Horseshoe Good Luck Tattoo Ideas
Most logically, horseshoe tattoo ideas deal with protection because horseshoes were first design to protect horse's hooves.
Over time and via thoughtful contemplation of ancient peoples (mostly of European descent), the horseshoe became synonymous with luck and protection to humans too.
A horseshoe tattoo turned upwards will symbolize good luck and protection. Tales indicate all the luck is held within the curve of the shoe. Conversely, all the luck falls out if the shoe is depicted with ends pointed down.
But an upwards horseshoe tattoo is also lucky because in this position it represents the horned moon, or crescent moon. In fact, Celtic and other ancient European legend has associated horses and horseshoes with lunar symbolism.
In a lunar light, horseshoes are symbolic of: Magic, mystery, intuition and travel via dreaming. Moon affiliated horseshoes are also symbolic of esoteric progress, protection whilst traveling by night as well as protection when traveling darker spiritual paths.
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Interestingly, the horseshoe is a symbolic representation of Yoni, which in Sanskrit means "source of life." Yoni is not a term used in the Vedas to describe the origin of life, it also describes the human soul's journey through life. In fact (and appropriately as a horseshoe tattoo) early translation of Yoni defined it as the soul's divine progress (ascension) through life.
On a more practical level, horseshoe tattoos also convey a sense of winning or success. This is often a tattoo reference to horseracing, betting, and achievement in games of chance. In this light horseshoe tattoos give the wearer a sense of unbeatable luck at any odds.
For more information to inspire your research about lucky tattoo ideas, check out 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 happing to us. This website is just one perspective in an ocean of variety and diversity in the realm of symbolism. So dive it! 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!