Mango – Happiness
Genus: Mangifera – Family: Anacardiaceae
Mango encourages us to remember and honor the happy moments of our childhood and in our life as a way to rejuvenate the soul. Mango signals a period of returning to our past to reconnect with friends, family and places. Mango trees are a symbol of love and happiness that possess the magical power to grant wishes.
Offering a basket of mangos is seen a gesture of friendship in India. Mangos are the national fruit of India known as the “Food of God.”
In Hinduism, Lord Ganesha often holds a ripe mango as a symbol of spiritual attainment. Mango blossoms are used to honor the Hindu Goddess Saraswati, (Goddess of knowledge, music, art and wisdom.) The Jain goddess, Ambika is traditionally depicted sitting under a mango tree and mangos were given to Buddha and his monks as gifts of contemplation.
In the 16th century Mughal Emperor Akbar planted 100,000 mango trees in Lakhi Bagh near Darbhanga because they brought him so much happiness.
Mango, Mangifera indica or common mango is one of 69 species within the Mangifera genus. Mangos have been native to the Indian subcontinent for 25 to 30 million years. They can grow to be 131 feet tall and still bear fruit after 300 years. Mangos are evergreen trees that send a taproot at least 20 feet into the earth to anchor it from blowing over. Because of their desire to thrive mangos are a symbol of prosperity, good health and happiness.
Mangos were domesticated in India around 2000 BCE and brought to East Asia around 500 BCE. They consequently spread throughout the Mediterranean basin and the Middle East. In 1880, mangos were introduced to California in Santa Barbara. Today mangos grow throughout the world in subtropical climates. There are over 500 varieties of mango. Several different types of mango are grown together in mango orchards to improve pollination.
Message: Mango reminds us to focus on happy times versus hard times as we consciously shift our perceptions. Now is a good time to establish your roots and create a strong community for a healthier and happier life. Become more active and involved in local community events and reach out to friends and family. When mango appears, we are entering a time of increased happiness and awareness. Mango fruit takes 100-150 days to mature; therefore, the next 4-5 months will be a potent time for nurturing new relationships that bring happiness.
Challenge: Feeling isolated and alone. Not wanting to engage with the outside world or allow anyone in. Being unhappy with life and feeling powerless, angry and bitter. Holding onto old resentments and hurts that no longer serve us.
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