God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit; The bottom row. Next two together side by side: Justification and Sanctification; the next three building toward the top of the tree: Faith, Hope and Love. 8 pine cones representing also 7 days of Creation and the 8th cone represents new beginnings; the First day after the Sabot. Also 7 day hike in dry places and 8, again, new beginnings. The pine tree requires fire before it will open its cones to drop its seed thus we are refined in the furnace as silver and gold, our works as well will be tried by fire.