Trees are a profound symbol of the interconnectedness of all life.
The early folk recognized the living spirit within the trees and plants. They worked closely with their healing properties and honored their often-great age and sheer physical magnificence.The once-dense forests of Europe have been greatly diminished, along with many of the wild animals that once lived in them.
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 the harvesting of wood was essential for shelter and warmth. Later, the great ships and buildings took the oldest and most royal of trees, and fertile farmland replaced the dark forests, green fields brightening the lonely valleys. The landscape changed and much of the power of the Wild was lost to us. However, the potent energy of the great forests and her creatures has infused the myths and legends of those who lived close to its source, and continues to thrive in corners of the land, of our planet, where man has not yet intruded.
Tree worship was at the heart of Celtic spirituality and the Druids are said to have worshipped among the ancient groves. Interestingly, the words for wood and wisdom are similar in Welsh – gwydd and gwyddon.
Mythic interchange between the inner world of the psyche and the fertile world around us was created by our ancestors.
For many people today, with different religious beliefs throughout the world, the Tree of Life is a universal symbol expressing an ancient philosophy of the forces of nature and of spirit – of life itself. Jen's Celtic Tree of Life is an organic circle representing the interconnection of all living things. The interlacing branches symbolize Celtic belief in the Continuity of Life, with roots growing deep in the ground, branches reaching high into the heavens. The Celtic Tree of Life represents the mysticism of the Old Religion in which the trees, the creatures and the land are a strong and vital force, connecting the folk within a living universe. In the New Faith, the early monastic traditions of Celtic Christianity continue to celebrate the Spirit of Nature, and the Tree of Life is a powerful symbol of creation.
They lived in rhythm with the growth and decay of the earth, the migration of the birds, the potent qualities of the animals, with the green, living force within the forests, rivers and oceans of the wild, living world.