Perusing the pop section at the library, I saw it. The book. The origin of my tattoo. Trademarks of the '60s & '70s. Page 87.
Fishing reels and fishing rods
I had completely forgotten it was in reverse. The negative of what is now on my skin. The book says, "[The sunburst's...] many symbolic abstractions reference the center of the universe or the soul...,and the circular shape suggests permanence, warmth, and comfort."
I love this tattoo.
Permanence. Warmth. Comfort.