An angel tattoo can be an element in a symbolic, memorial or religious tattoo. Memorial angel tattoos are often paired with the name of the deceased person, their date of birth and date of death. Religious angel tattoos often feature angels alongside Jesus or other religious figures. Angels symbolize protection, healing, divinity, purity, love, faith, courage, compassion, perseverance, renewal and illumination. Guardian angels are common symbols of protection.
Angel tattoos can symbolize healing after the loss of a loved one or after a traumatic event. Divinity is a theme in angel tattoos devoted to spiritual topics. A person may choose an angel tattoo to symbolize divinity after becoming more secure in their spiritual beliefs. Angels symbolize purity because they are believed to be closest to God. Someone may choose an angel tattoo to symbolize their purity of spirit or innocence. Angels are a common symbol of love and compassion because they are often shown in literature to have pure love for God as well as the people they guard over. Angel tattoos can symbolize faith in the same way they symbolize divinity. Angel tattoos paired with hearts can symbolize love, devotion and healing. Angels pictured with torches are symbolic of knowledge and inner peace within the soul. Angel tattoos featuring swords are symbols for protection and leadership. Angel tattoos can have various meanings. The meaning behind many angel tattoos is made apparent by the objects and environment surrounding the angel. An angel tattoo can be a meaningful, symbolic work of art:
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