I. Almond – Soul Purpose – Magi
Genus: Prunus – Family: Rosaceae
The almond tree heralds a time of action and concentration. 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 use our knowledge and our intuition to move forward in a new direction. We are to use our creative skills as we focus on our goal.
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. The drupe is encased by an outer hull or exocarp containing the woody shell, called the endocarp or drupe. Inside the shell is the edible seed commonly referred to as a nut, in this case the almond.
The word almond is derived from the Greek word amygdala, meaning “almond shaped.” The amygdala is located in the temporal lobes of our brain, seen as two almond-shaped clusters, one in the right 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. When almond appears, you are being asked to integrate all aspects of what is being presented to you.
The Judaic seven-branched menorah described in Exodus: 25-37, is based on a blossoming almond tree. 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 saw trees as the archetype of the human psyche in its quest for individuation and meaning. In the mystical teachings of the Kabbalah, the Tree of Life represents the path of the soul descending the tree as it manifests into human form and then travels up the tree to reunite with its soul.
Message: 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. Engage the soul and the mind to actively create a new way of living with a deeper sense of purpose.
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.