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Legends of The Tree of Life
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".
Sources: The Druids of Turtle Island, AltReligion.About.com
Tree of Life Jewelry Designs
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
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.
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..
Image: The Visionary Art of Willow Arlenea - Goddesses
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.
The end result today is that we see Christmas trees all over the world used as a continuing symbol of life and growth. .
Gift Ideas From The Tree of Life
The Celtic Tree of Life
The Tree Of Life Pendant
- 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.
Learn More About The Tree of Life's Symbolic Meaning
Sources and Resources:
- The Celtic Tree of Life
The History of The Celtic Tree of Life
- The Visionary Art of Willow Arlenea - Goddesses
Willow's GODDESS series beautifully depicts some of the many forms of the divine feminine archetype. (The 2nd Picture Down is From This Collection.)
- The Tree of Life by Gustav Klimt - Art in the Picture.com
Gustav Klimt Style: Art Nouveau Lived: July 14, 1862 - February 6, 1918 (19th - 20th century) Nationality: Austria
- Quabalistic Tree of Life
THE ANCIENTS The Tree of Life Â© Andreas Petersen- (4th Picture Down)
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