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Sacred Pine Cone: A Timeless Emblem of Knowledge Across Civilizations

Throughout the course of recorded human history, the pinecone has held deep symbolic significance, representing human enlightenment, the third eye, and the pineal gland.Conifer pine trees, among the oldest plant genera on Earth, have thrived for an extensive period, surpassing the existence of flowering plants by threefold. The pinecone, the evolutionary precursor to flowers, exhibits spines that spiral in a perfect Fibonacci sequence, mirroring the sacred geometry found in roses or sunflowers.

The pineal gland, resembling and named after the pinecone, occupies the geometric center of our brains and is intricately linked to our perception of light. Functioning as a regulator of our sleep-wake patterns and circadian rhythms, it remains uniquely isolated from the blood-brain barrier system. Moreover, it receives a higher proportion of blood flow compared to any other part of the body apart from the kidneys.

Regarded by many as our biological third eye, the “Seat of the Soul,” and the “Epicenter of Enlightenment,” the pineal gland has been symbolized throughout history by the sacred pinecone. This symbol has been revered in cultures worldwide, serving as a powerful representation of spiritual awakening and higher consciousness.

Ancient cultures

The pinecone holds profound symbolic meaning in various ancient cultures, representing enlightenment and eternal life.

The Egyptian Staff of Osiris, originating around 1224 BC, prominently features two serpents entwined around a pinecone. Scholars and philosophers draw parallels between this staff and the Indian concept of “Kundalini,” the spiritual energy depicted as coiled serpents ascending from the base of the spine to the Third Eye (Pineal Gland) during moments of enlightenment. The awakened Kundalini symbolizes the merging and alignment of the Chakras, serving as the gateway to attaining “Divine Wisdom,” which brings pure joy, knowledge, and love.

Hindu deities are also associated with serpents and pinecones, both literally and symbolically. Some depictions show Hindu gods holding a pinecone in their outstretched hands, while others feature Shiva, the prominent Hindu god, with a head or coiled hair resembling a pinecone, often intertwined with serpents.

Beyond spiritual consciousness, pinecones have historically symbolized everlasting or eternal life. Assyrian palace carvings dating back to 713-716 BC portray god-like figures deliberately holding pinecones aloft or using them to pollinate their depictions of the Tree of Life. These carvings pay homage to the pinecone’s symbolism of immortality and its role as an icon of enlightenment.

The utilization of pinecones as powerful symbols in ancient cultures underscores their universal significance in representing profound concepts such as enlightenment, spiritual awakening, and the eternal nature of life itself.

The reverence for the pinecone as a symbol of spiritual ascension and immortality extends to the worship of Chicomecoatl, the Mexican god “Seven Snakes.” A statue depicting Chicomecoatl showcases the deity holding pinecones in one hand while cradling an evergreen tree in the other, further emphasizing the significance of the pinecone in this cultural context.

Chicomecoatl, associated with fertility, agriculture, and abundance, is depicted as a benevolent deity offering pinecones, representing spiritual enlightenment and growth, as well as an evergreen tree symbolizing everlasting life and vitality. This portrayal serves as a tribute to the pinecone’s symbolic role in the path to spiritual transcendence and the belief in the continuity of life beyond the physical realm.

The presence of pinecones in the depiction of Chicomecoatl underscores their universal symbolism across diverse cultures, representing profound concepts such as spiritual elevation, wisdom, and the eternal nature of the human spirit. The combination of the pinecone and the evergreen tree in the statue of Chicomecoatl epitomizes the everlasting connection between the divine, the natural world, and the human quest for spiritual enlightenment and immortality.

Greeks and Romans

The Greeks and Romans integrated the pinecone into their intricate religious systems and mythologies, attributing deep symbolism to this natural object. Dionysus, known as Bacchus in Roman mythology, was often depicted carrying a “Thyrsus,” a fennel staff adorned with ivy, leaves, and crowned with a pinecone. The Thyrsus, believed to ooze with honey, held religious significance and was used as a sacred instrument during rituals and celebrations.

In Roman culture, a monumental bronze sculpture called the “Pigna” was crafted in the shape of a colossal pinecone, towering three stories high. According to a medieval legend, this sculpture served as a lid for the central opening in the vault of the Pantheon. Historically, it is confirmed that the Pigna was originally a large fountain overflowing with water located near the Temple of Isis in Ancient Rome. Today, it stands prominently in the “Court of the Pinecone” in front of the Vatican, symbolizing the enduring presence of the pinecone in both ancient and modern contexts.

The incorporation of the pinecone in Greek and Roman religious practices and monumental sculptures showcases its significance as a symbol of divine connection, fertility, and spiritual power. From Dionysus’ Thyrsus to the imposing Pigna, the pinecone remains a timeless emblem linking humanity to the realms of the gods and serving as a testament to the enduring symbolism attributed to this natural object.

Modern Religion

Catholic religious tradition is intricately interwoven with pinecones, perhaps most prominently atop the sacred staff carried by the Pope himself. The Coat of Arms of the Holy See, found on the Vatican flag among other places, features a stacking of three crowns suspiciously similar in shape to a pinecone. The very name, “Holy See,” appears to many to be a direct reference to the Third Eye…

Pinecones also turn up as sources of “illumination” in the church, such as candleholders and lamps, seemingly symbolic of the spiritual illumination the Third Eye represents. All of these factors lead conspiracy theorists and philosophers to accuse the Catholic church of using Christianity/Catholicism as a veil to blind the public to true spiritual enlightenment: The awakening of our Pineal Gland.

One theory proposes that the Pinecone was actually the fruit from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, purported in Genesis to have been eaten by Eve at the urgings of a serpent, and leading to the eviction of mankind from the Garden of Eden. This concept proves particularly provocative given the consistent reappearance of pinecone images with serpents and snake references across cultures.

In addition to critical theories relating to Christianity and the Catholic Church, conspiracy theorists also point to the presence of pinecones in Freemason architecture and symbolism as another example of organized spiritual oppression. They believe the Freemasons fully understand the spiritual significance of the Third Eye, and regularly pay iconic tribute to it, while continuing to placate the masses with a doctrine of religious and cultural dogma.Pinecones regularly appear framed in Freemason Octagons on the ceilings of Masonic Lodges, and Large Freemason sculptures on the side of the Whitehall Building in the New York Financial District goes so far as to depict two enormous intertwining snakes spiraling up to a pinecone overlooking Battery Place (which is striking similarity to the Staff of Osiris).

Psychedelic Science

Psychopharmacologist Rick Strassman believes the Third Eye/Pineal Gland to be the source of the psychedelic Dimethyltryptamine (DMT) in our bodies. Strassman has hypothesized that large amounts of DMT are released in our bodies during heightened states of spiritual consciousness, such as birth, death and near-death experiences — or perhaps during the awakening of our Kundalini in a moment of Enlightenment.

Synthesized DMT, or plants containing DMT are often used as recreational psychedelics, or in shamanic ceremonies, such as the Ayahuasca ceremony originating in South America. DMT and/or Ayahuasca users often report intensely entheogenic experiences of spiritual awakening, contact with entities of supernatural or spiritual origin, and the dilation or compression of time.

It is worth noting that among reports of thousands users experiences with Ayahuasca, the Serpent is documented as the the most commonly appearing archeatype in their spiritual/psychedelic visions.

Pinecone related similarities have also shown up in Crop Circles. Although Crop Circles are typically representative of a wide range of items and ideas, the two featured here reflect noteworthy Pinecone/Third Eye parallels…

Contemporary Symbolism

As with many iconic symbols throughout history (the Swastika, the Christian Cross, the All-Seeing-Eye on the dollar bill), the totemic power of the Pinecone has been used by a broad spectrum of both positive and negative cultural forces throughout history to reference and allude to Spiritual Enlightenment and the Third Eye.

Modern-day organizations appear to be toting the Pinecone’s symbolic power over the masses, while simultaneously disguising its true importance — and may even be seeking to chemically block or poison our Third Eye via Fluorinated public drinking water.

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