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 associated with passion. Pomegranates have also been identified as the “forbidden fruit” in the biblical story of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil.
In the Book of Kings, 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) symbolize the duality and harmony of our human journey. They also represent the left and right branches of the Kabbalistic Tree of Life. The space in-between represents the central, unified “self-loving” trunk of the tree as an aspect of our soul. When we come into union with our self, we are whole or “holy.” The “Holy of Holies” or inner sanctum of King Solomon’s temple housed the Ark of the Covenant.
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 also seen as a symbol of fertility. A single pomegranate can vary from 200-1400 seeds. Each seed is held in the “arils” that contain red juice. The deep red 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.