The Phoenix bird is one of the most symbolic birds throughout history, therefore making the Phoenix tattoo, one of the most popular bird designs. This one of a kind bird comes from the East, in Arabian lands and is capable of living for hundreds of years. When the time is right, the Phoenix bird will enter its nest to die and leave a nest full of spices. Once the flesh of the Phoenix starts to decay, a worm will be produced. The worm will nourish, produce feather and once it has gained full strength, it takes the nest and bones of its parents and will return to its former self. Each of the body parts of the Phoenix bird has its own symbolic meaning. The wings represent prosperity, the head represents reliability and the body symbolizes kindness.
Phoenix Tattoo Symbolic Meaning
One of the most symbolic meanings of the Phoenix tattoo is rebirth and resurrection but it can also represent hope, life and transformation of the body and soul or can represent letting go of the past and overcoming your troubles. The Phoenix bird is the only creature that is known to rise from its own ashes therefore if a person chooses to get the Phoenix tattoo, they may want to symbolize that they have gone through something difficult and survived it. The Phoenix bird takes three days to rise once it has passed.
Also when the Phoenix returns to its nest to die, it turns into fire therefore it also has an association with fire. The Phoenix bird is named for the Greek word of “red” which indicates its fiery nature. The Egyptians believe that the Phoenix symbolizes the Sun God “Ra”, due to its relationship with the resurrection of Jesus. A Jewish legend states that the Phoenix was a pious bird which consumed itself into fire to refrain from eating the forbidden fruits in the Garden of Eden and then three days later it would rise from the ashes and be reborn. The ancient Romans recognized the power of the Phoenix myths as they had coins that displayed the Phoenix on them to ensure the Roman Empire’s longevity. To Christians, it can represent your faith in Christ. The Japanese refer to the Phoenix as the “Immortal Bird”.
Phoenix Tattoo Designs
The Phoenix tattoo is commonly used by men and women and can be very distinct, which makes it a very creative and beautiful tattoo. This tattoo design is usually in very bright colors flying up from the ashes in a triumphant manner. Reds, yellows and oranges are the traditional colors used in Phoenix bird tattoos as they give the impression of fire, sun or vibrant life. The more modern colors are blue, purple, green, black and pink although any color goes with this design. The most common place of the Phoenix tattoo for men is on their arms while for women they tend to have it on their lower backs or stomachs. However you choose to have this design, it makes a great tattoo design.
Always remember that it is very important to do research when considering getting a tattoo to find out about the different meanings, styles, designs that you can choose from. Do not rush the tattoo process as many people rush into getting a tattoo without researching before and then a few years later, regret having that design.