Tree of life symbolism has a long history, crossing many cultures. While it would be overwhelming to explain its significance to each culture, the tree of life has overarching themes and meanings that span across many peoples.
- Connection to all things. The tree has roots that reach deeply into the soil, acknowledging its connection to, and accepting nourishment from, Mother Earth. Leaves and branches extend into the sky, acknowledging Father Sun and accepting the energy that it transforms into nourishment. You are not an island, but are deeply connected to the world around you and dependent on it for your ability to grow and thrive.
- Family and connection to your ancestors. A tree symbolizes the generations of your family; it symbolizes family through its intricate network of branches, showing our the continuity through all generations.
- Growth into a beautiful and unique person. When trees are young, they pretty much all look the same. But, as they grow older, they weather storms and are battered by the forces of wind and water. Their branches may break and grow back in a different direction, or the very soil beneath them will erode away, causing them to grow even stronger roots to hold on. Over time, they become very unique and beautiful in their eccentricity and idiosyncrasies. They are just as we all wish to become – shaped into fascinating, intriguing individuals who have weathered hardships and broad experiences in life that have made us into who we are.
- Rebirth. The tree of life is a symbol of a fresh start on life, just like they hibernate during winter and reborn during spring, positive energy, good health and a bright future.
- Immortality. A tree grows old, yet it bears seeds that contain its very essence and in this way, the tree becomes immortal.
- Growth & strength-Just like this tree, a person grows stronger over time and strives for greater knowledge and new experiences.