In most ancient civilizations, the snake reserves meanings that relate to everyday life.
Among the poisonous animals, Ouroboros is the very well-known and most expressive type of snake for the Vikings.
From the coiled shape and with the bitten tail, Ouroboros comes from the Greek terms: “bear” and “boros” which literally means “tail” and “to eat”. To enjoy its magical power, Ouroboros is the subject of a tattoo model for the Celts. And this applies to both men and women. This style of tattoo remains to the present day.
Let's take a closer look.
HISTORY OF OUROBOROS
According to Plato, Ouroboros relates to the first creation. Without organ of sight because we see nothing, without organ of hearing, because we hear nothing. There is no member, therefore having nowhere to go. The Ouroboros is said to be Alpha and Omega, more precisely, the beginning and end of the universe.
Subsequently, this symbol is again part of the culture of the Vikings. Among them, the Ouroboros is a deity represented by a serpent called “Jörmungang”, which means son of Loki. He reveals himself in the fiction of Thor and Ragnar. According to Viking stories, the world ends when Jörmungand stops holding his tail. Besides, Thor was fighting against the Scandinavian Ouroboros, but couldn't kill him.
At the heart of Ragnar Lodbrok's epics, a gift is given to his daughter Pora Town-Hart by a king. This gift then turned into a giant snake. Afterwards, he surrounds the girl's encampment eating his own tail. Ragnar neutralizes him and marries Pora and then conceives a son with a woman who goes by the name Kraka. This son was born with eyes that look like a white snake eating his tail. He was later named Sigurd Snakeeye.
THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF OUROBOROS TATTOOS?
Nowadays, there are multitudes of tattoo shapes and styles, inspired by the Ouroboros serpent. The principle and the concept do not change, but there are however customizations in terms of style and colors. Let's see some examples.
Ouroboros with a triangle
It is a snake that surrounds a triangle where a spiral is inside. The creature's gesture does not change: it wants to bite its tail, but the triangle prevents it. It has a meaning of immortality, protection and progress. Its ideal location is on the thigh.
Ouroboros wrapped on the back
It is women who are most affected by this tattoo, given its style and shape. In fact, it is a well-colored, tire-wound Ouroboros. Its meaning is based on the myth of this legendary serpent.
Ouroboros spiral on the forearm
This is a dotwork snake coiling around a flowering, thorny plant with a black cross in the center. This means spirituality and religiosity, in order to scare away evil spirits.
Ouroboros watercolor tattoo
It is ideally placed just above the back. It represents the double infinity by its winding shape. Its all-black appearance gives a beautiful visible shine to this part of the body.
Old Schoo Ouroboros Tattoo
Its ideal location is on the thigh, especially in women. It is provided with a scarlet rose with a piercing arrow. This pattern gives strength, protection and courage to the wearer.
The Ouroboros as a skeleton
This tattoo dazzles the wrist of the wearer. For this one, the idea is to give more creativity and elegance. It is suitable for both men and women.
Men or women looking for tattoo designs with special meaning can find their favorite among tattoo artists. But, it is also possible to consult models online. These types of tattoos quoted are just snippets of what you can expect to have.