Using astrology within Spagyric herbal practice.
Astrology and correspondence. Helpers in our herbal works
Astrology and its use in medicine is an ancient practice. It was an essential aspect of healing up until around the 17th century. Medical
practitioners would consult astrology charts to look for fortunate or unfortunate influences and match them to their herbal knowledge, thus creating effective
cures. We should consider Astrology's importance when making Essences, elixirs, or any products for healing and re-integration.
Astrology as an Arte is now seeing a slow revival. Although not recognized to any degree of seriousness in modern mainstream medicine or culture. Investigation into Astrology's connection to human anatomy uncovers some surprising information regarding the Macrocosm and Microcosm. Wo/Man's outer and inner harmony and order of balance reflected from the above we perceive as the Universe outside of ourselves to the down below, to ourselves. The so-called us ourselves, the Microcosm, is projected out as an appearance. This appearance becomes the actors playing out their roles on the stage we know as life. Our interaction as beings here on Earth.
It is not just that this cosmic influence emerges and de-materializes phenomena; it is the phenomenon itself. These ideas take some meditation and work in the lab. They create the illusion of duality between them and us, this and that. However, the fact we can take stardust and work it in the laboratory in our retorts and flasks to realize the three principles of our Arte is a testament, I believe, to the Alchemical Axiom of as above so below. Thereby if we bridge the physical through Arte, we can bridge the non-physical too by correspondence. Thereby slowly chipping away at the ideology underpinning and fuelling the division as mentioned earlier.
The above influences have a cosmic order, a balance even in their chaos. We need to integrate this cosmic balance and order within our earthly lives. This cosmic balance and order mirrored from above to the below "ourselves" is in my belief how we the body and mind re-integrate the mundane physical material existence, the fall or descent ultimately transforming it into a spiritual vehicle for realization.
Correspondence & Astrology
Correspondence indicates that all things have an energetic signature that can be utilized and put to work. Thereby we use faith in these ideas and put them to work in the lab and retorts. Astrology reflects in Solve et Coagula of herbal and other realms and images itself in all aspects of our lives and its meaning. Some practical examples of correspondence include planets to colors, incenses, the elements, crystals, objects, symbols, and Archetypes. Each is a more profound yet ultimately helpful meaning when considering their interaction in lab work and magic. In the future, I wish to discuss these ideas further. I will be sharing my views and researching for future posts. For now, to highlight an example of planetary correspondence. Mercury, the planet influences an herb, a working time, colors, specific sigils, incense, odor, and many other aspects. My favorite herb is Lavender. Correspondence suggests that Lavender is a Mercury herb hence Astrology. Therefore, should one wish to make an Essence using Lavender, the operator would consider increasing its virtue by incorporating planetary influence and correspondence. We would strive to start the work of harvesting the herb using planetary hours. Or a specific auspicious planetary alignment. Harvesting the herb on the astrological hour and ensuring the planet in question is not adversely affected means we have the psychological and etheric light of the influence directed towards our work. We would incorporate prayer, visualization, sigil work, color maybe even drama in our ritual. Working with these energies assists the job in the running smoothly; they can become conduits of information and knowledge. Consult the positioning in the chart to harmonize correspondence in the lab space and or working area. We consult the Ephemeris or obtain an astrological chart calculation program to calculate the appropriate timing.
The herb's natural energetic signatures, its healing virtues will be activated and encouraged to efficient use if birthed at a significant alignment. As we progress through a specific work, each stage will begin at the appropriate astrological time. Calcination, for example, maybe used with active fire, elemental times. Aries is a fire sign, and its influence is aggressive. We may use the Moon moving through that Fire sign or any other. Astrology and correspondence will be valuable in imparting medicine with more healing power when working with herbs. Astrology correspondence and the body Herbs have a natural relationship with certain parts of the body and their functioning. The example of Mercury governing Lavender, Mercury rules Gemini, Mercury Heals manages and is also very efficient in its virtue. It shines its light on the nervous system, respiratory system, shoulders, arms, and hands, all governed by Mercury. I will be exploring these ideas in more depth and sharing my insights in future posts. Days of the week Working with the days of the week, which are also intimately connected to operations and herbs, is less potent than working with the planetary hours of the day.
We can still use incorporate them. It is possible to create efficient ways of understanding herbs and the relationship to the energetics involved with healing. Using the astrology birth chart and its planetary alignments, we can investigate our state in more depth. We are balancing any complex opposing influences within the chart. In the past, farmers worked with astrology in planting and harvesting their crops. Maybe in some regions, they still do. We can utilize astrology and correspondence to influence the energies of wealth, love, success, and myriad other life events. Astrology can be a complex subject. This post is skimming the surface of its possible applications. We are at this stage planting seeds ideas for the budding laboratory explorer to further investigate for themselves. Should any of this make sense to you, you would be wise to consider Astrology and correspondence within your herbal work.
A book I used early on when learning Astrology and was one of the turning points in my astrology thinking is:
Alchemy Astrology: The lost keys to the philosopher's stone.
This book clearly and concisely lays out a system of astrological timing. Whioch a bit of study and practice of its ideas will prove it to be a very effective tool. The method breaks a chart down to predict an astrological timing appropriate to the particular process we were working on, using a five-point system of polarity, influence, duration, elemental, and aspects. These five influences add up to create positive or negative placements. We add the energetic concerned with the arrangement to uncover whether the timing is favorable, good to go, or unfavorable look for another timing. We then act accordingly, starting each stage of the active influences and resting on the passive. We understand this as bringing theabove to the below. As above so below. Using this effective system, we can add power to our Essences, Elixir's, and the such.
Likewise If we are into perceiving our work as talismans we can create rituals, designed around the planetary alignments to accumulate unseen energies. I found the learning an uphill struggle. I did however know almost nothing about astrology when studying this book. Timothy A. Wilkerson can be reached on his Face-book page, where I have found him very helpful, approachable and friendly. Free Lab Count found here - www.risingstarmusic.com A full year of timings can be purchased for very cheap too. I am not affiliated to him in any way. Nor do I gain from sharing this..
I wish you every success in your work. More posts to come soon...