Cemetery & Tombstones Symbols, Zodiac & Astrology Signs, and Flower Symbolism
Continuing our look at symbols and their meanings, this article will explore the symbolism behind cemetery tombs and gravestone symbols, Astrological signs, and symbols of the Zodiac, and the meanings behind many popular flowers. As with the other pages in this series, each link will bring you to the best resources I have found online that illustrate and describe these symbols.
Cemetery Tombs/Gravestone Markings & Statues
I was surprised to find out that even gravestone etchings and statues have meanings behind them and are not just randomly selected.
Although this may seem an odd set of symbols to include on a tattoo page, I thought many of these would also make beautiful memorial tattoos. When looking for something really special to honor a loved one that has passed on, these pages may prove highly inspirational.
- Cemetery Symbols: Great photographic examples of many statues and carvings. Click on the photo for a larger picture, or scroll down the page for the symbolic meanings.
- Tombstone Carvings, Symbols & Icons: Genealogy guide, Kimberly Powell, has even more links to different sources of tombstone symbolism.
Astrological/Zodiac Signs & Symbols
Many of us believe that the stars and our place in them can actually describe or affect our personality, our mood, and our future. These symbols also make popular tattoos, so it’s good to have a clear understanding of what they mean.
- Astrological Symbols: Inkedtalk.com’s Astrology guide has put together this excellent visual glossary to help you find the meanings of many astrological symbols.
- Signs of the Zodiac: What do the stars mean to you? Find out with this handy chart that displays the different signs of the zodiac and what each one represents.
- Sabian Symbols: Holistic Healing guide, Phylameana Desy, helps you find the best resources of all 360 degrees of the Zodiac.
Even flowers can sometimes have certain meanings behind them depending on the type and even color. Of course, as pointed out in part one of this article, sometimes a rose is just a rose.
However, if you’d like to dig into the deeper symbology of popular flowers and herbs, these sites will help you out.
- The Lotus Flower: Inkedtalk.com’s guide to Holistic Healing, Phylameana Desy, provides a wonderful database of links to explore the meaning of the lotus flower.
- The Meaning of Flowers: Even flowers, plants, and herbs can have their place in the world of symbolism. Did you know Aloe signifies wisdom and integrity? Or that a violet stands for modesty and simplicity? Find definitions and characteristics that accompany these many beauties.
- The Meaning of Roses: Even more specific than flowers, this site divides roses by maturity and color, and shares the significance and symbolism behind them as individuals or combined with other colors.
Ancient Egyptian, West African and Native Indian Cultural Symbols
When I started this research on the subject of symbols, the first thing I looked into was ancient history. I am most fascinated by the symbols used in different cultures as ways of telling stories, recording events and basic communication. When you study Egyptian hieroglyphs, very little is told about the artist that drew them. But without the artists, the pictorial historians, we would know virtually nothing about these cultures.
The same is true today. One day, our modern society will be studied as ancient history. And the symbols used in our lives today will intrigue and teach the future generations. Look upon these symbols with new eyes, and appreciate them for their depth, beauty, and significance. If one of them inspires you as the perfect design for a tattoo, you can be assured you have chosen something very special.
Pride Symbols, Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and Common Tattoo Meanings
The last segment of this article series on symbols will cover the remaining topics of interest – symbols of pride (gay, lesbian, bi, trans, leather, bear, etc.) and what they mean. And although they don’t really qualify as “symbols”, this page will also help you to find the meanings of Chinese and Japanese (Kanji) characters that are popular as tattoos. There will also be information about the meanings of certain tattoos that, of themselves, are symbolic for certain reasons. Last, but not least, attention will also be given to symbols of hate – not for the purpose of getting a tattoo, but for avoiding accidentally getting such a tattoo or maybe even avoiding the type of person that wears them. There is a lot to cover, so let’s get started.
Symbols of Pride
You probably know the rainbow is a symbol of gay pride, but do you know why? Did you know the gay pride rainbow is only certain colors and in a particular order? Maybe you’re not familiar with signs such as pink triangles, black triangles, red ribbons, and many different flags.
Here is where you can find out what many of them mean.
- Over the Rainbow – Symbols Galore: Rainbows, triangles, flags, and ribbons. What do they all mean? Pride! Find out what each individual pride symbol represents.
- Japanese and Chinese Names, Words and Phrases: Find your name in Chinese – this collection is brought to you by Jun Shan, a trusted source for Chinese characters. For a very small fee, you can get your name, a word or phrase and be confident that you are getting an accurate translation.
- Kanji for Tattoos: Inkedtalk.com’s guide to the Japanese Language, Namiko Abe, has created this section just for those looking for tattoo-appropriate Kanji characters.
Common Tattoo Symbolism
- Tribal Tattoo History & Symbolism: A brief look at different styles of historical and modern “tribal” art, along with their meanings.
- Vanishing Tattoo’s Symbol Index: This A-Z index is probably the most complete resource of tattoo symbols I’ve found. Excellent resource.
- Jailhouse Tattoos: Even the incarcerated have their own symbols to display hard times and hard time. See some of the symbols and meanings here.
Symbols of Hate
Hate on Display: This is an ever-growing database of symbols that display some kind of hate or groups of people that represent hate.
More Symbolism Resources
- Symbols.net: If you haven’t found it yet, you just might find it here. This is an excellent collection of several different genres of symbols. Here you’ll find even more sources for information on symbols already covered here, plus some fun extras like crop circles, blissymbolics, music and more.