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Foraged Pinecones

Foraged Pinecones

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So the humble pine cone has spent centuries elevated as a symbol of all kinds of illumination. That makes sense to me because pine cones are very light sensitive. They close down in the dark and open in the light. My understanding is that this has to do with reproduction. Sunny days offer more arid conditions and the tiny seedlings nestled in the scales of the pine cone can become airborne more easily. Grey, rainy days aren’t ideal for spreading seeds, so the pine cone just closes up during damp weather conditions.

The pineal gland is a remarkable feature of the human experience. Nestled in the brain between the two hemispheres, it is a source of endless intrigue in the realm of mysticism. Sometimes the Pineal Gland is referred to as our “third eye” the “dream center” or my favorite, the “mystic seed.”

The Pineal Gland is shaped very much like the pine cone and lies at the center of our brain and is intimately linked to our body's perception of light. The Pineal modulates our wake-sleep patterns and circadian rhythms. Pretty cool, right?

I find it totally fascinating that both the pine cone and the Pineal Gland not only look like each other but are also light sensitive, light affected structures. Pure magic.

My altar for the Winter Solstice is full of pine cones in honor of their magic and symbolism. I hope that you too have a place to ritualize the magic of this amazing object and welcome the season of light.

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