Rewriting the Sacred Relationship to Self with a Sacred Tattoo Design
There are so many beautiful souls I have the honor of collaborating with and so many connections I am able to rekindle through this soulful work of sacred tattoo designing. Being an eclectic, cosmic pilgrim, I have deep gratitude for the opportunity to journey to the far corners of the Earth, Cosmos, and depths of soul with this process.
I am grateful for the experience of knowing each person through this process of working intimately with soul essence and am humbled to be able to create designs that I hope reflect the unique beauty of each soul in the collective tapestry of life. My hope is always that when each person gazes upon their designs, that they will see and be reminded of their unified essence. And when they wear them, that they will feel greater embodiment of that truth.
The best part and reward for me is when I hear and feel how the designs affect each person they are created for.
Sometimes my clients have specifics they are interested in incorporating, other times not, and sometimes a mix of both, but always how the vision evolves and channels through, is where the journey lies. And that process is where the magick is in the way things are drawn, integrated together, and even the new things that reveal themselves that were not mentioned,
This piece merged from themes shared and not shared. The “not” shared themes were revealed later upon my client viewing what had manifested and then recognizing the truths that had channeled through, which were forgotten and now remembered. I love that.
For example, after creating the piece I learned my client is the astrological sign of Cancer, as well as had connections with Artemis/Hecate, which are just some of the surprises that energetically came through.
All of which are expressions of her strengths and the energy she has available in her well of inner gifts to draw from.
As always, this is another very layered piece in symbolism that is a Divine Feminine tapestry of depth and integration on many levels – encompassing self empowerment, healing, abundance, nurturing, joy, inner radiance, strength, and guidance, love, protection, magick, ancient Celtic roots, coming to a transformational crossroads in life, and more – all seeming to be pointing to a theme of there being strength in vulnerability.
It feels to be rewriting the relationship within and supporting the soul expressions that will be transformatively healing when released to shine through.
Some of the messages are speaking through these:
The Feminine Archetype that is of many layers including Earth Mother, angel, priestess, goddess (I was getting hints of the strength of Greek Goddesses Artemis and Hecate wanting subtly through in this depiction, as well as the nurturing compassion of Mother Mary), guardian of nature, weaver of magick – essences that are around my client, but also within her…reflecting a piece of her soul’s focus.
She wears a feathered headdress that represents freedom and higher consciousness, with roses at center that mirror a heart shape to emanate universal love that is a harmony of heart and mind, and twigs at each side to connect with the Earth and ancient tree wisdom.
Her wings fold lovingly and supportively around the tapestry of her work and loves, embracing my client, embracing the mysteries of life, and embracing Earth herself.
She wears a robe with cascading sleeve of ocean energy with waves and spirals of water merging from the Nautilus shell (that emerges/AND merges with the inside of her wing. The Nautilus’ integrated chambers are symbolic of continuous progress, balance, new ideas, visionary discoveries, innovation and inspiration, renewal, eternal continuity, expansion, consistency, evolution, interconnectedness, divine perfection, natural flow, stability and internal harmony within regeneration, abundant creative energy – in general, a symbol of life and “the journey home” to Source within All That Is, through a succession of transcendent spirals.
The waves of ocean energy and spirals flow into the celtic knot/triquetra symbol at the bottom of her sleeve, anchoring the whole design and drawing energy down into the earth and integrating into the physical. The upside down triangle shaping to be that of the feminine energy as well. Circular knots symbolize cycles of life/eternity/interconnedtedness. The triquetra is the energy of the trinity and supports integration, balance, and freedom.
In the sleeve, floating in the waves and spirals of the water energy there is “anam cara”. Something that was important to my client to have in this piece and actually what connected her to me. In essence, Anam Cara is that uniting of inner and outer within yourself in the temple of your sacred “you” home, that then bonds with the energies of others on that same level you have attained in beauty and love with yourself. So to have it written on “your sleeve” so to speak, is to acknowledge that sacred union and partnership you have with yourself and that you are sharing in joy with the collective. Anam Cara essence emanating from shining and sharing your inner light and beauty in all of its glory. You can read more on how the energy of Anam Cara unfolds from within our sacred relationship to self and then without in bonding relationship and connection to others here: Anam Cara
At her heart chakra is a Celtic Crescent Moon with two Celtic infinity symbols and a triangle inside of it. It is woven between the ringlets of curls in her hair and rests on the waves of the ocean at right, symbolizing a depth of feelings, expansive and healing illumination of what is deep within being brought to surface, and the nurturing qualities cradled in the heart. The Moon is considered a luminary, although produces no light of her own. She reflects the Sun’s light, which mirrors her image to us. In this way of projecting light, she symbolizes the subtlety of how we may gain clarity and indirectly receive insight, and how we can soften our gaze to access esoteric meaning. The Moon also symbolizes cycles, the shadow, mystery, wonder, balance, renewal, time, emotions, the subconscious, intuition, fertility, femininity, transition, passivity, perception, receptivity, the night, nocturnal creatures, illumination…She is connected to the element of Water (mother of all sea creatures as well) and is ruled by the sign of Cancer. Alchemical teachings share that the Moon is connected to Silver, which carries the symbolism of clarity, purity and brilliance that the Moon so beautifully exudes. Since Silver is one of the 3 metals that are the foundation of the Prima Materia, this makes the Moon part of the Trinity of transformation. She is also associated with Kuan Yin, the Virgin Mary, Thoth, Diana, Artemis, and Hecate, to name a few of her archetype associations.
At the top of this design, drawing the energy up and bring energy down simultaneously, is another Celtic heart knot with triquetra/trinity symbolism and then more knots/triquetras at the side, with maple leaves at end. Maple leaves serve as a love symbol, as they depict the sweetness and wonder of love in everyday life.
Hovering above her gentle, outstretched hand (that gives as gracefully as receives) the magick that emerges are two blossoms of daffodils. Daffodils are symbols of rebirth, new beginnings, good fortune and luck (you never want to have or give just one as it is said this will not bring good fortune, but more than one is fortuitous), ray of hope and light ahead, assists in reminding you to be in your heart and not let ego lead you, purity, the sun always shining down upon you, and joy. These add the energy of sensitivity, sweetness, tenderness, and gentleness, as well as connection to the Earth Mother and Nature.
And rising from below, just brushing her hand, is an ethereal moth that is bringing “to light” the things that are hidden. Moths are so magickal and they have powerful meaning that takes us to our depths. They symbolize dreams, shadows, otherworldliness, secret knowledge, psychic awareness, strength in vulnerability, determination, subtlety, intuition and faith. They help you to navigate through the darkest hours in your life, to embrace the shadow, provide healthy balance and integration, and assist you in trusting your inner knowing that is guided by the power of the Moon.
Let your heart be guided by the messages and energy speaking through the design to you. These designs open portals of energy for the person who will be wearing it and for the people who may see it.
If you would like to partner in co-creating your own sacred visionary piece of artwork or tattoo design to embody the empowerment you desire, you can contact me at email@example.com.
There is currently a waiting list, and a monthly limit of only 6 additional clients I can take alongside that. You can easily make your deposit at the link provided below to embark on this journey in partnership with me.
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Some people have preferred to read my book, Spiritual Skin ~ Sacred Tattoos: More than Skin Deep, especially if they are new to sacred tattoo designs, before embarking on this journey.
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