Mystical Monday: Pomegranate

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The New Moon rises tomorrow, and it couldn’t come at a better time. New Moon energies encourage rest, rejuvenation, and making new plans. We are between holidays right now (at least in the US), and many of us are still getting our feet back under us, as we warily watch our “peaceful transition of power”. This is a time of new beginnings, setting new goals, planting seeds of new ideas, and committing to their nurture.

If you are into visualizing your goals as seeds, why not incorporate some pomegranate seeds into your daily meals? Pomegranates are in season right now, and should be easy to find in your grocery store. They have been symbolic in many different spiritual traditions for centuries, representing fertility, fruitfulness, and life.

Ironically, in Greek mythology, pomegranate seeds are said to be the “food of the underworld” that Persephone ate, which obligated her to spend half of her time there, rendering her mother Demeter so bereft that she can allow nothing to grow on Earth until Persephone returns in the spring. Those crazy Greeks, such fun at a party.

I love pomegranate seeds for their bright red color and their bold tart flavor. For such a tiny morsel, they add a lot of punch to anything, and they are remarkably versatile. I have added them to salads, sprinkled them into sandwiches, and used them to garnish meat dishes. I have blogged about them here, here, here, and here.

When I searched online for recipes using apples and pomegranate seeds, I found dozens, and a search for recipes using cranberries and pomegranate seeds yielded a similar result. So there is no shortage of ways to incorporate the mini flavor bombs into your meals over the next few days. Pick up a pomegranate on your next shopping trip, and as you add them to your dishes, imagine yourself planting seeds of growth, change, or rebirth in your life. What have you got to lose? What have you got to gain?

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