Why spiritual tattoos and Mystical tattoos?
Tattoo choices frequently symbolize our deep, spiritual and mystical values. Often, those values are not necessarily tied to a specific religious organization or belief system (see, for comparison, our section on Religious tattoo designs), particularly Western religions. Rather, the symbols for one's spiritual connections trace to other non-Western religions or philosophies such as Hinduism, Buddhism, and Taoism.*
Most often, it is people from Western backgrounds and religions that choose these kinds of non-Western images. Perhaps they have soured on formalized religious organizations, or the old symbols they grew up with no longer have the same appeal. They find themselves attracted to the mystical and often sincere simplicity of these other symbols, e.g. the whimsical humor of the fat Buddha, or the artistic elegance of the Yin Yang.
If these symbols have profound meaning for you, by all means consider them as possible spiritual or mystical tattoo designs. But before you do, read the descriptions which follow. If you plan to co-opt the symbols of another culture or belief system - particularly those that are spiritual in nature - the respectful thing to do is learn all you can about the symbol first.
Some of the categories below overlap.For example, Yin Yang could be placed under the Eastern spirituality section. But it is a popular enough design to deserve its own link. Also, many of these symbols show up under other headings (e.g. Sun tattoos also appear under Shape tattoos). Tattoo Meanings has gathered these particular choices here so you can be aware of their powerful spiritual interpretations.
*We at Tattoo Meanings are not trying to offend anyone with our definitions of religion and/or spirituality. In an effort to keep our pages manageable and our searches easy, we need to use some simple category schemes. While conducting our research, it became clear that tattoo symbols could often be distinguished between those stemming from Judeo-Christian perspectives and those that do not.
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