- Herbs can be categorized into different ways.
- Botanical Families: Rosaceae, Liliaceae, Umbelliferae, Labiatae,
Papilionaceae, Cruciferae, & Compositae.
The three main groups are the Mints (Labiatae), the Carrot/Parsley
(Umbelliferae) and the Daisy group (Compositae).
- Labiatae: Balm, Basil, Catnip, Hyssop, Lavender, Majorum,
Mints, Oregano, Pennyroyal, Rosemary, Sage, Thyme, etc. These
have typical square stems, simple leaves and among the leaves,
two-lipped flowers that grow in whorls.
Umbelliferae: Angelica, Anise, Caraway, Dill, Fennel,
Parsley, etc. These have stems that are cylindrical and usually
hollow. Flowers form in flat topped umbells.
Compositae: Lads Love, Marigold, Mugwort, Tansy, Tarragon,
Wormwood, etc.and have flowers which are ray or disc shaped.
Others: Boraginacceae, Lauraceae, Rutaceae, and the Violaceae
- Solar Cycle: Annuals are like the sun that passes
the Zodiac in one year. These herbs show a character towards
the sun, being large, golden or orange, orbicular shaped, radiating,
with a aromatic odor, and a tendency to turn
always toward the sun. Examples are, the sunflower, saffron,
- Lunar Cycle: Herbs with soft juicy leaves, often
live in fresh water. The flowers and fruit are white or pale
yellow and the fruits are large, watery, and tasteless. Examples,
pumpkin, gourd, watermelon. These herbs show monthly periodicity
and moon shapes.
- Mercury Cycle: Mercury has a 3 month cycle through
the Zodiac. Its herbs are fine or highly divided leaves or stems,
an airy nature like grasses, a subtle odor and high in mineral
and vitamin content. Examples, parsley, &
- Venus Cycle: Venus moves through the Zodiac in nine
months and its herbs have beautiful flowers, white or pink, a
pleasant odor, smooth green foliage, and may have fruits. Example
- Mars Cycle: Mars passes through the Zodiac every two
years and this sign was formerly used for biennials. The plants
possess thorns, spines, prickles, grow in harsh dry areas and
have acrid, pungent or stimulating odors and usually have a cornical
root (tap root). Examples, raspberry, red pepper, carrot, beet.
- Jupiter Cycle: It takes Jupiter 12 years to pass through
the Zodiac and this is how long perennials live. These herbs
are herbaceous perennials and show the signature of the cross,
they are large and conspicuous, edible and nutritious and they
have a pleasant odor. Example, fig, olive, grape, acorn,
- Saturn Cycle: Saturn completes its course in 30 years.
Woody perennials often live 30 years some even longer. These
plants show annual rings, gray or dull foliage or bark, usually
woody, have an unpleasant taste and odor, often poisonous and
have a cooling effect. Example, Burt.
- Uranus Cycle: Hybrids plants, Cornfields, plants that
can be transplanted.
- Neptune Cycle: Seaweed, plants under water, Opium,
Water Mosses, Fungi, Hallucinogenic plants.
- Pluto Cycle: Evergreen trees, weeds, drug-yielding
plants, poisonous plants and rejuvenating plants. Mosses, marshes,
cedar trees, palm trees.
- Classification can also be under tender annuals, hardy annuals,
biennials, tender perennials, and hardy perennials. Another
form of planetary association is to compare the herbs which medically
affect or treat the
human body parts to the planet and sign which rule those parts.
- Sun: Heart, spine (upper portion), right eye of male,
left eye of female, vitality, fevers, bilious affections, eye
disorders, swooning, circulation, upper portion of back.
Moon: Stomach, breasts, left eye of male, right eye of
female, feminine complaints, fluid derangements, stomach affections,
digestion, dropsy, tumors, abscesses, cold and epilepsy.
Mercury: Anxiety, lungs, shoulders, arms, hands, diet,
nervous disorders, mental, speech, headaches, and solar plexus.
- Venus: Neck, chin, vocal chords, neck and throat,
hymen, hemorrhoids, bladder, hair, cysts, swellings, diphtheria,
renal disorders, syphilis, laxity of muscle tissue, interior
Jupiter: Liver, thighs, diabetes, disorders of blood,
dental problems, pleurisy, boils, abscesses.
Saturn: Knees, skin, bones, spleen, teeth, hearing, rheumatism,
gout, bronchitis, paralysis, deafness, hypochondria, consumption,
gangrene, flu, spinal maladies.
Uranus: Ankles, X-rays, spasmodic disorders, ruptures,
strictures, cramp, shock, hiccough, ruling action of parathyroid,
gases, pupils of eyes, nervous system (electrical energies).
Neptune: Blood, body fluids, feet, coma, lethargy, poisoning,
hallucination, trance, ruling part of parathyroid, pineal, toxins,
Pluto: Suicide, sex qoutient, depression, rules the third
eye, stellar healing.
- Aries: Head and Face
Taurus: Neck, Throat and Larynx
Gemini: Arms, Lungs, Shoulders, and Nervous System
Cancer: Stomach and Chest
Leo: Spine, Back, and Heart
Virgo: Bowels and Fingers
Libra: Kidneys, Loins, Lumbar and Skin
Scorpio: Generative System, Genitals, Urinary Organs and Lower
Sagittarius: Hips, Thighs and Buttocks
Capricorn: Knees and Bones
Aquarius: Legs and Ankles
Pisces: Feet, Fluids, and Lymphatic