t o t h e c o r e 39 A tree that gives these kind of fruits could not fit into a circle of elected, chosen by others, faithful to the truth of others. Because its strength stand in the unique truth of each of its fruits, of each pair of hemispheres, of every mind and of the new paths it makes to reach the core of its existence. Drawing truth from its universal taste, nonetheless. Sweetish, but with a bitter vein. « Excluding me? You stay away, instead ». That is how a self-respecting Juglans regia with a bitterish grin asks and answers all by itself. The bitterness of its seed springs from the pain necessary to break and overcome the fracture. To feed and heal until it feels safe, even in its spirit. In fact it lives fine on its own, as it is obvious to all plants ending in some way up in its vicinity. Poisoned by the juglandina of its roots, they cannot survive poison. They cannot turn it into nourishment, they would need an introspective look to pull it off. But they do not have it, and then simply, faced with bitterness, they succumb. Although endowed with introspection, men would cover it with sugar, with vain worldly joys, and would survive in a fake Eden where coexistence of things and people is made tolerable because sweetened by any kind of illusion. The illusion of non-solitude, first of all. But solitude is necessary . Defended tooth, nail and juglandin-laden roots, if necessary. Because the result of transforming the pain’s poison is the capability to connect to ourselves, to our own truth. And therefore to the soul, no need to transcend. Having no plants around it, the walnut tree produces male and female flowers and provides the walnut fruit, whose seed unites opposites: right and left hemisphere, creativity and rationality, the masculine and the feminine. Union of opposites celebrated as fulfilment of the alchemical process , cross-cutting the most ancient cultures - from the Sumerian to the Olmec one - thanks to a flower union of two others: the walnut male and female ones. Representing one the comprehension of the external world, the other one's own inner dimension knowledge, this flower stands as the Magnum Opus ’ fulfilment , the transformation par excellence - the alchemical one transforming lead into gold, suffering into knowledge, the ego into a higher self, shadow into light. It allows you to recognize the inside within the outside, the upper within the lower. And vice versa. Therefore if walnut, its tree and even the union of its two flowers talk about the connection with the higher self starting from the lower - the physical body - how should we review the whole of classical mythology and its symbolic impact in the light of the possibility, recently formulated as hypothesis, that what we have always known as the symbol of Bacchus , the grape, was instead the masculine flower of the walnut? Looking at it in its various representations, even God’s Thyrsus could easily be surmounted, rather than by a pine cone, by the walnut’s male flower. Under which, promptly, even the female flower of this tree blooms. If so, what had always been believed would soon turn into its opposite: if Dionysus had always been believed as the god of inebriation, he would now turn into the god of being always present to themselves. If he had always been the god of perdition, he would now become the god of discovery. The god of lacklessness , bearer of the only important thing to have: being .