Rose Symbolism in Tattoos
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Roses and rose petals have been strewn across the bodies and grave sites of soldiers. Red roses symbolized blood shed for the Roman Empire. Red is associated with the god of war Mars, also Venus, the goddess of love.
The rose is associated with Greek goddess and gods, Aphrodite , Hecate and Dionysus . We see eroticism, mystery and sensuality in these Greek gods. Roses symbolize Erato's ability to pierce the heart of man with her intoxicating song & beauty. Roses can show the creative, sensual goddess within.
The rose is a symbol of spiritual progress - the unfolding or blossoming to grander heights of human evolution. Traditional rosy crosses have multi-layers. The inner section of the rose symbolizes unity reminding the observer that the god of your understanding or your higher power is the glue of all your life. Other layers represent the initiation and progress along the road to enlightenment.
The rose often adorns Mary in Christian art and is symbolic of purity, innocence, beauty, sacrifice and perfection. The "Rose of Sharon" symbolizes the Church. Colours to play a part in rose meanings in Christian thought. White roses symbolize purification. Red roses are a memorial to the blood of slain Christ