Avocado – Fertility – Messenger of Fruit Trees (Page of Cups)
Genus: Persea – Family: Lauraceae
When avocado appears, we are in a fertile time of new beginnings and adventures on both the conscious and unconscious level. Our dreams may become more vivid and direct, while our waking life bring new encounters and opportunities that inspire us to act.
Avocado, Persea americana, is an evergreen tree that can grow up to 65 feet tall. Archaeological evidence points to Peru as the original home of the wild avocado where it grew 8,000 to 15,000 years ago. The original Peruvian Quechua word for avocado is palta. The word “avocado” comes from the proto-Aztecan word pawa and the Aztec Nahautl word ahuacatl, which also meant “testicle” or “fertility fruit.” Avocados were domesticated throughout South and Central America. They were introduced to Spain in 1601 via the conquistadors and then to North America in 1825. It became known as the “Alligator Pear” because of its shape and reptilian green skin.
This bizarre association between avocados, alligators and fertility makes complete sense when you see how the spirit of avocado works at the level of our conscious (emotional) and unconscious (reptilian) nature. Fertility is associated with our creative life force energy and for that reason we must feed ourselves with healthy foods etc… The alligator, as a creature that lives in the water and on earth, symbolizes our ability to walk between worlds, inspiring us to dream our world into being.
Avocados are also a super food because they are rich in nutrients; vitamins, minerals and healthy fats, plus they are low in sugar. Eating one avocado is like taking a multi-vitamin. Avocados contain calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, copper, manganese, phosphorus and zinc plus vitamins C, B6, B-12, A, D, K, E, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin and they are high in fiber. Their anti-inflammatory properties can help reduce inflammation in tissues, joints, and muscles. The message here is that getting healthy doesn’t have to be complicated. Replacing highly processed foods with fresh fruits and vegetables is one of the easiest ways to increase our vitality.
Avocados are similar to bananas because they mature on the tree but ripen off the tree. This message from avocado is one of going within to embrace our inner selves and then going out to bring our ideas to life.
Message: The avocado is here to inspire us to see all the creative opportunities that surround us now. This is a fertile time when unexpected opportunities may arise. Remain open to all possibilities as new beginnings appear seemingly out of nowhere. Avocado asks us to reassess our lifestyle, especially our diet. A healthy diet is important so we have the ability to seize the moment when it comes.
Challenge: Creative block and holding back our emotions. Not willing to explore new ideas.