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Shvat Herbs ~Aquarius

The Month of Shvat and Aquarius

January/February
Tribe ~Asher
Quality~ Taste
Direction~North
House~ 11th/Friends
Body Parts ~ Korkeban (esophagus, stomach area) Ankles, shins, calves/lower legs, also nervous system and mind. Arms - areas of movement
Cell Salt ~Nat Mur

Aquarius - ruled by Uranus - planet of change, as well as the first of three planets outside of the 7 ‘inner’ planets. It was discovered in the 18th century, bringing a radical change of perspective on our solar system. It represents that unorthodox, unexpected change from tradition, law and order (Saturn). Or from the known, seeable, and predictable universe.
Uranus is known as planet of eccentrics and unconventional - and Aquarians display Uranian attributes of being determined, stubborn and unpredictable. They tend towards both tradition and uniqueness.
Medically, and externally Aquarius governs the ankles, calves and tibia (lower leg).
Internally, vision, blood circulation and breathing. Structurally Aquarius affects the bones of the lower limbs, and circulation and blood.

The herbs that would seem appropriate therefore, for Aquarius, would be circulatory stimulants, to increase the flow of and purity of blood and breath, so they circulate to the outer extremes of the limbs of the body. Bringing nourishment and fresh air/blood to the furthest parts, involving lots of movement and exchange.

Tissue State: Damp/Stagnation, Tense/Constriction
Aquarius rules the shins, calves and ankles, as well as the sympathetic nervous system and the peripheral vascular system.  The peripheral vascular and veinous system, which returns blood back to the heart, ruled by opposing Leo. Rare illnesses and nervous ailments. It is involved in blood circulation and the oxidation processes in the body.
Body Systems: 
Primarily lower limbs and ankles – Lower leg / shins, calves, and ankles. Shin bone, tibia, and fibula. Achilles tendon.  Sympathetic nervous system and the peripheral vascular system (Circulatory system and elimination),  Teeth. Electrical impulses of the nerves. Rods and cones of the retina. Oxygenation of cells.

Shevat Rosh Chodesh Circle

Sign - Aquarius
Planets - Saturn and Uranus
Body: externally -Ankles, lower legs, extremities,
internally - vision, blood circulation, breathing
Judaism - Shvat - Taste, Oesophagus
Exodus - beginning of freedom, within a group
Beginning of spring, sap rising
Letter -tzaddi
Tribe -asher
Herbal energetics - to increase circulation of blood, fortify nervous system and relax tension


How do we go about choosing herbs for this month - connecting planets, plants and people?

The beauty of both astrology and Judaism are that they show us the energetic properties of planets and symbols that are reflected in the body.

Aquarius - ruled by Uranus - planet of change, as well as the first of three planets outside of the 7 ‘inner’ planets.
It was discovered in the 18th century, bringing a radical change of perspective on our solar system. It represents that unorthodox, unexpected change from tradition, law and order (Saturn). Or from the known, seeable, and predictable universe.
Uranus is known as planet of eccentrics and unconventional - and Aquarians display Uranian attributes of being determined, stubborn and unpredictable. They tend towards both tradition and uniqueness.


The tension between the states of these two planets can be reflected in the body, in the areas that are ruled by Aquarius.. namely the lower limbs - calves and ankles, as well as our nervous system and circulation.

These are all areas that require great movement - energy to move beyond that which is limited and not serving us any longer, or restricts us to just ego and self.. and to move beyond towards a greater connection to hashem, light, humanity and the outer reaches of our body/tribe.

Shevat means tribe. It also means scepter. Tribe is your extension of family and related very much to the 11th house of friends and community which is the traditional house for Aquarius. It is the house of love, giving and sharing without an expectation of return. The scepter is held by the head of a tribe or community, showing leadership and individualism for the benefit of all.

Shevat = Aquarius, the water bearer, holds the pitcher (delee in Hebrew)and is the vessel pouring the water of chesed or compassion to the people.

That is actually the Tikune during Shevat to become a channel for the Light of HaShem and remove your own ego from the equation. Of course, this is the Tikune in any month; only in Shevat it is more concentrated.

Include relaxing nervines that help ease constriction, perhaps beginning in the oesophagus. The oesophagus is the near the beginning of our intake of food and air, connecting to digestion and circulating the nutrients to the areas of our bodies that use movement/action to share it with the world around us. Shevat also relates to the sense of taste and how we are taking in the energy from food, using consciousness, to bring us out of constricted places to one of freedom.



HERBS FOR SHEVAT TEA ~
Nettles.. Oatstraw. Horsetail. Fennel. Hawthorn.


The herbs that would seem appropriate for Aquarius, would be circulatory stimulants, to increase the flow of and purity of blood and breath, so they circulate to the outer extremes of the limbs of the body. Bringing nourishment and fresh air/blood to the furthest parts, involving lots of movement and exchange.

Nettles ~ nourishes our blood, rich in Iron, silica and potassium. It has the external action of being hot and dry - bringing irritation and redness to our skin if we are stung. Internally however, it’s actions are more cooling and moistening. It softens hard tissues and gives our blood strength.

Horsetail ~ works well alongside nettles to nourish blood, horsetail also adds silica and structure (calcium) to build blood condition thus aiding movement and circulation through better nourishment. Strengthens hair, skin and nails. Horsetail is a herb of Saturn.

Fennel ~ Gentle, antispasmodic and aiding digestion, allowing greater room for ease of movement. Expels mucus and gas and increases lactation.

Hawthorn ~ a heart centered circulatory tonic that can regulate blood pressure and cholesterol.

Oatstraw ~ A nourishing nervine that relaxes stress and tension, used for depression, insomnia, anxiety. Helpful in breaking addictions.


The “Bnei Yissaskhar”, a kabbalist from the 19th century, claims that Aquarius is the sign of Israel. The Torah tells us about Jacob the patriarch, that his name derived from the word Akev (heel עקב) due to the fact that that when he was born he held to his brother’s heel trying to come out first. The heel is the roughest and the lowest part of the human body and it connects us to the earth. The Torah also tells us that after Jacob struggled all night with the angel, the angel was forced to bless him in order to be released, so he changed Jacob’s name into Israel ישראל, which combined of the words לי ראש (my head). Meaning, the heel was raised to be the head, and that indicates of the Aquarius ability to transcend above boundaries and overcome limits and boundaries. Aquarius people have no tolerance to the things that connect everyone else to the earth – habits, tradition, commitments, etc. They have to exchange boundaries with freedom.




According to Sefer Yetsira (The Book of Formation) – attributed to Abraham the Patriarch – the building blocks of the universe consist of 22 different frequencies, spiritual forces, represented by the 22 Hebrew letters. Each month is ruled by two Hebrew letters. One letter rules the planet that dominates the sign. The other letter rules the astrological sign of the month. Shevat’s planet is Saturn and is ruled by the letter ב (Beit). Its astrological sign is Aquarius, which is ruled by the letter צ (Tsadik).
People of the sign of Aquarius are also related to redemption and the arrival of the Messiah. The connection between them is the enormous hunger for drawing knowledge from the universe. Knowledge is power and also the base for true freedom. The redemption will come when we all are Tsadikim (righteous) – hence the letter Tsadik (or Tsadi) צ , when everyone converts their selfish desires into receiving only for the purpose sharing.
The letter צ (Tsadik) represents the spiritual power behind Aquarius that also represents the connection between the upper spirituals worlds and our material world. This connection manifests in Tu BeShevat (Shevat 15th , the full moon in Aquarius) – The Year for the Trees – the Ilan (trees). The numerical value (Gematria) of Ilan (tree) is 91 which is the connection between God’s name, The Tetragrammaton יהו”ה which represent the upper worlds and its value is 26, and God’s name אדנ”י which represents our material world and its value is 65 (and together 91).
The physical tree represents the spiritual Tree of Life. As the material physical tree has a revealed part (trunk and branches) and a hidden part (roots) so is our reality – our physical body and our soul. The same way the tree grows opposing gravity, so are Aquarians, going against nature and what is acceptable. This is the power of life – to be creative and original. This is the purpose of us all, to connect to the abundance that The Age of Aquarius is offering us, to the tree of life and to the arrival of the Messiah. As Rav Ashlag, the founder of the modern Kabbalah movement, said that every person is unique and his purpose is to bring something to our world that only he can bring, and when each of us will fulfill his destiny and share it with the rest of mankind we will finally experience the redemption and The Age of Aquarius will come to its completion.