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Star Anise
By: Moderator / Knowledgeable
May 31, 2011
Post # 1
I love this herb! I am always drawn to it, and I want to use it, but the correspondences I've found for it do not feel right.

I chew anise seeds once in a while (the regular ones) and use them in magick but they do not give me that same intense attraction that the star anise does. And star anise as not as medicinally valuable as the normal anise so it doesn't get the same attention.

I'm not sure why I am drawn to it or how I should use it. But I've been getting this strong pull to it for years!

I feel that it has more to do with the star shape then the herb itself, and I know what the symbol means, but I feel as though my ancestors are pointing to this for something it has been used for in the past. The symbol itself does not attract me but this herb does.

I've scoured books and only get a blurb about this awesome plant.

There has to be more magick history to an herb shaped like a star! Has to be.

Does anyone know more about this herb? Practices? A culture that used it and what they used it for? Any tiny detail would be very much appreciated.

I keep wanting to buy it and bring it home. I hold it in my hand and I get the urge to do a spell! But what spell? That's my problem.
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Re: Star Anise
By: Zeizzie999
May 31, 2011
Post # 2
I would think that star anise can be used in death magic. It increases your psychic powers and it keeps away nightmares. By consuming star anise its good for stomach pains and rheumatism.

Anise seeds gives youth.

I sleep with a bag of anise seeds, bay leaves (divination), and flax seeds (moon energy) under my pillow to enhance my intuition and youth. :)

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Re: Star Anise
By: / Knowledgeable
May 31, 2011
Post # 3
I mentioned this herb the other day (the seeds) i use in my peanut butter and banana sandwiches and i make them to retain youth and promote natural beauty I have not used it for any other reason so far. but to now read that it is also said to enhance spiritual development I can see why I come across spiritually Coo coo at times LOL :D
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Re: Star Anise
By: Moderator / Knowledgeable
Jun 01, 2011
Post # 4
Thank you to the ones who responded.

My dillema is that anise seed is apart of the carrot family (Pimpinella anisum L.)
And is in a whole different part of the world than star anise (Illicum verum) which actually comes from a tree in Asia. It is also referred to as chinese anise.

It seems like everything I see about star anise is just a copied meaning of aniseed (anise seed). How can a carrot measure with a tree? It just doesn't seem right!

Why did you assume death magick? I've never seen that anywhere. You've intrigued me.

The only thing I know about star anise's history is that the bark was used as incense in Japanese temples and the tree itself was planted around the temples. That leaves out the seeds! This would make me assume the entire tree was used as protection. But there must be more. Every herb I've ever researched can have pages written about its history while this one only has a sentence or two? This herb seems to have been lost to time.

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Re: Star Anise
By: Vramel
Jun 02, 2011
Post # 5
Is this a rare herb? Because I just saw some in my local fruit shop for 65pence!
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Re: Star Anise
By: Moderator / Knowledgeable
Jun 02, 2011
Post # 6
Star anise is used in Chinese cooking. I use it, and it is on sale at my local Chinese supermarket. But it is a herb, and as such could be used in magic, as would any herb!
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Re: Star Anise
By: Moderator / Knowledgeable
Jun 02, 2011
Post # 7
Exactly. It is a common herb. I'm just trying to figure out why it has been attracting me for years. Anise seed doesn't attract me at all. But the star anise does.

What I'm really trying to figure out what the defining difference is between these two herbs, because everywhere I look, their use in magick is the same. Anise seed is more valuable medicinally than star anise. So obviously this is a spiritual pull.

Its been a mystery to me, that I am determined to figure out.
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Re: Star Anise
By: FallenStar
Jun 02, 2011
Post # 8

I too find Star Anise very interesting.

Its element is air, andit's magickal properties include:-

  • Psychic Power/Development.
  • Luck, Good fortune.
  • Success.
  • Clairvoyance.
  • Protection.
  • Money.

These are its main ones, but among it are a few others. Saggitarius is its Zodiac sign, its planet is Jupiter and its Rune is Thurisaz.

It is asmall nativeevergreentree of southwestChina. The star shaped fruits are harvested just before ripening.

Star anise has been used in a tea as a remedy forrheumatism, and the seeds are sometimes chewed after meals to aid digestion.

Hope this helps!

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Re: Star Anise
By: FallenStar
Jun 02, 2011
Post # 9

Curse my spacebar! Sorry for the errors.

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Re: Star Anise
By: Moderator / Knowledgeable
Jun 02, 2011
Post # 10
Thank you FallenStar! =)
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