Valerian Root is a well know herbal treatment for anxiety. It has a calming and mellowing effect on the mind and is often used in sleeping brews.
It was not a shock, then, to see the same absorptive effect present with most of the planetary energies, although on occasion the effect also enhanced certain aspects of the energies in surprising ways!
Valerian’s strongest effect is in the moon. The attenuating and diffusing effect it has on other energies is actual enhancing of moon and dream energy. As reflected energy itself, the moon’s energy is clarified and enhanced with Valerian, protecting the user from emotions and energies that might otherwise disturb dreams and sleep. The user’s moon is strengthened against outside influences, allowing safe and informative dreaming.
The two most negative aspects of Valerian were in the Sun and Saturn. In the sun, Valerian allows the absorption of greater amounts of energy, pulling it more deeply and diffusing it into the mind, but it does not attenuate the heat. In this way, the use of Valerian in solar work can enhance it, but it creates both a danger of burning out and the possibility of dependence. Use more Valerian, pull more energy, yes? But them burn, baby, burn.
In Saturn, in the dark spectrum of energy, energies are diverted into deep wells and away from our awareness, and so the use of Valerian is subtractive to Saturnine energy. Depending on your relationship with Saturn and the underworld, you may find more properties and effects hidden here 🙂
For those who simply want to play, try Valerian when engaging in the practices of Venus. While intensity may be diminished, depth is enhanced. If you enjoy cooking your food slowly and sensually in such a way that the subtle flavors are enhances, Valerian may be just the right spice for a well planned meal
|1||Moon||Additive||Promote fertile and active dreaming, protects the house of the mind, reveals the golden riches of the Moon|
|2||Mars||Additive||Balances and attenuates the power of Mars, allows a steady and balanced ‘burn’ of Martian energy|
|3||Venus||Additive||Calms ardor but deepens sensuality|
|4||Mercury||Neutral||Essentially Valerian root is invisible to Mercury. Little effect on pure Mercurian energy|
|5||Jupiter||Subtractive||Blunts Jupiterian energy, saps the desire to command|
|6||Sun||Subtractive||Absorbs and diffuse Sun energy, grounds it, acts as a ‘surge protector.’ Allows over-use of solar energy, addictive.|
|7||Saturn||Subtractive||Blunts and diverts Saturnine and underworld energies. Has secret effects.|