The Ginkgo tree is not only an axis mundi tree (a connection between above and below) but it is also a symbol of hope and love.
Saturday, January 28, 2006
Ginkgo, Tree, Mushroom, and House symbolism in my work.
I frequently include trees in my artwork. They often represent an Axis Mundi~World Axis~Tree of Life. Trees (and towers) in my work represent a world axis or a center of being. This is an ancient idea like the Babylonian Moon Tree, The Sumerian Huluppu Tree, The Kabbala or Tree of Life, Tower of Babel these things all represent a spiritual centeredness and spiritual growth through which a celestial ascent or transformation is possible. A door to another world. Houses and mushrooms have the same meaning in my work. Fly Amanitas or Amanita Muscaria mushrooms that I often draw were used by ancient shaman to gain access to the spirit realm. Some believe they made use of these axis mundis as a spirit path of sorts sometimes even using a complex web of energy such as ley lines to access spirit portals at sacred sites all over the globe.