Spiritually the tree symbolizes the Tree of Life and represents the union of heaven, earth and water. When we learn and understand our own Tree we are able to live life successfully on all levels. The tree is symbolic in dreams of the basic structure of our inner lives. When one appears in our dreams it is best to work with the image fairly extensively. A tree with wide branches would suggest a warm loving personality, whereas a small close-leafed tree would suggest an uptight personality. A well-shaped tree would suggest a well-ordered personality, while a large, messy tree would suggest a chaotic personality. Branches signify the stages of growth we go through, and leaves suggest the way we communicate to the rest of the world. To be climbing the tree suggests we are looking at our hopes and abilities, in order to succeed. To be chopping a tree down indicates the need for a complete overhaul of our beliefs and ideals and symbolizes radical change. The roots of a tree are said to show our connection with ourselves and the earth. It could be more accurate to suggest that they signify our ability to belong to the practical side of life, to enjoy being here. Spreading roots would indicate an ability to relate well to the physical, and, conversely, deep-rootedness would suggest a more self-contained attitude. The trunk of the tree gives an indication of how we use the energies available to us, and also what exterior we present to the world. A rough trunk suggests obviously a rough and ready personality, whereas a smoother trunk would indicate more sophistication. Consult the entries for Trees and Wood for further information.