Persimmon – Divination
Genus: Diospyros – Family: Ebenaceae
Persimmon reminds us that we have a choice to make. Guidance can come in all forms through our dreams, our experiences and through the use of divination. Divination is the practice of seeking “divine” knowledge by finding meaning or inspiration in daily life.
The genus name Diospyros is Greek for “divine fruit/grain.”
Persimmon means “dry fruit” in Powhatan, an Algonquian language in the eastern United States. American persimmon, Diospyros virginiana is native to the eastern United States. In the Ozark Mountains, it was known for its ability to “divine” the weather by cutting a persimmon seed in half and observing the image inside. If it was spoon-shaped, the winter would have heavy wet snow. If fork-shaped the winter would be mild with light snow. Knife-shaped indicated a winter with icy sharp winds.
Persimmon trees are one of the most varied and hardy trees in the world. The Persimmon fruit may look like a cross between an apple and a tomato, but it is not related to either one. There are over 700 species within the Diospyros genus that include edible and non-edible persimmons. Edible persimmons are native to Japan, Asia, India, Europe and the Americas. Persimmon trees can grow to 59 feet tall and are resistant to diseases and pests.
The most widely cultivated is the Asian or Japanese persimmon, Diospryros kaki. In Asia, persimmons are dried and eaten as a snack known as Hoshigaki. In Korean folklore, dried persimmon fruit is thought to scare away tigers.
Wood from persimmon trees is very beautiful and dense, which is not surprising considering that it belongs to the same genus as ebony. Persimmon wood has been used to make golf clubs known as “woods” as well as billiard cues, drumsticks and longbows.
Message: Persimmon is an important reminder to be conscious of the choices we make in our lives. Even our perceptions are a choice. This awareness of choice is both empowering and liberating. Not all choices provide immediate gratification; some require time before coming to fruition, especially those that come to us in our dreams or visions. This can seem frustrating but in the end the rewards will be worth it. When persimmon appears in our life we are being asked to make necessary choices to achieve our goals. This is a time of action in order to make our dreams a reality.
Challenge: Procrastination, indecisiveness, stubbornness or “allowing” everything to happen without effort or thought. This creates a self-fulfilling trap or loop that goes nowhere.
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