Monday, August 31

postsecret pic of the week


i still don't have a tatoo. i still want one. though someone told me once that if you need to think about it to hard you probably shouldn't get one. but i've wanted this one for years:


i haven't had it done yet because for the longest time i couldn't think of a place on my body that would be cool and i could see all the time ... where it could serve as the symbol it is and not as some decoration... i wasn't sure where that place was on my body until recently.

now i know i want it tatooed on the inside of my left wrist.

I'm not sure when i'll have that done. but i know it's going to be soon. i'm a bit of superwuss about it... it seems like a major commitment. ironically, part of the Ouroboros' significance is as a symbol of the biggest commitment in my life... so this kinda feels like a bit of test...

although found in many traditions, i've always been drawn to jung's interpretation of the Ouroboros in alchemy as the one that clicked... i found this succinct little explanation of it on wiki...

The alchemists, who in their own way knew more about the nature of the individuation process than we moderns do, expressed this paradox through the symbol of the Ouroboros, the snake that eats its own tail. The Ouroboros has been said to have a meaning of infinity or wholeness. In the age-old image of the Ouroboros lies the thought of devouring oneself and turning oneself into a circulatory process, for it was clear to the more astute alchemists that the prima materia of the art was man himself. The Ouroboros is a dramatic symbol for the integration and assimilation of the opposite, i.e. of the shadow. This 'feed-back' process is at the same time a symbol of immortality, since it is said of the Ouroboros that he slays himself and brings himself to life, fertilizes himself and gives birth to himself. He symbolizes the One, who proceeds from the clash of opposites, and he therefore constitutes the secret of the prima materia which [...] unquestionably stems from man's unconscious.

3 comments:

Sparky said...

I'm going in on the 19th (to get more work done on my back)

want to come with? I'll be under the needle for about 4 hours

nursemyra said...

I love that you've put so much thought into this

Anonymous said...

why do it the TAttoo?....