Friday, December 31, 2010

The New Year's Acorn


My friend Tommy O. bid me a Happy New Year this week and dropped an Acorn in my hand. We don’t naturally have Oak trees here in Alaska and Tommy explained that this was a token of good luck and well wishes for the coming year. I have never heard about the Acorn’s charm –have you? While doing a bit of research I thought I’d warm up for the Sketchbook Challenge which starts tomorrow. Just in time for the Challenge, look what my friend Vicki made for me -an original Vicki journal! I thought

it couldn’t hurt to kick it off with sketching some Acorns!

~“Good Luck in a Nutshell by Nick Howes

When you carefully consider the old saying "a mighty oak from a little acorn grows", you don't have to go far to see that some cultures consider nuts to carry some kind of magic. Superstitions about nuts have been widespread throughout history. In fact, acorns remain popular good luck charms, even today. The belief originated in ancient Asia Minor where acorns represented the goddess of nature and spread west to the Romans and pre-Christian Druids of later times. The good fortune associated with real acorns extends to those made of gold, silver, or some other substance."~


~During the Norman Conquest, the English carried dried acorns to protect themselves from the brutalities of the day. Considered to be an emblem of luck, prosperity, youthfulness and power, the Acorn is a good luck symbol indeed! It also represents spiritual growth.~


oXo
Happy New Year 2011!

9 comments:

Linda Starr said...

Happy New Year, love the acorn.

Brian said...

LOL - Here in these parts, they ring in the new year by dropping a giant acorn.
http://www.wral.com/news/state/story/8862396/

Happy New Year!

TropiClay Studio said...

Happy New Year to you and yours!

Ann said...

May 2011 be absolutely chock full of acorns for you, Cindy!

dogsmom said...

Happy New Year.
It is nice to discover your blog.
Here for New Years we lower a giant wedge of cheese from a fire truck ladder. (no fireworks)

Patricia Griffin said...

Love acorns... The oak here is a big deal. I make little acorns in my studio, however I had no idea they are a token of good luck!... Am doing the Sketchbook Challenge too and head has been full of ideas for "Highly Prized"... It's fun to have a theme. Happy 2011!

jimgottuso said...

a cream stout sketchbook with acorn drawings... bet not many people have one of those. we have acorns out the wazoo around here but never heard of the new year's good luck thing.

cookingwithgas said...

they drop an acorn in Raleigh NC- cool!
I love acorns but fight with them as they fill the yard to the point where it is like walking on marbles!
My friends feed them to their pigs who love them and make them tasty for us to eat them later- all a good circle that acorn!

Cynthia said...

Happy New Year to you too!