Pine – Responsibility
Genus: Pinus – Family: Pinaceae
Pine reminds us of our tendency to take on added responsibility in order to achieve our dreams. This also signals a time of completion as our focus shifts on what is in front of us now.
In Europe, prior to Stonehenge, pine trees were used to build megalithic “wood hedges” 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) to create a sundial or “clock.” In this way pine trees were responsible for telling what “time” it was. They also provided a point of reference for tracking the movement of the stars and planets. The outer ring marked the four directions, as well as the summer & winter solstices and the spring & fall equinoxes.
As northern Europeans evolved into agricultural societies, circa 4500 BCE, they took on increasing amounts of responsibility as farmers, herders and craftsmans. When pine appears, we are being asked to take responsibility for how we manage our time and reminded to not become a slave to it.
Pine trees are evergreen conifers in the genus Pinus. There are approximately 126-160 species of pines native throughout the Northern Hemisphere. Before the 19thcentury, pine trees were often referred to as fir trees based on the Germanic and Norse word fyr, which meant fire, light and the rising sun. In 1753 Carl Linnaeus officially clasified pine trees in the Pinusgenus, while fir trees were assigned to the genus named Abies. The word “pine” derives from the Latin word pinus and the Sanskrit word pitu (pituh), 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 pine nut. The pineal gland is a light sensitive organ that produces the hormone melatonin to regulate our wake/sleep patterns.
Pine trees have been on earth for over 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.
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