Planting an Astrological Herb Garden

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To make an astrological herb garden (based on herbalist Nicholas Culpepper's 17th century astrological classification of plants), divide a planting area into seven sections to represent the Sun, the Moon, and the planets Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus, and Saturn.

In the section dedicated to the Sun, plant any of the following Sun-ruled herbs on a Sunday when the Moon is waxing and the planetary hour corresponds to the Sun: angelica, chamomile, lovage, rosemary, rue, St. John's wort, or saffron.

In the section dedicated to the Moon, plant any of the following Moon-ruled herbs on a Monday when the Moon is waxing and the planetary hour corresponds to the Moon: lettuce, moonwort, purslane, or saxifrage.

In the section dedicated to the planet Mars, plant any of the following Mars-ruled herbs on a Tuesday when the Moon is waxing and the planetary hour corresponds to Mars: basil, garlic, horseradish, or rhubarb.

In the section dedicated to the planet Mercury, plant any of the following Mercury-ruled herbs on a Wednesday when the Moon is waxing and the planetary hour corresponds to Mercury: calamint, caraway, dill, elecampane, fennel, hore-hound, lavender, or parsley.

In the section dedicated to the planet Jupiter, plant any of the following Jupiter-ruled herbs on a Thursday when the Moon is waxing and the planetary hour corresponds to Jupiter: agrimony, asparagus, avens, borage, chervil, houseleek, sage, or sweet cicely.

In the section dedicated to the planet Venus, plant any of the following Venus-ruled herbs on a Friday when the Moon is waxing and the planetary hour corresponds to Venus: coltsfoot, mints, motherwort, mugwort, pennyroyal, strawberry, vervain, violets, or yarrow.

In the section dedicated to the planet Saturn, plant any of the following Saturn-ruled herbs on a Saturday when the Moon is waxing and the planetary hour corresponds to Saturn: bistort, comfrey, mullein, Solomon's seal, or wintergreen.

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