The Miracle of Life ~ Sacred Tattoo Design
This design was such a joy to create and the timing on its channeled creation was also quite beautiful when it took place. As always, it’s so fun to see what is going to come through as I experience each piece creating itself in the moment. This happens by allowing the energy flow to carry me along the journey, rather than dictating it.
There were a few main elements my amazing client wanted me to incorporate (and she included some things she really resonated with as possible choices), but she was open to the way it would unfold, which is always such a blessing to the process.
I interpreted things in a somewhat whimsical, but sacred, empowered feminine way, and found additional elements making themselves known as things unraveled.
Included in this design you’ll find a sparrow, my version of a tree of life, butterflies, Tibetan Fire Serpent Reiki symbol, a seven pointed star, sacred geometry, DNA, flower of life, spirals, hearts, feather, diamond star, and my version of old-fashioned bleeding hearts (heart shaped blossoms on trailing stems with single dangling pendulous drops). There is even the hint of snake energy in the way the tree branches and trunk curve and flow – an element she was drawn to, if it worked itself in.
Here is the description I shared with my client that helps tell the story of this design and how to find all the hidden elements:
It may be hard to follow, but if you look closely you’ll see that the root of the tree begins at an upward spiral at the bottom that roots, anchors, and grounds “below”, to the right of the large flower of life within a blossoming sun/lotus. It curves up and around to a larger area of the trunk that then is home to the DNA strand at its core (the life giving uniqueness from which all is birthing). And then from this trunk three branches emerge.
One branch goes to the left and curves into a downward spiral. Another branch goes up to the right of the sparrow with a lower portion of it flowing into a downward spiral and then branching from there this stem separates into two stems that curve to create a natural heart shape.
Then there is a larger branch of the main trunk that goes to the left of the sparrow and curves around and up, ending at what almost appears to be a hand that is openly cupping “above” what is to come from Source, with a spiral thumb – always ready to embrace and receive enlightenment, new awareness, expansion, evolution.
Within the tree there are spirals and energy throughout, keeping everything fluid and in flowing motion.
The sparrow sweetly, gracefully, and peacefully sits in harmony, the Tibetan Fire Serpent flowing in balance down its resting wings, at center of its back, both anchoring/grounding as well as drawing energy up and balancing. In the tufts of its under belly there is a Seven Pointed Star (or Faery Star/Pleiadian Star):
One of the entrances to the Other Side. By following the seven steps of transformation on the ladder of the visible planets (metals), the symbol joins us with the Whole Universe, bestowing personal spiritual transformation. Also known as the Pleiadian Star or Faery Star, the 7 pointed star is one of the entrances to the spirit realm – the gateway to the Otherworld. Each point on the star represents a pathway, or the 7 rays of manifestation of the Higher Self, as follows: *1st point – Power, Personal Will and Determination. *2nd point – Unconditional Love, Wisdom and Growth. *3rd point – Knowledge and Intelligence. *4th point – Harmony and Tranquility. *5th point – the Powers of Mind and Science. *6th point – Devotion and Honesty. *7th point – Magick. The points blend with each other, nurturing and joining us as one with the Universe, bestowing personal and spiritual transformation.
The sparrow is facing/looking with soft gaze at the heart shaped branch and in between where its beak points, is a spark of life in sacred geometry blossoming in alchemical energy…creating the ability to see with clarity, bring forth your creative self expression, give and receive love and even draw in love/partner from a place of truth and pure purpose.
Sparrows symbolize joy, creativity, simplicity, protection, community, productivity, vigilance, and speaks of higher thoughts and ideals. They teach us to think outside the box, are masters of flight (freedom), share with us the need to keep burdens light so we can avoid a heavy heart, and that there is spiritual abundance always around us.
I found this in looking at sparrow symbolism that I thought you might enjoy – a hymn “His Eyes are on the Sparrow” – Why should I feel discouraged? Why should the shadows come? Why should my heart be lonely when I know with Source I am One? I sing because I’m happy, I sing because I’m free, The Eye of Source is on the Sparrow, I know Source watches over me.”
There are three butterflies – three is the symbol of creative power, growth, magic, intuition, expression, versatility, pure joy of creativity, celebration, very goddess energy connected and reflective of the Empress in the Tarot, overcoming duality, manifestation, integration, complete cycles, flow. When I created three butterflies I didn’t realize that they also could double as symbolism for your three children, that are so dear to you. I love the hidden surprises that reveal themselves later.
Butterfly medicine symbolizes transformation, celebration, transition, lightness, soul, time, grace, elegance, freedom, joy and bliss, miracles, flexibility, cycles of life, creativity, gentleness, preciousness of life, as well as the medicine the ability and clarity of mind needed before self-transformation.
The spirals throughout symbolize creation, movement, fluidity, surrender/releasing, holistic growth, and awareness of the one within the context of the whole. It reveals the cyclical nature of life, the consciousness of nature from core center expanding outward, and the relationship between unity and multiplicity. It is the limitless spirals that move both “inward towards the Source of creation and eternally outward with Source’s continual self-creation.” In this way, the spiral reflects the contiguous journey home to who you really are and the journey to be one with Source.
The whole piece is very feminine in its graceful flow, not only creating sort of an “s” shape, but also hints at an Infinity symbol if you follow the flow of the entire design, as well.
I included two Old Fashioned Bleeding Heart vines in a whimsical design that to me not only are like hearts with a pendulous drop below, but feel like key holes which can be unlocked to access what you desire…new doorways of experience. These plants bloom in the cool of spring and into early summer – new life and blossoming creative energy.
Two is the energy of balance, duality, kindness, equalization, diversity, stability, reflection, choice, exchanges with others, partnerships, communication, desire, and asks us to exert our natural flow of judgment to do what is best for our souls. In alchemy, two are the opposites – like Sun and Moon, King and Queen, Sacred Male and Female, and also are like the Twin Flame aspect within yourself.
There are seven blossoms visible. Seven deals with magickal forces like three, the search for esoteric meaning, activation of imagination, manifesting results in our lives, and use of conscious thought and awareness. It is a very spiritual number that represents our spiritual journey, connection to Source, alchemy, ascending, completeness, perfection…
There is a feather that I placed, gracefully floating, seeming to come from the sparrow’s tail to where it points. Feathers represent flight, freedom, ascension, lightness, grace, ability to flow with winds of change, truth, speed, communication with Spirit, celestial wisdom, the power of the element air. Here, accompanied by the butterflies and surrounded with heart blossoms and heart petals, it is a reminder to release the heaviness from our hearts, to be gentle with ourselves, nurture our innocent inner child, dance with grace through change, embrace vulnerability, and be willing to flow without attachments that hinder our expansiveness.
I created a burst of nine heart shaped petals or leaves at the bottom that are emerging from the root of the tree…rooting the loving connection you share with Mother Earth, your ability to create from the source of this grounded love and connection with the rhythm of nature, and to represent the balance needed of also going deep, not just reaching up. There are nine of these. Nine representing attainment, accomplishment, the end of a cycle before a new one begins, contentment, the inner journey, inventiveness, drawing from our inner resources, gifts, and abilities to bring them out into the world for service, spiritual enlightenment, spiritual awakening, humanitarianism, destiny, soul purpose/mission, inner strength, intuition, inner wisdom, freedom, visionary mysticism, and strength of character.
I created the large flower of life to the left as the source of what is birthing and cradled it in an unfurling/blossoming lotus with petals that almost create the flames of the sun (inner illumination and clarity). This flower of life balances the star-like rendition of one at the top right, so that there is always an equality in working “As Above, So Below” and never forgetting parts of ourselves or over-developing one aspect over another.
And where a spiral tree root and blossoming heart petals birth and journey forth below, a simple diamond star at the top, brings crystalline clarity and wisdom that transcends into limitlessness and is the essence inclusive of and beyond light and dark.
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