Pine – Responsibility – Ten of Evergreens (Wands)
Genus: Pinus – Family: Pinaceae
Pine trees remind us of our tendency to take on added responsibility in order to achieve our dreams. This also signals a time of completion and the new responsibilities we have now created.
Prior to Stonehenge, pine trees were used to build megalithic “woodhenges” in Europe as early as 8500 BCE. Archaeologistshave discovered that pines were cultivated for their straight, pole-like features. The Goseck Henge in Germany, dates to 4900 BCE. It features a large outer circle of pine poles with a singular pine pole in the middle. The center pole aligned with the North Star (pole star) thus creating a sundial or “clock.” In this way pine trees were responsible for the co-creation of time. They also provided a point of reference for tracking the movement of the stars and planets, while the outer ring marked the four directions, the summer & winter solstice as well as the spring & fall equinox.
As northern Europeans evolved into agricultural societies, circa 4500 BCE, they took on increasing amounts of responsibility as farmers. When pine appears, we are being asked to take responsibility for how we manage our time and to not become a slave to it.
A pine tree is any conifer in the genus Pinus. There are approximately 126-160 species of pines that are native in almost every region throughout the Northern Hemisphere. Before the 19thcentury, pines were often referred to as fir trees based on the Middle English name firre, which dates back to ancient words for fire and light. In 1753 pine trees were identified as Pinus, and fir trees became known as Abies.The word “pine” derives from the Latin word pinus meaning “fir tree” and the Sanskrit word pitu, meaning “sap, juice or resin.”
All pine trees produce pinecones. The Latin word for pinecone is pinea, in the 1680s the French word pineal literally meant, “like a pine cone.” As the science of physiology grew, correlations were made between trees and human anatomy. The pineal gland was given its name because of its resemblance to a pinecone. The pineal gland is a light sensitive organ that produces the hormone melatonin to regulate our wake/sleep patterns. The pituitary gland is named for pinesap and is often referred to as the “master gland.”
Pine trees have been on earth for 140 million years. When pine appears, we are being reminded of our ancient connection and how it is now our responsibility to care for them.
Message: The pine spirit is reminding us to take responsibility for our actions and to connect with our intuitive cycles and higher purpose. By embracing our sense of purpose, we are better able to stabilize what may feel shaky or uncertain. Pine inspires us to tap into our inner light as we move through periods of darkness.
Challenge: Lack of direction or inability to focus.