Beechnut – Power – Wisdomkeeper Nut & Seeds (King of Coins)

Genus: Fagus – Family: Fagaceae

Beechnut represents a time of stability, security and power. In the case of beech, we are being reminded that, “knowledge is power.”

Beech is a tree that is wise and powerful. Beech is synonymous with the word “book.” Boc, in Old English and bok, have the primary meaning of “beech” with a secondary meaning of “book” or buch. The word buche means “beech tree.” These interchangeable words are also found in the Dutch, Swedish and Russian languages.

Beech tablets were used as writing materials in Germanic societies before paper. The Indo-European word for book and the Sanskrit bhaga may both be related to the wooden runes used by Druids to receive insights.In Celtic culture beech, oak and chestnut trees were all in the duir family. The word duir became door, meaning that beech trees were seen as powerful doorways to knowledge.

Beechnuts are the seeds within the fruit of the beech tree; also called mast nuts. These small, triangular nuts form in burs that drop, in autumn. Their edible nuts contain powerful nutrients for improving brain and heart function. Beech nuts are typically roasted or cooked before eaten as a snack, incorporated into recipes or ground into flour.  Beechnuts contain 50% fat so they are also turned into butter or cold pressed into oil.

European, American and Asian beech trees are also sources of strong and powerful hardwoods. They are valued for flooring, musical instruments, furniture and toys. Its pulp is the sustainable source of modal, a strong yet soft textile.

Beech trees are a climax species native to the temperate regions of Europe, Asia and North America. The European beech, Fagus sylvatica, is the most cultivated species. The American beech, Fagus grandiflora once blanketed North America before the Pleistocene Ice Age confined it to east of the Mississippi. As the climate warms, beech trees are beginning to repopulate. A beech can live to be 400 years old or older.

Message: Beech encourages us to step into our power as a person of integrity, peace and wisdom. In a letter written in 1817, Thomas Jefferson wrote, “knowledge is power, knowledge is safety and knowledge is happiness.” What we have learned and experienced is coming together and being transformed into wisdom. Wisdom is something we know deep in our hearts as truth. True power brings peace into our life, our home, our community and our world. This is a time of using our power wisely with love in our hearts.

Challenge: Preoccupation with material success, status and egocentric thinking, “power has gone to your head.”