Moon Tattoo Designs, Ideas and Pictures
The moon is known to be a symbol representing heaven. The moon represents the passive principle, known as the Yin to the sun’s active principle, known as the yang. The moon is a symbol for the inner child within us all. The moon is also one of the 12 Symbols of Sovereignty. For early man, the moon was the only source of light during the night. And of course, the moon just looks beautiful and majestic and is always an amazing sight to behold. As you can see, the moon is a very meaningful symbol and getting a moon tattoo design can be very symbolic.
The moon is a satellite of the Earth, orbiting our planet every 28 days. The gravitational pull caused by the moon causes the tides in the oceans. The moon’s phases are said to have a great effect on the Earth, and some say the moon effects a person’s emotions.
The moon played a very important role for early civilizations to track time and create calendars, as the phases of the moon are predictable. The Lunar Calendar was uses by many early civilizations to plan religious ceremonies and to know when it was time to plant and harvest crops.
In ancient Egypt, the Egyptians worshipped the moon god even before they worshipped the sun god. Their moon god was Isis, whose headdress was a moon. The Egyptians associated cats with the moon because both were lights in the dark, as a cat can see in the dark.
Moon worship was not limited to ancient Egypt. The early Assyrians, Greeks, Babylonians, Indians, and Chinese all worshiped their own versions of the moon god. These cultures saw the moon as divine.
The moon is also associated with many animals that come out at night. Cats, coyotes, wolves, owls, and bats all are linked to the moon. Choosing one of these animals in a moon tattoo design might be right for some people.
The moon is also closely linked with werewolves. Some believe that during a full moon, those that are werewolves are transformed into this fascinating and terrifying creature. Kissing someone under a full moon is said to bring luck. In Western culture, the term moonstruck is used as a name for those who have become mad and insane due to the moon’s powers. As you can see, beliefs in the moons powers still run deep even to this day.
The Harvest Moon is the full moon that occurs closest to the autumnal equinox on September 23, and was associated with the fall harvest in the Northern Hemisphere. The Hunters Moon is the first full moon after the Harvest Moon, and signaled a time for hunting those animals that migrated for the winter. A Blue Moon is an expression for something that is really rare, as a Blue Moon is the third full moon in a three month calendar season that has four moons. It can also be the second of two full moons occurring in the same month.
One great thing about moon tattoo designs that make for a great tattoo is the many different shapes and styles you can get it in. You can range from a small crescent moon to a large full moon. You can have a shadowed moon or even a darker full moon. You can get your moon tattoo in all different colors, add a face to it, ink it in an Aztec or Celtic style, or countless other options to make your moon tattoo unique and creative. Pairing the moon (Yin) with the sun (Yang) is a very popular choice.
Moon tattoo designs are a great choice for both men and women. Whatever your reason for getting a moon tattoo is, you are getting a very old and meaningful tattoo that will shine brightly for a lifetime!
If you are seriously considering getting a tattoo, we suggest you take a look at a site such as Chopper Tattoo. They have the largest selection of high quality, award winning tattoo designs that you can print out and bring to your local tattoo artist. Here is a small gallery of pictures of moon tattoo designs:
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