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SYMBOLIC INK. STAG

By P.A, Dec 18 2014 10:56AM

SYMBOLIC INK


STAG


In the ancient world the stag was held as a magical and sacred animal.




The stag is a symbol of strength in countless cultures, legends and myth throughout history and across the globe




The pagan god Pan, had the hooves and headdress of a stag.



The stag represents the sun in many cultures , e.g. The Hopi Indians, cut the image of their sun god, from deer skin. Antlers resemble expanding rays of the sun.






The Celtic horned god (Cernunnos, ruler of beasts) also bears a resemblance to a stag






The early Swiss buried stags alongside the humans and horses.






Tattoo by David Hale
Tattoo by David Hale

A white stag signifies the spirit world. In Celtic myths, a white Stag was considered a message of divine importance.





In Arthurian legends, the white stag’s appearance would herald the start of a knights quest.





Tattoo by Valentin Hirsch
Tattoo by Valentin Hirsch


In China, the stag is a symbol of Shou-hsien (god of immortality) ­






The stag is said to have healing powers. It is sometimes depicted with an arrow placed in its side, with healing herbs in its mouth. It said that a stag has great knowledge of the forest healing plants and herbs.





Art by Kohei Nawa
Art by Kohei Nawa


Tattoo by Thomas Cardiff
Tattoo by Thomas Cardiff

The stag is associated with the masculine , male sexuality and virility, swift action, sensitivity, courageous fighter, defensive, the sun, the world tree, re birth and renewal.




Tattoo by Philippe Fernandez
Tattoo by Philippe Fernandez






Tattoo by SV-A
Tattoo by SV-A

Antlers are symbolic of age (wisdom), elitism and superiority





Tattoo by Ien Levin
Tattoo by Ien Levin

Sorry! if I havent labelled a picture, I dont know who created it!




Tattoo by Adrian
Tattoo by Adrian

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PUNCTURED ARTEFACT


I create under the name Punctured Artefact & I often use symbolism in my designs.


Here is a custom tattoo design , which feature a set of antlers, the philosophers stone ( See Alchemy post ) , triangular Earth symbol, and directional arrows.















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