Virginity; the self-productive; conjugal happiness. Yonic. As the first flower of the year the blossom is the Awakener, hence it depicts watchfulness; it also represents sweetness, charm, delicacy. For the Chinese, it is feminine beauty, fortitude in sorrow, watchfulness. In the Christian tradition, the almond signifies divine favour and approval, and the purity of the Virgin. The nut is concealed within an outer skin, bringing the idea of the essence hidden within things of little apparent importance: for example, the divinity of Christ hidden within the mortal human form. It is often connected with sex, across cultures and eras; in India, the almond is the vulva, and eating the almond signifies the sexual act. In mythology, it is attributed to Atys, who was conceived by a virgin from an almond. A Jewish myth places the entrance to the underworld at the base of an almond tree. A dream of almonds might represent a difficult problem about "something essentially precious, very often connected with sex" (Julien, 13). Most often associated in its TREE form.

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