Twelve Trees bear
The golden Crown of Life:
The ancient plant of renown,
The Fruit of the Trees of Life
Twelve Trees bear
The Living Stone;
The Golden Embryo,
Sun & Moon on Earth
Twelve Trees bear the
Immortal Soma of old
The Fountain of Life
Pines - Spruces - Firs - Larches - Hemlocks - BTirchs
Poplars - Maples - Hazel - Olive - Alder - Beech
Adam & Eve fresco 1291 AD, Plaincourault Abbey, Indre, France.
The Tree of Wisdom stylized as Amanita muscaria
Notice Adam & Eve hideing their nakedness with
Amanita muscaria mushroom cap shaped disks
Gen. 3: 3-7
“3. But the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest you die.
4. And the serpent said unto the woman, ye shall not surely die.
5. For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.
6. And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.
7. And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.”
In the western world the ancient discovery of the Fruit of the Tree of Wisdom and Life is attributed to Adam & Eve. The official Christian interpertation of this text claims that this momentous event that transformed Adam and Eve into true humans, is the fall of Man, and the blame is ultimately placed upon the Serpent. Yet, if you carefully read the text above it is God that lies to Adam and Eve, as they did not die from eating the Fruit, while the Serpent spoke only the truth about the Fruit of the Tree of Life and Wisdom, for "the eyes of them both were opened." In much of the ancient world the serpent was honored as the bringer of Wisdom and Immortality to mankind. With the rise of Imperial Christianity and the twisted view that the Rise of Man was the Fall of Man, the Serpent fell from it's place of ancient honor and became the ultimate symbol of Evil.
"But the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest you die." The use of fear and the threat of death, from even touching the Fruit of Life, continues to this day as self appointed experts warn of it's nonexistant lethal toxicity. Consumed fresh, the fruit will make most people nauseous, long before they could consume a lethal dose. In contrast, when properly dried and used in moderate amounts with a Sacramental intent "then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil."
Painted wooden ceiling with brass bosses,
St. Michael's Church, Hildesheim Germany 1192 AD
Adam & Eve, Trees and Serpent with Amanita muscaria cap background,
note that Adam & Eve are each holding a button stage Amanita muscaria.
The Eadwine Psalter
The Eadwine Psalter, Circa 1150 AD, the first 6 panels show the Biblical cycle of physical creation to the creation of Adam. The next 6 panels begin with the creation of Eve, then the eating of the magic eye opening fruit, from Mushroom shaped trees, and end with the institution of the Sacramental Sacrifice of the Fruit of the Tree of Life, as the Lamb of God.
Adam and Eve, cylinder seal 22 century BC. Babylonian, British Museum. Contains all the elements of the Adam and Eve story, Male, Female, Serpent and Sacred Tree. Yet it may be Babylonian Divinities that are represented on the Seal and not a Babylonian version of Adam and Eve. Left- impression made by rolling the seal, Right- the actual cylinder seal.
A 4 th century AD engraved gem, showing Adam and Eve, the Serpent and the Tree of Knowledge. The same visual elements are found here even though 26 centuries have passed between the creation of these two engraved gems.
Highly recommended Entheos
The Fruit of the Tree of Knowledge links
Sacred-texts Gen. 3: 3-7
Wikipedia Tree of Knowledge
Tree of Life links
Sacred-texts Gen 2-9
Sacred-texts Gen 3-22
Sacred-texts Rev 22-1-2
About.com Tree of Life
Wikipedia Tree of Life
Sacred Trees in other Mythologies
Wikipedia Trees in Mythology
Sacred-texts Poetic Edda
Wikipedia Sacred Groves
Mystic Eye Yggdrasil