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Thursday, January 06, 2011

Magickal Uses of Pomegranate

Ruler: Persephone, Astarte, Sekhmet
Type: Fruit
Magickal Form: Seeds, juice, outer skin
Symbolism: Blood, Journey into the underworld
Brings: Prosperity, protection, fertility, conception, wisdom

Strong traditions surround the pomegranate. In Wicca it is the sacred fruit of Persephone and represents her journey into the underworld. Much superstition revolves around the eating of the fruit.

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.

Another tradition stems from the Middle East where the fruit symbolizes wealth and fertility. Here the custom is to eat as much as possible in order to bring prosperity into the life.

In the Egyptian legend of Ra and Hathor, Sekhmet was released by Ra to slay humans who were plotting against him. Made intoxicated by blood lust, she would have destroyed all of mankind if Ra had not taken pity on us. He tricked her by dyeing beer blood-red with pomegranate juice which she drank believing it to be human blood, and became drunk. She soon forgot her anger and we were saved from destruction

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.

From: Encyclopedia of Magickal Ingredients
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