Season 8 Episode 4:
Blackberry with Maeg Keane

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Blackberry with Maeg Keane

Episode Summary

As you’ll see in this episode with astrologer and herbalist Maeg Keane, there’s much more to blackberry than an astringent herb to help bind up loose stools or diarrhea! 

For instance… What if blackberry could teach you about setting boundaries and letting go of what’s not serving you? These are just two of the astrology-inspired perspectives that Maeg explores in our conversation.

But even on a more physical plane, what’s not to love about a plant that:

► Gives you a delicious dose of antioxidants and a blood tonic all in one

► Can bring some relief from leaky, boggy allergy symptoms

► Tightens up mouth ulcers or spongy gums

► and more…

By the end of this episode, you’ll know:

► How astrology and herbalism complement each other

► When a very simple herbal recipe is best

► A possible remedy to call upon for relief from acute or traveler’s diarrhea

For those of you who don’t already know Maeg, they are a consulting astrologer, herbalist, and writer. Their work is rooted in an animist, devotional approach that tends to the ties that bind us to each other and to the more-than-human world. Whether relating to the stars from which we come or to the alive and wise planet we call home, Maeg hopes to bring people into nourishing companionship with the teeming, enchanted world around them. They run Third Sister, an online client practice through which they offer one-on-one astrology readings and herbal care.

Meag weaves perspectives and disciplines together in such a kind, gentle, grounded, and thought-provoking way. I’m so excited to share our conversation with you today!

There’s a belief that there’s only one way to know the truth, that it has to look like lab coats for it to be true. I think that is one way that we find out what the truth is… and I don’t think we should walk away from it. And there are many others that predate it and live alongside it.


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What You'll Learn from This Episode

  • [01:09] Introduction to Maeg Keane
  • [03:02] How a doctor’s visit led Maeg to herbs
  • [06:24] How Maeg came to see astrology as more than a cool personality test
  • [10:31] Traditional vs. modern astrology
  • [13:07] The long, shared history of astrology and herbalism
  • [17:08] Why Maeg sees blackberry as a “Saturn plant”
  • [22:39] Working with blackberry medicinally
  • [27:43] Saturn’s Bramble Tea recipe
  • [29:11] Closing thoughts about blackberry
  • [31:01] Astral-herb offerings from Maeg
  • [32:53] An important mistake to avoid when gathering or purchasing herbs
  • [37:32] Herbal love letters
  • [38:08] Blackberry tidbit




  1. Boil 2 cups of water. 
  2. Pour over the blackberry leaf and rose petals. 
  3. Steep, covered, for 10 minutes. 
  4. Strain and enjoy.


01:23 – Introduction to Maeg Keane

03:18 – How a doctor’s visit led Maeg to herbs

06:58 – How Maeg came to see astrology as more than a cool personality test

11:34 – Traditional vs. modern astrology

14:19 – The long, shared history of astrology and herbalism

18:40 – Why Maeg sees blackberry as a “Saturn plant”

24:44 – Working with blackberry medicinally

30:26 – Saturn’s Bramble Tea recipe

31:58 – Closing thoughts about blackberry

34:12 – Astral-herb offerings from Maeg

36:03 – A mistake to avoid when gathering or purchasing herbs

40:47 – Herbal love letters

41:14 – Blackberry tidbit

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Rosalee is an herbalist and author of the bestselling book Alchemy of Herbs: Transform Everyday Ingredients Into Foods & Remedies That Healand co-author of the bestselling book Wild Remedies: How to Forage Healing Foods and Craft Your Own Herbal Medicine. She's a registered herbalist with the American Herbalist Guild and has taught thousands of students through her online courses. Read about how Rosalee went from having a terminal illness to being a bestselling author in her full story here.  


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