“Force of Nature” Sacred Tattoo Design
I had the opportunity to work on this sacred tattoo design with a client, which was an incredible and challenging process, one which I embraced and enjoyed immensely. Not only because of the symbolism I had the chance to work with, but because my client was such a joy and really supported the process with all that she shared with me in guidance.
It’s quite a large piece at 8″ wide and around 12 1/2″ in length, which was created as a cover-up to a small, older tattoo she already had at her sacral, which was comprised of three words. This new creation would now extend upwards and to the sides of the older tattoo, as well as extend slightly below it.
It will flow from the sacral area, up the spine, and likely come to rest mid-back or so.
The challenge was in incorporating several elements, as there were many my client resonated and aligned with and so I tuned in to the ones that were speaking more prominently for this particular design, area, and timing along her journey, and then needed to find a way to integrate them together.
What concluded in creation is what you see pictured here. It incorporates Roses, Lilies, Lotus, Japanese Maple Leaves, and a Goddess combination that incorporates the elements and essences of Hathor/Sekhmet, and Empress, Star, and Strength of the Tarot. It also speaks to my client’s Taurean energy, as well as incorporates how she is a “Force of Nature”.
Other elements include: duality into wholeness, the qualities of an Earthly and Divine creature combined, how my client leads from her heart (hand over heart in image), reaching for the Stars and the hope that Stars represent, centeredness, serenity and strength simultaneously from within, and done in an integrated, soft, subtle, and fresh Art Nouveau style that my client is drawn to.
If you take a closer look at the Goddess you will see that she has subtle horns from her head like Hathor, but made out of vines and flowers. Her hair and headdress fall in similar shape of Hathor’s headdress and her ears are made as the subtle ears of a cow, like Hathor’s, as well (if you look closely you’ll see their shape).
The aspect of Sekhmet is the stylized Lioness (created to mirror the vine work of the Temple around her, so it integrates “Above and Below”) that emerges from the blossoming Lotus (a quality my client feels she needs, as in a “Lotus that needs to bloom”), as well as is emerging from her solar plexus area. The Lioness and Goddess are connected and as one.
The Goddess is also the Empress birthing new life, surrounded in an abundant garden of flowers and vines that create a magickal Temple (connecting to the Stars) around her. Hovering above one hand is the magickal 7-pointed Faery or Pleiadian Star – gateway to the Otherworld, bringing in the Star Tarot, with a three other 7-pointed stars below. To the right you see a spiral vase (from the Star card) pouring water and the water turns into a petal of the Lotus (the water poured is to nourish the Earth and to continue the cycles, as well as represents spiritual, creative and intuitive abundance.
Hathor is also known as the Mistress of the Heaven and the Lady of the Stars. So the combination of Star in the Tarot and Hathor integrate.
Around her is a vine Temple that creates two sides coming together/entwining at top, as one. You find diamonds within a diamond, created by this union above her crown. The energy of the vines flow in feminine curves, but with fine points of focus. To either side are two Japanese Maple Leaves, which also resemble Stars and represent love, peace, and harmony.
I’m not going to go into the symbolism meaning of everything here, as many already know the symbolism, as well as can easily look it up if interested. But also, I think it’s fun to explore what feelings are evoked when you gaze upon the images and find how they speak to you. I mostly just like to point out some things that may not be seen immediately when taking in the whole design, which then lead to further symbolism meanings that are relative to the viewer, and even to the different times you look at it at different points along your journey.
But one link you may find interesting is on the sacred Trinity meaning of the Rose, Lily and Lotus (that I chose to incorporate), which you can find here: The Rose, Lily and Lotus: A Sacred Trinity of Flowers.
Everything within the design is integrated. As I mentioned, the water turns in the Lotus on the bottom right, and also on both sides you can see how the petals of the Lotus also turn into the shawl wrapping around the arms of the Goddess, as well as merge into the Lioness – all displaying the presence of melding energies within everything and of birthing creation from the source of one’s core/center where creativity is a choice in how we consciously engage and bring forth the energy.
It really is like a painting of my client’s own new personal Tarot card.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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