The Cross Tattoo is perhaps one of the most popular tattoo designs these days and has been so for many years now. Although no one is sure about the exact meaning, it can be interpreted according to one's beliefs. Usually, the Cross tattoo is taken to represent immortality, faith and the blending of heaven and earth. The most famous cross today is perhaps the Latin cross. This is the one on which Jesus was crucified, and it holds different meanings for different people. It has a shorter horizontal arm and a longer vertical one.
Another popular cross is the Tau cross. It resembles the letter T in Greek, and again, symbolizes many ideas. Some people also call it St. Anthony's cross, for he had passed away on one. The ancient anchor cross is of great importance in the pagan culture. It is a combination of a cross and an anchor. It represents faith and hope. The Greek cross, which has been the symbol of England since 1100 A.D., is one with equal arms, as the Greeks preferred it that way, falling in perfect symmetry. This cross is also known as the cross of St. George.
Next is the X cross, or the cross of St. Andrew, which is now placed on the Scottish flag. St. Andrew was crucified on this cross instead of a Latin one as he was considered to be unworthy of it. There are many interpretations and legends that provide explanations about the Celtic cross and its meaning. The Irish Catholic priest will have no hesitation in saying that the circle of the Celtic cross is a symbol of eternity, which emphasizes the endlessness of God's love as shown through Christ's sacrifice on the cross, or a symbol of the unending mystery of how through the crucifixion and resurrection Christ continues to offer the hope of salvation to the faithful throughout all time. He might even say that it is a halo.
With the rise of interest in the occult and pagan ideas in recent years you are likely to read new and varied interpretations about how the cross in the circle is a symbol of the Sun that was worshipped by the Druids and it was then adopted by the Christians. There is a myth of how St. Patrick when preaching to some soon-to-be converted heathens was shown a sacred standing stone that was marked with a circle symbolic of the moon goddess. Patrick made the mark of a Latin cross through the circle and blessed the stone, thus creating the first Celtic cross. This fable implies that the Saint was willing to convert Druid ideas and practices into Christian ones. This is in harmony with the belief that he converted and ordained many Druids to lives as Christian priests.
Just how much of this is fiction and how much is based in historical fact is difficult to sort, out since the academic keepers of the facts are so reluctant to discuss the symbolic meaning behind it, and perhaps for good reason. Whatever your choice of cross tattoo design, though, you will find a large number of them appealing to you. But be sure that the one you get imprinted on your body is the perfect one, that matches your beliefs and displays your ideas to the world.