Flowers aren’t just beautiful: they can be symbols with deep meanings.
By Olympia Villagrán
These simple and yet mesmerizing gifts from nature have always been an endless source of inspiration for artists. Their colorful petals and symmetrical shapes have been muses, and just like artists captured their beauty on canvas, or authors in their poems, you can do it too on your skin. If you’re looking for a beautiful tattoo with a deep and thoughtful meaning to express yourself, here are some ideas you’ll want to get immediately.
This aquatic plant is associated with spirituality, specifically with Buddhism. This Buddhist symbol represents the purity of the soul and the body. The meaning of the flower can vary according to its color, or if it’s open or closed.
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This flower was the main symbol in several armorials of the French royalty. It represents power, honor, and sovereignty, but its three petals are also associated with loyalty and purity.
The flowers of the almond tree blossom in late January. Due to the timing, it has been associated with birth and awakening. Actually, the word almond comes from a Hebrew word that means “the one that awakens.” Its white color is also associated with maturity.
In Hawaii, this flower is represents honoring their ancestors and traditions. It’s also associated with physical beauty as a symbol of perfection.
When daisies open, they form the shape of a star, but only during the day. That’s why they're also known as “day eyes.” This flower represents optimism, innocence, and simplicity. For that reason, it’s a tradition to give women daisies just after they give birth as a symbol of good faith for the newborn.
For many cultures, orchids represent love and sensuality, though it also depends on the color and the number of petals. Red orchids symbolize passion and sexual desire; yellow orchids are associated to eroticism, while the pink ones represent femininity and sensuality. Finally, white orchids represent pure love; that’s why they are often used as wedding decorations.
Due to their strong, peculiar fragrance, magnolias are often associated with intense emotions. Their meaning varies according to the culture. For instance, in China they represent a noble spirit and purity, while in Japan, they represent love of nature. In other countries, magnolias are symbols of victory.
Just like roses in Europe, in Japan, camellias represent eternal love. If the camellia is pink, it symbolizes seduction; white camellias are related to young love, and the red ones express passion and sexual desire.
This flower is common in several myths and legends from different cultures as the representation of love and romance. In other traditions, it’s also related to mourning and love for those who aren’t with us anymore. Using violets as decoration at funerals is a common practice to protect the soul of the deceased from evil spirits.
One of the most famous reference to poppies is the greek myth of Persephone, the goddess of Spring and a symbol of fertility. Poppies blossom during Spring, and for that reason, they also represent abundance.
Roses are a global symbol of love, passion, and desire, making them a great gift for lovers. But beyond that, a rose tattoo can be a perfect way to represent unconditional love.
With the bright color of the Sun, these flowers represent joy, youth, and liveliness. They’re also synonymous with vitality and energy to face obstacles in life.
Translated by María Isabel Carrasco Cara Chards