HERBS of MERCURY
Astrologers interpret the energy of natal Mercury as the way in which we use our mind. The ways in which we apply our five physical senses to attain information from the world around us. We make sense out of that information based upon that data that was collected and stored in the brain. Just as Mercury, the deity, carries messages from our shadow self (the undiscovered self) to the outer world (the manifested self), so do our thoughts carry information from the inner and outer worlds.
M E R C U R I A L A N A T O M Y
Our brain and the entire operational center that contributes to mental processes is said to be ruled by Mercury, as well as the nervous system and sensory nerves. Those sensory nerves include those of sight, hearing, tactile nerves, and organs associated with the production of sound. The organs of taste are more associated to Venus ~ although this is highly dependent on how you absorb the experience of taste itself. The entire respiratory system and the thyroid are connected to Mercury as well. Many schools of thought also include the hands, fingers, and throat under Mercury’s realm.
“Physiological conditions found under Mercury include one’s mental alertness and predisposition to disorders of speech and/or of the nervous system. Impediments of speech, whether physiological or psychological, are often studied as afflictions of the natal Mercury. One’s ability to remember things or to retrieve information from the bins of frequently misfiled data within one’s mind is mercurial in nature.”
Naturally, the herbs of mercury are known as neither feminine or masculine, yin or yang — they tend to be dualistic in energy and are metaphorically dry. They tend to represent energetic herbs that move quickly within the nervous system or cause a mood/mental change quite rapidly.
E N E R G E T I C S
Mercurial Herbs are stimulating and improving mental alertness, like the dear adaptogenic plant known as Brahmi, and Rhodiola (also known to be ruled by the Sun), as well as other master brain herbs like Ginkgo, and Gotu Kola. These brain herbs as masterful helpers as they are clinically proven to mentally increase mental function, they have also been spiritually used to enhance intuition. These herbs, and the ones mentioned below, greatly help us when one must turn to the processes of logic when communication is a key element to improve in order to achieve success. These herbs may support us in finding the needed clarity among the internal chaos of emotion and illusion.
Herbs of Mercury are of tremendous value for those whose lives involve the written or spoken word. Writers, bloggers, editors, poets, etc. highly benefit from Mercurial herbs. Mercurial herbs also help inspire clarity, whether it’s for meditation, or for a time in your life that might be saturated with confusion and/or spacey-ness. However, these herbs taken daily will only benefit your mental faculties and take your mind to operate to a higher level.
S P I R I T U A L E L E M E N T S
Many of these herbs have been revered for their ability to help move consciousness between worlds. Those who wish to attune to the psychic mind, and increase a great deal of intuitive abilities, will be greatly enhanced with them. Those seeking to enhance (and protect) their clairvoyance, clairaudience, clairsentience, mediumship abilities, etc. can greatly benefit growing their practice by utilizing these herbal allies.
~ favorites ~
anemone (pulsatilla), bamboo, cedar, clover, geranium, Gotu kola, ginkgo, green coffee (cascara applies too), honeysuckle, lady’s slipper, lavender, licorice, lily-of-the-valley, meadowsweet, mulberry, parsnips, pomegranate, rosemary, sassafras, saw palmetto, tulsi, tea (camellia thuja), Valeriana, turmeric + Rhodiola (also herbs of the sun)
carrots, coffee celery, dill, fennel, fenugreek, matcha, marjoram, parsley, turmeric.
mandrake, Mexican tarragon
A MIND TONIC
for your thinking body
R E C I P E
1tsp ceremonial grade Matcha
1 tsp The Mind *
~ 14 oz hot water
1tsp MCT coconut oil (or ghee)
2 Tbsp coconut cream powder
1oz plant-based milk of choice
coconut crystals or maple to taste
*(formula includes: lions mane, Brahmi, Gotu Kola, Ginkgo, tulsi, rosemary)
*moringa is optional if you’re feeling like its too herbal for you
D I R E C T I O N S :
Pour the hot water (not boiling!) over the matcha, and herbal powders. Whisk vigorously, then add your milk, oil and coconut cream and whisk until perfection. and You can also opt for a blender or hand blender if you do add all ingredients and blend for about 10 seconds. Enjoy the magic!
Yes, Mercury is going retrograde,
and there’s a LUNAR ECLIPSE this week!
It’s a busy week here at the midpoint of Mars’ two months in retrograde motion with Mercury stationing retrograde (July 25) just before a very dynamic total lunar eclipse on July 27. However, the week opens with the relational graces of Venus opposing transcendental Neptune (exact July 24), alerting us to be wary of painting too rosy or too gloomy a picture of our friends, workmates or romantic partners. While this influence is strong for a short week, it will also place its stamp on the total lunar eclipse so that its meaning will unfold through at least the next six months. With Venus-Neptune comes a strong suggestion to be faithful to the quest for truth.
Do you have a tendency to get swept into gossip? Gossip is a tool of the powerless and the powerful alike, and in its more negative form seeks to undermine others rather than support and draw out the best in everyone. Gossip can be a classic dark manifestation of Mercury. Gossip can be mean-spirited or simply come from a wounded place, so that it drains a community’s vitality, damaging some connections while making others more influential than they otherwise would be. Carefully consider the motivations of those who would share or create gossip with you. Your own quest for truth and serving divine purposes will be better supported by an attitude of compassion toward whatever pain, wounding or unmet need resides within the urge to create alliances or a feeling of security through sharing secrets or making a spectacle of human shortcomings.
The total lunar eclipse happens on July 27 at 1:20pm US/Pacific at 4° Aquarius and involves a close, tense aspect to the summer-long square between Mars and Uranus. If you are drawn to blaze a new path, know that a working through of the past—or being worked over by past actions, or karma—will not be easily avoided. The long-term influences of Saturn trine Uranus and Jupiter trine Neptune can help open your heart to more challenging realizations about yourself as well as others. Ask what practical, grounded ideas of beauty might enable you to work with your karma in a more generative way while being wary of over-idealizing your own capacities or noble intentions. (It’s okay to be human—really!!) Especially do not mistake a feeling of confident enthusiasm with a well-considered action. You might check the houses of your natal chart that the Sun in Leo and the Moon in Aquarius fall in to see which areas of your life are potentiated. While you may not be surprised by the areas of life which are highlighted, there may yet be a surprising new wrinkle, a relief, an unburdening, a blessing—even if that blessing comes in disguise.
Key dates to watch out during Mercury’s retrograde:
July 6, 2018 – Mercury enters shadow 11° Leo
July 25, 2018 – Mercury stations retrograde 23° Leo
Aug. 18, 2018 – Mercury stations direct 11° Leo
Sept. 1, 2018 – Mercury exits shadow 23° Leo