Sunday, February 12, 2017

Tattoo Designs and Symbolism

"Ruin" Ink on paper. Interpretation of the tarot 10 of swords, the final emanation of the dividing intellect. The swords point downward since 10, or Malkuth, is the number and the sphere of earth.

"Trident" Ink on paper. From the Hermetic or Gnostic tradition of the Tree. The rising serpent, here, is the water dragon of Autumn ascending the path of Wisdom. The Trident is secondarily the cup that must be filled. Primarily, it is the Hebrew letter 'Shin' and is the redeeming function. Its 'V' shape also suggests the inverted triangle of the heaviest waters, the ocean of fermentation under Saturn.

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