Knot Tattoo Ideas and Knot Meanings
Lots of cultures use the knot as a symbol for family ties, marriage and various connections in the community. The popular term “tying the knot” came from Victorian era, a subtle way of saying a marriage is underway between couples obviously in love.
The love theme continues in ancient Rome where the knot is commonly seen in artistic renderings of Venus as well as Cupid.
In Celtic symbolism, knots will convey many different meanings – from signifying clans, family heritage, to expressing ties between human, animal, and the elemental and spiritual realms.
Celtic knots, and so Celtic knot tattoos also convey a sense of continuity. It’s a common myth that Celtic knots have no beginning and no end – and although this is a mistruth, the symbolism of infinite status of life is very accurate. The ancient Celts, especially the druids had a keen sense of life and the afterlife and inherently understood the eternally cyclical nature of life. Knots were a common motif to convey these eternal connections and revolutions in nature.
Egyptians also utilized knot motifs to express infinite life. For example, the Knot of Isis is kind of a spin-off of the ankh, it is said to symbolize the immortal status and the ties between the goddess and the divine.
“We learn the ropes of life by untying its knots.”~Jean Toomer, American Poet
Some keywords to consider as you explore knot tattoo ideas…
Symbolic Knot Meanings
- Good luck
Sympathetic magic is also powerful when untying knots. A tattoo of a knot untied could resemble the need to surrender, let go of ties that bind, or come loose from limited living/thinking.
Continuing the spiritual symbolism of knot tattoos, we can look to several religious orders who have incorporated knots into their symbol-lexicons. Like the Franciscan friars of old Catholicism. Knots are used in their order to symbolize obedience and the vows of poverty and celibacy – a devotional emblem to their faith.
In Chinese symbology, the knot is a symbol of good luck. It represents the binding of good energy, and the knot is an obstacle – prohibiting the entry of negative energy. In this way, the knot is a symbol of protection from harming influences too.
Hopefully, these observations about tattoo symbolism might inspire you to fashion your own symbolic knots. Are you are wanting to immortalize your undying devotion for clan, affiliation or lover? Or, are you looking for a way to permanently express your spiritual liberation or obedience? Whatever you are wanting to express, a knot tattoo might be the ink for you.
Still got loose ends about knot tattoos? Take a look at my page on Celtic knot meaning and symbolism here. Be sure to check out the links at the end of this page for more keen tattoo ideas.
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