From the Tree of Life to Yggdrasil, trees are a symbol of the entire web of spiritual and physical existence, and here it represents the Divine force bound by matter. The sadness sensed in the goddess trapped in this form reflects the metamorphoses of several nymphs into trees in the Greek myths. A common theme for this kind of transformation is violent male energies leading to a state of female retreat into a desexualised state, often with the assistance of the gods. Examples include Daphne’s transformation into a Laurel to avoid rape by Apollo, Lotis becoming a Lotus to avoid being raped by Priapus, Myrrha transforming into a Myrrh tree to escape her father after she tricks him into sleeping with her, and Pitys being turned into a pine to help her escape the pursuit of Pan. These ‘regressions’ of spiritual forces into matter are akin to the containment of those forces in the physical substance of Malkuth. Locked safely away in Malkuth, the energies are no longer wild and unrestricted, as they are beyond it, but are stowed into a material form that prevents calamity. The spiritual forces themselves survive, but do so in the restricted manner of the Fallen Daughter, who has descended from a state of grace into one bound by the density of matter. Its survival is detected in animistic principles, in which all life, be it that of inert plants or active animals, is an expression of the divine force.