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.

Native to Iran, pistachios were a common food source by 6750 BCE. It is said that the Hanging Gardens of Babylon featured pistachio trees. Pistachio trees were called “terebinths” in ancient times, they were the earliest known source of turpentine resin. Terebinths, Pistacia terbinthusfeatures red blossoms and reddish black fruit. It is a resinous and aromatic tree related to Pistachia palaestina, which was also called terebinth. Pistachia palaestina is a common tree in Syria, Palestine and Israel.

Some consider this to be the terebinth tree referred to in Hebrew Scriptures as the elah tree, which was often translated to oak or alon/elon. Both trees were seen as possessing divine qualities, which is why tree worship was commonplace in many ancient cultures throughout the world.

Pistachio trees are generous trees that provide delicious and nutritious nuts, medicinal ingredients and beauty.

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.

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, common pistachio is known for its abundant and edible seeds called pistachio nuts.

Pistachio trees are biennial-bearing trees, meaning that their harvest is heavier in alternate years. Each tree provides a generous supply of 50,000 pistachios every two 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 nuts.

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.