The Fruit of the Underworld: Pomegranate Magical Properties and Uses — Magical Herbs

The Magic of Pomegranate

Red Pomegrante in Womans Hand - Elune Blue (300x300)Pomegranate's power exudes feminine energy. Like the Empress of tarot, pomegranate's energy is fertile and passionate. However, like the High Priestess, the fruit's power has a hidden, deeply mystical and magical side, captivating religious adherents, spiritual thinkers and powerful witches alike for many millennia.

Pomegranate is the energy of the Goddess of Fertility and Spring, but also a sobering reminder the Queen of the Underworld's dark bargain and the barren of Winter. It only took a handful of pomegranate seeds for Persephone to seal her fate as betrothed to Hades, so too does pomegranate remind us that to glimpse beyond the veil is to know beyond the veil, and once you know you can never go back.

Consider the power of pomegranate in your next fertility spell, because just as pomegranate is rife with seeds, so too is it full of powerful, fertile energy. Its power is also mystical, divine and immortal, which lends itself well when diving deep into timeless and ancient energies. Pomegranates are a powerful symbol of the world within and the world around us, and a powerful reminder of the abundance of gifts and magic that exists in the world unseen.

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12 Magical Ways to Use Pomegranate
  1. Eating pomegranate seeds or carrying the skin is believed to increase fertility.

  2. Pomegranate is associated with luck, and it is said that if you make a wish before eating pomegranate, the wish will come true.

  3. A pomegranate branch can be used to discover and attract wealth.

  4. Dried pomegranate skin can be added to money drawing incenses.

  5. To find out how many children you will have, throw a pomegranate on the ground with enough force for it to open. However many seeds pop out is how many children you will bear.

  6. Hang a pomegranate branch above the door to protect against maligned energies.

  7. Pomegranate juice can be substituted for blood in blood magic.

  8. Drinking pomegranate juice is said to increase wisdom.

  9. During Samhain, it is customary to eat three pomegranate seeds in remembrance of Persephone's journey to the Underworld, but eating anymore than three seeds will cause hardship in the coming year.

  10. Make an ink using pomegranate leaves and vinegar and use it to write fertility, prosperity and protection spells.

  11. In Asian culture, it is tradition to decorate the bedroom of a newlywed couple with pomegranates to bless the union.

  12. Give pomegranate as a housewarming gift to bestow the blessings of abundance and prosperity on a household.

The Healing Power of Pomegranate*
  • Pomegranates contain three times more antioxidants than red wine and green tea.

  • Research is starting to show that pomegranates have promising healing potential when it comes to treating cancer, and may be able to lower prostate cancer cells.

  • Pomegranates have benefits for cognitive health, protecting the mind from memory loss and stalling the onset of Alzheimer's disease.

  • Pomegranates can help promote a healthy digestive system by lessening inflammation, and may provide relief for those dealing with Crohn's disease or inflammatory bowel syndrome.

  • Pomegranate juice contains flavanols which can help combat the inflammation that leads to osteoarthritis.

  • Pomegranate juice is incredibly heart healthy. It can help keep the arteries from becoming stiff and prevent plaque build-up. However, those taking medication for high blood pressure should be careful when consuming pomegranate juice as it can lead to adverse reactions.

  • Pomegranates have natural antiviral and anti-bacterial properties. They also contain Vitamin C and E which can help boost the immune system.

  • Pomegranates are a natural aphrodisiac. They can help raise testosterone levels in the body for both women and men, which can lead to increased libido.

  • Pomegranates are used as an all-natural remedy for diabetes in India and the Middle East.

  • For those who are active in sports and exercise, pomegranate juice can help reduce soreness and improve the body's recovery after a hard workout.

Pomegranates and Greek Mythology

Pomegranate has deep significance in mythology, particularly Greek mythology. After all, it was the seeds of the pomegranate fruit that ultimately caused Persephone to be bound to the Underworld four months of the year. The Greeks use the story of Persephone and her journey into the Underworld to explain why the seasons change, the fullness of Spring, and the dormancy of Winter.

Persephone, the beautiful daughter of the harvest and Earth goddess Demeter, caught the eye of Hades, God of the Underworld. Hades could not contain his desire for Persephone, and eventually decided to kidnap her and steal her away to his dark domain. With her daughter now missing, Demeter was thrust into a deep sadness, and in her melancholy, plants soon ceased to grow, the trees shed their leaves, and an endless winter took over the lands.

Meanwhile in the Underworld, Persephone was also beside herself with grief and refused to eat. Hades tried to offer all sorts of delicacies for her to receive sustenance, but to no avail. However, Persephone's will to avoid eating was starting to break down as her hunger rose.

When Hades offered her a handful of pomegranate seeds, she could no longer resist, and she finally gave in and ate four seeds. As the Fates would have it, anyone who consumes the food of the Underworld is trapped in the Underworld, and since Persephone ate four seeds, she was doomed to spend four months out of every year by Hades side as Queen of the Underworld. During this time, Demeter mourns her daughter, and plants will not grow. Hence the reason for Winter.

Interesting Facts About Pomegranate
  • Pomegranate's name comes from the medieval Latin words pomum, which means "apple," and granatum which means "seeded."

  • Explosive grenades get their name from the French word for pomegranate, grenade.

  • Pomegranate trees are known to live long. Some pomegranate trees in France has survived over 200 years.

  • Pomegranate tress have strikingly beautiful, bright red flowers, and some fruitless versions of the pomegranate tree are grown for the flowers alone.

  • Pomegranates can contain anywhere from 200 to 1400 seeds.

  • A large, dried pomegranate was found in the tomb of Djehuty, Queen Hatshepsut's butler.

  • Older, more mature specimens of pomegranate are often used for bonsai due to the peculiar way the bush's bark twists and its characteristic red flowers.

  • Pomegranate seeds sink while the pulp does not, which makes it easier to separate the seeds from the pulp when placed in water.

  • Pomegranate was a symbol of prosperity and ambition to the Ancient Egyptians.

  • Ancient Persians painted pomegranate on their shields for protection during battle.

  • Pomegranates are prominent in Greek funerals. A dish called koliva is prepared, consisting of boiled wheat, sugar and decorated with pomegranate. It is given as an offering to the dead.

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