Winter Henna Tattoo artistry

Windsor, ON, Canada(View Map)


Because henna is part of many cultural traditions accross many regions there are a number of symbols used within the art and each have various meanings and uses. Here are some of the more popular symbols and blessings used within mehndi art:

Palm decoration ~ designs invoke images of opening and offering (usually sun, flower, mandala) Back of hand decoration ~ acts as a shield-closing, defending, clenching-symbolizing protection. Right hand ~ Male, Projective Left hand ~ Female, Receptive Feet ~ The feet are recognized as a point of divine contact, considered a holy junction, where Human being and Earth meet.

Symbolism Peacocks ~ beauty Swans ~ success Birds ~ messengers (between heaven and earth) Butterflies ~ transformation Parrots ~ messengers of love Dragonflies ~ rebirth Fishes ~ a womans eyes Scorpian ~ love and romance, its sting is analogous to Cupid's arrow while being stung produces the same effects as being in love - glittering eyes, breathless, heat and feverish Flowers ~ joy and happiness Vines and leaves ~ longevity, devotion, perseverance, entwined lives and vitality Lizards and snakes ~ seekers of enlightenment Tortoise ~ Protection and fertility Lotus Blossom ~ the light within / the awakening of the human soul. Grace, beauty, creativity, sensuality, femininity, and purity. Sahasrara ~ thousand-petal lotus ~ uniting the soul with the 'Divine Source' Sun, Moon,and Stars ~ deep and lasting love between lovers/partners Paiselys ~ represent fertility and good luck Eye ~ said to mirror back the 'Evil Eye' The bud ~ signifying new growth especially at the end of a drought, and thus represent new life, fertility and joy - or as a metaphor in bridal mehndi to symbolise the start of a new love and a new life. ZigZag ~ this symbol means "rain" and represents fertility and abundance. The game (chess board) ~ an ancient symbol which, in different variants, represents happiness and joyful moments. Ripples ~ represent running water, which purifies and brings life. Also symbolising human emotion. Square ~ magical, used to heal and protect the sick.


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