Hourglass Tattoo Ideas and Symbolic Hourglass Meaning
I have three friends with hourglass tattoos, and they’ve helped me write this page on tattoo ideas incorporating the hourglass as a prominent symbol.
Frank is serving life in prison – no parole. His hourglass tattoo signifies the inevitability of his situation.
If life finds you waiting, waiting, waiting for the next phase, an hourglass tattoo might be a good reminder that this too shall pass – change is inevitable – and one way or another – the scenery is going to change.
Another buddy of mine, Grayson, got an hourglass tattoo for much brighter reasons. To him, an hourglass is symbolic of the balance seen in the Universe. In script font, he had this tattooed around the timepiece:
“To see a world in a grain of sand,
~William Blake: Auguries of Innocence
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand,
And eternity in an hour.”
Some keywords to ponder as you explore more about hourglass tattoo ideas…
Symbolic Hourglass Meanings
Are you awestruck by the wonder and inevitability inherent in the cycles of life and the cosmos? Are you needing to memorialize your knowledge that all life prevails (one way or another) with the passing of time? If so, an hourglass tattoo might be your thing.
Most of us are familiar with the saying “she has an hourglass figure.” The hourglass has a curvaceous appeal, very feminine.
Speaking of gender, another view at the hourglass can reveal two triangles: One erect and one inverted, each meeting tip-to-tip. This is a common motif of male (erect) and female (inverted). An hourglass tattoo might be a unique way to convey the timeless connection between male/female. Or, perhaps even a way to express the endless dance between polarity (yin/yang, light/dark, creation/destruction, moon/sun, etc).
Whether you are wanting an expression of “tempus fugit” (time flies) or looking for an unorthodox expression of the phases of life-at-large…I hope these observations help you in your hourglass tattoo ideas research.
“Realize deeply that the present moment
is all you have.
Make the NOW
the primary focus of your life.”~Eckhart Tolle
Maybe this type of tattoo can aid focus upon the importance of NOW. As EckhartTolle beautifully observed in his book, The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment (loved it!), every moment is fleeting. All we have is NOW. As I look at an hourglass, I hone my focus in on the center part…that middle pinch of glass where, for a nanosecond, no sand can move because it’s all bunched together. That, to me, represents the here-and-now moment Tolle describes. It’s a visual illustration of now.
I hope these insights into the gravity of time, and the symbolic potential of the hourglass inspires your own tattoo ideas. Check out the links at the end of this page for more articles of symbolic interest. Thanks for reading!
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