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Nautical Star Tattoo Meaning

There is a lot of talk about exactly what the real meaning of the nautical star tattoo is, and besides the obvious nautical connection many groups as ...

 

There is a lot of talk about exactly what the real meaning of the nautical star tattoo is, and besides the obvious nautical connection many groups as well as organizations have taken the design on board and made it their own including from the military all the way to punk rockers and lesbians.

While it is unclear of what the star may mean, everyone is clear that the first to emblaze it on their skins were sailors.  For many of the sailors, life on the high seas was treacherous and often fatal and with only the stars to guide them.  Navigating by means of the North Star, the only star not to move around the skies and a fixed reference point for all sailors, the stars in general were symbolic of making it home safely.  The nautical star became a symbol of finding your way in life and looked upon the tattoos as lucky charms.

Nowadays, people still hold the belief that nautical stars are a symbol of safe journeys and are popular with travellers as well as with those living on the ocean.

While most people see the nautical star as a five pointed design, there are those that feel that the four sided star is more relevant to nautical terms and reflects the directions of a ships compass.  This may be the case, but when looking at various old ship maps, you will find a lot five sided stars representing the compass points.