By Isabella @TheWandCarver
What an interesting tree, the Almond! One of my favourite nuts are Almonds along with Walnuts, Brazil nuts, Pistachio nuts…alright, I’ll stop 😊 Admittedly I could go on a lot longer, but we are here for the lovely Almond tree and what it can do for us magickally.
In researching the Almond tree [Prunus dulcis], I learned so much I never knew. Firstly, Almonds grow rather prolifically in the US state of California, but the tree is native to the country of Iran and closely surrounding countries. They are also grown in Australia and Spain. Sounds to me that wherever it is quite warm most of a year, Almond trees will grow. That is why you won’t catch many growing in the UK unless they are the Ingrid which is the most reliable Almond variety for the UK climate, and will produce well-flavoured Almonds in late August if you can offer it a sunny sheltered situation. The spring blossom is also very attractive – far more so than most fruiting plums and cherries, to which it is closely related.
Another fact about Almonds is that there is a fatally poisonous Almond called the Bitter Almond which is grown in the wild. It is so highly toxic only a small amount is fatal. Beware of the wild Almonds wherever you reside.
The Almond is a deciduous tree, growing 4–10 m [13–33 ft] in height, with a trunk of up to 30 cm [12 in] in diameter. The flowers are white to pale pink, 3–5 cm [1–2 in] diameter with five petals, produced singly or in pairs and appearing before the leaves in early spring. If you’re planning on planting an Almond tree, please do, however, be advised your wait will be a long one until your real first harvest as the trees reach full bearing age five to six years after planting. The fruit matures in the autumn, 7–8 months after flowering. And, the almond fruit is 3.5–6 cm [1 3⁄8–2 3⁄8 in] long. In botanical terms, it is not a nut but a drupe. Still, I shall always call them nuts, as I only learned they are “drupes” as of today.
You may have heard of Almond gum in spell work. Badam pisim/ Almond gum cannot be prepared. It comes from the tree. Badam/Almond tree bark secretes the gum which dries up on the bark, then one can collect the gum and clear it of any leftover wood bark to be used in many ways.
Keep an Almond in your pocket to help you retrieve lost things and it assists in bringing good luck your way. Almond oil is often used in prosperity spells by rubbing it on the working candle or a few drops in a loose incense being burned for prosperity; Almond leaves and Almonds proper are also used for money magick. Also, Almond oil can be smeared on money to help attract more money. As a wand or amulet, the wood of the Almond tree aids in self-protection. Almond wood is also said to be effective in love magick.
Almonds are also essential to beauty as the drupe [nut] is beneficial to our health, however, I came across this spell in my copy of Tess Whitehurst’s book, The Magic of Trees:
Preheat your oven to 350F [in North America], or at around 180c/160 fan/gas mark 4 in UK/Europe. Thought I should add that as she did not. Centre yourself by holding your hands in a prayer pose and calling upon the Goddess [of your beliefs] to bless your magickal workings. Place three cups of raw, organic Almonds in a medium to large bowl. Add a tablespoon of olive oil and a pinch of salt and stir in a clockwise direction with a wooden spoon until coated. As you stir, mentally direct a very bright, pink light through the spoon into the Almonds. Line a baking tray with aluminium foil or preferably baking parchment and pour the Almonds onto the baking tray, spreading evenly. Hold open your palms over the Almonds and direct the energy of your words into them as you chant three times:
Goddess of love, Goddess of light
Bless me with your beauty bright
Bake for ten to twelve minutes or until they are a rich, dark brown. Let cool, then store in a large glass container with sealing lid. Every morning until they’re gone, have one quarter to one third cup Almonds with or for breakfast until they’re gone. Repeat as desired… or as needed 😊 I would need to eat them forever!
Planet: Jupiter [I have also seen some saying Mercury]
Gender: Feminine [some say Masculine]
Powers: Beauty, Clairvoyance, Divination, Fertility, Goddess Energy, Healing, Prosperity, Protection, Wisdom
Deity: Attis, Mercury, Thoth, Hermes
Folk Names: None, really
Badam pisim otherwise known as Almond gum has great cooling properties. In very hot places such as India, where my mother’s very far back ancestors came from, Badam pisim is added to water or any drink to help cool one’s system on a 40c day. It helps calm the stomach burns, treats ulcers and reduces the burning sensation in the stomach. It is also known for its cholesterol lowering properties.
Health benefits of the Almond nut/drupe:
Almonds are high in phytic acid, a substance that binds certain minerals and prevents them from being absorbed. Whilst phytic acid is generally considered a healthy antioxidant, it also slightly reduces the amount of iron, zinc and calcium you get from Almonds. They are among the world’s best sources of vitamin E, so good in fact, you can eat these daily and probably no longer need E supplements. Almonds can assist with blood sugar control. If you are hypoglycaemic or have diabetes, sometimes the blood sugar gets a bit out of whack. People without diabetes also see major reductions in insulin resistance when supplementing with magnesium. Always keep a container of Almonds [non-sugared!] with you . They are very high in magnesium therefore you could possibly save money from buying that supplement. Almonds can lower your cholesterol levels particularly the LDL or bad cholesterol.
Lastly, Almonds can help you in weight loss. Due to their satiating properties, Almonds [and Walnuts] are a great addition to an effective weight loss diet. And, they are high in fibre and protein and low in bad carbs. Win-win!
Many thanks for reading and warmest blessings to all whom this way wander x
The Magic of Trees, by Tess Whitehurst