There are several reasons behind star tattoo meaning. Sometimes they symbolize one’s hope of becoming a star or one’s goals and determination to reach for the stars. There are also certain types of star tattoo designs that have specific meanings attached to them. Think through the symbolism and the design with your tattoo artist. Usually, they can take your idea and turn it into something even better.
Common Meanings Associated With Star Tattoos
- Finding one’s way
- A desire to achieve high goals
- Success or accomplishment
- A bright and shining point in your life
- An interest in astronomy
- A challenge to conquer
- Religious faith (see below)
- You are a fisherman or sailor
- The Navy Seal or Coast Guard
- Individuality or uniqueness
- The birth of a child
Of course, like with any other tattoo, stars don’t have to have a particular meaning—they can just be a pretty design.
Star Tattoo Ideas and Meanings
There is a myriad of star tattoo designs and each carries its own symbolism.
- Star Tattoo Meaning: Three-Star Tattoo: If the stars are aligned in a sequence with each star being bigger than the last, then this tattoo represents a journey that was taken. An actor or actress might get this tattoo to mark the journey they took from being a small-town actor to becoming an A-list movie star.
- Multiple Stars: A string of tiny stars is a very popular design to get, especially for women because it looks pretty. Most people will add a star to the design every time they achieve something so that every star becomes a symbol of accomplishment.
- Pentagram: This five-pointed star carries two meanings, depending 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. An upward-pointing pentagram is a symbol of protection and balance. In Wicca, its five points represent the four elements (water, fire, air, and earth) with the fifth and top point representing the Spirit, who presides over the other elements. The pentagram was also adopted as a Christian symbol in early Christianity and the five points represent Christ’s five wounds incurred during his crucifixion.
- Star Tattoo Meaning: Hexagram or the Star of David: Also known as the “Shield of David,” this is a strong symbol of Judaism. The six-pointed star symbolizes the interaction of the Divine with 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 mystique. It can represent the seven planets, seven-fold systems(such as the Hindu chakras), or the seven days of creation in Christianity.