Intro to Planetary Herbalism

Join Melissa Madara for this beginner-friendly deep dive on the ancient intersection of astrology and plant magic!

It may seem strange to look to the heavens while engaged in matters of the earth, but the varied and colorful history of correspondence between our heavenly bodies and plant allies can give us detailed insight into the nuances of these plants, and how they can be worked in our practice. This lecture is an introduction to the art of planetary herbalism- a practice with roots extending deep into the ancient world. We will trace these practices from the past into modern times, and examine various practical applications for planetary herbalism in our personal craft.

In this deep introduction, we will cover:

  • planetary correspondences of magical plants
  • the use of herbs in crafting planetary talismans
  • folklore of the planets & their associated plants
  • key harvesting moments in the solar and lunar calendar
  • pathways to working with these plants for the creation of oils, infusions, and other preparations.


Melissa Madara is a witch, chef, storyteller, botanist, and co-owner at Catland Books. Their work deals with the healing power of myth, divination, and immersion in the natural world. They are a teacher at Catland Books and numerous other metaphysical spaces in NYC, and are available for herbal consultations, tarot, and magical coaching by appointment. Find their interviews in the New York Times, Vice, Broadly, Teen Vogue, or Refinery 29, or see Melissa's published works in Fiddler's Green, Venefica Magazine, or their premiere book, The Witch's Feast. Follow Melissa's work and adventures on IG : @saint.jayne