Hazelnut – Manifestation – Messenger of Nut & Seeds (Page of Coins)

Genus: Corylus – Family: Betulaceae

When hazelnut appears, we are entering a time when we will begin to dream a new dream and manifest a sweeter way of living that will be more rewarding to our soul.

The fruit of the common hazel, Corylus avellana is the hazelnut, its close sibling, Corylus maxima is a filbert. Corylus avellana is native to Europe and western Asia. Turkey is the world’s largest producer of hazelnuts.

Hazelnuts have been harvested since Mesolithic times over 9,000 years ago. Stone-lined pits filled with over 100,000 burned hazelnut shells were discovered in Scotland that date back to 6000 BCE. Similar sites have been found on the Isle of Man in Britain. This discovery provides insights on how hazelnuts were an integral part of communal living and planning.

The Celtic culture venerated hazelnuts as providers of wisdom and inspiration. There is an ancient tale of a sacred pool where nine holy hazel trees grew. They dropped their nuts into the pool of water for the salmon to eat, so the salmon would absorb the wisdom of the hazel trees. A Druid caught “the salmon of knowledge” and asked his student to cook it. As the student cooked the fish a blister formed. The student sucked on it for comfort, and absorbed the wisdom of both the salmon and the hazelnut. The boy was called Fin McCool, he went on to become a hero in Gaelic mythology.

The kernel of the seed in all hazelnuts is edible and rich in protein, vitamin E, manganese and other vitamins and minerals. Their sweet, nutty flavor is used to manifest a varied assortment of sweet treats such as: pralines, chocolate truffles, Nutella, cakes and tortes, etc.

Frangelico is a liqueur made from hazelnuts, cocoa and vanilla. The name Frangelico is based on the hermit monk Fra Angelico who created it. The bottle is shaped like a Franciscan Friar.

Message: The spirit of the hazelnut encourages entrepreneurial pursuits. This is a time of new beginnings and manifestation; especially pertaining to something we have been dreaming of. Regardless of how we pursue our dreams the hazel reminds us to retain our sweetness and childlike sense of wonder. We are also being encouraged to pursue wisdom and learning in all forms that will continue to inspire us.

Challenge: Becoming complacent or lazy, losing touch with the wonderment of life. Focusing on short-term pleasures versus envisioning long-term goals.