This is a bit of a cop out but tonight I photographed my lovely new tattoo.
I had it done 2 weeks ago so it's pretty much healed now. The scabs have healed over and I'm left with a bit of "silver skin" (new, fresh skin under the scab) which will go in another week.
This was done to mark (nearly) finishing my Access course and getting into Uni. The symbol comes from reiki traditions and is called a "Fire Serpent". Fire is an element very personal to me for more reasons than I can share here. However, fundamental to it's characteristics is the obvious link to creative endeavours. The spark of creativity and passion. In my spiritual practice, serpents are seen as creatures of re-growth and re-birth (think how they shed their old skins to grow and develope). They are also linked with positive health and female intuition. As soon as I saw this symbol and allowed it's meaning to penetrate, I knew it was how I wanted to mark this significant point in my life. I also had it placed on my left wrist because I'm left handed. Therefore every time I write, paint, draw or work creatively, I'm reminded of how far I've come.