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11 Herbs for Cancer Zodiac

You can improve your working relationship with the celestial crab using herbs for Cancer zodiac. The doctrine of signatures originally assigned cancer zodiac herbs. Modern magical herbalist have also added herbs of cancer zodiac.

Knowing the herbal relationships to the zodiac can increase your magical options. Herbs of the Cancer zodiac supports magic for a person who has a rising sign, Sun or Moon in Cancer. Additionally, they help when doing magic related to the energies of the Cancer zodiac.

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How are Cancer Zodiac Herbs assigned?

Magicians and alchemists were the first to assign herbs to stars. As above, so below. They did this through the doctrine of signatures. They believed plants looked like the body parts they would benefit.

Later, through experience, they knew what herbs worked best for ailments. A zodiac sign and planet rules every body part and disorder.

Consequently, the relationship between herb, zodiac, and planet developed. Magicians and alchemists would use these relationships to figure causes and cures for ailments.

Now, remember, plants were not things. Alchemists saw Herbs like “plant people”. Every herb had a soul and spirit. Just like every person has a relationship with the heavens through their natal chart, every herb has a relationship through its associations.

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How to use Herbs and the Zodiac in Magic

This brings us to sympathetic magick. That means combining characteristics to increase the power or energy of magic. It’s easier to explain this with an example.

Let’s say you are doing a spell for emotional protection. That would relate to Cancer, which is a water sign, ruled by the Moon, that exalts Jupiter, is the Fall of Mars and diminished Saturn. There can be much more to this, but those are the basic relationships.

Next, Cancer zodiac relates to emotions and self-healing, the same as the element water. The Moon narrates our emotional outlook and responses. Jupiter gives us the framework for self-actualization.

Consequently, you’re looking for herbs and crystals with properties related to emotions, stability, and protection. In addition, you want them to be associated with any of: Cancer, water, Moon and Jupiter. These herbs are sympathetic and would be beneficial in your magic work. It’s like adding friends to your circle.

We should leave herbs for Mars and Saturn out because they don’t work well with cancer. You can use them in a Cancer spell but that can get complicated and is off-topic.

You will find the “rules” for these associations are easy. While Mars and Saturn are weaker in Cancer, there are still herbs for Cancer zodiac associated with them. Again, it get’s complicated, even I find new rules in texts occasionally.

Proper Cancer Zodiac Herbs

This list is a combination of both old and modern herbalist interpretations. I do not agree that they associated every one of these herbs with the Cancer zodiac. However, that doesn’t mean the list is wrong or that I am wrong. Your decision of whether these are herbs for Cancer Zodiac is ultimately up to your relationship with the herb.

Adders Tongue (Erythronium americannum)
Associations: Feminine, Water, Moon, Cancer
Properties: Healing

Agrimony Herbs for Cancer ZodiacAgrimony (Agrimonia eupatoria)
Associations: Masculine, Air, Jupiter, Cancer
Properties: Banish negative, Protection, Sleep


Black Alder (Alnus glutinosa)
Associations: Feminine, Water, Venus, Mars, Saturn, Cancer, Pisces
Properties: Fertility, Love, Crossing-over, Protection, Psychic Vision

Wood betony cancer zodiac herbsBetony (Betonica officinalis)
Associations: Masculine, Fire, Jupiter, Venus, Cancer
Properties: Protection, Magical healing


Daisies (Bellis perennis)
Associations: Feminine, Water. Venus, Cancer
Properties: Protection, Fairy connection, Love, Lust
Deities: Freya, Artemis

Honeysuckle (Lonicera caprifolium)
Associations: Masculine, Earth, Mercury, Mars, Jupiter, Cancer
Properties: Immortality, Psychic sight

Hyssop herbs of cancer zodiac

Hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis)
Associations: Masculine, Fire, Jupiter, Cancer, Sagittarius
Properties: Consecration, Counter magick, Protection, Purification

Jasmine Flowers Herb

Jasmine Flowers (Jasminum grandiflorum)
Associations: Feminine, Water, Moon or Jupiter, Cancer
Properties: Love, Money, Prophetic Dreams, Protection
Deities: Diana, Vishnu

Liverwort (Marchantia nobilis)
Associations: Masculine, Fire, Jupiter, Cancer
Properties: Love

Lemon Balm herb

Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis)
Associations: Feminine, Moon, Water, Cancer
Properties: Love, Success, Healing


Loosestrife (Lysimachia spp.)
Associations: Feminine, Earth, Moon, Venus, Cancer
Properties: Serpent protection, Peace, Calm

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Complimentary Water-Moon Herbs of Cancer Zodiac

Cancer is a water sign and ruled by the Moon. Using these associations, we can include those herbs that have associations to both water and the moon. Thus, these become additional herbs of cancer zodiac.

Bladderwrack Herbs for Cancer Zodiac

Bladderwrack (Fucus vesiculosus)
Associations: Feminine, Water, Moon, Jupiter, Neptune
Properties: Protection, Sea Spells, Wind spells, Money, Psychic Powers


Chickweed cancer zodiac herbs

Chickweed (Stellaria media)
Associations: Feminine, Moon, Water
Properties: Fidelity, Love, Lunar Magick, Peace of Mind


Eucalyptus Leaf herbs of cancer zodiac

Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus)
Associations: Feminine, Water, Moon, Pluto
Properties: Healing, Protection, Purification


Papaya Leaf herb

Papaya Leaf (Carica papaya)
Associations: Feminine, Moon, Water
Properties: Love, Protection


Pau d'Arco Herbs for Cancer Zodiac

Pau d’Arco (Handroanthus impetiginosus)
Associations: Feminine, Water, Moon, Saturn, Pluto
Properties: Healing, Magick


Myrrh Resin cancer zodiac herbs

Myrrh (Commiphora molmol)
Properties: Crossing Over Rite, Healing, Spirituality
Deities: Aphrodite, Cybele, Demeter, Hecate, Isis, Adonis, Juno, Ra, Saturn

White Willow Bark herbs of cancer zodiac

White Willow Bark (Salix alba)
Associations: Feminine, Water, Moon, Saturn, Neptune
Properties: Healing, Immortality, Liminal travel, Love, Protection
Deities: Artemis, Belenus, Ceres, Diana, Hecate, Hera, Orpheus, Mercury, Persephone

Yerba Santa Leaf herb

Yerba Santa Leaf (Eriodictyon californicum)
Associations: Feminine, Water, Moon, Mars
Properties: Beauty, Healing, Psychic powers, Protection

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Rev. Lloyd, along with his husband Joe, owns and operates Hermits' Cupboard. He holds a Masters of Divinity, Bachelors of Metaphysical Science and is a Journeyman Herbalist having studied under the late Master Herbalist Rev. Paul Beyerl. He practices a solitary Druid-Craft based on his Scots-Irish heritage. Rev. Lloyd is actively working on his PhD. which addresses meeting the spiritual and social needs of restored Pagan's who are reentering society after incarceration.

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