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Herbal Relationship to the Tarot
By CinnamonMoon

From: The Master Book of Herbalism by Paul Beyerl

Herbs can be used for the study of the Tarot and their associations with specific cards. A list of
correspondences will follow and come from a study acknowledged in the last 70 years or so.
You can attune a card to an herb by taking a small piece of the herb and set them both in a place
that will catch your attention. In many cases they work well together due to similar energies,
however they unlock one another for you and bring about greater understanding of each other.
Tea can be made of the herb for times when you are meditating on a card. Or it can be used for
an incense, the card passed through the smoke, and meditation following as you open to the
meaning. In this way accurate stimulation of interpretation is achieved as is excellent recall later.
As the smoke moves along the image of the card through the slow passage, study the symbols
within the image. Note how they strike your inner chords.

This can help you in interpreting dreams as well as religious studies, spirituality, and esoteric
philosophies. Each symbol represents a concept, pattern, or experience. The herb does not
translate the card, but works with the card to impart understanding, feelings, or concepts that the
subconscious recognizes. Awareness of these energies passing through you helps you put the
insight into words.

Herein then, is the list of the major arcana, and the herbs which may be used in conjunction with
them. In those cases where gems and stones have also been used, and non-herbal substances such
as animal oils, they have been included in order to give a more complete set of references. The
numbers are those of the cards.

1. The Magician; Mercury; gold, fenugreek, horehound
2. The High Priestess; Moon; emerald, pennyroyal, peony
3. The Empress; Venus; coral, sandalwood
4. The Emperor; Aries; dragon's blood
5. The Hierophant; Taurus; borage, periwinkle
6. The Lovers; Gemini; cinnamon, wormwood
7. The Chariot; Cancer; anise, camphor, watercress
8. Strength; Leo; catnip
9. The Hermit; Virgo; jade, narcissus
10. The Wheel of Fortune; Jupiter; horehound
11. Justice; Libra; amber, hyacinth
12. The Hanged Man; Neptune; fern, lotus
13. Death; Scorpio; basil, lapis lazuli
14. Temperance; Sagittarius; dill, parsley, garnet
15. The Devil; Capricorn; asafoetida, diamond
16. The Tower; Mars; eyebright, onyx
17. The Star; Aquarius; cloves, pearl
18. The Moon; Pisces; elder, moonstone, mugwort
19. The Sun; Sun; bay laurel, sunflower
20. Judgement; Pluto; chervil
21. The World; Saturn; lovage, mandrake
0. The Fool; Uranus, adamant, opal, peppermint

In studying the minor arcana (the suits), there are several ways to approach the herbs. The same
techniques may be used, but the study is approached either by card (all of the 5's, for example),
or by suit, of which there are four. Each of the four suits corresponds to one major tool of ritual,
and is similar to those concepts to the four directions and the four tools of ritual discussed in
those passages of this book. (Please see the book for these references, I will not be including
them in the herbal lore forum at this point.)

The swords are said to be learned through work with garlic and mistletoe; wands through almond
and cedar; cups through hemp and marjoram; and pentacles through ivy and mulberry. Use either
one of the two or both of the herbs. For the individual cards, it applies to all four of the suits, as
in the case of the sixes, frankincense may be used with the six of swords, six of wands, six of
cups, and six of pentacles.

* Kings; hyssop, musk
* Queens; myrrh
* Knights; musk
* Pages; blessed thistle
* Tens; dittany of crete
* Nines; broom, catnip
* Eights; elcampagne, storax
* Sevens; benzoin
* Seven of Cups; rose
* Sixes; frankincense
* Fives; clover
* Fours; cedar
* Threes; myrrh
* Twos; musk
* Ones/Aces; ambergris, lady's mantle

Using an herb to study Tarot is an excellent way of learning for those who enjoy both. The
flavor, scent, or texture of the herb will stimulate a specific portion of the brain, and that stimulus
will join the images of the card to bring wisdom from the subconscious.

Not only is this a great source of wisdom, but is an enjoyable approach as well.

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