This newest sacred tattoo design awakened an opportunity to bring an enchanted realm into this reality that both my client and I hold dear in heart. I was so excited when we started to collaborate and I heard what all I was going to be able to help bring alive and into being from behind the veils.
It was a deep and intense journey and yet, as I always do, I sat with things until the energetic frequency I could access felt clear. When there were things holding me off or creating a block, I just waited until I was able to hold a clear frequency that could mirror the wholeness I knew was there peeking through. Then suddenly, when I was able to reach “through” all of the things that were in process of shifting, it suddenly flowed like a powerful waterfall and fluidly came into being through my pencil with ease.
The result was one that took all of the parts of the journey and wove them into a potent portal that transmuted the elements into powerful medicine and activation.
I always love what is going on in my own life, where I am, the environment, what’s energetically in my experience that always mirrors the energy needed for each piece I’m helping to create.
I had no idea when this design would emerge, but it did while I was away last week where I was spending every day in nature, in the Faery forests, mountains, meadows, and lakes in the Tahoe area, as well as had such magickal connective time with the wild mustangs and butterflies while there. I even had a run in with a little rabbit that was quite the playful one dodging about from my dad – some of these elements had been discussed previously with my client before the drawing came about, which elements I felt important to incorporate in the piece.
Needless to say, the energy of where I was, was such a perfect backdrop and portal for channeling this.
This is a very large piece at 16 1/2″ in length, which will be going on my client’s left side of her back for the symbolism that area represents, as well as will be working energetically in balance with tattoos she already has.
There is a lot in the image that may be hard to find, so I’ll just point some things out without going into depth on the whole symbolism, but a lot of my designs are like treasure maps to each soul. They are fun to explore and find new things each time that will speak to you in different ways at any given time you view it.
This piece is created almost like a wing shape meant to sit in that left portion of the back angled at the shoulder/between shoulder and neck area and all the way down the left side, cascading into and over the spine a bit. This will help to flow and connect energy moving from left into the right side.
As for what you may discover upon deeper observation, here are the elements in the piece:
There is a hint of rocks for the cave opening that are surrounded by a tree trunk, limb, and branches, rooted at the bottom and curving up and down at top.
From within the cave emerges a beautiful and powerful Dragon, which is a familiar and teacher to my client. You can see a hint of her two wings, as she is flying down and just peeking through the opening while she is about to emerge fully herself.
There are two Faeries. One above and one below. They play varying energetic parts in this living portal as aspects of self and the seen and unseen. The one below is like a Goddess/Priestess working magick with the Dragon, as the Seven Pointed Faery/Pleiadian Star appears, emanating a crystalline energy from it and within the cave entrance. The Faery above has Celtic inspired/designed wings and very Nymph-like and somewhat androgynous.
A magickal butterfly and sweet rabbit are the Faery’s friends and helpers lending their support, as well as their symbolic presence and wisdom.
Many magickal flowers burst into bloom including Honeysuckles and Faery bell-like flowers. Elf Clematis as well, vines wrapping around the tree and limbs, weaving magick and life.
The cave is a gateway and portal to this enchanted realm that is being manifest into this reality.
The main Faery below wears a headpiece of leaves, Crystal, spiral and Celtic Trinity/Triquetra. There is also a larger Triquetra on the lower part of the tree trunk left of the rabbit.
Within the rocks of the opening of the cave just above that is a “key”. It has a heart shaped top as it helps access the Higher Heart. It also functions as the key to unlocking one’s own truth and power, the way to travel inter-dimensionally, as well as the way to access hidden things one might keep from themselves or that has yet to be revealed.
Just below the top Faery/Nymph’s leg there is another symbol – a Celtic Five Fold Symbol with represents the Four Elements, the Four Directions, and the Four Seasons, but adds the center circle which is the Fifth Element – sometimes known as Spirit or Ether, but also center, ascension, spirituality, balance, transcendence, the whole. It is sometimes used as an awareness-broadening Mandala that provides depth of meaning, insight, perspective.
There are some spiral ends to the vines and cascading limbs of the tree branches to make them alive like fingers.
The Dragon has energy emanating through her body and a loving, yet penetrating gaze, as she works with the Faery to create magick to open this portal of experience and bring it into conscious view so that the veils are lifted and truth emerges. You can see the hint of her wings at either side of her neck, as she glides forward and down through her cave tunnel. They are beneath the tree limbs and Honeysuckles. You only see a touch of her left one, which is on the right of the image. Her right wing, which is on the left of the image is the beautifully framing backdrop to the hanging Honeysuckles.
Another journey into the realm of “Spiritual Skin” that definitely enchants, as it activates and awakens.
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I was honored to help one of my international clients with creating her first sacred tattoo designs. I was given energy essences and ideas of things my client resonated with and I then imbued it all into two images to capture what she desired.
The first image is of an angel/faery. And can also represent that aspect of the client simultaneously. She wears a beautiful gown made of lotus petals – like an upside down lotus with petals reaching up and out. Lotus are full of spiritual energy, are crown chakra opening and invoke that connection to the Divine, as well as are symbols of purity. The angel/faery has a star at her third eye chakra indicating her intuitive abilities are open and she consciously utilizes it in awareness. The angel is releasing a butterfly – symbol of deep soul transformation, joy, beauty, and even ancestors returning to physicality. There are 3 stars – like pixie dust magick – around the butterfly, to imbue that sense of mystical into my client’s life and 3 is pure joy of creativity in abundance, intuition, magick, creative self-expression, birthing of new things. This image also denotes a connection to nature as evident in the symbolism while also connection to the Source. There is the representation of new beginnings, (as the caterpillar changes into a butterfly and starts a new life). The butterfly is being freed, representing that flight of freedom for my client and is in its authentic beauty. The angel realizes the butterfly is an aspect of herself and so in releasing her, she is honoring and loving the authentic part in herself that needs to be freed. This also represents feminine beauty and strength, grace and joy for life.. my client wants to be more of service to others and helping them, this symbol also represents that openness and willingness to give to others, with arms and hands opened, as they provide loving energy to the butterfly, which can represent All Of Life and the tenderness and devotion given to the fragile, weak, those in need, etc. and healing love given through love and healing hands as they reach out and communicate and connect with others. This symbol also represents releasing fear and trust, and not being afraid to let go and allow, which is evident by the open arms and freeing the butterfly.
The bottom symbol is a combination of multiple symbols in one as well. We have the celtic cross, which represents balance, grounding. The four directions, four elements and mind, body, heart and soul are symbolized by the four arms of the cross. The circle is eternal life and Source/God’s/Universe’s infinite love. Inside the center of the celtic cross I added the symbol called Adinkra, which comes from West African wisdom. This is the Adinkra symbol , Asase Ye Duru (“the Earth has weight”), Mother Earth, It is a symbol of the Divinity of Mother Earth and represents our need to cherish, protect and honor our Earth. It’s a symbol of providence and the divinity of Mother Earth. This symbol represents the importance of the Earth in sustaining life. So this is where I imbued Mother Earth energy and Divine Femininity. I love how this symbol looks like two hearts that come together. So this to me also is representative of love and like two twin souls uniting. Then I added a wreath of leaves around the cross which symbolizes a connection again to earth and nature, but also that eternal life cycle, immortality of the soul, new life and abundance. At the bottom end I crossed two leaves over each other representing integration and moving beyond duality and are pointing downward to root my client to the earth, just like tree roots. At the top I placed the seven pointed star pointed upwards to bring that energy through the chakra system. It is said that the Seven Pointed Star is 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.
So I wanted to add a bit of potent magick for my client in everything I created, as well as harmony. I also wanted to create two pieces that complimented each other. I feel that the celtic cross, would be good to place over the root chakra, anchoring and integrating the energy there and bringing the energy up through the 7 pointed star. And the angel and butterfly with lotus are a little more ethereal and can help strengthen that feminine empowerment. Both are strengthening for in different ways. One is more integrated in both feminine and masculine and the other is more of the grace of feminine energy in full graceful and vulnerable strength. The left shoulder or shoulder blade corresponds with the right brain, which is the creative, intuitive, feminine side. So this will benefit and support that energy for my client that they wanted, as well as bring in the magick more and draw upon their gifts. And the other will keep my client integrated, balanced and rooted while being great for manifestation.
Yes, it is quite an intricate weaving of symbolism, these sacred tattoo designs are. I love it!! And am honored to be able to support others in this way.