Saturday, March 3, 2012
Lotus Tattoo Symbolism
A lot of the symbolism behind the lotus comes from its relationship with the elements of water and fire.
It grows in the water, and represents: Dreams, Emotion, Intuition, Awareness, Purification.
A lotus blossom opens every morning in the face of the rising sun and thus is the solar connection and the link to fire symbolism : Passion, Vitality, Revelation, Clarity, Life and Vision.
Lotus is deeply rooted in spiritual purity. The Buddha is depicted emerging from the lotus. The mantra "mani padme" meaning "jewel of the lotus" is a reference to Nirvana.
The lotus is a portal to magnificent awareness - many masters recognize the enchanting power of this blossom.
The lotus symbolizes many vast concepts in ancient culture:
*The human heart
*The process of universal creation
*The 8 petals represent 8 directions - navigation
*Awareness rising from chaos / from murky water
The blooms emerging from water, along with distinctly delicate features of the lotus are reminiscent of feminine qualities.
Egyptian, Hindu, Japanese and Indian cultures all recognize the theme of birth and renewal through the lotus.