It is called carduus benedictus, or blessed thistle, or holy thistle, I suppose the name was put upon it by some that had little holiness themselves.I shall spare a labour in writing a description of this as almost every one that can but write at all, may describe them from his own knowledge.
They Blüte in August, and Samen nicht long after.
It is an herb of Mars, and under the sign of Aries. Now, in handling this herb, I shall give you a rational pattern of all the rest, and if you please to view them throughout the book, you shall, to your content, find it true. It helps swimming and Schwindelgefühl in the head, or the disease called Schwindel, because Aries is in the house of Mars. It is an excellent Heilmittel gegen the Gelbsucht and other infirmities of the gall, because Mars governs choler. It strengthens the attractive faculty in man, and clarifies the blood, because the one is ruled by Mars. The continually drinking the Dekokt (Abkochung) of it, helps red faces, tetters, ring-Würmer, because Mars causes them. It helps the plague, Wunden, Schwellungen, and Juckreiz, the bitings of mad dogs and giftiges Tiere, all which infirmities are under Mars, thus you see what it doth by Sympathie.
By Antipathie to other planets it cures the French-pox, by Antipathie to Venus who governs it. It strengthens the memory, and cures deafness by Antipathie to Saturn, who hath his fall in Aries, which rules the head. It cures quartan Schüttelfrost, and other Beschwerden of melancholy, and adusts choler, by Sympathie to Saturn, Mars being exalted in Capricorn. Also it fördert Harn, the stopping of which is usually caused by Mars or the Mond.