The pear tree has been around since ancient times and is sacred to Hera, the divine Queen of Greece. The pear is a magical fruit that takes your consciousness to the realm of beauty, sweetness, and pure potentiality.
Pear trees have long been associated with a variety of different meanings. In many cultures, the pear tree is seen as a symbol of love, fertility, and lust. The pear is also a symbol of health and long life, as it is thought to be a very sturdy and resilient tree. Pear trees are also often seen as a symbol of fortune, as they are known to produce large and abundant fruit crops.
Whatever the meaning, pear tree symbolism is certainly rich and varied. And with such a versatile symbol, it’s no wonder that the pear tree has such a long and storied history.
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About Pear Trees
There are around 20 species of trees in the Pyrus genus and are found in Eurasia and North Africa. The tree has deep roots and grows either deciduously or semi-evergreen while the flowers are white to pink-white and bisexual, appearing before or with the leaves in April.
As members of the Rosaceae family, these flowers have five petals and the fruit is called a pome, and inside the flesh, there are stone or grit cells.
The common pear (Pyrus communis) is a long-lived tree that has elliptic to oblong-ovate, leathery, short-pointed leaves that grow 1–2½in (2.5–6.3cm) long.
Over 3,000 pear varieties exist today, but some of the most well-known are William, Conference, Bartlett and Packham’s Triumph—preferred types by the fruit trade.
People also use pear wood for utensils and in woodworking to make musical instruments like flutes and harpsichords.
Decoctions made from pear bark have long been used in western medicine as a mild form of pain relief for bruises and sprains. The easily digestible, nutritious fruit also helps with convalescence.
Pears are rich in fibre, vitamins (particularly A, B and C), minerals and trace elements (such as potassium, iron, magnesium and calcium). Their cooling quality counteracts internal inflammations.
Traditional Chinese Medicine believes that pears have cooling, sweet, and Sour properties which can help to stimulate the liver and stomach meridians. Pears are believed to be effective in treating chesty coughs, digestive and urinary problems. They are also thought to lower Yin levels and regulate the heart’s functions.
According to Ayurveda practices, pears are cooling, sweet and astringent. It is further claimed that eating pears regularly can increase vata while reducing pitta and kapha.
Folklore, Myth and Symbol of Pear Trees
The pear was a sacred fruit to Hera in ancient Greece. She was known as the queen of Olympus and the goddess of marriage and childbirth. Timber from the pear tree was most desired for crafting wooden idols in her likeness.
One of her Greek names, Hera Apia, came from apios which translates to mean “pear tree”.
In many cultures around the world, it is customary to plant a tree after the birth of a child. For example, in the Swiss canton of Aargau, apple trees were traditionally planted for boys and pear trees for girls. In post-medieval Swabia (Germany), people would also bury the afterbirth underneath the tree as a way to bless the child.
The pear tree was once believed to be the protector of cattle in Circassia (northwestern Caucasus) in the early 20th century. Every year, they would choose a young tree, strip it of its branches, and bring it into their home where they would celebrate it like a god.
Unlike the apple, which frequently appears in male-female customs related to courtship and marriage, the pear is almost always solely connected with the female gender.
Pear Tree Meanings
Cooling the Emotions
Pears have a cooling effect in Chinese medicine, and they are used to treat health problems associated with too much heat. On an emotional level, this quality of pears can be used to calm someone down and help them “chill out”.
According to Homer’s The Odyssey, there are many pear trees in a beautiful and magical Orchard outside the idyllic palace of the semidivine King Alcinous.
Planting and taking care of one or more pear trees in your yard will give your “kingdom” a verdant, otherworldly, and paradisiacal presence.
In Vainakh mythology (Chechnya), it is believed that divine spirits reside in pear trees, making them sacred. Pear trees have an incredibly sweet taste, and if a spirit or divinity were looking for a physical embodiment of positivity, they could certainly do worse than choose a pear tree.
Moreover, pear wood is excellent for the construction of wind instruments and as firewood for smoking tobacco and meats. This ability to work with the air element mirrors the tree’s capability of being a physical home for the spiritual realm.
The pear tree is known to symbolize a variety of things such as healing, longevity, love and luck. If you’re ever feeling down, try taking a walk outside and admiring the beauty of nature.
Chances are, you’ll come across a pear tree and its symbolism will provide you with some much-needed positivity.