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Tree Trees

The tree depicts the living structure of yourself. In particular it shows not only your past in the condition of its roots and trunk, but also what you have grown into and what your possibilities or potential are.  It is what has grown from the past into the present.

Its roots show your connection with your physical body and the earth, your family background and influences, and cultural roots; its trunk the way you direct the energies of your being – growth, sex, thought, emotion. The branches are the abilities, directions and many facets you develop in life – varied and yet all connected in the common life process of your being.

The tree can also symbolise new growth, stages of life and ageing, with its spring leaves and blossom, then the falling leaves.

The top of the tree, or the end of the branches are your aspirations, the growing vulnerable tip of your personal growth and spiritual realisation. From this point of view, the leaves may represent your personal life, this particular life with its many activities and desires, that may fall off the tree – die – but what gave it life continues to exist.

The leaf may indicate something in you that is living, growing, or outworn (depending on colour of leaf). This may be part of your thinking or feeling. You can also be blown like a leaf, suggesting separation from your roots and main growth; or you can take a leaf from someone’s notebook, thus following their example or idea.

To sum up: The roots depict your connection with the earth through food, air and water, as well as your psychological roots in family and culture. The trunk shows your body and what you have developed in your life, the main thrust of your expression. The branches are the different avenues you have explored and developed, your children, your relationships and ideas. The seeds or flowers are your own fruition, the expression of what is deeply your own unique self manifesting creatively. They are also your reproduction as a parent with children or ideas in the lives of others. Dead wood represent parts of you that no longer carry life and energy, perhaps ideas or opinions that you no longer hold. The lightning struck tree represent sudden change, even death.

The tree may also at times represent a place of safety or refuge, as when we climb it to escape.

The tree is our whole life, the urge which pushes us into being and growth. It depicts the force or process which is behind all other life forms – but seen as it expresses in our personal existence.

The phrase ‘family tree’ describes a way the unconscious uses the image of a tree to represent something that is an internal reality. Within the unconscious there is an awareness that our present personality is built upon the lives and character of our forebears. So our face may be presented on the top or surface of the tree, but behind our face, or on lower branches, or in the trunk, lie the lives of our ancestors stretching back throughout the ages.

In some old manuscripts pictures show a man lying on the ground and his penis growing into a tree, with fruits, birds, and perhaps people in its protective shade. This illustrates how ones personal life energy can branch out from its source in the basic drives, and become creativity, fruitfulness, something given to others. The tree can also represent the spine, and the different levels of human experience – physical, sensual, sexual, hungers, emotions, relatedness, communication, thought, self awareness.

Example: In the dream I was looking at a very large and old tree. I wondered if I could climb it but couldn’t see any way up it. But I noticed a large area without any bark, like an old wound, and I thought that area would become rotten and so the tree would become hollow and offer shelter to animals and humans.

Then I walked around the back of the tree and saw that the bark was like thick cables about 6-8 inches wide. I could then see a fairly easy way to climb the tree. So I climbed up and the top of the tree was like a massive bell shape made by the branches, like a huge flower, a crocus shape. And it was light and colourful. Suddenly I saw a spirit, a beautiful female. It was the spirit of the tree. At this point I was semi awake, and I wanted to hold the beautiful spirit, but realised that the tree was a representation of my life, and so was the spirit of the tree. The spirit sat on me in a sexual position, so I was lying on my back and she was upright. She slowly took me into her, I mean the whole me, as if she was sucking my whole body into her. There was no movement as this happened. Then I realised that I had to die because she wanted to take all the experience of my life and endeavour into her and fertilise herself to form a baby. So I was ready to die and watched her form a new baby, a mixture of her and me.

A wood or collection of trees: The natural forces in your own being, therefore ones connection with or awareness of the unconscious; other people’s personal growth and connection with self.

The wood also indicates allowing yourself to be natural, to express what is innate in you, and for the mind and emotions to move in their own way. Walking in a wood might therefore suggest a feeling of relaxation, but it can also mean delving within your deeper feelings and mind – your unconscious – exploring your inner life.

Branches: Members of your family; directions or possibilities in your life. Or the end of the branches are your aspirations, the growing vulnerable tip of your personal growth and spiritual realisation.

Burnt tree: Painful inner situation, perhaps from early in your life.

Christmas tree or other evergreen: The eternal or unchanging aspect of your transitory experience.

Climbing a tree: Exploring or becoming aware of the directions and facets of your personal growth; using your skills or strength to get away from anxiety or danger, such as you do when climbing to get away from a dangerous animal.

Dead branch: A direction that no longer has life or motivation in it; a member of your family dying or leaving you.

Dead tree: Past way of life; something which was full of life for you in the past, but is now dead; dead relative.

Falling tree: Sense of threat to your identity; this can often suggest a big change in the way you express yourself. It is a breaking down of the influences you lived from in the past, perhaps because your childhood set in place painful or negative influences; loss of relative.

Flowering tree: Fertility; femininity.

Human or animal hung on tree: Personal sacrifice; the death of some part of self so further growth can occur – death of dependence so independence can arise; surrender; the pains and struggles, the sense of crucifixion occurring in the maturing process.

Leaves: The living, growing part of you. The part that is still vulnerable because of its newness, or outworn (depending on colour of leaf) part of your thinking or feeling. You can also be blown like a leaf, suggesting separation from your roots and main growth; or you can take a leaf from someone’s notebook, thus following their example or idea. The leaves as a whole, if falling, can represent the end of your life, the passing ego that dies, but leaves the trunk, the process that gave life.

Roots: Your connection with the past, with your family heritage or influences; the things you are tied to by necessity or love; your fundamental physical characteristics as they express in your personality; the aspects of your culture or family ties that you particularly identify with or find connection with.

Tree trunk: Your family background and connections; What you have developed or grown from.

Idioms: Top of the tree; family tree; barking up the wrong tree; tree of knowledge; dead wood; can’t see the trees for the wood. See: Sacred Tree in Dreams and Mythdeath and rebirth, and archetypes of the self ; individuation.

See: Cross, Wood.



-Bevylynn 2013-11-23 11:05:37

I had a dream that I was going to visit a friend in another country, I was travelling in by myself, no plane through the sky, when I arrived at the city where he lives, I started to land feet first and then as I touched the ground, I turned into a tree. There was a park on one side and a road on the other side of me and I was planted on the pavement. I was the first tree on the corner and there was a fence around me. My friend arrived and saw me and I told him that I had turned into a tree. He said that I had a good thick trunk. (I was a fairly big tree with lots of green leaves and a thick trunk). I inquired about the fence around me, I felt a bit like I was in prison and he reassured me that it was for my protection. He told me that when you see trees planted in public areas like cities, they had to be protected from people not to ride into them or climb them. I was perfectly happy to be a tree and stood there smiling. The word I got was “grounded’.


-hazyb 2013-12-26 22:29:32

I had a dream last night I was with an entertainer I met on holiday in turkey an we went for a walk then he asked me to go back to his and then we came to a tree and it was covered in lush green moss and he was pushing me up the tree so I climbed a little higher and then I saw a beautiful big open house, I looked back to see him beaming a lovely bright smile at me. I felt comfortable the whole time and I can’t stop thinking about this dream all day!


-p 2014-02-23 7:16:52

I had a dream where I was walkin wit two which I dont knw in real life but I knw em within the dream , we were all walkin in a valley of trees and It doesnt show anything but their straight vertical.green leaves and weird things fall from it in the air and desapear in.the air with a light smoke as we are walkin under these trees small rounded shape green falls and explode.in the air
it doesnt touch the ground.
they were a boy and a girl which are new friends, decided to walk under a tree so they stood up under one with blurry roots , as we all.did smthg fall directly on us from.it like.a.branch or smthg diff. color from the tree and we all fall down on.the ground but no harm. And that suppose to mean?!


-h.smith 2014-03-05 15:38:43

I had a dream last night about a huge tree falling on a very close friend’s house….I was standing across the street and watched the tree fall on his house, splitting it in half. I ran towards the house screaming my friends name and he came out of the house unscathed. We were both shooken up and crying. He held me in the middle of the street as we just starred at the massive tree in disbelief as to what just happened. After that, I felt like in the dream we weren’t just friends anymore, we were together as a couple.
Can anyone tell me what this could possibly mean? Thank you


    -Tony Crisp 2014-03-07 9:26:56

    H – The huge tree represents your life which shows that you put the whole force of your wish to have something dramatic to happen that would bring you together. It is an unconscious desire that is very powerful because is has behind it the power of a woman’s desire for love.

    Whether a dramatic event will happen I do not know – so watch events closely.



-S. Hoff 2014-04-11 20:19:20

I cant find an answer for this one. I dreamt that i was with a couple of friends and we visited some realatvies house. A man across the street was working in his yard and for some reason he made me nervouse; like i was in danger. I notice the tree he was under and closed my eyes to “connect” with the tree. Its branches split ito tiny fragments and formed claws to clamp down on his torso. The truck twisted and separated into thousands of threads to engulf and trap him. He grew angry and struggled but i remained calm and focused to keep him restrained, despite his amazing strength. I warned him he was not the only one powerful, and turned to leave. He ended up in the house and was after me, but as soon as he stepped inside he said he didnt want to break the house, but made his distaste of me clear. Ive never been able to connect with anything other than water in my dream…i want to know what this tree means. Almost feels like the man was familiar and the tree was reacting to my danger sense.


-Mel 2014-04-23 18:15:23

I dreamt that someone had broken into my house while I was sleeping, I was enraged & chased him out the back of my house screaming until I looked out the door & saw 3 giant masses of tree limbs that seem to have fallen off a humongous tree standing over my house, I had a feeling of awe & sadness. I literally stopped in my tracks & the rest of the dream faded away as I focused on the vivid colors & intricacies of the fallen branches, the sky was a brilliant blue much like that after a powerful storm. The tree itself showed 3 circular scarred areas I assume is the previous location of 3 groups of branches. The tree was a dark grey & weathered looking and each line, twist & piece of bark was visible. I’m more drawn to the fallen pieces than the tree itself but am having trouble figuring out what this dream may symbolize.


    -Tony Crisp 2014-04-25 7:59:39

    Mel – A dream of great beauty and sadness.

    The person breaking into your house is a part of you that was literally having to break into your awareness to get your attention. It drew your attention to the tree. See http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/the-sacred-tree-in-dreams-and-myths/

    As the entry on Tree suggests, the tree in your dream is an image of what you have developed and grown in your life, and of course like any tree, what you carry from the long past through the seed you grew from. The sadness you felt was probably because of the fallen branches – important and strong extensions of your heritage from the past and your present efforts that you have allowed or even cut off.

    The depth of meaning of such I cannot convey to you – but you may be able to find it for yourself by using http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/acting-on-your-dream/#BeingPerson



-Andrea 2014-06-01 14:14:50

I dreamed that I received a deliver sorta like a flower but it was a very tall tree trunk covered in pink and white flowers in a glass vase filled half way with water. I opened the card to see who would send me this gift ( I thought it would be from a guy that I love) but it was from one of the Directors or Commissioners (like a boss) on my job that I have never met before. The card read something like this….I’m sorry I haven’t had a chance to meet you but I have heard goo things about you let’s meet soon… Something like that. It was so strange b/c I don’t even know this person. I then begin to wonder if everyone else that started a new job received a flower or gift. (I just started a new job). I then worried how I would get this flower or very tall tree trunk home…this Africa man came w/ his wife to pick me up in a jeep & take me to my home. I didn’t know these people but they helped and took me home…what does all this mean.


-Aleisha 2014-06-09 13:55:13

I had a drew that my ex husband had a deadwood tree branch for a spine along his back.


-Angelina 2014-06-29 4:52:26

Last night I had a dream that a small tree was growing inside my leg. At first, it looked like a bump on my knee and when I picked at it a seed with a small sprout popped out. After I messed worth it a little more it almost felt like a wound. I pulled a walnut shell out and finally a small branch with pine needles on it.
Any thoughts? ? Thanks!


    -Tony Crisp 2014-06-30 7:59:41

    Angelina – It felt like a wound suggest that at some time – and I would love to know what leg it was, right or left as it makes a difference – you either felt your confidence or your supportive self was injured at some time.

    The wound left a seed, an experience that although painful had in it a new view, a new feeling that gave you the sense of growing instead of hurting.

    The tree is a wonderful image of natural growth, the growth of you as a person. Obviously you ‘picked’ at it, meaning you kept thinking or trying to understand. Any out if that came something new and growing, although perhaps it originally brought you to your knees.

    You can also explore you own dream and find out for yourself, because there is so much in your dream that is hidden, so try using – http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/acting-on-your-dream/#BeingPerson and see http://dreamhawk.com/inner-life/clicking-on/



-Jodie 2014-07-06 11:40:56

Hi there a staff member if mine had a dream about me ! He mention to me he saw a tree falling on my house ! What does this mean ?


-Jodie 2014-07-07 15:14:06

Hi Tony,
I had a very strange dream last night ! I was staying in a hotel with one room only that had queen size bed and French doors with beautiful lace curtains. When I came into the room I put my bag down on a blanket box at the end of the bed. I left the room open the door to the hall way, came back into the room to find French doors open , my purse out of my bag all credit cards taken 4 , a cua bank card taken and was left with only a west Pac bank card ! It was still daylight more late afternoon! Can you ahead some light on this please !


-Jodie 2014-07-07 15:29:57

I put this in the wrong section I do apologize!


-shellon 2014-07-08 16:49:48

Hi, I had a dream last night. My mom called me in her room to talk. She was sitting ( facing her) on the right side where the pillow would be. Next to her is a Window that was opened. She told me something about my father needing eye operation and that he was concerned that he wouldn’t see after the operation. I wasn’t afraid for him (that’s how I felt) & then I said, I’m not worried, we can pray and he will be able to see again. I was sooo confidence in my faith & I believed with all my heart that God would.

However, something strange occurred. On the window next to my mother there was a branch filled with lots of leaves, very green n the leaves were big. I noticed that the wind was blowing the branch filled with leaves away. So I said while pointing, mom it’s going to blow away. Her reaction was not what I’ve expected. She didn’t move fast enough to stop it so the branch fell in the backyard. I looked at it and the leaves were still green, a nice green but the leaves were more and less spacious like it was at the windows. The color was a lighter green but plenty.

What does this mean?


-Tim 2014-07-18 15:55:38

I dreamt I was at a rest stop somewhere between California & Arizona & there were some palm trees spread out in the area. One palm tree in particular was really small so I told my family that were with me that if I watered the tree it would grow to be tall & strong really fast. I got a water hose nearby & laid it next to the tree. Soon the water started rising only where the tree was. It was really deep. Maybe 6 or 7 feet deep. Then a nearby dog (I’m not sure of the breed but it was big like a Labrador) jumped into the water. I expected the dog to swim but when it tried to swim to the surface, it couldn’t. I jumped in to save the drowning dog. When I got it to safety, I tried resuscitating the dog & it seemed like it was going to be ok, but before I could tell for sure, I woke up. Also, by the time I got the dog to safety, the small palm tree was tall & strong, but my attention was focused on saving the dog. I was content w/ the tree being as grown as it was, but I just wanted the dog to be ok. What does this all mean?


-Pam 2014-07-24 14:17:34

I dreamed that huge trees were being cut down on my grandparents’ property. The people cutting the trees were from the power company cutting away from power lines. However, the trees were not in the way of power lines and they were not cutting branches. They cut the trees at the bottom of the trunk. I was enraged and screaming at them. I felt like I was witnessing murder and they were laughing about it.


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