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Celtic Tree of Life

Welcome to Celtic Tree of Life

by Welsh Artist Jen Delyth

Trees are a profound symbol of the interconnection of all Life. The Ancients envisioned the entire cosmos in the form of a tree whose roots grow deep in the ground, branches reaching high into the heavens.


Britain was once covered in extensive oak forest, and reverence for Trees is at the heart of Celtic spirituality.
Druids had their teaching centers in the midst of Oak groves, and the words for wood and wisdom are similar (Welsh gwydd and gwyddon). The Celtic Druids, priestesses and healer-women encoded their deep knowledge of trees and herbs into an ancient cryptic Tree alphabet - an Ogham ciper — Beth Luis-Nuin.


The ‘Tree of Life’ is an esoteric philosophy common to many cultures and mythologies. In the border motif the pot represents this Source, or Earth Womb, also symbolized as the Grail, or Cauldron of Regeneration in Celtic mythology. The interlacing branches symbolize the Celtic belief in the Continuity of Life.

Jen Delyth's original Celtic Tree of Life design ©1989 has become a well known symbol for the interconnection of all living things - the circle of life - plants, animals, the above and below, the circle that connects us all.

It represents Jen's artwork, and company Ninth Wave Publishing - Celtic Art Studio.

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Signed, Limited Edition Archival Giclee Prints available - Made by Jen Delyth in her studio


Jen Delyth created her distinctive and widely known image - "Celtic Tree of Life" in 1989, inspired by the interconnectedness of all things - the circle of life - plants, animals, the above and below, the circle that connects us all.

Earth Mysteries and Mythology

The Celtic culture is a living tradition with a rich heritage of art, mythology and poetry. Artist Jen Delyth creates original Celtic paintings and illustrations which explore the language of myth and symbol inspired by Celtic folklore and the spirit within nature.


WORLD TREE yggdrasil

Yggdrasil is the World Tree of Norse Mythology, the Giant Ash tree that links and connects all the known worlds, the earth below, and the heaven above.

Also known as the “Tree of Knowledge”, the “Tree of the Universe” and the “Tree of Fate”, Yggdrasil is the axis, the center of the creation of the Universe. Three roots connect the World Tree to the three wells that flow beneath. The well of Mimir whose waters are the source of all wisdom, the Well of Fate - Urdarbrunnr, guarded by the Norns, the well of Hvergelmir - Roaring Kettlle, the source of many rivers that nourish life. The World Tree is a symbol common to many societies. Within Celtic tradition, the Great Oak tree is most revered, and the Druids are said to have worshipped amongst the ancient groves. The great forests of our world help create the oxygen we breath. They are vital to our planet’s diverse ecosystem.

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