Stars are a brilliant part of nature that we share with all of our ancestors. For centuries, humans have studied, painted, and admired these radiant celestial bodies. Since the invention of the telescope, we’ve been able to explore our galaxy even further, spotting planets, moons, and comets–even turning some planets back into dwarf planets. Many astronomical tattoo designs are based on ancient symbols representing the components of the solar system. For the star-gazers of you, we’ve compiled a list of stellar celestial tattoo meanings.
Celestial Tattoo Dictionary
Constellation: dots connected by straight lines, representing patterns of stars in the sky. The constellation is symbolic of strength, persistence, and interconnectedness.
Fiery Comet: a flying comet with a fire tail, symbolizing swift and powerful force.
Jupiter: a curled ‘4’ symbol representing expansion, optimism, and bounty.
Mars: a circle symbol with an arrow pointing North East, representing action, desire, and aggression.
Mercury: a flecked circle topped on a cross, symbolizing communication, intellect, and reason.
Moon: a crescent shaped moon that symbolizes emotions and intuition.
Moon Phase: a vertical line showing separate profiles of the moon’s shape at each stage of the cycle.This represents the cyclical nature of time.
Neptune: named after the Greek god, the planet is represented by a pitchfork figure, symbolic of integration, transcendence of the individual, and loss of distinction.
Pluto: an L combined with a P, symbolic of transition, life cycles, and compulsion.
Saturn: a curled ‘n’ with a crossed stem, representing restriction, responsibility, and protection.
Sun: a circle with a bold border and a dot in its centre, representing vitality and the self.
Sun-and-Moon: a half moon face and half sun face, representing love and the harmony of two opposing forces.
Uranus: a loop with an arrow through its stem, representing change, breakthrough, and new energy.
Venus: a cross topped with a circle, representing love, beauty, and art.
If the stars are all aligned, and some of these ideas speak to you, check out some of the designs in the images below!
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