My name is Kat and I live in New York City. I have been hesitating to get a tattoo for long-long years. I always knew I wanted a tattoo but I had two problems. I didn’t find the right artist and I wasn’t sure how my images would be delivered with all the reflection of my ideas in one big cohesive piece. I wanted my tattoo to represent my personality and something I feel very connected to. The idea behind Gaia is my point of view of the universe and a detailed representation of the things I feel strong about. Every detail means something to me and overall a creation of my believe system.
Planet earth is not just a place for living beings; it is a living organism as a whole. This is what the Gaia theory says. Materialism considers everything as objects. Spirituality, on the other hand, discovers life in everything. The interconnectedness of all living systems function as a single organism. Mother Earth is the Cosmic Power, representing all of the good and all of the bad in the Universe, combining the absolute power of destruction with the precious motherly gift of creation. All the plants and flowers around and above the female figure represent how everything is connected in the universe in perfect harmony.
The seven round bubbles which lie inside the female body represent seven energy centers; The Chakra System, our energetic connection to the realm of pure consciousness and our spiritual essence. It is something I learned through many years of yoga practice and feel very connected to. There is more to the human body than the physical body. There are numerous energy bodies within and around the human body. It is said that when you begin to develop your senses, a “new and fascinating world opens before you; the hidden world suddenly unveils itself – your perception heightens and your thoughts and feelings are expressed before your very own eyes in color and form”. The seven major chakras in the human body are energy centers, points of energy flow, and act as energy junction in the body. How I see it, the chakra system and energetic body is a way for us to connect to the universe, to Gaia.
The symbol of Atom symbolizes that our physical universe is not really composed of any “matter at all”. Its basic component is a kind of force or essence that we call energy. We are all just energy and everything within and around us are made of energy. We are all part of our great energy field. We are all one, even in a literal physical senses. If everything is made of energy than its logical to believe that everything is interconnected in the universe and we are part of one, great, living organism; Gaia.
There are many different representations of the Dragonfly, to me it symbolize renewal, positive force and the power of life in general. Also, as a creature of the wind, the dragonfly represents change. And as a dragonfly lives a short life, it knows it must live its life to the fullest with the short time it has – which is a lesson for all of us. The Theory of Four Elements is embodied in the whole picture of Gaia. In my view of the Universe, all things are made up of four elements: Earth, Air, Fire, and Water. All animals, plants, stones, emotions, inanimate objects, and energies are combination of these elements..as, of course, are we. The fish and the water in the bottom represent the Water element, and also my astrological sign as being a Pisces. The mountains in the background represent the Earth element. The dragonfly and the butterflies represent the Air element and the atom represents the Fire element. There are also some Spiral formations in the image. There is one next to the dragonfly, also the way the plant spiral around the females arm, and one embodied in the image as fishes arranged in a spiral formation and continue above the water turning into butterflies spiraling around the female figure. The spiral represents many things in the universe, for me particularly a symbol of the spiritual journey and the evolutionary process of learning and growing. The spiral shows up very often in nature – in hurricanes, in pattern of seeds, in the pattern that leaves grow, and as a helix, the shape of the DNA molecule. Overall, this view of the universe and these ideas show up in all aspects of my life; in my personal life being who I am and in my professional life being a holistic health counselor or a healer.
Thanks for reading this, hope you enjoyed my idea and explanation.