VI. Pomegranate – Passion – Lovers
Genus: Punica – Family: Lythraceae
The deep red color of the pomegranate reminds us that to feel passionate is to feel alive.
In Roman mythology, Pomona, (Latin word pomun, “fruit of the trees”) was the protector goddess of fruitful abundance; the pruning knife was sacred to her. The word Pomegranate originated from her name, which evolved into the French word pomme“apple” combined with granatum“seeded.”
Pomegranates are symbols of eternity, fertility, passion, life, death and rebirth as well as love and marriage. Pomegranates have often been identified as the “forbidden fruit” from the Tree of Knowledge. The deep red color of a pomegranate along with its juice were associated with the blood that courses through our veins and the passion contained in our hearts.
The fruit is actually an edible berry encased in a thick reddish outer husk and a white spongy inner membrane. The number of seeds in a single pomegranate can vary from 200-1400. Each seed is held in the “arils” that contain red juice. Pomegranatetrees are deciduous trees that can grow 26 feet tall and live to be 200 years old.
Pomegranates are native to the Middle East and the Himalayas. Archaeologists have carbon dated the fruit of a pomegranate to 3000 BCE. They were cultivated throughout the Mediterranean.
Pomegranates were brought by the Spaniards to California and the Americas in 1769, where it has flourished as a food crop.
Pomegranate seeds are a rich source of dietary fiber, vitamin C, vitamin K and folate. Pomegranate juice is therefore both healthy and delicious.
Message: Pomegranate reminds us to love with a passion that fills our life with meaning and depth. Passion should not to be confused with temptation or lust. There are choices we must make to pursue our passions with clarity, love and purpose. Pursuing our passion means setting healthy intentions and boundaries that feel right to our soul and our body. It is important to listen toour heart. To feel passion is to love deeply and unconditionally.
Challenge: Feeling love sick or desperate for love. Being overly demonstrative and gushing, to gain attention and love. Compromising our core values to pursue superficial love and unhealthy attachments. This is a time of regaining love and respect for yourself before searching for love in others.