On Getting Inked and Hitched

Hey, I am a married lady!

On January 6, 2013, after a month-long engagement, my partner Walter and I got married at Two Birds Tattoo in the Phinney/Greenwood neighborhood of Seattle.

In lieu of wedding rings, we wanted to have tattooed symbols on our left ring fingers instead. After much musing, we decided upon two chakra symbols for our “rings.”

IMG_20130110_200032As you can see by the picture above, Walter chose Vishuddha, the throat chakra Sanskrit and I chose Ajna, the third eye chakra Sanskrit.

Our friend Robyn performed our tiny ceremony at Two Birds and explained the meaning of the symbols prior to the inking. She said:

For Walter, the Sanskrit symbol for the throat chakra, Vishuddha, reminds us of the value of communication. Vishuddha resonates with our true self and conveys our creativity through any form of expression we may seek; the challenge to all of us in life is to learn to fearlessly express who we are without harming others or ourselves. Vishuddha is also connected to the sense of hearing; besides expression, we must also listen – to the world around us, to our partner, and to our inner selves.

For Courtney, the Sanskrit symbol for the third eye chakra, Ajna, reminds us of the value of our higher wisdom and intuition. Ajna is also the center for imagination and visualization. When we engage with the third eye, we learn to trust in ourselves and each other the ways in which we see the world around us and the worlds within us. The third eye reminds us to be open to new ideas, to see into and beyond what seems apparent and true, and to deepen our understanding of one another by remaining open to the dreams and insights we each hold dear.

I share this part of our ceremony with you because expression and communication (throat) and trusting in our visions and intuition (third eye) are important aspects of not only our relationships, but our lives in general.

How can we be more compassionate with ourselves as we engage in  deep listening, trusting, and expressing? How can we “fearlessly express who we are without harming others or ourselves” and “trust in ourselves and each other the ways in which we see the world around us and the worlds within us”?

Sending you all loving kindness for your respective journeys in love, in finding your passions, in communicating with one another, and in living fully with an open heart.


Courtney (still) Putnam



About Courtney Putnam

I first came to healing work through art and writing. Creating collage art and poetry in particular allowed me to deeply understand the benefit of self-expression in the healing process. But, I also began to see the benefit of bodywork (manual work in the form of massage and energywork in the form of Reiki) as keys to unlocking the emotional stresses we hold in our bodies. I became a Reiki practitioner in 2002, received an MFA in Creative Writing in 2003, received my massage license in the spring of 2006, and became a Reiki Master in 2010. In my practice I bring together these three areas -- the body, the mind, and the spirit (or energy body) -- so others may experience profound and positive change in their lives.
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5 Responses to On Getting Inked and Hitched

  1. robyn ferret says:

    “fearlessly express who we are without harming others or ourselves” and “trust in ourselves and each other the ways in which we see the world around us and the worlds within us”

    I’m so grateful that I got to read these words aloud and that I get to witness them in practice every day with you. They are tough ones to consider authentically, a life-long lesson perhaps. We are lucky for our teachers.

  2. And Robyn, how powerful it was for you, in your beautiful voice, to deliver these messages to us on our special day.

  3. Karin says:

    Sounds like a beautiful ceremony Courtney. Love the creative way you chose for exchanging and wearing wedding ‘rings’ – they are powerful ever present symbols for your commitment to each other, and yourselves. Blessings to you and Walter in your lives together! xoxo

  4. Thank you, Karin! Blessings to you, too!

  5. Jaci says:

    I love them…beautiful!! Your chosen symbols and words are perfect for a wedding. Now I’m a little disappointed that we already bought our rings. 😦

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