Some notes on astrology and plants : astrological botany for beginners (like me)

In this article I try to introduce the readers with astrological botany… If you have further information, I’d be pleased to hear from you. Here is a little insight of the knowledge I have of this discipline :

The Zodiac Man a diagram of a human body and astrological symbols with instructions explaining the importance of astrology from a medical perspective. From a 15th-century Welsh manuscript,  Gutun Owain – National Library of Wales – public domain – wikipedia

Yesterday, Thursday 4 June, I took part in an informal conversation “Virtual Casebooks Therapy” via Zoom with History Professor Lauren Kassell and her team, who worked on the very interesting Casebooks Project (click on the link here to see more, & their twitter page is here. ). I had questions on how to read the cases. I measure the chance I had to ask questions to them as long-distance tools made those discussions possible. & I wanted to write a blog post about astrology and plants, which is a very new subject for me.

During the year of writing my master’s dissertation on William Turner’s New Herball (see more here), I came across a very intriguing subject on how to cultivate plants, grow plants and how to pick flowers, mushrooms and herbs at the right moment for the best efficiency as parts of the pharmacopoeia. Herbalism during the Renaissance was much inspired by the traditions of Antiquity and the Middle Ages (see Jerry Stannard’s books). Bodies, souls and their connection with earth formed a cycle which we could understand via two approaches: rational approach and magical approach. In 2018, I found many information reading the books by Paola Zambelli Astrology and magic from the Medieval Latin and Islamic World to Renaissance Europe: theories and approaches“, and by A. DelatteHerbarius, Recherches sur le cérémonial usité chez les anciens pour la cueillette des simples et des plantes magiques” (see the document here).

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