Varying Tree of Life symbols are commonly represented in paintings, sculptures, and pieces of jewelry, each carrying a long history that crosses many cultures and religions.
Interestingly, the overarching themes behind the many different Tree of Life symbols remain similar across many cultures. Different cultures and religions do display many variations in both artistic representation and underlying meanings, but we see more commonality than differences as we look to explore further.
A frequently shared motif refers to the Tree of Life as representing a connection to all things. This makes perfect sense if you stop and think about the common depiction of the image for a moment- Roots that go deeply into the soil displaying a connection to the Earth and branches that reach high into the sky acknowledging the Sun. Now, depending on your sphere of influence the variations in display and color can affect the underlying or implicit meanings.
The Tree of Life is represented throughout many religions including Buddhism, Islam, Baha’i Faith, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Judaism, and Christianity, to name only a few.
If you study and/or currently follow any religions or philosophies, we’d bet you can find many references to the Tree of Life. In such a fast-paced modern world, sometimes it good to stop and think about the most basic things that enable life to flourish on this planet. We couldn’t survive without trees and hence the significance placed on trees throughout major religions that span our entire historical context of the modern world.
The top image is a Celtic Tree of Life Symbol.