Wisdom Wednesday’s: Herbalist’s Bible – Chaste Tree

Chaste Tree Was Used by Monks Who Took Vows of Celibacy! 🤫

I decided to open my Herbalist’s Bible again today at random to land upon the Chaste Tree which I know nothing about. I get to learn with my audience today.

I also get the feeling that the Herbalist’s Bible today wanted to play a prank on us. The provided underlined hyperlink text is part of the usual treasure hunt.

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The Chaste Tree often misidentified as marijuana due to leaf shape and the production of violet flowers which attract and are a favorite of bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds holds a small fruit that contains dark brown seeds also mistaken for peppercorns in appearance/taste. Greek culture believed the seeds to be virtuous calming sexual excitement hence the name.

Therefore the Chaste Tree was widely used in Demeter’s retinue as she was the Goddess of Agriculture, Fertility, and Marriage. Women at this time who maintained their virginity were decked in this tree’s sweet blossoms known to us now as the Roman vestal virgins who would carry the Chaste Tree’s twigs. The Catholic church took the Chaste Tree as a symbol of purity in medieval Europe.

Novices who arrived at the monastery walked along a path lined with fresh Chaste Tree blossoms. Monk’s Pepper gets its name because the Chaste Tree seeds were pulverized and distributed in monastic dining halls to encourage virtue.

Chaste Tree health benefits include:

  • Aiding with premenstrual syndrome or normalizing menstruation cycles
  • Soothing mastalgia
  • Reducing the symptoms of headache, irritability, and anger/mood swings
  • Boosting progesterone and the immune system
  • Preventing female cognitive decline

The British Medical Journal has examined a study of 178 women with PMS in a 3 month period using Chaste Tree regarding moodiness, rage, and headache. Women who took Chaste Tree experienced a 52% reduction in PMS symptoms. Beijing also performed a randomized study with 208 women who took 40 mg of Chaste Tree extract seeing significant improvement of their PMS symptoms. This has shown to be more effective than or comparable to treatments with pharmaceuticals such as Prozac. Chaste Tree may be used for at least three months to boost female fertility by restoring progesterone levels.

Dosage can be administered as twelve teaspoons of dried Chaste Tree fruit steeped in 1 cup of boiling water for 5-7 minutes which is strained each morning. The taste will be spicy. Capsules should contain 250-500 mg of dried Chaste Tree fruit taken once daily. Any tincture should be 2-3 mL every morning. The only precaution is to consult a doctor when taken for infertility. Chaste Tree in clinical research shows it to be well tolerated even during pregnancy.

The Chaste Tree corresponds with both Monday and Tuesday, the Moon, the number 9, and the water element. The energy it offers represents women, the home/hearth, family, gardening, and medicine.

The number 9 may correspond to the path of Teth, the tarot cards associated with this Hebrew letter, and all of its symbolism. We see a discrepancy between schools of thought here. For one has identified Justice while many ascribe Strength. Envy, jealousy, and lust. For the adults in our audience I’m somewhat dancing around the following (probably NSFW) as well as a few other topics that seem to always be within exoteric as well as esoteric branches with a million different doctrines/rules as each person or culture has its interpretation.

Meanwhile I’m left thinking of yesterday’s blog post regarding wrathful deities also that describes this as holding higher esoteric values. My Hanukkah themed wealth altar design just added another layer as I continue to write entries. Totally normal… 😳🤭

Mindfulness begins in small digestible portions which later becomes a continuous process which errantly makes one appear to be more egotistical, as they begin to react differently to external stimuli, relationships, and suffering. Outsiders perceive your actions as carelessness towards them. This incorrect judgment is due to misunderstanding what is occurring. You will no longer cry as often or panic as you learn detachment. One may want to give everyone more yet they will do so in a unique way correcting the Universe by beginning with themselves.

Asteroids Demeter and Vesta Persona Draconic Heliocentric Chart

I am briefly looking at both asteroid Demeter (1108) and Vesta (4) today. I used the same chart configurations as yesterday. Demeter sits in the 6th House Gemini 13° while Vesta sits in the 5th House Taurus 16°.

Compare the 5th to 6th Houses in meaning. 5th House governs self expression, creativity, romance, and fun/play ruled by Leo. 6th House heralds of health and service governing schedules, routines, diet, exercise, and natural living ruled by Virgo.

The degree for Demeter has me laughing out loud. This matches a previous blog post from the Herbalist’s Bible exactly.

GEMINI 13

Garlic hung at the window for protection.

Stationed in isolate containment to cultivate gifts, virtues, talents, and special offerings. Generously endowed with timing grace to preserve and maintain worlds apart. You are directed from within to divulge nothing and remain in telepathic wavelength beyond words. Inside there, you become conversant with extraordinary spheres, and are held in a purity of protection and veiling. A kind of otherness which rarely is seen for what it is. You extrovert into apparent display and meanwhile keep everything essential for later. A perfect arrangement for very special fosterings and streams. And virtually impenetrable and somewhere else to be unlimited inside the world.

This degree instructs us that every single thing we encounter in life holds many implications, many layers, and many meanings. One is capable of seeing things with depth while looking at the world with fresh eyes. This talent allows one to help people overcome the dreariness and boredom of their lives illustrating that life is a world of strangeness, enchantment, and wonder.

Garlic is a traditional protection against vampires thus this degree is focused upon protecting oneself form any forces that might seek to dissipate or drain one’s energy. To first expose ourselves to the whole of life allows one to be aware of what they wish to connect with and what they wish to be separated from. This degree signifies both processes. Work with angel Vehuiah and daimon Bael.

Daimon Bael corresponds with the Two of Wands, Sun, Aries, and Fern. Working with this daimon involves the solstices and fire festivals. Seeking for wealth should employ creative projects. I have read online that one person utilized Bael for a protection spell which in meditation showed them covered in a grey blanket. Strange! My bed has a grey coverlet (called the Grace collection) under a red blanket. Who writes or comes up with this stuff exactly?! 👽🛸😂 Close Encounters of a Third Kind?!

Prior to Christianity Bael was a deity of rain, dew, and fertile fields. I have found the following information on this as well. Does this match this blog post?!

TAURUS 16

A young girl and boy explore a perfume counter.

Weaving polarities adroitly with alchemical awareness of what can come from the right combinations. You are fascinated and awestruck by all the various combinations, facets, and ways the life force distributes itself and plays itself out. The rapt admirer of the wisdom and beauty of nature transfixed by what happens around here. Coming at things always from yet another side yet never feeling it is enough. There is more to be done and infinitely more to partake in and enhance. The world is an open book. And it magnetically almost hypnotically draws your attention and interest to what is needed next, to what is emergent, and outstanding as life matches dreams and dreams encompass fantastic variety and vivid spectrum to lose yourself in and discover everything through from one end of the Earth to the other.

This degree puts one deep into their own way of flowing with strong emotions keeping them fresh/vibrant. One won’t offer easy accessibility to others as this blessing prevents people who aren’t willing to work at relating to them by ensuring they will be more likely to leave them alone to go one’s own way.

Those who make an effort to connect to one are usually delighted by their aliveness and the way they refresh them by always moving joyfully on through any and all situations. Energies combine in all sorts of ways to create new blends. The conscious and unconscious self or whole being explores the process of energy blending learning of its own nature by experiencing what it is drawn to. The degree is powerfully imaginative and very alive as well as unwilling to let anything block/limit its exploration of other planes with greater realities. Work with angel Ariel and daimon Bifrons.

Thoughtco: Guardian Angel Ariel

Daimon Bifrons corresponds with the Two of Cups, Mars, Cancer, and Dragon’s Blood. Working with Bifrons helps one to communicate with the dead. This daimon is particularly useful for a funeral ceremony to help usher the dead on their journey. Also invoke Bifrons during rituals to honor ancestors or to learn to accept death. He can assist the dead to leave the physical plane faster and more easily. He helps ancestors find their families rather than roam aimlessly on Earth seeking them.

This matches my most recent posts in the final days of January 2022 and the beginning of February 2022. Other skills this daimon will impart include learning astronomy, astrology, geometry/math, herbs, and precious stones.

Temple of Demeter
Temple of Vesta

Agathodaimon:

Agathodaimon is a beneficent spirit opposed to cacodaimon (an evil spirit).

Have a great Wednesday; the weekend is coming! 📅

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alchemicseer

I am a licensed aesthetician (#1446048 Expires October 2023) who has worked previously in medical malpractice and personal injury legal administration, life/health insurance for State Farm, and various retail roles including personal shopper. My passion at this time lies in the field of esoteric studies. I am also a Master Level Usui Shiki Ryoho Reiki certified healer.

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