Pistachio – Generosity – Six of Nuts (Pentacles)

The appearance of pistachio indicates a time of stability and harmony that encourages generosity, abundance and charity.

Native to the Middle East and Central Asia, Pistacia vera is the most popular species of cultivated trees in the cashew family. The name pistachio comes from the Persian pestah, which describes its edible seed. Pistacia vera are smaller trees than its other cousins, yet it produces the largest, most desired and valuable nuts. These deciduous and biennial trees have been cultivated as a beloved food source for over 9000 years. A single female tree can produce a generous quantity of 100 pounds of pistachios every other year. Ancient Pistacia were also known as terebinth, based on the Greek word terebinthine, because its resin was the earliest source of turpentine. Terebinth (pistachio) and Elah (oak) grew side by side in the wild, where they became associated with El, Elah, Elon, Alah, Alon as symbols of longing, reaching, striving, strength and love.

The Pistacia genus is estimated to be nearly 80 million years old, with 10-20 species spread throughout warm climates of the world.

Pistacia terebinthus and Pistachia palaestina, Palestinian turpentine trees were most valued for their turpentine resin, which was used for medicine and as a preservative for wine.

Pistacia atlantica, Atlantic pistachios tend to grow in the wild. They can become shade trees that live to be 1000 years old. Because of its size it is the only pistachio that is valued for its wood. The oil of the Atlantic pistachio’s seed is extracted and used in medicine and manufacturing. The resin is used to create essential oil for exotic perfumes. Dried resin is burned as incense for sacred ceremonies.

Pistacia lentiscu, Mastic tree is an evergreen tree that produces the aromatic and medicinal resin known as mastic or Arabic gum.

Pistacia chinensis, Chinese pistachio is grown for its fall beauty.

Pistachio trees are biennial-bearing trees, meaning that their harvest is heavier in alternate years. Pistachios are harvested by shaking the tree to release the drupes containing the seeds. After hulling and drying they are sorted by open-mouth and closed-mouth shells, then roasted to produce pistachio nuts.

Message: Pistachio represents being in harmony with our resources, allowing us to be generous with our selves and others. Generosity is not restricted to wealth; it values our stories, talents and willingness to help others. Now may be a time of helping someone in need or volunteering time to an organization that aligns with our soul. This can also indicate a time when we are the receivers of someone else’s generosity. Whichever direction generosity is flowing, allow it to spread with grace and ease without expectation. Be in the moment.

Challenge: Placing conditions on generosity by demanding something in return or using our resources to control others.