Anise Meaning, Healing, and Magical Uses

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Welcome to the Masters’ Grimoire of Magical Herbs page for Anise. Here you will learn everything you've ever wanted to know about this herb including Anise' magical uses, Anise physical healing, and emotional healing properties, plus its use in meditation, Anise lore and legends, and much more!

Introduction to Anise

SABENCIA Guillermo César Ruiz, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons
SABENCIA Guillermo César Ruiz, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Anise, also called aniseed or on rare occasions, Anix, is a flowering plant from the family Apiaceae and is native to Eurasia. It is an herbaceous annual plant that grows up to 90 centimeters or more. The leaves at the base of the plant are simple and shallowly lobed. Higher leaves on the stem are feathery pinnate and divided into small leaflets. The flowers are either white or yellow. The fruit is an oblong dry schizocarp and is usually called aniseed. 

The flavor and aroma of Anise seeds have similar qualities to other spices and herbs such as star anise, fennel, licorice, and tarragon. It is commonly cultivated and used to flavor food, candy, and alcoholic beverages, particularly around the Mediterranean. 

The name Anise is derived from the Old French/Latin word; anisum / or Greek anisom, referring the herb dill. 

In Western cuisine, anise is used to flavor dishes, drinks, and candies. The word anise is used for both species of herb and its licorice flavor. The most intense part of the essential oil of Anise is Anethose.

Anethose can also be found in unrelated spices indigenous to northern China, called Star Anise. Star Anise is much cheaper to produce and has gradually displaced Anise in Western markets. World production of Anise oil was only 8 tons in 1999 compared to 400 tons of Star Anise that same year. 

The sacred number of Anise is 109.


Anise Magical Uses and Purposes

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Yercaud-elango, CC BY-SA 4.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

Anise can be used in magic for connection, bond, family, tribe, clan, society, group, network, congregation, kinship, membership, team. 

Anise is associated with the element of Air, the planet Mercury and Jupiter and is considered a masculine herb. To restore lost youth, hang Anise seed heads from your bedpost. You can also make a dream pillow to keep away nightmare and ensure a good night of sleep. 

Fresh Anise leaves or seeds used in a potpourri will protect a room from evil spirit and ill wishes. It can also be used in holy water for blessing and exorcisms. It is said that the scent of Anise brings lust. Carrying Anise seeds in a sachet will ward off the evil eye. 

Anise has also been used in magical rituals as an offering to entice spirits to help in performing magic.

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Healing with Anise

Anise Physical Health Benefits

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Anise is helpful for all many things including coughs and relieving congestion. It is useful when made into syrups and lozenges. It an also be made as a tea by steeping the seeds in a cup of boiling water for ten minuets. 

It’s high estrogen content is also used to stimulate the increased production of breast milk. It also ease the pains of childbirth and can also relieve the discomfort of menopause. It is good for the digestive system and stimulates appetite, aids in digestion, relieve cramps, nausea, flautulence, or colic. A few seeds taken with water can cure the hiccups. 

Anise also helps increase the amount of iron that can be absorbed into the body. 

The main use of Anise in traditional European Herbal Medicine is for reducing flatulence. The seed was noted as an aid to reduce belching and calming the stomach. According to Pliny the Elder, Anise was also used to aid with sleep and freshen breath., He also claimed that mixing it with wine was a remedy for asp bites. 

In 19th century medicine, Anise was prepared as a Water of Anise for dosing. In Turkish folk medicine, its seeds were used as appetite stimulant, tranquilizer, or diuretic. 

Notes from the Masters

Talia Felix in The Conjure Cookbook tells us that in paysic work you can substitute mugwort or yarrow. You can also use Star Anise as a substitute in your recipes for Luck such as Lucky Hand or others.
~ Master Hank

Spiritual Healing with Anise


Anise can be beneficial in spiritual healing by providing protection from negative energies. This leaves one free to explore and heal as they please without the impending distraction and harm of negative spirits and energies. 

Emotional Healing with Anise


Anise can be used for emotional healing by treating depression. Though there are no proven clinical studies, health experts have reported some improvement in depression cases by using Anise essential oils regularly. 

Anise for Chakra Healing

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Anise is used to clear blockages from and balance the Heart Chakra.

The Heart Chakra is located near the center of the breastbone. It regulates our interaction with the external world. It controls what we embrace and what we resist. The Heart Chakra gives us the balancing ability to keep neither too aloof nor too involved in the world around us. It balances our inner being – our "self" with our environment. Shop for Heart Chakra Balancing Items +


Color Energy of Anise


Anise is associated with the Green color ray. Green is the color of growth, renewal, beginnings, and life. It is associated with good fortune, wealth, profit, safety, and survival. Spring brings an abundance fo plants and leaves to live in thousands of shades of green. They are a powerful conduit of the earth’s life force. 


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  • 2 tablespoons jojoba oil
  • 2 teaspoons Vitamin E
  • 1.5 tablespoons Rosehip seed essential oil
  • 1 handful Star anise pods
  • 2 drops Frankincense essential oil
  • 2 drops Lavender essential oil


  • Heat two cups of water in a pot until boiling. Turn on low.
  • Put jojoba, vitamin E, rosehip seed oils, and star anise pods in a glass jar and place the jar in the pot of water. Let it sit in water for 2 – 4 hours or longer (the longer the better), allowing the star anise to infuse into the oils.
  • Let cool then add remaining essential oils. Stir gently to mix and transfer to small bottles or containers for daily use.


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Angels Associated with Anise

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Anise is associated with three different angels, Asaliah, Ataliel, and Michael.

Asaliah - protector and ruler of the dates November 13-17, Scorpio.

Ataliel - Guardian of the Fifteenth Mansion of the Moon, Libra.

Mihael - Protector and ruler of ht dates November 18-22, Scorpio


Anise and the Goddess

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Anise is associated withAmaterasu - Japanese Goddess of the Sun. She is the most important Goddess in the Shinto religion. She rules the sky as well as heaven. She is known for her beauty and generosity. 

It is also associated with the God Apollo. 


Anise Birth Herb


Anise is a birth herb for those born on

March 16, April 18, April 20, May 18, June 15, August 25, September 21, December 1, December 10, December 21,  and December 30.

If you were born on one of these dates, you might find that you have a particular attraction to Anise. You may feel drawn to it. Those with the birth herb of Anise will likely find it more powerful and intuitive to work with.


Anise I Ching Hexagram


Anise is associated with the 45th hexagram of the iChing. 

This hexagram tells us that the empowered person observes how small streams form great leaks, and learns a lesson about how communities are made. 

Keywords are: connection, bond, family, tribe, clan, society, group, network, congregation, kinship, membership, team. 

This hexagram encourages: finding people with parallel interests and values, joining a group, becoming part of a larger community, leading or joining a class or organization fo like-minded people, volunteering, donating your time, effort, or money to a larger issues. 

It cautions against: isolating yourself from others, cutting yourself off from beneficial influences, hoarding your time, energy, or wealth, rejecting friendly overtures, casting aside the traditions that blind people and families together. 


Anise Astrological Sign

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Anise is associated with the astrological sign of Gemini.  In Moon Astrology it is associated with the  5th Mansion of the Moon, the Mansion of the Eagle.

This association teaches us that Anise can be used for spiritual introspection and to help us share our spirit with others. Take advantage of this relationship and use your Anise to celebrate the wonders of this universe and let your spirit soar. Lend a hand and help others see the magic of creation and help them gain the sight of the eagle in their lives, and use Anise in your efforts.


Uses of Anise in Feng Shui

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In Feng Shui, Anise is associated with Fire energy and elements. 

The seeds of Anise bring us Fire Energy. This is the energy of inspiration, art, self-expression, free will, passion, love, and beauty. Use the seed energy of Anise in your practices to celebrate joys of life. It is the happiness element and should be part of most ceremonies. 


Uses of Anise in Talismans and Amulets


Anise is associated with the Moon Mansion of the Eagle. It can be used in talismans for things regarding the afterlife, access to Akashic records, communication with angels, dealing with blasphemy, celestial energy, heaven, idealism, independence, inner pace, insight, leadership, religious master, salvation, spiritual energy, astral travel, and the Third Eye Chakra. 


Using Anise in Divination

Anise is beneficial for divination. Add Anise to a ritual bath and/or burn during meditation and divination for protection and increased focus. 


Meditation with Anise

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Anise can be helpful in meditation by bringing protection and providing a sense of focus and calm. Use Anise while meditation to ward away negative energies. 


Lore and Legends of Anise

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Anise was first cultivated in Egypt and the Middle East. It was then brought to Europe for its medicinal value. It has been cultivated in Egypt for approximately 4,000 years. 

Producers and builders of steam locomotives in Britain would incorporate capsules of aniseed oil into white metal plain bearings, so that the smell would warn them of a case overheating. It has also been used for fishing lures to attract fish. 

Anise is noted as the main ingredient used by Bilbo Baggins in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit (1935) for his seed cakes. These cakes were served to the dwarves and Gandalf at the beginning of the novel’s main story in his house from the the Shire. 

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by Theresa Peters

Theresa Peters is an (almost) life-long Alaskan. She is a writer and artist for the Crystal Inner Circle and has been studying crystals and their metaphysical and magical properties since she was a teen. Living in Alaska she has grown to appreciate the magical qualities of nature and the way the effect it has on all living things.

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I Ching for Beginners: A Modern Interpretation of the Ancient Oracle by Mark McElroy (2005) via Amazon

History of Anise via Our Herb Garden

Anise via The Witchipedia

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