origins: The generic name "juglans"
comes from the Latin "Jovis glans" which translates as "Jupiter's
nuts". This is because it is said that in the "golden age" men lived
on acorns and the gods lived on walnuts.
The common name "walnut" is derived from the Teutonic "welsche nuss"
meaning "foreign nuts".
It was thought that witches used to
meet and dance beneath walnut trees. The nuts were also carried for
fertility and to ward off rheumatism.
Walnut is a powerful tree and it
helps those who feel they know their true path but cannot quite take
the final step. It aids adjustment to changes in life and helps us let
go of the past and old ties. A tree of intuition, the Walnut helps us
to listen to our inner self.