The Tree of Life is one of the oldest and most meaningful symbols in world’s mythologies. It is known in many cultures as the sacred tree.
Etz Chaim, Hebrew for “Tree of Life,” is a common term used in Judaism and figuratively applied to the Torah itself. In the Book of Genesis, the Tree of Life is protected by cherubim with flaming swords in the Garden of Eden. The main theme of the Tree of Life is the connection between everything. In the divine realm the Jewish Kabbalah depicts the Tree of Life in the form of ten interconnected nodes. It is a structure of 10 Sefirot arranged in 3 pillars. The Sefirot are described as channels of divine creative life force through which the unknowable divine essence is exposed to mankind. The Sefirot: Keter, Chokhmah, Binah, Da’at, Chesed, Gvura, Tiferet, Netzah, Hod , Yesod and Malchout, guide the spiritual life of man for understanding the creation of the world and beyond.
The Tree of Life is a symbol for vitality and fertility. Its roots dig deep and spread into the earth always finding a way to keep growing, expanding throughout generations. Its branches, bursting with green leaves, strengthen and grow upwards to the sky. Also associated with wisdom and calmness, peace and relaxation, The Tree of Life represents our personal development, as we move through life and aspire to grow stronger, striving for greater knowledge and new experiences.
The Tree of Life is respected by most cultures and is a lovely way to wish good luck for a new beginning to anyone for whom you care. Whether as a Tree of Life necklace or as a wall hanging decoration, it is a powerful way to remember that we are all part of the universe, aspiring to grow stronger and wiser.