Like most religious or spiritual symbols, the Ankh symbol doesn’t have a single simple meaning. There are a number of different interpretations of its meaning. In hieroglyphics, the ancient Egyptian form of writing, the ankh translates to “life” or “living.” It is sometimes referred to as the Egyptian cross. It can also represent zest, joy of life, and energy. It’s closely related to the looped cross that can mean fertility and life.
The symbol is also associated with water, the sustainer of all life. One theory suggests it originated from the loop of a sandal strap, another that the loop represents the sunrise over the horizon (crossbar). However, these interpretations don’t seem to explain why the symbol held such great importance with Egyptian Kings and queens.
Many believe the loop to be the female sexual organ while the vertical part of the cross is the male organ, but this is not accepted by scholars. However, the more we contemplate this possibility the more it makes sense. Life is created through the union of a man and a woman. The male portion of the symbol, the bottom vertical stem, does resembles the male reproductive organ. The female portion of the symbol, oval shape, does resembles the female reproductive organ. The horizontal line that joins the male and female symbols could represent the binding of two individuals together into the single creative force that produces life.
There is nothing more powerful and mysterious as the creation of life. The ankh symbol and the importance it was given as recorded in hieroglyphics is most likely an answer to the greatest mysteries of life “Why are we here?” . So the Ankh symbol could be the celebration of conception. I don’t think you could find a more meaning masterpiece of body art than an ankh tattoo.