Since early in the history, man observed the cycles that plants have when they grow according to their seasons. Astrology and botany are complementary to nature. The myths surrounding the plants, their medicinal properties given from Mother Nature, unseen cycles that connect many different factors in our world gave ideas to some astrology concepts such as: Druid Horoscope, Celtic Tree Calendar, Indian Vedic Systems Jyotish Shastra (Vastu Shastra), Ayurvedic studies, and many others. They all have similar idea of a connection between time of year, plant growth, and the cycles of the stars in the sky: the zodiac. Plants seen from an astrological perspective show us how zodiac signs and plants are connected. From this perspective, people, plants, planets and constellations are made of the same “elements” (fire, earth, air and water) and energies (hot/dry, hot/moist, cold/dry, cold/moist). This commonality facilitates people's connection with nature and the Universe.
Astrology and plants are associated with each other. Trees and vegetation not only protect the environment but are also capable of affecting human life by subsiding the ill effects of the environment. In this way plants play an important role in the planetary remedies. Trees and vegetation have the ability to change the condition of planets in human life. Vegetation planting and maintenance provide environmental protection as well, health, happiness and prosperity. There are several remedies in vedic astrology to pacify the ill-effects of afflicted planets placed in a "kundali". Some of them include, for example, planting a Banyan tree on a highway that gives relief from markeyesha Saturn and longevity; or if Jupiter is weak or forms Alpayu yoga in association with any other planet then a Peepal tree can be planted to get good results. Similarly, medicinal plants/herbs are also used in astrology to get relief from inauspicious results of malefic planets.
Use of plants for medicinal purposes was linked to astrology by many early herbalists. Paracelsus - a Swiss-German Renaissance physician, botanist, alchemist, and astrologer declared that a physician should be predestinated to the cure of his patient and the horoscope should be inspected, with the plants gathered at the critical moment.
Astrology deals with the interpretation of an individual's natal chart. The astrological chart is built from the Earth's two distinct movements:
- its rotation around the Sun, which results in the cycle of the seasons and the length of daytime throughout the year
- its rotation around its own axis, which rules the alternation of day and night.
Trees are worshipped like Gods in Indian culture. It is a general belief that there are representative trees for every zodiac sign under whose protection the subject is blessed with favourable fruits or flowers. Each of the 12 signs can benefit from the properties of certain plants, which help to heal, grow, balance, and inspire. According to Astrological studies there are plants related to a Zodiac Sign called Zodiac Plants. People wear gems to bring Good Luck. Similarly plants/trees can also bring good luck, prosperity and happiness. A Zodiac plant related to your Zodiac sign is said to bring good fortune and luck in your life.
Indian Vedic System of Astrology Jyotish Shastra mentions trees that correspond 12 Zodiac signs (Rasi, or Raasi). According to this belief, positive energies come to one who plants his/her Rasi plant which will bring this person good luck and prosperity.
Examples of trees associated with different Raasis:
Aries (Mesh) - Red Sandalwood (Adenanthera pavonina)
Taurus (vrishabh) - Sapthaparni (Alstonia scholaris), Papaya
Gemini (Mithun) - Jackfruit (Artocarpus heterophyllus), Aloe vera
Cancer (Kark) - Palas (Butea monosperma), and plants bearing white flowers
Leo (Singh) - Kaligottu (Stereospermum chelonoides)
Virgo (Kanya) - Mango, Aloe vera
Libra (Tula) - Bakul (Mimusops elengi), and plants bearing white flowers
Scorpio (Vrishchik) - Khair (Acacia catechu)
Sagittarius (Dhanasu) - Peepal (Ficus religiosa), Banana, Mango
Capricorn (Makar) - Neem Tree
Aquarius (Kumbh) - Jacaranda, Sheesham Tree (Dalbergia)
Pisces (Meen) - Banyan (Ficus bengalensis), Banana, Mango
Every person born under a particular zodiac sign has particular plants, herbs and spices that resonate clearly with their sign. Keep in mind that plants of signs other than your own, still offer you that special healing effect thanks to their planet influence. Moreover, two plants of two neighboring signs create so-called Zodiac Effect of Vegetative Synergy (ZEVS): their healing properties enhance each other. According to recent studies of International University of Astrology, ZEVS index becomes especially powerful for persons born at a borderline between two signs: for example, those who are born on April 19 and 20th - on contact between Aries and Taurus ruling. For them, plants from these two neighboring signs, Aries and Taurus, planted in close proximity will double their positive influence on person's life, health and prosperity. So, Jasmine planted under a Maple tree will bring both Aries and Taurus double luck and positive energy input.
By learning about plants of different signs of Zodiac, you can start using particular plants in your edible landscape and environment, utilize their powerful properties for yourself, strengthen your energetic field and connect more fully with yourself. It’s also nice to care for the plants that care for you!
You can keep some smaller plants inside your house until they grow bigger and require more room. Not only will they empower you, they also smell great and help keep your house or office fresh.
Out in the yard, you may design a circular Astrological Garden divided into twelve sections, or houses, in which you might grow one or more of the plants and/or herbs that correspond to each sign. This magic combination of all 12 zodiac plants (or plant collections) may become a powerful tool of your connection with the stars, and the Universe. You could make a special symbol designating the section that corresponds to your own sign, such as a large flat rock, painted with your astrological sign. This symbol will honor plants in your Astrological Garden that share your personal zodiac.
If you want to fill your life with positive energy, happiness and prosperity plant a tree, shrub or vine according to your zodiac sign. They can remove obstacles from your life. Look up your sign and thrive by filling your home and garden with these brilliant gifts from Mother Nature. Moreover, if you know the birth dates of your friends/relatives, a potted plant matching the recipient's zodiacal sign makes a unique and special gift!
Our consultant Ashok, a yoga monk from India, is working on Ayurvedic manuscript, and is helping us with reference on tropical plants.
Aries is a FIRE sign ruled by the planet Mars.
Plants associated with this element and planet very often have thorns or prickles. They can be also spicy or bitter in flavor, or red in color.
Because Aries rules the head, eyes and face, the plants for Aries purify the blood, stimulate the adrenal glands, and/or are high in iron (Mars rules the mineral iron). Mars-ruled Aries is assertive, energetic and fearless. Mars rules the red blood cells, the muscles, and metabolic processes, as well as the motor nerves and the head. These plants help you when you want more get-up-and-go and the courage to take on the world.
Aries Zodiac Plants:
Governors plum, Hibiscus Karkade, Tapioca, Mamey Sapote, Ruda, Baobab, Euphorbia, Acanthus, Aloe, Caesalpinia, Erythrina, Opuntia, Dragon Fruit, Pachypodium, Pomegranate,Chilli peppers, Syngonium, Begonia, Geranium, Red Sandalwood, Jamiaca pepper (Pimenta, Allspice), Camphor, Jujube, Anise, Red Roses, Tiger Lily, Impatiens, Calendula, Tarragon, Ginger, Coriander, Basil,Ruda, Amaryllis, Wild Indigo, Gooseberries, Sesbania, Campsis, Red Oleander, Maple, Schotia brachypetala, Momordica, Coffee, Amla , Ephedra, Red Kapok.
Taurus is an EARTH sign ruled by the planet Venus.
Venus is the planet that represents desire and beauty, regarded as the female embodiment of sexual love and human appetite, so Taurus plants often have gorgeous flowers and enticing fragrances and, occasionally, red fruit. It rules the internal sexual organs, the nose and sense of smell.
Because Taurus rules the throat and ears, the best plants for the Bull are often soothing to the throat, or may calm the digestive system after overindulging in the finest foods. Taurus is related to those things we want and value. It harmonizes various body systems, and influences the complexion and facial appearance. Also under Venus’s dominion are the abdomen, kidney, thymus, and breasts. Venus-governed herbs are soothing and help to regulate the body’s metabolism through the endocrine system (see Libra). Taurus herbs are traditionally used to attract money and resources. Earthy Taurus sign is all about building a stable and comfortable foundation and can help you generate greater abundance and prosperity in your life.
Taurus Zodiac Plants:
Aglaia, Cananga odorata (Ylang-Ylang), Artabotrys (Climbing Ylang-Ylang), Cerbera, Night blooming jasmine, Chonemorpha, Erblichia, Euodia, Hiptage, Iboza (Musk Bush), Anise, Lavender, Lonchocarpus Lilac Tree, Nutmeg, Parijat, Camphor Basil, Osmanthus, Funeral tree, Quisqualis, Satureja (Kama Sutra Mint Tree), Viburnum, Carissa, Murraya, Curry Leaf, Bunchosia (Peanut butter fruit), Eucalyptus, Lily, Vitex agnus castus (Blue Chaste Tree), Alstonia scholaris (Sapthaparni), Papaya, Maple, Jasmine, Guaiacum, Camellia, Ephedra, Fuchsia, Geranium, Spider lily, Gardenia, Magnolia, Plumeria, Paeonia, Verbena, Clerodendrums, Apple, Pear, Apricot, Peach, Plantain, Olive, Grape, Pomegranate, Mango, Neem Tree, Cherry, Cypresses, all Berries, Raspberry, Asparagus, Mint, Clove, Roses, Stagshorn fern, Catnip.
Ruled by the mutable, changeable planet Mercury (also patron of the art of medicine), Gemini is an AIR sign.
Plants ruled by Mercury tend to have ferny or highly-divided leaves or stems (like the bronchi of lungs), hairy or fuzzy leaves (related to the cilia in the lungs), or subtle odors.
Gemini rules the lungs, shoulders, arms, and hands. Its plants help to strengthen the lungs and respiratory system, relax the nervous system, strengthen ears and hearing, the tongue and speaking, the vocal cords, lungs and thyroid, as well as the shoulders, arms, and hands. Gemini has so much going on mentally that they may need a little help to digest all the information they're constantly absorbing. Herbs that have clean, pure flavor not only help physical digestion, but assist spiritual and mental intake as well.
Gemini Zodiac Plants:
Ferns, Blechnum, Tree ferns and Cyatheas, Fern Tree, Aralias, Jackfruit and Breadfruit, Paulownia, Anthurium, Philodendron, Philadelphus, Clerodendrums, Anise, Lavender, Myrtle, Nut trees, Macadamia, Ficus, Piggyback plant - Tolmiea menziesii, Aloe vera, Fig, Honeysuckle, Azalea, Mint Tree Satureja, Vitex, Ironwood, Mulberry, Osmoxylon, Acalypha, Allamanda, Aphelandra, Iboza, Ruda, Kiwi, Caesalpinia, Cyphomandra, Monstera, Kalanchoe, Magnolia, Oregano, Ocimum, Naranjilla, Zamia, Delionix, Acacias, Calliandra, Patchoili, Palms, Geranium, Grevillea, Eucalyptus.
Cancer is a WATER sign and is ruled by the Moon.
Cancer's plants generally have soft or Moon-shaped leaves, contain a lot of moisture, or are found near water. Oftentimes they have white, pale blue or pale yellow flowers.
Cancer rules the stomach, diaphragm, and liver, so plants that aid digestion or affect the subconscious are associated with the sign of the Crab. Maternal Cancer also governs the breasts, the womb, and the ovaries. It rules all fluid secretions, including menstrual blood, fluids in the eye, and tears. The moon is often associated with conditions involving irregular periodicity: irregular menstruation and related moods, epilepsy, insomnia, hysteria. Lunar herbs tend to have white or yellow flowers and soft, juicy leaves. They often live in or near water. As they are so nurturing and warm, Cancer loves the homey smell of cinnamon. This sweet spice is good for gently heating things up; it also promotes movement and flow in life. Its familiar scent is soothing and calming for those who need a little retreat every now and again.
Cancer Zodiac Plants:
Lilies, Eucomis, Magnolia, Nicotiana, Brugmansia, Dombeya, White flowers, Water lilies, Lotus, Maidenhair fern, Monstera, Cinnamon, Sage, Aloe, Lemon Balm, Bay leaf, Palasa - Butea monosperma, Acai, Mahogany, Mango, Banana, Apple, Pear, Geranium - Pelargonium, White roses, Solandra Chalice Vine, Butter Cup, Acalypha, Cornutia, Ruda, Oregano, Camphor plant, Grapes,Brunfelsia, Alocasia, Colocasia, Canna, Cyperus, Iris, Equisetum, Mangroves.
Naturally, Leo is a FIRE sign ruled by the brilliant Sun.
Leo's plants are usually large and gold or orange in color, have heart-shaped leaves or a radiating shape, or have association with victory (like the bay laurel). Leo loves this colorful and special spice, which is known for amplifying prosperity and abundance.
The part of the body ruled by Leo the Lion is the heart. Plants related to Leo are primarily associated with the cardiac system, but also with the spine, the thymus gland, and the eyes. They strengthen and tone the heart, regulate blood pressure, raise the spirits and have an uplifting effect. Keep in mind that all cardio-active medicinal herbs should be used only in consultation with a qualified professional.
Leo Zodiac Plants:
Sunflower tree, Delonix, Hibiscus, Abutilon, Mahoe, Hawaiin Sunset Vine (Stictocardia), Campsis, Passion flower, Calendula, Mexican Flame Vine, Bay Leaf, Safflower, Mint, Rosemary, Ruda - Ruta graveolens, Marigolds, Sunflowers, Palm trees, Lemon and orange trees, Grapefruit, Dieffenbachia , Croton, Lemon Balm, Chamomile, Tarragon, Kaligottu (Stereospermum chelonoides), Bel Fruit, White Madaar, Peppers, Pineapple, Coconut, Anise, Heliotrope, Gingers, Lavender, Ashoka Tree, Dombeya, Jacquemontia, Lychee, Mulberry, Philodendrons, Macaranga, Anthuriums, Aphelandra, Orchid trees, Leonotis.
Virgo is an EARTH sign ruled by the planet Mercury, which also rules Gemini.
Virgo is traditionally the Goddess of the Grain, and is associated with autumn. Her plants often have finely divided leaves or stems, subtle odors, or small, brightly-colored flowers. The most beneficial plants for Virgo are high in potassium and help to calm the nerves.
In its rulership of Virgo, Mercury governs the abdomen and the lower intestinal tract and the entire digestive process. Herbs associated with Virgo assist in digestion (as do Cancer herbs) and help to reduce flatulence. The relaxing, calming scents help Virgo release stress and worries.
Virgo Zodiac Plants:
Amorphophallus, Anethum graveolens (Dill), Barringtonia, Bolusanthus, Dioscorea, Grewia asiatica (Falsa), Hibiscus sabdariffa (Karkade), Iboza riparia, Lagerstroemia speciosa (Queens Crape Myrtle), Laurus nobilis (Bay Leaf), Lippia, Melissa, Catnip, Mint, Arugula, Piper betle, Piper sarmentosum, Psychotria, Syzygium aromaticum (Clove), Banisteriopsis, Papaya, Mesua ferrea (Ironwood), Momordica, Euterpe oleracea (Assai Palm), Jacaranda, Magnolia officinalis, Pimenta dioica (Allspice), Osteospermum, Petrea, Plumbago, Clitoria, Eranthemum, Litchi, Cashew, Pecan, Nut trees, Cherries, Lavender, Myrtles, Sansiveria, Aloe vera, Blackberry, Honey suckle, Satureja, Vitex, Mulberry, Elaeocarpus, Clausena lansium (Wampi), Feronia elephantum (Bel Fruit).
Libra is an AIR sign, and is ruled by the planet Venus.
Because Venus is the planet of beauty and love, Libra's plants often have light, lovely flowers and gorgeous scents.
Libra has been related to the endocrine system, the kidneys, and the bladder. Venus (which also rules Taurus) is responsible for the harmony between the various body systems, as well as the abdomen, kidneys and urinary tract, and thyroid. Libra's plants help to bring balance to these areas of the body. Libra's romantic nature appreciates a spice that cultivates love and sensuality. Cardamom is a spice known for its gently warming nature, so add a sprinkle when you want to heat things up slowly.
Libra Zodiac Plants:
Jasmine, Gardenia, Euclinia, Pua Keni Keni, Randia, Beaumontia, Faradaya, Butterfly Ginger, Kopsia, Hydrangea, Montanoa, Aglaia, Dwarf Ylang-Ylang, Desmos, Clematis, Almond Bush, Brunfelsia, Four oclock plant, Juniper, Moonflower, Carissa, White Chocolate Jasmine, Night blooming jasmine, Fiddlewood, Honeysuckle, Orchid, Clerodendrums, Millingtonia, Parijat, Fried Egg Tree, Oxyceros, Phaleria, Tuberose, Cubanola, Portlandia, Rothmannia, Freesia, Gladiolus, Hydrangea, Allamanda, Nasturtium, Rose, Camelia, Ephedra, Fuchsia, Ylang-Ylang, Magnolia, Stemmadenia (Milky Way), White Plumeria, Appleblossom, Needle Flower Tree, Tree Jasmine, Guaiacum, Epiphyllum, Amazon Lily, India Hawthorn, Stephanotis, Talauma, Pakalana vine, Wrightia, White flowers, Big roses, Cypress, Lucky Bamboo, Dracaena, Bakul (Mimusops elengi), Apple, Pear, Fig, Raspberry, Olive, Pomegranate, Apricot, Peach, Plum, Loquat, Grape, Blackberry, Mango, Cherries, Paradise plum (Chrysobalanus icaco), Berries, Grape, Neem tree, Asparagus, Spices, Mint, Catnip, Bergamot, Thyme, Cardamom
A WATER sign ruled by both Mars and Pluto.
Scorpio's plants are often found in remote places or on poor ground. They will likely have thorns, can be red in color, and grow under adversity. The good news is, most of these plants are nearly indestructible! This makes them desirable for every gardener.
The reproductive organs are ruled by Scorpio, so these are plants that balance the hormones, regulate the menstrual cycle, help with childbirth and pregnancy. Until this century, Scorpio was ruled by Mars, and the herbs associated with it had to do with the urogenital system and the colon. Many of the herbs related to Scorpio are cleansing and revitalizing. Now, astrologers assign Scorpio to Pluto, discovered in 1930 (Pluto is said by astrologers to be a “higher octave” of Mars). Physiologically, Scorpio involves the processes of catabolism and anabolism, the death and regeneration of body cells. Diseases of Scorpio are often involved with the slow buildup of toxic substances in the body (carcinogens, etc) or in the mind (anger, jealousy). Scorpio loves a spice with depth and complexity. Camphor Basil adds rich flavor to every dish it seasons, and its own aphrodisiac tendencies appeal to Scorpio's lusty nature.
Scorpio Zodiac Plants:
Ceiba, Baobab, Pistachio, Nutmeg, Black-eyed Susan Thunbergia, Combretums, Dragon fruit, Medinilla, Camphor Basil, Cuban Oregano, Vanilla orchid, Hibiscus, Various cacti and succulents, Adenium, Honeysuckle, Peppers, Cordyline, Spider plant, Jasmine, Gooseberries, Wild indigo, Bougainvillea, Aloe vera, Raspberry, Palmetto, Horseradish tree, Camphor, Allspice and Bay Rum,Jujube, Sweet Mimosa, Agave, Milkweed, Hong Kong Orchid Tree, Pony Tail, Dwarf Poinciana, Bottlebrushes, Clusias, Crocosmia, Zig-Zag Cactus, Dracaena, Fire Bush, Hoyas, Jatropha, Kalanchoe, Sausage tree, Devils Backbone, Pereskia, Red Plumeria, Firecracker, Rattlebox, Rhoeo, Calendula, Geranium, Thistles, Mint, Sage, Catnip, Coriander, Sandalwood, Ginseng, Euphorbias, Acacias.
Sagittarius is a FIRE sign that is ruled by the large and optimistic planet Jupiter.
Archer's plants tend to be large in size and fairly conspicuous, with a pleasant odor. They may have large, or elongated leathery leaves and showy flowers.
The best plants for Sagittarius will support the body’s largest glandular organ, the liver. The planet Jupiter also rules the hips, thighs, lower spine, and the autonomic nervous system, as well as the process of growth and preservation. Herbs related to Jupiter have traditionally been used to treat lower back problems (including sciatica and lumbago), arthritis, and rheumatism. Herbs with a high silica content are related to Sagittarius (they promote a positive frame of mind), as are plants with large taproots and trees that produce fruit and nuts. Illnesses of Jupiter are said to arise from immoderate consumption. Basil is an herb that's both expansive and cheerful - just like Sagittarius - and its reputation as a money attractor resonates with this sign's generous nature as well. Use this happy herb when you want to infuse your life with fun and prosperity!
Sagittarius Zodiac Plants:
Mulberry, Ceiba, Chonemorpha, Beaumontia, Baobab, Grapefruit, Anise, Sage, Cinnamon, Blueberry, Thistles, Nut trees, Lemon, all Ficus trees - Peepal (Ficus religiosa), Fig,Coleus, Basil , Banana, Mango, Ironwood (Mesua ferrea), Clematis, Peony, Jasmine, Nutmeg, Mint, Tea, Date palm, Guava, Jambul, Maple, Magnolia, Teak, Bird of Paradise, Heliconia, Showy Gingers.
An EARTH sign ruled by the planet Saturn.
Capricorn's plants usually have few flowers, or small flowers, are knobby or woody, and may have an unpleasant smell or taste. Saturn rules plants with long lives and slow growth, so plants with annual rings are also associated with the Goat.
Physiologically, Saturn rules the systems that give the body its structure and form: the skeletal system, and the skin, teeth, joints, and knees, so plants that are high in calcium can be very beneficial. Those can be woody plants and shrubs that show annual rings, as well as some poisonous or narcotic plants. Saturn plants are useful in treating arthritis and rheumatism. Traditional Capricorn appreciates a spice that is powerful but familiar. Black pepper adds flavor and a bit of heat to both food and life, creating movement without too much change.
Capricorn Zodiac Plants:
Baobab, Peach Palm, Patchouli, Bamboo, Cordyline, Spider Lily, Serissa, Desert Rose, Croton, Aloe, Palms, Giraffe knee plant (Gonatopus boivinii), Adenanthera, Black Pepper, Solanums, Loquat, Aglaonema, Jacaranda, Rosemary, Guarana, Shisham (Dalbergia sissoo), Neem Tree, Calendula, Brugmansia, Cannabis, Coca, Kava-Kava, Root Beer plant, Kratom, Banesteriopsis, Psychotria, Quince, Almonds, Ginkgo, Olive, Strophanthus, Bread Flower, Amorphophallus, Areca Palm, Anadenanthera, all Pipers, Brunfelsia densifolia, Chaya, Persimmons, Surinam Cherry, Bel Fruit, Ashoka Tree, Calla Lily.
Aquarius is an AIR sign ruled by odd-ball Uranus.
The water-bearer's plants will often grow in unusual places and may vary in appearance. They often have purple or blue flowers, or may have unusual colors.
The most healing and beneficial plants for Aquarius are the ones that help circulation, relax the nervous system, or promote inspiration. When Uranus was discovered, it replaced Mercury as ruler of Aquarius. Physiologically, Uranus rules the bioelectrical impulses that power the body’s nervous system (nervous tension and nervous exhaustion brought on by powerful changes in the environment are related to both Mercury and Uranus). Physically, Aquarius rules the lower legs, the calves, and the ankles, and the electrical impulses that travel through the body’s nervous system. The nervous system itself is ruled by Mercury, and Uranus is said to be a "higher octave" of Mercury. Since Uranus was discovered after the correspondences with plants had been established, the herbs used in Aquarius are Mercury herbs. Always difficult to pinpoint, quirky Aquarius appreciates the unusual and complex flavor of star anise. Use this star-shaped spice when you wish to bring happy surprises into your life.
Aquarius Zodiac Plants:
Anise, Orchid, Golden rain - Koelreuteria paniculata, Bird of Paradise, Heliconia, Petrea, Mandevilla, Jasminum, Kiwi, Persimmon, Loquat, Olive, Alocasia, Colocasia, Citrus, Apple, Peppers, Gingers, Carambola, herbs spicy with an unusual flavor, White Pothos, Ivy, Shami - Prosopis cineraria, Neem, Medinilla, Sheesham Tree, Catnip, Passion fruit, Valerian, Aloe, Myrrh, Kava-kava, Cinnamon, Clove, Eucalyptus, Coffee, Cola nut, Nepenthes, Vanilla Orchid, Strongylodon - Jade vine, Tacca - Bat Lily, Eranthemums, Agapanthus, Orchid trees, Bolusanthus, Chamaedorea metallica, Clerodendrum ugandense, Clitoria, Duranta, Guaiacum, Jacaranda, Lavanda.
As a WATER sign ruled by both Jupiter and Moon (and Neptune, that was not discovered until 1846, after the plant correspondences were established; Neptune is considered a "higher octave" of the Moon), Pisces plants are often large but hard to find, and may grow near the ocean. The most healing plants for Pisces are those that strengthen the immune system or have an antibacterial effect. Pisces plants may also catalyze expanded states of awareness and be helpful in dream work.
Herbs connected to Pisces are ruled by its former ruler, the Moon (Neptune, the current ruler, was not discovered until 1846, after the plant correspondences were established; Neptune is considered a “higher octave” of the Moon). Diseases of Pisces have traditionally included psychotic disorders, various forms of substance addiction, lung diseases such as tuberculosis, and ailments of the foot; contemporary herbalists also add immune system diseases. Pisces is strengthened by rosemary's ability to promote an aura of centered grounding. This protective herb helps strengthen boundaries and cultivate a closer connection to the physical realm.
Pisces Zodiac Plants:
Water lily, Lotus, Clematis, Wisteria, Lisianthus, Brunfelsia, Echinacea, English Lavender, Rosemary, Coconut palm, Cranberry, Clove, Coccoloba, Sea Oats, Mangroves, Ochrosia,Aquatic plants, Colocasia, Alocasia, Aralia, Ficus trees, Banyan , Peepal, Banana, Mango, Mimosa, Olive, Anise, Vilca and Yopo, Kava-kava, Nutmeg, Anthuriums, Eucalyptus, Bauhinia, Clusia, Caesalpinia,Callistemon, Bucida, Cassia fistula, Cordia, Calabash, Lipstick palm , Delonix, Elaeocarpus, Erythrina, Fatsia, Guaiacum, Mahoe, Koelreuteria, Kopsia, Macaranga, Pandanus, Peltophorum, Psychotria,Banesteriopsis, Tabebuia.
2019 is the Year of the Earth Pig, according to the Chinese Calendar, and it just started February 5!
In 2019, the corresponding element is once again Earth, as it was in 2018. So what happens when you mix the Pig with the Earth Element?
An Earth Pig year combines a realistic but happy-go-lucky sociable pig combined with the steady and sensible characteristics of Earth, it combines the relaxed attitude of the animal with a very "down-to-earth" realistic climate, don't try to push too hard, this is a time to take things in stride. For the Pig, it was definitely all about the journey and not the destination! Because of the Pig's willingness to always help others out, it tends to bring good things to everyone around him. The Pig in Chinese culture represents wealth and prosperity.
2019 is a good year for giving your garden a fresh start, and especially for establishing new fruit trees that will bring you the enjoyment of deliciousness and... always healthy good food on the table!
This year, to keep the Pig happy and helpful, every tropical gardener should get a Hog Plum - a fast-growing and easy to care rare fruit tree with delicious aromatic fruit. It will fruit for you this year!
Asian New Year started! Year of Down to Earth Dog...
Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival, started on February 16, 2018. It is the Year of the Yellow Dog, or the Earth Dog.
According to Chinese horoscope, in 2018, the corresponding element is Earth. Earth is also associated with the color yellow. The Year of the Earth Dog is therefore also known as the Year of the Yellow Dog. So what happens when you mix the Dog with the EarthElement?
The Dog is sincere, independent, and clever. Like man's best friend, they are extremely loyal and devoted and you can always count on them to stick by your side.
The Earth element, by its very nature, denotes origins and growth and is associated with practicality, harmony and hard work. The Earth seeks to nurture and be nurtured, it anchors you and provides stability.
A loyal and hard working Dog combined with the steady and sensible characteristics of Earth, heralds a secure, rewarding and profitable year. A year of blossoming, to achieve things, and to thrive. An Earth Dog combines the integrity and diligence of the dog with a very "down-to-earth" climate, perfect for longstanding projects requiring persistence and grit. Real estate is high in the agenda in the year of the Yellow Dog, whether you are contemplating any investments or purchasing a home, everything should align well for you this year.
The Year of the Dog follows an energetic and chaotic Year of the Rooster... An Earth Dog Year will welcome some much needed sense of harmony, peace and goodwill, a year of unity and understanding that will reward all of us for our hard work and diligence!
Lucky colors for 2018 are colors that symbolize the element Wood (green) and the element Water (blue). Just keep your plants green, and get some blue flowers!
Plants for 2016 - Red Fire Monkey
According to the Chinese Horoscope, 2016 is the Year of the Red Fire Monkey. There are five Elements (Metal, Water, Wood, Fire and Earth) in Chinese calendar. The color of Fire is connected to Red. To get the best of Year 2016 celebration, pick red and fire-red colors for your clothes, use red flowers (for decorating and as presents) and red fruit (especially Pomegranates, Red Apples, and Red Mangos) - Monkey likes fruit! These plants and fruit will bring you good luck and a fruitful life for the next year.
You should celebrate New Year 2016 in a company of happy people - no matter if they are close friends or not - and have lots of fun. Monkey will like it and show its appreciation by bringing more joy into your life.
In Eastern culture, a Monkey is considered a funny clown, a cheerful actor, that likes everything bright, and showy. Monkey is very friendly and forgiving; it is not hard to please the Monkey in order to bring you good luck. Even if you don't have a big happy company for 2016 New Year Celebration, you still can please the Fire Monkey with bright flowers, and bright fruit, especially of Red colors (see full list).
Pomegranate is the best fruit for the Fire Monkey, it is widely available from grocery stores during this season. Getting a Pomegranate plant is even better: it will stay with you all year (and hopefully many years more), and will keep Red Monkey attracting luck into your life.
Exciting monkey plants:
Apeiba aspera - Monkey’s Comb
Araucaria - Monkey Puzzle Tree
Barnebydendron riedelii - Monkey Flower Tree, Fire of Pakistan
Combretum aubletii - Monkey's brush
Dracula simia - Monkey Orchid
Enterolobium cyclocarpum - Monkey Ear
Feronia elephantum - Monkey Fruit
Herrania - Monkey Cocoa
Lecythis - Monkey Pot
Licania platypus - Monkey apple
Mimulus x hybridus - Monkey Flower
Mimusops coriacea - Monkey Apple
Pararchidendron pruinosum - Monkey's Earrings
Rheedia edulis - Monkey Fruit
Ruellia makoyana - Monkey flower
Samanea saman -Monkeypod
Through astrological studies discovered some beneficial and magical effects of plants that had a lot of significance for people. They are very auspicious and people worship them to get beneficial effects in many religious and astrological methods.
1. Peepal Tree (Ficus religiosa)
2. Banana Tree (Musa sp.)
Banana Tree is a very pious tree and symbolizes Lord Vishnu. People worship the tree on Thursdays to get the benefits of Jupiter. Roots of Banana plant tied with yellow thread are worn to get the benefits of Jupiter. Banana as a fruit is offered to Lord Vishnu and Laksmi for good Married Life and good Financial Condition and happiness of family.
3. Mango Tree (Mangifera indica)
4. Tulsi Plant, or Holy Basil (Ocimum sp.)
Some auspicious trees according to Vastu good for the residents are described below along with their usefulness:
PEEPAL TREE (Ficus religiosa) – Research shows evidence that oxygen is produced in large amounts by the leaves of this tree and it is found in high concentration under the branches, probably due to the thick foliage. Hence, it is considered very healthy to stroll around and near this tree in the mornings. For this reason, it is considered a sacred tree and is worshiped in India. It is usually found near temples or temples are also constructed near these trees. It has a very long life and can survive for centuries. However, it is not suitable near a house, since it has far spreading roots which can affect the foundation of the building.
NEEM TREE (Azadirachta indica) - This tree has great medicinal value and its extract is used in pesticides. Its twigs can also be used to brush one’s teeth and neem oil is used in physiotherapy. Since neem leaves are very bitter, a mixture of neem leaves, tender green mango and jaggery is eaten on New Year in South India as a symbolic gesture gearing up to face the sweet, sour and bitter experiences of the coming. Therefore, this is a good tree to have in a house garden.
MANGO TREE (Mangifera indica) – Most parts of the mango tree have medicinal value. Its leaves are used in religious rituals. It is considered very auspicious if the dead are cremated using mango tree fire-wood. Mango trees also have a very long life and can survive for 400-500 years. Obviously, this is also a very useful tree to have in your garden.
JACKFRUIT TREE (Artocarpus sp.)- Like the Mango tree, the Jackfruit also produces delicious, seasonal, fruit in large numbers. The yellow juicy kernels inside the jackfruit are used to make different types of sweets and pies. The beautiful yellow colored wood from this tree is used to make furniture, doors, windows etc. Its leaves are considered auspicious and are also used in religious ceremonies. Therefore, it is useful and can be planted in a garden.
BANANA TREE (Musa sp.) - lot of illnesses can be treated with concoctions made from the roots, stem, flowers, and leaves of this tree.
COCONUT TREE (Cocos nucifera) - Every part of this tree is useful. The tender coconut water is a very healthy, cool, low fat drink. The oil extracted from coconut is used in cooking as well as hair oil. Coir is a very useful by-product which is used in making mats, carpets etc. The leaves of the coconut tree are weaved and used as roofing for huts by the poor. Its dry leaves are also used as fire-wood. It has a long life of about 100-150 years and is prohibited from being cut. Due to its usefulness, it is considered a sacred tree.
SANDALWOOD TREE (Adenanthera pavonina) - Sandal wood is very expensive as it is used to make exquisite handicrafts, and its oil is very fragrant. Sandalwood paste when applied on the forehead, cools the head, and so is used in temples and in hot places like Kerala, India. It is also used to make incence sticks.
JASMINE (Jasminum sp.) - In general, plants with sweet smelling flowers like jasmine, red lotus, blue lotus etc are good in the house compound as they release a pleasant fragrance and can also be used in daily worship. Moreover, as these flowers are produced round the year, they are always available.
CREEPERS (Vines) – Creepers or other plants should not be grown along-side the building as they grow, causing damage and seeepage of water through the walls. Creepers should only be grown in a garden, and they should have their own independent supports.
Each plant is associated with some or the other planet that are applied on the native’s body after performing a special yagya. These ayurvedic herbs are used to calm down the negative effects of planets and do destroy the defects of Vastu as well.
According to astrologers, Yagya is the most important ceremony to calm the planets and attain their auspicious results. Scholars have identified the plants and herbs used in yagna in various categories according to their relation with the planets. Wood used in the yagna is known as Idham. Not every wood can be used for this ceremony. As per the rituals in Vayu Purana, wood from teak, ficus, banyan, pipal, fig, sandalwood, cedar etc is considered beneficial for yajna. Dayanand Saraswati have considered the wood of sandalwood. palash and mango tree most beneficial for performing yagna.
Different planets have been associated with different plants:
Sun: Arka (Calotropis gigantea)
Moon: Dhak (Butea monosperma)
Mars: Khair (Acacia catechu)
Mercury: Apamarga (Achyranthes aspera)
Jupiter: Peepal (Ficus religiosa)
Venus: Gular (Ficus glomerata)
Saturn: Shami (Prosopis cineraria)
Rahu: Durva (Cynodon dactylon)
Ketu: Kush (Cannabis sativa)
Astronomically, Rahu and Ketu denote the points of intersection of the paths of the Sun and the Moon as they move on the celestial sphere. Therefore, Rahu and Ketu are respectively called the north and the south lunar nodes.
Remedies to get relief from sufferings
Wearing the roots of belpatra tied in a red cloth gives relief from troubles. The wood of aank tree is used for hawana. The mantra to overcome obstacles due to afflicted Sun is given as “ Om Hram Hreem Hroma Saha Suraya Namah। One should chant this mantra 7000 times.
Roots of Khirni plant tied in a white cloth should be worn to get the benefits of Moon. Wood of palash tree is used for hawana ceremony. The mantra to overcome obstacles due to afflicted Moon is given as “ Om Shram Shreem Shroma Saha Chandramase Namah। One should chant this mantra 11000 times.
Roots of Anantmool plant tied in a red cloth should be worn to get the benefits of Mars. Wood of Khair tree is used for hawana ceremony. The mantra to overcome obstacles due to afflicted Mars is given as “ Om Kram Kreem Kroma Saha Bhomaya Namah। One should chant this mantra 10000 times.
Roots of Vidhaar plant tied with green thread should be worn to get the benefits of Mercury. Wood of Apamarg tree is used for hawana ceremony. The mantra to overcome obstacles due to afflicted Mercury is given as “ Om Bram Breem Broma Saha Budhaya Namah। One should chant this mantra 9000 times.
Roots of Banana plant tied with yellow thread should be worn to get the benefits of Jupiter. Wood of Peepal tree is used for havana ceremony to calm down the effects of malefic Jupiter. The mantra to overcome obstacles due to afflicted Jupiter is given as “ Om Gram Greem Groma Saha Gurveya Namah। One should chant this mantra 19000 times.
Roots of Sarponkha plant tied with glittering thread should be worn to get the benefits of Venus. Wood of Gular tree is used for havana to calm down the effects of malefic Venus. The mantra to overcome obstacles due to afflicted Venus is given as “ Om Dram Dreem Droma Saha Shukraya Namah। One should chant this mantra 16000 times.
Roots of Bichu plant tied with black thread should be worn to get the benefits of Saturn. Wood of Shami tree is used for havana to calm down the effects of Saturn. The mantra to overcome obstacles due to afflicted Saturn is given as “ Om Pram Preem Proma Saha Shaneshcharya Namah। One should chant this mantra 23000 times.
Wood of sandalwood tree should be worn to get the benefits of Rahu. The color of the thread will depend upon the sign in which the Rahu will be situated. Wood of Durva tree is used for havana. The mantra to overcome obstacles due to afflicted Rahu is given as "Om Bhram Bhreem Bhroma Saha Rahve Namah।" One should chant this mantra 18000 times.
Root of Asangadh tree should be worn to get the benefits of Ketu. The color of the thread will depend upon the sign in which the Ketu will be situated. Wood of Kush tree is used for havana. The mantra to overcome obstacles due to afflicted Ketu is given as “ Om Sram Sreem Sroma Saha Ketve Namah। One should chant this mantra 10000 times.