Many different cultures, through out the ages, reference the third eye and pine cone. Modern theories suggest that this is most likely a reference to
the pineal gland. Symbology of the pineal gland can be traced to many civilizations such as the Romans, Meso-Americans, Egyptians, Babylonians and the
Greeks. Even the Catholic Church displays imagery of the pineal gland, Vatican Square houses the largest pineal like statue in the world. The ancient
cult of Dionysus and the Masons of modern times, both have third eye symbolism in their imagery.
Is there ancient knowledge of this gland that previous cultures had access to, somehow becoming lost through the ages? What role does the pineal gland
play in our spiritual experiences? If the sole function of the pineal gland is to secrete the hormone melatonin, which regulates the sleep/wake cycle,
(modern scientists are still debating over the complete function of this gland) then why did the ancients seem to place so much importance on Third
Our pine(al) gland is shaped like and named after the pinecone. It is located in the hypothalamus, near the center of the brain and is about the size
of a grain of rice. Nearly all vertebrate species have a pineal gland, with a few exceptions. The main function of the pineal gland is to regulate the
sleep/wake cycle (secretes the hormone melatonin and amino acid tryptophan) and influence sexual development.
The pineal gland has been called “the seat to the soul” and “epicenter of enlightenment” and is a sacred symbol to many different cultures,
throughout history. In addition to spiritual consciousness and enlightenment, pinecones have also been used as symbols depicting everlasting or
Plato from Republic:
“..en every man there is an Eye of the soul which..it is far more precious than ten thousand bodily eyes, for by it alone truth is seen..”
Even the Bible seems to hint that our third eye is important.
“The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy your whole body will be full of light.”
The following are a few of the depictions of pinecone and third eye references:
The Eye of Horus
, also known as The Eye of Ra, is one of the most familiar symbols from ancient
Egypt. The similarities between a cross section of the pineal gland and the Eye of Horus/Ra are very clear.
The Egyptian Staff of Osiris
(1224 BC) depicts two intertwined serpents rising up and meeting with pine
In King Tut's
burial mask a kundalini like serpent is emerging from the area of the pineal
The Meso-American god, Quetsacoatl
is often depicted wearing a necklace made out of pine
The ruins of Angkor Wat
in Cambodia are filled with pinecone imagery and symbolism.
Another Cambodian reference, a Shiva head with third eye
The Sumerian god, Marduk
with a pine cone in
As previously mentioned, the largest sculpture of a pinecone is in Vatican Square
with other pinecone imagery seen on the popes staff.
The Greek god, Dionysus
also carries a staff with a pine cone. A statue from the
cult of Dionysus
(late Roman Empire) has a pinecone on the thumb.
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There are many other cultures not mentioned here that have pine cone and third eye imagery in their artwork. I believe there is so much we have yet to
uncover about our pineal glands and that is the seat of the soul. It would seem the ancients placed some importance on the third eye. What did they
know they we don't?
edit on 2-4-2014 by Jennyfrenzy because: (no reason given)