Saturday, March 17, 2012
Bat Tattoo Symbolism
Bat symbolic meanings: Illusion - Rebirth - Dreams - Intuition - Initiation - Journeying - Inner Depth - Communication
The bat is largely misunderstood and so therefore many of its symbolic meanings are inappropriately fear-based. However, the very savvy Native Americans approached the realm of animals from a position of honor - knowing that all things are connected.
The Native Americans recognized that the bat was highly sensitive to their surroundings and so therefore was considered a symbol of intuition, dreaming and vision. This made the bat a powerful symbol for Native American shamans and medicine people. Often the spirit of the bat would be invoked when special energy was needed, like "night-sight" which is the ability to see through illusion or ambiguity and dive straight to the truth of matters.
It is a symbol of communication because the Native Americans observed the bat to be a highly social creature. The bat has very strong family ties. They are very nurturing, exhibiting verbal communication, touching, and sensitivity to members of their group.
The bat is a symbol of rebirth and depth because it is a creature that lives in the belly of the Mother Earth. From the womb-like caves it emerges every evening at dusk, it is reborn every evening.
If you choose to have a Bat tattoo you are extremely aware of your surroundings. Sometimes you can be overly sensitive to the feelings of others. Additionally, you are quite perceptive on a psychic level, and can be prone to have prophetic dreams.
The bat can symbolize:
Dying to our ego
Loving our enemies as ourselves
Going within to touch our inner demons
Exploring the underworlds of reality (which can be scary)
Renewing our thoughts and beliefs on a moment-to-moment basis
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