Thirstday #56: Spring of Wisdom


Ouroboros: The Ouroboros often symbolizes self-reflexivity or cyclicality, especially in the sense of something constantly re-creating itself, the eternal return, and other things such as the phoenix which operate in cycles that begin anew as soon as they end. It can also represent the idea of primordial unity related to something existing in or persisting from the beginning with such force or qualities it cannot be extinguished.
Source: Wikipedia

I like this description of the symbolism of the Ouroboros, though lengthy, has used words which resonated with what it means to me exactly:

  • self-reflexivity
  • cyclicity
  • recreating
  • begin anew as soon as it ends
  • inextinguishable

To me, simply put: regeneration of all things good, especially wisdom.

Wisdom is essentially the meaning of the Chinese character in the middle of the motif. I’ve chosen the small seal script as it is the ancient form of my middle name. Having wisdom has always resonated with me – seem to find myself always seeking to see things beyond the surface & looking at things from a different perspective, applying my understanding & learning to see things from new lenses. Always very intrigued by how sometimes the most complex things can be summarised in a few simple words.

Guess through the various experiences in life, it has occurred to me that perhaps one of my purpose is to accumulate wisdom & speak an alternative view into lives when appropriate. It’s interesting that experiences are also allowing me to learn heaps as well. A friend once alluded that those who are not “born [fill in the skill]” are great coaches. I tend to concur. I realise it myself as well: because I learn, many a times, through the hard / roundabout way. Not that I’m stubborn / prideful… hmm.. maybe I am sometimes… lol.. But I sometimes am slow to catch on things. So I go through the weirdest issues & realise the various intricate aspects of learning to do something. That allows me insights many a times, into literally the step-by-step way of getting something done.

The tatt somewhat depicts my desire for a start of another leg of the rebirth journey. Yeah.. right word to use – rebirth. I felt something died somewhere over the past few years and I’m trying to see something birthed out of the death of what I used to believe in – not just the faith aspect, but also in various aspects in life such as trust, love, friendships, success, contentment, life basically, purpose.

Ouroboros of Wisdom, I come to thee.



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