There’s a little problem with the outer planets that needs to be corrected. Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto don’t own any kind of plants. By “own,” I mean that nothing falls directly under their rulership ~ at least traditionally they don’t. Rulership is reserved for the planets within Saturn’s boundaries.
Nicholas Culpepper wrote the bible on which plants fall under each planet’s domain and it usually serves quite well. After all, we don’t really “need” Uranus, Neptune and Pluto, do we? The original seven planets fill the bill quite well…don’t they?
Welllll. Maybe not.
Maybe it’s time to think outside the cup.
You won’t find kiwi, star fruit, or dragon fruit listed in Culpepper’s Herbal. And which planet “owns” kangaroo? There are some gaping holes in the rulership books that we may be able to fill.
We can make some headway here. Just for fun, let’s place some of those “weird” herbs and foods native to the southern hemisphere (and therefore left out of the rulership books) on the Aquarian table and give ownership ~ if only temporarily ~ to our very interesting friend Uranus. Those of you in the southern hemisphere can help a lot in this planetary assignment of foods and plants. Please offer your suggestions.
I love researching teas for the signs ~ mainly because I get to taste them. I found some readily available teas that easily fit in Aquarius’ cupboard:
- Twinings’ Kiwi and Pear Green Tea ~ very delicate with more scent than flavor.
- Celestial Seasonings’ Blood Orange and Star Fruit ~ fruity but not strong, quite yummy. Star fruit is a no-brainer to place under Aquarian rulership since Aquarius rules the stars (and astrology).
- Twinings’ Cold Brew Earl Gray ~ it’s traditional but iced and requires no heat to prepare. Now that’s Aquarian! I loved this iced tea so much that I went out and bought additional packs of it. I came across it in an outlet store, and when the store’s stock is gone…it’s gone. That may not be the case in more urban areas.
Do you microwave your water instead of heating a kettle? That’s Uranian!
Surprising Takes on a Traditional Tea
When tasting Aquarius, there are some qualities to tea time tasties that should be more modern than traditional, more surprising than typical. That’s why I took a traditional scone recipe, but gave it a little kick.
Chocolate Raspberry Scones
What’s strange about these? We find chocolate chunks in a lot of scones. That’s not unusual. What makes these scones unusual is that cocoa powder is added to the dough. That’s atypical.
I had a Sticky Fingers scone mix in my cupboard which needed to be used, so I decided to dress it up a bit. I added 1/2 cup cocoa powder, another tablespoon of water, and 3/4 cup of fresh raspberries to the mix. Wowzy!
That bowl of pink in the photo is a honey raspberry butter I made with my leftover raspberries. Quick and easy to stir up: to a small bowl of butter, add as many raspberries and as much honey as it takes to make you happy.
By the way, cake and bread “mixes” are a modern convenience. I’d place all mixes ~ anything not made from scratch ~ under the rulership of Uranus. Inventive and fast! Uranus is not a slow-poke. Check out these scone recipes made with Bisquick.
I had these chocolate raspberry scones for breakfast with a very bizarre tea ~ Lapsang Souchong ~ which I purchased from The Tea Room in Savannah. Lapsang Souchong is a black tea with a very smoky scent and flavor. The Tea Room says that the tea is “cured in the smoke of Chinese white pine fire.” This tea has such a robust aroma that you’d swear it belonged in a pipe instead of a tea cup. The cocoa blends beautifully with the smokey flavor if you like that kind of thing ~ which I do. I ate the second one with some clotted cream and preferred it to the raspberry honey butter. I liked it so much I’m having it again this morning. Sweeten this tea a bit ~ holy smokes, that’s good!
If you want to start chocolate scones from scratch, just add some cocoa powder to a raspberry scone recipe.
Note: Two books that you really must add to your bookshelf are The Book of Rulerships by Dr. J. Lee Lehman and Rex E. Bills’ The Rulership Book. They are indispensable when it comes to defining what sign or planet owns a quality or thing. Just reading the lists will teach you so much about astrology.
2nd Note: Uranus is considered the “higher octave” of Mercury. Haberdashers used mercury-based products in their trade. Mercury poisioning is probably what caused The Mad Hatter to go mad. He was certainly operating on a higher octave.