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Pagan and Wiccan Tattoos

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Both magical and mystical, the following pagan and Wiccan tattoo ideas are sure to stir up inspiration for a symbolic and spiritual design.

1. Pentagram

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Often encircled, the five pointed star known as a pentacle or pentagram represents earth, water, air, fire and the spirit. Serving as a symbol of Wiccan faith, the circle around a pentagram protects, confines and also represents eternity and infinity, along with the ever-changing circle of life and nature. Wiccans always depict pentagrams point-up rather than point-down which is the Sigil of Baphomet in Satanism. If you opt for a Wiccan tattoo ensure your pentagram is situated properly. In addition to Satanism, Wicca and early-Christianity where the pentagram depicted the five wounds of Jesus, the pentagram is also associated with Freemasonry.

2. Triquetra

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Discovered scribed on the ancient rune stones in Northern Europe, the triquerta triangle has pagan and other varied roots. Generally any combination of three elements such as the past, present and future can represent the three points of the triquerta triangle. Triquetra designs make a novel choice for sisters, family or wiccan and pagan tattoos. Across Ireland, the knot bears promise to love, honor and protect and is often the symbol engraved upon necklaces and trinkets. In Christianity, the triquerta symbolizes the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit; while in Paganism the Triquerta usually represents the Mother, the Maiden and the Crone.

3. Dragons

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Noble in many cultures, dragons are believed to hold the wisdom of the earth and are considered the most powerful and luckiest of all creatures in folklore. A lesser practiced form of Wicca is Draconic Wicca, which combines Wiccan with Dragon Magick. Very similar to calling upon the aide of gods and goddesses, Dragon Magick calls upon the power of one of hundreds of different dragon personalities, depending on the desired result. For example, you may request the powers of the Red Dragon who is the goddess of all dragons and thus the most magical. Dragon tattoos are still one of the most beloved mythical styles. You can get inspired for more dragon tattoo ideas here.

4. Gods and Goddesses

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There are thousands of gods and goddesses celebrated throughout the pagan religion that can be portrayed in a realism tattoo design. Many Wiccans seek a particular pantheon or deity whether they be of Greek, Hindu, Chinese, Roman, or Celtic origin. For the god, it is usually a horned god such as Pan, who embodies all aspects of masculinity and sexuality. For women, the triple goddess or Mother is often represented. But there are many gods and goddesses and they can be borrowed and even merged together to form a new. For example, Epona is the Celtic horse goddess associated with fertility while Lenus was a Celtic healing god. For the most meaningful tattoo, research and connect with the god or goddess that is most appropriate for your personal needs.

5. Celestial

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Sun, moon and stars make a New Age statement. To focus your energy or to encourage meditation, why not opt for a celestial tattoo ? Place this sort of design anywhere you can see it such as the inner arm, leg or ankle and you can have a useful focal point for prayer and chant. In addition to celestial symbols, you can also tattoo moon gods and goddesses or those associated with witchcraft such as ancient goddesses Hecate or Isis. If depicted in a cameo design with stars and a beaded chain, this would make a beautiful jewelry style tattoo that any Wiccan lady would be proud to wear. Continue this style into a slave bracelet hand tattoo, and you'll have a touch of magic right at your fingertips.

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