Tattoo symbols - Lotus

Updated: Sep 6

Ancient, mystical, religious symbol in cultures worldwide, the lotus is a spirituality vessel as well as a wonderful tattoo design. Some say it is a female choice for a tattoo, but this is not true. People who understand the energy that this flower brings, might choose it for a tattoo on their body, mindless their gender.

Lotus Myths


In Egyptian mythology the lotus was reffered as the water lilly and named "Sesen".

Nefertem(son of Ptah) was the god of healing, medicine & beauty. We can often see him in ancient art with a large lotus blossom forming his crown, or as a child placed on a lotus flower.

Lotus is also the Upper Egypt (southern) symbol and symbol of regeneration and the rising sun.

The Egyptian Book of the Dead refers that a dead person can be transformed into a lotus with the help of magic spells. In this case again the lotus flower stands for resurrection and rebirth.

China / Taoism

The lotus flower in the East contains both yin and yang, the balance of the feminine-masculine energies.

Along with the yin/yang symbol it is one of the basic symbols of Taoism.

Taoism is all about the qualities of balance and acceptance, Tao is the ultimate flowering of the lotus, the acceptance that all that exists in life is whole, natural and undivided.

Night and day, good and bad... life blossoms when we accept and honour the balance between the opposites inside and out of us.

The lotus embodies the elements of water and air, spirit & matter. All these elements are needed as part of creation.

Tibet / India / Buddhism

In Buddhism the lotus symbol is so significant that it's one of the Eight Auspicious Symbols of Buddhism, it appears as both solar and lunar and is associated with many Gods and Goddesses. The lotus symbolizes the human Spiritual potential of transformation to the True (Divine) Self.

  • The lotus flower forms the principles of the Eightfold Path, one of the highest teachings of Lord Buddha.

  • The lotus is the national flower of India and Vietnam because of its cultural significance, symbolism, and popularity.

  • The lotus flower represents also the energy centers of our body, known as chakras, and is associated with beauty, prosperity, knowledge, fertility, and above all, eternity and spirituality

"Like the lotus which attaches itself to neither the water nor the mud, the wise man attaches himself neither to sensual pleasures nor to the world.” Suttanipatta

The lotus colour

The color of the lotus changes it's symbolism as follows:

  • White: Mental and spiritual purity

  • Red: The heart, compassion and love

  • Blue: Wisdom and control of the senses