POMEGRANATES & MAGICK
If you don’t know this awesome fruit, let me intrude something which I incorporate into my magick. Especially in this time of year that is best survived with morning sex to fight the depression, because lack of sun and gray skies reasons, that’s why.
This is Pomegranate or how we like to call it in Mediterranean parts - NAR.
The pomegranate /ˈpɒmɨɡrænɨt/, botanical name Punica granatum, is a fruit-bearing deciduous shrub or small tree growing between 5–8 meters (16–26 ft) tall. (Wikipedia)
Pomegranates are used in cooking, baking, juices, smoothies and alcoholic beverages, such as martinis and wine.
The genus name Punica refers to the Phoenicians, who were active in broadening its cultivation, partly for religious reasons.
Garnet comes from Old French grenat by metathesis, from Medieval Latin granatum, here used in a different meaning: “of a dark red color”.
Grenadine syrup is thickened and sweetened pomegranate juice and is used in cocktail mixing.
The rind of the fruit and the bark of the pomegranate tree is used as a traditional remedy against diarrhea, dysentery and intestinal parasites. The seeds and juice are considered a tonic for the heart and throat, and classified as having bitter-astringent taste plus a range of taste from sweet to sour, depending on ripeneness. Thus Pomegranate is considered a healthful counterbalance to a diet high in sweet-fatty (kapha or earth) components
For us here it is usual to have at least one in our gardens. It’s an awesome stubborn tree with thin gray/brown branches filled with thorns. In autumn its filled with cracked pomegranates. The red berries cleaned out of the shell are sour, yummy, full of vitamins,
Pomegranate arils provide 12% of the Daily Value (DV) for vitamin C and 16% DV for vitamin K per 100 g serving, and contain polyphenols, such as ellagitannins and flavonoids (section below). Pomegranate arils are excellent sources of dietary fiber which is entirely contained in the edible seeds
can be used for tea, deserts, making liquor. I seen birds enjoy them, especially magpies, blackbird, smaller ones too.
In magickal sense, I always felt pomegranate is a representation of stubbornness, strong will, sourness of life which gives new shapes, and feeling of protection. This is why I love to collect thorns from dried branches and use them instead of nails in witch bottles or protection spells. I even set up a secret altar with stones and offerings of dried herbs in the bottom of one tree.
For me pomegranate also represents death and Saturn, and I plan to use it in death magick / black color chaos magick / entropy magick. The point is as I’m researching about it right now while writing post, it is funny and interesting how intuition or maybe the secret knowledge that lies within us can be so right: read on…
Ancient Egyptians regarded the pomegranate as a symbol of prosperity and ambition.
In the Ancient Greek mythology, the pomegranate was also known as the “fruit of the dead,” and to have sprung from the blood of Adonis
The myth of Persephone, the goddess of the Underworld, also prominently features the pomegranate.
In ancient times they were offered to Demeter and to the other gods for fertile land, for the spirits of the dead and in honor of compassionate Dionysus.
When one buys a new home, it is conventional for a house guest to bring as a first gift a pomegranate, which is placed under/near the ikonostasi (home altar) of the house, as a symbol of abundance, fertility and good luck
Pomegranates are also prominent at Greek weddings and funerals
The pomegranate is a good symbol for the unity of life and death, because on the outside it looks dead, and its flesh is hard and inedible, but on the inside the seeds are juicy and alive; in the same way, the ground looks dead but the seeds buried in it will come to life. There is more of the unity of opposites in the fact that the opened fruit looks very feminine but the seeds are considered a stand-in for semen; likewise, the fruit makes a great Venus symbol (red, juicy) but is also connected to a Saturnian holiday like Samhain.
It is customary to eat three seeds on Samhain (Halloween) in remembrance of her journey; eating more than that is believed to bring hardship into the coming year.
Pomegranate juice symbolizes the menstrual or wise blood of the goddess; to drink it is to gain her wisdom. Carry a dried piece of the outer skin or add it to spells for conception.
MAGICKAL USES and CORRESPONDENCES
Magickal uses:creative vision, creativity, inventiveness, prosperity
Magickal substitutions:Pomegranate may be used as a substitute in old spells that call for blood.
RULER: Persephone, Astarte, Sekhmet
magickal form:Seeds, snifter, outer surface rind
symbolism:Blood, Departure popular the criminal world
brings:Strength, protection, fertility, comprehension, wisdom
Conclusion. Pomegranates are <3. There is lot’s of material for reading on internet, so if you plan to do some magick with it, research, research, research - beautiful information can be found.
It is strange and not-strange in same time that I’m attracted to it right now. I don’t eat it a lot usually, but yesterday morning, I went out following my mind, picked one, collected thorns, made juice and packed it for later… planning to use it for magick in near future :)
After this research I decided to offer pomegranate seeds to friends at Halloween party ;)
all the best, chaotically,
the chaote ;)