Symbolic Bull Meanings
Bull tattoo ideas can go in several directions. They can convey power, authority and confidence. Or, they can illustrate peace and a deep honor for the sacredness of spirituality. Which direction you move with your bull tattoo will be up to you.
As a symbol of power and confidence we look to the bull's massive physical stature for these identifications. It is a mammoth mammal weighing in around 1000-2500 pounds (about the same weight as some vehicles!) We are all familiar with the term "charging bull" and so imagine a raging beast this size. That's a clear image of solid, unstoppable assertiveness. To be sure, if you want your tattoo to express a powerhouse of will, and a force to be reckoned with - the bull is a clear choice.
The bull also shares symbolism with the Taurus sign in the astrological zodiac. In this perspective, the bull is symbolic of stability, comfort and self-assurance. If any of you know a Taurus, you will know they can be stubborn. They know right and wrong in their guts and they will defend their positions just as vehemently as a charging bull does. They will not be swayed. So, a bull tattoo might be a good choice to honor the bullish tendencies of the Taurus (if you or a loved one is the sign of a Taurus).
The bull (or Ox) is also in Chinese astrology and represents attributes like: Loyalty, reliability, strength, steadiness, determination.
Some keywords to inspire your bull tattoo ideas:
As a native Texan, I've seen many rodeo pros and enthusiasts with bull tattoos. They've told me their tattoo ideas represent their ability to harness raw power as they all straddle and ride the bull for those legendary eight seconds. Bull tattoos also carry a message of "facing down fear" for many bull riders and rodeo pros.
As an ancient archetype, the bull is symbolic of fertility, virility and sexual strength. The bull has been honored by ancient cultures at being well endowed and so (from a typically male and very human perspective) honored for its ability to please its mate.
Bulls are also consummate providers for mankind. For example, they've walked with farmers in the agricultural process for centuries - enabling (wo)man to grow and harvest. In this light, the bull tattoo can serve as a reminder we can work with nature and our animal kin in order to meet our needs.
This aspect of provision is also symbolic of peace, harmony and cooperation. Bulls have been labeled the "beasts of burden" taken on tremendous tasks of strength in order to help mankind in our labors. Bulls do this with a stoic nobility. Peacefully providing their power for our benefit. It's no wonder the normally calm-natured animal is held sacred by so many.
If you need more inspiration for your bull tattoo ideas, don't miss my other symbolic info pages about this topic (links listed below).
An Important Note About Signs, Symbols and Their Meanings
Signs and symbols cultivate their meanings according to culture, context, passage of time in society as well as mass societal opinion. What's cool and highly important is that signs and symbols earn their most powerful meanings from our own personal perspectives.
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