Tattoos as magical oaths

Posted on February 27, 2010
Filed Under identity, Magic, tattoo, Taylor Ellwood | 2 Comments

I was looking at the green wolf paw tattoo that I got shortly after Lupa and I got married. We’re getting divorced now, but it never once occurred to me to get the tattoo removed. In fact, I intend to keep it, because it’s a very significant tattoo to me, as are all my other ones.

I consider my body to be the most powerful magical “tool” I have. It is a physical embodiment of my life, and a record of that living. When I get a tattoo on my body, I am placing a record of a significant even, entity, or person in my life, but also taking a magical oath in relationship to that event, entity, or person, as it pertains to my life.

My first tattoo is a red orange phoenix with my symbol on it. I got it to signify my choice to move from the East to the West, to signify a Rebirth in my life. It marks my choice to rebirth my life completely and its fair to say since moving to the West coast, I have rebirthed my life in ways I couldn’t even imagine.

My second Tattoo is the Green Wolf Paw, with an L in it. It represents Lupa. I got it because I wanted to mark in my skin the permanence of my relationship with Lupa. While we’re no longer romantic partners and will soon be divorced, Lupa is a significant person in my life. She will always be in my life, in some capacity just by the fact that we wrote a book together. I’m comfortable with that idea.

My third Tattoo is a Blue Dragon. The Blue Dragon represents PDX and Northern Oregon. It’s a magical oath that signifies the recognition that Portland and the surrounding area is my home and a place I intend to live for the rest of my life. While I have admittedly not visited many other countries, I have been all over the US and this is the one place that has always felt like home.

My fourth Tattoo is a pair of eyes and a phrase: From 0 to 1. It represents the year of emptiness work, my connection with my highest self and my vow to recognize and appreciate emptiness, instead of trying to fill it. From 0 to 1 also signifies the choice to manifest possibility into pro-activity, instead of reactivity.

All of these tattoos are powerful for me. They are something I can’t remove, because even if I did remove them, something would be left. They are a record of my life, but also oaths I’ve taken. I’ve only realized that recently in a fully conscious way, but this recognition speaks mindfully to me of the choices I’ve made in my life.

Comments

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Pyrhonik
Pyrhonik

The angst of choosing a tattoo is what has prevented my getting one. To choose such a permanent mark upon my body has stymied on many occasion for numerous reasons/excuses. As I have grown and changed, that which held sway was surpassed by the discovery of deeper knowledge. I guess a stronger approach to defining what I want symbolized is in order, if I truly want a tattoo. Thank you for explaining the rationale behind your choices.

Sorry to hear of the divorce.

Py

Adnarel
Adnarel

Well said, and beautifully written. Thanks for sharing this, Taylor.