Third Eye Pinecones: The Talisman of Festivals [Interview]
With ever-changing lineups, workshops, and people, it’s always nice to know something will stay the same throughout the festival circuit. Third Eye Pinecones have been a staple within the community for the past six years. Popping up everywhere from Gathering of the Vibes to F.A.R.M. Fest, the Pinecone booth brings an air of connection and stability to the chaotic vendor areas.
Most recently at Serenity Gathering in Joshua Tree, California, the Third Eye Pinecone booth, due to noise ordinances, became the place to be for a late night show. They were playing some great music that had the whole area dancing. The friendships and connections made at festivals are one of the reasons most of us come back, and I always look forward to meeting those behind the booth- and of course to marvel at the beautiful pinecones.
It all started six years ago, when the founder, Carl Weiseth, found a pinecone during one of his hikes. He brought it home and left it on his windowsill to sit for a year, until he got curious about just what existed on the inside. “The pinecone has been a symbol of knowledge and enlightenment for thousand of years”, Colin McAndrews explains to us, “the naturally occurring spiral within the pinecone is found in so many places: Vatican City, the Buddha’s head. It’s a symbol of higher knowledge and deeper meaning.”
Seeing the sacred pattern that lies just inside the pinecone, Weiseth created a pendant out of it, sparking a wave of people wanting one just like it. Soon after, Third Eye Pinecones hit the Earth Dance festival in 2009 to debut the beautiful and innovative new jewelry. “Each one is completely different from one another. We can only do one pendant per one pinecone. They’re all unique just like each human is; they’re all just slightly different but beautiful in their own way.”
Every pendant is one of a kind, just like each festival is a new experience and every person you meet is different than the other. The intention is to connect with the piece that calls to you and wear it as a reminder of bliss, of the moment, and of connection. Jamie Schneltzer, another person behind the booth, describes Third Eye Pinecones as a unifying factor. “Perhaps you’re at the airport, or in a mundane place, like the real world, and if you were to see someone have a pinecone we’d have this intuitive connection. We know what the other is into. There are probably similar ideals shared and environments enjoyed between us,” McAndrews chimes in.
Based out of Santa Cruz, California, Third Eye Pinecones don’t only promote unity and connection through festivals, but also work with American Forests to help repopulate forests throughout the country. This is important to note because rather than only taking from the forest, every pendant gives back to Mother Nature by facilitating the planting of several new trees. Third Eye Pinecones really are a breath of fresh air with their dedication to the Earth, the self, and those around us. It’s a positive step in the right direction for business, and the pendants are worth every penny with how beautiful they are.
If you’re interested in browsing the online selection, visit: https://thirdeyepinecones.com/— Though I do suggest going up to the booth at your next festival and sparking up a conversation about pretty much anything.