Acorns, the May Queen, and the Golden Age economy

April 19, 2011
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The Middleton Family Arms, featuring acorns

The Middleton family has been given a new Coat of Arms, featuring acorns and oak leaves, “because of the family home being located in oak-filled countryside,” according to a report from ITN. Oaks and acorns are symbols of the King and Queen of May Day, the Green Man and Diana. As I have shown, Prince William and Kate Middleton seem to have crafted their entire wedding to esoterically reenact the pagan Beltane fertility ritual of the Green Man, or the King of the Wood, to Diana, the Virgin Queen of Heaven.

Historically this ritual was performed by the real king and queen, acting out the roles of the god and goddess, to ensure plenitude in the land. In pre-Christian times (and long afterward), monarchs were thought to be both literally blood descendants of the gods as well as symbolic embodiments of them and host or channels of these ancestral spirits. There was believed to be a sympathetic connection between the fertility of the Queen’s womb and the fertility of the land. The goddess Diana was seen of as the protector of childbirth, particularly that of the royal heir, and it was her job to ensure that there always was one.

Moreover, acorns were, according to legend, the primary food of the people of the Golden Age, ruled over by Saturn, the ‘Lord of the Earth’ and the ‘Lord of Misrule,’ the primordial archetype for all kingship. Acorns seem to have been the ur-currency, the measure of wealth and plenitude at a time when there was plenty for all, and therefore no need for governments to protect property, or monetary systems to regulate its exchange. Author Nigel Jackson explains it well in Masks of Misrule:

Saturnus, whose name derives from ‘Sator’ — ‘Sower,’ presided over the dawn of time, the first Aion which was the Golden Age of Latium, a paradisal epoch when all were free, there was no hierarchy and life was blissful, unknowing of toil or suffering. The humanity of King Saturn’s age were innocent of pain or sin and lived on acorns. This is the shamanic terrestrial paradise, the ‘time before time’ of mythic consciousness when heaven and earth were still unseparated and we existed in primal ecstasy, at one with the celestial and natural worlds.

Also, in Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes, the title character gives a speech about the economy of the Golden Age. He takes up a handful of acorns and, “contemplating them attentively,” says the following:

Happy the age, happy the time, to which the ancients gave the name of golden, not because in that fortunate age the gold so coveted in this our iron one was gained without toil, but because they that lived in it knew not the two words “mine” and “thine”! In that blessed age all things were in common; to win the daily food no labour was required of any save to stretch forth his hand and gather it from the sturdy oaks that stood generously inviting him with their sweet ripe fruit. The clear streams and running brooks yielded their savoury limpid waters in noble abundance. The busy and sagacious bees fixed their republic in the clefts of the rocks and hollows of the trees, offering without usance the plenteous produce of their fragrant toil to every hand. The mighty cork trees, unenforced save of their own courtesy, shed the broad light bark that served at first to roof the houses supported by rude stakes, a protection against the inclemency of heaven alone. Then all was peace, all friendship, all concord; as yet the dull share of the crooked plough had not dared to rend and pierce the tender bowels of our first mother that without compulsion yielded from every portion of her broad fertile bosom all that could satisfy, sustain, and delight the children that then possessed her.

As a side note, now that we understand the acorn as a symbol of Saturn’s Golden Age and of wealth held in common, perhaps we now understand why this imagery was at one time used by the American political action group ACORN (Association of Community Organizers for Reform Now). ACORN’s main purpose was to greatly expand the availability of, and participation in, government entitlement programs. Their goal was to create a society where money would be redistributed from the wealthy to the poor so that all are equal, property would be held in common, and most people would not have to work very much — a Socialist vision of the Golden Age utopia! In this light it is perhaps worth noting that the legend of Robin Hood (who robbed from the rich to give it to the poor) is largely based on the oak gods of the May Day ceremony, with Robin representing the King of the Wood and Diana being represented by Maid Marion.

Insignia of the Association of Community Organizers for Reform Now

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2 Responses to Acorns, the May Queen, and the Golden Age economy

  1. aswinigirl on April 21, 2011 at 6:52 am

    Wow!! You are opening my eyes to the influence of the Saturn archetype in Western Culture which is a little different than the Vedic tradition. But then I am still digesting and hope to find the threads that link them.

    I’m sure you are familiar with the oak worship of the druids — ie that the name druid may derive from “duir,” the Celtic term for the oak. (The Gaelic druidh seems to be a compound of dru + uid = oak-knower.) The actual translation of duir is “door” and lore indicates the spiritually advanced Celts would access the ethereal planes of higher thought (psychic vision or soul-thought) by “opening the oak door.”

    Being of Irish descent with a last name of Dur-kin, I am partial to oaks myself. (BTW I was also conceived on Beltane — an irony missed by my Catholic parents.) Could the “oak knowledge” of the Druids be linked to Saturn and this Golden Age of Misrule?

    FYI – There is also an alchemical Tree of Saturn (Lead compound)that pops ups with Tree of Diana (silver-moon-compound). But my knowledge of alchemy is weak, and I am not sure how they were used.

    Thank you for your mind-blowing work!!

  2. Carole on April 23, 2011 at 11:48 pm

    And I am a Capricorn, so to delve more deely into Saturn, Sator is interesting indeed. I also fascinated with Oak trees, acorns and drink Acorn Tea. Green Man and Diana, another interesting concept. I will reread it .

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