Persimmon – Divination

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. The name persimmon comes from the Powhatan who called it pichamins meaning “dry fruit” in the Algonquian language of the eastern woodlands. American persimmon, Diospyros virginiana is native to the eastern United States and was beloved by native people. In the Ozarks, it was known for its ability to “divine” the weather by cutting one of its brown seeds in half and observing the white 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. When cut horizontally an eight-pointed star is revealed which is symbolic of cosmic order.

Bright persimmons on the branches.

In Asia, persimmons are dried as a snack known as Hoshigaki. In Korean folklore, dried persimmons scared away mischievous tigers because it had the power to quiet a crying child. In Buddhism the persimmon is symbolic of the eight-fold path of transformation.

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 includes edible and non-edible persimmons.

Edible persimmons are native to Japan, Asia, India, Europe and the Americas, which are defined as astringent or non-astringent. The most widely cultivated persimmon tree is Diospryros kaki also known as Asian or Japanese persimmon. The most popular Kaki varieties are the heart-shaped Hachiya, which is astringent until it is fully ripe and the non-astringent Fuyu which can be eaten before ripening.

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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