An ancient Celtic symbol of balance, harmony and rebirth
Powerful, sacred, wise beyond measure and a portal to the otherworld.
Life giving, sanctuaries, symbols of rebirth. The Celts of ancient times believed that trees had several powers and were the source of all life. The symbol of the Tree of Life has thus been preserved for many centuries in Ireland.
It is said to represent balance and harmony in all worlds, connecting heaven, earth and the underworld.
Trees were thought to be symbols of longevity, rebirth and renewal, strength and wisdom, and were believed to be our ancestors reincarnated. The branches reach out representing the search of learning and knowledge in life. The trunk symbolises strength and unity from family, its flowers and fruit show renewed growth and the eternal life. At the base the deep roots represent reach deep into the underworld, where the Sídhe (fairly folk) resided.
Trees were planted at the centre of any new settlement, providing vital resources such as food, shelter, and a meeting point for ceremonies.
The pagan belief in the power of trees persists right up to present day Ireland.
The countryside is dotted with 'fairy trees', which are adorned with medals, ribbons and messages from people who seek knowledge, cures and prosperity.