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PostSubject: Yggdrasil   Mon Jul 23, 2007 9:46 am

Yggdrasil is a concept and symbol of which I have always felt drawn to and always felt a certain sepcial connection to. Yggdrasil is the Norse word given to the rather common and very prevelent idea of the Tree of Life.

Tree of Life lore, and the Tree of Life as a symbol and archtype is spread throughout many a different culture in some form or another. It even appears in the Jedu-Christain tradition.

One of the reasons why the idea of Yggdrasil is so well known and adopted by so many cultures has to do with the fact that it is a unifying and connecting force, it sits in three worlds, and it brings the three worlds together, as well as acts as a way to connect us to those worlds that are out of our reach.

The branches of the Tree of Life reach up into the heavens above, and the roots are sunk deep into the earth and enter the Underworld, while the body of the tree, the trunk, connects the branches with the roots, and sits in the relam of earth, the land of the living.

There are many myths and depictions of Yggdrasil being located in the very center of the earth. In Norse myth the Norns, whom are to the Norse what the Fates are to the Greeks, weaving the threads of the lives of us all sit just beneath the roots of the Tree, though in some lore, they are said to live up within the branches of the tree.

To be connected to the Tree of Life in someway, is also to be connected to the world that is beyound us, the world of spirits and the world of the Gods as well we can take shelter under its branches, just as our souls will find shelter under its roots.

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