Feeding Your Inner Sun with St. John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum)

Stepping into some of the warmest and longest days of the year, we’ve arrived now at the Summer Solstice marking the first days of summer here in the northern hemisphere. Basking in the Suns warmth, it penetrates not only our souls but all the plants and forests around us, bringing an abundance of life, food and medicine to supply us for the coming year ahead. In old traditions, it is said that harvesting medicine on this sacred day will procure some of the strongest medicine of the year, bringing that strong igniting solar force within all the green beings which will carry on through into not only our physical self, but also in our spirits during the next year ahead.

There are a few plants that are traditionally used around this time for ritual and celebration, but one delicate yet powerful little plant that distinctly bears great resemblance to the Sun is our one and only St. John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum). Flowering always around the solstice,St. John’s Wort is a plant that corresponds quite strongly to the archetypal force of that hot beaming sphere high in the sky.

We see the signatures of the Sun in the fact that it prefers to grow in wide open spaces, southern facing slopes, and in direct sunlight- the hotter and dryer the better. The plant itself displays strong solar signatures in the bright yellow coloration of the flower, which appears to be shining out light rays from its stamens. I always think it looks like light rays- like when you are walking through the forest and see the sun shining through the trees and see the distinct rays of light.

The physical actions and properties of St. John’s Wort (both physical and spiritual) also bear strong correspondences to the Sun. First, we see that it is predominantly a warming remedy with its volatile, balsamic flavor and warming energetics. It makes sense that it would be our primary remedy for melancholy and depression, for these types of imbalances could be seen as a deficiency of the solar force (thus it makes sense that Portland and Seattle have the highest rates of depression because it’s cloudy, grey and rainy all the time!). As Matthew Becker states, “it brings a lot of the energy and warmth of the sun into your own body… it actually can warm your psyche.” That truly summarizes how this plant works!

St. John’s Wort initiates us into the sphere of influence of the Sun, which represents the core of who we are, our gravitational center. The Sun is all about coming into direct contact with our essential self, being strong in that, and learning to shine our truth out into the world in a way that is of service and benefit to the whole.

The people that St. John’s Wort is quite specific for have lost touch with that essential part of the self. The darkness has crept into their psyche, they have lost their confidence, lost touch with their essential self, their path, their purpose- they feel alone, isolated, and disconnected from Life. A certain heaviness weighs on them and they feel “down.”

St. John’s Wort functions to help to strengthen the inner Sun, to bring the light back into someone’s life. It feeds that inner light, fans and brightens the flame of consciousness, and where that light shines the darkness dissipates. Rather than focusing on what’s wrong, what’s not working, and what is holding one back, this remedy teaches our minds to find the positive in every situation, to take our challenges and struggles and transform them into our teachings, our strength, and our power. In this way it is “above the apparition” (the meaning of the Greek word hypericon), and helps us to face our inner demons and conquer them.

I see the healing process of St. John’s Wort in a way that starts at the core of who we are, it finds the light of our consciousness and starts to feed it, to strengthen it. As that light brightens within the self, it begins to push the subconscious fears and traumas up and out so we can face them and deal with them. Progressively over time our inner light (which is simply our truth, purpose, and power) shines out from within and re-establishes the structural integrity of the astral body, healing any “punctures” to our etheric field so that we are no longer leaking our vital force out, nor are we susceptible to the malefic influences of others. We are not protected from the outside in, but rather from the inside out- we are filled with the truth of who we are so that there isn’t any more room for other people’s projections to enter.

Eventually this inner Sun radiates out into the world. We have faced our demons, overcome our traumas, healed our wounds, and transformed them into our teachings, strength, and personal power. We now have the will to act in accordance with our truth and to live our lives from the heart, to walk our true path and live out our life purpose. As this light shines out into the world we become servants to that light and truth, doing everything in our power to have a positive impact and influence upon the world, to anchor more light into this world which at times feels filled with the darkness of unconsciousness, greed, envy, war, and fear.

In this way, St. John’s Wort is a most important herbal remedy for herbalists, healers, and people striving to create positive change on this planet. For it assists us all in breaking through our own limiting thoughts and beliefs so we can get down to doing the hard work of making this world a better place by being an anchor and a vessel for the Truth and the Light that is reflected through the Sun, and little yellow flowers of St. John’s Wort.

‘De Herstellers’ by Will Worthington

Happy Summer Solstice from the Evolutionary Herbalism Team!

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