Uranus in Taurus Plant Therapy IS a thing. Magically thinking-wise, every plant is a deity in and of itself. Every plant also has affiliations. Or, more appropriately, correspondences. Medieval medical astrology was based on this concept, with Nicholas Culpeper being the best known medico-astrologer. So super-high-end plant medicine is one promising potential outcome of Uranus in Taurus.
But as a bona-fide Uranian, i’m not waiting around. My Uranus in Taurus Plant Therapy has begun already. It works on multiple levels and here is an example: My chamomile plant.
In the Craft, when you consume a plant – you don’t rip the whole thing out and process it in a factory. You ideally snip a small leaf or whatever off it – thanking the whole plant – and using it mindfully. You are partaking of – not just the plant’s nutrients or aromatic compounds – but of its energy. It can be an entheogenic experience. You connect with the plant spirit or energy. Chamomile is like a subtle uplift, soothing and reassuring.
So in the case of my chamomile, i just used a tiny bit of it in hot water every evening or when i remembered + as an (anti-inflammatory) toner. Just the fresh sprig taken from the whole, happy plant and put into boiling water for tea, toner and eye-wash. SO simple. So amazing. Magically, chamomile has quite a tame reputation these days. But it is powerful – a herb of the Sun, of Ra – the Ancient Egyptian Sun God – and of course, many Celtic Sun Gods. Chamomile means “Earth’s Apple” and is one of the druidic Nine Sacred Herbs.
The idea is that, when you are growing it yourself, honouring the plant, any decoction from it is ultra-potent and magic. I was experiencing this but then i left my chamomile outside and frost took it. It was all crisp to the touch and turning brown. Legit dead. This was last week. A year ago, i would have just been oh well, fuq it and probably thrown it away and moved on to something else. But this really affected me. So i decided to bring it back to life.
Yes – this is going bats – Uranus in Taurus style. I talked to it – played it music i think plants like – and (obviously) watered it and kept it out of the cold. My Gemini daughter was furious at being asked to not play rap so that i could tend to my zombie plant. And i did wonder if talking to a dead plant was symptomatic of some sort of cognitive disorder. But weirdly, as i talked to it, i would get wafts of its beautiful smell – distinctly – like a signal. And then, this morning, after a week of plant-deadness, i saw a glint of green. It’s back and sending out super-strong scent rays with it.
Plants go into shock, when caught by the frost, apparently. All their cell walls burst. But with care and time, the essence prevails and they can come back. The re-animation of the dead plant felt like an omen or an affirmation. How many of us have been caught by ‘the frost’? Or shocked by an event into freezing? But with time in the Sun, peace and good intent, the growth begins again. I gathered that the chamomile fronds snap frozen by the frost will never come back but that you’re not meant to snip them off until the plant is two thirds rejuvenated. This is because growth takes a huge amount of energy and snipping off even the dead bits causes stress.
There are weird lessons here. Sometimes it can seem like nothing is happening and you may even have to let ‘dead’ bits of your life just be for a while. But generating enough deep seed Qi to grow back and grow big is where all the energy should be being expended. Also, obviously tending to one plant is not going to save the whole planet but on a magical level, every human interacting with that realm has an effect. And, it’s arguably nicer to know the magical/astrological correspondences of plants than the names of reality television spawn. Especially with Uranus in Taurus!
Image: Hannah Yata