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Tree of Life Charms

"It is a Tree of Life for those who hold fast to it. For its ways are ways of pleasantness, and all its paths lead to peace." – From the Torah, Judaism's most sacred writings.

The Tree of Life, or Etz Ha Haim in Hebrew, is a symbol of fertility and immortality that is actually connected with a number of faiths and cultures include those of ancient Egypt, China, and even pre-Columbian Native American cultures. The ancient Egyptians believed the acacia tree, found even today in desert regions, was responsible for bringing forth the first man and woman on earth, Isis and Osiris. Other cultures, including the ancient Hebrews, Armenians, and even pagan European peoples used a tree symbol with uplifting branches to connote the continuation of the Creation and Mankind.

Tree of Life symbolism also has an important place in mystical studies such as the Kabbalah. First mentioned in the Book of Genesis, the ten branches of Sephirot are considered to be the ten attributes of God, who is described as being "without beginning and without end".

The concept of immortality that is attributed to the Tree of Life has resulted in trees being considered as objects of worship, especially in pagan Germanic and Norse cultures.

With mystical studies such as the Kabbalah being very popular nowadays, the power o f immortality and regeneration as resulted in charms that depict the symbolism of this ancient and universal symbol. Tree of Life charms are made in a variety of materials, including wood (olive wood being a favorite), bronze, silver and gold. These charms are often made to resemble a large oak or olive tree with semiprecious stones which represent various birth months. These charms can be found in shops selling New Age products, jewelry stores, and on internet marketing websites offering various types of charms and amulets.