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Ants, Ankles & Aquarian Energy ~ Personal Dream Messaging with the Collective in Mind


I had a dream that stuck with me a couple of nights ago. It involved ants.

I always marvel at how much animal spirit guides in particular show up for me, as well as show up when I do sessions for others. They are indeed one of my strongest connections.

I thought to maybe share the dream when I had it, but then didn’t.

However, when another dream two nights ago came up around something similar, and a friend of mine mentioned ants as an addition to a sacred tattoo, I thought I’d share.

So in my first dream, I dreamed about ants and my ankles.

I don’t know how this fit into context of what I was dreaming, but that isn’t important, as the part I remember is what I feel is key.

In the dream I remember looking down at my ankles and seeing ants underneath my skin, as if my skin was translucent.

They were moving about through them and some coming down slightly at the area where my ankles connect to the top part of my feet.

They were larger than normal, but then some started to really grow and become the size of about an inch and a half with bulbous black bodies.

And as they grew, big tumor-like bulges and bumps emerged on my ankles where they were moving under, swelling to the size of their growth.

The bubbles of swollen skin where these large ants were moving under, felt as if they might at some time burst once they got too big.

The rest of the ants just kept moving about through my ankles, doing their thing.

That’s all I remember from that night, but then two nights ago I, again, dreamed of my ankles.

No ants this time, but the continued focus on my ankles felt significant.

In this dream I was actually in Montana and found that one of my tattoo artists who has done some of my work was living there. I decided to ask him if he had time to fit me in, which he did. I didn’t actually know what I was getting until he asked.

Then I asked him to make some Mehndi designs on both of my ankles to balance with the tattoos I already have there and to match with the one on my hand he’d already done.

And we started playing with the ideas on the flow of that.

That’s all I remember.

In medical astrology, ankles are connected to Aquarius, as Aquarius rules the lower legs including calves and ankles.

Medical astrology is a way to connect parts of the body you have challenges with, to the energies of signs and planets, which will help you connect more with the meaning of how this challenge is conveying a message to you.

I happen to have two placements in my chart of Aquarius:

Jupiter in Aquarius in the 1st House and Venus in Aquarius in the 2nd House

I also happen to have deeply bruised my ankle back in August (I can still see some discoloration there with slight tenderness) when we took our first RV trip out to the Vegas area, as my ankle got caught in the car door that closed on it because we were parked on an incline.

Needless to say, I’ve been monitoring this area and energy and to have it come up so potently twice in dreams definitely had me reflecting deeply again.

I share things in this way to help you to see how you, too, if you don’t already, can dissect and explore your own meanings and messages in life to help interpret when things show up, how they do, dreams, symbolism, animal spirit guides, etc.

It just takes the willingness to observe, be open to the reflections, be curious, do a little investigation, and be willing to take the time to delve into engaging your own creative faculties and power.

So this is what I did and do.

Since Jupiter in Aquarius is about expansion, ease, luck, and abundance of and with the energies of being innovative, independent, insightful, unconventional, altruistic, and having this in the first house means that bringing that energy through comes in ways of the self, my personality, and who I am and identify with that others then would see me as, then this translates as my having the need to be, and an ease with:

freedom, thinking outside of the box, always willing to try new things, unafraid to step away from tradition or to be different, to be a pioneer with discovering new ways, perhaps eccentric, very artistically and spiritually inclined, leading, wanting to make the world better for everyone, work independently, but for the greater good, and will find luck and remain joyful, confident, expansive, and optimistic when I consistently use my visionary skills and innovative energies in life and work.

Much of the work I will feel called to do and the ways in which I think and feel could be ahead of its time since it is future focused and looking at ways to create a better world for the collective at large.

The second house is our relationship to our physical existence on Earth and how that translates in our self worth, values, and our inner and outer resources, as well as relates to the type of work we do/our career, and money.

Having Venus in Aquarius in my second house conveys as a love for beautiful things and creating beautiful and unusual things, an ease and gifts with music and the arts, a flow of money in and out, and all things Aquarius I shared above would be my natural ways of expression through my work in these areas. It also lends to being peace-loving, balanced or in constant focus of wanting to create balance and harmony, soft spoken with peaceful and healing speaking skills, self growth being a focal and important part of life, and fulfillment and reward in experiences in life for me are when I am able to be the Aquarian energies through my work without restrictions.

All of this background reveals what a focus on my ankles would all point to.

The catching of my ankle in the door as a wake up call and reminder that these are the ways and energies that make me who I am and how I operate most beneficially not just in terms of my own inner peace and fulfillment, but in terms of what I have to offer to humanity and the collective.

That made sense at the time, as it was just as I had taken my sabbatical, which was meant to focus on my creative, visionary projects, although at the time was on hold due to getting things situated with the move and new RV life.

I was needing to walk through a new door and being reminded that this part was key to harness in its truest form now, as the next leg of the journey would be about a deepening into who I truly am in all ways.

Timing was/is of the essence, I felt and even the small delays, although necessary to implement, were to keep in check as to not totally deter me.

So then to the current dreams….another reminder, but also reiteration that my choices of letting go of most everything I’ve been doing in terms of my work and expressions would be transforming greatly to mirror the new embodiment of this energy in all ways.

This leading me to know that it is crucial to my own life force, not to mention my ability to truly serve the collective from my authenticity – since that is one and the same, especially so with the Aquarian energies – to follow the strong impulses, inner guidance, and messages that my work must change and what I feel a need to bring forth through my creative self expression is necessary.

Where I felt complacent and boxed in, I would now expand and be free to explore the visions of my heart and guiding inspirations.

Where I had structures or guidelines to still somewhat stay within, I would have none but the essence of me channeling through.

In the first dream, the ants so much mirror this Aquarian energy to me.

Ants are very focused on doing their part with an extremely industrious energy, but they are simultaneously part of a collective community that is innately built in to why they do what they do.

Each ant knows their place and they fulfill their individual duties that each only can do, as a means of serving the whole.

They do this patiently, with great stamina, and in cooperation with one another – team work is their powerful medicine, yet it comes with knowing their part and respecting and honoring the same within each other.

Ants are also great architects so they demonstrate to us how we can construct our dreams into reality with great precision and persistence.

They message us that if we align our body, mind, heart, and soul to the intentions of our dreams and goals, infused with patience then we can create the reality of our dreams.

Mastery of patience is key and letting go of ego running the show so that we come from a place of inner truth and equality.

In this way ants are great humanitarians and so very much link to the Aquarian values. They give unconditional love freely.

And to me, having the ants under the skin in my ankles, growing and ready to burst out, really means to me that this energy and that ants are literally the veins of my existence and their energy is in my blood.

Synchronously, I’ve also been saying over and over that the energy I feel is like a volcano ready to passionately pop and flow – and which is why I had to follow the energy and make the necessary adjustments in my life and work in order to align with it, with me, and ultimately with the collective energy at large.

These little ant hill mounds under my ankles were swelling with big ant hearts and bodies.

They remind me that with continued patience all things that I feel called to newly birth, if taken one thing at a time and patiently, will all come to fruition.

The dream was not one of discomfort or pain…it was not violent or scary…it was simply these ants/this energy making itself known and supporting my decisions and commitments I’ve made.

They are also telling of my “antsy” energy within that I have been managing while putting into place the supportive elements and environment for this new work.

So, again, they are reminding me to take one step at a time…to hold the vision I see of the future, yet move with patient flexibility within each leg of the journey. To be mindful that there will come times of working with others and that my strength of will is what will see me through, which will need to be exercised not just in the process of patient creation, but also in keeping to the commitments without interruption.

Ants showing up can indicate a time of honing in on your gifts and special talents, to consider the role you have, and ensuring you are making the most of those natural gifts – always staying in tune with knowing how it fits in with the whole and seeing it as an expression of unity that takes into account the person and larger picture together.

They also help us to realize that even if we think our part is small, or what we have to contribute isn’t some grand idea in the scheme of things, that it is still essential and necessary as our contribution to that unity.

Ants work instinctively to build their future, but with much vision. And so, too, do we have the instinctive knowledge of how to slowly build our dreams, create life as a work of art, and be the architects of our lives.

Perhaps it also came up because I’ve had to stand strong behind these commitments to honoring the energy and my boundaries recently with a lot of requests that have come in for work I have moved away from for now.

Like the ants, I know the role I need to keep focused on so that exceptions can’t be made and although my heart is one that would be tugged, I am being shown that there is a timing and purpose beyond what it may seem that this new path is important to keep moving forward on.

I don’t want those ants to become so large that they in fact may inflict pain or unwanted challenges in my life if I do not heed the message.

I’m grateful I have come to a place of recognizing these things and that I’m strong enough in my knowing to lovingly be firm, knowing how that best supports the collective as an example.

Ant asks: Are you sacrificing your dreams and parts of yourself for something or someone else? If so, you may need to re-evaluate things to ensure you are not veering away from your path.

And then there was the second dream of the Mehndi tattoos.

Although I am not literally getting more tattoos, I have in the past considered Mehndi designs in this area.

However, I take it symbolically that this again is a strengthening and empowering of the energy of my ankles, which I’ve described above. And although I may not wear literal tattoo designs there, I in fact do have sacred symbolism etherically supporting that realm.

Mehndi is “intended to be a symbolic representation of the outer and the inner sun. Vedic customs are centered on the idea of awakening the inner light.”

And so it seems this dream was about awakening and embodying that inner light of my unique expression through the artistry of my soul expressing forth at this time.

Even though these are not the only ways one could interpret these symbolisms, as that is something one must feel out as the right meaning for themselves, you can see how intricately you can uncover and explore your internal messaging to assist you in understanding yourself and your journey more.

Some of it is part research, some of it is part intuition and creative thinking from multiple perspectives.

I share this to empower each person to do more of their own self explorations and not needing to always ask someone else to interpret the messages, as truly you are the one who really knows the way to interpret it to the resonance of your own truth. Someone else can only provide suggestions and possibilities, but ultimately even those aren’t the answer, as if you don’t want to “see” the message you still won’t hear it.

For myself, I’m grateful for my willingness to explore and the desire to look at all possibilities. I’m also grateful to the ants for their messages of support, and to my dreams that always reveal just what I need to know.

I know, like myself over the years, many of you overlook your own nudges and intuitive feelings simply because of the lack of self trust, which is something many, if not most, are all together working on strengthening back into its power once again.

And this ultimately will affect the whole, just as each ant doing its part is always in the innate mind set of unity consciousness while doing so.

Perhaps our friends the ants have a message for you today too.

“Dancing Spirit” Sacred Tattoo Design Enhancements for Greater Flow & Empowered Self- Awareness


I had a lot of fun working with and creating the energy of these pieces for my lovely client. They were created to enhance simple Lotus tattoos that she already had at the back of her ankles, which she wanted to shift the energy of (more representative of her now and what she wants to embody and create), as she hadn’t been satisfied with the pieces when they were first executed.

I am pleased to share that she now looks at the designs in a whole new light and shared, “I actually didn’t think they could look so beautiful!! I never thought I would love the Lotuses again, and thanks to you I can’t wait to have these beauties inked up!!!! I can’t stop looking at them..”

It brings me great happiness to hear this and honored I could assist her with what she wanted to create.

lotus tattoosYou can see the original designs in the image here, that I was given to work with. The rest was a process of her sharing and me tuning in.

The way I created these were like mirror images, since the Lotuses she had were already as such, but with a couple of modifications that would make each their own unique energy. I first had to make a rough sketch of the Lotuses to the measurements I was given, in order to be able to work with them and create a flow. So I did that first and then started integrating the new extensions and additions to each that would embody the energy that was coming through and felt to be most empowering for her.

The one that flows to the right, of course is for the right foot/ankle and the one that flows to the left is for the left foot/ankle. I integrated four Runes within the designs. Each design has two Runes embedded in them and each design also has a different little being.

The left foot has a Faery and the right foot has Kokopelli. Both Faery and American Indian energy was very strong for my client, something she has been in tune and working with. It came to me right away that both of these images would be part of how she walks through life, and would assist the energy she is working with and carrying “forward” as she moves through her journey.

The designs are in a Mehndi design flow to work with the Lotuses and to go with the design quality she is drawn to. I wanted anything that was put in as symbolism, to blend in and only stand out, if you know to look for it. So everything is hidden and “encoded” so to speak, in unique stylized versions. I wanted each to be similar, but unique, so just a few changes to each of the little beings was done to make them connected, yet different.

Sacred Tattoo Designs (1)The Faery felt good for her left foot, since this is the side connected to the right brain and the intuitive, creative and healing qualities she has within. So the Faery energy can communicate with her more via strengthening these aspects of herself. And I felt Kokopelli for her right foot because it is connected with your left brain which is more action oriented and putting energy out in terms of the work in how she expresses herself, whereas the other is more inward.

Kokopelli is a source of wonder, music making, dancing and spreading joy. He is known as a healer, prankster, story teller, and fertility god. His hunch back is said to represent a sack he carries that contains seeds for the harvest, as well as songs he carries and beautiful rainbows. His flute symbolizes the music that shifts seasons from winter to spring – symbolic of our own embrace of change – as well as brings the rain for successful harvest – again supporting our own journey in productive and beneficial ways.

He felt important to support her major transitions she is going through and the journey she is taking on her path to bring good fortune, lightness, joy, her creative self-expression, aid her in dancing through life more and transitioning with greater ease and harmony. Also to help lighten things up so that she can embrace being here on Earth more, find things more fulfilling with a new perspective, and help her to let go easier and find the humor and fun in things.

He will also help her connect to the Earth and be in “rhythm” with it. The designs themselves are very Earth Mother connected, as they embody the roots, blossoms, and foliage of her embodiment. And as they flow down from the back of her ankle and around the sides to her feet, they ground, root and keep her balanced and in flowing motion of the “dance of life” – just like Kokopelli and Faeries know so well to do. The spirals of course are about the cycles of life and flow.

So the right one has Kokopelli, whom you can find near the tip, and he will come to rest on her foot. He has a Lotus head and plays a Lotus flute, his body made of vines/roots and more Lotuses, as well as his arms that support the Lotus flute. His core body is comprised of two opened, blossoming Lotuses, which again speaks to something in fruition and the “actualized” experiences supported through the male channeled energy of the left brain.

From his flute comes the rune Raidho – which is about the journey of life and travel in a physical or spiritual way. Runes have many ways to interpret their meanings and these here are only part of the story that is shared from info gathered to give a little insight into their energy potentials that can be explored. (Laura Bruno is really adept at Runes if you’d like to learn more about them. We received a lot of interesting info from a Druid we met once, but she retained and explored the info more than I did.) 😉

But in simple terms, Raidho provides having the foresight to make the right choices, the rhythm of you being connected to the rhythm of the world, and the forces of life moving and dancing. It also governs living in the present, access to inner advice and following the inner compass of the heart, movement within your natural abilities, consciousness of natural processes, mastery of circumstance and control of situations, taking the lead, creative rhythm brought into your activities, protection while traveling, clear connection and follow thorugh between decisions made and immediate actions.

Each of the Lotuses also have a symbolic design above them. Each again are the same, but they have within them a different Rune that is embedded in the design. I’ll get to those after I show you where the Faery is.

The Faery is on the left foot, near the bottom, just like Kokopelli. They share the same Lotus head and vine hair, but the Faery instead has graceful vined wings rather than a hunched back, a Lotus bud at her Solar Plexus body core (which speaks to the feminine energy of the right brain in how it is cultivated from within and its power emanates from that birth origin, to be supported by the male into action), and lovely vined arms and legs, similar to that of a butterfly, or dragonfly.

Between her arms is the Rune Ansuz. This Rune is the rune of knowledge and communication, voice of the Universe, helps you learn and teach new things, helps you open your mind and speak things clearly. Ansuz also governs all powers of conceptualization, powerful and magnetic expression through communication and expression, acquisition of creative wisdom, inspiration, ecstasy and divine communication, the ability to reason and analyze, connecting and networking with others, listening to oneself and one’s own particular inner-voice.

Then back to the top above the Lotuses. I created a design/symbol to draw the energy up. So there’s the roots and stems/vines drawing the energy to the Earth and grounding, but also now we have the energy being moved up and also to receive from above, as much as from below. I see these as personal symbols (which my client had wanted created unique for her) of higher consciousness, extensions to her Crown/Lotus energy that are receiving, and as well to provide her with clarity and present awareness, to keep her feeling safe and providing the knowing of protection always.

Sacred Tattoo Designs (2)

A fun inversion of the design that I played with

The design incorporates an All-seeing Eye near the top, with spiral center that rests between the two extended arm vines of the very upper Lotus. And below each Lotus that has extended feelers/like lashes to the eyes – for sensory perception – there is an embedded Rune. The Right one has the Rune Algiz and the left one has the Rune Thurisaz.

Both assist protectively. Algiz offers protection, wards off so-called “evil”, and offers opportunities for growth. Algiz heralds that things are coming to fruition that you’ve been working on, new relationships and experiences to enrich your life with positive influences are coming into your existence, and the knowingness of always being protected with wisdom and vision as your allies. It governs your higher self and awakening, as well as aligning with the divine plan, activating the higher self, communication with divine entities and other worlds, facing fear with courage, protective teaching force, strengthening life force through courageous deeds, drawing energy from Source.

On the left you have Thurisaz and it gets its name from the god Thor. It offers powerful protection and assures you that you are not alone. You are supported, you just need to ask for help and it will be there to assist and provide you with what you need. It governs having breakthroughs, strength, destruction of enemies, awakening of the will to action, breaking resistance of blockages in body, mind and spirit,  increased potency in romantic relationships, focuses psychic energy clearly, synergizes right/left brain processes for generating powerful realization.

You can research these more and explore other uses of the Runes, as this is just surface scratching for some insight on how you can utilize symbolism. But these are the four Runes that loudly spoke for what my client was wanting assistance with and that would be empowering at this time in her journey.

I can’t possibly write everything, but I think this gives you an idea, and of course you may find hidden gems and things you see in the designs yourself, as everyone has different eyes they see with and it will speak in different ways to you at different times.

But what I see as themes are, “Dancing Spirit” which is a name my client shared with me as one of  her Indian Guides and how this speaks of an aspect of her, a journey she is on, power symbols unique to her, protection, guidance, vision, flow and joy, coming into her fullness, empowerment, approaching everything with lightness and being able to accept all parts of herself, having much support and wisdom all around and within, the dreams she is hoping to manifest, and the spirit guide energies that she works with for healing and service to others.

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 tania@spiritualskin.com.

There is currently a waiting list, which I am moving through as quickly as I can.  I can only provide a guesstimate on timing. You can easily make your deposit at the link provided below to embark on this journey in partnership with me.

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Sacred Throat Chakra Tattoo Design


Sacred Throat Chakra Tattoo Design

I’m loving the energy evolution of new designs that are channeling through. The more courageously vulnerable people are in sharing with me, the more effervescent the co-creative channel between us for flowing inspiration!

For this latest piece, a few things really stood out to me energetically from my client’s sharing, which resulted in what ended up coming through while designing. I always hone in on what would be most empowering and how can it effectively be symbolically and artistically designed to capture that very essence needed.

So this latest sacred tattoo design I created is intended to go over the back of their neck (mirroring the pit of  their throat) so it lies at the upper back area and flows out and down slightly in its graceful flow to the sides, sort of energetically framing the way the shoulders begin in curvature. I incorporated the Throat Chakra symbol and energy this time and saw how I could transpose a Peacock utilizing part of it and then flowing out from it. As some know, the Throat Chakra is how you express yourself to the world and to have it strong and healthy is signified by how openly and honestly you express yourself. Empowering it supports courageous, vulnerable and authentic creative self-expression – your voice in the world, unique to you. It aids the flow and openness of communication, telepathy, and creative expression with clear and uninhibited emotions so the energy center remains unblocked and unrestricted, allowing you to bring forth your innate, unique inner truth and beauty to the world through the gifts you have to share. It allows also for you to be humble, open, and receptive to others’ uniqueness simultaneously. I felt that this focus of empowering the truth of my client’s inner voice would help guide them in aligning their actions in accord with the times. This will help them to express themselves more and more fully, as they desired, and to back it up with their authenticity of courageous self-expression without judgment or fear. A way to also “eat life” through the energy exchange of this center in giving out and receiving as they communicate their gifts in joyous voice to the world. It will also aid and promote clarity.

The Peacock was something they were drawn to and it felt appropriate for them and this design, as the Peacock is a possessor of some of the most admired human characteristics, and is a symbol of integrity and the beauty you can achieve when you endeavor to show your true colors. So it empowers the theme of my client’s authentic, creative self-expression. They say to contemplate the powers of the Peacock when you need more vibrancy and vitality in your experience. The Peacock can also help you on your spiritual path, and breathe new life into your walk of faith. The Peacock can rejuvenate self-esteem levels too and revive from that “blah” and blue feeling – just imagine the glorious, techno-color display the Peacock provides. So the Peacock helps support you in embracing your own nobility – again a great partnering energy with the Throat Chakra energy of courageous, authentic, creative self-expression. Peacocks also represent: glory, vision, royalty, spirituality, awakening, immortality, refinement, incorruptibility.

My client was also drawn to Mehndi inspired designs, but with more flow and less blocky-ness or primitive feel. So the design I was inspired to create to really emanate out the beauty of their personal self-expressive center is a flowing and graceful design with Mehndi influence. It includes the Peacock and I wanted to also incorporate the elemental and sort of alchemical connection they have with herbs – particularly Alchemilla that they have a strong relationship with. I incorporated five of these  (mirroring the energy of the 5th Throat Chakra) around the design. Five signifying change and transformative ability, as well as versatility and flexibility, as the Throat Chakra is also the energy center for change and removing resistances to flowing with the new. I love the reference of this lovely medicinal herb as genus “Alchemilla” that comes from Arabic Alkemelych (alchemy) meaning “little magical one”.

I feel there is a good balance of earth and spirituality energies in the “alchemy” of this sacred tattoo for my client that integrates as it empowers, within and without. The flow of the design, if you follow it, is almost spiraling, as well, which is like creating a living symbol that is moving the energy of this chakra – keeping it flowing and stimulated, abundantly lush and in full bloom. There is an organic, yet refined quality simultaneously imbued in the design too.

Another unique co-creative journey of sacred tattoo design empowerment!

 

A Brief Unveiling of the Meaning and History of Sacred Tattooing


Tattoos have been around for thousands of years as a form of marking the human body for different purposes and with varying meanings. Almost every ancient culture that has walked the Earth has created and worn tattoos and body art as a part of their symbolic way of life. Tattoo history spans over 5,000 years ago and is as diverse as the people that have worn them.

The art of mehndi, temporary art done on the body with henna, also dates back about 5,000 years. Mehndi is still used in ritualistic and religious ceremonies in India, but the earliest proven civilizations to use henna are the Babylonians, Assyrians and Sumerians. Many ancient cultures have used both tattoos and mehndi for spiritual purposes.

Permanent tattoo designs, sometimes very simple, sometimes extremely elaborate, but always with deep personal meaning, have served as amulets, status symbols, signs of religious beliefs, declarations of love, adornments and even at times as forms of punishment. There is cultural significance to tattoos that is timeless.

It used to be that the earliest known tattoos were for a long time Egyptian, dated around 2,000 BC. Many mummies, which seemed to be exclusively female, showed evidence of tattooed designs on their bodies, especially on their thighs. But the timeline has been pushed back further with the discovery of the Iceman in 1991, carbon-dated at around 5,200 years old, from the area of the Italian/Austrian border who displayed tattoos on various parts of the body. His tattoos were examined and found to correspond to stress-induced degeneration areas, suggesting they may have been applied in order to help alleviate joint pain and therefore were therapeutic in nature.

It is believed by some that the Egyptian women practicing tattooing were dubious in nature and that tattoos were a mark of a prostitute, but it has since been proven that female mummies have been found in royal and elite burial areas and that at first considered a royal concubine, they now know at least one was a high status priestess. So there is no indication that tattooing was only for the “dancing girls” as they called them. Some believe that the tattoos were not marks of a prostitute or to ward off sexually transmitted diseases, but were actually functioning therapeutically as permanent forms of amulets to aid in pregnancy and child birth, as is suggested by their patterns and placements and the addition of the God Bes, who was the protector of women in labor, amongst other things. This helps to explain why Egyptian tattooing was purely restricted as a female custom. Egyptian tattoos were usually a dark or black pigment. Brighter colors, it seems, were widely used in other ancient cultures.

The Inuits, Nubians, Scythian Pazyryk, ancient Britons, Greek, Romans, Pre-Columbian cultures of Peru and Chile, Native Americans, Ancient Chinese and Japanese, and Polynesians to name a few are of the ancient cultures who practiced the art of tattooing for varying reasons. These included similar reasons like the Egyptian women, as a mark of nobility and high status (not having them was a statement of low birth, interesting huh?), as a mark of belonging to a religious sect or to an owner, if a slave, or to mark a criminal as punishment, symbolized devotion to a patron deity, which Roman soldiers adopted until Christianity spread with the belief that tattoos “disfigure that made in God’s image.” Tattoos were worn on every part of the body including the face, all with different meanings and significance.

The Polynesians from Tahiti give us the modern day word “tattoo” from their islander term, “tatatau” or “tattau,” meaning to hit or strike. After James Cook’s expedition there, it became fashionable amongst Europeans to have tattoos, especially men with high risk professions, in which case the tattoos carried amulet-like symbolism for protection.

Modern day tattoos are world-wide spread throughout every culture still, including Japanese, Africans, and Maori of New Zealand to name a few and of course within the Western world as well. All of the symbolisms and reasoning stem from similarities to past ancient cultures, whether we’re conscious of knowing what and why we’re doing it for or not. Some may be for new reasonings and self expression, but the foundation behind it has been passed down for thousands of years and not so coincidentally, many of us get tattoos of ancient symbols from ancient civilizations and cultures. Cross-cultural influences have continued to play a significant part in how we express and live our lives, incorporating and melding things together. Interesting how everything is a cycling circle or spiral effect, linking us all in timeless experience.

Tania Marie is a Visionary Artist, Designer and Reiki Master Teacher based in both Southern California and Northern Nevada. To commission Tania for paintings and murals, animal portraits, tattoo designs, to purchase some of her original works and custom or original crystal pendant designs, or receive compassionate healing support through treatments and classes, by request in your area, or by distance please visit http://www.taniamarie.com or call 775-343-9244.

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