I have a new tattoo. Click here to read about my other tattoos and their meaning.
So a few weeks ago in Medellin, I got a new tattoo. It’s awesome! It healed easily and beautifully. (Unlike my last one which was kind of a disaster. I was super nervous about doing this one because of it. I am glad I took the chance!) It also covered up an old tattoo, which made me a little sad, but it was really necessary, as the sun had taken a toll on the beauty of the old one.
So what’s the significance of this particular tattoo? I have always loved dragonflies. They have so much importance and relevance to my life.
In almost every part of the world, the Dragonfly symbolizes change, transformation, adaptability, and self-realization.
The change that is often referred to has its source in mental and emotional maturity and understanding the deeper meaning of life. The Dragonfly’s scurrying flight across water represents an act of going beyond what’s on the surface and looking into the deeper implications and aspects of life. The Dragonfly moves with elegance and grace. The Dragonfly is iridescent both on its wings and body. Iridescence shows itself in different colors depending on the angle and how the light falls on it. The magical property of iridescence is also associated with the discovery of one’s own abilities by unmasking the real self and removing the doubts one cast on his/her own sense of identity.
The Dragonfly normally lives most of its life as a nymph or an immature. It flies only for a fraction of its life. This symbolizes and exemplifies the virtue of living in the moment and living life to the fullest. By living in the moment you are aware of who you are, where you are, what you are doing, what you want, what you don’t, and to make informed choices on a moment-to-moment basis. The eyes of the Dragonfly symbolize the uninhibited vision of the mind and the ability to see beyond the limitations of the human self. Dragonflies can be a symbol of self that comes with maturity. They can symbolize going past self-created illusions that limit our growth and ability to change.
The Dragonfly has been a symbol of happiness, new beginnings, and change for many centuries. Dragonfly means hope, change, and love. https://dragonflytransitions.com/why-the-dragonfly/
I also really wanted something to represent the role that polyamory has played in my life since I have been doing relationships this way. Polyamory has helped me define the relationship values I hold dear. Helped me learn to not only identify but also communicate my needs. It has helped me identify who I am in a much bigger context than I had before. I know better the kind of people I will allow into my inner circle and my life, too, thanks to Polyamory.
Do you see it in my tattoo? The polyamory heart is a heart with the infinity symbol within it. One of the favorite sayings of people who practice polyamory is that “Love is infinite (time isn’t!)” So the symbol of polyamory is this heart. I didn’t want the symbol to be too literal within the whole tattoo but I definitely wanted it to be part of the overall vision. I think he did a nice job of incorporating it into the dragonflies.
So now there is my latest tattoo. My brother asked me yesterday if I wanted to get another one when I am visiting him in Alaska! Hmmm… We’ll see!
Do you have tattoos that have relationship significance for you?