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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.


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