Acacia – Chaos
Genus: Vachellia – Family: Fabaceae
The acacia signals a time of chaos and change.
In Egyptian mythology the first gods were thought to be born under a cosmic acacia tree. The acacia tree was often associated with the goddess Nut who shielded her children from chaos.
The acacia of Heliopolis was known as a tree of life and death. In Osirian myth, the acacia (also associated with Tamarisk) encased Osiris after he was betrayed by his brother Set. In death, Osiris became one with the acacia tree as “lord of the underworld.” His seed was planted into Isis the goddess of life who gave birth to their son Horus “lord of the sky.”
Horus rides a solar barge with an acacia on the west side and a date palm on the east as he navigates between night and day. Horus is the all seeing eye, his right eye is the sun and left eye is the moon.
Acacia was a sacred wood to the Hebrews, called shittahz. In Exodus 25:10-22 acacia is the wood that Moses was instructed to use when building the Ark of the Covenant.
The Ark encased two sacred stone tablets (Ten Commandments), the rod of Aaron (almond branch) and a pot of Manna (food). According to 1 Kings and 2 Chronicles; Solomon’s Temple housed the Ark in the Holy of Holies. In 587 BCE, Babylonians destroyed Solomon’s Temple and the Ark was never to be seen again. The Ark’s sudden disappearance has inspired one of the great mysteries of all time.
In Freemasonry acacia symbolizes the immortality of the soul.
Acacia reminds us that even when all seems lost new beginnings are on the horizon.
The word Acacia comes from the Greek akakia meaning thorny Egyptian tree. Botanist-physician Pedanius Dioscorides (40-90CE) first identified Acacia in his book Materia Medica. In 1773 Carl Linnaeus identified Acacia nilotica “thorn of the Nile” as the type species for the Acacia genus.
Two hundred year later in 1978, it was discovered that the 1300 Acacia species living in Africa and Australia did not share a common ancestor. This caused the Acacia genus to be split.
By 2011, the original Acacia trees of Africa were renamed –Vachellia, in honor of Rev. George Harvey Vachell an avid plant collector of the East India Company in China.
The ancient Acacia name was now given to the 900 Australian species.
Today Acacia pycnantha or Golden Wattle is Australia’s national tree and flower.
Message: The acacia spirit encourages us to move through the pain we feel as a result of chaos, sudden loss and or betrayal. The acacia asks us to be mindful of how easily words can be changed or misinterpreted and to dig deeper to understand their true intent. Wisdom is often born of chaos; this is a difficult lesson in life that teaches us to be resilient as we define a new path.
Challenge: Unwilling to look at our trauma or accept change gracefully. Staying stuck in the pain and trauma of change.
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