I’ll be talking about trees today, the ancient tree mythology and how we can gain a piece of their wisdom. There is so much symbolic meanings of trees in ancient myths and fairytales and they are there above all like big friends for the people. Rooted deep in the ground and growing up high to the sky, therefore trees teach us of an unbreakable connection of the Earth and heaven, evanescent and eternal. In other words trees are a symbol of growth, strenght and harmony. And the keepers of the great wisdom and magic. Dive with me in ancient tree mythology a little bit, let’s learn something about the trees and ourselves at the same time.
First of all, I need to say that this is an inexhaustible topic. I will just bounce beneath the surface of the great and ancient wisdom of trees and name a few symbolic meanings from different myths and cultures.
Ancient Greek Tree Mythology
By Greek mythology, Goddess Mother Rea is closely related to the cult of trees. Tree is an infinite source of fertility, and Rea is always shown by some simbolic plant or under the tree of life. Great goddess is a personification of an everlasting source of creation, while the tree represents the Universe in continuous regeneration. Tree is always the symbol of the center of the world, eternal life or wisdom.
Thus, the symbolic connection between the goddess and the tree indicates that life, fertility, growth and immortality originate from the universal vital principle. One aspect of the Great Mother is a wise woman, with a visible connection to the Tree of Knowledge.
In classical ancient mythology, certain gods are associated with certain trees. The connection between a certain tree and the characteristic of the belonging deity is always meaningful. Some examples of these links are: Zeus – Oak; Poseidon – ash; Apollo – laurel; Had – myrrh, topola; Hera – pear, vrba; Athens – olive.
Tree symbolism in Ancient Egypt
From ancient times to Egypt, trees are a subject of worship, perhaps because it was so rare.
In the eastern sky is a tall sommers, a cosmic tree, where gods were sitting. In the west is the divine cow Hathor, who created the world and all that is in it. She comes from the tree full of compassion and welcomes those who have recently died. She gives them food and drink, which gives them life after death in that way. The souls of deceased are sitting on the branches like birds. Through this sacred tree, Souls came back to the wing of the divine world of eternal beings who left only during this one human life.
In old Egyptian artefacts, it often comes up to the Tree of life from which the divine hands come out with gifts and pours out water from the vessel.
Celts- tree symbolism
Trees and plants had a great significance for Celts. For them, everything in nature had a Soul and was pervaded by strength and energy.
Usually, Celtic’s temples were sacred grovers of forests. It was a place where the divine is touching a human world.
And we can go on and on: mythology, religions, cultures. I love trees and I can talk about that subject for hours, especially about the ancient tree mythology. But, what I realy want to point out here is that in times when we are insecure and in need of help, we can find answers and comfort in ancient wisdom of trees.
So, it’s time to play and dive deep into Tree Symbolism and Ancient Tree Mythology!
We will find out the meanings of each tree in future articles. I will paint one by one with each article, and then you will be able to choose one tree that you like the most and get the wise message from ancient tree mythology and see what does it mean to you.
- Apple Tree
- Ash Tree
- Bamboo Tree
- Beech Tree
- Bonsai Tree
- Birch Tree
- Cedar Tree
- Cherry Tree
- Copaiba Tree
- Cypress Tree
- Elder Tree
- Elm Tree
- Eucalyptus tree
- Fir Tree
- Hazel Tree
- Heather Tree
- Holly Tree
- Japanese Maple
- Juniper Tree
- Maple Tree (one of my first paintings, you can see it here: http://vortexbeyou.com/energy-painting-depicting-energy/
- Oak tree
- Olive Tree
- Palm Tree
- Pine Tree
- Redwood Tree
- Sequoia Tree
- Wisteria Tree
- Willow Tree
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