tree of life is one of the most widespread of
all symbolic motifs in throughout history. The
mythologies of diverse cultures feature trees,
symbolising sometimes life, and sometimes the
universe. It is a motif shared by peoples who
otherwise appear quite unconnected.In France
the oak, in Germany the linden, in Scandinavia
the ash, in Lebanon the cedar, in India the
banyan, in Siberia the beech, and in Turkey
the cypress are invested with particular symbolism.
Since the roots of trees are underground, their
trunks above ground, and their leaves in the
sky, they link the three levels of the universe,
and the way in which they reach up into the
heavens to seek the sun gives them a mystic
quality. They also epitomise the cycle of life,
their blossom in spring and bearing of fruit
being associated with birth, and the falling
of their leaves in autumn with the end of life.
So trees represent the recurring cycle of life
and the universe.The Book of Genesis tells how
Adam and Eve were expelled from paradise for
eating the forbidden fruit of a tree.