Mars incorporates strength of will, resistance as well as libido and aggression as an impulse to survive. In antiquity one venerated Him as God of War Mars / Ares, also the Goddess Athena. Heroes like Herakles or Siegfried the dragon killer show Marsianic elements.
Corresponding to their heavenly copy, many plants of Mars with their stings, thorns and stinging nettles are also able to defend themselves (thistles, whitethorn, stinging nettles). Some are skin irritating or blister causing (hogweed, poison ivy, daphne). The taste of many Mars plants is burning and sharp (radish, garlic, and masterwort); red tones dominate (arum, pimpernel, coffee bean). Since also toxins serve the plants to protect themselves they often are under Mars influence (aconite; before discovering transsaturnal planets all toxic planets were under the influence of Mars and/or Saturn). Not all Mars plants are beneficial and with some you have to be careful when using them.
Nevertheless, most plants of the God of War are relatively nonpoisonous and their areas of application belong to the most important ones in medical science: on the one hand many strengthen the defense and the life and will energy, respectively (Blackthorn, Eleutherococc, Echinacea); some Mars plants stimulate the gall bladder activity (gall is the organ of the will; thistles, swallowwort). On the other hand, they protect the body off toxic effects and pull these out of the body, respectively (in general “sting signature for detoxification”) — therefore the applications with chronic metabolic diseases with exhaustion, rheumatism, gout, allergies or skin diseases. Additionally, the following recipes with plants of Venus and Sun or of Mercury are suitable for detoxification.
Even still today some Mars plants are used as protective, magical amulet against bewitching over the door, for example the silver thistle with its animalistic smell (is also called thistle) and its corona of thorns incorporates the vitality of Mars. It contains antibiotic agents (Carlinaoxyd) – so the popular use as a protective amulet is founded.
Rp. Sun Incense
For predictions (according to Leo Vinci’s “The magical works of A.V. Nettesheim), the recipe contains the two Lights of Sun and Moon as well as the messenger of the Gods Mercury.
St. John’s wort, mugwort, anise, valerian, Angular Solonom’s seal, Saffron, Laural leaves. Cut them up and mix them in equal parts. During a meditation or questioning of an oracle the herbal mixture is put on glowing coals.
Rp. Immunity Strength
(Immunity stimulant) and will power; Mars, a little bit of Sun, Venus and Uranus
Urtica dioica aa 10.0
Eleutherococcus aa ad 100.0
(Let the company Staufen-Pharma mix it)
MDS, 3 – 5 x daily 20 drops
Jupiter incorporates the principle of harmony and charity together with Venus and Sun. It is the big benefactor of astrology. Luck, influence, and richness are given to him who has a good Jupiter constellation in the horoscope. The Jupiter person is characterized by joviality (Jovis=Jupiter). Jupiter plants are beneficial just like their heavenly example. Together with Venus and Sun the regent of Olymp has trees and eatable fruits as well as corn fruits under his influence. Many other leave trees are also influenced by Jupiter (Chestnut). This is especially typical for the oak (Quercus robur) in its powerful shape and strong spirit of Zeus and Jupiter (robur = strength). In fact, oak is not only strengthening but also an important remedy against poisoning (binding alkaloids and heavy metals), inflammations, and skin allergies. Further, Jupiter plants are especially suited for the treatment of skin and connective tissue (comfrey, starflower, chestnut, houseleek, limpet).
When watching the signatures, there is a significant number of plants with similarities with the Sun, for example, the majestic shape with slight bitter and pungent taste, glowing colors, especially yellow (artichoke, angelwort and yellow gentian). Many of these plants show a liver specific effect. Since the Jupiter organ liver is not only an organ for the metabolism and detoxification but also responsible for our temperament, such plants serve beside the treatment of liver disorders also the therapy of emotional disturbances (melancholy, choleric; also “the louse on the liver” – practice for natural methods 12/1995).
Rp. Weakness of the liver and depression
(Jupiter with Sun, a little bit of Mars)
Tataxacum officinale aa 10.0
Cynara scolymus aa ad 100.
MDS, 3x daily 30 drops with the meal
Until the discovery of the transsaturnial planets Saturn was the most dubious amongst the seven basic cosmic forces. He is the lord of restrictions and tests, but also of metaphysics. In this sense he corresponds to the call we have to follow in order to avoid misfortune. Only in case we refuse to accept the situation then his influence becomes unpleasant.
On the one hand Saturn incorporates the Lucifirian fall of the spirit into matter, on the other hand he is called the “light bringer.” The correspondence is our ability to recognize how we can overcome our material limits.
There are a number of Saturnal plants which can help us through their psychoactive effects to help us gain awareness (Fly Agaric, Peyoti). Saturn is the “guardian of the portal” to the world of Cosmic Awareness and many of his plants still serve the shamans of the entire world to view hidden truth beyond space and time. (Saturn is the guardian of time until the New Age all hallucinogenic matter and/or Mercury.)
Saturn corresponds to age, to death (ditto initiation death) and everything permanent; this way spleen (death processes), bones, all chronic diseases as well as all mineralizing or calcification or hardening diseases are under Saturn`s influence (MS, sclerosis, stone forming).
This Saturnal mineral principle we find in plants with high Silica content (horse tail, bamboo, oat, borage family as comfrey. Silica stimulates the resistance, structures in case of inflammatory skin and mucous membrane diseases, fortifies and cleanses the connective tissue and improves the light metabolism between cells.
Furthermore, Silica is necessary for the force to raise (striving to light): most of all Silica is used for spinal and bone diseases but also for psychological sufferings for Silica is a true food for nerves for exhaustion and depression (combine with solar remedies).
Incorporation of winter and the underworld Saturn is connected to death cults. Cemetery plants such as ivy, juniper, yew and cypress are all Saturnal. Their similarity is besides darkness that they are all evergreen. This is also a sign for their solar nature for they witness that the gates to the underworld are never totally closed. Nevertheless, the birth of the Sun happens in the sign of Capricorn which we still today celebrate as Christmas; evergreen plants as Christmas decoration give witness to the immortality of the Sun.
As healing remedy the evergreen plants are without exception for the treatment of old age as well as chronic and/or cold. For root concentrated healing plants similar points are remarkable, for the sub-terrestrial mineral pole of the plant is also subject to Saturn.
Saturn and Moon, a bit Jupiter, Sun
Symphytum officinale aa 10.0
MDS, 3 x daily 30 drops
In addition calcium for reconvalescense I and II (Weleda), daily one pinch as well as calcium phosphoricum D12, daily 10 drops
Beyond the threshold – Uranus, Neptune and Pluto
With Saturn we leave the seven cosmic basic forces and push “beyond the threshold into the area” of cosmic consciousness. With the discovery of Uranus, Neptune and Pluto a new chapter of humanity began.
“In old times, with seven planets in the sky people communicated with gods and creatures of nature as with his equals. Then the fall into the world system of the hateful “One-God” came. The dark Middle Ages end only now in the age of the new planets which people discovered as manifestation of a New Age. Via the new planets there is the possibility to have a connection to the supernatural again. With this we entered into the age of light and mercy. However, everyone has to decide for himself which path he will follow.” (A. Crowley)
Though the new planets are looked upon as “collectively effective”, during this time everybody is called to find his true and unique path, apart from all institutions and belief systems. The effect of these forces is dissolving of crusty social structures.
Astral forces, spontaneity (Uranus), mystic (Neptune) and the access to the archaic roots of consciousness determine the spirit of the times. The increase of heart diseases, viral diseases, allergies, cancers, nervous disorders, psychoses and drug dependency – all are due to the effect of these planets which show how difficult this path is for humanity. These sufferings are an expression of the conflict of the individual in order to get rid off of all old skins. If we look at the plants of theses planets they show certain similarities. The location of growth is geopathic often. (water verins, shiftings), forming of toxins (intoxication plants), bizarre forms of growth which remind us of nature spirits. The new planets incorporate the “other world.”
Planets of Uranus show many similarities with Mercury (Octave). They are mostly suited to increase the potential of consciousness (Channeling: Akelei, Columbine, Evergreen, Vipor’s bugloss, diviner’s sage). Others show their healing effects by suffering through sudden influences or radiations (Thoroughwort, Arnica, Mugwort, Eleutherococc).
Plants of Neptune however have a narcotic and paralysing effect; in homoeopathic preparation however they show a stimulating or harmonizing effect (opium poppy, henbane, spatterdock). Some are very quickly addictive lead to insanity when misusing them (opium poppy, heroine, angel’s trumpet). Some plants of Uranus and Neptune are cancerous in suitable doses (Eleutherococc and Mystle).
Pluto incorporates the “other world” very impressively. As Lord of the Underworld (=earth) his plants are mostly dark. Some Pluto plants such as the Tree of Life or Cypress are favorite cemetery plants. If given in correct dosage they are the best immune stimulants and life prolonging remedies.
The Yew shows Pluto in a special pure form. Under the Yew Tree the Druids met for council and in the death cult of the Gauls, she was looked upon as sacrifice and symbol of eternal life. Maybe she was even the world tree which was supposedly evergreen.
Henbane also shows plutonic forces. Herakles brought it from the underworld into daylight and in the Oracle Cult of many people it played an important role because it opened the eyes into a world beyond imagination.
If you look at the list of the plants of the three planets one notices that many are only available through prescription or the use is forbidden through the narcotics act. This is not necessarily for the benefit of humanity but rather an indication for how much our life has removed itself from any spirituality. The future will show if we are ready to give the “plants of the Gods” a firm place in our culture again. Maybe we can better use the transcendental potential of the new planets for the development of our consciousness.
- Olaf Rippe/Margret Madejsky: “Heilmittel der Sonne” (Peter Erd Verlag)
- Agrippa von Nettesheim: “Die magischen Werke” (Fourier Verlag)
- Akron: “Das Astrologie-Handbuch” (Kailash Verlag)
- Viktor Bott: “Anthroposophische Medizin” (Haug Verlag)
- Surya: “Astrologie und Medizin” (Rohm Verlag)
A contribution to Astrology and Phytotherapy by Olaf Rippe with friendly permission of the journal “Praxis of Naturopathy”