The Pinecone is one of the oldest symbols known to human kind. Pinecones have been found all over the world in various cultures symbolizing Human Enlightenment, the Third Eye and the Pineal Gland.
The pinecone in its physical form has a spine that spirals in a perfect Fibonacci sequence in both directions. This also known as its Sacred Geometry.
The “Pineal Gland” which is named after the pinecone and depicted as a pinecone symbolically in cultures around the world, is located in the center of the brain and is directly linked to the body’s perception of light. Many ancient cultures referred to it as the “Third Eye,” the “Seat of the Soul” the “Epicenter of Enlightenment.”
The Egyptian Staff of Osiris dating back to 1224 BC, depicts two intertwining serpents rising to meet at a pinecone. Modern scholars believe that this symbolically represents “Kundalini” which is a spiritual energy in the body. Kundalini represents the merging and enlightenment of the Chakras and is said to be the one and only way to attain Divine Wisdom and pure joy and love.
In Hindu culture, their deities are depicted with both literal and symbolic representations of pinecones. In some cases, Hindu gods are shown holding pinecone and others are shown having pinecone heads or coiled like pinecone hair.
Ancient Assyrian palace carvings, dating back to 713-716 BC depict four-winged God-like figures purposefully holding aloft pinecones, or in some cases, using a pinecone to pollinate their depiction of the Tree of Life, a tribute, perhaps, to both the Pinecone’s immortality symbolism and its role as an icon of enlightenment.
The Greeks and Romans also incorporated the Pinecone into their elaborate systems of religious belief and mythology. Dionysus, later known as Bacchus to the Romans, was continually depicted carrying a “Thyrsus,” a fennel staff woven with ivy and leaves and topped with a pinecone.
Romans later built an enormous bronze sculpture, the “Pigna,” in the shape of a huge pinecone three stories tall. The gigantic statue now sits directly in front of the Catholic Vatican in the “Court of the Pinecone.”
We chose the pinecone as our symbol because it represents The Third Eye known as the seat of wisdom and the gateway to the self or soul.
The Ministry of Tomorrow was founded upon an aspiration through fashion and the arts, to create new realities and real solutions that foster a more just and civil society. We felt that the pinecone represented a pathway to truth, a starting point that positive change can build upon.
Truth and awareness of self and others guide our ambitions to turn the tables of poverty where we can by establishing a route to prosperity and sustainable livelihoods in Africa and elsewhere through investment, training and access to market. In this way we hope to deliver a life-enhancing experience for the people who make our bags and everyone that supports this dream.