Tree of Life Tattoo - Bohdi Tree

Thinking about getting a Tree of Life tattoo?

Tree Of Life Tattoo in the shape of a circle
Though many variations exist, many Tree of Life tattoo designs are in the shape of a circle or oval. The trunk of the tree is in the center of the design, while the branches bow downward and the roots curl upward to form the overall shape. Because there are so many Tree of Life images and stories worldwide, there really is no wrong way to do a Tree of Life design. Branches, trunk, roots. Everything else is up to the artist.

Symbolism - Tree Of Life Tattoos

In general, the Tree of Life symbolizes the connection between the heavens and the earth. This is not surprising, since trees in general die off in the winter and flower in the spring. Plus, many have seeds which lead to new growth. This makes trees the ideal symbol for religious imagery, including birth, rebirth, death, and resurrection. The tree appears in most Near East creation stories. In many stories, the earth is viewed as flat, and the heavens are supported by the branches of a cosmic tree.

"To Babylonians, the tree was found in the Garden of Paradise, while to the Zoroastrians, the tree was said to be the home of the mythical Phoenix."

Just what kind of a tree is the Tree of Life? Well, that depends on who you ask. For much of the Classical world, it is an oak tree, though ancient Egyptians claimed it was a sycamore or a form of date palm. It is also a palm tree in Assyrian stories, but a cedar in the legends of Native American Indians. In Norse mythology, the tree - known as Yggdrasil - is an ash. The tree has also been associated with olives, figs, and grapes.

Others claim it is the tree of life depicted in the Jewish symbol of Kabbalah, meaning "ancient lore" or "received wisdom." The diagram, which any English teacher would tell you looks like a "tree diagram," shows the interconnections between the ten Sephiroth, or emanations, of God, e.g. strength, love. Some argue that the Tree of Life mythology gave rise to the image and lessons of the kabbalistic tree; others say that people accidentally equate it with the tree simply because of the shape of the diagram. As for tattoo art, we suggest that, if you want to represent the Kabbalah specifically, use the Judaic diagram, and not just any old tree. If you want to represent a tree of life in general to show the connections between heaven and earth, then you can be more flexible and creative in your choices when designing your tree of life tattoo.

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Henna tree of life tattoo 
I got this tree done in henna to make sure it was something that I would like to have done in real ink

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The tree of life is relevant to my life. I look at the tree of life and it is deciduous, has no leaves. It looks dead, but its anything but. When …

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I got this Tree Of Life Tattoo after my father passed.

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