St John's Wort Meaning, Healing, and Magical Uses

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

Introduction to St John's Wort


St John’s Wort is an herb with ancient European traditional uses as a healing herb, particularly for depression.  Magically is is an herb of command and leadership with uses to organize and get projects done by a group. Its emotional healing attributes trace back to its namesake: John the Baptist.  The use of St John’s Wort for clearing away negativity from objects and places is well worth knowing.  Its yellow energy is that of the  coming of the sun and the warmth it brings.

The flower of St John’s Wort is the color of the bright days of early summer, and as the sun high in the sky lights up the landscape, its yellow color ray brings us the power of enlightenment, lighting up the landscape of our search for knowledge. It is the color of the summer solstice ushering in the bright time of long days, warm temperatures, and sustained vigor.


St Johns Wort, Latin Name:  Hypericum perforatum is a great herb but can be an invasive weed too.  It has been used in folk medicine for centuries and is cultivated today and easily grown across Europe, Asia and North and South America.  Its use in medicine has declined as it has been found to interfere with many prescription drugs.  The sacred number of St John's Wort is 37.


St John's Wort Magical Uses and Purposes


Traditionally St. John's Wort protects against thunderbolts, fire and evil spirits. It is a herb of Midsomer’s Eve and is said to cure melancholy.  If dried over the fires of Midsomer it is believed to keep away ghost and other evil entities if hung in a window of a house.  It was once believed to make soldiers invincible, but that has not proved to be a good use.  

In our examination and research we also find this is a herb of command, management success, helping groups succeed within a set of rules and the power of rank and structure to accomplish a mission.  This is a herb for leaders to help establish order and gain consensus within a group.  We all have leadership roles, even if it is within the family.  St John’s Wort can be indispensable for finding ways to organize a group or family for happiness and success in life. 

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Healing with St John's Wort

St John's Wort Physical Health Benefits


St John’s wort has a long tradition of use in European medicine.  We believe the name goes back to John the Baptist since it blooms around the time of his feast in the Catholic Church calendar.  It has been used for a variety of conditions, but the main one has been depression. 

HOWEVER, we must caution. This herb interferes with many modern medicines and we cannot recommend you use it in any way to treat any physical or emotional ailments by ingestion. The only use that appears safe is to use a topical cream for muscle ache.  

Spiritual Healing with St John's Wort


Named for John the Baptist, the spiritual energy of St. John's Wort is powerful medicine.  John the Baptist was the one credited in history for baptizing Jesus.  The spiritual energy of St John’s Wort is that of using water energy to cleanse, purify, and wash away evil and sin. Use St. John's Wort in your crystal cleansing rituals.  Use it to cleanse your sacred space, and even use a bit in your floor cleaning mix.  

St John's Wort is also a perfect herb to use in preparing a sacred space or altar.  A bit of the herb in a mixture of clear water can be a great way to consecrate a space.  Just dip your fingers in the herb water and sprinkle it around in a circle where you intend to work.

Emotional Healing with St John's Wort


St. John's Wort is an excellent aid for improving your spirit. When you are “down in the dumps” a simple “pick me up” is simply take a small handful of the flowers and place them gently on your heart as you relax for a few minutes.  The energy will warm and calm your heart.  

St John's Wort  can be use it in sachets, rituals, and meditations. You can dry it, carry it, or use it as aromatherapy for purifying and renewal needs.

St John's Wort for Chakra Healing

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St John's Wort  is used to clear blockages from and balance the Solar Plexus Chakra

The Solar Plexus is the energy distribution center, the first of the chakras of relationships. This chakra is located between the ribcage and navel. It controls the immune system and digestive systems. When in balance physically you have strength to fight infections, are free of allergic reactions, and are able to use the nutrients you ingest.


When it is out of balance physically you will have low tolerance to infection, suffer from hormone disorders, or have low tolerance for many foods.

Spiritually, when the solar plexus is in balance you are free to interpret the world through your own thoughts and emotions and not live in fear of violating the dictums of others.

When the solar plexus is out of balance spiritually you will feel fear: fear of the displeasure of others, and disappointing others, or fear of subordinating your life and pleasures to the will of others.


Notes from the Masters

I’ve always heard of this herb but had no idea it was used for treating depression. It’s connection with John the Baptist was also interesting to learn about.
~ Master Tess

Color Energy of St John's Wort


The color energy of an herb comes from its flower.  St John's Wort brings us Yellow energy.  It gives you the power to solidify new interests and new relationships. It helps you to see things in new ways and to become enlightened. It adds clarity to your life, helping you wake things up and add zest, optimism, and meaning to your life and relationships.

Use the yellow energy of this herb for new efforts, new beginnings, and new projects when the objective is not necessarily the growth of something physical.


Angels Associated with St John's Wort

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St John's Wort is associated with three different angels, Anauel, Hagiel, and Mehiel.

 Anauel is the Protector and Ruler of the dates Jan 31- Feb 4; Aquarius 

Hagiel is the  Master of the 3rd Tarot Card, and  

Mehiel is the Protector and Ruler of the dates February 5-9; Aquarius.

The Angel Annual is an angel to call upon when you are  confronted with difficulties.  He is an angel of bravery.  He also is and angel of success in business.  You might want to consider using St John's Wort to appeal to Annual when you have difficult issues at hand.


St John's Wort and the Goddess

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St John's Wort is associated with Soteria.

In Greek mythology, Soteria was the goddess of safety and salvation, deliverance, and preservation from harm.  

St John's Wort Birth Herb


St John’s Wort is a birth herb of those born on June 9, June 17, Aug 4, Aug 26, Sep 4, Oct 20, and Oct 29.  

 Those with birthday on these dates will find they have special attraction to St John’s Wort and the magic of this herb may well be strong in them. 


St John's Wort I Ching Hexagram


St John’s Wort is governed by Hexagram 37, Establishing Order.  The Key words are contribution, rank, structure, chain of command, procedure, rules, hierarchy, management,  and making good arrangement of things and objectives,


St John's Wort Astrological Sign


St John's Wort is associated with the Zodiac Sign of Leo.

 St. John's Wort is also associated with Mansion of the Moon 18, the Mansion of the Stream. As streams carry away the debris they encounter so does St John’s Wort, a cleansing and spiritual cleansing energy herb.


Uses of St John's Wort in Feng Shui

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St. John's Wort bring Fire Energy. Fire energy is the energy of enthusiasm, warmth, brightness, illumination and activity. It is Yang in nature. It is the energy of heat, action, emotion and passion – of ideas, of concepts, and sex. It is traditionally associated with the south area of a home or room, and with the fame and reputation area of your dwelling. Use its energy to give your life the boost it needs to enhance your standing in the community and within your family.


Notes from the Masters

Being slightly anemic and also athletic, I bruise easily and frequently. I use a Lavender Salve with St. John's Wort and it does wonders for burns and bruises. It also helps to relieve muscular aches and nerve pains, so, if you have chronic pain issues or are physically active, St. John's Wort is a great addition to your medicine cabinet.
~ Master Nicole

Uses of St John's Wort in Talismans and Amulets


St John's Wort can be used to make talismans and amulets for a variety of needs

Deal with Animosity, Assertiveness, Deal with Bigotry, Commitment, Competition, Deal with Corruption, Deal with Crisis, Deal with Cynicism, Deal with Distress, Duty, Fidelity, Fortitude, Honesty, Imagination, Remove Inhibitions, Initiative, Deal with Legal Matters, Banish Lethargy, Mature Love, Mellowness, Morality, Motivation, Obligations, Let Go of the Past, Deal with Problems, Deal with Rigidity, Subtlety, Willpower, Determination, Persistence, Travel Safely,  and Drive Action.


Using St John's Wort in Divination

Use St. John's Wort in Divinations for visions of how to organize your self or your team for success in an endeavor.  


Meditation with St John's Wort

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St. John's Wort is used in the very beginning of any meditation to cleanse the mind.  


Lore and Legends of St John's Wort

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St John’s Wort traditionally is a herb of protection.  St John’s Wort is used with the herb Fleabane to exorcise evil spirits, and to protect against their entry to the home when mixed in a sachet with some wheat and hung near the entry to a  room.

Traditionally  St. John’s Wort was believed to make solders invincible but that is no longer found to be true.  The best use is still to gather it on Midsummer’s Day (the first day of summer) and it will keep you happy and ward off melancholy.  If you dry it after collecting it on Midsummer it can be used to keep ghost away.

Both the flowers and leaves are used for this purpose. You can burn it to rid a space of evil spirits.  In all, a good herb to keep evil and danger at bay or to rid a space of them.


Hank Mason

Hank Mason is the founder and chief author of Crystal Vaults. He is a retired USAF rescue helicopter pilot and a GIA Graduate Gemologist. Hank is also the author of The Seven Secrets of Crystal Talismans and Crystal Grids, How to Combine and Focus Crystal Energies to Enhance Your Life.

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Cunningham, Scott. Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs (Cunningham's Encyclopedia Series) (pp. 224-225). Llewellyn Worldwide, LTD.. Kindle Edition. 

Sacred numbers of herbs are revealed in the “Ritual of the Sacred Number”  ceremony performed monthly by Crystal Master Herbalist when the Moon is transiting the Mansion of the Herbalist.  

Mark McElroy. I Ching for Beginners: A Modern Interpretation of the Ancient Oracle (For Beginners (Llewellyn's)) (Kindle Location 955). Kindle Edition.

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