13 Beautiful Ouroboros Tattoos
This would make a meaningful tattoo to welcome the New year: The Ouroboros-an ancient symbol of a serpent or dragon eating its own tail
One of the oldest mystical symbols of the world! It represents birth, death & renewal. The infinite cycle of Life. It can be perceived as Life enveloping itself; where the past (tail) appears to disappear but is really moving inwardly/outwardly to a new reality---vanishing from view but still existing. Same goes with how we measure time, where we believe a year is a total of 365 days before it refreshes into a new one. Isn't that mind-blowing or what? 2015 is dawning, and we wish you all the best of luck as we eat up & swallow what we had in 2014 & grow refreshed and ready to gobble up 2015 (much like the Ouroboros!) We hope these 13 Beautiful Ouroboros tattoos inspire you.
Cheers to a New Year!
(Tattoos in cover photo by Sasha Unisex)
Its name originates from the Greek word "Oura" meaning 'tail', and "Boros" meaning 'eating'.
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Generally taking on circular form, the symbol represents many broad concepts associated with Time, Life, Death, continuity & self-sufficiency.
Awesome trivia: The mathematical symbol for 'infinity' was derived from the Ouroboros.
It's such an old & badass symbol that it was first seen in early Egypt as a symbol of the Sun. "Chrysopoeia", The Alchemical textbook about turning base metal to Gold (written in 3rd century Egypt by a certain Kleopatra, a female philosopher), contains drawings of an Ouroboros representing a serpent that is half-light half-dark, illustrating the dual nature of things. The book is centered to one idea that says "One is All"---a concept related to ancient hermetic wisdom. :-O
Spot this amazing Ouroboros sleeve by Daniel Meyer!
An Ouroboros encircling a vegvisir compass. More compass tattoos on this blog. ;)
Yin & Yang.
Here are few placement ideas: On the back of your hand
Like a bracelet...
or encircling the elbow.
this one on our friend Dindo done by Ryan Calleja, Good Hand Tattoo.
And so it ends...
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