People get tattoos for many reasons, such as honouring a life event or someones memory, and I think that they can have great power when they are carefully thought through. I’ve always loved seeing people’s tattos and getting ideas and inspiration but I didn’t get my first tattoo done until I was in my late 20’s. I think I spent two or three years doodling before I finally put ink to skin so I spent a lot of time thinking about it. I don’t know about anyone else but is a little addictive and I’ve been contemplating my next (two) for a few months now and I’m not planning to get another done any time soon.
I have four tattoos in total including both my daughters names on the insides of my wrists and a triqueta behind my left ear. These are all commemorative of births and a death have no spiritual undertaking associates with them, although it is often assumed that the triqueta is a visible sign of my faith.
My only devotional/spiritual tattoo (to date at least) is on the inside of my left forearm, a large ornamental key with a scroll wrapped around the shaft bearing the name Ekatè.
This is the tattoo which sums up not only my strongest experience of Hekate but is a reminder that not only should I trust my instincts and that I should consciously open my own doors and not have doors opened for me.
Despite being my most visible and larges tattoo it was the easiest one to decide on, because the vision I was given was so strong and clear. In a vision I was gifted a large key with paper wrapped around the shaft which I took up with my left hand, which being right handed is counter intuitive for me. In the days following I had my eyes well and truly opened on a number of fronts and strongly believe that my vision was a forewarning to pay attention to what was going on around me. As a result I steped away from being lead down paths that were not entirely of my choosing and started down an independent one. Although I am still finding my way I’ve found the path o have chosen is one better suited to my life as it is now, and I feel no more pressure or demand than that of my God and Goddesses and myself.
I’m thinking of working with my tattoo artist on turning this astrological sigil into my next tattoo. It needs some work to get it right but I think it would be perfectly placed between my shoulder blades or at the base of me neck.
It came about as a result of doodling although it does have personal meaning for me. The balancing of Mercury’s action and communication with Saturn’s staying power and attention to time is important to me as I need the energy to move forward and patience to stay the course. In my natal chart Mercury and Saturn appear in Scorpio, my sun sign, though I only discovered this after I created the glyph, and I am going through my Saturn Return. I have also emphasised Mercury’s horns until they are almost lunar, and would look to reinforce the appearance in the final tattoo, to represent my Goddess and the entire glyph is topped by a seven pointed star (honest that’s not just a seven pointed astrix) to represent all of the Seven Deathless Stars and Hekate’s heavenly attributes. The only thing I would change is I’d like to incorporate Scorpio in there, probably in Mercury’s circle, just to make it a bit more personal.
I’ve created a new Facebook group called Pagan Tattoos as a place to share spiritually inspired tattoos, please come along and check us out.