“It must necessarily be the case that the impressions which enter by the two eyes or by the two ears, and so on, unite with each other in some part of the body before being considered by the soul. Now it is impossible to find any such place in the whole head except this gland; moreover, it is situated in the most suitable possible place for this purpose, in the middle of all the concavities.”
– Réne Descartes
What is the Pineal Gland? Up until recently talk of the Pineal Gland was scarce and pretty vague. Now, that the world is starting to awaken to new levels of consciousness, the Pineal Gland has become a hot topic. So, what exactly is it? Scientifically and Biologically speaking, it is a small gland located in the center of the human brain. Although, its function isn’t entirely understood by modern day science, it has been assumed that the Pineal Gland is responsible for the secretion of Melatonin in our bodies. Melatonin is responsible for regulating our wake and sleep cycles. The pineal gland has also been studied for its role in the regulation of female hormone levels. It is assumed that it may affect fertility and the menstrual cycle. No definitive conclusions have been made to support these claims as of yet.
The Pineal Gland and the Third Eye.
Almost every religion (ancient or current) has some reference to the Pineal Gland and or the Third Eye. Even the Christian Bible! For instance in the King James Bible in the book of Matthew chapter 6 verse 22 says:
“The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.”
Ok, I know at first glance this seems a little far fetched but hear me out here. First, the eye in this verse is referenced to be singular. Then, there are 3 things that are found in the pineal gland, Calcium, Fluoride and Phosphorus. Phosphorus in Greek means “light bearer” according to Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phosphorus. So, you can be the judge on that one.
In more obvious mythology, Shiva and other Hindu deities are often depicted with a literal third eye on their forehead. This represents an awakening, or enlightenment, granting them the ability to see into higher realms of existence and consciousness. Then there’s the Eye of Ra and the Eye of Horus from ancient Egyptian iconography, which bears striking resemblance to a lateral view of the pineal gland. The eye was often drawn on the center of the foreheads on sarcophagi. This is just a few references to associated religions. It is by no means all inclusive.
The Pinecone Symbolism Theory
I am sure you’ve heard something in regards to the pinecone shape of the Pineal Gland and the actual pinecone like symbols throughout history. If you haven’t here’s a short list of places throughout history that the pinecone shows up. Shiva’s dreaded hair wrapped in snakes looks strikingly similar to a pinecone. Snakes were very highly regarded in Hindu Mythology. A pinecone staff with snakes wrapped around it is also carried by Osiris in Egyptian lore. Also In ancient Egyptian lore, mirroring Hindu mythology, is that of a snake emerging from the center of the forehead. Snakes were regarded highly in ancient Egypt as well, they were associated with wisdom. Many portrayals of Sumerian gods depict a pinecone extended in one hand. These gods are believed to be a representation of the Annunaki with the ability to access their pineal gland for its consciousness-expanding abilities (Also from Egyptian lore, but more on them in a later post). Pinecones can also be found in ancient Greek mythology on the staff of Dionysus (whos Roman name was Baccus). Cambodian temples in Angkor Wat bear a striking resemblance to pinecones in the way they are constructed. There is even a massive pinecone statue at the Vatican, which was originally situated in ancient Rome next to a temple for the Egyptian god Isis (there is more of the Egyptian overlap again for you). Last, but definitely not least, is the pinecone shape itself also forms in a sacred geometric pattern from Fibonacci’s golden ratio. Wow do you think our ancestors knew something we don’t? I do now.
Thanks for reading,
With Love and Light,
Lauren “Willow” Hawk