Star Tattoo Meanings and Pictures
There are several reasons and meanings behind star tattoos. You could look at them as signifying the hope to being a star or your goals and determination to reach for the stars (no pun intended) and to be all that you can be. Otherwise, for the most part, the meaning behind a star will depend on the type of star.
- It can be as simple as the choice to study in astronomy, or as complicated as to signify the birth a child.
- They can represent a significant change in one's life or a desire to achieve high goals. Maybe it represents a bright and shining point in your life.
- The number of points the star has can also determine the meaning. (See below).
Of course, like with any other tattoo, stars don't have to have a particular meaning, it can just be a pretty design.
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- Shooting star. Shooting stars tend to be associated with a moment in time that left a lasting impression. Whether that be a short romance, a special event, a person, job, anything else that may have changed the person's life.
- Nautical star. Before modern navigation, sailors navigated by using the stars—usually the North Star. They often got tattoos of nautical stars in a superstitious sense, hoping that the star would help them get home safely. It is often a symbol of protection and guidance. Some see them as a means to create your own path. They are often referred to as compass stars, which were similar to the nautical star in that sailors used them to help guide their way in the night.
- Pentagram. This type depends on whether the pentagram points up or down. A downward facing one is thought to mimic a ram's head and is often seen as the sign of the Devil. Otherwise, the pentagram is often seen as a symbol of protection and balance. Its five points are often thought to resemble the four elements and with the fifth top point representing the Spirit, who resides over the other elements.
- Hexagram or The Star of David. Also known as the Shield of David, this is a strong symbol of Judaism. The six-sided star symbolizes the interaction of the Divine with the humans. When referred to as the "Creator's Star," the six points each represent a day of the week and the center corresponds with the Sabbath.
- Septagram. This seven-pointed star symbolizes integration and mystical. It is often seen with the seven planets and seven-fold systems, such as the Hindu chakras.
- Octogram. This eight-pointed star symbolizes fullness and regeneration. It is often seen with eight-fold systems, such as trigrams, the pagan wheel of the year, and the Ogdoad of ancient Egypt.
- Nonogram. This nine- pointed star symbolizes achievement and stability. It can represent stability in terms of change. Often, the nine-pointed star is paired with nine-fold systems, such as the nine Taoist kanji.
7 Pointed Star Tattoo
Common placements include . . .
- Lower back
- Upper arm
- Back shoulders
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