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« Reply #360: March 05, 2011, 02:10:51 pm »



tacking on to last post in thread rather than the first...

Went and got my deer yesterday.  The guy was good at taking direction but slow as molasses.  I may end up going to get some touch ups in a couple places that will make them exactly as I want them but I am not unhappy with the results.

Deer for me are a symbol of a sacred contract.  They are I suppose what I believe of fate or how our choices create destiny and that those choices sign our name on the line without our knowing it.  Only when we later have the choice of meeting that destiny with willingness do we ever really know we made a choice.  It's the unknowing signature, what we were born to do or what we chose before knowing we were choosing or even that we can choose.  They are the willing sacrifice, the awareness of our mortality and the obligation to make sacrifices.  They are the sacrifice and they are the contract.  Contract and contractor, priest, spirit and sacrifice all in one.  Deer spirit shows up and reminds us where we may or may not be living up to our contracts - or on the opposite side are sacrificing too much meeting obligations that are not ours.  Deer says you have one life to give, give it willingly and for something of worth.  Deer points out the tragedy of loss because another person isn't living up to their contracts, and to be aware of how we can prevent it.



My deer are for myself, my boys and ms roo who will be 2 in 2 weeks! 
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« Reply #361: March 20, 2011, 05:40:12 pm »

So do you have any tattoos? What significance do they hold for you?


This is the symbol of the homunculus from Fullmetal Alchemist, and is very significant to how I've developed personally based on the concept of a homunculus and the oroboros that makes it up. Tis placed on my left hip, and was my first.


And this was my second, done in January of this year. It serves as a reminder never to lose myself in another person and as a personal symbol of the phrase, "Those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it." 
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« Reply #362: April 28, 2011, 05:24:20 am »

This is the symbol of the homunculus from Fullmetal Alchemist, and is very significant to how I've developed personally based on the concept of a homunculus and the oroboros that makes it up.

I approve entirely  Grin

Well, I won't be getting it done for a while, and I suck at drawing, so I have no pictures, but I'm visiting the tattoo parlour tomorrow to check out the possibility of getting a tattoo on my shoulder.  I want it to be green vines/tentacles flowing over my shoulder, touching my shoulderblade and the very top of my arm, and underneath, just below my collarbone, a design I drew ages ago while bored in Maths class  Cheesy.  I've wanted the design for several years now, so I'm sure I won't get bored of it.  It's just a matter of working out costs, finding cash and getting a design...

I'm going in on Saturday, so I'll probably be back to gush  Grin
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« Reply #363: May 16, 2011, 02:03:20 pm »

I don't have a tattoo, but I plan on getting one, as soon as I integrate my Shadow Totem into my life. It will be a very small tattoo, on the back of my neck, so I can hide it at work, if I need to, and it will be of my shadow totem, specifically, the color variation of my shadow totem that comes to mind when I think of her.
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« Reply #364: May 16, 2011, 02:23:39 pm »

I don't have a tattoo, but I plan on getting one, as soon as I integrate my Shadow Totem into my life. It will be a very small tattoo, on the back of my neck, so I can hide it at work, if I need to, and it will be of my shadow totem, specifically, the color variation of my shadow totem that comes to mind when I think of her.

Picture of the design I made~
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« Reply #366: May 16, 2011, 07:51:48 pm »



So do you have any tattoos? What significance do they hold for you?

I consider all my tattoo's sacred. Some are tribal in nature and my way of marking my ethnicity on my body, others are familial and territorial and others are for relationships with people and animals. Some of the ones most relevant to neopaganism are simple looking but theyve a lot of meaning for me.



This symbol's taken from the neolithic Tomb/Temple Dowth/Dubad/Cnoc Dubada in the Boyne Valley co. Meath, Ireland.

In the Dindshenchas Dubad is translated as 'Darkness' and because of the medieval perception of the sacred site we could speculate that it was considered a home to one of Dumezils three kingly deities and their seasonal battle. In this case maybe the fisher king type who hoards the good during the winter months. Ireland gets very dark in the winter.

Official Dowth site
http://www.knowth.com/dowth.htm
Dubad in the metrical Dindshenchas (medieval place name stories)
http://www.ucc.ie/celt/online/T106500D/text079.html



This symbol comes from Knowth originally constructed in the neolithic but in continuous use until the 12th century. The sacred site is mentioned in Medieval Irish lit. in connection with a fair few deities but for me most significantly the Dagda, he may be the elder kingly deity who bestows his favour to the two younger deities in dumezils three kings. It was also home to the Sil na hAedo Slaine Tribe and their mother deity Mugain and world famous Druid Searles O Dubhain traces his family name (Devane) to the territory as well.

Official Knowth website
http://www.knowth.com/knowth.htm
Cnogba in the metrical dindshenchas (medieval place name stories)
http://www.ucc.ie/celt/online/T106500C/text004.html



This one is probably the most artsy expression of the petroglyphs Ive gotten tattoo'd and probably the most recignisable. Its taken from Newgrange in Co. Meath, Ireland. The sacred site is mentioned in medieval literature where its associated with multiple deities most especially the goddess of the river boyne Boann. Thats why it looks kind of watery. Its most interestingly linked with Lugh and Aengus possibly making this a sacred site for a liberator king who brings back the good to the people and the land in spring and summer.

Like Knowth and Dowth and most if not all neolithic temples/Tombs in Ireland Newgrange has been aligned so that for the last 5000+ years on the solstices light travels into the heart of the mound deep beneath tonnes of huge corbelled stones and soil to a ritual chamber..

The official Newgrange site
http://www.knowth.com/newgrange.htm
The Story of the River Boyne from the metrical Dindshenchas
http://www.ucc.ie/celt/online/T106500C/text002.html
The seasonal story surrounding the Bru na Boinne
http://www.ucc.ie/celt/online/T106500C/text003.html
The wooing of Etain: A myth where the story of Bru Na Boinne is explained in greater detail
http://www.ucc.ie/celt/published/T300012/index.html
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« Reply #367: May 16, 2011, 07:56:13 pm »

for female (for me meaning 'feminist'), and ended up skipping my cognitive psychology and perception class to get it done. Rather impulsive, but I adore it.


My latest tattoo, and my reason for replying to this thread because I just had to share!  Wink I got it about three weeks ago, after deliberating for a long time. The triskelion is for Manannan Mac Lir and the Isle of Man, and the words are lyrics from a song that is very powerful and meaningful to me: Edenbridge's Whale Rider.

That is an absolutely Savage Tattoo Cliona!
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« Reply #368: May 25, 2011, 07:11:44 pm »


And my second piece was done last week and is pretty much healed already. Whoot!

This one is very definitely religious in nature in that it is a marker of my taking refuge at the Buddhist temple I attend (kinda like converting but not really). It's the constellation Orion on my foot. The idea comes from the presence of the three stars of Orion's belt in the Tendai Buddhist symbol (this is a terrible image of it but all that I could find online) which signify the buddha (enlightenment), the dharma (the teachings), and the sangha (the community). Orion's also been important to me since childhood as something of a guiding light in the night sky which makes it very fitting for getting the week after I graduated from college so it can help guide me in the big wide world... Smiley. It's on my foot so the promises that I made when I took refuge about how I would live my life are with me with every step.

The overall thing looks rather like this
but, you know, on a real foot Smiley. I'll try to post a pic as soon as I have access to a camera.

The artist thinks it's the simplest piece of ink he (or any other tattoo artist) has ever done Grin but I'm super happy with it. I wanted something simple, unobvious, and that was there just for me and this is perfect.
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