Moon tattoos are the perfect celestial tattoo if you want something that looks great and is symbolic. Perhaps you’ve been through something rare or unexpected that you’d like to commemorate with a tattoo that says even the impossible can be achieved. Then consider that a crescent moon tattoo often is symbolic of the popular saying, "Once in a blue moon." A blue crescent moon or a well-shaded blue moon tattoo will not only look really cool but will also be packed with a ton of symbolism. There are other meanings behind the moon, however. In the study of astrology, the sun is masculine and the moon is feminine. According to this area of study, the moon symbolizes fertility and the womb. For a woman who takes pride in her femininity or motherhood, a moon tattoo would be a perfect way to illustrate those ideas. Moon tattoos also look great when done with other design elements too. Perhaps you’d like to work a fairy into your moon image, as fairies are often associated with nature. The sun and moon tattooed together is another idea and makes a great symbol of balance or duality. Or perhaps a dragon’s shadow flying across the face of the moon. These are but a few of the choices you have available to you.
The moon tattoo, like it’s sister design the sun tattoo, is a tattoo rich in symbolism and history. In ancient Egypt, we find the earliest written records of the moon’s influence in the lives of humans. Before Sun worship, the Egyptians worshiped the moon. Isis was not only a symbol of the moon, she was a goddess, too. In ceremonies and processions, her headdress was a moon with a pair of cow’s horns symbolizing motherhood, since Isis was also the representative of Nature. The Assyrians also believed the moon to be the supreme deity. The belief was based on the observation of how the moon’s phases affected the growth and decline of crops, and of animal and human life. Little wonder then that the power of the Moon was seen as divine. Because the cycles and phases of the Moon are so predictable, the Moon played a prominent role in the earliest concepts of time and calendars, and the lunar calendar was used by many cultures to plan religious ceremonies around, and to time the planting and harvesting of crops. Thus, it was a symbol that had important symbolic and mystical value. And let’s not forget that a moon tattoo combined with other elements such as stars, the sun or even astrological signs can make for a stunning and impressive piece of art.
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