Tree Of Life has a lot of references and symbolism amongst many cultures however the most known is the connection that it represents between our mother earth and father sky. It represents our grounding and that we are all one and connected.
Celtic Symbolism: The Tree Of Life is of great significance to the Celts; thus the famous symbology of the Celtic Tree Of Life. They believe that the Tree of Life represents family; just as a tree we come from the earth. The branches and leaves are our family as we grow and learn and live together. The tall Tree Of Life also extends all the way up to the sky and the heavens thereby connecting us to our ancestors and spirit guides.
The Celtic word for oak is ‘Daur’ – this is where the modern word ‘Door’ originates from. The Celts believe that the Tree of Life is the doorway to other realms and for this reason it is commonly seen as a symbol of spiritual transformation and growth.
Rebirth Symbolism: A tree grows in the spring, sheds its leaves in the fall and enters a hibernation; almost death like state in winter. But come spring again, it sprouts new leaves and is born again. It reminds us that every end has a new beginning. It reminds us to be in a positive state of mind and keep perspective on the changes around us.
Growth & Strength Symbolism: A tree is just a seed that was once planted in the soil. It takes nourishment from mother earth and energy from father sky. It grows and spreads its roots to hold tight as it reaches for the sky towards new heights; just as we as humans do. We grow stronger and wiser by striving for new experiences and knowledge.
Tree Of Life Symbolism also appears across religions; as the eternal source of life in Christianity in the garden of Eden, as the Bodhi tree under which Buddha is shown in a meditative pose in Buddhism, in the Chinese culture it is shown with a dragon.
Pick the symbolism that resonates with you for now and know that your understanding and connection with this Tree of Life will surely grow and evolve with time.