Making matters even more confusing, the all-seeing eye can be illustrated in numerous ways.
You might think of the all-seeing eye as the Illuminati symbol. The eye within a pyramid is more properly known as the Eye of Providence, and it is meant to represent the all-seeing eye of a watchful God.
The triangle is meant to represent beams of light spreading in all directions while the single unblinking eye watches over all.
There are many variations on this core motif. The key is usually to place the eye in the center of light beams or other shapes that draw focus to the eye itself.
When the intended meaning of the design is “the eye of God,” elements of nature or humanity might be incorporated into the design to make it clear that the eye is watching over the world.
Another interpretation of the all-seeing eye is that of the third eye or extrasensory perception. In many cultures, a third eye in the center of the forehead is a metaphorical or spiritual gateway to enlightenment.
A tattoo can reflect that concept to serve as a reminder of how an individual may be spiritually strong or enlightened.
A tattoo of a watchful eye can also hold the meaning of watchfulness or witnessing. For example, the eye might mean that the individual is aware of the human condition or is watchful over matters of human rights.
When getting the all-seeing eye tattoo, be sure to consider placement and individual design elements to ensure the design is meaningful to you while recalling the symbolic traditions you feel most connected to.