The Tree of Life
Saturday June 2nd, Art Explorers! Art Workshop: 10:15 a.m. ‘til 11:45 a.m. – The Tree of Life (using multiple mediums). Just on the heels of returning from Haiti, I wanted to do something with the kids that would be reminiscent of the art we saw there. While in Haiti, we went to a town called Croix des Bouquets where steel drum artwork abounds. One of the most prominent images in the metal art is the Tree of Life.
Tree of Life Meaning
The Tree of Life meaning is presented in different ways by citing different knowledge sources. As per the Britannica Encyclopedia, Tree of Life and tree of knowledge are two forms of the world tree/cosmic tree. The Tree of Life connects different forms of life/creation, while Tree of Knowledge connects the heaven and underworld.
Celtic Tree of Life Meaning
The Celts of ancient times believed that trees had several powers and provided people with food, shelter and warmth. Different life forces including insects and animals took shelter in these trees. These creatures were in turn sustained by the Tree of Life. The symbol of Celtic tree of life has been preserved for centuries and is portrayed in various ways today. Different parts of this tree are assigned specific meanings. Roots of Tree of Life are considered to be the foundation and they symbolize the other world. Trunk of this tree joins branches and roots. It is therefore associated with the mortal world. The branches connect different worlds that are present above and below. The reason behind Celtic tree of life being revered is that ‘Nature’ is worshiped through this symbol. In the Gaelic language, the Tree of Life is known as ‘crann bethadh’.
Tree of Life Symbolism
The symbol of Tree of Life represents different qualities and virtues like wisdom, strength, protection, beauty, bounty and redemption. It is also considered to be the symbol of ‘Creator’. This tree is associated with the creator because it provides protection, supports abundant fruit production and thereby, regeneration. This analogy can also be used to describe the life of humans. We as humans develop ‘roots’ of our beliefs, ‘branch out’ by means of wisdom and the ‘trunk’ (mind & body) keeps them connected.
The Tree of Life meaning as perceived in different faiths, belief systems and cultures, resonates with a simple and strong message of unity. This symbol indicates that all forms of life are connected through a cosmic energy and that we as humans should live in harmony with rest of the living beings.
*Please note: Weekend Drop-in/Drop-offs now alternate between Saturdays and Sundays.
Art Explorers! Workshop (4 yrs +) 10:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
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