The Tree of Life or the Celtic Tree is the spiritual and philosophical symbol for our world and being. It is a well known symbol often seen on tapestries, and on other types of decorations. But what are its origins?
The name Celtic Tree suggests its Celtic origins. For the Ancient Celts, the Tree of Life was a symbol of balance and harmony. Trees were an integral part of the Celts culture and beliefs but the Celtic Tree of Life held a great importance in their rituals and worship.
The Tree of Life was a representation of the nature’s forces that combined together to create balance and harmony. The Tree of Life was called “crann bethadh” by the Ancient Celts, who believed that it had magical powers. Chopping down this tree was considered a serious crime.
The Tree of Life connects the lower and upper worlds as its roots grow far down while its branches reach high. The tree trunk connects both of these worlds to the Earth’s plane. It was with this connection of worlds, that it was said that people are able communicate with the gods in the heavens using the Tree of Life.
Tree of Life knots symbolize the branches and roots of a tree which are woven together with no end to show how the cycle of life is continuous. The Celtic Tree of Life knot is associated with positive energy, making it a widely used design for tattoos and other art. Well it has been adapted into numismatic art also!
This very beautiful Silver Proof coin has a golden sheen that radiates light and warmth. Designed by Canadian artist Steve Hepburn, your Tree of Life coin is the engraved with the word "CANADA" to the left of the tree, while the face value "20 DOLLARS" and the year "2018" are engraved on the right side. The obverse features the effigy of HM Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt.
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