While driving along a country road Cinnia came across a tree alone in a clearing. She pulled off to take some photos and check it out. It reminded her of the Tree of Life. In Celtic traditions the Tree of Life symbolized the harmony and balance of living. Trees provide shelter, food, medicine, and wood to heat and build homes. When land was cleared there was always one tree left in the center of the clearing. It was this tree where communities would gather for ceremonies, storytelling, and meals.
On the more spiritual side, the Tree of Life is symbolic of the connection of heaven and the underworld with earth. The deep roots of the tree travel down into the underworld. The vast branches extend up into the upper world. This flow from one realm to another allows communication between humans and the gods.
Yet another symbolic theme of the Tree of Life is rebirth. The leaves change and drop in the fall and winter and regenerate and grow again in the spring and summer.
There is something regal about big old trees. They weather the storm and stand the test of time. I love to sit under the shade of a tree with a good book, listening to the birdsong, being squawked at by squirrels, and hearing the gentle rustling of the leaves in the wind. It’s very tranquil and centering.
Once upon a time...
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