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  • Writer's pictureMandira Antar

Tattoo symbols/The tree of life

Updated: Jan 24, 2022

Black, grey, triangle, dotting mandala style custom design
Tree of Life lower back black and grey tattoo design

The symbol of tree in a tattoo... I am really excited about this post!!! More ancient than the human race, always connected to the mother earth, representation of nature, necessary to help us breath, nurturing with it's fruits, giving shelter, spreading the colour green, the indicator of seasons changing... the tree is a powerful and significant symbol in so many ways... I can write about the tree in general, the type of each tree and it's meaning or about the tree of life, a cultural, religious and mystical symbol that is present in most of ancient cultures and religions as well as a beloved tattoo choice for many. The tree of life is also referred as the sacred tree, the tree of knowledge, the tree of immortality, the world tree, or the cosmic tree. Greeks, Egyptians, Assyrians, Mayas, Scandinavians, Celts, Christians, Muslims, Buddhists have a sacred tree reference in their myths, sacred books and cultures. Those trees are to be worshipped and honoured, they symbolise the ultimate connection between the earth and the sky as well as interconnection to everything that is. It is interesting that for every civilisation a different tree has been chosen which makes sense (various continents, flora, countries, ages...)

Egyptians considered the Persea tree (Ished) as the sacred symbol of life and death. It contained the key to the Divine Plan and Order which was known to anyone that could eat its fruits along with guaranteed eternal life. The tree can be found in the Sun temple in Heliopolis and holds the secrets of everyone's destiny. Its fruit symbolised the "Sacred Heart" of Horus. The phoenix was thought to rise from the burning persea tree at Heliopolis.

For Christians it is known as the tree of knowledge, the forbidden tree in the Eden's garden (intermediate Heaven) from the Old Testament as well as the tree of life in the Revelation . So in the beginning it symbolised the connection between humans and their God and