The Mysterious Rose of the TarotIn the Tarot, the rose is shown on four different cards:
- The Magician, as a creator and keeper of wisdom.
- The Fool, with a white rose meaning purity and a peaceful mind.
- Death, as something knowable, intentional and irreverent.
- Strength, the mind and body balance.
Rose TattoosThe complex nature of the rose makes it one of the most beautiful flower tattoos to design and draw for tattoo artists. A rose tattoo meaning love won or lost has been popular throughout the ages as a symbol of the highest level of passion. Beauty is in balance with emotion with this flower, and no other can replicate its beauty and historical significance. Rose tattoo design has evolved over the ages, and traditionally offered a look at the unique passions of the person who wears it. A rose shoulder tattoo can be a large and “in charge” way of showing off your art and passion, without having it be literally on your sleeve. Wherever you decide to put it, roses were meant to be seen and spoken of as any flower, marveling at their beauty and telling the story of how they came to be in full blossom. Small rose hand tattoos are a popular design for modern customers, as they are a tiny representation of something that can be largely powerful. Oftentimes, the color of the rose is considered to be just as important to its meaning. Throughout the ages, various colors have come to be seen as demonstrating the most impactful aspects of the rose, and careful cultivation has lent itself to many different variations.
- pink roses symbolize innocence, a new love, or remembrance of a loved one.
- a black rose tattoo can mean the loss of a loved one, in a way that represents the compassion of the flower along with the dark bleakness or reminder of death, though not always so somber as much as a memorial.
- white roses are more mysterious, with sacred connotations and a spiritual meaning.
- yellow roses are for joyous celebration, are more lackadaisical, and comforting, representing a solid relationship with oneself or another person.
Understanding the Rose’s BeautyWhen you’re designing your rose tattoo, keep in mind all of these symbols, colors, and historical traditions. The timeless nature of this flower’s beauty makes it one of the most endearing classic-style tattoos. Many artists will have stylized representations of traditional artwork that will pique your interest, and you might even have some new ideas for them as well. Since the rose is so universally known around the world, take a look at what other cultures use it for, or how their designs influence your decision as to what kind of art you want in your piece. While you might see many rose tattoos out there in the world, know that each one is as unique as the flower itself, with a blooming possibility of hope, love, balance and passion.
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