An ancient Egyptian myth says that Seth murdered Osiris and that the goddess Isis brought him back to life as a water lily, giving the water lily tattoo a symbolic meaning of death and rebirth. The color of the lily changes its meaning.
Deemed "the flower of chastity" in a myth about a jealous nymph, the white water lily symbolizes pureness. However, in the same myth, if the white lily is picked during a full moon, it can be used to spread "love magic." A blue water lily incites love and is a talisman to ward off evil demons. The Iroquois Indians use yellow water lilies to ward off evil spirits.