Shou Tattoo Ideas

Shou Tattoo Ideas

Shou Symbol Meaning for Tattoo Ideas

The Shou symbol is a powerful Asian icon that represents long life and immortality. It is a symbol that comes from the Taoist philosophy which touts connection with Nature as the true way or path to enlightenment.

This symbol is prolific in Asian art to denote happiness, harmonic life and longevity.

The Shou tattoo meaning embodies five tenets in Asian/Taoist philosophy which are:

  • Nobility
  • Strength
  • Wisdom
  • Responsibility
  • Awareness

You can see the four corners of these tenets in the Shou symbol. The fifth element is represented in the center of the Shou symbol - of the five tenets, Wisdom is held in the center because one must have wisdom to discern how to utilize the other four tenets.

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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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