Tuesday, March 12, 2013

The Tree of Life

The Tree of Life has so many meanings to so many people and faiths. It alludes to the interconnection of all life on our planet and serves as a metaphor for common descent in the evolutionary sense. The tree of knowledge (connecting to heaven and the underworld) and the tree of life (connecting all forms of creation) are both forms of the world tree or cosmic tree. This is according to the Encyclopedia Britannica. The World Tree is portrayed in various religions and philosophies as the same tree. The Tree of Life reminds us of unity and living in peace. The Tree of Life is an important symbol in nearly every culture. With its branches reaching into the sky, and roots deep in the earth, it dwells in three worlds, a link between heaven, the earth, and the underworld, uniting above and below. It is both a feminine symbol, bearing sustenance, and a masculine, visibly phallic symbol another union.

 In Jewish and Christian mythology we know that the Tree of Life was a gift from God. Planted at the center of paradise (The Garden of Eden) it was the crowing glory. God had given this tree to Adam and Eve as a source of blessing and eternal life. In the winter when the tree loses its leaves this symbolizes death. When the tree sprouts new leaves (new growth) in the Spring this symbolizes resurrection. The tree also bears fruits or seeds, which contain the essence of the tree. This continuous regeneration is a potent symbol of immortality. It is the fruit of the tree that confers immortality in the Jewish creation story.

The Mayan believed heaven is a wonderful and magical place on Earth hidden by a mystical mountain called Tamoanchan. The Mayan tree of life is a cross with its center being the point of absolute beginning. The source of all creation. Its branches passing through each of the three layers of existence. The three layers being the underworld, the earth, and the sky.

The Tree of Life is really an amazing symbol recognized around the world.

Blue Lapis Tree of Life Pendant Silver Plated on Black Silk Cord



Until Next Time,
Jennifer

11 comments:

Mary Johanna Gorman said...

Beautiful pendant for an amazing symbol. Thanks for sharing the story behind his lovely piece.

Mary Johanna Gorman said...

Beautiful pendant for an amazing symbol. Thanks for sharing the story behind this symbol.

ShadowDogDesigns said...

Very interesting post. I love the mythology/beliefs behind the Tree of Life and you explained it so well. Thanks for sharing.

Umeboshi -Jo said...

What a beautiful symbol! Trees are so important to my well-being that I have always chosen homes that have beautiful trees around it. I love the look of the lapis on the tree and your pendant is lovely.

Daisy Doodle Embroidery said...

Love your pendant. Enjoyed reading the story of its meaning. Thanks for sharing.

CraftsofthePast said...

Great job, Jennifer. Beautiful pic and work. Good to know you blog on Blogger, too.
Anna

Rosemari Roast said...

A lovely post for a lovely symbol, one so rich in meaning and so ubiquitous!

SolanaKaiDesigns said...

Well done blog, Jennifer. I, too, love trees and the tree of life symbol and it was interesting to read all about it here!

Specialtivity said...

Great job Jennifer, I have always loved the tree of life symbol and you did a beautiful job creating the tree of life pendant!!!

Kathy :)

PrettyGonzo said...

The Tree of Life has been one of my favorite symbols for years. Really enjoyed your article, and love the pendants you've been making.

Thanks for sharing! :)

Rose Guzik said...

Beautiful work, Jennifer!
I love thinking of the tree of life as a gift from God.