Sunday, March 4, 2012

Moon Tattoo Symbolism


Symbolic Moon

What do moon tattoos mean: Dreams, Intuition, Feminine Power, Divine Light, Shadow, Magic, Purity, Subtle Strength, Sensuality, Mysticism, Cycles/Time, Subtle Energy, Mystery, Influence, Eternity, Fertility

All life is touched and stimulated by the moon, especially dark life. Flora and fauna dance in lunar reels, enchanted by the wax and wane of the moon.

Crazy mushrooms sweat, oceanic mouths open and close in serenade to the lunar phases.

The moon is a life affirming symbol. It appears to be constantly changing, and so therefore it reminds us of the consistency of all life. It is also symbolic of the cyclical nature of time - even karma. Life moves in non-linear terms, and we all know karma is a big circle (what comes around goes around). The moon in her phases reminds us of this kind of infinite process of recycling and regeneration.

Moon tattoos are inevitably tied to a female's cycles. The moon is symbolic of feminine power and fertility. Countless goddesses in myth are featured with the silvery moon to convey hidden power, secret wisdom and subtle influences.

Men feel lunar luminescence too! And, although the moon mostly resonates with feminine archetypal identification, there are very male associations too.
Some Native American tribes, Japanese, the Maori, African prescribe male gender to the moon. Also, the moon was (still is) a pivotal influence in hunting cultures and in these realms we see male deities - lunar gods. In these scenarios the moon is consulted for optimal hunting and agricultural excellence. All sources of provision which is a strong yang calling.

Alchemical: The moon coincides with the qualities of silver - a purifying, clarifying energy. Reflective. Strong, yet malleable. It's the "Lesser Work" in the evolutional scale of human development. When joined with the sun (gold), the twain hold hands in a cosmic balance - the Greater Work of the balanced soul commences.
Archetypal: The moon is the "Queen of Heaven"...goddess, mother, lover, priestess. That's some powerful archetypal energy and if these grand myths run through your lunar bloodlines, a moon tattoo might be the perfect conveyance.
Taoism: The moon is yin, and referred to as the "eye that shines through the darkness" - this is symbolic of illumined vision of a spiritual/enlightened nature.
Egyptian: The moon is often linked to Isis, also known as the Queen of the Heavens - a cosmic creatrix.
Native American: Depending which tribe you're consulting, there are legends of the Great Woman (or Old Woman) beaming in the moon, she is eternal, and ever-watching over her children (all of creation) with objective knowing.
Totemic: The moon calls to many animals (including humans), and you might find moon tattoo inspiration from her many suitors in the animal kingdom. Any critter with horns will be associated with the moon, like bulls - it's the crescent horns they are reminiscent of the crescent moon - also symbolic of cycles, fertility.

 Most nocturnal creatures are lunar affiliated too. Rabbits, toads, cats....all great partners to moon energies.

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