Lotus Flower Symbolism
Flowers are a common tattoo design for women, but they can also look well on men too. All flowers have the same basic symbolic meanings of standing for love, beauty, and life. But they also all have their own unique meanings as well.
This article will discuss the symbolic meaning of the lotus flower. This flower is highly important in symbolism, as well as in Buddhism. The symbolic meaning of the flower in Buddhism differs slightly from the flower’s general meaning, so both will be discussed.
General Lotus Symbol
There is one big thing that sets the lotus flower symbolic meaning apart from many other flowers. This flower grows on top of the water instead of in the ground. This gives the flower a lot of water symbolism. In case you don’t already know, water has many simple aspects to it that leads to complicated symbolism. Water stands for purity, clarity, emotions, and mystery. The lotus flower shares all of these traits, as well as the general traits that all flowers share.
One other interesting fact about the lotus flower symbol is that it has the ability to open and close its petals at the beginning and end of each day. This can symbolize an ability to almost communicate with nature. Although flowers cannot talk, we humans can. We can act with nature like the lotus flower does. Although we do not have flower petals to open and close we can still interact with nature. The lotus flower represents love and life. We can love the earth that we live in, perhaps by planting more flowers, lotus or other kinds.
Buddhist Lotus Symbolism
The lotus flower is highly important in Buddhism. Often times Buddha is depicted to be sitting on top of a lotus flower. In general, the lotus flower symbolizes purity and life. Of course, the lotus flower comes in many different colors and all these colors have their own special color meanings as well.
Red Color Symbolism
Red is a color that usually stands for love and passion, and this is still true when the lotus flower is this color. It is more passion for nature and pure things like committed relationships instead of purely sexual relationships. Compassion, communication, and actions of the mind, body, and heart are other meanings for the red lotus flower.
Blue Color Meaning
Blue usually stands for peace and tranquility, but it also stands for wisdom as well. The blue lotus flowers tend not to open as much as the other color flowers. This represents hidden meanings and mystery. Of course, with the wisdom element in the flowers the blue lotus can also symbolize finding out and decoding these meanings with our intelligence and the wisdom we have gained from others.
Purple Color Symbolism
Purple is a color that stands for mystery, and this is the same in the purple lotus flower as well. Buddhists use the purple lotus to symbolize many important things in their belief system. The more mysterious things, the pathways in the religion, and the things that you need to do to be a good Buddhist are all represented by the purple lotus.
Pink Color Symbolic Meaning
The pink lotus is a lotus of high status. It is often confused for the white lotus in symbolism. This is one of the most important Chinese flowers in Buddhism.
White Color Symbolism
Lastly, the white lotus stands for what the color white usually symbolizes purity, clarity, perfection, a clear mind, and heart. The white lotus is also said to represent one of the important facets in Buddhism, The Noble Eightfold Path of the Good Law.
Now that you know the symbolic meanings behind the lotus flower you can better decide if you want one or not. If you already have a lotus tattoo, then you can tell a new interesting story about it. If you want to learn about the symbolism of other flowers or other tattoos, then you can read more articles like this one here on SunSigns.Org.