THE MEANING BEHIND…..Tree of Life
THE MEANING BEHIND…..
Symbolism allows a concrete object to represent an intangible or hard to describe feeling. Giving symbols, such as the Tree of Life can be a simple way to convey a powerful message. Read on to learn the fascinating meanings behind "The Tree Of Life" and gifts that say it all then check out our shop.
THE TREE OF LIFE
Representing a connection to all things, the Tree of Life is one of the oldest and most versatile symbols in the world. Just because The Tree of Life has a multitude of meanings, it doesn’t make giving it any less powerful.
The oldest known example of the Tree of Life was found in the Domuztepe excavations in Turkey, about 7000 BC. It was said to represent a bright future and encouraged humans to live in harmony with the rest of the world. The earliest Tree of Life symbols depicted a pine tree. In this way, the tree of life is a symbol of a fresh start on life, positive energy, good health.
In Norse mythology the Tree of Life represents a magical fount of knowledge because the gods meet here daily. Known as Yggdrasil, it connects the Nine Worlds, a way of imagining different realms of gods, men, elves, dwarves, giants and the dead. Considered very holy, Yggdrasil is an immense ash tree that is the center of the cosmos. The gods meet at Yggdrasil daily. The branches of Yggdrasil extend far into the heavens, and the tree is supported by three roots that extend anchoring it in the earth. A version Yggdrasil of has appeared in Marvel Comics version
In Judeo-Christian mythology, the Tree of Life that is the source of water for the earth.
In the Koran, the Tree of Life’s roots bring forth riches of milk, honey and wine.
In the Book of Proverbs, the Tree of Life is associated with wisdom.
In Buddhism, the Bodhi tree or the tree of life is where Buddha attained enlightenment.
The Tree of Life can be given as a symbol of immortality. A tree grows old, yet it bears seeds that contain its very essence and in this way, the tree becomes immortal.
The Ancient Celts 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.
The Tree of Life vision is an important scripture in the LDS church. Mormons believe the prophet Lehi had a vision of a path leading to a tree symbolizing salvation, with an iron rod along the path whereby followers of Jesus may hold to the rod and avoid wandering off the path into pits or waters symbolizing the ways of sin.
In many cultures and when you’re faced with sickness, disease, or terminal illness, the Tree of Life can inspire fresh hope and fuel strength .
The Tree of Life can be given as a symbol of rebirth. Trees lose their leaves in the fall but come spring, the tree sprouts tiny buds, bursts forth with dramatic blooms and leaves and is born again.
In many religions, it is used to represent the 'Creator' because it offers protection and supports abundant fruit production & regeneration.
The Tree of Life is symbolizes a connection to your ancestors and previous generations.
Universally, a reminder that you are never alone or isolated, but connected to the world.
The Tree of Life has been used by many influential artists and creators because of the powerful meanings it can evoke.
One of Austrian painter Gustav Klimt’s most famous works was painted in 1909 using exceptionally detailed l flourishes on every branch. The swirling branches create mythical symbolism, suggesting the perpetuity of life. It’s rich tones and bold shapes make it one of the most reproduced oil paintings of all time.
You can find it printed, on throw blankets or even clocks.
Frank Lloyd Wright employs a geometric approach to the Tree of Life in his most famous stained glass window. The original was made in 1904 for the Darwin M. Martin House in Buffalo, NY, where it still is on display. Today it can be found on a variety of products and is an excellent recommendation for any architect.