I. Almond – Magi – Purpose
Genus: Prunus – Family: Rosaceae
The almond tree brings a heightened sense of purpose in the spiritual and earthly realms of our reality. This is a powerful time of manifestation and transformation as we have the ability to change the direction of our life as we bring our life’s purpose into focus.
The word “Magi” originated in Persia, circa 520 BCE. Magi were astronomers and alchemists who transformed chaos into order. They did this by tracking the planets and stars to create maps as well as the sun and moon to create time. Magi is the root of magic.
“Almond” in Hebrew means to “awake.” Almond blossoms signal the awakening of spring. The seven-branched menorah (oil lamp), described in Exodus: 25-27 is based on a blossoming almond tree. The branches correlate to the seven heavenly “lamps” or planets that were seen with the naked eye (Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus, Saturn and the Sun, Moon) as the awakened “watchers” in the sky.
The menorah is also considered to be the model of the Kabbalah, known as the Tree of Life. The three left branches represent the darkness; the three right branches are the forces of light. The central trunk is the self-giving one. The almond tree is shining a light on our path to help us awaken our soul’s purpose.
The English word “almond” is derived from the Greek word amygdala. “Amygdala” is used to describe two “almond-shaped” clusters of neurons found deep in the medial temporal lobes of our brain, located in the right and left hemispheres. They function as internal “watchers” that process our response to fear. They also trigger our “flight, fight or freeze” response. The right interprets negative stimuli as factual. The left discerns it as pleasant or unpleasant. As we move through our fears we can rewire our brains response to stressful situations and expand our focus.
The almond reminds us to make peace within ourselves as we see the wisdom held in both the light and dark aspects of ourselves.
The almond is a deciduous tree native to the Middle East, India and North Africa. The fruit of the almond is a drupe, encased by an outer hull containing a woody shell. Inside the shell is the edible seed commonly referred to as a nut. Almond reminds us to keep an open mind as life is not always as hard as we perceive it to be.
Message: When almond appears, we are being asked to integrate all aspects of what is being presented to us as we step out of fear and into the realm of positive action and magical thinking. Almond reminds us to become conscious of our inner dialogue and to realize that we are the one who is wondering. Now is a time of self-mastery, self-fulfillment and self-perception as we actively create a new way of living with purpose and vision.
Challenge: Our ego is preventing us from seeing the bigger picture of life. Egomania, megalomania and over inflation of self are overpowering our sense of reason and shadowing our desire for happiness and love.Release the desire to judge or be right.