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Legends of The Tree of Life

Updated on June 5, 2013

Ancient Legends of The Sacred Tree of Life

The Tree of Life is a Universal symbol found in many spiritual traditions around the world. It symbolizes life itself, with it's branches joining "Father Sky" in the heavens and it's roots with "Mother Earth".

Legends say that the Sacred Dove makes its home in the branches of the Tree of Life and appears with the fruit of the tree and the waters of life.

The tree has become a symbol of love, wisdom, rebirth, strength, forgiveness, friendship and prosperity.

Sources: The Druids of Turtle Island, AltReligion.About.com

History and Myths Behind The Tree of Life - An Ancient Symbol

1. The Assyrians-

Babylonians in Assyria believed that a magical fruit grown on the tree of life should only be picked by the gods. Mortals caught stealing this fruit of the gods were doomed to suffer bad luck and misfortune.

~ George Sassoon and Rodney Dale, The Manna Machine

2. The Celts-

When Celtic tribes settled a new land, tradition dictated they leave a great tree (known in Ireland as the "crann bethadh") in the center to symbolize their bond with the land.

Tribal leaders were ordained at this sacred tree, because its roots and its branches were thought to connect the powers of heaven to underworld forces.

~ Mara Freeman 1998

3. Judeo-Christians-

In the book of genesis, the Tree of Life was planted by God in the Garden of Eden, it's fruit granted everlasting life.

God also planted the "Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil" (Genesis 2:9). It was after eating the forbidden fruit from this tree that Adam and Eve were exiled from paradise to prevent them from eating from the Tree of Life.

~ Wikipedia

4. The Kabbalists-

In the Kabbala, a mystical form of Judaism, the Tree of Life, is described as a mystical symbol leading the way to God, It's branches are representative of creation's map..

~ Wikipedia

Image: The Visionary Art of Willow Arlenea - Goddesses

The Ancient Tree of Life

The Ancient Tree of Life
The Ancient Tree of Life

The Tree of Life and The Origin of The Christmas Tree

5000 Years of History

When the Christian Church in 340AD chose a date to celebrate Christ's birth, they chose the already commonly known pagan holiday that celebrated the winter solstice. Since these pagans already considered the "World Tree" or the "Tree of Life" a symbol of life, it was only natural to continue to use a tree to symbolize the birth and re-birth of Christ.

In the early seventeenth century, Germans began bringing these symbolic trees indoors at Christmastime and decorated them with candles.

The end result today is that we see Christmas trees all over the world used as a continuing symbol of life and growth. .

Source: Alislam.org/library/articles/new/Prophets_of_God

The Celtic Tree of Life

The Celtic Tree of Life
The Celtic Tree of Life

The Tree Of Life Pendant

Seeka Tree of Life Necklace N0583
Seeka Tree of Life Necklace N0583

- This beautiful and funky tree of life pin is hand painted in a rainbow of radiant colors - Each tree is hand decorated with chains and found objects in fun, swirling designs - Each piece is truly like a miniature artwork.

 

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      sharadkgupta lm 4 years ago

      Yes , it is very informative lens....

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @laura webuk: Nice work - it's a fascinating subject.

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      laura webuk 4 years ago

      Nice lens, please check out my lens on the mythology of trees if you get a chance :)

      Thanks for sharing

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I would of liked to know how it related to Thor, but yes it was interesting

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      Yes, lovely lens!

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      pcgamehardware 4 years ago

      Really great information, thanks for sharing. :)

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      pumpum 4 years ago

      I learned a lot of new stuff.

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      ProsperityFairy 4 years ago

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 5 years ago from Ljubljana

      Beautiful lens on symbolic meaning of the tree. Thanks!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Meaning of tree of life and knowledge. How I can use it in my jewelry making".

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      Damn sure, I did. Good work!

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      kovid7 5 years ago

      Insightful

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      Sensitive Fern 5 years ago

      It's fascinating how trees are and were revered in so many cultures around the world, and how they are considered the givers of life. Beautiful lens!

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      JaneEyre9999 5 years ago

      Yes! These are incredibly beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

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      siobhanryan 5 years ago

      This is a very good lens-really enjoyed

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      Rose Jones 5 years ago

      I will come back to this lens when I write my novel, it is very deep. Angel Blessed!

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      GaelicForge 5 years ago

      Moran taing! The tree of life is a universal symbol of health and wisdom, and don't we all need as much of that as possible!

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      EmmaLouiseB 5 years ago

      I really live this Lens. I am a big fan of trees myself and the Tree of Life is very sacred to me as a Pagan. Blessings to you for such an informative and interesting lens.

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      WoodlandBard 5 years ago

      a lovely inspiring presentation of an important myth for us to ponder

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      vkumar05 5 years ago

      A very informative lens. Excellent presentation. Thanks for sharing.

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      flowski lm 5 years ago

      I sure learned a lot here today about the Tree of Life. Very interesting!

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      WoodlandBard 5 years ago

      Wonderful introduction and links to explore more. Being a keep of a large tree labyrinth here this is a very special subject well introduced here.

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      June Parker 5 years ago from New York

      Beautiful Tree of Life lens. It is very well done in it's simplicity. *Squid Angel Blessed* and I've added your link to My Squid Angel Wings to be featured in the "Culture & Society » Spirituality " neighborhood.

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      LasgalenArts 6 years ago

      I've always loved trees and their symbols of importance. A lovely collection of meanings you've collected. Well done. :)

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      GreenfireWiseWo 6 years ago

      Great lens - thank you.

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      JayPicklo 6 years ago

      Great Lens. Blessed Be.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Thanks for sharing such an informative lens. I have lensrolled it to my lens on life of mystic saint Meera(Biography of a princess who became a saint)

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      @mysticmama lm: thank you!

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      Bambi Watson 6 years ago

      Wonderful ~ Blessed >*

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      Francis Luxford 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Cool Lens, Thank You.

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      sustainableartist 6 years ago

      You have beautiful lenses! Thanks :)

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      patricia1in1 6 years ago

      Very nice, thank you!

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      Karicor 6 years ago

      The Tree of Life is a wonderful topic for a lens, and this one is not just informative but also very beautiful.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Very beautifully done - I am a lover of trees , forests birds, greenery and Mother Nature.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      A very nice presentation...well done Grasshopper!

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      thesuccess2 6 years ago

      We've got a Jesse Tree in our local church

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      poppy mercer 6 years ago from London

      I keep a tree of life as a screen saver, just to remind me to keep my roots in the earth whilst in cyberspace. Lovely lens.

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      Sojourn 6 years ago

      I love the different artistic interpretations of the tree. So beautiful! I'd seen this symbol before but never knew its name or its meaning. It's rather calming, isn't it?

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      SofiaMann 6 years ago

      Beautiful pictures. Yes, I learnd a lot. Thanks.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Fascinating information about the the Tree of Life.

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      julieannbrady 6 years ago

      I love reading about the Tree of Life. When I was in high school, IT was my project for a special class -- I created a hand-stitched tree of life with an accompanying story.

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      grannysage 6 years ago

      You might want to add the Norse mythology of Yggdrasil to your list. I think we all need to honor the tree of life, not only at the winter solstice but all year long.

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      Kate Smith 6 years ago from Ashburn, VA

      Interesting stuff. Who knew there was so much to know about the tree of life.

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      scar4 6 years ago

      Yeah, holy tree, lol lol !

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I learned a lot here. Thanks!

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      ideadesigns 6 years ago

      The tree of life is an interesting story in the bible. Thanks for sharing, enjoyed the artwork.

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      gia combs-ramirez 6 years ago from Montana

      Revisiting one of my favorite lenses. Blessed by an angel!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Awesome lens! Loved the pictures!

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      VarietyWriter2 6 years ago

      Blessed by a SquidAngel :)

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      hlkljgk 6 years ago from Western Mass

      thanks for sharing the different myths.

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      jamesblond 6 years ago

      Interesting I have heard each of those stories but never once linked them. I gave it 5 stars! You seem to be very well read and have a lot to offer on squidoo

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      FlynntheCat1 6 years ago

      Very nice art :D Did you ever watch The Fountain? It would fit quite well on here - it's about a seed from the tree of life.

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      HERBMASTER 6 years ago

      Beautiful artwork! I really enjoyed the development.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Beautiful Lens! tnx for the info about the history of tree

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      Mickie Goad 7 years ago

      As always, you create beautiful lenses. Blessed today by this Squid Angel.

      I love the mental image of the tree of life branches reaching to "Father Heaven" and the roots holding on to "Mother Earth". Thanks for sharing.

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      lasertek lm 7 years ago

      Indeed very informative and interesting lens! It is good to know that some stories I've heard are interconnected. 5*

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      jennysue19 7 years ago

      Very informative and attractive lens. Creationists need to learn the essential difference between symbology and reality with regard to what it says in Genesis about the Garden of Eden.

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      jekool 7 years ago

      Informative and interesting. Thanks for this lens. I was unaware of the prevalance of the tree of life as a spiritual symbol.

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      KimGiancaterino 7 years ago

      This is a beautiful lens! I have a print of Gustav Klimt's "Kiss" in my home, but had not seen the tree of life version. I just love his artwork.

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      religions7 7 years ago

      Great lens, blessed by a squidangel :)

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      Themiscorkscrew 7 years ago

      Interesting I have heard each of those stories but never once linked them. I gave it 5 stars! You seem to be very well read and have a lot to offer on squidoo

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      So great! Thanks!

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      GhostWalker LM 8 years ago

      Great info...Rated it a 5

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      QueSea 8 years ago

      Very cool. I love trees. I love mythology too. This is a great way to connect heaven and earth (grin).

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      reganlee lm 8 years ago

      Beautiful site, I love the images as well.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I learnt about the tree of life from a really cool graphic novel called "promethea". I really dug it. It presents ideas that are very similair to the ideas I present on my website. God is Love

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      Steve Dizmon 8 years ago from Nashville, TN

      Although I know a little about the Tree of Life, I did not know about the connection to the Christmas Tree. I enjoyed the lens and the information. 5 Stars.

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      Kate Loving Shenk 8 years ago from Lancaster PA

      Spectacular-I am a great lover of trees!! Faved and fived!!

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      Kate Loving Shenk 8 years ago from Lancaster PA

      Spectacular-I am a great lover of trees!! Faved and fived!!

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      AppalachianCoun 8 years ago

      Great lens. It was neat to learn the different cultures' view. Tahnk-you.

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      Paula Atwell 8 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      A very interesting lens. Squid Blessings. :)

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      denask 8 years ago

      Yes it great :) I favorit it

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      JungleBaby 8 years ago

      Beautiful Lens,

      I have just started getting into some of the celtic artwork associated with the Tree of Life - some really beautiful artwork. Check out the list of amazon books on my lens-one called CELTIC FOLK SOUL is really cool, incredible artwork with explanations of the mythology behind it!

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      keithyoung 8 years ago

      Inspirational stuff!! The artwork is beautiful! You deserve your prominent position!

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      Mayapearl 8 years ago

      Lovely lens, like the art too.

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      Evelyn Saenz 8 years ago from Royalton

      Another wonderful lens. Thank you for teaching me more about the Tree of Life.

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      Evelyn Saenz 8 years ago from Royalton

      Another wonderful lens. Thank you for teaching me more about the Tree of Life.

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      rydigga 8 years ago

      Hi Michelle, Excellent lens. I learned quite a bit about The Tree Of Life. Thanks for sharing.

      Ryan

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      Teddi14 LM 8 years ago

      Wonderful lens. I love the pictures and the history! My lens Seven Signs of the Apocalypse has a few modules about symbolism and Fulcanelli that you might find interesting. 5*'s! If I was an angel I would bless this.

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      WebSpinstress 8 years ago

      Beautiful lens - 5*'s. Congratulations on your new Giant Squid status! Stopping by to join you in celebration... :-)

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      AshleyBretting-MS 8 years ago

      Nice pics and information :)

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      Linda Hoxie 8 years ago from Idaho

      Hello, I just wanted to congratulate you on making Giant! You deserve it! Linda

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      Kiwisoutback 8 years ago from Massachusetts

      Congratulations on making Giant Squid, this lens shows how much you deserved it! Nice work!

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      Ayngel Overson 8 years ago from Crestone, Co

      What a wonderful idea for a lens, I'd like more information on the subject since I tend to study all religions and religious symbols, this is one I strangely have not come across in my studies! 5 8's for sure!

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      MsMorrison 8 years ago

      Great art! I agree, there's so much you can find in a tree. For me, it's a symbol of strength and real beauty. love this lens!

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      Teddi14 LM 8 years ago

      Outstanding lens. Love the pictures and it flows nicely. 5*'s

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      RickBasset 8 years ago

      Beautiful lens! Well done!

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      AlisonMeacham 8 years ago

      Disney's Animal Kingdom has at it's heart a Tree of Life - it is to Animal Kingdom what Cinderella's Castle is to Magic Kingdom.

      Thank you for the information about the significance of the tree of life. Angel Blessings to You

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      BarryKrost 8 years ago

      Love the pictures.

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      Sandy Mertens 8 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Congrats on your win in the Squidoo Home for the Holidays contest 2008

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      MargoPArrowsmith 8 years ago

      I have several pieces of jewelry with the tree of life on them. It is such a wonderful symbol. I am featuring this on Walking and Making Labyrinths ***** to you!

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      Thanks for joining G Rated Lense Factory!

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      religions7 8 years ago

      Great introduction - lovely pictures... *****

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      allinfoisfree 8 years ago

      It would be nice to know some of your sources, but a good lens. 5 *'s. :)

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      Terry Boroff (flipflopnana) 8 years ago from FL

      Wonderful lens, I especially loved the artwork.

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      gbenton789 8 years ago

      nice lense, beautiful artwork too. thanks for your support too!