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  • Writer's pictureMandira Antar

Tattoo symbols / The heart

Updated: Oct 13, 2018

Let's find out the deeper connection of the heart symbol in tattoo art... Why make this tattoo choice, where to place it, what energy will you get from it!

I guess it is one of the first things you learned to draw since childhood. Even those who declare never to have painted a straight line in their lives, have signed a card with a heart for a finish... In valentine's day you come to detest it. It is an inspiration for sweets, home decorations, cards, logos, fabrics, paintings, jewellery, illustrations... it is one of the most recognisable symbols of modern culture and stands for love and the human heart. But how did it become so popular? What is it's origin?

If we take a walk in nature, we will immediately notice that the heart shape in nature is very common. Leaves, swans kissing, clouds, stones, pedals of flowers, there is no shape that nature doesn't include.

In the prehistoric cave of Magura in Bulgaria the are 7.000-10.000 old paintings that represent figures in everyday activities, calendar phases and some symbolic figures that for some researchers are an evidence of the heart origin symbolism.

According to those studies the heart derives from a stage of consciousness that represents lust and desire. It is painted as male and female forms holding their arms up to the sun and receiving life energy.