Pinecones engender fascination, especially to curious children. So, it’s no surprise that throughout history and across the globe, they are objects of spiritual and cultural significance. Their woody composition and pattern of scales is, of course, captivating. A pinecone’s evident spontaneous order inspires thoughts of a power beyond the five senses.
So, you might be encouraged to read, that you aren’t the first to wonder: does seeing pinecones carry a spiritual significance? People have been asking that question and finding answers for thousands of years. Let’s look at some of the answers!
First Thing’s First: What Are Pinecones Anyway?
But, before we look at what pinecones represent, let’s talk about what they are.
Pinecone can be one word, or it can be two. Both are acceptable. Additionally, pinecone isn’t the most accurate name. This is because they are found on conifers in general, and not just pine trees. As such, Wikipedia’s entry for them is titled “Conifer cone“.
Pinecones are what carry a conifer’s reproductive parts. Interestingly, there are male and female cones. The male cones give off pollen, whereas the female cones are larger and woody. It is actually the female cones that would be recognized by the layperson as “pinecones”.
Once the female cone has been fertilized by the pollen of the male the seeds develop. Next, the pinecone matures, the scales open and the pinecone is dropped. After which, the seeds are scattered on the ground and the next generation of conifers will grow!
Symbol of Longevity
Assyrian carvings dated to 713 to 716 BCE depict pinecones. A four-winged god-like figure is holding pinecones above its head. As such, it is believed that the Assyrians associated pinecones with immortal beings.
And to this day, we continue to