The Tree of Life
- December 29, 2018
- peggy Stephanou
The Tree of Life, or World Tree, is recounted in the Folklore of Ancient Iran, Mesopotamia, Urartu, Baha’i Faith, Buddhism, Chinese Mythology, Christianity, Germani and Norse Mythology, Islam, Jewish Sources and the Kabbalah, Mesoamerica, Maya, Aztec, Izapan, Miztec, Olmec, North America, Serer Religion, Turkic and Hinduism.
Probably the best known is the Celtic Tree of Life or Crann Bethadh. A symbol of balance and harmony. The tree represents the circle of life and rebirth, losing its leaves in the fall, hibernate in the winter and be reborn again in the Spring.
The tree was a central part to early Celtic Spirituality. To the Celts the tree was the bearer of basic sustenance. Food, shelter, fuel, warmth… and weapons.
In Celtic creation stories, trees were the ancestors of mankind, elder beings of wisdom. To the Druids trees were a connection to the world of spirits and the ancestors, doorways into other worlds. The branches reaching high up into the heavens, and te roots deep into the ground.
The most sacred tree was the Oak tree, representing the Axis Mundi, the centre of the world. The Celtic word for Oak, daur, the origin of the word “door” – the doorway into the realm of Fairies. The word Druid, the name of the Celtic priestly class, was compounded by the words for “Oak” and “seeing”. A Driud was basically someone with the ability of seeing through into the spirits world.
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