Orange – Success – Six of Evergreens (Wands)
Genus: Citruse – Family: Rutaceae
Orange signals a time of sweetness and basking in the warm glow of success. Allow sweet childhood memories to fill your heart.
The word “orange” comes from the Sanskrit word naranga (orange tree). In Hindu culture, the color orange (saffron) is considered the most sacred color for it represents the purifying power of fire.
The Chinese word for tangerine means, “luck.” In 17th century Europe, the sun-colored orange became associated with the legendary “golden apple” of love. Baroque painters featured them in portraits and still lives as symbols of prosperity.
Orange is the color of warmth, compassion, joy and creativity. It lifts our moods and helps us heal. Its sweetness soothes and stimulates our senses at the same time. Orange is playful spirit, that continually reminds us to enjoy the simple things in life.
Orange trees are flowering evergreens with fragrant blossoms. Orange blossoms are associated with love and good fortune. They are popular for weddings bouquets and perfumes. Oranges and orange blossoms are also used in fine cooking and liquors.
The roots of all citrus fruits date back millions of years to the native citrons, pomelos, papeda and mandarins that grew in the Himalayan region. Sweet oranges, Citrus sinensis, were first cultivated in China around 2500 BCE. The sweet orange is a hybrid between a pomelo, Citrus maxima and a mandarin, Citrus reticulata. Sweet oranges are the most cultivated fruit trees in the world and are divided into four classes: common oranges, blood oranges, navel oranges and acid-less 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. A cultivar of blood orange known as Tarocco, native to Italy, is thought to have inspired the name “Tarot” in the 1500s. Since the word “tarot” means “triumphs”, orange is reminding us to reflect on our own triumphs large or small.
Message: Now is a time to enjoy and reflect on the many successes we have achieved. Memories of our childhood may be coming up to help us process something that is happening now. By allowing our childlike innocence to shine, we are able to shed light in areas of our life we may have neglected. We are being encouraged to love all that we are. This may be a time to reconnect with old friends, teachers or loved ones.
Challenge: Becoming trite, apathetic, shriveled up or joyless. Allowing life’s challenges to define our pain versus seizing the wisdom that comes along with it. Dwelling in the past.
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