Pistachio – Generosity – Six of Nuts & Seeds (Coins)

Genus: Pistacia – Family: Anacardiaceae

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

Pistacia is a genus of flowering evergreen and deciduous trees in the cashew family. The genus is estimated to be nearly 80 million years old, with 10-20 species spread throughout warmer climates of the world.

Pistacia vera or common pistachio is known for its abundant and edible seeds called pistachio nuts. Native to Iran, they were a common food as early as 6750 BCE. The Hanging Gardens of Babylon were thought to contain pistachio trees in 700 BCE.

Other species such as Pistacia terbinthus,offers the gift of turpentine resin. Pistacia lentiscus, is the source of the medicinal plant resin known as mastic or Arabic gum, while Pistacia chinensis, is cultivated for its exceptional beauty.

Pistachio, Pistacia vera, was introduced in 1854 as a garden tree to California in the United States. It did not become a commercial crop until 1929. Today, Iraq and the United States produce 76% of the world’s supply of pistachios.

Pistachio trees are deciduous, biennial-bearing trees, meaning that their harvest is heavier in alternate years. This speaks to the balancing of resources that pistachio represents. 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 kernels or nuts. Each tree provides a generous supply of 50,000 pistachios every two years.

Message: Pistachio represents being in harmony with our resources, allowing us to be generous with ourselves and others. Generosity is not restricted to wealth; it also includes our wisdom, talents and willingness to help others. Now may be a time of helping someone in need or volunteering your time to an organization or cause, that aligns with your soul. This card can also indicate a time when we are the receivers of someone else’s generosity. Whichever direction generosity is flowing allow it to happen with grace and dignity without expectations or demands.

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