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Graduation Time is Near

 Seems like there is someone graduating each year from high school or college and I used to struggle with gift ideas. Several years ago I became acquainted with a line of Celtic jewelry carried by Terry at The Celtic Ranch. It is rich looking, well designed and priced within my budget. It is also nice because you can buy a gift that will always remind the recipient of you. The men’s jewelry looks masculine and is heavy enough to make you feel confident it will standup to everyday wear.

The women’s jewelry is just plain beautiful. Who is this designer and what is the name of his jewelry? It is Keith Jack.

The C. R. carries several of Keith’s award winning designs and you can also look at their stock on the internet at http://www.celticranch.com. Whether you purchase one of these pieces of beautiful jewelry for yourself or as a gift, you will not be disappointed. Check them out online but better yet, stop by and feel the weight and see the quality up close.

Saol fada agus breac-shláinte chugat.

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The Tree of Life

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Tree of Life Cluster Pendant with green accents

Tree of Life Cluster Pendant with green accents

The tree of life is such an evocative symbol that is neither masculine nor feminine. It is revered by all faiths and seems to tug at the spirit, reminding us that we’re connected to the earth, to the sky, and to all mankind. It’s a primitive symbol that can be found in every culture, on almost every continent.

Maybe it’s because it’s such a simple symbol, one of the first things most children draw, something that we all recognize and connect

An 1847 depiction of the Norse Yggdrasil as described in the Icelandic Prose Edda by Oluf Oulfsen Bagge

An 1847 depiction of the Norse Yggdrasil as described in the Icelandic Prose Edda by Oluf Oulfsen Bagge

with, or maybe it’s because trees are life sustaining, creating the very oxygen we breathe and the fruit that we enjoy. Perhaps it harkens back to our primate nature that we found comfort in the security of trees, where we were safe from saber tooth tigers. Whatever it is, the tree of life speaks to us.

The tree of life is a sacred symbol in most of the world’s religions. Zoroastrians, Jews,Gilded tree of life doors in Chotyniec Poland Christians, Muslims, Bahai’s, Hindus, Buddhists, Taoists, Mormons, Pagans, Wiccans, and many Native American tribes all have a tree of life of some sort in their traditions.

The Celtic Tree of Life or Crann Bethadh in Gaelic is one of the more prominent ancient Druid symbols that found it’s way into modern iconography. The Druids believed that the tree of life was a link between heaven and earth, the

Keith Jack Sterling Silver and 18k gold Tree of Life pendant

Keith Jack Sterling Silver and 18k gold Tree of Life pendant

dead and the living. The ancient Celts worshiped trees and recognized that trees provided shelter, food, firewood, warmth, etc. In Celtic culture, it was forbidden to clear an entire area of trees moon-165487__180and they would always leave one sacred tree standing in the center of their communities. The Celts believed that trees were their ancestors and the most sacred tree of all, the oak, called “daur” (root word of door) was believed to be the Axis Mundi or center of the earth. The word Druid literally means “Oak Seeing” or “Oak Knower” .

 

Whatever your heritage, religion, politics, race or gender may be, we are all united by the tree of life. When you wear a tree of life necklace, you carry a link to all of human history, to life, death, the earth and sky next to your heart. It’s comforting. It’s home.

 


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