Celtic Butterfly Tattoos | Tattoo Images
Butterflies are one of the most beautiful creatures in the world! People across different cultures and traditions around the world consider butterflies a symbol of beauty and love. Often the life cycle of a butterfly is compared to that of a woman. Butterfly tattoos are therefore very popular among women. Celtic butterfly tattoos are most colorful and distinctive tattoo designs among all other butterfly tattoo designs.
Celts used to believe that butterflies are creatures with souls, and symbolize rebirth and transformation. There was a common belief among Celtic people that a butterfly always searches for a new human mother. When its new mother is found the butterfly hides itself in her food and drink, and then it is swallowed before eventually being reborn as a human being.
In Ireland, butterflies symbolize dead souls waiting to get out of purgatory. The butterflies often represent the symbol of peace and tranquility to the Irish people. To the people of Ireland butterflies have a glorious legacy. Since an ugly caterpillar finally turns into an amazing butterfly, a butterfly often used to represent transformation from something not-so good to something extra-ordinary!
The most remarkable tale of the Celtic butterfly is found in “The Legend of Etain”, which is about love, betrayal, and revenge! It has been an inspiration for many to ink Celtic butterfly tattoos.
The Legend of Etain
Etain was a fairy maiden. She was born with heavenly beauty and her beauty captivated millions of hearts! Among them was fairy king Midir, who fell in love with Etain. But Midir was married.
Midir became so much occupied with the thoughts of Etain, his new-found love, that his queen became extremely jealous, and turned Etain into a butterfly by her fairy magic. Then she created a huge storm to blow Etain far away from Midir.
After many years another fairy king recognized Etain and fell in love with her. But the jealous queen eventually came to know this! Being felt extremely insecure she started her nasty fairy magic once again to form another storm to blow Etain away. But this time Etain was blown and stuck into a glass of wine and was drunk by another human queen.
Nine months later, the queen gave birth of a beautiful princess! The princess grew up and married the High King of Ireland. One day Midir re-discovered Etain and became eager to meet her. He knew that if he had to win her lost-love he must do some trick to beat the High King of Ireland.
Midir had a well thought out plan in his mind. He challenged the Irish king into a battle of three games of chess, and the winning prize, tactfully set by Midir, was a kiss from Etain, of course if Midir could win! Eventually Midir defeated the Irish King and Etain kissed Midir, and what a pleasant surprise it was for Etain! She recognized Midir and fell in love with him again!
This time Midir made no mistake and used his fairy magic to turn Etain and himself into swans. The High King of Ireland became outrageous and declared war against the fairies in search of Etain, but never found her again!
Why is Celtic Butterfly Tattoo Unique even Today?
Celtic butterfly tattoo designs consist of Celtic knots. Celtic knots symbolize the continuous cycle of life. Celtic butterfly tattoos have different appeals to different people. Some ink them purely because of its sheer beauty while others ink them following a special meaning.
Many people incorporate other symbols and patterns into their Celtic butterfly tattoo. Some incorporate butterfly wings on a fairy, or even an angel to create a unique design and express a unique meaning. By inking a butterfly tattoo you can express your love for nature. It’s also inked to express that you’re directed to a more beautiful and enlightened life. If you experienced an incredible change in your life recently a Celtic butterfly tattoo would be a unique way to celebrate that change.
How to Choose a Celtic Butterfly Tattoo?
Celtic butterfly design is so versatile that you can choose any part of your body to ink it as a tattoo. The lower back, the lower abdomen, one side of the upper back or the ribcage are popular spots for this tattoo design. But you can opt for a large multicolored butterfly tattoo to print on your entire back or frontal body canvas if you’re a woman, maybe accompanied by some other patterns like a tribal or floral pattern.
Experiment with the shape of the butterfly. You can choose from the two types of butterflies, open-winged and closed-winged. Most of the people prefer open-winged type. If you are looking for something different and unique, you may go for the closed-winged type.
For many years the popularity of Celtic butterfly tattoos has grown with a high rate, now it’s your turn to ink one!