Throughout the ages, trees been powerful cosmological symbols. Any why not? Their feet extend deep into the soil, while their branches soar into the sky.
Many cultures, regardless of continent or hemisphere, saw trees as the bridge between the sacred and the profane. Ancient Celts and Greeks made sacred certain groves. The Norse envisioned the tree Yggdrasil as holding the universe and its worlds in place. Trees play a significant role in Judeo-Christian beliefs: the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil in Genesis, to the cedars in Ezekiel’s prophecy (17:22-24), and the role the tree plays in the crucifixion of the Christ.
The trees below seemed a modern echo of the axis mundi — a central pillar holding up the roof of the sky, connecting, yet separating earth and sky, ensuring heaven’s light shines down to the earthbound.