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The Tree of Life

It is the birthplace of the universe itself. The Tree acts as the very center of where existence was sprung and where ideas become real. The Holiest of Holies and the Highest of Heavens. The true source of all life.
~ Michael

The Tree of Life, also known as the Axiom, is an important symbol in nearly every culture. With its branches reaching into the sky, and roots deep in the earth, it dwells in three worlds- a link between heaven, the earth, and the underworld, uniting above and below.

Overview

It is both a feminine symbol, bearing sustenance, and a masculine, visibly phallic symbol; another union. The tree is said to represent God's own life and creative powers that is made available to others. Asherah, the consort of God, is the embodiment of the tree itself.

The tree was planted at the center of all creation and the roots of the tree was able to spread out across existence itself in order to properly stabilize it and hold it steady. From these roots many other realms and dimensions bloomed from the divine bark similarly to that of a flower. According to Sanna, the space that surrounds these realms is the equivalent of Earth's grass whilst the realms that are part of the Tree of Life are the flowers planted in the grass and existence acting as the entirety of the garden.

In Jewish and Christian mythology, a tree sits at the center of both the Heavenly and Earthly Edens. The Norse cosmic World Ash, Yggdrasil, has its roots in the underworld while its branches support the abode of the Gods. The Egyptian’s Holy Sycamore stood on the threshold of life and death, connecting the worlds. To the Mayas, it is Yaxche, whose branches support the heavens.

Description

The tree is described as bearing beautiful, delicious fruit and standing prominently at the center of the Garden of Eden. God then invites the humans to eat the tree’s fruit and the text later states that eating from the tree will lead to everlasting life. However, eternal life was not the tree's only function. At the heart of the garden, where it could not be missed, the tree of life served as an object lesson of sorts. It displayed the proper flow of life. God, the source of life, imparted some of his own life to sustain humans. In turn, they were to give life to others and creation. In this way, the tree was a reminder of humanity’s dependence on God and their responsibility to steward the life they received.

The tree has other characteristics which lend easily to symbolism. Many trees take on the appearance of death in the winter- losing their leaves, only to sprout new growth with the return of spring. This aspect makes the tree a symbol of resurrection, and a stylized tree is the symbol of many resurrected Gods.

A tree also bears seeds or fruits, which contain the essence of the tree, and this continuous regeneration is a potent symbol of immortality. It is the fruit of a tree that confers immortality. This tree and its gifts of immortality are not easy to discover. It is historically impossible to find, and almost invariably guarded. The tree of Life in the Jewish bible is guarded by a Seraph (an angel in the form of a fiery serpent) bearing a flaming sword. What is known, however, is that it located in the garden of Eden, at the center of the sacred space, the "holy of holies" of this heaven and earth place.

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