Much of the popularity of any tattoo design is, quite simply, not symbolic but rather aesthetic. However, we believe that a tattoo is a symbol of our self and social identities. We’re among those who love the tattoos that not only look good, but also have history and meaning behind imagery. Sun and moon tattoos definitely fall into this category, having such a rich symbolism and multiple meanings.

What does a tattoo of sun and moon symbolize?

The sun and the moon have been the subject of visual arts, literature, poetry and countless others in the course of human history.  Like many of counterparts in the nature – day and night, darkness and light, male and female, the moon is the natural counterpart to the sun. Joined together in a design, sun and moon represent a universal belief and expression of the merging of opposites.

Nearly in all the cultures throughout the world, the sun is a masculine figure and signifies strength and power. On the other hand, the moon is considered as a feminine figure and represents calmness and stability.

Sun and moon tattoos signify the basic principle of life – where there is good, there will also be bad. They represent the duality of human nature – everyone has a dark side and a bright side.

Just as there are sun and moon, day and night, everyone has their good days and bad days in life. No one can live this life without having to experience the good and the bad moments that will shape his/hers personality.

Sun and moon tattoos also imply unity in diversity and sometimes sexual and spiritual union of man and woman. They are a symbol of love, being often chosen by couples.  After all, the love story between the sun and the moon is old since the universe.

Joined as one, these celestial symbols represent the cycle of life, death and rebirth. One of the most basic, yet powerful, symbols, the circle is a representation of the universe in its most simple form.

Inspirational Sun and Moon Tattoos

Now that you know the symbolism behind the imagery, it’s time for a little inspiration. Check out the image gallery below and maybe you’ll find a tattoo to inspire your own ink piece. As with any tattoo, it’s important to choose the style, design and location that suit you. And of course, the right artist to put your ideas on the skin.

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Sun and Moon Tattoos For Couples

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Sun and Moon Tattoos For Sisters Or Best Friends

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