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My Obsession with the Fleur-de-Lis

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I’m a bit obsessed with the fleur-de-lis right now. About a year ago, I heard this incredible piece on NPR about the Maori culture from New Zealand and how every detail about their tattoos has meaning: the placement, the image, the color, etc. More than likely, I won’t follow through with my tattoo plan, but if I ever do, I have settled on the fleur-de-lis.

I had been searching for a symbol that would represent what Christ has done in my life, and when I learned that fleur-de-lis are a symbol for the Trinity, I knew I had found the symbol I was looking for. The more I read about it, the more I love it. For one, it’s a stylized lily, my favorite flower, and another symbol in Christology for Christ and the resurrection. For two, it’s heavily associated with militaries and monarchies–a reminder that I am God’s child and am therefore royalty and that the battle always belongs to the Lord.

But I had also been looking for something that also represented my marriage to Chris and our devotion to the Lord. What’s beautiful about marriage is that it’s an earthly example of the Trinity, so the fleur-de-lis also represents my marriage: Chris and I on either side with Christ in the center. Lilies were also the principle flowers in all our wedding flower arrangements, so you know…awesome.

So I know a tattoo is unlikely (Chris frowns on them, for they are “unattractive on a woman.”), but I’ve thought about the other details of a fleur-de-lis tattoo. Color red outlined in dark red, which represents the blood that Christ shed on the cross for my sins. Our principle wedding color was also red, so you know. And I would naturally get the tattoo on the inside of my left wrist as a representation of where Christ was nailed to the cross.

So no, I haven’t thought about getting a tattoo at all (hey, my mom reads this blog, so officially, I will never get a tattoo), but I am thinking the fleur-de-lis is pretty cool this week.


6 thoughts on “My Obsession with the Fleur-de-Lis

  1. I love it. Even though you won’t ever be getting a tattoo *ahem* Mom *ahem*, it definitely sounds like you have found a great symbol and reminder that you can use in other places.

    …it would make a very cool tattoo though. πŸ™‚

  2. “Glad to hear that you won’t be getting a tattoo anywhere” says Mom.

    You have enlightened me on the meaning of the fleur-de-lis symbol. Thank you! While I have always like it I never knew it had such meaning.

    Rather than plastering your body with a potential ink blotch that will eventually sag, bag and wrinkle; I suggest surrounding yourself with the Fleur-de-lis symbol in such things as items of clothing, upholstery, and decore. If you want it with you often may I suggest a purse – their are several out there with the pattern of the fleur-de-lis and Cathy Van Zeland includes them on many of her collections.

    Now that we know that you like the symbol so much we can shower you with fleur-de-lis items this coming holiday season. Better get you list ready before I spend all your allotted Christmas present money on fleur-de-lis πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ hee, hee

    TA, TA

  3. I want to know more about the symbol. I am trying to work up the exact design for my own tatoo. this has been quite a mystical journey for me. And then they built the Chapel to St. Joan of Arc literally across the street from my home.

    I know of the trinity and feminine symbology. I now hear about the “military” part of it. I have thought that the central branch is the sword of truth with feminine and masculine on either side.

    I am curious about the shape that encloses the fleur de lis. It would be appropriate to have it contained within a circle, the ancient and eternal symbol for completeness.

    The colors are interesting. blue is often on the St. Joan of Arc symbols. Red should be there for the bolood of Christ. Gold for the intense light of living consciously.

    Tell me more or where I can look for more info. Please.

    Thank you.


  4. If you like Fleur de Lis you should check out Hope Faith Miracles online. There are some beautiful Fleur de Lis pieces.

  5. I too have decided to get a Fleurdelis tatoo and am trying to create a design around /with it – a very bold and solid black design (on my lower back) Sarah – I found your post very inspirational and memorable and it will give me a wonderful special meaning to my tattoo. Come to think of it – My husband and I had lillies at our wedding too! I have fought a very strong fight against Breast Cancer. I have two little boys. They are trying to help me design this too. I have no other tattoos – My husband has a very nice tatto on his arm that I designed for our 10th Anniversary (All the women think its very Sexy – they want there husband to get one like it) Its bold with very clean lines and black . Was done by a guy who has studied Art since he was a liittle boy. If a tatto is done very nicely and in black only I think it holds better and looks great over time. Who cares we all get wrinkley, old and scarred anyway.
    I have been a Model for a very large part of my life too. Not everyone will see it on my back. It will be kind of a peek a boo kind of thing.
    What a wonderful symbol for perfection, light and life.

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