The Pinecone, The Pineal Gland and An Illuminating Meditation

The Pinecone: A Symbol Of Illumination
The Pinecone: A Symbol Of Illumination

I love how the most unassuming bits from Nature represent very big meanings when we take the time to dig into their symbolic potential.

What’s so special about the pinecone that it could possibly be a sign of illumination?

…Ever heard of the pineal gland?  It gets its name because it looks very much like the pinecone.   But their visual likenesses aren’t what intrigue me.

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.  Indeed, it’s known by pseudonyms such as the “third eye” the “dream center” and the “mystic seed.” 

From a purely biological perspective, the pineal gland is integral to the production of melatonin, which is a hormone that facilitates homeostasis of wake-sleep patterns.  In short, it regulates the natural rhythms of sleep according to our environment.

The pineal gland registers our exposure to daylight, and, regulates production of its sleep inducing elixirs according to its findings.  Less light means more melatonin.  More light means less melatonin.  It’s an ancient human thing – less light meant winter was encroaching and although humans didn’t hibernate – more sleep was an ideal way of conserving energy during lean winter months. 

Mystics have also suspected the pineal gland is a receptor of Spiritual Light too – with the ability to open up to mystical awareness upon the presence of an ascended master and during periods of enlightened consciousness.

So what’s this got to do with the pinecone?

I find it fascinating that not only do the pinecone and pineal gland share similarities in appearance, but they are also both keenly affected by Light

The pinecone, like the pineal gland, is extremely affected by Light, and takes action according to what it senses.  Cones will open themselves up to the sun’s rays, and close up during cloudy or stormy days.  It has to do with continuation of the seed-line.  Sunny days offer more arid conditions and the tiny seedlings nestled in the scales of the pinecone can become airborne more easily.  Damp or rainy days are crumby conditions for seed spreading, so the pinecone just closes up shop during these weather conditions.

That action is symbolic in itself (like: Opening up spiritual awareness in order to sow seeds of limitless potential and continuation of Soul Growth) …. but to keep with our comparison, we can now draw corollaries between pineal gland and pinecone in terms of gauging Light, seeking Light, and becoming activated in the Light.

We could say, pinecones are the external reflection of the “mystic seed” (the pineal gland).  From this perspective, all these pinecones we see this time of year bring on a whole new meaning. 

What if every time we saw a pinecone during this holiday season we


*engage our inner domains*

*and purposefully widen  our inner Vision*

That’s what I do when I see pinecones.  I consciously “stop, drop, and roll” into my inner realms with intent to broaden my mystical view.  I tell you, it is revolutionary and worth a try if you’re game for a mind-blowing experience. 

You can also try meditating with the pinecone as a more organized approach to stimulating the pineal “dream center.”  Here are some meditative tips:

  • Find a pinecone and place it before you in preparation for your meditation
  • Light a candle while setting your focus upon expanding your consciousness
  • Cast your physical and spiritual eyes upon the pinecone and observe it in the candlelight
  • Envision the pinecone opening itself to the Light and warmth of the candlelight
  • As you continue this solemn, calm perception, begin to see that pinecone within your mind
  • Nestled warmly, snuggly between the two halves of your brain, get a clear visual of that pinecone within your mind’s eye
  • Now visualize your inner pinecone opening gently to take in nourishment from Divine light
  • See your pineal gland (pinecone) radiating and stimulated from the calming light of the cosmos
  • Continue to enhance this meditative experience according to your own impulses and requirements. 
  • When you’re ready, conclude your meditation by centering yourself back into  your common reality – resurface & reaffirm your bodily presence.

The idea is to tap into the pinecone and transfer its visual/symbolic qualities to the pituitary gland with a goal to expand, illuminate and ascend.

I’ve had phenomenal results with this meditation.  Namely, this exercise has catapulted me to insanely blissful and utterly unreal realms where I was transformed in truly ballistic ways. 

Just work with the pinecone as an extension of your pineal “third eye” and see what happens.  Let me know what kind of experiences you have!

Other topics that might hone your cones (ha ha):

Christmas Symbols and Meanings

Fir Tree Symbolism

Nature Symbolism

Cups Four in Tarot  (thoughts on how it relates to the pineal gland)

12 Comments on “The Pinecone, The Pineal Gland and An Illuminating Meditation”

  1. You nailed it, Avia…thank you for this confirmation. A year ago I sat down to make a “predicitive collage”, asking for a window into my 2009. Of the potent symbols that appeared, the one that suprised me was a pinecone. I didn’t know the information about it at the time, but now it makes perfect sense. I will be incorporating your meditation into my Solstice ritual this year. Thanks again for your wonderful offerings and your beautiful spirit!

  2. I love this! Pine cones remind me of a seed structure in the shape of the tree so they are like a blueprint for the whole organism instead of just one seed. Much that like when we are operating from the ajna chakra we access the blueprint of not just this life but multiple experiences at a core level. Thank you Avia!

  3. ive been doing a lot of research into the pineal gland, Tibetan Buddhism, meditation, and m-theory(other dimensions) as a result of experimentation with dmt, i will use this, thanks

  4. I was standing outside reflecting on the beeauty that I saw, the bright green grass, singing birds, light blue sky and distint but stunningly amazing moon in the morning sky. Things for me have been very difficult and I was reflecting on my lonliness and how to get back the feeling of wholeness and connect with my true inner self. Just then a large pinecone fell from the towering pine tree infront of me and it fell perfectly upright right besides me. Some reason when this happen , I felt an instant feeling of reasurance. Like it was a sign. So I looked up the meaning of a pine cone and found this. I am truly amazed!

    Thank you for the information :0)

  5. I am ever delighted with your insights. Since childhood, the pine cone has always been a symbol particularly precious to me ~ and conifers have always been my favorite trees. I just assumed it had something to do with them being a symbol of eternal life, etc. Your information regarding the pineal gland and the pine cone ~ which I had NEVER put together ~ gives me far more understanding of my tenderness towards these trees and their “seeds.” I have been psychic since birth and am a practicing medium!

  6. I’ve thinking of the relation of pineal grand and pinecone , after a month thinking of them, I was walking on the street, and found pinecones on the side of the street. I picked a few and took them home, and I did the meditation with it, and I saw my pineal grand shaped like pine cone, I was amazed with the experience

  7. This is gold, iv had the awakening with the light and went to a realm that had me in tears of utter bliess and happiness t be enlightened. This page is gold, thank you for sharing and proving I’m not crazy

  8. I was standing outside, when something attracted me to the tree, I decided to walk up to the tree and put both hands on the branches, dangling there, starif into space I was put in a meditative state, in another realm, that grounded me and opened all my chakras and thats when the light flickered, and I had a conversation with “the light ” . It validated all of my thoughts, this sacred and esoteric experience changed me forever and I understand the meaning of enlightenment now . I am obsssessed with reading about pinecones and pinecone meditations. Thank you thank you thank you for this article, I’m in tears

  9. Avia I am astounded by the brilliance of this Blog. I am now 54 years old. When I was in my 40s I was travelling in Italy. At night I walked alone getting back from my day’s travels. It was winter. Often I would see the nobbly cones fallen to the ground of the Roman pine trees. Rome is famous for it’s Pine Cone growth. My husband was also Roman, he had passed away suddenly the year before. One night I decided to gather some of the fallen pinecones and bring them to our home to create a Christmas time decoration. I took a bag with me in order to gather and carry them home. Oh my goodness they were so heavy. It felt like I was carrying a bag of rocks. each cone was closed tight, heavy like a rock and rather unnattractive. I left Italy but the pinecones remained behind in a basket in our residence there. When I returned a year later I was ASTOUNDED that they had all changed. Some had opened up totally. Others half way, Others hardly at all. Each pine cone was different. It was so amazing to me, there were also many small beetles and creatures now living in my home ! I did a big clean up. I had no idea that the cones would open up. I didn’t really have this awareness. Since then I have an affinity to pinecones. In my homeland I have started to collect them too. I wait now for their growth and metamorphosis. I gift them to others. They are a bond to my husband, our home, his heritage and culture, the karmic journey we travelled together and ultimately the total transformation of my cognition, spiritual growth and ascension. Thank you for this blog. I shall share it with like minded others. it is so precious to me.

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