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Tree of life – Yggdrasil

Tree of life – Yggdrasil

 

 

The tree of life has become a very popular prenatal henna design for its deep symbolism connected with motherhood and birth.

The tree of life appears in most religions and ancient philosophies often as a symbol of the interconnected nature of life.

In Nordic and other ancient Eurasian  cultures the sacred tree, and the tree known as Yggdrasil by the Nord’s, is described as spanning many worlds with its roots and branches, acting like a stairway between realms.

To the Scandinavians and Germanic people ” warden trees were venerated in areas of Germany and Scandinavia, considered to be guardians and bringers of luck, and offerings were sometimes made to them. ” (Wikipedia)

The significance of roots and branches as a balance between the lower realms (or the unseen world) and the heavenly realms (or the visible world)  has a beautiful resonance with pregnancy.. The new life exists unseen in the mother, being nurtured and unfolding in the richness of the womb and will emerge into the visible world always having, needing the earth connection.

The strength and mortality of the tree are common elements in the mythological stories of trees and it is the strength of the tree I feel an expectant mother is attracted to. In a time where the body is being transformed and the emotions are strained in anticipation of the birth the strength comes to the  mother with her family tree of support, with her connection to her own bodily process and the nurturing quality of her heart and arms like protective, shady branches.

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