It is that time of the year again, when we start to think about festive decorations in a big way! Yep, Christmas Countdown 2015 is on!
To my mind, there is no Christmas atmosphere without pine cone creations. Did you know, that the pine cone symbol is one of the most mysterious emblems found in ancient art? Allegedly, the pine cone is associated with spiritual illumination, “the inner third eye” we all possess. The architectural relics of pine cones can be found in various ancient cultures; in the ruins of the Indonesians, Babylonians, Egyptians, Greeks and Romans, to name a few.
The Egyptian god Osiris, depicts two intertwining serpents rising up to meet at a pine cone. There are symbolic parallels to the Indian “Kundalini,” a spiritual energy in the body depicted as coiled. Depictions of Hindu deities are also interwoven with representations of serpents and pine cones. The Hindu god Shiva, is consistently depicted with coiled hair shaped like a pine cone, interwoven with serpents. The Mexican god Chicomecoatl (“Seven Snakes”) is depicted offering pine cones in one hand, and an evergreen tree in the other.
The Greeks and Romans also incorporated the pine cone into their religions. Dionysus, was depicted carrying a fennel staff woven with ivy and leaves, topped with a pine cone and purported to drip with honey.
In modern days, we still admire pine cones. Have a look at this Sculpture installation from Welded Shovel Pine Cones by Floyd Elzinga:
Jeanne Grace Curtis’ lifelike animals made from pine cone scales. Don’t you just love them?
How about a lifelike turkey, or a funky clock?
You might like to make this simple but striking decoration using this tutorial:
If you prefer your pine cones being “edible”, the recipes are here:
Or how about a pine cone Cheese Ball?
Finally, some more fabulous finds: