The Tree of Life - Luna LakotaA beautiful large detailed piece.
This beautiful figurine is a strong symbol of longevity, wisdom & rebirth.
The Tree of Life proudly stands under the light of the moon, filtering its spiritual energy.
Its silvery roots form intricate networks throughout the earth, connecting the human race in love, peace & harmony.
Hand cast in the finest resin before being carefully hand-painted, this beauty would make the perfect addition to any spiritual collection.
- Measures approx. 16cm (H) x 18cm (W) x 16cm (D)
- Individually Hand-painted
- Traditionally Sculpted and Hand crafted
- Packaging may vary from any images shown
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Quality hand cast resin
The Tree of Life Symbol & Meaning
Crann Bethadh, the Celtic Tree of Life was more than a mythical idea spoken of around campfires and alluded to during certain ceremonies. No, for the Celts, a people who were intimately bonded to the Earth around them, the Tree was a tangible part of everyday existence.
In the thousand years (ending in approximately 500 A.D.) that they were the dominant pagan tribe in Ireland and other parts of Northern Europe, the Celts left created and behind enough evidence of their deep reverence of nature for us to understand their perception of the Universe.
Crann Bethadh was depicted as a tree with a stout trunk, its many branches swirling up to meet the sky above while it’s equally numerous roots expanded into the earth below. A very interesting variation – and one that has become ever so popular today – is the Tree of Life Knot.
This design projects the branches and roots in such a manner that they weave around the centre and one of each connects with one of the other, creating a circle. Often, the Tree’s design is symmetrical in the horizontal plane – it is identical viewed from above or below.
It is not just the tree that is represented in that motif – it is all of life on the planet.
So, why did these designs come to be a part of Celtic culture? How is it that they made the tree a central part of all they knew?
The answer is simple: they recognized that trees were the centre of all that occurred. Their ability to create life from the sunlight and water abundant in the air and the soil fed the herbivorous and omnivorous species, including Man.
Celts realized that the absence of greenery would be the absence of life itself.
Celtic mythology expanded on this idea by illustrating the branches as reaching up into the sky, the realm of the gods, while the roots settled deep into the soil, anchoring the tree to the earthly realm.
Together, the tree became the channel and conduit between the will of the divine world and the mortals who lived below.
The choice of the tree as this means of communication is heavy with symbolism.
The march of the seasons, which first gives the tree its leaves, then strips them, before repeating the cycle alludes to the belief in the cycle of Life to which the Celts ascribed.
The role of the tree as the giver and protector of life also played a significant part. Birds, insects and small animals sheltered in its branches and trunk, as did humans in inclement weather. Trees gave people wood to create homes and tools, and firewood to keep them warm, cook their food and sterilize water to make it potable.
In Celtic lore, trees were seen as ancestors of human beings, a concept which has actual parallels in the science of evolution.
This belief accorded them not just a place in mythology but also in genealogy; it created a personal bond between the people who lived in the forest and the trees in their midst.
But to reduce the Celtic respect of the tree to pure symbolism would be an egregious error the Celts put into practice that in which they believed.
When a tribe chose a spot for a new settlement, they would pick a location around a strong, sturdy tree. The area around that tree would be cleared but that one tree remained as the centre of their settlement. Under its shade, the elders of the tribe would meet to make important decisions and give proclamations. The tree was given the name Crann Bethadh.
The tribe’s Tree of Life was seen as its soul. In times of conflict, warring factions would strive to damage or destroy the Tree of their enemies. Doing so was not just a physical act but a great demoralizing tactic meant to sap the will of their victims to fight. Conversely, for one to destroy the Tree of his own tribe was unforgivable sacrilege.