The Tree has held symbolic significance for many people, in many cultures, throughout human history. Trees have been regarded as a symbol of the creative power inherent in matter itself, as gateways to the spirit world, and as the source of all life, the center of the Universe.
In my Transitalismania, The Tree has a central role in the symbolic imagery featured here. For me, on a personal level, the form of The Tree represents Peace of Mind, Choice, Transition, Convergence and Connection, and Creativity. To me, The Tree best symbolizes the capacity to know Imago Dei within each of us.
The Tree supports and protects Raven (Explorer/Perspective) and Cougar (Companion/Balance), and integrates the energies represented by these other talismen into the flow of Life. Cougar and Raven would not otherwise come together and commune if they did not have this Common Ground within the enfolding branches of The Tree. The Tree ties Earth and Sky together. The uncountable paths extending out from the center of The Tree symbolize the many Choices we will face and make along our journey. My Peace of Mind stems from The Tree's power to transform the disparate elements of my life into a unified, living cosmos.
the Images: Personal Reflections
March's image, entitled Elementri, has the richest symbolic meaning to me of any image I have created so far (4.13.97). As the central figure in the image, the Tree brings together the 4 elements of Earth, Air, Fire, and Water to give birth to a 5th element: Life. The Tree comes together in the center from the 3 primary branches, representing Body, Mind, and Soul. At the very heart of this convergence is an atomic form, not entirely matter, not entirely energy, but a quantum ballet of both.