Tree of life. That symbol has amazed me over and over again. Reading about it has certainly made me more attached to what it represents.
The tree of life is a popular symbol in many cultures and religions. It’s been used for ages to symbolize a fresh start and positive energy.
“The oldest known example was found in the Domuztepe excavations in Turkey, which dates back to about 7000 BC. It is believed that the symbol spread from there in various ways.
A similar depiction of the tree was discovered in the Acadians, which dates back to 3000 BC. The symbols depicted a pine tree, and because pine trees do not die, the symbols are believed to be the first depictions of the Tree of Life.”
The Celtic Culture believed that trees were human ancestors, they believed it had magical powers so when they cleared their lands, they would leave one single tree standing in the middle. They would hold their important gatherings under this tree, and it was a very serious crime to cut it down.
"In Buddhism, the tree represents the path to enlightenment and, as such, it symbolizes life."
"Ancient Egyptians believed that the tree of life represents both death and abundance. With branches representing the heavens, the tree symbolic of the Centre of the universe and roots reaching down into the underworld."
"In African cultures, the baobab tree (also known as the bottle tree) is generally known as the tree of life. This is because the baobab tree stores water and produces fruit, even in arid and harsh climates. It is often seen as a life-saver during desperate times and the tree is respected and looked after as such."
While roots go deep in the ground giving the feeling of strength and stability, the branches reach the sky free, new, happy and proud.
Using all elements in nature: water, air, earth and fire. The tree of life shows that everything is connected, everyone matters and family is unique and important.
When you need to have something that relates to everything and everyone, you should look for a tree of life. And when you want to give the gift of stability, connection, strength, uniqueness and life, you should give a tree of life.
As tree of life represents itself and doesn’t relate to a certain culture or religion. It’s been a unique symbol for the artisans and designers to use in their designs. In fact, you can find tree of life symbol in pendants, earrings, necklaces and many more. In addition, many of the tree sculptures hold the meaning of the tree of life.