Curiosity: Tree of Life

At work I always see a woman in the cafeteria who buys our food every day. She’s wearing this necklace of a tree in a circle. I was so curious what it meant, but never dared to ask. Tho, it was obvious the necklace had a meaning of nature and probably something else. But every time I saw her, I couldn’t help but to look at her necklace.

Sunday evening I was roaming around tumblr, when I suddenly saw that same tree! I couldn’t help myself, but I was suddenly dying to know what it meant.

tree of life

The Tree of Life

treeoflifeThe tree of life is a tree that is connected to heaven and the underworld. It’s the tree of knowledge. And you can find it many different cultures and lands: The ancient Egypt, China, Europe, Middle East, North America. It’s also seen in religion such as: Christianity and the Jewish. But also the Norse mythology.

God’s Tree
The tree of life is the symbol of God’s provision for immortality in the Garden of Eden. Of all trees that were in the Garden of Eden, two were named for their great importance, but as one – the tree of life – was a blessing to Adam and Eve. The other was to become a curse for all of their posterity.

The Celtic Tree
Ancient druids believed that the tree of life possessed special powers. The people of Ireland used to leave a tree in the center; they called this tree the crann bethadh. The tree provided food, warmth and shelter to people and provided nourishment to other forms of like animals, birds, insects and so on. That’s why the tree is described as a force which took care of life on earth. The Celts also believed that trees were actually ancestors of human beings!

The Chinese Tree

A dragon and phoenix are included in the Tree of Life in Chinese mythology. The dragon is revered for immortality and ‘Fenghuang’ a creature similar to the phoenix is second only to the dragon in terms of the respect being offered. There is a reference to the tree in a Taoist story which bears a peach fruit, once in three thousand years.

The Tree Means

  • Balance and harmony in life.
  • Wisdom, strength and longevity.
  • Rebirth.
  • Spiritual growth.

Resource
Buzzle.com
Gotquestions.com

Picture by bubug.deviantart.com.

I guess I learned something because of my curiosity?

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6 thoughts on “Curiosity: Tree of Life

  1. I love nature-based theologies… A tree really is an excellent symbol for life force. Rooted in the ground, branches in the sky, it “dies” and is “reborn” in the spring. It does not live forever, but I think it could be a good symbol for immortality through our children…

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