What does Aaron Rodgers’ new tattoo artwork represent?

Two things are very clear when you talk about Aaron Rodgers. A: he is a football phenomenon, a true legend of the game. And two: the guy is crazy like Cocoa Puff.

He does and says things that are so remote that they go unnoticed by most people. On the ground, all business. Off the field, you have to be in his state of mind to follow him.

So, that being said, let’s take a look at the tattoo he showed off on Instagram.

At first glance, two things come to mind. That it is beautiful and complex, but also that with all the astrological and mystical symbols present, it must have a deeper meaning for him. In fact, his post revealed it, saying “There is a deep and meaningful story and connection with absolutely every element of this artwork., and I will say a little more about it one day. For now, just grateful for @balazsbercsenyi and his patience and artistry. #tattoo #astrology #theelements”

So let’s get into the possible meanings of his ink work.

Starting at the top there are three astrological symbols with their relevant constellations, Scorpio, Sagittarius and Aquarius. Since Rodgers is a big believer in astrology, a trait he shares with his now ex-fiancée Shailene Woodley, Scorpio would represent her while Sagittarius would represent him. Aquarius could possibly represent the date of their engagement, giving the entire upper design a meaning that would relate to the life of their relationship.

Below there is a depiction of the Eye of Providence, a motif common to many belief systems, from Freemasonry to Hinduism and Buddhism. One version is depicted on the dollar bill, in reference to the all-seeing eye of God, but is originally derived from ancient Egypt and the eye of Horus. It can refer to several concepts, but it is more likely to refer to the “third eye” of Eastern mysticism, which provides perception beyond physical sight.

With two representations of a lion, one docile and the other roaring, we move into slightly more troubled waters. The lion is associated with the astrological sign Leo and has strong associations with the sun. Even in Christianity, the lion is the symbol of strength and courage, vigilance and resurrection. In a modern Freudian interpretation, lions are auspicious in dreams as a good luck charm for a soldier or athlete.

The next element is a sunset over an open ocean, which has universal significance in almost all art. Water represents birth, death, time, memory and change, and it is an artistic motif used by all filmmakers, painters and photographers around the world and since time immemorial. Rodgers’ version could be a depiction of one of them, possibly related to the recent end of his relationship with Woodley and the memories that relationship holds for him.

Below this design is a heavily stylized peacock-like flare above a stab crystal, which usually represents power, strength, confidence and even divinity in art.

Of course, this is all just my own guess, as a lifelong filmmaker with a minor in art history. Rodgers may well have a completely different view of each of these elements and the work may have a much more mundane or infinitely more complicated meaning than what I have retained. If I was a bettor, however, I would be leaning towards a deeper meaning than I could glean.