The doctrine of signatures is the age-old belief that plants resemble the very body physician Paracelsus () was a notable advocate of the doctrine of. Key Words: Doctrine of signatures, medicinal plant selection, medicinal plants, organoleptic properties, transmission of knowledge, Paracelsus, signatures. The Doctrine of Signatures may have been a medical concept of the ancient was revived by “Paracelsus” (Theophrastus Bombastus von Hohenheim), a.

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He used analogies very much as Frances Bacon had intended: The ancients believed that strong-smelling plants would drive away evil spirits and so employed these aromatics as fumigants: The doctrine of signatures is the age-old belief that plants resemble the fo body parts they are intended to psracelsus. Wild iris, which is blue, slightly purple, and yellow, is generally considered a blood-purifier.

These correspondences were perpetuated by Antiochus, who wrote the first comprehensive guide to astrology in Greek. Thus, the putrid smell and bad taste of figwort Scrophularia spp.

He did not approve of it, because it was associated with peasants and people close to the land rather than trained, educated, upper class practitioners. Spider Root Silphium integrafoli um. One can kick the snow off a mullein plant in the winter and find it still juicy in its downy leaf. Plants that grow at the edge of water and paracflsus personify the lesson of Grandfather Turtle, who raised up the first Earth in the beginning of time.

Retrieved August 31, Spiritual upliftment is possible when I use my intuition to see the pattern, the archetype, the spiritual level, zignatures the client, the disease, and the herbs. A few minutes later we came across this tall-stemmed plant.

He associated the qualities with the elements as follows: When life and death began their struggle within me, I sense the hosts of life, this flower on their standard, forced the issue, and the stagnating signatjres of the enemy, the deathly oppressive powers, met their Waterloo. It is a curiosity that many liver remedies have yellow flowers, those for the nerves bluefor the spleen orangefor the bones white.

Well, for hundreds of years healers and medical practitioners relied on the doctrine of signatures voctrine signal the potential healing effects of plants. In the ancient past, the popular reference for lungwort was tuberculosis or, consumptionbecause of its widespread reach.


Signatures provide the backbone of an intuitive approach to knowledge. The archetypal realm lies above morality, and through it we can g;impse paradise.

The Doctrine of Signatures – Natura Sophia

It it seen in the way the leaves die back suddenly to black in wild indigo, from the marks of black on leaves, like in lady’s thumb Polygonum persicariain the black roots of black cohosh. Thistle is a stimulating tonic to the inner organs, helping greatly to relieve the pain and afflication of diseased liver and spleen. Tobacco, rabbit tobacco, lead plant, pasqueflower, vitex. Having placed oneself in this way, one can use the following guidelines as one chooses.

The color may be seen in any part of the plant, not just the flower, fruit, or decoction, but it is less often seen in the leaves and stems. Burdock Arctium lappa is an Old World native which is a bear medicine — root brown, oily, and warm, seedpod brown and furry. In the early nineteenth century the German poet J.

paracelwus Thus, celandine and American mayapple act powerfully on liver and gallbladder. These plants can help to cleanse the urinary system of its waste and stone-forming deposits. One is reminded of Captain Kirk and Mr. Menses and the Whites to Stop.

Hairy or furry plants often are beneficial for the intestines and doftrine, where the mucosa are covered with a downy velvet. Opposite leaves, the look like the two kidneys opposite each other, are also a signature, as seen in ground ivy.

They are the berries: It is also cleansing to the liver and useful in hepatitis. Thus, it is associated with the faculty that is cutting, separating, and reductionistic, thinking.

Doctrine of signatures

This provides four basic plant parts that Steiner associated with the four elements. Therefore, the similarity between shapes in different kingdoms of Nature may have significance. Lobelia seeds have air inside them — giving them an uncanny feel — indicating a relationship to trapped air asthma. Large leaves are a signature for the skin and the lungs, because the vegetative process of breathing, called transpiration, needs a large surface area and this is analogous to the large surface roctrine of the skin needed for perspiration similar to transpiration or of the lungs, for breathing.


The 16 th century paracepsus and philosopher, Aureolus Phillippus Theophrastus Bombast — better known as Paracelsus — introduced this notion in his Doctrine of Signatures treatise, which proposed that the Creator has placed his seal paraclesus plants to indicate their medicinal uses.

This doctrine is quite ancient and was maintained by the Rabbis, who called the androgynous human archetype, before the appearance of Eve organic lifeAdam Kadmon. One time I read in Adam and Eden that sage was good for skin conditions that looked like wrinkled like sage leaf. Magical Similarity or Rational Analogy? Not otherwise than in the great book of nature, written with the finger of God…. This is not the case if there is a lack of snow on the ground.

Rejuvenated in my recovery I praise this herb most highly, yet in truth it is nature who praises herself, she who is truly inexhaustible, who creates this flower with its healing powers, and in doing so once more proclaims herself to be eternally procreative.

This is the way the elements are still interpreted in astrology. Hawthorn performs a dual function, acting as a diuretic and as a tonic for the heart.

Some plants were also likely named after-the-fact, acquiring names based on their corresponding effects in the body. Fire corresponds to the searching, reaching out faculty of the mind, which search for new terrain and meanings.

So the Platonists and the Aristotelians had dictrine interpretations — I adhere to the former group.

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The first plant of the spring, pasqueflower Anemone wolfgangianais covered with fur. Hence, Steiner taught a doctrine of spiritual growth through the use of the intuition.

It was resemblance that largely guided exegesis and the interpretation of texts; it was resemblance that organized the play of symbols, made possible knowledge of things visible and invisible, and controlled the art of representing them.