I’ve had a few requests for some information on the Tree of Life and here it is from the Celtic Tradition. Although just like the Sacred Spiral, information about the Tree of Life can be found in many cultures around the world!
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I’ve always had a special affinity for trees and since my last post was about a little tree and the oaks, I thought it would be nice to add this explanation of the Celtic Tree of Life.
There is something about trees that inspire me. Some trees have more presence than others depending on how old they are. When I am in the presence of an old magnificent tree, I can’t help but think, if only it could speak, oh the stories it could tell! Below is a brief summary on the story and symbolism of the Celtic Tree of Life. I hope you enjoy what you read!
Ancients Celts (Druids) believed that the trees of life had many special powers. Such trees also provided food, warmth and shelter to human beings. The Celts used to stay only in those places where such trees were present. Teaching centers of Druids too were located in the quiet and tranquil atmosphere of Oak groves.
Celtic Tree of Life Symbol
The meaning of Celtic tree of life can be interpreted in many different ways. The balance and harmony observed in nature can be best symbolized with the tree of life. However, balance and harmony is created as a result of many different forces operating in the universe. Celtic people attribute the tree of life symbol to qualities such as wisdom, strength and longevity.
Another of the Celtic tree of life meanings being derived is that of rebirth. The meanings related to rebirth were derived from seasonal changes that the Celts observed in these trees. The Celts performed various rituals to mark the changes which trees of life underwent. Changes observed by Celts in these trees were tagged as birth, death and rebirth.
The tree of life is a symbol of an entity that connects the upper and lower worlds. Roots of this tree penetrate the depths and connects with the lower world. Branches of this tree grow and stretch to the heaven. Trunk of the tree of life remains on the plane of earth. As per beliefs of Druids, gods in the heavens used to communicate with humans through trees of life. Growth of the tree of life is associated with spiritual growth.
Symbolism of Specific Trees
Oak– The oak is considered a storehouse of wisdom embodied within it’s towering strength and noble presence.
Willow– The Willow represents imagination, intuition and vision.
Elder– The Elder represents transition, evolution and continuation.