I wanted to learn what the meaning of different arrows meant. For some reason I am fascinated by them. Here is what I found.

A solitary arrow represents defense and protection from harm. It can also be used as a symbol of movement or direction.

Two arrows pointing away from each other commonly stand for war.

A broken arrow image is one that depicts peace or the burying of the hatchet.

Two arrows crossed is a symbol of friendship

A bundle of five arrows typically designates strength, as a single arrow can be easily broken, but a bundle of arrows is tougher to break.

An arrow through a diamond symbol can represent courage as one moves forward.

For anyone searching to depict a positive outlook on life, an arrow tattoo can be a great place to start. An arrow being pulled back on the bow can depict life dragging someone down, whereas the arrow being released propels them straight ahead into something new and positive. With that being said, an arrow can only shoot forward by being pulled back, so only by going through dark times can you push yourself to better ones.

The arrow is also thought to stand for; love- as with Cupid’s bow and arrow, hunting, swiftness, power, flight, penetration and direction. It can also be seen as a phallic symbol of masculinity. An arrow shown with a bow can also symbolize the zodiac sign Sagittarius.


I like the idea of the arrow “being pulled back,” representing moving forward.