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Koi is a Japanese word for Carp. Japanese people have, for years, used Koi fish tattoo designs as a cultural symbol for overcoming adversity. Stories are told of how they climb waterfalls that have strong currents.One particular legend is the koi fish’s claim to fame. An ancient tale tells of a huge school of golden koi swimming upstream the Yellow River in China. Gaining strength by fighting against the current, the school glimmered as they swam together through the river. When they reached a waterfall at the end of the river, many of the koi turned back, letting the flow of the river carry them away.The remaining koi refused to give up. Leaping from the depths of the river, they attempted to reach the top of the waterfall to no avail. Their efforts caught the attention of local demons, who mocked their efforts and heightened the waterfall out of malice. After a hundred years of jumping, one koi finally reached the top of the waterfall. The gods recognized the koi for its perseverance and determination and turned it into a golden dragon, the image of power and strength.However, the Annunaki (in chariots of gods tattoo), age of Pisces and dragons (This is noteworthy in that in most goddess cultures, the dragon is considered the defender of the feminine) coke together very differently.
For me the struggle of man kind and the koi struggling to break thru this struggle (demons that increased difficulty of the waterfall) , and the astrological relations with Pisces, Aries and Aquarius still have more to be said reminds me of to never give up hope.