Beware that you just might be spending the summer in the middle of nowhere helping with the day to day tasks of someone you’re not completely familiar with while setting off on an exploration of a portal to another world that has quickly sucked you inside.
Whether or not you possess magical powers it is with the help of your new found friends that you try to find a way back home via underlined hyperlink text.
The last two blog posts this week danced around and referenced Rahu as well as Ketu, but also a bit of a reminder to me of my North as well as South Nodes which when begun I was sinking heavily into the concepts of karma.
Today I decided to combine not just the Arabic Part/Lot for Karma, but also a brief jaunt into bibliomancy turning upon licorice root via my Herbalist’s Bible. I think this herb is a wee bit fitting as a correspondence within this ongoing theme being that it can be used in spells for love and fidelity.
The last time I used the Herbalist’s Bible was for Goldenseal so I’m happy to bring this theme back. We can begin with herbalism followed by the Arabic Part/Lot for Karma. Why don’t we begin by recognizing that consumption of licorice root began in Egypt.
Archaeologists found bundles of this herb within a locked 3,000 year old tomb of Tutankhamen so that he could brew mai sus in the afterlife. Ironically I have Egyptian licorice tea in my arsenal as well.
European licorice was known to both ancient Egyptians as well as Greeks often called glycyrrhiza glabra meaning sweet root. Medicinal uses included licorice root for digestive and respiratory dilemmas. It was utilized in the treatment of sore throat, cough, and gastritis.
Acting as a demulcent to coat the throat many found this thick mucilage was great for asthma or topically to treat canker sores. This herb has triterpene saponins which while responsible for the sweetness also carry an antiviral effect which can likewise cure stomach ulcers. You can take this as a lozenge, decoction, or tablet as well as via tea/candy.
Tablets should be taken 1 to 2 times a day at a dosage of 380 mg before meals or near the time you will be sleeping. Decoctions are great for relieving chronic cough often caused by upper respiratory infections. To make a licorice root decoction simply boil 2 cups of water with 1 to 2 teaspoons of minced licorice root. This should be cooked for approximately 10 minutes at a low temperature on your stove.
You can drink this up to 3 to 4 times a day for up to a week after straining/cooling. Don’t overdo the European variety as it can deplete/chelate your body of essential potassium while elevating blood pressure over long periods of time.
When consumed at intervals as described licorice root is considered generally safe. Additionally those taking blood thinners or blood pressure medications should first seek the consultation of their medical practitioner for further advice. Other contraindications include anyone experiencing kidney/heart problems and those pregnant/breast feeding.
This herb generally has correspondences with the element of air, the Greek God Apollo, the planets Mercury and Jupiter, and Gemini. Some will use this in dream pillows to keep away nightmares ensuring a good night’s sleep while others use it in potpourri to protect homes or businesses from evil intentions.
It is often considered an offering to entice spirits to aid in magical operations. Traditional Chinese Medicine describes this herb as the ultimate harmonizer offering strength to other herbs in any formula you wish to work with. Additionally I have seen licorice root used in spells for when one applies for new employment or goes on interviews.
The idea here being that it will increase your willpower helping you to feel rightly empowered towards performing any crucial task laid before you which could even be passing a test if you’re a student. At present studies were begun as far back as 1977 to see if the antiviral effects could help with herpes simplex, hepatitis, flu, HIV/AIDS, and SARS.
Now while these seem to some utterly unrelated I think in a sense this little herb resonated well with some of my more recent endeavors that I’ve spoken about including looking for a full time employment option within reception/administrative functions to replace my retail role in cosmetology simply to accommodate my needs for insurance and other health obstacles I’ve been seeking to overcome. All of which might fall under my present karma.
कर्मन् is etymologically defined as one’s act, action, performance, business, office, and occupation or even obligation. This can even incorporate our spiritual acts/rites, medical attendance, and has an affinity with the tenth lunar mansion I’ve been born into which is the Ketu ruled Magha nakshatra.
So like any boomerang we find this heavily speaks to the “what goes around comes around” motif which you will later see speaks to the geometric shape of a circle.
You can find the Arabic Part/Lot Karma by adding the Ascendant to Saturn minus the Sun. For me we would observe this in the 3rd House of Sagittarius at 2° following the 2nd House where our focus was upon more than just the effect of money to the dismay of traditional astrologers.
This is a psychological house with a focus on our Root chakra because it deals with stability, change, the psyche’s projections, and our primordial impulses/instincts. Your Root chakra when balanced feels secure in its need for food, love, satisfaction, clothing, home, and so forth.
The 3rd House is where impressions made upon us, our immediate environment, and the influence of family shape our mental development. This is where we take our initial steps to communicate with those beyond ourselves. It is essential to have the access to delve into a person’s state of mind as much as it is vital to delve into their state of heart.
This symbol is teaching one that there are unseen depths or power currents below the surface of what many take for granted. Even in the darkest and most difficult of situations the chart holder can feel those forces which are ever present and always ready to guide them.
This degree can best be summed up as “The Glimmer of Hope” which is something the chart holder can always find. Although the outer demeanor here may be soft and passive there is a tremendous underlying confidence which can sneak silently in to inspire others.
The Chandra Symbol for this degree is “Many iris blooming in a wide variety of colors.” Vast beauty is tapped into here. A beauty which is fleeting and evanescent. This degree is highly creative. Its inspirations are elusive quickly coming and going.
The challenge here is to accept this fragile passing quality and go with the flow to faithfully move with the energy when it’s there. Do not try to capture or contain it in the sense of limiting it or regulating its ephemeral nature.
The secret of the chart holder is that when we completely accept the truth that all beauty will pass away we realize also that beauty is continually being reborn. We are able to live within beauty as eternal flux. Work with guardian angel Haaiah and daimon Bune.
Daimon Bune relates to the Nine of Wands, Venus, Sagittarius, and Lemon Balm (I used to grow this in our garden). Building a relationship with this daimon when one is unhappy with their life especially if they are seeking employment, business expansion, or promotion usually teaches one to slowly begin by looking for alternative strategies.
Some take to the internet seeking new opportunities for growth. Before you usually are successful with Bune you may have a few hurdles to jump along the way. Other areas where one may excel include a flair for speaking/rhetoric, educational pursuits, abundance which again is not just about finances, and assistance with finding inspiration or motivation to succeed in life.
Often whatever befalls you will be small, but eventually it will become noticeable. Really when you work with Bune your internal rationale can strongly focus upon any goals you set for yourself. The closer you are to achieving your aim the more confidence you will also gain.
This degree encompasses a whopping three fixed star positions including Yed Prior in the left hand of Ophiuchus the Serpent Bearer, Alpha Circinus in the Compass, and Dschubba in the forehead of Scorpius the Scorpion.
Why is that because Yed Prior borrows from the Hebrew and Arabic Yad displayed as a hand often used for reading the Torah or spiritual texts. The Chinese saw Leang meaning a Mast, but others saw this as Nasak al Yamaniyy meaning the Southern Boundary Line of the Raudah/Pasture.
This speaks to the mythology of Hercules where a shepherd and his dog were guarding sheep. Kabbalists associate this with the Hebrew letter Ayin and the tarot trump The Tower. We should compare symbolism here to decode the message.
Circinus is a derivative of circus and circle often drawn by a compass. The Chinese saw this as the Axis Mundi where the first ancestors were displayed as entwined serpent bodies similar to DNA. This fixed star further speaks to our circadian rhythms as well as Circe from Greek mythology.
Circe as daughter of Helios (the Sun) and Hecate (the dark side/phase of the Moon) was an enchantress known for her knowledge of herbs and drugs. These were used as charms, potions, and spells. Circe held the titles pharmakeia and polypharmake being buried on one of the islands of the Pharmacussi in the Aegean Sea.
An etymological study and further research into Circe might explain this further. A year is known as a circuit referencing the path the Sun takes.
Lastly we come to Dschubba which probably refers to Al Jabhah meaning the Front or Forehead referencing the crown of the Scorpion. The importance of this fixed star lies in ancient times when it was understood by Euphratean Gis-gan-gu-sur to be the Light of the Hero or the Tree of the Garden of Light placed in the midst of the abyss to remind us of the Tree of Life lying in the midst of the Garden of Eden.
Associated with the Anuradha nakshatra we find references to good luck and friendship through what was at one time Persian Mithraism. If you would like to learn about this nakshatra I’ve located a whiteboard, a video on fashion, and one also on conflict resolution.
May your week be a perceptive one full of compelling insights. Wishing you all the best! 🤗💕
Gardens, huh? Hmm… Check! ✔ I know someone has to be getting tired of these nature photos though. I’m really still struggling to adjust to my iPhone 13 camera. I’ve read all over online that the focus issues I experience are just not at all uncommon. So right now I’m in trial/error mode which means sometimes I also get angry at my new iPhone.
PS: I’ve just corrected a huge mistake with this blog post. I mistakenly originally published this as my Arabic Part/Lot inhabiting my 2nd House when it is clearly in my 3rd House. I’ve spent a lot of time trying to focus today on this, but been largely distracted by the television in the other room. I should move my laptop back to my bedroom for a place that is quieter.
Additional photos were added which I had forgotten when I published originally as well.