a Taurus. This is the first time I've seen Ashley, a certified herbalist and teacher, or them together, and the posts recently around here about family and marriage made me notice how lovingly they treat each other. It's sweet to watch. I know that Acyuta also has a Capricorn Moon and Taurus Rising, but I'm not sure about the rest of Ashley's astrology. They are earthy, peaceful, and positive.
Acyuta specializes in Traditional Hellenistic Astrology and other ancient traditions and techniques, so the information he shares might be a little new to some at first, but I think it's totally accessible if anyone is interested.
I really enjoyed this video so I went through and made some detailed time stamps if anyone would prefer to just read the idea, or check something specific out directly.
Is there anything you find compelling about the discussion at hand? What do you know about herbalism or medical astrology? What's in your garden? Share your ideas and your favorite natural remedies!
(I italicized the moments I found particularly interesting)
Plants, Planets, and Viruses
3:18 Hippocrates--he who studies medicine and does not study astrology is but a fool.
4:38 Acyuta begins his astrological analysis
7:10 Ashley discusses the health of the human body and its planetary correlations
- Saturn - cold and dry
- Virus - seeks the cold and dry
- suggestion to keep mucosal membranes moist
- diaphoretics - opens pores, allows for sweat; inoculation occurs when pores are open
10:13 Jupiter in Capricorn and the Virus
10:52 Karma? Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn
13:04 Germ Theory vs. Terrain Theory
19:27 Ashley discusses Jupiter and health
- Jupiter the light bringer, the Greater Benefic
- Mirroring Jupiter in our bodies and psyches (Elderflower and others)
23:07 Redeeming Jupiter
28:00 The Alchemy of Winter
30:10 Diaphoretics continued, and herbalism
- medicinal mushrooms
- other recommendations for plants and herbs
34:35 Traditional Chinese Medicine
40:14 What is Immunity?
48:15 Prevention and modulation the stress response (adaptogens)
- Herbs to take if one falls ill or doesn't have immediate access to doctor
55:19 The lungs and grief
Last night I watched this, and came away with some really good advice. Thank you!
The biggest takeaways, for me, were:
1. Jupiter can be the antidote to Saturn. Combat a cold/dry environment with heat and moisture.
2. Since this virus emerged in China, plants that are native to China, and traditional Chinese medicine, could have something to teach us. Makes sense! Look for protection from the virus in the environment where it originated. The medicine you need is in your own backyard, that sort of thing.
While I don't have a garden (brown thumb here), I do have a sprig of ginger. It grew from some ginger root I bought at the store. I'm not sure what to do with it (it's with the cactus, but doesn't seem thrilled, so I need to figure out what it needs).
Years ago I studied a bit about essential oils. While I still don't know a whole lot, I do keep a few on hand. Lavender, rosemary (these are good for treating scalp psoriasis), lemon, and oregano. I also have peppermint tea on hand. A couple if years ago I bought a sage bundle. I'm not sure what all is in it, but I took it to a Native American medicine woman I know and she could smell three different herbs in there. White sage, lemongrass and juniper, maybe? Can't exactly remember.
My mom is into herbal/natural remedies (don't get her started, LOL!) She has lung tonic herbal tinctures of elecampane, echinacea, and mullein nearby because she has long issues every winter now (she has a history of seasonal allergies). She also takes vitamin D and copious amounts of Vitamin C.
Thanks Buendia and notmycircus for the info, especially about virus thriving in cold dry climate; and the planets. Another thing to look forward to -- sun! I'll watch the whole video when I have 'space' to include the whole picture.
I keep writing about our experiences of addressing The Virus in a safety pin way, and have a Rovers' Remedy post describing our DIY hand sanitizer solution, and the use of People's Medicine/plant medicines. Writing/blogging have been my way of riding out the challenges of being chronically ill with lung and immune system challenges for a decade. There might be something of use here. Or just poke around the site for 'medicine stories.'
What a beautiful site mokihana, thank you for sharing your words and remedies. There are people who have had to be crafty about surviving and thriving, long before most felt the need. Those people, you and others, are the ones we'll all be turning to for your knowledge and calm presence.
NotMyCircus, you made me think about something else they mentioned about redeeming Jupiter--exemplifying and embodying Jupiter's exalted qualities to remediate his current state in Capricorn, along with the other Cap/Saturn stuff, not only physically (warm and moist), but also in our actions and attitudes. Positive Jupiter stuff--optimism, hope, generosity, laughter, the bigger picture.
Now. After some free associating, I'm about to reveal myself as a giant nerd. I am an adult woman, yet here we go. I love the Harry Potter series. I grew up with the characters, and the books. They stories are based in core human themes and experiences, and exemplify characteristics and ways of being that I aspire to in my life.
J.K. Rowling has said that, above all else, the series is about loss.
Her creation of the 'dementors,' creatures who feed on negativity and despair, are intended to represent depression (present stellium in Capricorn).
To repel the dementors, Harry is a taught the Patronus Charm. For the charm to work, one must conjure up the happiest memory (Jupiter in Cancer) they can think of, and hold it in their mind while they perform the charm (exalted Jupiter in Cancer--warm, moist, jovial, generous--as a remedy to Jupiter and the rest in Capricorn).
One last thing I thought of...in some ways, this time feels like the holidays. Some people are off from work, most are staying inside. I was talking to the employees at my grocery store, and they said the volume and sales right now are just like during the holidays. The holiday spirit is, of course, missing, but in the video, they discussed the alchemy of winter, and that in some ways, we have bypassed the turning small, inwards, reflective motions that occur during a solid winter (Capricorn). Perhaps we might view this time as Nature asking to go back a few steps.
Regardless, in addition to keeping our bodies healthy and happy as best we can by revitalizing any healthy routines that have fallen by the wayside (mine have the past few months), lets what we can to keep our spirits healthy and happy (where and when we can), too, and do what we can for those around us. I know most of you are already leaning in that direction--I'm joining you:))
Your ginger sounds real cute:)) so does your mom!
But oh man...my mom used to give my brother and I liquid echinacea when we were kids...so hardcore!! There might have been tears, we hated it so much lolol XD