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Magic of the Pomegranate


During the winter months, a young witch’s thoughts turn to… pomegranates. So why does this fruit seem so magical?

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When Orion fell in love with Side, a jealous Hera transported his lover to the underworld and turned her into a pomegranate tree. Maybe this is why the ancient Greeks associated the fruit with death.  Or perhaps it’s because of its red, dripping fruit and hard, dry outer shell.


Persephone by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, 1874

And then there’s Persephone… After kidnapping the young goddess and dragging her to the underworld, Hades gave her a pomegranate. She ate six seeds — enough to doom her to return to the underworld as Hades’ bride during the winter months. Or did Persephone know what she was doing when she ate those seeds?

But the ancient Greeks didn’t have a monopoly on mythical associations with the pomegranate. In Egyptian mythology, the god Ra, furious with mankind breaking of his laws, sent Sekhmet on a rampage of revenge. But he lost control of her, and feared soon no one would be left. So he died beer red with pomegranate juice, and tricked her into believing it was blood. She drank it, became drunk, and the crisis was averted.

This lush, red fruit is also associated with sex and fecundity.  Some believe that the apple that tempted Eve was actually a pomegranate.

Magically, the pomegranate is associated with abundance, fertility and death spells (So Scorpio! It’s all about the sex and death).


About the Author

Kirsten WeissKirsten Weiss is the author of The Hoodoo Detective, book six in the Riga Hayworth series of paranormal mystery novels. The seventh and final book in the series,The Hermetic Detective, will be available on Halloween, 2015. Her first cozy mystery, The Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum, is available for pre-order now.


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