I. Almond – Purpose – Magi
Genus: Prunus – Family: Rosaceae
The almond tree heralds a time of action, concentration and magic. Its appearance reminds us of our soul’s unique quest to find purpose and meaning in life. This awareness of our own duality creates a sense of separation between our innocence and our power. We are being asked to make a choice as we combine our knowledge and our intuition to move forward in a new direction. The word Magi originated in Persia, circa 520 BCE, to describe ancient astronomers and alchemists who “magically” transformed chaos into order.
The almond tree is a deciduous species native to the Middle East, India and North Africa. Almond trees are fruit trees related to peaches in the subgenus Amygdalus. The fruit of the almond tree is called a drupe, which is encased by an outer hull or exocarp that contains a woody shell called the endocarp. Inside the shell is the edible seed commonly referred to as a nut known as an almond.
The botanical word “almond” is derived from the Greek word amygdala, meaning, “almond-shaped.” The biological word “amygdala,” corpus amygdaloideum,is used to describe two groups of nuclei located deep in the temporal lobes of our brain. They are seen as almond-shaped clusters, one in the right hemisphere and one in the left hemisphere.
Memory, decision-making and emotions are processed differently in each hemisphere. The right interprets negative stimuli as factual. The left discerns it as pleasant or unpleasant. This is the place in our brain where we process our “flight, fight or freeze” response when dealing with fear.
A blossoming almond tree is used as the model for the Judaic seven-branched menorah described in Exodus: 25-37. The diagram of the Judaic Kabbalah, also known as the Tree of Life, is based on the seven branches of the menorah. It is a path for the soul as it descends the tree to manifest into human form and then ascends up the tree to remember its soul. The three left branches represent the darkness; the three right branches are the forces of light. The central trunk is the self-giving one.
This concept is similar to the function of the amygdala in our brain. Carl Jung identified trees as the archetype of the human psyche in its quest for purpose and meaning. This magical way of seeing actually reveals our path as seekers.
Message: When almond appears, we are being asked to integrate all aspects of what is being presented to us as we step out of fear and into the realm of positive action and magical thinking. Almond reminds us to become conscious of our inner dialogue and to realize that we are the one who is wondering. Now is a time of self-mastery, self-fulfillment and self-perception as we actively create a new way of living with purpose and vision.
Challenge: Our ego is preventing us from seeing the bigger picture of life. Egomania, megalomania and over inflation of self are overpowering our sense of reason and shadowing our desire for happiness and love.Release the desire to be right or to judge what we perceive.