Heavenly movement of the celestial bodies that light up the night sky have always fascinated nighttime viewers and fueled ancient cultures with myths and superstitions when they spotted shooting stars. Ancient worshippers assigned simple meanings to shooting stars and believed the shooting stars were the creators of dramatic changes in their lives, like new birth or a better life, much like today’s meanings.
While today’s meanings for shooting star tattoos might have lost the ancient beliefs and mythology that held deep meanings to the life and fortunes of tribal sky-watchers, some remnants of those old beliefs remain. Stars, one of the oldest symbols in any form, have been very powerful images for centuries of wonder in several religions and tribal belief systems.
While star tattoos are not specific to any religion or culture and have many variations in design, they still have metaphysical meanings for today’s body art devotees and continue to be universal symbols of good luck or life changes. Shooting stars, on the other hand, can infer fleeting, but highly emotional romances or any of life’s transitions.
Some are adding shooting star tattoos to their body art to mark some event in their lives that left a lasting impression. It could memorialize a close friend, a deep romance or a moment in time that brought a change of attitude or lifestyle. The death of a loved one can be memorialized by a blaze of shooting stars, signifying the soul’s journey to another existence.
We are all dreamers and these beautiful clusters of stars shooting across your body could represent finally arriving at your goal or simply reaching for the stars and grabbing your dream. Who isn’t attracted by the very thought of reaching for the stars?
When you engrave a trail of stars across your shoulder or back, your meanings are personal and might have nothing to do with anyone else’s opinion of the symbology. The use of symbols for graphic or unconscious interpretation is a time-honored method of attracting attention to a product or business, and can easily attract attention to you for the same reasons. Advertising companies have become mega businesses doing just that.
Some popular sites for men who choose shooting star tattoos include the upper arm, shoulder or upper back. These displays can be a straight line flash of color leading to a fireworks-like display at the end of the star trail or one that swirls around your arm, highlighting your muscles,
Women tend to choose more delicate versions of the same design. They might prefer a subtle swirling of stars around an ankle and starting up the leg or one displayed in the small of their back, for example. Either one can be a slightly provocative or flirty design, while symbolizing a woman who’s wishes come true, or one with an interesting past.
The only thing that matters when you are choosing your shooting star tattoo, is what it means to you and not anyone else.