Symbolic Rose Meanings
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meaningful Rose tattoo ideas

Rose Tattoo Ideas

I see rose tattoos a lot. It's no mystery why. The rose is an incredibly powerful image whose symbolism transcends in elegant ways. This page is devoted to some tattoo ideas revolving around symbolic rose meanings.

Interestingly, many people with rose tattoos adore their personal blossoms, but are unaware of some of its ancient mysteries. Let's take a moment to smell the sweet scent of rose symbolism through the various perspectives:

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Symbolic Rose Meanings

  • Love
  • Trust
  • Honor
  • Heart
  • Purity
  • Beauty
  • Divinity
  • Victory
  • Passion
  • Balance
  • Duality
  • Vitality
  • Romance
  • Memory
  • Secrets
  • Devotion
  • Expansion
  • Revelation
  • Creativity
  • Sensuality
  • Resurrection
  • Spirituality

Roman - Honor the Fallen:
In the height of their time, roses and rose petals were strewn across the bodies and/or grave sites of soldiers. Red roses were used to symbolize blood shed for the Roman Empire. Red is associated with Mars, the god of war. It's also associated with Venus, goddess of love. The intoxicating scent of roses lifted through the air, and carried the spirits of fallen heroes into the loving arms of Venus with Mars looking on with fierce pride. There are themes of resurrection here, which can be incorporated into your own tattoo ideas of rose meaning.

Greek - Erotic Creative Vision:
The rose is associated with heavy-hitters in Greek myth like Aphrodite (lovely love goddess), Hecate (the insanely powerful dominatrix of the intangibles), Dionysus (that affectionate hedonistic party animal). We see themes of eroticism, mystery and sensuality in these Greek gods who partake of the velvet realms of the rose. I'm particularly intrigued by the rose's association with the classic Greek Muses, especially Erato who was a heart-stopping beauty. She was gifted with spectacular creativity too. Roses are symbolic of her ability to pierce the heart of man with her intoxicating song and beauty. And so, your rose tattoo can woo the creative, sensual muse and goddess from within.

Rose tattoo meaning

Rosicrucian/Alchemical - Unfolding Progress:
The Rosicrucian's, an elite fleet of visionaries formed under the fatherly tutelage of Dr. Christian Rosenkreuz held the rose at the center of their symbolic focal point. The rose is featured as a symbol of spiritual progress - an unfolding or blossoming to ever grander heights in human evolution. Traditional rosy crosses are multi-layered. The center section of the rose is symbolic of unity and reminds the observer that god is the glue of all life. Other layers will point to initiation and progress along the pilgrimage to enlightenment. So, if you are experience a resurgence of the soul - a rose tattoo meaning may convey a sense of transformation, blossoming and unfolding beautifully to share new depths of yourself with the world. (See more alchemical meanings here).

Christian - Unblemished Bliss:
The rose often adorns the beloved Mary in Christian art as a symbol of purity, innocence, beauty, sacrifice and perfection. From fragrance to visage - the rose is a fitting brand for the blessed Mary. The "Rose of Sharon" is symbolic of the Church. Colors also play a part in rose meanings in Christian thought. White roses are symbolic of purification. Red roses serve as a memorial to the blood of the slain Christ. If you have aims to express your faith in deeply symbolic ways, then a rose tattoo may be for you.

This is just a little trip around the world in terms of seeking rose meaning for tattoo ideas.

Want more? I don't blame you - I always want more too. . . follow the links at the end of this page which provide exactly that.

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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