There are many meanings that may be attached to a tribal star tattoo.
In the past, tattoos symbolized bravery. Ancient civilization used tattoos to symbolize honor and valor in the society. Tattoos were even used to classify people in the society. Later on, the markings became a sign of wickedness and were attributed to people who spent time in prison. However, nowadays, tattoos are becoming more of an expression of art. People are now using their body as canvasses to show what is important to them or simply conveying their individuality.
One of the most common tattoos in the world is the star tattoos. The diversity in design and the androgyny it allows make stars very popular. Anyone can wear a star, young, old, rich or poor. The stars symbolize a variety of things depending on the star that is chosen.
Tribal Star Tattoo: Common Meaning
Stars can simply mean goals or achievements in life (pretty much like the star stamps pre- schoolers get from their teachers). Shooting stars can symbolize an important event. Nautical starsalso known as the North Star wasnormally used by sailors mean hope for guidance and protection.
Tribal Star Tattoo: Pentagram
A pentagram is often seen as a symbol of the devil, however, it also symbolizes balance and protection, ironically, from evil.
Tribal Star Tattoo: Hexagram
Stars also represent several religions. A Hexagram, also known as the Star of David which symbolizes Judaism is also known as the Creator’s star. The six points represent the six days of the week and the space in the middle represents the Sabbath. The Six pointed stars have also been discovered in cosmological diagrams in other religions such as Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism.The Same star is also used by Christians specifically The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints and Zion Christian Church.
Tribal Star Tattoo:Septagram
The Septagram on the other hand embodies synthesis and mystery. In fact, it is a sacred symbol for the Wiccans who follow the faery tradition, in which it is known as the Elven star. In Kabbalah, it represents the seven planets, seven alchemical metals and seven days of the week. In Islam, septagram can allude to the seven latifah(subtle faculties) of the Islamic mystical thought. For Hindu, it represents the seven major chakras.
Tribal Star Tattoo:Octogram
The Octogram or 8 pointed stars symbolizes infinity fullness and regeneration. It can be connected to several mystical groups most notably to Ogdoad which refers to the eight primary deities of Ancient Egypt.
Tribal Star Tattoo:Nonagram
The Nonagram or 9 pointed stars symbolizes wholeness, achievement, supreme sanctity and because 9 is last single digit in the decimal system, it also represents boundaries or limit. It is also connected to nine-fold systems like the Taiostkanji (psychic centers) which is similar to Hindu Chakras.
Whether the meaning of the star tattoo lies between the simple and the complicated, religious or rebellious, the star remains one of the most popular tattoo designs in the world because of its’ diversity. It also does not hurt that the tattoos now do not need to categorize the wearer. It merely enables them to express themselves. Wear a star or be one.