XIX. Orange – Sun

Orange – Sun – Joy

Genus: Citruse – Family: Rutaceae

The spirit of orange invites us to embrace the warmth and joy of the sun that is shining so brightly on us now. This is a time of success, radiance, confidence and happiness.

The word “orange” derives from the Sanskrit word for orange tree, naranga. The Sun is the primary source of life on our planet and sweet oranges Citrus sinensis, require considerable amounts of sunshine to grow. Both symbols of vitality, purity and life.

In Eastern tradition oranges are symbols of prosperity and good fortune. The Chinese word for tangerine means “luck.” In Greek mythology, the legend of the “golden apple” was always associated with quince. But in 17th century Europe, the exotic sun-colored orange became associated with the “golden apple” of love. Renaissance and Baroque painters began featuring oranges in still life’s and portraits as a symbol of prosperity.

Sandro Botticelli “Primavera” Venus in an orange grove. (Allegory of Spring) 1470-1480.

Sweet orange trees are flowering evergreen trees with fragrant blossoms. The orange blossom is also associated with good fortune, and used for weddings bouquets, perfumes and fine cooking.

Sweet oranges Citrus sinensis were first cultivated in China around 2500 BCE. They were first mentioned in Chinese literature in 314 BCE. The sweet orange is a hybrid between pomelo, Citrus maxima and mandarin, Citrus reticulata. Its roots date back millions of years to the native citrons, pomelos, papeda and mandarins that grew in the Himalayan region. Today sweet oranges are the most cultivated fruit trees in the world.

Sweet oranges, are divided into four classes: common oranges, blood oranges, navel oranges and acid less oranges. A cultivar of blood orange known as Tarocco, native to Italy, is thought to have inspired the name “Tarot” in the 1500s.

Organic Raw Red Blood Oranges

The rind of an orange is used to produce “zest” which enhances the flavor of recipes incorporating orange as a flavorful ingredient. Oranges are high in vitamin C and other essential nutrients.

The orange tree heralds a time of increased health and vibrancy. This is a time to live and recharge your batteries.

Message: When the spirit of an orange tree appears, we are being asked to relax and be joyful. This card is very much like the birch tree in the sense that it represents a renewed sense of wonder and childlike excitement but it also comes with the mature wisdom that has been gathered throughout life’s journey. We can allow our innocence to shine through at it rejuvenates our soul.

Challenge: Becoming trite, apathetic, shriveled up or joyless. Allowing life’s challenges to define your pain versus seizing the wisdom that comes along with it.