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.
Essential oils: Rosemary, Frankincense, Cypress
Essential oils: Rose, Sandalwood, Benzoin
Essential oils: Basil, Lemon, Thyme
Essential oils: German chamomile, Juniper, Benzoin
Essential oils: Jasmine, Ginger, Coriander
Essential oils: Lavender, Petitgrain, Grapefruit
Essential oils: Geranium, Palmarosa, Fennel
Essential oils: Patchouli, Ylang Ylang, Neroli
Essential oils: Tea tree, Cinnamon, Black Pepper
Essential oils: Vetiver, Myrrh, Cedarwood
Essential oils: Peppermint, Spearmint, Pine
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.