The meaning of the Tree of Life?
So, of course, our new offering is the glorious Tree of Life triple-wick, glass-encased candle. Paying homage to this universal symbol is a reminder that our health and happiness are inextricably tied to the health and happiness of all living beings.
With its branches and roots reaching across time and space, the Tree of Life is steeped in ancient theologies, philosophies, and mythologies - signifying the vital connection between heaven, earth and the underworld; a force that connects all beings; the cycle of life and death; with the interconnected system of roots, trunk and branches directly mirroring the human system of body, psyche and spirit.
What is the history of The tree of life?
If we briefly look back through time, the Tree of Life has given us some of the most monumental symbols for ritual and reverence. Both are necessary for our times and very much alive and waiting to be re-awakened inside each of us.
At its core, the Tree of Life is just that – a tree. In winter, the tree moves towards death – its leaves curl in, let go, and drop down, only to sprout anew with the return of spring. This quality marks the Tree of Life as a symbol of resurrection – Jesus, Attis, and Osirus – all rose again, symbolic of revival and to bring back into existence.
A tree also bears seeds and fruits, the tree's essence, and this continuous regeneration is a potent symbol of immortality. As Ralph Waldo Emerson reminds us, “The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn”. The fruit of a tree confers immortality in the Jewish creation story. In the Chinese Taoist tradition, it is a divine peach (the pantao) that ripens once every 3,000 years and gives the gift of immortality. In ancient Persia, the fruit of the haoma bears this essence. The apples of Idun give the Norse gods their immortality, much like the Gods of the Greek pantheon and their reliance on Ambrosia. This aspect of the tree as a giver of gifts offers the sweet symbol of immortality – for when life ends here, it continues somewhere else – the eternal life.
What does the Tree of life Symbolise today?
These symbols are a reminder that today's trees are still those same noble sentinels, essential to the very fabric of the earth and life itself today – of creation, regeneration, and resurrection. As John Muir reminds us: "The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness."
There is no coincidence, then, that the Tree of Life is also physiologically located in the form and flesh of our human bodies. Consider the brain and spinal cord, which reveal a trunk and cranial nerves form the tree branches of the brain. Then there is our respiratory system and our lungs. The pulmonary alveoli (the respiratory unit of the lung), folded on themselves during our in-utero life, open up, filling the air of the first inhalation and remain so throughout the rest of our existence, guaranteeing us - like leaves of a tree – a gas exchange between air and blood, indispensable for our survival. Then there is a breastfeeding mother whose breast develops a vast network of mammary blood vessels, a living tree that connects her to her baby and the source of life and nourishment. And to see a placenta, the initial home of a new human, is to see an inverted Tree of Life, with the branching villi being the roots of the growing embryo with helical growth, a typical pattern in climbing plants. The branches of the tree (veins and capillaries) carry nutrients from the placenta to the baby, and arteries bring waste back to the placenta to be distributed and redirected by the mother, not to be stored inside the placenta. The Tree of Life is our sacred first home.
So, what could be more timely, given the state of the world, that we handcraft and offer you this universal symbol for life that connects us all – from us to you and back again to the earth. In doing so, we bow to this ancient symbol as a potent reminder that our joy, health and well-being are inextricably intertwined with all living things.
Tree of Life Candle Details:
This beauty is a three-wick wonder candle with white glass and a gold foil tree, which looks stunningly lit or not. She's 8.5 cm wide x 10 cm high and comes with a bamboo lid packed in our kraft box with washi tape. Refills are available, so you can continue to use the glass holder indefinitely. Perfect for home or as a gorgeous gift for another.
The Tree of Life Candle can be found here: www.happyflame.com.au/ Tree of life
We also hae the Tree of Life as a wax seal. That can be found here: Wax seal
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