House of Zodiac: Tenth House
Dates of Transit: Enters 12/22, Departs 1/20
Elemental Association: Earth – Cardinal
Ruling Planet: Saturn
Rules: Skeleton & Bony Structure, Joints (knees in particular), Skin
By now, we are well into–indeed almost out of!–the sign of the Tenth House, Capricorn. Where you might expect this sign to align exclusively with especially grounded and earthy oils and herbs (think Patchouli, Cypress, Vetiver) given its Earth element, Capricorn’s Cardinal (and therefore inspired-for-change) nature actually invites brighter, lighter scents as well (think Spikenard and Lime). Cinnamon oils can also be used to great effect, though they must be used thoughtfully, particularly in any blend or dilution going on the skin, given their fiery nature.
Two of nature’s most useful herbs can also be found among those aligned with Capricorn: Comfrey and Slippery Elm. Comfrey and Comfrey Root are generally encouraged as a remedy for skin imbalances and ruptures. (Given its particular efficacy when used fresh, it should be grown in every herbalist and kitchen witch’s garden.) A compress made from fresh leaves or a tincture of the expressed juice can help reduce swelling and facilitate healing. Slippery Elm is known to be effective in supporting the GI tract with its soothing, cooling, and healing impact. It not only helps with inflammation, it also strengthens bony structure.
Wintergreen, too, in herb or oil form, is said to be an effective remedy for joint aches, particularly rheumatism. (Note: I recommend fresh Wintergreen over the essential oil as Wintergreen oil carries significant safety risks. At most, you should be using very little, extremely well-diluted, and only for a short duration of time–explore safety information for Wintergreen essential oil in any event *before* you invest in or blend with it!)
Looking to honor Capricorn in your cooking? Create a delicious meal with seasonal foods featuring the flavor of fresh Thyme and a salad of Endive. If you lack grander inspiration, stick with a simple Thyme Butter to enjoy with steamed vegetables or blend with organic honey for a mouth-watering poultry basting.
- 1/4 cup Organic Sweet Butter
- 1 tsp. Organic Lemon Juice
- Salt to taste (I often use Black Truffle salt)
- 1 T freshly minced Organic Thyme
Allow butter to stand at room temperature to soften. Cream butter, salt, lemon juice, and minced herbs. Allow to set at room temperature for at least two hours so herbs and butter remain warm enough for oils and flavor to permeate. After two hours, refrigerate until ready to use. Enjoy!
Bless and blessed be!