Sak Yant Tattoo Meaning of Designs

Designs and Meaning of the Traditional Thai Sak Yant Tattoo

If you are wanting to get a Sak Yant Tattoo, it would help to know what your beautiful new spiritual tattoo actually means!  This is often difficult to find out after the fact for a variety of reasons.  In the following article we will discuss some of the more common Sak Yant designs and their basic meanings.

Why is it difficult to find out what your Sak Yant Tattoo Means?

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It takes years of study for Sak Yant Masters to learn magical languages.

A real Sak Yant uses the basic image as a template and then the Sak Yant Master modifies the text (the magic spell) to suit the individual specific wishes and desires.  This is why you can not get an Authentic Sak Yant from a Tattoo artist; who can not read the incorrect magical script and just copy someone else’s design and magical spells from online. Obviously you do not want to walk around with a Tattoo that says you want to recovery from drug addiction, control anger, or have increased sexual potency – unless this is why you got your Sak Yant.  This is also a reason why you should have a Thai speaking person to help communicate your desires to a non English speaking Sak Yant Master. If you do not play a part in choosing your design and magical spell with assistance from someone who can explain it too you – discovering the mean can be difficult after the event.


Apart from the above…. there are many reasons why people have difficulty finding out what their Sak Yant Means, however we hop the following helps

Translating Complex magical concepts

The practice of Sak Yant requires many years of training and an understanding of magical languages, symbolism and the blessings associated with each design.  It is very difficult for the Sak Yant Master to express this knowledge concisely, especially if you are unable to understand the Thai Language. 

You can avoid this by making sure you have an English speaking Master (very rare) or take a Thai speaking person along with you.

Different Lineages and Styes

There are different traditions of Sak Yant, each with their own unique design and special meanings.  Some Sak Yant Masters do their best to learn about other styles, and some stick within their own school of training. 

A slight adjustment of any of the text, or change in position of a design component can change the meaning.  It can be difficult for even a very knowledgeable Master to know what a design from another Master can mean.

Sak yant Tattoo’s from Tattoo Palor are Meaningless

The images you (and Tattoo shops) find online are purposely created wrong!  Sak Yant’s masters have skill that requires years of training to create magical texts and charge them with magical power.   The Sak Yant Masters can spot the mistakes in text and correct it. 

If you received a Sak Yant from a tattoo shop there is no meaning as most of the text in the design is purposely corrupted. 

Sak Yant Tattoo Meaning

While it is a common to read online that Monks and Sak Yant Ajarns will choose your design for you – this only happens when you lack the preparation to chose it yourself.  You can discuss options with the Monks if you wish but overall, you can decide what design of Sak Yant you want.  After all the decision to get a Sak Yant tattoo is going to last a life time.  You are also able to request the location of where on your body the Sak Yant will go.  Although certain Yantra designs are restricted in placement on the body and must go in certain places.



สักยันต์ – Sak Yant


Sak– meaning “to tap” or, “to tattoo”, and

Yant – meaning “Yantra”. Originally derived from the Sanskrit word “YANTRA”.

Sak Yant Tattoo Meaning of Master Yants

Getting Your First Sak Yant Tattoo

Typically your first Sak Yant will be one of Master Yant’s. These come (being master Yants) with a wide range of blessings that cover 95% of peoples desires .. are the

1) Hah Taew (five line)
2) Gao Yord (Buddha peaks)
3) Paed Tidt (8 direction)

Other, more complex and complicated Sak Yant designs such as animals and sacred geometry are seen as advanced talismans for more serious and dedicated believers.  If you are a westerner who is looking for your first Sak Yant, 95% of the time it will be one of these 3 designs.

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The Sak Yant Meaning and Designs

The Basic meanings of Sak Yant Design’s Componenets

The lines drawn in the Yant represent the Umbilical Cord of the Buddha, and are traditionally known as 'The Bones of the Yant'. There are many varied forms of Yantra, it appears, such as; Round Yant, Triangular Yant, Four - Sided Yant, and even Pictorial ones. .

Round Yant

Represents the Face of the Buddha (Pra Pakt Khong Pra Putta Jao) in Brahmin Tradition, Brahma is applied as the meaning.

Triangular Yant

represents the Triple Gem of the Buddha Dharma and Sangha (Pra Put, Pra Tamm, Pra Songk). In Brahmin Tradition the three Lords of Heaven are applied as the meaning (Shiva Brahma, Vishnu)

Four sided Yant

represents the Four Elements / Continents (Earth, Water, Air and Fire)

Pictorial Yant

(Animistic) - represents various Angels, People, and Mythical Animals (Sathw Himapant)

Onk Pra

Represents The Buddha Himself.

The Half Moon

Symbol to be seen above "Onk Pra" so often represents the Moon Illuminating the way for us in the Dark Hours

Small Circle

(Sun Symbol) to be seen above many Yant means the Sun lighting way in the daytime; and that all Humans and Living beings exist under the influences of the stars and Planets, and that these forces enable us to develop and brings Changes.


spiral line on the top of each Yant is called Unaalome. Unaalome represents the Saints who have attained the status of Enlightened beings. The Fetters of desire have been disentangled and discarded. These beings do not waver on their path as normal Humans do (Note the end of the zig zag evolves into a straight line, meaning that he has ceased to enter into diversion and is on a straight, direct path to Nirvana. The spiral in the middle represents the Crown of the Head of the Buddha. The Line of the Unaalome is straight and unwavering - Perfect and complete.

Hah Taew Sak Yant Tattoo Meaning (Five Lines)

Different styles of the 5 Line Sak Yant

Lanna Style Hah Taew 5 Line Sak Yant

5 line sak yant tattoo meaning

Hah Taew Dok Bua – Lotus 5 Line Sak Yant

5 line sak yant tattoo meaning

Yant Grao Paetch Diamond Armour

Yant Grao Paetch Diamond Armour Sak Yant Tattoo Meaning

The Basic meaning of 5 Line Sak Yant Tattoo Design

The Sak Yant Hah Taew dates its origin back over 700 years to the ancient Kingdom of Lanna which is now known as Northern Thailand. The Buddhist Monk credited with the design of the Hah Taew 5 Lines Sak Yant is Kruba Kam of Wat Ton Pin, a Buddhist Temple in Chiang Mai, which unfortunately no longer exists today. Kruba Kam designed the Hah Taew at around the time King Mengrai founded the city of Chiang Mai in 1296.

Over the centuries, either by accident or design, the original 5 lines of script which were written in Khom, an ancient Khmer language, underwent several changes and in recent years, several Sak Yant Ajarns have completely replaced the original 5 lines of script with lines of their own.

The 5 lines of script (transcribed) used in the original Hah Taew design are:

Hah Taew Sak Yant Blessings

1. i ra cha ka ta ra sa 2. ti hang ja toh loh ti nang 3. soh ma na ga ri tah toh 4. pi sam lah loh pu sa pu 5. ka pu bam too tahm wa ka Hah Taew, represents 5 yants or magical spells. Each one will be done individually and the following magical spells have been cast to do as described below.  
  •  The first row prevents unjust punishment and leans in your favor when the area is grey, cleans out unwanted spirits and protects the place you live in.
  • The second row reverses and protects against bad horoscope constellations and bad fortune.
  • The third row protects you from the use of black magic and anyone who tries to put a curse on you.
  • The fourth row energizes your good luck, success and fortune in your future ambitions and life style.
  • The fifth row is to gain charisma and attraction to the opposite sex. It is also is a boost to the fourth row.
5 Line Sak Yant Design and Meaning
The more beautiful Lanna Style 5 Line Sak Yant found in Northern Thailand

Gao Yord Sak Yant Tattoo Meaning

The 9 Peaks of Buddha Sak Yant Tattoo Meaning

The Gao Yord is the “Yant Kru” or Master Yant and is a most sacred Buddhist tattoo with very wide ranging powers of protection and is quite possibly the most important of all the available Sak Yant designs. Many people will choose the Gao Yord as their first Sak Yant because of its universal powers and later add other Sak Yant designs of their choice.

The basic design of the Gao Yord represents the nine peaks of the mythical mountain of the Gods, Mount Meru. According to Hindu mythology, Mount Meru is the abode of the Lord Brahma as well as other Deities. In Buddhist mythology, Mount Meru is known as Sumeru.


The set of 3 ovals are a representation of the Lord Buddha and this grouping of 3 ovals can be seen in many other Sak Yant designs. The Gao Yord Yant has 9 Buddhas represented, with each Buddha bestowing special powers or spells. In some versions of the Gao Yord, there is a Mantra or Katha tattooed at the base of the design. The script used is Khom, an ancient Khmer script, and gives the abbreviation for the names of these nine Buddhas as follows;

A, Sang, Wi, Su, Loe, Pu, Sa, Pu, Pa


In the centre of the Gao Yord design is a patchwork of small squares, the magic box, (although in some designs the outlines are not shown but only the contents), each square containing an abbreviation (in Khom) for the names of all the protection spells that this Yant will bestow. The exact number of these small squares can vary according to the design but the powers granted to the wearer will always include the following.

Gao Yord Sak Yant Blessings

Gao Yord 9 Peaks Sak Yant Tattoo Meaning
The Sak Yant Gao Yord will protect the wearer against evil spirits and all forms of “Black Magic”.
  • Maeta Ma Hah Niyom: With this blessing you will be treated by others with great loving kindness and compassion which will improve your popularity and help you to gain preferential treatment.
  • Klaeoklad: This benefit ensures that the wearer will not suffer serious injury.
  • Chana Satru: The ability to defeat the enemy.
  • Ma Hah Amnat: This will give the wearer great power, authority and control over other people.
  • Awk Seuk: A willingness to go to war or to fight battles for those who have your loyalty and the desire to fight for what is right.
  • Kong Kra Phan: This will provide Magical protection and invincibility.
  • Oopatae: This will ensure that in whatever enterprise or business activities the wearer is involved in they will have the ability to do the work correctly and ensures that everything will run smoothly.
  • Ma Hah Saneh: This will give you charm and increase your popularity and attractiveness with the opposite sex.
  • Ma Hah Lap: This will bring great good fortune and luck.
  • Noon Chataa: This benefit will improve your destiny, fate
  • Pong Gan Antarai: This will give protection against accidents including natural disasters as well as giving protection against acts of violence.
  • Nah Tee Gan Ngan Dee: This benefit will help you to improve your circumstances at work

Paed Tidt Sak Yant Tattoo Meaning

The 8 Direction Sak Yant Tattoo Meaning

The Sak Yant design ‘Paed Tidt’ or Eight Direction Yant is a sacred Geometric Yant containing eight Mantras written in 2 concentric circles in the center of the design. The design of the Paed Tidt Yant also incorporates eight representations of the Buddha. These are the groups of 3 ovals each increasing in size from the top.


In Thailand, there is a Buddha image, each one in a different pose, for every day of the week. (On Wednesdays there are 2 Buddhas, one for the morning and one for the evening) and these 8 Buddha Images can be seen in many Thai temples, usually surrounding a Chedi.


Paed Tidt Sak Yant Blessings

The Sak Yant Paed Tidt will protect the wearer against harm when travelling in all directions

The Paed Tidt Yant will give you protection in whichever direction you are traveling and ward off evil spirits. The script used on the Paed Tidt Yant is an ancient Khmer script known as Khom. The Mantras written in the Paed Tidt Yant and which should be chanted when going out to give further protection are as follows.



  • I Ra Cha Ka Tha Ra Saa (chant when traveling to the east – also chant and blow into your food for protection against illness/danger)
  • Thi Hang Ja Thoe Roe Thi Nang (chant when traveling Southeast)
  • Bi Sam Ra Loe Bu Sath Put (chant when traveling south )
  • Soe Maa Na Ga Ri Taa Toe (chant when traveling Southwest)
  • Pa Sam Sam Wi Sa Tae Pa (chant when traveling West)
  • Ka Put Ban Tuu Tam Wa Ka (chant when traveling Northwest)
  • Waa Toe Noe A Ma Ma Waa (chant when traveling North)
  • A Wich Su Nuch Saa Nu Thi (chant when traveling Northeast)Heart of Ithibisoe Mantra (Kata) is;
  • A Sang Wi Su Loe Bu Sa Pu Pa

Hanuman Sak Yant Tattoo Meaning

The Monkey God Sak Yant Tattoo Meaning

Hanuman is the Hindu mythical Monkey God in the time of Rama and  is invincible and has powers far greater than humans, including the ability to fly. In Thai culture Hanuman leads a monkey army to rid the world of unwanted spirits. His main traits were humility and bravery, he was looked upon as hope for humanity, demonstrating to man that a mortal being can in fact rise above the shallowness of our worldly plain.


There are different variations of Sak Yants with Hanuman. It is obtained and used to bestow the wearer with the qualities of protection  from danger as well as becoming fearless in the face of adversity. Hanuman also helps to strengthen self-confidence and can influence people on your behalf. It is also said to help one stay focused and gives the determination needed to see something through to a successful conclusion.

Hanuman sak yant tattoo meaning
Bearers of Hanuman Yants are protected from danger as well as becoming fearless in the face of adversity. Hanuman also helps to strengthen self-confidence and can influence people on your behalf.

Hanuman (Monkey God) Sak Yant Blessings

The following Blessings come with the Hanuman Sak Yant


  • Maeta ma hah niyom: With this blessing you will be treated by others with great loving kindness and compassion which will improve your popularity and help you to gain preferential treatment
  • Klaeoklad: Most people at some time will have an accident. This benefit ensures that the wearer will not suffer serious injury.
  • Chana Satru: The ability to defeat the enemy.
  • Ma hah Amnat: This will give the wearer great power, authority and control over other people.
  • Awk Seuk: A willingness to go to war or to fight battles for those who have your loyalty and the desire to fight for what is right.
  • Kong Kra Phan: Magical protection and invincibility.

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Suea Sak Yant Tattoo Meaning

The Twin Tiger Sak Yant Tattoo Meaning

Twin Tiger Sak Yant Meaning and design
Represents Power and Authority.  

The Twin Tiger Sak Yant Tattoo is common among Thai people with dangerous occupations and Muay Thai Fighters.  The Tiger represents strength, power, protection and conviction, as well as authority over ones subordinates.


The tiger also offer help in business dealings and used by entrepreneurs to find the strength and mental resolve to find success in business. Twin tigers represent more power, as would two tigers in reality. This one is a favorite for those seeking extra power in their lives.


The Twin Tiger Sak Yant is very popular with military personnel, police, businessmen and politicians.

The Suea Hiaw lang Sak Yant Tattoo Meaning

Tiger Looking Back Sak Yant Meaning

Suea Hiaw lang, or “tiger looking back” represents protection from behind, having the Tiger watching your back. Most of the animal Yants have the attributes of that animal, the tiger has stealth, speed and power.


This Yant is suitable for people with authority and respect. As well as giving the bearer a fearful aura, it also represents compassion and kindness. This Yant is said to be helpful in business negotiations, managing employees, finances and helps develop communication skills. 


It is said that the tiger looking back is best suited to those who are highly respected in the community. This Yant requires that the wearer must be a responsible and caring person and use their authority in a positive way.


Tiger Looking Back Sak Yant Meaning
Someone to watch your Back

Phra Pikanesa Sak Yant Tattoo Meaning

The Ganesh (Elephant) Sak Yant Tattoo Meaning

Ganesh Sak Yant Tattoo Meaning
Ganesh will bring Business and Financial Prosperity

This is a popular Yant design. Ganesh, also known to Hindus as Vinayaka or Ganapati, has an elephant head. He has been worshiped for centuries in the Hindu religion. There are several versions of how Ganesh came to be, some believe that Ganesh was a child conceived by Shiva and Parvati while others say that the Goddess Parvati made Ganesh because she was unhappy because her husband, Shiva would not allow her any privacy. She breathed life into an effigy and called it Ganesh, her son, instructing him to block the path of anyone who tried to enter her chambers.


Later when Shiva approached his house, he noticed the boy Ganesh and thought he was spying on his wife. Outraged, he produced a sword and lopped off Ganesh’s head. Parvati was heartbroken and ordered her husband to cut off the head of the first living thing he saw and attach it to Ganesh. It so happened that the first living thing Shiva encountered was an elephant. Another says that Ganesh was born by the elephant headed goddess Malini after she drank some of Parvati’s bath water. This design is popular with people connected to the arts such as singers, actors and musicians. It is associated with material wealth and also guarding valuable assets.

Animal Sak Yant Tattoo Meaning

Crocodile Sak Yant Tattoo Meaning


The crocodile is a Sak Yant that represents strength and power. The crocodile is one of the oldest species on the planet and represents the endurance that comes from this. For this reason it is a good source of protection from dangers from occupations that involve risk such as Police, Armed Forces or Firemen. The crocodile also has incredibly tough skin so it offers great protection against swords, blades … anything that can pierce the skin.


Having been around for a long time the crocodile has developed good instincts and can provide wisdom that protect against manipulation and experience to help the person understand deceit.

Dragon Sak Yant Tattoo Meaning


The dragon is one of the most interesting and powerful of the mythical beasts. The dragon is a fire breathier and uses this destructive force destroy its enemies.  Because of these destructive powers, it is feared among it’s foes.


This Yant offers protection from physical harm and also from the bad influence of others. It also is said to bring the bearer good fortune and is popular among military personal and government officials.

The Dtao Ruen – Turtle Sak Yant  Meaning


It is believed that Buddha was once incarnated as a turtle. During that lifetime, the turtle grew to be the size of a house, hence the name Dtao Reun (turtle house). The Turtle Sak Yant offers the bearer wealth and prosperity, good luck and a long life. It is also a very lucky animal in Chinese traditions. It is said that this Yant can help one to eliminate emotional suffering.


The turtle is a symbol of the earth and has a mythology connection to the earth element.  It has patience and good navigational skills. This animal is said to have many female attributes such as patience, the power to heal disease, knowing one’s own boundaries and respecting the boundaries of others. It offers the best physical protection, has a long life and is very independent. It is also known for tenacity and resourcefulness. The turtle has a non-violent defense.

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