III. Fig – Co-Creation – Earth Mother
Genus: Ficus – Family: Moraceae
The fig tree reminds us that our true nature is to co-create. Fig trees and fig wasps have been working together to co-create a mutually beneficial relationship for 60-80 million years. They have co-evolved to produce edible and delicious figs and healthy, pollinating wasps. The fig tree could not produce fruit if a fig wasp was not able to pollinate it.
The fig wasp would not exist if the fig were not able to house its eggs. Fig also reminds us to appreciate what is right in front of us, because it is often so obvious that we can’t see it.
There are about 850 species of ficus trees in the world; each one is considered sacred. Figs were one of the first trees to be cultivated by humans dating to 9400 BCE. They were native throughout the tropical world and semi-warm temperate zones. The common fig, Ficus caricagrows wild in dry and sunny areas.
The fig connects us with the fertility of earth and its mothering intelligence. Unfortunately, we have forgotten that we belong to each other and have become a destroyer species. Fig asks us to work together to restore ourselves and our earth.
Fig trees have inspired the hearts and minds of humans for over 10,000 years.
In ancient Egypt, ficus sycomorus was associated with the primordial fertility goddesses Isis, Nut and Hathor as the “Lady of the Sycomore” also interpreted as the Tree of Life.
In India, Buddha achieved enlightenment under a Bodhi tree ficus religiosa.
Figs are one of the seven species of fertility described in Deuteronomy 8:7-8: wheat, barley, grape, fig, pomegranates, olive, date. The fig is mentioned in the Qur’an several times, while the Hadith says the fig descended from paradise because it is a fruit without a pit. Because the flower of a fig tree is invisible, it inspired the concept of it being the rare of the rarest.
Fig awakens our collective memory of belonging to each other by inspiring us to feel alive on a cellular level. Reminding us of our innate ability to consciously co-create a better way of being.
Message: Fig encourages us to look for new openings in life and to consciously co-create for the greater good. Now is a time to actively engage in restoring our health, our home and our environment. Look for partnerships or groups to work with to move a project or idea forward that is inclusive and open.
Challenge: The opposite energy of co-creation is isolation, oppression and or a feeling of domination over others. This perspective is destructive, controlling and unstable. Let go of attachments and outcomes that prevent creative flow.