By Isabella @TheWandCarver
When I chose to write about the Walnut tree, I immediately thought of the stocking fillers we had for Christmas as a child. There was always an orange. And of course, the obligatory stick of Rock. Then some assorted sweets wrapped in crinkly cellophane. And Walnuts! And that was our lot in those days. To a child growing up in the sixties’ it was a veritable cornucopia of goodies! I know nowadays it is much different, but I started my own five out on “nuts and fruits and sweeties” ‘til they cottoned on to the fact that their friends got chocolate bars and mini-gifts wrapped up in paper inside their stockings…oh the good old days! Of course, things got much more expensive then!
The Walnut [nut proper] was said to be introduced into England from its native Iran by the Romans. Juglans regia, the Persian Walnut, English Walnut, Circassian Walnut, or especially in Great Britain, common Walnut, is an Old-World Walnut tree species native to the region stretching from the Balkans eastward to the Himalayas and southwest China. Archaeologists have found that black Walnuts were a popular food with Roman people. Another name for the Walnut is Juglans which is thought to mean Jove’s/Jupiter’s acorn, however, “Juglans” comes from its Latin name, Juglans nigra i.e. Black Walnut, which is an American Walnut tree and Black Walnut being native to eastern north America was introduced to Europe in 1629. For our purposes they both are used in the same way magickally and in healing.
Money and Prosperity: Always keep a bowl of **Walnuts on your table. Replace when eaten. The Walnuts radiate the power of Jupiter all over your home, bringing new opportunities, fertility, and wealth.
A spell to bring forth what you desire: Crack open a walnut. Break the nutmeat in half. Put the one half back in the walnut. Write on a piece of paper what you desire “I attract more money” or “every day I become more beautiful”. Fold the piece of paper and put it in the walnut. Close the walnut and wrap it with red cord. Seal it with red wax. **Eat the other half of the nutmeat while you inscribe outside of the walnut “to grow”. Taste the magick of the walnut and its power. Your wish becomes one with you. You can bury the walnut or carry it with you.
You can use Walnuts and Walnut wood and bark in rituals and meditations that deal with life transitions, rituals of initiation, manifesting intention into the physical realm, and weather magic.
The Romans once buried coins underneath Walnut trees as an offering to the Roman Goddess of fruit trees.
Because of its resistance to decay, Walnut wood is fabulous for wands, however, it is not a wood I find lying about very often so it could be some time before that happens! The young Walnut tree can be devastated by the grey squirrel. It also susceptible to Walnut leaf blotch.
** WARNING: If you or anybody in your home has a nut allergy, DO NOT attempt this spell. I am sure I don’t need to tell you; however, I feel honour-bound to do so anyway.
Western science has shown that the fruit husks of the black Walnut contain juglone – a compound that inhibits bacterial and fungal growth, and may be valuable in controlling dermal, mucous, and oral infections in humans. It is also being tested for its anticancer properties.
I have, in my readings, come across media saying that whatever body part a fruit or vegetable looks like is what it is useful in healing. When you lay the fruit of the Walnut out side by side it looks like a pair of lungs or, if you put the fruits together, a brain. “The Walnut tree and its wood help us with our mental gifts. Even the Walnuts themselves resemble little brains! Intelligence, wisdom and inspiration all come under its realm. It has also been said that Black Walnut contains medicinal properties. Walnut holds the powers of the breath and inspiration. Symbolic of confidence and mental wisdom. Black Walnut wood has medicinal properties that are useful in the prevention and treatment of disease. Walnut teaches us clarity and focus, using our mental gifts wisely and how to best use our intelligence.” ~ Dr Kyle D Christensen
Black walnut has been used by native people for thousands of years. Native American ethnobotany has revealed many medicinal uses for the bark, leaves, husks, and nuts of black walnut, including its utility as a mosquito repellent, a dermatological aid, an anti-diarrhoeal, a laxative, and an anthelminthic. In one form or another, this species has been used to relieve the symptoms of fever, kidney ailments, gastrointestinal disturbances, ulcers, toothache, syphilis, and snake bite, among others.
Planetary: Jupiter, Sun
Zodiac: Gemini, Leo, Virgo
Element[s]: Air, Fire
Powers: Change, Fertility, Healing, Inspiration, Intentions, Protection, Wealth
Deity: Aphrodite, Artemis, Astarte, Carmenta, Carya, Diana, Pomona, Rhiannon, Apollo, Zeus, Jupiter, Thor, Vishnu
Other Names: White Walnut [butternut], Ball Nut, Ban Nut
As always, I thank you kindly for reading my blog. Warmest blessings to all whom this way wander x
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