With the release of chapter 247, we see two new Akatsuki members. In one of the panels, we see the ring that the female member wears on her right index finger. The kanji on this ring goes along with the theme that Mafuyu from Paradise in Winter has expected. I took some stuff from her site and added to it with new information. ???(Leader)........ 零 (れい, Rei) meaning Zero Deidara.............. 青 (せい, Sei) meaning Blue ???.................... 白 (はく, Haku) meaning White Uchiha Itachi....... 朱 (しゅ, Shu) meaning Red Zetsu................. 玄 (かい, Kai) meaning Boar Orochimaru......... 空 (くう, Kuu) meaning Sky Hoshigaki Kisame.. 南 (なん, Nan) meaning South ???(Giant)........... 北 (ほく, Hoku) meaning North ???.................... 三 (さん, San) meaning Three Sasori................ 玉 (ぎょく, Gyoku) meaning Jewel The kanji come from: 青龍(せいりゅう,Seiryuu) lit. Blue Dragon 白虎(びゃっこ, Byakko) lit. White Tiger 朱雀(すざく, Suzaku) lit. Red Sparrow 玄武(げんぶ, Genbu) lit. Black Warrior 空陳(くうちん, Kuuchin) lit. 南斗(なんと, Nanto) lit. South Star 北斗(ほくと, Hokuto) lit. North Star 三台(さんたい, Santai) lit. 玉女(ぎょくにょ, Gyokunyo) lit. Jewel Woman Note: For some reason it shows Zetsu's ring as 亥 instead of 玄 in chapter 255 of the manga. I don't know why Kishimoto would draw "boar" instead of "genbu" since genbu obviously goes with the 4 Gods theme, while boar does not. These are names of gods in China. The first four are famous for being the guardians of direction and they also represent the seasons. Seiryuu, the blue dragon, guards the East and represents the season of Spring. Suzaku, the crimson phoenix, guards the South and represents the season of Summer. Byakko, the white tiger, guards the West and represents the season of Autumn. Genbu, the black tortoise, guards the North and represents the season of Winter. EDIT: After the most recent chapter (254), it is evident that there is even more significance to the Akatsuki rings. The finger that the individual members wear their rings on directly correlates to a giant wooden statue that they have in their hideout. The individual stands on the corresponding finger when they perform a still undetermined ritual involving the jinchuuriki. Here are the confirmed positions so far: Right Thumb: (Leader) Right Pointer: Deidara Right Middle: ??? Right Ring: Itachi Right Pinky: Zetsu Left Pinky: Orochimaru (even though he left the organization) Left Ring: Kisame Left Middle: (Giant) Left Pointer: ??? Left Thumb: Sasori These positions IN NO WAY reflect their rankings of power!