Sunday, March 4, 2012
Dog Tattoo Symbolism
Meanings behind Dog symbolism: Confidence, Loyalty, Strength, Community, Friendship, Obedience, Protection, Courage, Intelligence ,Guidance, Determination, Faithfulness, Perception, Community, Guardianship, Teamwork
Whether your getting a Dog tattoo in memorial or for love a special companion there are also many symbolic reasons for getting a Dog tattoo.
Interestingly, dogs are considered sentinels to the gateways of the Otherworlds. In ancient Egyptian,Celtic, Roman and many other myths, the dog represents a kind of spiritual guide - an ally while a human soul is transferring between the realms of physical and non-physical.
In Shamanic wisdom as well as Celtic, the dog is associated with the powers of the forest. Here we see canines as keen, savvy wilderness guides. Hearty, strong and stead-fast to leading us through dark and infinitely mystical territory, the dog is a champion guide. Dogs are phenomenal companions on any kind of journey (spiritual, physical, emotional).
In Asian symbolism, the dog is incredibly good luck. The Chinese symbolism of prosperity, good fortune, obedience and friendliness to the dog. The dog is also associated with Aquarius in the Chinese zodiac, and thus is considered to have an amicable disposition. Philanthropic, empathic and very well-liked are other attributes.
Dogs (and dog tattoo ideas) can be associated with both lunar and solar qualities.
As a moon-connected creature, the dog reminds us to move in-sync with the shadows in our midst. Moon dogs also ask us to release ourselves to our untamed selves. Howl at the moon. Copulate by moonlight. Go mad with lunar lust. Dogs do it, so can your inner canine. did i just say that?! Another way to say it: A moon-dog tattoo might underscore a need to break out of conformity.
Solar dogs will remind us of our vitality, strength and courage. Dogs associated with the sun are also symbolic of bright self-expression and clear communication. Countless cultures have recruited dogs in the aid of agriculture (a sun-affiliated field), as well as war/battle (also associated with the heat of the sun).
The color of your dog tattoo is a tale-teller too. White dogs are symbolic of purification, clarity, virtue and stamina. Red dogs convey virility and a sense of victory in personal battles. Black dogs have a lunar flavor to them and hearken back to the baying hounds of Hecate, who in some versions of myth, is the goddess of shadows. Black dogs are considered shadow-riders, unafraid to walk boldly into dark places. This also ties in with themes of protection "guard dogs".
Dogs are also considered animal healers. They are associated with sacred waters in Celtic mythology , which offer healing/cleansing power. Canines are also depicted with Asclepius, an ancient Greek physician of renown portent. In many cultures, dogs were thought to have immense healing powers. Ancients observed dogs tending by licking their own wounds with remarkable healing results.
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