Wreaths have a wonderful decorative quality. Both year round and during the holiday season, they are used for many different reasons and have various different meanings. The circular shape of a wreath symbolizes infinity and immortality; however, it is also representative of community and the unbreakable bonds we share with nature and religious beliefs.
Many wreath tattoos are chosen as symbols of peace, unity and spiritual ties while others are representative of friendship, love, growth, good will and prosperity. They are also commonly selected as symbols of personal, military or religious victories and are often worn as memorials for lost loved ones—symbolizing eternal life and honor.
Christmas and advent Wreath Tattoos
The Christmas wreath is one of the most popular holiday decorations in December. While there are various different designs and styles of Christmas wreaths, they all seem to fall into two categories: the decorative Christmas wreath or the Advent wreath.
Decorative Christmas wreaths are typically designed with a combination of evergreen leaves, holly, pomegranates, berries or pinecones. Much symbolism can be attributed to Christmas wreath tattoos, with their circular shape being representative of the eternal nature of God’s love, or the circle of life; evergreens representing immortality and strength of life; and a bounty of fruit symbolizing victory of life through darkness and challenge.
An Advent wreath is a tradition that is derived from folklore. Religiously, the Advent wreath has a special place in Catholic tradition. This symbolic wreath is created with five candles: the four outer candles represent the time of waiting for Christ’s birth, while the fifth inner candle represents Christ’s birth. The evergreens that make the wreath are symbolic of eternal life, while the circle of the wreath symbolizes that God is eternal and that his mercy is never ending. Although Advent wreath tattoos are not an extremely popular tattoo design, they are very beautiful and meaningful representations of the wearer’s faith in Christ.
Floral Wreath Tattoos
Floral wreath tattoos are often used to pay tribute to lost loved ones. Floral wreath tattoos that represent a funeral wreath are symbols of strength, never-ending life and love. These designs hold deep symbolism so selecting the appropriate flowers and colors is a very personal and meaningful process.
Many floral wreath tattoos are designed with roses and greenery. The rose itself is a great symbol of hope, and the combination of colors add important and significant meanings for the wearer—the color red representing love, white symbolizing reverence, and light pink showing admiration and sympathy.
There are a variety of other symbolic flowers that are commonly used to design floral wreath tattoos. White flowers, particularly lilies, represent peace and serenity, while daisies are representative of innocence, youth and gentleness. Blue blossoms generally symbolize tranquility, while lavender or purple blossoms symbolize nobility and devotion.
Laurel Wreath Tattoos
The traditional laurel wreath originated from Greece and is an important symbol of victory and achievement in Greek mythology. In Roman times, the use of laurel wreaths was widespread not only in arts and literature, but also in education and politics. When used as adornments, laurel wreaths were an expression of respect and meant that the wearer was highly valued. Roman ruler Julius Caesar proclaimed the laurel wreath to be “a symbol of the supreme ruler,” and it was these laurel wreaths that were worn by kings and embellished with gold and precious gems that evolved into the modern day crowns.
Laurel wreath tattoos are symbolic of achievement, victory, status and respect and are also symbols of protection, peace and purification.
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