Pomegranates

August 4, 2011 at 1:04 am Leave a comment

Pomegranate Tree - Image Via "Fruits, Fables and Folklore"

The pomegranate has been used throughout history and in almost every religion as a symbol of humanity’s most fundamental beliefs and desires, including life and death, rebirth and eternal life, fertility and marriage, abundance and prosperity. Almost every aspect of the pomegranate has come to symbolize something . . . its shape, color, seeds, juice.

Pomegranates were eaten by the Israelites while they were in Egypt. As they traveled to the promised land, there were places without pomegranates. But the promised land would once again provide them with the luscious fruit… A belief also circulated that the fruit eaten by Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden was the pomegranate.

The pomegranate is often seen in paintings and statues of the Virgin Mary and the baby Jesus. It’s a symbol of resurrection and everlasting life.

Legend states that each pomegranate contains one seed (aril) from the pomegranate in paradise.

…[T]he changing of the seasons is said to be caused by Persephone eating a pomegranate seed – – food of the underworld.

From “The Power of Pomegranate Symbolism

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Pomegranates
an original poem by me

A golden silence abides

within and beyond all forms

of expression (mind or matter),

a joyous energy so sensuous and fertile

that to speak while in tune

with this mysterious frequency

would cause pomegranates bursting with ripeness

to fall from your lips.

But a wordless prayer invokes brilliant shafts of light

illuminating the secret splendor of the mundane,

even the luscious red arils of your quivering heart.

Between and behind its beats,

the silence grows,

a golden tree bearing heavy scarlet fruit.

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