Some cultures, such as the aboriginals, believe tattoos are a sacred mark and rite of passage. In others, such as Judaism, it is considered blasphemous. This brings the questions, which is it and why?
Tattooing is a practice that has been around for thousands of years. It was originally viewed as a healing method due to it’s placement on the body which represented specific acupuncture points. The tattoo began to spread in early Samoan and Polynesian cultures and it was done by a trained master, who often gave up his life for this sacred position. The master was not allowed to tattoo himself. He paid great homage to the God who he felt endowed him with his artistic talents and was careful not to anger him. The master held the responsibility of determining who should be tattooed and when. The subjects were often told to fast or given specific directions, as to ensure that they would not become spiritually tainted. The motifs often showed status, title, and the consequences of such.
On the flip side, tattoos are forbidden in Judaism as it states in the Torah in Leviticus 19:28, “You shall not make gashes in your flesh for the dead, or incise any marks on yourselves: I am the Lord.” It is their point of view, among some other cultures, that God made the body perfectly in his image and it is wrong to alter it.
Tattoos have become very popular today, where approximately 23% of the population is currently tattooed. Once tattoos were only for sacred purposes, but now it has evolved into a multi dimensional expression. People mark themselves with a lovers name or out of respect for a loved one who passed. Others use symbols of spirituality or use their body as an art canvas. The reasons are personal to each individual. People often ask me, to tattoo or not?
I respect every persons right to do whatever they want with their body, however I like to explain some hidden dangers some may not be aware of. As understood in acupuncture, the body has meridians and points where the energy moves throughout the body and energy field. When the energy circulates in the skin, it creates a hiccup where you have tattoos. This can create distortions in your aura and in your physical organs. I often see holes in the aura where people have tattoos. This can all lead to health problems and fatigue. On a spiritual level, when someone cuts your skin (understood in pagan practices) the blood creates an energetic link between you and the tattoo artist. This will often fade in time, however sometimes it doesn’t. It is important to severe those ties.
I tell people be careful of the messages and symbols you place on your body because they draw in energy on a soul level. You are marked on your soul as well by these images. These symbols can draw in negative spirits and create havoc on your energy system. Additionally, the common use of black ink depicts dark symbols in nature (such as dark angels), not light ones. I do not recommend using light colors as a remedy though because they are even more toxic than the black.
According to Wolfgang Bäumler, a PhD professor of dermatology at University of Regensburg in Germany, no tattoo is completely safe. His studies confirm, “Tattoos injure the skin, which may allow microorganisms to enter the body. Tattoo inks may contain carcinogens, but it’s unclear whether the reported cases of skin cancer are associated with tattoos or occurred coincidentally.” His studies indicate these incidences of melanoma are small amongst the population of tattooed individuals. However, the inks travel into the blood and lymph system. Colored inks often contain lead, cadmium, chromium, nickel, titanium and other heavy metals which are toxic. Some are industrial grade dyes used for printers ink or automobile paint, according to the FDA. The black ink contains benzopyrenes, which are considered by the EPA to be highly carcinogenic.
Some other physical complications may include:
Allergic Reactions (such as skin itching) even years after the tattoo, particularly with red, green, blue and yellow dyes
Infections are often misdiagnosed and difficult to treat (for up to six months)
Skin bumps or Keloid Scars at the site
Bloodborne Diseases- If the equipment is contaminated with infected blood, you can contract various bloodborne diseases — including tetanus, hepatitis B and hepatitis C.
If you do decide to get a tattoo make sure your tattoo artist uses gloves, new needles, and sterilizes all equipment including paint trays. If you currently have a tattoo, it is good to say a prayer over each tattoo and ask your angels or Archangel Michael that all chords and ties to the artist be severed. This usually does the trick. If not, someone like me can complete the healing for you. Remember tattoos can weaken you energetically. If you have them, do not be in fear. Like us all, it is important to keep a healthy mind full of positive thoughts and your energy protected through visualizations and meditation. You can also wear protective jewelry, such as orgonite, to support your aura. (more on that soon)
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