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Plants Through the Signs


As my Astrothecary line has started moving forward, I wanted to start to share a little of the process with everyone. Each small batch is blended on full moons, but I also take into consideration what sign the moon is in, as well as the sun and sometimes other major planetary actions. From my studies in traditional herbalism and astrology and aromatherapy too, I have gathered lists of plants and aromas that correspond with each planet and sign. Here is a very basic rundown of signs and plants or aromas that correlate with them.

The best time to use these would be when you aren’t “feeling yourself” or need to get back in touch with your purpose. You can also use the opposite of your sign when you need to balance energies out.

Aries – Mars: Rosemary
Taurus – Venus: Rose
Gemini – Mercury: Basil
Cancer – Moon: Mugwort
Leo – Sun: Frankincense
Virgo -Mercury: Lavender
Libra- Venus: Geranium
Scorpio – Pluto: Patchouli
Sagittarius – Jupiter: Nutmeg
Capricorn – Saturn: Cypress
Aquarius – Uranus: Benzoin
Pisces – Neptune: Myrrh

The Language of the Skies & The Feeding of the Soul: The Astrothecary

The first time I picked up an astrology book was when I was 15. Connecting to my sun sign of Aquarius was like opening up a book and reading about my life. From then on, astrology flitted in and out of my life. About 6 years ago, I started really delving into it, reading as much as I could and pulling up charts to try to decipher them. A year ago I made the leap to start studying with a teacher and mentor who has been doing astrology for almost 40 years.

You may ask “what the heck does this all have to do with wellness, Cathy?” It took me this long to realize what an important, historical, life art that astrology is and how it has woven itself in and out of my own wellness path, but it kept showing up in sessions with clients, my classes and life in general. And isn’t wellness the overall arc of life?

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A New Resolution: Taking Care of Yourself

Whether or not you make resolutions, it’s become more important than ever to take care of yourself. Besides living a long life and being around for your loved ones (including children), don’t you want your long life to be as stress-free as possible? Many people are probably laughing at that last thought, but of all the things you can  control: How to relieve your body of unwanted stress.

Have you heard of 21st Century Stress? Yes, it’s a real thing. Whether we want to admit it or not, our lives are a constant buzzing around, checking emails, posting on facebook, tweeting this and texting that. We’ve actually somehow added to the day to day stress of just living, working, and even playing.

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A Peek into the Chakra System

The Chakra system, originating in Hindu and Buddhist traditions, have thousands of texts and information written. However, since this is just a little peek, I’ll spare you the pages of information and just give a bit about the system.

The Chakra System are energy centers located along the body. Each chakra corresponds to different physical, emotional, and metaphysical properties. When our chakras are “balanced” we are “well”.

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Intuitive Integrative Massage

I’ve been asked many times to describe my massages. I notice my answers range from ultimate relaxation and energy work to Special Needs to injury and chronic pain relief. And in all honesty, it really is all of them. So, I suppose “Intuitive Integrative Massage” would be the best choice if one would need a label.

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