I will not commit to anything permanent unless I am absolutely sure! I decided a few years ago on the general subject matter of what tattoos I would want, meditated on them until I was sure. Next began the process of placement and what will finally happen will be the design of the artwork itself and then saving up the money.
I knew Pandora wanted her mark on me and I have another magic sigil that I use that will go on my skin as well. I've toyed with the idea of a tiny chinchilla rolling a golden apple on my ankle. Mostly I knew that I wanted my totem animals on my shoulders, specifically the bat and the moth. But I knew I wanted some sense of metamorphosis and that those two totem animals are not enough. I spent a great deal of time in meditation on the subject, but have hit a dead end.
Two nights ago I had a fantastic dream that literally revealed all to me!
I am standing in a clearing in a forest wearing a beautiful robe that shimmers blue and purple with every movement catching the light. There is a bearded man with long dark hair with me. This "partner" has haunted my dreams and visions for years in one form or another.
The man kisses me on the forehead and then takes me by the shoulders and turns me so that my back is to him. Slowly he pulls the robe from my shoulders and I stand naked before him save for beautiful artwork that literally seems to dance across my skin.
On my left arm is the sigil for Pandora. On my right my personal sigil. On my left shoulder is a beautiful bat. In his tiny rear claws he holds a lantern. The base of the lantern is a lotus blossom. One of the bat's wings starts to wrap around toward my shoulder blade and coming out from behind the wing is a red fox with sharp eyes and a bushy tail. The fox has something between it's paws that I'm hoping will be revealed to me in another dream. Maybe this would be a good spot for the aforementioned golden apple? Across the other shoulder blade flies a Brewer's Blackbird. It is holding an infinity symbol in its beak. as it nears the right shoulder the feathers of its wing almost morph into the wing of a beautiful sphinx or hawk type moth with the fat feathery antennae of a male Polyphemus moth. The moth wraps around my right shoulder. It appears to be lighting on some sort of flower. Underneath it on my upper arm is my personal moon sigil.
I think I have found my artist. Now it's time to work out a drawing(hopefully the missing features will be revealed soon) and start raising funds!
This is going to hurt!