Symbolic Bull Meanings for Tattoo Ideas

Published on August 2, 2014 by Amy

Love this article and want to save it to read again later? Add it to your favourites! To find all your favourite posts, check out My Favourites on the menu bar.

Symbolic Bull Meanings for Tattoo Ideas
Symbolic Bull Meanings for Tattoo Ideas

Bull tattoo ideas can go in several directions. They can convey power, authority and confidence. Or, they can illustrate peace and a deep honor for the sacredness of spirituality. Which direction you move with your bull tattoo will be up to you.

dna testing, dna ancestry testing, ancestry, genealogy, indian genealogy records, paternity testing, turquoise jewelry, native american jewelry

As a symbol of power and confidence we look to the bull’s massive physical stature for these identifications. It is a mammoth mammal weighing in around 1000-2500 pounds (about the same weight as some vehicles!) We are all familiar with the term “charging bull” and so imagine a raging beast this size. That’s a clear image of solid, unstoppable assertiveness. To be sure, if you want your tattoo to express a powerhouse of will, and a force to be reckoned with – the bull is a clear choice.

The bull also shares symbolism with the Taurus sign in the astrological zodiac. In this perspective, the bull is symbolic of stability, comfort and self-assurance. If any of you know a Taurus, you will know they can be stubborn. They know right and wrong in their guts and they will defend their positions just as vehemently as a charging bull does. They will not be swayed. So, a bull tattoo might be a good choice to honor the bullish tendencies of the Taurus (if you or a loved one is the sign of a Taurus).

As a native Texan, I’ve seen many rodeo pros and enthusiasts with bull tattoos. They’ve told me their tattoo ideas represent their ability to harness raw power as they all straddle and ride the bull for those legendary eight seconds. Bull tattoos also carry a message of “facing down fear” for many bull riders and rodeo pros.

As an ancient archetype, the bull is symbolic of fertility, virility and sexual strength. The bull has been honored by ancient cultures at being well endowed and so (from a typically male and very human perspective) honored for its ability to please its mate.

Bulls are also consummate providers for mankind. For example, they’ve walked with farmers in the agricultural process for centuries – enabling (wo)man to grow and harvest. In this light, the bull tattoo can serve as a reminder we can work with nature and our animal kin in order to meet our needs.

This aspect of provision is also symbolic of peace, harmony and cooperation. Bulls have been labeled the “beasts of burden” taken on tremendous tasks of strength in order to help mankind in our labors. Bulls do this with a stoic nobility. Peacefully providing their power for our benefit. It’s no wonder the normally calm-natured animal is held sacred by so many.

Source: whats-your-sign Unabridged
Based on the collective work of, © 2015 Native American Encyclopedia.
Cite This Source | Link To Symbolic Bull Meanings for Tattoo Ideas
Add these citations to your bibliography. Select the text below and then copy and paste it into your document.

American Psychological Association (APA):

Symbolic Bull Meanings for Tattoo Ideas Unabridged. Retrieved May 26, 2015, from website:

Chicago Manual Style (CMS):

Symbolic Bull Meanings for Tattoo Ideas Unabridged. Native American Encyclopedia (accessed: May 26, 2015).

Modern Language Association (MLA):

"Symbolic Bull Meanings for Tattoo Ideas" Unabridged. Native American Encyclopedia 26 May. 2015. <>.

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE):, "Symbolic Bull Meanings for Tattoo Ideas" in Unabridged. Source location: Native American Encyclopedia Available: Accessed: May 26, 2015.

BibTeX Bibliography Style (BibTeX)

@ article {NativeAmericanEncyclopedia.com2015,
    title = { Unabridged},
    month = May,
    day = 26,
    year = 2015,
    url = {},
You might also like:

Tags:  , , ,

Facebook Comments

You must be logged in to post a comment.