The tree of life is a mysterious symbol used in Judaism, which belongs to one part of Kabbala’s thought. The tree of life is used to describe the path to God (often referred to as the Lord, or “God’s name” in Kabbala Literature) and the way God created the world from nothing.
Tree is the symbol of vigorous growth, seasonal decline and regeneration of all things in nature. Its status is supreme. The worship of trees can be traced back to ancient times. At that time, people thought that there were gods or spirits living in trees. In the European folk legends about tree god or green plant God, we can still find the shadow of this animism. Sometimes trees in fairy tales can protect people or satisfy people’s wishes, but sometimes they also have terrible images, block people’s way, and even become demons against people.
With the development of myths and legends, trees have gradually become the center of vitality flow and the link between the natural world and the supernatural world. The legend of tree of life, which was born in the water of Hades and extended to the heavenly palace through the world, makes the symbolic meaning of tree more and more perfect. The tree of life is widely accepted around the world and represents the whole creation system. Many legendary trees of life are rooted in a sacred mountain, or grow in heaven, from which springs bring spiritual nourishment. Snakes also occupy their roots, symbolizing the spiral rise of energy drawn from the earth. Of course, giant snakes are also representatives of destructive power. The birds perch on the branches of the tree crown, symbolizing the messenger or soul in the sky. Through the tree of life, human nature can rise from its more common level to a higher level, get divine enlightenment, save the soul, and get rid of the reincarnation of the human world.