Compass Tattoo Meanings

When compasses were originally created, they weren’t actually used for spatial navigation. Instead, they were used as divination instruments, meant to guide people spiritually. Compasses first showed up in China during the Han Dynasty, and it was only in the 11th century that they became popularly used as navigation tools. Below, we’ve put together a compass tattoo dictionary, spelling out the meaning behind each one of these tattoo designs.