The Astrology Of Getting A Tattoo

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The Astrology Of Getting A Tattoo

The Astrology Of Getting A Tattoo

Hi Mystic, how are you? I was curious if tattoos play a role in astrology at all, for example can you give yourself good vibes and such by having a certain type, placement, color, symbol, etc of a tattoo, you know kinda like wearing steel for a cap rising? 

thanks! 

The Inked Inquisitor

The short answer is YES! Having a tattoo done at an auspicious moment is vital. Why? Because it is a spell. Whatever that symbol represents, it is being inked into your body. You are taking on its energy. Voluntarily. Whatever that symbol means, you are activating it. It’s arguably the most profound spell that you can do. Not only that, it is like a permanent activation of that meridian of your body. And it’s a crystallisation of the moment in astrology.

You cannot really dictate the style of emblem to get via astrology. It’s obviously super-personal. I have an ankh as i have always felt an affinity with Isis and i was the sort of child who was drawing hieroglyphics before they talked. But if i got inked with every symbol, deity or animal i feel a link with, i would be covered. If you were to make one astrological prescription, it would be to get the astrological glyph of your ruling planet. That is, the ruler of your Ascendant. But mine is Uranus and i don’t think i have the audacity to invite the Trickster in that much. Or maybe i do?

A Tattoo Is A Spell, Permanently Cast

So what’s really vital here is WHEN you do it. The Astrology of Getting a Tattoo is basic – whatever you are having inked in, choose the most auspicious moment possible.  Personally, i would be dabbling with the Lunar Portals on the Scheduler and aiming for one of those. It would wise to avoid a day with Mercury Retrograde. Why? Because communication is paramount and Mercury Retro can warp it a bit. You could also skip the Mars Retrograde phases. Keep anything skin-penetrating, cutting or marking in nature for a day with a strong, sedate Mars-Saturn vibe. Same goes for surgery.

Thoughts?

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YESSSS i ve wanting to get a tat since i was 12 MAny years ago, jaja, but i alwa felt that, the power of it, and i also vary in motive and placement.They r all meaningful, but its a orb&spade phase or a rosa de los vientos phase, since 199something…when it goes famous”, years later, i go, better not (aqua sun) . Now i ve been feeling pulled to get a specific set of lines in right hip, but i know its an energy activation so, can i hold it 4ever? till now, i just get washable ink and draw… Read more »

Spirulina
Spirulina

I really enjoy my head tattoos – I have a nautilus on the top of my head, a whale tail/triple goddess symbol on the back of my head/neck and ‘Feed Your Head’ in the side – and I want more ! I like that whenever I decide to grow my hair again I will have the tattoos to myself. I have some others on my hand/wrist but my head tattoos are my favorites. Cancer Sun/Rising, Aquarius Moon

virgo rising
virgo rising

This is all so interesting to me…I have no tattoos and wouldn’t dream of getting one…nothing in my life has proven to be permanent, and the idea of something on my body that is fixed and permanent is out of the question. I am too changeable to commit to something like that…

skarab
skarab

I don’t have any tattoos yet, but this could be the post that will finally make me do it because the astro is just too bizarrely apt. I’ve been thinking of doing this particular tattoo for about 20 yrs: it’s a Paleo cave art horse drawing dating back about 17.000 yrs which was found in one of the caves from my home region. I’ve loved it ever since i first saw it because it reminds me of the gorgeous native horses that roam near my mountain shack & in particular to my own companion – in fact it’s probably a… Read more »

skarab
skarab

One could say the time is neigh. 😛

Calli G
Calli G

That sounds like great tat! There are lots of things to consider about placement. Do you want the symbolism of the tattoo to affect any particular part or system especially strongly? (I could see a horse tattoo on one—or both— of a runner’s legs, for example.) There are also practicalities. Do you want it to show when you’re wearing regular day clothes? Some parts of the body change with age more than others, and those changes would affect the tattoo if it’s placed on a part more inclined to morph. And some places just hurt more than others to get… Read more »

skarab
skarab

Thanks Calli G for this great advice. And yes – it is going to go on the outside top of my left arm for exactly the reason you mention. It’s only going to be a small charcoal-like line drawing of a horse’s neck & head (but uncannily life-like) – not the whole body. I never thought i’d get it done, but this astro is almost begging for it, and horse-love-magic has been a constant in my life since forever. I feel like honouring it. Heartening to hear that you got results from your first tattoo magic….and btw, that swallow is… Read more »

Rubent
Rubent

I’m wondering now what (if any) the double edge sword would be when getting the actual glyphs of planets inked. Is it somehow presupposed that tattoos in general are invoking the positive or ‘higher frequency’ vibe of the whatever is being inked? Like would Saturn’s glyph compel you to see things more objectively/clearly and start working your batooka off in goal-stalking. Or would you notice your body (particularly the joints) getting slower/stiffer because you called down the planet that rules Lead by getting it needled into your skin? Likewise – Mercury – more eloquent or all of a sudden up… Read more »

LiberatingVenus
LiberatingVenus

The Mars tatt would go right on the front knuckles of both my middle fingers – just sayin. *smirk* #MarsInGemini

Actually, that’s a fuqing badass invocation (Mars on the knuckles) if you’re an MMA fighter or even a boxer – I’m kind of in love with the idea TBH!

When you’re inking something with conscious intent like this, you’re making an Offering of your flesh to the planets; it’s a homage. They’re going to work *for* you, not against you in such an instance, IMO.

Rubent
Rubent

;Chaaa, that would definitely bring the Martian fire down into the fists. for punching or any other dexterous requirement:)

I like the scene of offering your flesh to the planets via ink. Haha while I’m sitting down getting a tattoo in 3d land I’m now going to go wander off in my imagination to a ritualistic offering to inked planet.

emg
emg

Ok so as MM says we could consider our ruling planet glyph or symbol to be ultra potent. So Neptune is mine and I’ve just looked at the trident image and realised my whole life I’ve drawn or absently doodled arrows. My MC is saggi with its arrow but it just clicked. I’ve always drawn arrows. I feel I need it on my base chakra. Over my sacral area. My natal Neptune drives that one. In Scorpio the 8th.

dark star
dark star

Me too with the arrows! Love the thought of aligning it with a chakra

babysinclair
babysinclair

Really interesting! Now I am thinking about my tattoo. Everything from the symbol to the location makes it very Yang. It’s the Star of Vergina, which is an Ancient Macedonian symbol (my family is descended from northern Greece). It’s on my back, right on the “governing meridian. It was the summer of 2007, and Uranus was exactly trine my Venus in scorpio, and ebbing away from the trine to my Cancer moon. I don’t think I had any intention beyond trying to look cool tho lol. I have to say, I still love it.

Calli G
Calli G

I just looked up the image you described. It’s lovely and so iconic!

Krissy
Krissy

I have a tattoo of Kokopelli in my left hip. I loved the symbol for a variety of reasons, especially when I realized it is the archetype of the traveler, trickster, teacher, and fertility. I woke up and decided to get one.

The day and period turned interesting. My beloved grandfather had a dehabilitating stoke that day, and it was also the death knell of a very significant love relationship. Both died a little later.

I’m still grasping the tattoo’s symbolism in my life, and at times I wondered if I wanted to remove it.

Morgan
Morgan

Oh shit I just remembered I have the lilith glyph on my sternum!

Morgan
Morgan

I started becoming heavily tattooed as soon as my progressed ascendant moved into Aquarius. I didn’t realize it until a year after the fact.

LiberatingVenus
LiberatingVenus

I’ve always said tatts are sigils 🙂 I’ve had the most random and cool interactions in the unlikeliest of places based on hawking someone else’s ink and starting a conversation about it. Most recently, I was responding to the excellent thigh piece on the gams of a teal-haired gal with a bull ring nose piercing (so Uranus in Taurus!) when we fistbumped in a moment of solidarity and I noticed the front of her knuckles were also adorned with !!!planetary glyphs!!! Cue copious heart-eyed emojis. It was one of those situations where even though you don’t know someone at all,… Read more »

AstroGeek
AstroGeek

I love the glyphs on the knuckles idea. Almost like nonstop creation / conjuring energy in the “mundane” world.

Aqua-cap-Gemini
Aqua-cap-Gemini

My first tattoo is the Cantonese Sanskrit symbol for ‘Buddha’. It’s the symbol that whatever you put it on or with, it becomes. so put it on your head – Buddha Head, on the table – Buddha table, on the heart – Buddha Heart. I had it inked on my inner right wrist, right near where you feel for a pulse Easter Sunday in 2010. I had worked with Zen Buddhist Nuns for a few years (from Taiwan) and when I showed them this symbol that someone had given me, their eyes lit up. ‘Yes, that’s the one!’ my Nun… Read more »

Lux Interior Is My Co-Pilot
Lux Interior Is My Co-Pilot

OMG looove

Pearl Icicle
Pearl Icicle

Love!
Trust in the Universe!

Calli G
Calli G

This is awesome!

Rubent
Rubent

First tattoo was a naïve teen decision for a bass clef on the neck. Def want this changed to something else as over the past few years I’m like ‘really? So aqua cerebral that I think my bass is the bottom of my head?’ pffft. More thought through ink is an hour glass on the inside of each wrist referenced from a Mark Twain book (that a friend gave me cos she could quickly see it would take me forever to decide on a design.) Right wrist time is less, left wrist there’s more sand in the top. An ode… Read more »

Rubent
Rubent

Really should spell check prior to posting (though likely irks me more than any of you..)

Suuuuuppppper Saturn, not supporter.

I see there are others but care less about it.ebbe Saturn’s just like ‘yo, respect me.’

AstroGeek
AstroGeek

Mine was right around my 16th birthday (don’t remember the “exact” date). Got a rather large Japanese letter that says “star” inked on my right shoulder blade. No rhyme or reason … other than that I loved Japanese culture, was just getting into anime and my best friend at the time got a tattoo a few months before and so … of course I needed one, too. I don’t dis-like it, but I don’t feel connected to it. It’s not bothersome enough to warrant the effort of removal (since I can’t see it and barely remember that it’s there), but… Read more »

Calli G
Calli G

I totally agree with you on the importance of getting the right person to do your tat. Part of the impetus for me to get my recent one when I did was knowing that I’m actively trying to move hundreds of miles away, and wanting to get things done by the local guy I trust/felt the right vibe from before the astrology became problematic.

dark star
dark star

Haha. Pluto or Neptune tats make me a bit nervous haha but maybe id do it

I’ve always waited for a tattoo idea to stick around long enough. When studying abroad I had constant henna arms which I grew sick of visually. That being said I love! some of the symbols on vanadiums tarot – maybe one of those for nep pluto somewhere hidden

babysinclair
babysinclair

Yesss I am loving those symbols, they would make sick tattoos. That’s also my philosophy when it comes to getting a tattoo- waiting. I’ve yet to have an idea stick around long enough since my first and only tattoo:

rachel
rachel

Just yesterday felt a sudden impulse toward getting the PLUTO glyph (below my neck, upper back). This water trine has been flowing through my Kataka ascendant which is trine natal Scorpio Pluto, 5th house. Truthfully, I am uncertain if I ever want tattoos. The lymph node thing, my generally mercurial/shapeshifter vibe. Today just so happens to be the anniversary of a close friend’s crossing over. He had designed a tattoo, an infinity sign/hourglass motif with 12/12 in Roman numerals (his birthday –and he was fascinating by “12” and yes had his sun plus several other planets there. I used to… Read more »

emg
emg

I’ve not got one yet but I fancy a lotus flower spot on my heart chakra.

AstroGeek
AstroGeek

That sounds divine. Also … like it might hurt!

emg
emg

No pain no gain so they say.

ÁNLEIFR
ÁNLEIFR

So according to this site https://horoscopes.astro-seek.com/retrograde-planets-astrology-calendar-2018#mars it looks like the current planets in retrograde are:
Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto. Is it OK to get a tattoo during “these” retrogrades and would this be correct, that these are the only 3 in retrograde until Neptune goes retrograde June 18 right before Mars does on June 26?

Electro
Electro

I got a tattoo on my shoulder when I was 18. I had it lasered off at the age of about 32 at a high end place with the latest technology. Some sessions left me shaking and disoriented. I have a small scar where it was, and now I’m pretty sure that something so permanent is just not my thing. Guess my chart ruler, haha.

AstroGeek
AstroGeek

Was the shaking & disorientation from the pain of removal, or do you think it was about “exorcising” what the tattoo meant (or a combo of both?)

Electro
Electro

You’re right, I believe it was both. I checked the dates and it was during the time that Saturn crossed my ascendant. Major changes.

VirgoStellium
VirgoStellium

My dream tattoo is a fuzzy kitten playing with a ball of yarn and she has a bow on her head. Basically Marie from Aristocats. I want it on my left forearm. Don’t laugh, guys.

Calli G
Calli G

I think that if you could find a good still of Marie from the Aristocats, that would be a great place to start designing with your tattoo artist. The images from the Disney cartoon have good black outlines (which help a tattoo last over the years) and lots of different poses, so you could choose something close to what you have in mind.

VirgoStellium
VirgoStellium

Thank you ☺️

Calli G
Calli G

I used a combination of my sun and rising signs’ horoscopes and, at Mystic’s suggestion, the Scheduler to plan my tattoo a couple of weeks ago. I love it, and I’m looking forward to when it completely heals (must. not. scratch!). It’s this swallow, from a Minoan fresco on Santorini, on my upper-left arm. https://www.museummasters.gr/en/swallows-fresco-santorini.html I’ve been fascinated by the Minoans since I first read about them. On my trip to Greece in ’09, my friend and I sort of followed them from Crete to Santorini and then to the museum in Athens. The most commonly reproduced swallows from that… Read more »

ÁNLEIFR
ÁNLEIFR

That is sooo beautiful! wow! I need to find something like that, that resonates.

Calli G
Calli G

Thanks! I bought a reproduction of the fresco detail and contemplated the tattoo for nine years before getting it. Which is almost certainly overkill, but at least I’m reasonably sure I’ll keep liking it.

ÁNLEIFR
ÁNLEIFR

It is funny you mention this as I was researching my avator just yesterday, which by the way is Diktynna from Crete 🙂

Calli G
Calli G

Cool!

dark star
dark star

I love the Minoans art, all the swirls and geometry. this is a rad idea

Calli G
Calli G

Thanks! I love how they have so many everyday images in their artwork—picking crocus, fishing, walking through lilies.

Alouetta
Alouetta

Beautiful choice! Hey try slapping the tattoo to take the itch away. It’s a non damaging alternative.

Calli G
Calli G

Thank you! I’ll give that a shot when the itch starts back up again.

dizzarina
dizzarina

I too have been fascinated with the Minoans since art school!
That’s a lovely image.

Calli G
Calli G

Thank you!

scorpiodawn
scorpiodawn

ooh! not overly keen on the venus symbol…mite hav a rethink…think pluto symbol first, on my finger.
i was reading s bk review of a female forensic person? sorry, forgotten the term-and she said she always knew if peopke had tattoos coz the ink collects in the lymph nodes and stays there forever.
kinda put me off…

Miss Leo
Miss Leo

I have one small tattoo, it’s the glyph of asteroid/dwarf planet Ceres. Long before I was ever seriously into astrology, I was obsessed with the Ceres/Demeter, Persephone, Pluto/Hades myth. Lo and behold, all are extremely prominent in my chart. Ceres is tightly conjunct Moon and Uranus, Persephone is right on Neptune, and Pluto in Scorp is square ASC, Sun, Mercury, Venus, and opposite Jupiter. I specifically remember picking a day to get it that was based on good transits and positions. I got it on the 13th of April 2008. -Venus in Aries trine my natal Venus/Sun in Leo. -Waxing… Read more »

Jokerman
Jokerman

As a kid l was obsessed with Odin/Aries and Freija/Libra. They are exact opposite in my chart. Funny how you ‘know’ these things intuitively and then find out something that gives it credence.

emg
emg

I utterly loved the moon. And time progressing. I’ve a four planet stellium in cancer. Saturn on my asc and of course I’m now heading out to sea as I age. MC in saggi and Pisces rising. We sort of can’t help ourselves.

PlutoMoon
PlutoMoon

Cue all the people lined up for surgery in these next six months, freaking out about Mars going retro… aaaand, go.

Raw
Raw

Last year Mystic gave me an awesome consult for tattoo timing and I am so pleased with the results, both in terms of the confidence I feel about it (first highly visible tattoo) and in terms of the actual results. Plus the timing lead me away from an artist I had no business mingling my energy with. I have plans for another tattoo in the next few years, but this one I would like to travel to Athens, Greece to get; I definitely plan to consult MM again! In the meantime, maybe the Mercury glyph isn’t such a bad idea… Read more »

Jana
Jana

I have a Kali yantra on my lower right arm. It was done during Uranus in Aires. in Medan by a artist from the easter islands. He has never seen a Kali yantra but the finished product was so pleasing. Most Hindus never tattoo such powerful symbols on their body but I felt I was ready. So I invited her in…never regretted it. I never think of the timing but the artist and inner compulsion to get it. The symbol is important.

Alouetta
Alouetta

I don’t know if this is connected but I started my long adventure into tattoos just as my progressed Venus entered Aquarius – and it’s still there! But in the last 10 years or so I’ve really slowed down the collection. I think it’s because my sense of self has become more concrete and I have fewer internal shifts that require an external marker. But I still love them. That said, Aries rising or no, there’s no way I’m getting Mars’ symbol tattooed on me 🙂

MissDee
MissDee

I got inked for the first time in my life on January the 11th early this year. I chose to get a moon tattoed behind my ears. I chose the date when Pluto was exact trine to my moon, and there was a Stellium in Scopr (Mars. Jup. Venus) all in good position to my Mars in Kataka. And the Moon tatoo came after a very deep 4 session counselling I did during Saturn square my Natal Pluto on December last year. And yes I thought of it as a spell (a good sleep speel and serenity spell) and I… Read more »

MissDee
MissDee

It’s ONE Moon behind my left ear, not ears*.
I choose that position because it was hidden (very scorp vibe) and I could decide who to show it (Virgo rising + Pluto in first house).

Jokerman
Jokerman

I’ve gotta panther entwined with a python. I got it around 16 n half. Panthers are the big cat the fired my imagination. I must to see what the sky was doing at the time

Alouetta
Alouetta

Classic! I’ve always been partial to tigers myself.

Jokerman
Jokerman

I think l found the time. I remember not long after getting my dr license. I had NN & Uran cj my SD / Focal Neptune (Scorp/4th) and transiting Merc, Pluto, Mars & Venus being ‘bookended’ by my Libran Pallas/Juno/Freya conjunct and my NN. Sept ’75. I remember it was me thumbing my nose at my alleged parents. My mother discovered 3 maternal molecules and vocanically erupted; Terra del Fuego like. In retaliation l bashed her toyboy the moment he stepped in the house. As l mentioned recently Odin and Gary are conjunct in Aries. My physical pugilistic ways haven’t… Read more »

Jacqui
Jacqui

And not for a venus retrograde either I imagine

Jacqui
Jacqui

I believe nine times out of ten I head to my natal plus transits when I read these delicious blogs

Jacqui
Jacqui

Mars on Chiron, Neptune and Uranus conjunct in 12th H and Pluto on natal south node and Neptune. I also just discovered natal Pluto is exactly on (conjunct?) Pandora. Today is very close to my lotus tattoo in 1993…needs some work my son said its more like an echidna now

Jokerman
Jokerman

A pointed commentary on a prickly subject.

Alouetta
Alouetta

I got a tattoo during venus retrograde and the tattooist had the dt’s, for reals. I don’t mind, it makes a good story, and I still like the tattoo, but it was also associated with a relationship with no happy ending. Oh why didn’t I consult Mystic first??

MissDee
MissDee

Uh true. Gotta get another tattoo this year, but I need to check with Mars and Venus retro and also Pluto in Cap.

Squared Virgo
Squared Virgo

This is brilliant, thank you! I have been wondering about which symbol to get as a small tattoo since January, it would be my second. The first I obtained 14 years ago on some Indonesian Island, it is a Balinese dragon, and yes it was a rather Neptunian night, but I like and cherish it until today. So, yes I thought about a Mercury Symbol, as the Ruler of my Sun sign. However I was afraid to invoke too much of that energy- same with the Mars glyph, felt too full on. So instead I find myself glancing at variations… Read more »

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