AnÂ angel tattooÂ design is an overtly religious symbol. Angels are anthropomorphic – meaning in the shape of men – winged forms intended to transmit the word of God to humankind. Angels personify divine will and are theÂ messengersÂ of God.
WingedÂ messengersÂ appear in a number ofÂ religionsÂ as intermediaries between the spiritual and material worlds, but appear most often in Islamic, Jewish but most particularly the Christian faiths. The word angel comes from the Greek ‘aggelos’, meaning messenger. Angels make frequentÂ appearancesÂ in theÂ Christian Bible, not only asÂ messengersÂ of God but also delivering his protection or punishment. Angels act as God’s intermediaries, carrying out God’s will in the affairs of man.
Symbols closely associated with angels in art includeÂ trumpets, harps, swords, sceptres and wands. Angels are usually portrayed as young men with wings and halos, representing their divinity. The representation of angels as Cupid-like young boys or babies, ‘putti’ did not occur until the period of the Renaissance.
As a tattoo design, an angel is a symbol of devotion, spirituality and faith and signifies a relationship with God. An angel can be intended as a figure of guidance and protection. An angel is often used as the centerpiece of a tattoo that is intended as a memorial.
InfinityÂ TattoosÂ – This tattoo design isÂ best described as a figure eight on its side, it is used to denote that which is limitless and without boundary or end. The symbol as a tattoo would stand for the state or quality of being infinite. The concept of infinity first appeared as amathematicalÂ conceit and was quickly adopted by philosophers.
Historically and culturally, the infinity symbol is similar tomythologicalÂ creatures such asÂ Ouroboros, the snake that consumes its tail and is a creature without end. Circles and loops are reminiscent ofÂ the ideaÂ of life being conceived as an eternal, often times seasonal cycle, that endlessly repeats itself. In many eastern religions and belief systemsÂ the ideaÂ of endlessÂ reincarnationÂ and planes of existence is similar.
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