Magical Uses: Cones from pine trees are carried to increase fertility and to have vigorous old age. A pine cone gathered on Midsummer (still retaining its seeds) is an awesome magical object, for if its possessor eats one pine nut from it every day, it will make him or her immune to gunshots. Pine needles are burned during the winter months to purify and cleanse the house. Scattered on the floor they drive away evil, and when burned, exorcise the area of negativity. They are also used in cleansing baths. Pine needles are burned to reverse and send back spells. Branches of the pine placed above or over the bed keep sickness far away (or, if they weren't placed in time, aid the ill). In Japan it was customary to place a pine branch over the door of the house to ensure continual joy within, for the leaves are evergreen. A cross made of pine needles placed before the fireplace keeps evil from entering through it. Pine is also used in money spells, and its sawdust is a base for incenses.