Thanksgiving is a few short days away in the US ~ and that means it’s time for our traditional turkey and dressing dinner. Some people call it stuffing; I grew up calling it dressing and it was always made with cornbread. Whichever word ~ or recipe ~ you prefer, a necessary ingredient has always been sage.
Sages ~ wise men and women, whether religious or otherwise ~ fall under the rulership of Jupiter by way of Sagittarius and the 9th house of our natal charts.
A sage is the instructor of a hundred ages.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
The herb, sage, falls under the rulership of who else? Jupiter, ruler of Sagittarius, of course. It has some interesting folklore attached to it, as well. Scott Cunningham in his Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs tells us that by eating a bit of the plant every day, we are guaranteed a long life, possibly immortality. (!!) Not surprisingly, he also mentions that carrying sage will bolster wisdom, that fine Sagittarian trait.
Mountain or white sage, used in ritual and some religious ceremonies, is the most common ingredient in smudge sticks. The smudging ceremony is considered sacred and is, therefore, another symbol of Sagittarius. Smudging is ceremoniously used to clear negativity and cleanse an area. Consider smudging your home if family gatherings during the holidays turn sour.
In Phythagorean numerology, “sage” reduces to the number 5, which I associate with the planet Mercury. However, in Chaldean numerology, it reduces to the number 3, the number of Jupiter. Using the Phythagorean system, the S and A both bring qualities of leadership, the G relates to withdrawal, research, and meditation (sage on the mountaintop?), and the E brings change and adaptability, something any good sage has plenty of.
Enjoy your holiday, and eat wisely.