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Tree of Life - revisited (work in progress)

I've decided to put together some more symbolism to illustrate my thoughts on the tree of life. In this case it is focused around the human spirit and its components. It also represents its evolution quite well, I think.

The Hands

Those reaching upward want to receive or represent the reception of ideas, information and so forth.

Those offering downward present self generated information and ideas.

The Eyes (seven) represent understanding, sight, all senses active to observe what actually is happening.

The Horns (seven) represent accumulated knowledge, information, ideas and are rigid as such. They may provide strength, but enforce what ever is held within them. For example; If it is truth, it gives steadfastness. If it is lies, it gives stubbornness.

The first set of horns are tiny, having only three intersections, because all they really "know" is "Ayn Soph Aur". The center "horn" looks like a seed pod or pine cone, while it is the universal horn, the seed of all knowledge, intersected in all directions and not just along its growth.

Progressively each new set of horns is larger, indicating increasing rigidity through the amount of information handed down.

The cross on Tiphareth represents the pivot between the supernal and infernal, the heavens and the earth, so to say. On it are the twelve branches by which we can recognize the "seasons" or observe the universal clockwork, the Zodiak. From it radiate the roots of all things manifesting.

Anyway, this is but a sketch and still deserves a lot more attention of mine in every regard, but I'm not sure, if I will get to it any time soon. Sometimes those things just get buried never to see the light of day again, but this might be kind of a loss, were it to vanish in hiding...

I'm excited to read what you think about it, if you have any additional ideas that should make it in there, or if you have any questions.

Here's a bit more of a demonic looking version... this is sorta making fun of myself there, but anyway:

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Comment by Taron on January 24, 2013 at 5:27am

Thank you, Deepak! That's some wonderful encouragement and immense compliment. All these are explorations in hope to evolve a clearer sight of my own, hoping to- in turn- provide orientation for us all, whether it was inspiring to continue, regard or abandon a direction. I cannot judge this, yet, but I feel that I have to share this process. Which ever it is, I'm grateful for your heart-warming response and I'm honored and excited to have you as my friend!

Comment by Taron on January 11, 2013 at 3:01pm

You mean; reduce it to less than it is now?

I'm just curious, because you may mean future development and there I would absolutely agree. If it was about the current state in regards to the amount of attributes, I'd be a little baffled, because there really are but two. Is it confusing as it is?

Anyway, thanks a lot for your reaction already and don't hold back to elaborate on what might appear confusing as it is currently! Also, don't hesitate to confirm if it's currently not too much!

...I also kinda like the more sinister looking version, hehe, it just as something exciting in itself. I just hope it doesn't occlude the meaning I want to bring across.

Comment by Taron on January 11, 2013 at 6:17am

Thanks, yes, you're absolutely right! I hope that once I go through with this one, the elements merge more naturally and won't look so cluttered anymore. I was planning to stick to those for this one, except the cross, which really looks just chaotic at this point. This is about the placement of horns, eyes and hands, which I've never seen in that context, but I think are very telling about the nature of the major sections of the tree.

In the pain job I hope to further add electric and magnetic properties simply through color.

Again, thank you very much for your feedback, it's much appreciated and helps me focus a great deal!

Comment by Graalbaum on January 10, 2013 at 7:57pm
interesting stuff... depicting the tree in art is an age old tradition. its interesting and I like it. The only additions I would make would be color and maybe simplify it by not showingso many attributes... but really it looks good...await to see the next version!

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