Introduction & Explanation
To aid my own work, as well as perhaps give my readers a few easy ideas about utilising Native Flora and Fauna in your Craft, I’ve decided to create a table of Planetary Correspondences. It will also help define the way in which I use the Classical Correspondence, and what I mean when I use something in a particular current. There is always some variation, and I no doubt, have my own, that might vary slightly to how you consider the same.
These are not designed to be definitive explanations of the Planetary Correspondences themselves, there are many excellent lists available that deal specifically with the flora and fauna, seasons and environment of the Northern Hemisphere. And for those looking for a more thorough consideration of the various Tables of Correspondences, I’ve a links page and there are several online resources there I feel offer together a fairly balanced summary.
For the purposes of this list, I have included a page for Tellurian correspondences. The Earth is not generally considered as one of the 7 Planets of Classical Correspondences, and that which is Underworldly or Chthonic is usually classed as Saturnian. The aspects of Fateweaving, the Grandmother Land/Fate, Earth Mother and birth and rebirth are generally feminine, but not wholly Venusian or Lunar. This allows me a places for things perhaps more difficult to explain, and a way in which to describe things more completely.
However, that does not mean there is not a great deal of crossover. The Planetary Correspondences are European. I have no desire to jam an entire continent into a system it did well without for 40,000+ years plus before Europeans came. I strongly believe that Land influences thought, the Correspondences as we understand them from a European perspective grew in that soil. Had they grown in Australian soil I wonder if they would have been described the same way. Both are valid. As such, I am mindful that one can not be allowed to dominate the other. It is sometimes useful to consider the seasonal Lore of various Indigenous Nations as an indicator of the types of correspondences a plant or animal has. In the same way as, for example, Imbolc (Candlemas) is associated with the blooming Hawthorn, and the emergence of life from within, there are plants and animals by which the First Nations timed their activities and customs. This has proved to be a helpful thread to follow when working with a plant or an animal. But even then, I am living in Hobart, and grew up in Sydney. Hobart is 1,610km away from Sydney. That’s more than London to Barcelona, and about as different, notwithstanding the language. More information is available online, and links can be found here.