What is the significance of Egyptian tattoos

Egyptian tattoo. Ancient cultures and civilizations are rich in symbols and legends, making them an ideal inspiration for tattoos.

One of the greatest civilizations of the Mediterranean basin was that of Ancient Egypt and its pharaohs. Their very writing was composed of symbols, some of which had a powerful and very important meaning in their culture.

Egyptian tattoos design

In this article we will reveal the meaning of the main Egyptian symbols for tattoos. Continue reading and find out what is the meaning of Egyptian tattoos.


The Egyptian cross, or cross of life, is one of the oldest but also the most mysterious symbols of Ancient Egypt. Very popular today for its design, its origin is however uncertain. Some think it represents a strap of sandal, others the vertebra of an ox.

It is in all cases one of the most important symbols of ancient Egypt, always associated with divinities. It is a symbol of eternal life and fertility, which the gods wore attached to their belt or carried in their hands. The ankh is today a symbol still widely used in modern cultures, as a lucky charm and protective sign.

The Eye of Horus or Oudjat

Horus was one of the most important gods for the Egyptian tattoos, representing heaven and heavenly spaces. The eye of Horus is a great Egyptian symbol of protection. He was painted on the prow of the boats so that he could clearly see the way and stay on course. It is a cross between a human eye and a hawk’s eye, representing the victory of God Horus over his Uncle Seth, symbolizing the victory of good over evil.


Anubis is a god with a human body and the head of a jackal, and the God of the dead, reigning over the kingdom of the dead. Although a priori negative, it is a symbol of protection of death.

Anubis was charged with embalming the dead and accompanying them in their journey to the Hereafter, for the Egyptians believed in a life after death. An Anubis tattoo can mean that you have started a new life, or that you have defeated death (a serious illness for example)

The crescent moon

The crescent moon symbolizes the passage from darkness to light and vice versa. In the ancient Egyptian culture, several symbolisms were associated with it.

The cycle of day and night, in opposition to the sun. The passing time, symbolized by the different phases of the moon. The knowledge
Death, but also the resurrection. The moon dies at the end of the night, but returns continually at the end of the day

The scarab

The dung beetle was an insect very present in ancient Egypt. It was considered an amulet of life and power and they were seen as a symbol for obtaining resurrection.

The scarab was thus used as protection against evil. The beetle was credited with the role of creator of the world, and it was attributed to it the movement of the sun (compared to the movement of the earth ball carried by the dung beetle).