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Classifying
By AmythystFire (copyright, 2000)
Coven of the Tropic Moon
(used with permission, if you would like to use this information on your site please contact AmythystFire for permission)
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 group
(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 families.
 
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, marigold.
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, &
anise.
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 gardenia
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,
beech-nut.
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 generative system.
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, spinal canal.
Pluto: Suicide, sex qoutient, depression, rules the third eye, stellar healing.
 
Signs:
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 Bowels
Sagittarius: Hips, Thighs and Buttocks
Capricorn: Knees and Bones
Aquarius: Legs and Ankles
Pisces: Feet, Fluids, and Lymphatic