80 Sun and Moon Tattoo Designs with Meanings


Although Venus and Mars are considered the cosmic couple, the Sun and the Moon can also represent union between sexes, erotic energy and a universal love story that has never come true. The sun and moon tattoo designs that encompass both planets together have a totally different meaning than when they are inked separately. The story behind the following imagery can go from showing simple moon phases to highlighting the opposites or worshiping the male or female parts.


The merging of opposites

Speaking of male and female, you must know that the Sun represents the masculine part and the Moon the feminine part. The energy emanated by the Sun is full of strength and power, whilst the energy coming from the Moon is calm and stable. Well, at least in theory if we’re not taking into account how the Moon phases can influence us and nature.

One of the most popular sun and moon tattoo designs presents them positioned in a yin and yang style. This is because they are seen as good and bad, as day and night, and as feminine and masculine. When they are drawn together, they form a perfect circle that talks about the cycle of life, death and rebirth.

When they are together in a tattoo design, these planets can symbolize love and marriage. Even so, the sun is seen as active because it rises and sets every time, while the moon is the passive one who takes what she gets.

Separate Sun and Moon tattoo designs

The sun and moon can make wonderful tattoos even if they are not depicted together. Both planets have standalone meanings. For example, one popular moon tattoo design is that of the Moon’s phases. A woman can actually relate to her phases considering her body goes through monthly phases as well. Moreover, the Moon is full of mysticism and it was worshiped before the Sun was. Isis uses to predate sun worshipers later on as part of the Egyptian culture.

The Sun was also worshiped and believed to be some sort of guardian of the day. It was also believed to have power over the crops, the weather and the fate of the people. In tattoo, you will find it as the Rising Sun, the Japanese Sun, the Mayan Sun, the Celtic Sun, the Polynesian Sun and the Black Sun.

When you think about the Sun, you should consider the following meanings:

  • sexual fertility
  • eternal renewal
  • awareness
  • authority
  • intelligence
  • growth
  • dusk or dawn
  • guidance
  • male energy
  • rebirth
  • spirituality
  • religion
  • epiphany
  • knowledge
  • leadership
  • life-giving strength
  • new life
  • healing
  • curing
  • energy
  • regeneration
  • life force
  • dignity
  • truth
  • light
  • acknowledgement

When you think about the Moon, you should consider the following meanings:

  • cyclical nature
  • insanity/lunacy
  • feminine mystique
  • power of astrology
  • magic
  • fertility
  • creativity
  • growth
  • expulsion of negative energy
  • darkness/dark side
  • Wiccan beliefs
  • rarity
  • memory of loved ones

Make that Sun and Moon tattoo double

Merging these two planets in one or just getting one of them inked on your skin are not the only options. People also tend to choose them as separate tattoos, usually placed on different legs or feet, as you will see below. You have virtually countless types of tattoos to chose from.

Just as there are multiple types of Sun tattoos, we can also count a few Moon tattoos, such as crescent moon, full moon, blue moon and evil moon. Some designs are combined with animals, plants or other symbols as well. It’s all part of the process that you should go through before deciding on one.

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1. Half Sun, Half Moon tattoo

As we have already established, the Sun and the Moon can be though of as dual. So, if you think your good side and your bad side can meet in a harmonious way and are balanced, then this tattoo can represent what you feel.

2. Through every dark night is a brighter day

A thigh tattoo, this one is nicely embellished with jewelry and comes to a message that says it all: “Through every dark night is a brighter day.”

3. Sun and Moon watching over nature

Each design can be modified so that it contains traits that define its wearer. For example, this tattoo encompasses something that looks like a Lotus flower, which is a symbol of purity.

4. Landscape that emphasizes the moon

The moon can guide you in nature and through the night, so seeking its help and wisdom is not wrong at all.

5. An array of planets on forearm

The sun is definitely the center piece of this tattoo giving its size and importance in the solar system. This one presents a more scientific approach to planets.

6. Cute sun and moon becoming one

This really simple, yet expressive tattoo brings both celestial bodies together in a simple depiction placed on one’s ankle.

7. Dual nature and embellishments

8. The sun is a she

This tat is not really accurate, as the moon is actually a she. However, you can’t question the cuteness of this design.

9. The type of pure power

10. Celestial bodies inked on different legs

This idea right here is not very common, but still practiced by some. The sad part is that they never actually meet, just like in real life. However, they look mighty fine next to each other.

11. Moon of my life…

…my Sun and star. As a declaration of love, one is for another that without he or she cannot live; literally and metaphorically.

12. Ornamental Sun and Moon on feet

Very similar with the idea presented above, this person adapted it by changing the tattooed area, which are her feet. Before you decide on inking something on your feet, please take into account that because of shoe wear, these tattoos fade away quicker.

13. Yin and Yang on feet brought together

If cannot stand the idea of keeping these two apart, maybe you like the idea above.

14. Sun, Moon and the other Stars

The night is much more generous with showing us what else it’s on the sky.

15. A more scientific approach

Minimalist tattoos are very fashionable right now. Since you cannot draw something scientific in a realistic style, then you have to reduce it to a few lines.

16. Not so happy facial expressions

This sun and moon look cranky, but the technique they were inked in is flawless.

17. Water-colored planets on different forearms

This image presents the same idea, inked in a totally different style with watercolors.

18. Half-moon, landscape and magic

19. Half moon as a finger tattoo

If you imagine it simple enough, you can fit a half moon on your finger!

20. A perfect circle as the cycle of life

21. Tiny half moon on wrists

Moons are so versatile that you can opt to draw them as simple or as complex as you want.

22. Luna Carter makes her moon full

A half moon connected with lettering can have a lot of meanings. Luna Carter is one lucky person for sure!

23. Black and white arm tattoo

Sun and moon tattoo designs will not always be accurate.

24. An epic sun and moon kiss

Kissing is romantic and sweet, so why not opt for a design that show the sun and the moon doing that.

25. Artsy portraits on feet

26. Delicate sun design with feminine embellishments

Whether a sun tattoo looks feminine or not, that is totally up to your choice in design.

27. Half moon with rose fillings

A much appreciated idea; taking a shape and filling it with something totally different, this one actually flatters this chick’s collarbone area.

28. Cursive writing embedded in a half moon

If you’re not into perfect fillings, but you still want to put something in your half moon, then go for writing and faded watercolor shading.

29. Half moon combination on left side

30. The Sun expressed through a mandala

Mandalas are great ways of expressing parts of the Universe or the Sun itself in this case. They are harmonious, repetitive and brightly colored.

31. Moon merged with Sun

Without impersonating them and giving them humanoid faces, this gal opted for a merging design between the sun and the moon and placed it in the middle of her upper back.

32. Sun and moon tattoo designs for women

As you have probably already noticed, those designs fitted for women are accompanied by jewelry and other decorations.

33. Cosmic lovers almost kissing

With two pairs of full human lips on their portraits, the sun and the moon are about to kiss in this tattoo.

34. Red Sun and Blue Moon

We associate certain colors with certain sensations, such as red for hot and blue for cold. Therefore, the association above cannot be more accurate if you look at it this way.

35. A compass made of sun, moon and stars

This tattoo is unique and it might refer to finding a way through life and universe. The cardinal points serve as guidance, just as the Moon’s and Sun’s positions could.

36. Bright Sun and sleepy Moon

The moon is theoretically asleep during the day while the sun rules.

37. Watercolors and the moon’s embrace

Spiritual people tend to search for sun and moon tattoo designs that aren’t very realistic, but look nice and mean a lot.

38. A couple in the Universe’s net

The Sun and the Moon, as well as Venus and Mars are among the Universe’s celestial couples. This tattoo represents them in color and is accurate about their size.

39. A peculiar yet fascinating style

Identifying the drawing style applies for these tattoos is quite difficult, but we all agree upon its originality and fascination.

40. A grumpy circle on back

Portraying the moon or the sun as grumpy might mean something. They are framed in a perfect circle and inked on a woman’s back.

41. Minimalism and dotwork in one

These two celestial bodies can be represented in various ways, including minimalism and dotwork.

42. Night sky overlapping Sun’s mandala

Like an intruder in perfect harmony, the shine of the stars at night becomes part of a mandala tattoo representing the sun.

43. Half moon and sun in the center

Getting a simple mandala tattoo and filling its core with the sun and the moon is a pretty good idea too.

44. Colored opposites merging on a shoulder

Based on the same color association mentioned above, this piece looks simple, but sends a powerful message.

45. The god and the goddess properly drawn

Each person’s taste is their own business, but I think this tattoo truly represents the god-like part of humanoid Sun and Moon.

46. Opposites that do not merge

Rather than representing them together, this girl chose to get separate tattoos of the two planets.

47. A couple tattoo with great meaning

The moon on a lady and the sun on a man is a great idea for a couple’s tattoo. This particular couple chose circular and symmetrical designs and placed them on their upper arms.

48. Every Moon phase from the neck down

Starting from the nape of the neck and going down on her spine, this line of moon phases tattoos requires dedication and a little knowledge as well.

49. An Indo-European representation

The Sanskrit and the abstract shapes are part of the Indo-European family.

50. Small feminine tattoo on wrist

Some women are lunatic and also characterize themselves as such. Therefore, seeing a moon tattoo with ornaments on a woman’s wrist seems just right.

51. Our love will last forever

One other advantage or sun and moon tattoo designs is that no one knows what it actually means for you. It could be a couple’s tattoo about which you won’t have to talk unless you really want to.

52. Wolf staring at the moon by Miguel Angel

The name of the tattoo artist who inked this piece is Miguel Angel. If you like his work, feel free to look him up.

53. Beautiful moon tattoo on foot

Its amazing how delicate, perfectly located and sized this design is!

54. Clown hangs from a half moon

This tattoo design is definitely metaphorical. It’s about a clown that hangs from a half moon which has a lamp that’s supposed to brighten someone’s path or day.

55. Dark half moon placed on forearm

A quite contrasting tattoo, this one is highlighted by its dark color and nicely defined edges.

56. All the moon phases without exceptions

Simplifies and nicely done in a symmetrical way, all the moon’s phases found place on a chick’s forearms. She is a hippie girl by the looks of it.

57. Half moon, tulips and a black cat

Taking all the symbols from this tattoo and analyzing them would be useless. If you like something in particular, you can read about it in depth.

58. Half moon and stars behind the ear

Even if a moon tattoo holds meaning, it can easily be lost in case of small tattoos or decorative tattoos.

59. Half moon made of flowers and leaves

If you’re not thinking about filling a half moon’s shape with something, then you can create the half moon shape by using other shapes such as flowers and leafs.

60. Nicely shaded half moon on the nape of the neck

Today’s youth generation is either for minimalist tattoos or for hyper-realistic ones. Few tattoo lovers opt for unique designs or brave styles.

61. Delicate inking on a woman’s hand

Choosing such a detailed tattoo and inking it on such small body part requires skill. Try not to experiment with tattooists that ask little money and deliver less quality as well.

62. Stars, clouds and the half moon

This small tattoo can be considered a tiny landscape of the shy.

63. As realistic as it gets


Giving the size of this moon, this tattoo is as realistic as it gets.

64. Half moon instead of ring

Finger tattoos have gained a lot of popularity for the past years. They are like rings you cannot lose.

65. Cat, half moon and flowers

Did you know that the moon doesn’t only have power over people, but also over animals as well? The moon calls creatures such as wolves, cats, lions, owls and so on.

66. A tribal depiction of the half moon

This design is another example that you can obtains the shape of a half moon using lots of different other shapes.

67. Realistic moon phases on spine

68. Sun, Moon and their powers

These two planets have important roles even when we don’t see them in the middle of the sky.

69. Tribal sun made of swirls

Swirls are circular, tribal and express positivism.

70. Half moon adorned with flowers

Such grandiose lady of the sky must be adorned with flowers.

71. Another view over the sun and moon portraits

As said before, the style you choose for your tattoos must suit you and be visually pleasant for you.

72. Earth and Moon united in a balanced composition

This tattoo isn’t a simple drawing. It is a composition made of multiple elements and inked with skill.

73. Half moon and a road of stars

74. Sun and moon tattoo designs with half mandalas

75. A simple looking celestial pair

In the end, the best sun and moon tattoo designs will be the ones you find appealing, not the ones specialists like.


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