WHAT IS A SOUL TATTOO®?

Soul Tattoos are a multidimensional form of healing using the art of ceremonial tattooing.

These sacred markings are one-of-a-kind tattoos channeled and designed to nourish, liberate, and anchor more of your soul’s true essence into your body, hand-woven in sacred ceremony with Ashley River, the client, Divine Spirit and the Universal feminine force of creation. 

Soul Tattoo® sessions are unique, hand-poked ceremonial tattoo experiences with each design and its medicine being divinely channeled as a mirror of deep reflection, healing, soul essence alignment, and creative activation for each client.
 
Soul Tattoos bring tattooing back to its magical origins—centuries before the tattoo machine and the modern tattoo industry—when tattoos were light activations, spiritual amulets, spells, protection, feminine temple rituals, priestess initiations, and stories of the soul’s evolutionary journey.
 
Soul Tattoos are a catalyst for deep transformation

Soul Tattoos

act as sacred talismans and carry potent vibrational medicine that can create transformational shifts for the wearer.

It is through the ceremonial process of intention, connection to Spirit, and magic, that we can harness the true nature of this ancient, sacred healing art, and use it to heal and shift into deeper alignment with our soul’s true expression. These delicate tattoos woven by hand act as portals of activation, symbols of empowerment, initiatory experiences, and medicine that goes much, much deeper than the art you see on the surface. In fact, the healing activation of a soul tattoo imprints your soul with a specific evolutionary healing that will be carried with you after you leave your present body form. Though a Soul Tattoo is a highly therapeutic, intentional healing experience of receiving a tattoo that is unique to each person, it is also deep evolutionary work.

This form of tattooing is
mysterious.
 
You don’t know what you are receiving and where when you walk into a tattoo ceremony with Ashley. Soul Tattoos ask you to trust the unknown, the infinite mystery, the feminine, in order to let go of control and access more of your own magical feminine nature. This is one of the deepest parts of the process for when you completely surrender to creation, creation moves through you and changes your life.
 
As no soul is the same, no Soul Tattoo® design or ceremonial experience is the same. But somehow, when you look at your skin adorned with art you had never seen before, you find yourself at home in the familiarity of its energetic signature, because it carries the light of your soul.
How Does it Work?

Each session is intentionally curated for the unique healing and spoken or unspoken soul desires of the client.

Each Soul Tattoo session typically includes a plant infusion to meditate with, intention setting, and client shares to ease into the experience. Ashley guides her clients into an energy restoring, protecting, and grounding meditation and/or ritual experience while she reads the aura and energy body to gather medicine and messages from both her own and the client’s soul, guides, cosmic and earth allies. The Soul Tattoo’s design is sometimes created from the images and messages that were received during the meditation, though often the tattoo comes through for Ashley in dreams or meditation before the session and the reading clarifies and expands on the medicine that is already coming through.

Soul Tattoo designs

carry the energetic signatures of spoken and unspoken languages, plant medicine, sacred symbolism, animal allies, cosmic symbols of light, ancient coding, or any other symbolic medicine that is channeled to support and guide the client for their highest good.

Each dot, line, mark, and symbol contain intentional alchemy to draw out the client’s truest soul expression and weave their intentions into form, activating deep healing and transformation. Ashley and her client discuss the energy body, physical body, and meridians to align the design to the placement on the body that can best support the client’s personal healing and intentions.

Healing energy work is woven into the tattooing to deeply relax and open the client, while also activating energetic shifts, clearings, and creating space within for the medicine of the Soul Tattoo to integrate. During this process, many clients fall into a deep meditative state while they receive, while others have big releases, awareness shifts, and even the healing from trauma, past lives, and ancestral patterns. Each session is sealed with sound clearing, hands on energy work and light weaving, and/or prayer, depending on the client. At the end of the session, Ashley may prescribe healing rituals, integration tools, and/or homework to support the client further on their journey. Some Soul Tattoo® ceremonies may include other elements such as guided shamanic journeys, guided rituals, film photography (upon request), or movement, depending on the needs and intentions of the client.

Soul Tattoos serve as catalysts for one’s transformation, an initiation into an expanded expression of Self, guiding each person to move further in alignment with their truth, creative power, voice, magic, purpose, and heart’s ancient wisdom.
 
By bringing a high vibrational, soul-inspired, divinely channeled art piece with powerful intentions for transformation and liberation onto skin, anything of lower resonance held within the body and energy body will begin to release to align with the frequency of the Soul Tattoo. These may be outdated beliefs, familiar patterns, energetic blocks, trauma, stagnant emotions, past life patterns, or creative limitations.
 
Soul Tattoos can help strengthen one’s intuitive gifts, activate one into their gifts and medicine, dissolve stress, physical tension, or calm anxiety, inspire creativity and authentic expression, open the heart, reclaim one’s feminine power, voice, and soul’s wishes, and overall balance the energy body.
Testimonials

Ashley’s Story

As a young woman who began receiving tattoos at just 16, I struggled to find a sense of trust, intentionality, and sacredness in the overtly masculine tattoo space. With my psychic sensitive and highly attuned and sensitive nervous system, I did not resonate with the modern act of receiving a tattoo, but deep down my soul was deeply drawn to use art on skin as a form of remembrance, magic, and transformation. A desire to create sacredness in the tattoo experience arose, to carve out a safe space for sensitive, mystical  women to return home to this intentional and intuitive art form that has always belonged to the feminine. At 23, I began combining my design and illustration background, connection to the elemental and spirit worlds, and psychic/energetic gifts and fed them into tattoo art, becoming a licensed tattoo artist in NYC. One evening under a Taurus full moon a couple of years after I first picked up a tattoo needle, the name “Soul Tattoo” was whispered in my ear by spirit, and deep remembrance and integration of its teachings and coded magic followed.

I spent the following years traveling around the world, from New York City to New Zealand offering Soul Tattoos to provide nourishment, initiation, and activation to mystical, intuitive, creative, sensitive priestesses/women seeking transformation and reclamation of their truth and magic, as well as the occasional devotional man on a path to hold the feminine. My practice quickly gained worldwide recognition and a multi-year waitlist before I took a step back to teach and author my books. After a necessary break, I am excitedly back to working 1:1 with clients, teaching Sacred Tattooing both online and in person, and have expanded into offering Soul Tattoos in group ceremony settings working with the power of collective prayer, intention, and healing. 
 
I offer my Soul Tattoo work primarily in my beautiful home of Santa Fe, New Mexico, but I travel when the lands call me to share this work elsewhere (I currently offer once to twice a year residencies in L.A and Phoenix). If you have a healing space and would like to host me for a Soul Tattoo residency, please reach out to scheduling@ashleyriver.co. To stay up to date with residency announcements, sign up for my newsletter. 
Disclaimer:
 
Within Ashley’s tattooing practice she honors the traditional lineages and custodians of tattooing and its sacred and cosmic origins. She pays her respects to all ancient tattooing practices, past, present, and future, for anchoring down this modality as a tool for collective healing and empowerment. Ashley is in no way using this work to culturally appropriate any of their traditional practices.
 
Tattooing is an ancient, unique artistic expression woven through all cultures of humanity since we came to this planet. The way Ashley practices this art form is connected to her own blood lineages as well her soul lineages, in dedication to the Earth, the stars, and the weavers of creation. If you are curious to learn more about the origins of tattooing as an ancient healing modality, please check out the School of the Sacred Arts, a school Ashley co-founded, which goes deeper into the history of tattooing as a feminine art form.