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Religion & Spirituality
In spirituality what does an anchor symbolise?
What is the meaning behind an anchor tattoo?
The Anchor tattoo is a design that has been a fixture of modern western tattooing for the better part of two centuries, and has even more ancient symbolic roots going back several millennia. In ancient times the anchor, like the fish, was a symbol with ties to the early Christian church. An anchor tattoo can be thought of as 'holding one steadfast', like an anchor holding a great sailing ship safe in harbour, against winds and currents that might carry it astray. The anchor is a favourite of individuals who are associated with marine or naval careers, and is closely identified with sailors all over the world. Many young sailors got an anchor tattoo to symbolise their first crossing of the Atlantic & safe return to port.