Understanding Star Symbols And How They Relate To Star Tattoos.
“I am a star which goes with thee and shines out of the depths” —– Mithraic Saying
What is that light shining in the darkness? A star, of course. The star has long been considered a symbol of truth, spirit and of hope. Their very existence speaks to the struggle against the forces of darkness and the unknown, and their fixed nature brings the suggestion of order and destiny, and it is on this structure that astrology is founded. In the Tarot, “The Star” is the seventeenth card in the Major Arcana, which signifies hope and the uniting of spirit with matter though the mediation of the soul.
So, how does this relate to you and me? Just ask Aleister Crowley, who once wrote, “every man and every woman is a star”, which is a concept that associates the symbol of the star with the divine spark within each of us.
Does The Number Of Points On A Star Tattoo Change Its Meaning?
Most definitely. A star design’s meaning depends on the number and sometimes orientation of its points. The differences are as follows:
Four Point Star, depicted as an equilateral cross with sharpened ends, was especially popular with various early Native American tribes. The star design appeared in their rock art, tipis, shields, clothing, robes, and pottery. People who choose the four point star tattoo tend to be trustworthy, practical, and down-to-earth individuals. They are the cornerstone members of society, who perform their duties with dedication and perseverance, and have the kind of will power that is often mistaken for sheer stubbornness. Once a decision is made, it will be followed through to the conclusion, right, wrong, or indifferent. “Four star tattoo” people are very set in their ways and determined to handle things the way they know they should be handled and their tenacity of purpose and ability to get the job done borders on obsession.
Five Point Star, also known as a pentacle or pentagram, is commonly depicted with a circle enclosing the star and is a popular symbol among pagans and wiccans. The five points typically represent earth, wind, fire, water, and our spirit, which takes its proper place above the four elements. The pentacle (the five-point star drawn as overlapping outlines) is considered a potent sigil of protection and balance and is worn as an adornment by pagans just as the crucifix is worn by Christians. There is also something called a “pentagrammaton” (a Greek word that means “five-lettered name”, which refers to Yeheshuah, the Hebrew name of Jesus) that has many representations, one of which is a pentagram that incorporates a yin-yang symbol to emphasize its harmonizing nature.
People who are attracted to a five point star tattoo are usually very versatile, adventurous, progressive, and always striving to find answers to the many questions that life poses. Since the five point star is the sign of freedom and independence (just take a look at the American flag), these people want to be totally unrestrained, and know how to motivate people around them. Five point star tattoo design people also love adventure, are apt to be multi-talented and happy-go-lucky, and have an innate ability to think through complex matters and analyze them quickly.
The Six Point Star, can be drawn two different ways, as an upside-down triangle overlapping an upright triangle or as one continuous line that angles to create six points (credited to Aleister Crowley). In the first example, when used in alchemy, the upright triangle represents fire, the upside-down triangle is the symbol for water and together they symbolize the unity of opposites.
Although the pentagram is widely recognized as the symbol of witchcraft, the hexagram is actually a very ancient and one of the most powerful symbols used in occultism and the casting of zodiacal horoscopes by astrologers. In fact, magicians and alchemists believed that the hexagram was actually the footprint of a demon called a “trud”, which they used in ceremonies to both attract and repel demons. It is believed that the word “hex” or “curse” comes from the hexagon.
The hexagram, in addition to appearing in the Great Seal of Solomon, is also a common symbol in Judaism, as there supposedly was a 6-pointed star on the shield that David carried to battle Goliath. However, despite the popularity of the Star of David, there is no Biblical or historical evidence that connects the hexagram with King David of Israel, although it can be traced to King Solomon when he turned to pagan gods in his later years.
People who get a six point star tattoo design tend to be idealistic and have a strong sense of responsibility. Quick to offer advice, these people often take on the burden of leadership, which they temper with strength, compassion, wisdom and sympathy. They are always willing to carry far more than their fair share of the load and feel that the most important thing in their life is the home, family and friends.
The Seven Point Star, aside from being a septagram or septacle, is also known as the “elven” of “fairy” star, since it is the star associated with the magick and spiritual realms. Not surprising, the septacle is a sacred symbol to Wiccans who follow the “Faery” tradition, and is also important in Western Qaballah, where it symbolizes the sphere of Netzach, the seven planets, the seven alchemical metals, and the seven days of the week. The seven pointed star is also a significant component of the seal of the Astrum Argentum, the inner order of Aleister Crowley’s esoteric magickal order Ordo Templi Orientis.
Seven point star tattoo people are peaceful and affectionate souls, who are by nature rather reserved and analytical. Intellectual, scientific and studious, these people don’t accept a premise until they have dissected the subject and arrived at their own independent conclusion. Since this is a spiritual star, it often denotes a sort of spiritual wisdom that becomes apparent at a fairly early age.
The Eight Point Star or the octagram represents completeness and the regenerative cycle, which is also seen in the eight Sabbats of the Pagan year, and the eight-fold systems such as the trigrams of the I Ching, the pagan wheel of the year and the Ogdoad (the eight deities of the creation myth) of ancient Egypt.
Eight point star tattoo people are apt to be very independent, forceful, competitive, powerful, confident and materially successful individuals. These people are involved in practical, down-to-earth affairs, and they use their ambitions, organizational ability, and efficient approach to carve a satisfying niche for themselves.
The nonagram or Nine Point Star is a symbol of achievement and stability, and is related to nine-fold systems, such as kundalini power and the nine Taoist kanji (psychic centers) which are similar to the seven Hindu bodily charkas plus the Earth-star and Soul-star. In Qaballah, the nonagram symbolizes Yesod, the Earth, the Moon and the power of imagination.
People who choose nine point star tattoo designs are compassionate, generous, very trustworthy, honorable, and unlikely to harbor any sort of prejudice. These people feel very deeply for individuals less fortunate than themselves, and if they are in a position to help, they certainly will. Generally equipped with an artistic nature, nine point star tattoo people are able to express their deep emotional feelings through painting, writing, music, or other art forms.
In closing, now you realize that there’s more to browsing through a selection and picking the right star tattoo design for your personality than it just looking pretty, spiritual or patriotic on your body. As stated above, stars connect us to the celestial aspect of creation and speaks to that soul-spark that exists in each and every one of us. Remember, you are a child of the stars, a product of the heavens and you should be proud express to the world… the star you are.
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