We all carry a heavy burden in life, a testament to our strength as human beings, a proof of our capability to forge on, relentlessly, with no stopping. We carry precious tokens filled with meaning. For instance, we may go to an interview wearing a shirt that was given to you for good luck, or wear a ring that reminds you of someone you hold dear. We pour significance and meaning into some objects we carry with us, and while they may form part of this baggage, their sole presence reduce this heavy weight. It is not surprising, then, that tattoos adorning our bodies also have a double meaning and guard special moments.
Love, trust, intellect, power, tranquility, righteousness, and above all freedom, are the main themes that are sought after in the world of tattoos. Among the many symbols out there, we have identified seven that embody these principles to the fullest extent. Every time you look at the symbol imprinted on your skin, you will be reminded of your purest ideals and inner strength.
In Hinduism, the Dharma wheel is the universal law of nature. Nature is conceived with regular movements and cycles, which is why it is represented as a wheel. According to this law, every person follows an ethical and religious duty that was assigned to them at birth.
The triskelion represents evolution and growth. It is the balance between the body, mind, and spirit. The greek term, triskelion means “three-legged,” and this symbol looks very much like three legs running. In this life we compete and run to achieve our dreams and ideals.
An ancient symbol that represents a snake or dragon devouring itself. It symbolizes the eternal struggle and the constant evolution in life.
Fleur de Lis
It is a symbol of power, honor, loyalty and purity of mind and soul. It is a symbol that has been embraced by the masons, alchemists, religious movements, and even the French monarchy.
This symbol is the essence of Hinduism. It represents unity with the supreme being and the combination between the physical and spiritual. It is a sacred syllable, the first sound the All Powerful makes when the universe is created and that keeps emerging in nature and life.
The yin and yang embody the concept of duality in this universe. Opposite and complementary forces surround this world. The yin is the feminine principle, the earth, darkness, and passivity. The yang is the masculine principle, of the sky, light, and activity.
The Hamsa is filled with power, strength, and blessings. It is prevalent in Muslim cultures and in Judaism, and it’s considered an amulet against the evil eye.
It is not strange that people choose specific symbols or traditions to adorn their bodies. Since times immemorial, scarification and intricate tattoos have graced the bodies of countless cultures. Tattoos are the perfect way to represent a thought and belief and are icons that reinforce the faith and inner strength of people.
If you are a tattoo lover, we suggest you look at these Japanese design and Hamsa symbols that will inspire your next tattoo.