When it comes to finding inspiration to create some idea for Horse Tattoos there are many aspects to consider. Some of us have already discussed them in other articles and then I will leave you others that are worth taking a look at. Only the culture you want to reference, the meanings that a particular design has acquired, the well-earned reputation of these noble animals or your favorite designer’s style are important, other aspects such as colors, dreams and their meanings can bring you the inspiration you are looking for your next tattoo, here I leave some of these aspects and I hope you enjoy them and they are useful.
Meaning of horse tattoos according to color
What makes a horse tattoo different because of its color? The color of the horse is also full of meanings in the symbolism of the animal for different cultures. Then I leave the most common meanings of the horse according to its color, precisely the black and white as they are the most representative, also due to the fact that out of them two is usually given more importance to the other elements of the tattoo:
Black horse: Mystery, death, night, secret, messenger of esoteric knowledge
White horse: Light, sun, day, vitality, illumination, resurrection, messenger of birth.
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It is also common to find the meaning of horse tattoos associated with their colors, referring to the infamous Riders of the Apocalypse. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse are four knights who ride on white, red, black and bay horses respectively, which are described in the first part of the sixth chapter of the Apocalypse of the biblical scriptures.
White horse: Mounted by the Victory Rider
When he opened the first seal, I heard the first living being, who said: Come. I looked and saw a white horse, and he who rode on it had a bow, and he was given a crown, and he came out victorious, and to win.
Some important Catholic priests such as St. Irenaeus and St. John Chrysostom maintain that the archer mounted on the white horse is the triumphant propagation of the Gospel. This rider will carry a bow, a weapon to reach great distances, in representation of what the Christian kingdoms did, supporting and bringing evangelization to distant peoples. However, and due to the fact that the other three riders represent the forces of evil and the unified way in which the four are introduced and described, others consider that the first rider is, consequently Evil. The German Stuttgarter Erklärungsbibel it puts it in contexts such as civil war and internal struggles of the people. According to an interpretation made by the evangelist Billy Graham, the white horse rider represents the Antichrist or the false prophets.
Red Horse: Mounted by the War Horseman
When he opened the second seal, I heard the second living being saying: “Come.” Then another horse came out, red; whoever was riding it was granted peace to be cut off from the earth so that they would slaughter one another; He was given a big sword.
Some Catholics interpret that defeated the Christian monarchy of their existence will come “war or rumors of war” as Jesus says. And they add more saying that this “will be the beginning of the pains” but “the end will not come yet”.
Black horse: Mounted by the Hunger Rider.
When he opened the third seal, I heard the third living being, who said: “Come.” I looked, and saw a black horse. The one who mounted it had a scale in his hand. […] And I heard a voice from among the four living creatures, which said: “Two pounds of wheat for a penny and six pounds of barley for a denarius, but do not harm the oil or the wine …
The third rider rides a black horse and is generally interpreted as hunger. The rider carries a scale or weighing scales, which represents the way in which the bread was weighed during periods of famine.
Horse bayo: Mounted by the Rider of the Death.
When he opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living being who said: “Come.” I looked, and saw a bay horse. The one who mounted him was called Death, and Hades followed him: and power was given to them over a quarter of the earth, to kill with sword, with hunger, with death, and with the beasts of the earth.
Of the four riders, only to the room the text itself explicitly gives a name: Death. Unlike the other three, it is not described with a weapon instead it is followed by Hades. However, the most common illustrations of this show him mainly carrying a scythe.
Meaning of horse tattoos according to dreams
What do we dream? Why? What does what we dream mean? These are some of the questions that inspire several scientific communities in several research centers around the world. Since Sigmund Freud published his work The Interpretation of Dreams, this subject has captivated hundreds of people who seek in them the most unsuspected predictions of fate or the explanation of certain behaviors.
With all its history woven so close to that of man and in our current context it will surely be easy to intuit that horse tattoos can also contain meanings related to dreams for example: Carl Jung observed in one of his works that the horse has a Strong intuitive aspect of human nature. Among the many meanings that can be associated with dreams with horses and therefore the tattoos that represent them are:
If you see yourself riding on a horse during a dream, it can be a sign that you will finish a project or event with satisfaction. If you fall on a horse in your dreams this indicates that you are nervous about a project or event that you have programmed. If you dream of a horse with reins, pulling a car, tied with ropes, etc., it is because you feel locked in and you want to have more freedom. If in your dreams there is a bucking horse this indicates to you the need that you have to break old habits that prevent you from that state of fullness and freedom that you so desire.