The tree of life is the symbol of evolution, of the common origin, but also of the union between the terrestrial and the celestial. The tree of life symbol has been used since the beginning of history and on all five continents.

The tree of life according to Darwin: Darwin proposed a tree of life to represent the common origin of all living beings. The relationship or link between birds and dinosaurs was represented using this tree. It is also possible to draw an analogy between the biological classification system and the concept of the tree of life. In this system, a given species can be traced through its roots.

In the West the tree of life has a link with the 4 elements. The tree draws its food from the Earth but also feeds on sunlight, drinks the rainwater it receives, and grows thanks to the wind. Fire (Sun) gives it energy, Water (Rain) gives it existence and life; Air (Wind) gives it growth and movement; and the Earth gives it a base, a form. So here we have the 4 elements present in the tree (Fire-Water-Air-Earth), and its 4 structural characteristics (Background, Life, Movement, Form). These 4 categories turn out to be also the 4 divisions in humans: Head / Fire, Lungs / Air, Intestines / Water, Legs / Earth.

In Buddhism, the tree of life symbolizes the saving knowledge that delivers the being of its illusions. It is a Ficus bengalensis that grows in India, Nepal, etc., carrying small figs but inedible. It was at the foot of this tree that Siddharta Gautama knew enlightenment and became the Buddha, the Awakened, or the Awakener. He loved, indeed, to stand under this tree to teach the way to his disciples.


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