Tuesday, December 18, 2012

The Airts, Herbalism: Air - East

As part of my magical studies of the Correllian First Degree, I am studying the Airts or the Quarters, and, of course, with an herbal twist I will be sharing with you a small part of what I am learning in relating the Airts one at a time to their corresponding herbs, oils, plants, trees, etc.


In the Sacred Circle, Air or East is the first quarter called because all things start with thought, which is the domain of Air. Air's domain also covers intuition, knowing ones self, and discrimination of thought.
Some Air Deities include the Celtic goddesses Anu, Don, and Eostra; Aeolus (Greek), Ehecatl (Mexican), Fujin (Japanese), Njord (Norse), Pazuzu (Assyrian), Vayu (Hindu).
In the Zodiac, Air is represented by Libra, Aquarius and Gemini.
I share this before getting into the herbs because some of the herbs relating to Air related also to these deities and expressions of this element.

In my Basic Magical Herbs 101 course, I have covered these Air Herbs:

According to my Witch School class on the Airts, Air corresponds to:

  • Yellow flowers or spring such as daffodils; blossom, crocuses
  • Wind pollinated trees such as willow
  • Scents and oils such as orange blossom or light incenses

Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs by Scott Cunningham:

  • Acacia
  • Agaric
  • Agrimony
  • Almond
  • Anise
  • Arabic, Gum
  • Aspen
  • Banyan
  • Bean
  • Benzoin
  • Bergamot
  • Bistort
  • Bittersweet
  • Bohdi
  • Borage
  • Bracken
  • Brazil Nut
  • Bromelaid
  • Broom
  • Carraway
  • Chicory
  • Citron
  • Clover
  • Dandelion
  • Dock
  • Elecampane
  • Endive
  • Eyebright
  • Fenugreek
  • Filbert
  • Goat's Rue
  • Goldenrod
  • Hazel
  • Hops
  • Houseleek
  • Lavender
  • Lemongrass
  • Lemon Verbena
  • Lily of the Valley
  • Linden Flowers
  • Mace
  • Male Fern
  • Maple
  • Marjoram
  • Mastic
  • Meadowsweet
  • Mints
  • Mistletoe
  • Mulberry
  • Oregano
  • Palm
  • Papyrus
  • Parsley
  • Pecan
  • Pimpernel
  • Pine
  • Pistachio
  • Rice
  • Sage
  • Savory
  • Senna
  • Slippery Elm 
  • Southernwood
  • Wax Plant
  • White Pine

The Zodiac and Herbs

Libra's herbal correspondences:
Alkanet, Daisy, Dog-Rose, Elderberry, Ephedra, Feverfew, Lady-Mantle, Motherwort, Neem, Pennyroyal, Thyme, Uvaursi, Vervain

Aquarius' herbal correspondences:
Arnica, Balm-of-Gilead, Belladona, Blue-Bottle, Cannabis, Fumitory, Gravel-Root, Gingko, Horsetail, Knapweed, Solomon's Seal

Gemini's herbal correspondences:
Caraway, Dill, Devil's Claw, Elecampane, Fenugreek, Horehound, Lavender, Licorice, Marjoram, Oregano, Parsley, Pleurisy, Redclover, Umbrella-plant

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