The rose is the most symbolic flower in western culture. It is, for example, symbol of Aphrodite and Venus, Greek goddess and Roman goddess of love, respectively.

Roses and their historical representation

According to Greek myth, Aphrodite, at the time of her birth, arose from a foam that took the form of a white rose. Thus, the white rose came to represent purity and innocence. The myth tells that when Aphrodite saw Adonis wounded, hovering over death, the goddess came to his aid and stung himself into a thorn, and his blood colored the consecrated roses. Thus, in ancient times the roses were placed on the tombs, being a ceremony called by the ancients "Rosalia". Every year the tombs of roses are adorned in May.

Rose "Aphrodite"
Rose & #8220; Aphrodite & #8221;

The red rose signifies the pinnacle of passion, blood and flesh. To the Romans, roses were a creation of Flora, goddess of spring and flowers. When one of the goddess' nymphs died, Flora turned it into a flower and asked the other gods for help. Apollo gave life, Bacus the nectar, Pomona the fruit, the bees were attracted to the flower, and when Cupid threw his arrows to frighten them, they became thorns. And so was created the Rose, according to myth.

In Egyptian culture, the rose is consecrated to Isis, which is depicted with a wreath of roses. The closed core of the rose made the flower mean in many cultures the symbol of secrecy. A medieval custom was to place a rose on the ceiling of the meeting room indicating that where there was a flower on the ceiling, matters should be kept secret. Soon there was the custom of painting roses on the ceiling of the rooms, which influenced the decoration of many houses of classical architecture. In Hindu tradition, the goddess Lakshmi, goddess of love, was born of a rose.

The rosettes of the Gothic cathedrals were dedicated to Mary as the emblem of the feminine as opposed to the cross. The original rosaries were made with rose petals. The word “rosary” derives from the Latin “rosarium”Which means rose garden.

Rosacea of Notre Dame Cathedral
Rosacea of Notre Dame Cathedral

Rose Tattoos Meanings

Symbolism and myths abound when it comes to roses, and it would be no different when it comes to rose tattoos. And tattooed roses still have two kinds of meaning: the meaning that matches the colors of each rose and the meaning that the rose flower itself has.

Tattooed roses have, as their main meanings, love, passion and beauty, love and passion are those pure, sincere and strong. They say that if the tattoo has no thorns, the person is in love. While others have said that a rose with thorns may be a clear reminder that love should be handled with caution, not to be "spiked."

There is an association of rose tattoos with beauty, both inside and outside. It is believed that when in the tattoo the rose has thorns, this person notices and delights more with the inner beauty than with the outer beauty, but the rose tattoos also mean the eternal beauty, and the thorns are a clear Warning: You can look, but you cannot touch.

Significance of Colors in Rose Tattoos

But like the real flower, the rose tattoo can have many colors and therefore many other meanings. Below we outline the color and meaning of each rose.

  • White rose means purity;
  • Red rose symbolizes the passion;
  • Pink rose represents healthy love, idyllic and pure love;
  • Yellow rose is the symbol of friendship and communication skills;
  • Blue rose is the desire to achieve the impossible because of its rarity;
  • Golden rose symbolizes dreams and human desires.

What is not lacking is meaning for rose tattoos, remembering that each person can enter the meaning that interests them the most.

Rose Tattoos Photo Gallery

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