Acorn – Achievement – Nine of Nuts (Pentacles)
Genus: Quercus – Family: Fagaceae
Acorn signals a time of achievement. We have reached a point in our life where we can now appreciate the beauty and abundance that we have nurtured thus far.
In Celtic and Druidic cultures, acorns were considered sacred because they held the “seed” of the mighty oak tree. Acorns were exchanged as secret signals between druids so they would “know” each other. The name Druid, (teacher/mystic) is based on the Proto-Indo-European words deru (tree) and vid (knowledge). Druids were known to ingest acorns to access the wisdom of an oak tree.
Acorn comes from the Celtic words “ac” for oak and “korn” for kernel. The concept of Korn originated in the Eleusinian mystery schools. Kore, also known as Persephone, was the daughter of Demeter (Mother Goddess of Agriculture) and Zeus (Father God), oaks were sacred to both. Kore embodies the “kernel” within an acorn as the “seed” of life.
Acorns or oak nuts only appear on adult trees starting at the age of 20 to 50 years old. This fact alone made acorns a symbol of patience and achievement. In Norse legend, Thor sought shelter under a large oak during a thunderstorm. This in turn led to the tradition of placing acorns on windowsills to prevent a house from being hit by lightning. Acorns were also worn as amulets of protection, good luck and abundance.
Acorns themselves are made up of a smooth hard outer shell (pericarp) with a woody cap (cupule) perched on top. The edible nut is inside the shell. Acorns have a fairy-like appearance, which have inspired the imaginations of children around the world.
A mature oak can produce more than 2000 acorns a year but only one in 10,000 acorns will grow to become an oak. This speaks to the perseverance it takes to achieve our goals.
Acorns can be gathered as a food source. They can be cooked, placed in soup, or dried and ground into flour. Acorns can be stored for up to two years and used when needed. The white oak tree, Quercus alba is the most sought-after producer of acorns due to their nuttier, sweeter taste and lower tannin content. A white oak will begin producing acorns around 20 years old, but the tree doesn’t produce large crops until it reaches 50 years of age. This speaks to the importance of honoring the time it takes to achieve our dreams. Patience and hard work coupled with vision and wisdom are important factors to cultivate in our life.
Message: Acorn reminds us to stay humble even during times of great achievement. This is a time to embrace the art of self-sufficiency, self-discipline and self-control. As we master these aspects of life we begin to flow in harmony with the natural rhythms of nature. Acorns appearance suggests that we are about to sprout a new plan or a new opportunity will appear before us.
Challenge: Being loud or indiscreet. Not able to keep secrets especially those that could impact others.