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  • Writer's pictureHeli Jutila

Symbol: tree

Updated: Mar 30, 2020

The ancient symbol of the Tree has been found to represent physical and spiritual nourishment, transformation and liberation, union and fertility. They are seen as powerful symbols of growth and resurrection. A tree is a symbol of stability and strength. We use the metaphor of a tree with roots spreading into the ground to talk about strength, stability and being grounded.

In many of folk religions, trees are said to be homes of spirits. The Druids used the Celtic Astrology where each month was attributed to one Tree, one powerful tree.

That the trees are alive organisms with consciousness is a concept that probably sounds reasonable to all witches and mages and such. Trees have souls, they are inhabited by spirits. And they try to communicate with us. That may sound absurd to many people but is now supported by mainstream science as well.

For instance the biologist George David Haskell argues that trees are somehow interconnected. Building a network means having channels of communication, which is actually a sort of language. Ancient people living close to the forests were aware of that. The ecologist Suzanne Simard, Professor at the University of British Columbia-Vancouver, is more assertive about the reality of the tree language. Trees send messages in various ways to the plantation next to them, to other trees and to humans.

An ancient graveyard with trees

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