VI. Pomegranate – Love – Passion
Genus: Punica – Family: Lythraceae
Pomegranate signals a time of passion, fertility and discernment. They are symbols of abundance and eternal love. Empedocles (Greek philosopher 490–430BCE) felt the forces of nature (earth, air, water, fire) were brought into union through love and separated by strife. This harmony of opposites speaks to the impact that love and strive have in our life. This is a time of seeking and creating balance using the power of love.
According to legend, Aphrodite (Greek goddess of love, desire, fertility and beauty) planted the first pomegranate tree on the island of Cyprus. The word aphrodisiac is attributed to her, which is why pomegranates are often associated with passion and love. They have also been identified as the “forbidden fruit” of the biblical Tree of Knowledge. To ancient Hebrews pomegranates represented the fertility and blessings of the “promised land.” In Exodus 28:33-35: God asks that Pomegranates decorate the robe of the high priest.
In 1 Kings 7:15-22, it describes how the pillars Jachim (right/mercy) and Boaz (left/strength) stood at the entrance of King Solomon’s temple. Each was engraved with 200 pomegranates. Jachim (Sun/day/light/male) & Boaz (Moon/night/dark/female) symbolized the duality and harmony of our human/soul journey. They also represented the left and right branches of the Kabbalistic Tree of Life. The entrance or space in-between is the central “self-giving” trunk as an aspect of unity, love and wholeness. When we come into union with our self, we become whole or “holy.” The “Holy of Holies” was engraved with pomegranates, holder of holy “seeds”.
In Roman myth, Pomona, (Latin pomun, “fruit of the trees”) was the protector goddess of fruitful abundance. Pomegranate, Punica granatum is French for pomme “apple” and granatum “seeded.” The abundance of seeds in a pomegranate is seen as a symbol of fertility. A single pomegranate can hold between 200-1400 seeds. Each seed is held in an “arils” that contains red juice. The deep red exterior color of a pomegranate along with its juice are often associated with the blood that flows through our veins.
Pomegranate seeds are a rich source of dietary fiber, vitamin C, vitamin K and folate. Pomegranate juice is healthy and delicious, reminding us of the medicinal power of love.
Pomegranates are deciduous trees that can grow to be 26ft. tall and live for 200 years. They are native to the Middle East and Himalayas. Pomegranates were loved and cultivated throughout the Mediterranean. Spaniards brought them to America in 1769.
Message: Pomegranate reminds us to love with a passion that fills our life with meaning, truth and depth. This is a time of abundance and discernment as it pertains to our loved ones. There are important issues to understand regarding relationships and our desire to feel loved. Pursuing our passion requires healthy boundaries that bring balance to our mind, body and soul. By remaining open to love we are able to live with love in our heart.
Challenge: Feeling love sick, jealous or desperate for love. Being overly demonstrative and gushing, to gain attention and love. Compromising our core values to pursue superficial love and unhealthy attachments. This is a time of regaining love and respect for our self before searching for love in others.