Monday, September 10, 2012

Magical Pears

I am not a huge fan of pears, but I'm trying to eat more fruits and veggies.  I can't live off of strawberries, raspberries and apples, especially since two of the three are about to be out of season (Our growing season is a bit longer this close to California's Central Valley).  The pears at the grocery store were rather pretty the other day, so I bought some.  I had ignored the rosy cheeked yellow fruits until today, and I was pleasantly surprised to enjoy it.

I'm sitting here, hopping from blog to blog, and writing while I munch on slices of pear and a tiny bit of dark chocolate spread, and I had to look up the magical properties of pears.  I don't normally eat them, and I've never used them magically.  So many plants that I rarely think about, and so many opportunities to learn.

Pears, according to Scott Cunningham, are a fruit to use in love spells.  I would wager that the red ones would be more suited to this purpose than the golden ones. He also claims that they are an aphrodisiac. (In my opinion, Scott Cunningham had a tendency to list the love, lust and prosperity properties of magical ingredients far more than any other author.  Was he looking for love?  I don't know.)  Lexa Rosean claims pears are useful for protecting children and blessings. They also encourage health according to Patricia Telesco's "A Kitchen Witch's Companion".. The Chinese portrayed golden pears in their folklore to signify long life (If you've read "Journey to the West", you might remember the pear tree Monkey gets into trouble with) and prosperity, but they also do not share pears with loved ones.  The word for pear and the word for separate in Chinese sound the same, and sharing a pair is inviting separation.  In some areas of Germany, pear trees were planted to celebrate the birth of a daughter.

As fall and winter are approaching, pears will be available in the stores.  They will also be featured in seasonal decorations and cool weather recipes.  Next time you reach for a pear, why not meditate on  longevity, health, protection or love, or serve them to ward off colds and flu bugs?