Local foraged seems to be on the trendy climb as of late, however for this witch it was been something I has been doing for many many years. Connecting with and walking the land in which I live have been a very important part of my everyday Magical practice; whether it’s on my own piece of land or wooded parks in the area. I have gone rummaging wherever I can go for the things I use on a daily basis and to search for new magical things our land offers, and one such thing is the Pine resin I wish to share with our customers here at the shop.
New Brunswick is rich in magic and mystery and we have the most amazing ingredients for our Magical/Spiritual work right here in our backyard. Don’t get me wrong using other items that aren’t from here is good as well. But there is just something about connecting with the space we are in in this time.
The process in which the Pine resin we now carry in the shop was collected was to insure no harm came to the tree and not too much was taken from any one tree. We made sure that it was ethically sourced to the best of our ability and an offering of thanks was given at the end of each extraction.
Imagine you are awake at dawn, holding a tea or a coffee in your hands, the dew is heavy this morning and as you look out the window and across the yard you notice the luscious green needles sparkling with the rising of the sun. Pure magic and beauty is held in a single moment as you escape to your magical place. Pine trees are truly magical beings that have lent itself for the use of magic, medicine and symbolism throughout the ages and many countries. There is at least 120 different species of Pinus (a.k.a Pine) throughout the world. ¹“The latin word “Pinus” has its root meaning in the word “resin”.” But here in Southeast NB and specifically to the Greater Moncton area we have a few kinds ourselves. The ones I have collected from and will be writing about today are 1) White Pine Pinus resinosa, 2) Red Pine (Pinus virginiana), and 3) Jack Pine (Pinus banksiana).
Pine trees associate themselves with both Air and Fire Element, as its sacred smoke is used to purify and cleanse a new home and or area. The Iroquois tribes would burn pine to pacify ghosts and banish nightmares. The Nez Perce who are an Indigenous tribe from the Pacific Northwest United States, ²“long believed that the pine holds the secret of fire and guard the secrets very well.” Its physical nature such as the wood is used for warmth and protection. Pine is said to bring about health, abundance and prosperity and this is emanate with its Jupiter connections. Love, desire and strong emotions stem from its connection with the planet Mars, fire and warmth are one of its strong characteristics.
³“Groups of conifers, in particular pines, were often called the seven sisters. It was believed that six would flourish but the seventh one would die away, no matter how often it was replanted. A large part of pines symbolism is associated with fertility.”
The White Pine Pinus resinosa, is seen as a great symbol of peace. Do you remember as a child watching the heritage commercial of the Aboriginal man teaching the young one about peace and the legend of the tree? See the commercial here for old time sake https://vimeo.com/49245646
From this, wisdom and longevity has long been a symbol of the pine as well. As the great spirits of our land gave the people the wisdom to overcome war and suffering, and longevity so that the generation of people would survive, like the pine itself as it is known to be an old soul and a long lasting tree.
Magically it has been used as a counter active herb against evil energy, and returning it to the source. The resin is used as incense in attracting prosperity and abundance to the practitioner. Purification rituals of any kind, helps the practitioner to “stay the course” during difficult times, alleviate your dark mood as you burn the resin during meditation, as it up lists and gives healing energy.
Personally I use the resin, bark and wood. I burn the resin for purifying my personal space and spells of prosperity. The bark I dry and grind up to mix in personal made incense/offerings to the Gods. Goddess associated with pine are Aphrodite, Artemis, Astarte, Cybele, Diana, Ishtar, Isis, Venus. Gods associated with pine are Altis, Bacchus, Dionysus, Pan and Mithra. The wood I use in my bon fire for spells of protection and abundance, whether it is for my home or family. Pine to me is strongly connected with family and growth.
I give to you a little piece of how you can use Pine resin that is locally sourced from our backyard for your magical/spiritual cupboard. Below is our source references in case you wish to obtain more information on the Pine.
Sandra Kynes (Whispers from the Woods)
Paul Beyerl (Master Herbalism)
² Owlcation Blog (internet source)
¹, ³ Corinne Boyer (Under the Witching Tree)
Written by; Sarah Lady Rose
Photo original to Sarah Lady Rose
Taken locally in Moncton NB