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Pomegranate Flower Essence

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The Pomegranate 🌱 Archetype

A cherished companion of humans, Pomegranate traces have been found amongst remnants of human cultures from 3000 years or more. It is associated with several deities in Greek Mythology, cited in the Bible and very prominently in the Qur’an, and is present in a variety of ritual traditions.

Plants of the World Online (by Royal Kew Botanic Gardens) shows Punica granatum as being native to several Middle Eastern areas, and introduced to many other semi-arid to subtropical areas (hot summers and mild winters) around the world. Kew is also associated with this beautiful historical publication that prominently features this plant.

Growing from shrub to medium-sized tree, the beautiful Pomegranate plant takes a few years to begin bearing fruit, but once well adapted, it will withstand dry summers and will generously bear flowers and fruit for years, its attractive presence beautifying all gardens.

In countries of dry and warm Mediterranean climate, like Greece, the Balkans, and many more, its vibrant presence can be seen flowering abundantly in Spring and offering most generously her beautiful fruit in homes and gardens in the Fall.

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Myths involving Pomegranate honor Death, Loss, and Fertility

In Greek Mythology, the Pomegranate is associated with three of the Pantheon’s major Goddesses, the more strongly related one being Persephone, and others being Hera and Aphrodite. Jungian analyst Jean Shinoda Bolen, author of the book Goddesses in Every Woman, considers these specific ones as vulnerable Goddesses, whose lives necessarily involve intimate relationships with men.

Young Persephone was picking up flowers when she was abducted by Hades, ruler of Death and God of the Underworld, devastating her mother Demeter, the Goddess of Harvest and Fertility of the Earth, who desperately searched for her everywhere. And as a result, all land became barren…

With the help of other Gods, Demeter eventually found her, but her fate was yet to be determined. And it was because Persephone had eaten one grain of a fruit that grew in the Underworld, the Pomegranate, that it was ruled by Zeus that she would only be allowed to come back to the Upper World for half of the year, bringing healing joy to her mother and bringing back fertility to the land that fully flourished again. But she would always have to descend for the other half, to live alongside Hades, as Queen of the Underworld.

Pomegranate as a traditional nutrient and medicine

With high status from ancient times as an herbal remedy in many cultures, Pomegranate fruit, its juice, and other parts of the plant have been consistently used as medicine, preceding what is now fully shown through evidence in contemporary studies: it provides potent antioxidant effects that support radiant health, with special impact on the human circulatory and reproductive systems.

Pomegranate flower essence supports mourning painful losses

The flower essence, researched by Patricia Kaminski and Richard Katz, has healing qualities backed by decades of documented results gathered from Practitioners around the world.

In our practices, we have witnessed Pomegranate as being crucial in deeply touching healing journeys of several essence clients, some related to painful loss and some restoring life and bringing forth flourishing fertility.

This essence has been a crucial component of formulas supporting women who have had to mourn the loss of feminine organs through surgeries like hysterectomy, and also for those who had yearned to become biological mothers and had to grieve and come to terms with the fact that this was not going to be their actual manifested experience in this lifetime.

As Patricia Kaminski so poignantly describes in this article, the Pomegranate flower essence, often along with other related essences, has helped the process of coming to terms with such contingencies, while showing the person other ways for them to experience their feminine creativity and fertility.

Author

Ruth Toledo Altschuler

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By Ruth Toledo Altschuler

Ruth is a Certified Flower Essence Practitioner, Educator and Mentor. In practice for over three decades, she has a unique combination of experience unparalleled in the field. Originating from Brazil, Ruth was instrumental in developing flower essence therapy as a widely accepted modality in that country. She has a background in photography and uses that talent to greatly enhance the online student experience with immersive imagery. Ruth is an authorized instructor for the FES Practitioner Certification Program and offers this yearly. She is the creator of Essence Mentoring & Essence Circles, and co-host of The Flower Essence Conference.

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