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Herbal Tarot - Four of Cups - Burdock


You can see the minor arcane cards in Constellation 4.

Description: A woman is sitting next to a large burdock plant. There is a stream running beside her. A hand is coming out of some clouds on the ground while holding a cup. There are three cups set in front of the cloud.

Significant Details: The cups symbolize containing emotions or life forces. The burdock plant represents virility. The stream represents life forces.

Keywords: Apathy, Self-Absorption, Boredom, Withdrawal

Medicinal Uses: “Burdock is one of the finest blood purifiers in the herbal system of medicine. It is classified as an alterative, diuretic and diaphoretic. These properties make it of value in the treatment of boils, acne and eczema. It helps the kidneys to filter out impurities from the blood very quickly.” Culpeper’s Color Herbal. “Historically, It seeds have been used to make a effective tincture to clean the blood, to cure gout and ulcers,rheumatism, arthritis, and useful for skin conditions such as acne and psoriasis. In India its root has been used as a popular anti-cancer treatment, and in China it is thought to be an efficacious aphrodisiac, favorable in curing impotence and sterility.” It is a mild laxative, mild diuretic, depurative, bitter, diaphoretic, antirheumatic, antibiotic, orexigenic, anti-inflammatory, relaxant, demulcent, and tonic. “Burdock is a beneficial treatment for bacterial and fungal infections . It has mild diuretic actions, eliminate toxins via the urine .Also helps to clear toxins from the tissues via the skin as it causes sweating. It has been used in anorexia nervosa and similar problems.It is used to give a healthy elasticity to a weak digestion, relieve wind, distension and indigestion and as a mild laxative.It can be used to aid kidney function because they encourage the elimination of uric acid via the kidneys. Externally burdock may be used as a poultice to speed up the healing of wounds and ulcers .Burdock root have mild antibacterial and anti fungal property which may act to ebb skin conditions such as athlete's foot, dandruff, diaper rash, dry skin.Both the roots and leaves can be used to cure water retention,rheumatism,gout , cystitis, stones and gravel.” Side Effects: “Burdock may lead to either increases or reductions in blood sugar levels. Using burdock is not recommended for pregnant or nursing women as it may cause damage to the fetus or the risk of spontaneous abortion.” http://www.health-care-tips.org/herb...es/burdock.htm

My Interpretation: You may feel bored right now. Don’t allow yourself to fall into an emotional withdrawal or become self-absorbed. This is a time for finding your emotional stability.

Number Significance: 4 – Foundation, Structure, Stability

Thoughts/Points to Ponder: The 4 of Cups is ruled by the Moon in Cancer. Burdock is ruled by Venus. The 4 of Wands is in Constellation 4 with IV Emperor, XIII Death, 0 Fool, and the Fours. Completion and Transition. Establishing and Building. Releasing. Mortality and Immortality. Rites of Passage.

Why is this woman sitting there looking bored? Does she not want what is being offered to her? Is she so absorbed in her own thoughts that she doesn't even notice the hand offering her the cup?
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