Symbolic Lotus Meanings
for Tattoo Ideas

meaningful Lotus tattoo ideas

Lotus Tattoo Ideas

Much of the sacred symbolism behind the lotus comes from its relationship with the elements of water and fire.

It grows in the water, and so therefore the lotus is a natural tribute to water-affiliated concepts like: Dreams, Emotion, Intuition, Awareness, Purification.

The lotus blossom opens each morning, unfolding its vitality in the face of the dawning sun. This is the solar connection - the link to fire which proffers symbolism of: Passion, Vitality, Revelation, Clarity, Life and Vision.

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Symbolic Lotus Meanings

  • Life
  • Light
  • Opening
  • Renewal
  • Devotion
  • Creation
  • Balance
  • Direction
  • Revelation
  • Awareness
  • Illumination

These powerful symbolic meanings combined with the lush, elegant lotus make for a dynamic tattoo - especially for people wanting to convey a gentle opening to the profound simplicity of Nature as an analogy for walking along the spiritual path.

Lotus tattoo meaning is deeply rooted in spiritual purity. The Buddha for example is seen emerging from the lotus. In fact the mantra "mani padme" meaning "jewel of the lotus" is a reference to Nirvana.

Observation, meditation and focus upon the lotus is encouraged as a doorway to unique realms of perception. The lotus is a portal to magnificent awareness - and many masters (ancient and modern alike) recognize this enchanting power of this beguiling blossom. A lotus tattoo might serve as a constant reminder of the majesty it represents.

The lotus is symbolic of many vast concepts in ancient culture, such as...

Cultural Symbolism of the Lotus

  • The human heart
  • Unmanifested potential
  • The process of universal creation
  • The eight (petals) directions - navigation
  • Awareness rising out of chaos (blooms from murky water)
Lotus tattoo meaning

The blooms emerging from water, along with distinctly delicate features of the lotus are reminiscent of feminine qualities. Egyptian, Hindu, Japanese and Indian cultures all recognize the theme of birth and renewal through the lotus.

Are you birthing a new phase in your life that offers a gentle clarity in your inner views? Are you emerging from chaos into a lucid illumination? Are you seeking a daily devotion that represents renewal and rebirth?

A "yes" to any one of these questions might make you give more growing-fuel for your lotus tattoo ideas. If the lotus symbolism calls to you with a subtle song of tender elegance, it's worth your time to look more deeply into its petals for meaning in your own life.

To be sure, there is a lot more involved to lotus symbolism than what I've covered here. Do more research on your own - I guarantee your investment to learning more about the lotus will be enlightening.

If you liked this article, please be sure to check out my piece on Lotus Flower Meanings here.

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!


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