Cirlot on the Inverted tree
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
A Dictionary of Symbols – J E Cirlot
An important point in connection with the cosmic tree symbol is that it often appears upside down, with its roots in heaven and its foliage on earth…..
This concept is found in the Upanishads; and in the Zohar of Hebrew tradition it is also stated that the ‘Tree of Life spreads downwards from above and is entirely bathed in the light of the sun’.
Dante too, portrays the pattern of the celestial spheres as the foliage of a tree whose roots spread upwards'