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Astrology and aromatherapy combined create a beautiful, holistic synergy. Discover which essential oils suit and support your Sun sign.

Astrology is the study of the celestial bodies and the tracking of their movements. When we read our horoscope, this focuses on our Sun sign, also commonly referred to as a Star sign. A personal astrology chart is a snapshot of the planets’ configuration at the moment of birth. At a simplistic level, the sun represents our conscious mind, will and ego, connected with our vital life-force.

A birth chart is divided into 12 aspects of life. Each one is ruled by a zodiacal sign: Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius and Pisces. An essential oil is a plant’s liquid soul essence. Astrology and aromatherapy combined create a beautiful, holistic synergy. Nicholas Culpeper, a popular 17th Century Herbalist, assigned plants with astrological influences and created a logical process of interconnecting the two fields.

Each of the Sun signs corresponds with an element, such as earth, fire, air and water, with symbols originating from Ancient civilisations. These are further categorised by qualities: fixed, mutable and cardinal. Let’s consider some essential oils that support the energy of each Sun sign.

Sign: Aries
Element: Fire
Quality: Cardinal
Essential oils: Rosemary, Frankincense, Cypress

Sign: Taurus
Element: Earth
Quality: Fixed
Essential oils: Rose, Sandalwood, Benzoin

Sign: Gemini
Element: Air
Quality: Mutable
Essential oils: Basil, Lemon, Thyme

Sign: Cancer
Element: Water
Quality: Cardinal
Essential oils: German chamomile, Juniper, Benzoin

Sign: Leo
Element: Fire
Quality: Fixed
Essential oils: Jasmine, Ginger, Coriander

Sign: Virgo
Element: Earth
Quality: Mutable
Essential oils: Lavender, Petitgrain, Grapefruit

Sign: Libra
Element: Air
Quality: Cardinal
Essential oils: Geranium, Palmarosa, Fennel

Sign: Scorpio
Element: Water
Quality: Fixed
Essential oils: Patchouli, Ylang Ylang, Neroli

Sign: Sagittarius
Element: Fire
Quality: Mutable
Essential oils: Tea tree, Cinnamon, Black Pepper

Sign: Capricorn
Element: Earth
Quality: Cardinal
Essential oils: Vetiver, Myrrh, Cedarwood

Sign: Aquarius
Element: Air
Quality: Fixed
Essential oils: Peppermint, Spearmint, Pine

Sign: Pisces
Element: Water
Quality: Mutable
Essential oils: Melissa, Bergamot, Lime

Qualities of the elements:

Fire: warm, stimulating, energising, transformative, passionate.
Water: cool, deep, private, emotional, spiritual, sensitive, fluidic.
Air: light, detached, changeable, communicative, curious, intellectual.
Earth: grounded, stable, practical, reliable, dense, cautious, solid.

How to use:

Choose a couple of oils from the list above, correlating to your Sun sign. Experiment with oils that also represent your Moon sign, highlighting the subconscious, emotions and feminine energy. Are there aromas that you particularly like or dislike? Notice what response or memory is evoked by a certain scent.

Earth
Massage or body oil:
Therapeutic touch is a powerful way to experience essential oils. Ask your aromatherapist to include your chosen oils. Alternatively, use a tablespoon of base oil like jojoba, sweet almond or coconut. Add 3-4 drops of essential oils. Apply intuitively to where you feel most would benefit.

Fire
Oil burner or diffuser:
Place 3-4 drops within and allow to disperse. State an affirmation that corresponds with energy you are enhancing as you light the candle.

Air
Aura and room spray:
Fill a 100ml glass bottle with filtered water. Add 25 drops of essential oils. Shake to disperse the oils and spray.

Water
Inhalation or bathing:
Add 3-4 drops to a bowl of hot water. Place a towel over your head and inhale for 5 minutes. Alternatively add 6-8 drops of essential oils to a warm bath, agitate the water and relax for 15 minutes.

Michelle Marie McGrath is a Self-love Mentor who coaches women committed to a loving relationship with themselves. She is also an Intuitive Aromatherapist at Sacred Self creating products that remind you to love you. www.sacredself.com.au