Pumpkin lattes. Pumpkin muffins and pumpkin bread. Pumpkin donuts and pumpkin butter. Pumpkin spice soup. I know I am missing a lot on this list but these are just some of the pumpkin flavored foods I have seen or made (or consumed!) within the past 24 hours. It is beginning to be that season and pumpkin is everywhere!
Symbolically, pumpkins represent abundance. Some people write that pumpkins used to be symbolic of the whole world. Big and round, they have plenty of space inside to hold everything. (Very much like how Aum represents every sound in the Universe. ) And the plethora of seeds means plenty. The seeds themselves represent dreams. I would love to know how many people have actually had a dream about pumpkin seeds, but anything is possible!!! The point is, we may each have a lot of dreams but, if we do not plant and nurture them, they will not manifest into reality and will simply stay in dream form.
In Chinese culture, pumpkins represent "prosperity, abundance, descendant's luck, illustrious children, enchantment, fruit draws earth energy to manifest gold." (nationsonline.org)
Or, in the fairy tale Cinderella, Cinderella's dream is to go to the ball. Her fairy godmother turns a pumpkin (a full grown seed of dreams, if you will) into a carriage. The pumpkin literally becomes the vehicle in which to allow Cinderella to have her dream come true.
Now, dreaming about a pumpkin can mean all these great things: abundance and worldly wisdom. But, as in Cinderella, the carriage turns back into a pumpkin at midnight, which could be a sign to you that time has run out regarding a certain situation.
Of course, the most important aspect of all the pumpkin lattes and muffins and pies just may be to enjoy them. Stay present, savor every bite.
“Produce great pumpkins, the pies will follow later.”