Cloud Tattoo Ideas and Symbolism of Clouds
Of course, cloud tattoo ideas don't have to have meaning or symbolism (gasp, did I just say that?!?). Often clouds are used in tattoos as accentuation's, great design elements. Or, sometimes cloud tattoos are even used as clever cover-ups.
For those of us (like moi) who tend to read symbolism into everything, clouds never leave us high and dry in their symbolic meaning.
Some keywords to consider for your cloud tattoo ideas...
In Greco-Roman mythology, clouds are considered homesteads of the gods. Clouds always clung to Mount Olympus, home of the gods, and so therefore they became synonymous with divine dwelling places . By the same token, clouds were considered to be an accumulation of godly messages. Storm clouds then would signal bad news & light-bright puffy clouds would be carriers of significantly more hopeful messages.
In Chinese symbolism, clouds represent transition and transformation. Clouds seen in ancient Chinese art often point to the process of transformation from primitive/banal to ascended/spiritual. It would seem this path to soulful evolution is just as transitory and unpredictable as clouds themselves. Fitting symbol for the ways of spiritual progress.
Hindu and Tibetan perspectives about clouds reveal concepts of transition too - but in more of a temporary way. In this view, clouds are symbolic of impermanence. If you're into zen, a cloud tattoo feature might be the perfect way to convey your devotion to impermanence, and your understanding of detachment.
Clouds combine the symbolism of both air and water. In esoteric symbolism, air represents the realms of the mind (thought, mentality). Water represents themes of emotion, intuition and the psyche. Combined then, cloud tattoos in this way of thinking might convey a message of tempering & balancing emotion with intellect. Clouds also hold rain, and that is an ancient symbol of fertility, abundance and prosperity.
Keep breezing through potential symbolism and tattoo ideas by following the links at the end of this page.
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.
This website strives to provide you with the best, time-honored information when defining signs and symbols. However, in the final analysis, "Beauty (and symbolism) is in the eye of the beholder."
Having said that, it's in our best interest to invest the time to do personal research on symbolic events happening to us. This website is just one perspective in an ocean of variety and diversity in the realm of symbolism. So dive in! There is a whole universe of deeper meanings to explore! You can start your research by clicking on the links at the end or to the side of this page. Odds are good I've got a follow-up article about this symbolic topic. ;)
As always, thanks for your willingness to learn more about the language of symbolism. It's a language that is universal and everywhere. It's super-groovy to travel with you on your symbolic path, and maybe offer a little translation along the way. Thanks for reading and exploring!