Tree identification. Vacation camping for girls. 1913.
You will remember this when all else fades, this moment, here, together, by this [place]. There will be certain days, and certain nights, you’ll feel my presence near you, hear my voice. You’ll think you have imagined it and yet, inside you, you will catch an answering cry. On April evenings, when the rain has ceased, your heart will shake, you’ll weep for nothing, pine for what’s not there. For you, this life will never be enough, there will forever be an emptiness, where once the god was all in all in you.
John Banville, from The Infinities (Alfred A. Knopf, 2010)
Stenciled bed scheme. An old bed was stripped, waxed and stenciled to provide the focal point of this simple room. Patchwork quilt, towels, sheets and rug all follow the colors of the stenciled flowers, and spotted wallpaper.
The Decorating Book, 1981
The Magic of the Pines & Correspondences 🌲
“In the pines, in the pines, where the sun never shines
And you shiver when the cold wind blows”
Pine Tree (pinus spp.)
Energy: Both hot & cold
Associated Deities: Aphrodite, Astarte, Attis, Cybele, Dionysus, Pan, Venus, The Horned God
Fertility • Love • Purification • Healing • Banishing • Protection • Abundance
There are around 115 types of pine trees and, aside from oak, pine trees are the most successful and widely ranging trees in North America. Pinyon pine nuts are edible and can be ground to make flour, pine oil is used as an antiseptic, pine rosin can be used in soaps and sealing wax, and some Native American tribes used pine gum to treat boils.
The ancient Romans used pine trees cut from sacred groves in a manner similar to modern-day Christmas trees. They would take the trees the night before Saturnalia and place them in temples to be decorated and used as a fertility symbol.
Dreaming of tall straight pine trees means that you will receive good news.
Pine needles can be burned to cleanse and purify the home (mix equal parts juniper & cedar) and to reverse spells and hexes made against you. Scatter the needles on the floor to drive away those with ill-intent. Add crushed pine needles to bath sachets in winter for a relaxing magical cleansing. They can also be used in sleep and dream sachets—just make sure they won’t poke through!
Use branches of pine to sweep an outdoor area before performing magic. Branches can also be placed above the bed to keep sickness away, above the entrance to the home to ensure continual joy within, and a cross of pinch branches or needles above the fireplace will keep evil from entering through it.
Pinecones can be carried or hung in the home to increase fertility and to stay well in old age. Place one near your bed or under your pillow to draw or keep a lover.
Burn pinecones in your hearth to protect (and warm!) your home.
Place pinecones in your office to draw prosperity and success.
To draw positivity and blessings to you tie a bundle of pine needles with thread and burn them. Pass pinecones through the smoke and place them on your altar or in a place you will see them often. Send grateful energy toward them as you pass by them and good things will flow toward you.
References: Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs, Whispers from the Woods by Sandra Kynes, Magical Folkhealing by DJ Conway