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Japanese Wild Rose, Moon & Venus

Japanese Wild Rose, Moon & Venus

Posted by : Mary Wutz   /  

In some alchemical herbal traditions, specific plants are associated with specific planets based on their shared characteristics. Although I don’t subscribe to any one tradition, I do take what resonates with me from each, and apply it to my own practice.

Our moon reaches fullness on the evening (and early hours of the morning) between January first and second. Appearing nearly 30 percent brighter than usual, it is considered a Supermoon and will be the largest Full moon of 2018.

Taking place in the watery sign of Cancer, it will also be opposite Venus and trine Neptune. I am not an expert in astrology, and won’t pretend to understand the meaning of this within that realm, but the energies of the planets do determine which plants make themselves known to me to assist in helping us ride these planetary waves of healing and transformation.

Enter Japanese Wild Rose (Rosa multifora): This plant is associated with both the moon and Venus, which makes it a perfect ally to work with during this moon. It is native to eastern Asia, in China, Korea and Japan, although it grows in eastern North America where it is considered an invasive species.

Given that it’s winter in North America, it isn’t likely to find this plant in bloom, however; working with plant allies doesn’t have to take place in the physical realm. Meditating with a photograph of the plant or even calling it in with intention and name is a simple and convenient way to access its wisdom.

Plants associated with the moon, especially the watery moon, like to communicate with us through dreams. They usually have a smoothly sweet scent and are useful when we are working with our subconscious or emotions. Plants associated with Venus can have a protective quality and tend to have large, lush flowers with strong, sweet scents. They are also helpful in working with matters of love, and calling in a romantic partner.

The roots of the Japanese Wild Rose were traditionally used to dye silk for their delicate yellow hue. This is also a way to access the medicine and wisdom of plants- through the colors they wield.

As this Supermoon in Cancer churns up our emotions, calling in Japanese Wild Rose in meditation, or even by putting an image of it on your iPhone screen, may assist you in processing whatever comes up for you. Listen closely with your heart, and she can give you insights into the feelings that you are sure to feel during this intensely emotional New Year and Full Moon.

The following paragraphs are written by Victoria Tsia of the skin care company Tatcha. Sometimes I find that reading about a particular plant helps me connect with it more and find things about it that resonate.


The humble blossoms of the Japanese Wild Rose are not as showy or fragrant as other species, often found modestly lining well-traveled footpaths and framing fences. For most of the year, the plant appears to be little more than rambling greenery. But in mid-summer, its five petals open and gently bob in the summer breeze. As the weather cools, the petals fall away to reveal the rosehips, crimson bulbs rich in precious actives with many health and beauty benefits.
In traditional Eastern medicine, Japanese Wild Rose leaves, petals and hips were brewed as a tea to bring the body back into balance. It was also taken to improve circulation and calm the spirit. Its mention in our centuries-old beauty manuscript inspired us at the Tatcha Institute to investigate its efficacy.
Our researchers found extracts from these wild rosehips (which tend to be significantly larger than other rose varieties) have been scientifically proven to boost collagen synthesis, giving skin a more plump, firm appearance. Antioxidants and vitamins also tighten pores by regulating and reducing excess oils without drying out the skin, making it especially good for treating oily skin. We realized right away that we wanted to add this botanical powerhouse to our new Silken Pore Perfecting Sunscreen formula to make it even more effective and elegant.
Although ubiquitous and easily overlooked, the Japanese Wild Rose is a rare and wonderful find indeed—just as true love can sometimes be found right in front of our eyes. And like true love, once found, cherished forever.

 May the Plants Be With You!

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