Saturday, November 14, 2009

Pentagram Tattoo

The Pentagram Tattoo

Pentagram tattoo

Pentagram Tattoo

Another star tattoo design with a religious or spiritual meaning is the pentagram tattoo.

The pentagram (aka pentangle), a five pointed star, has been used as a symbol by many religions and cultures throughout history, it's one of the oldest symbols in the world.

Here's an overview of the different symbolic meanings of the pentagram:

  • The pentagram is a symbol of protection against evil.
  • Astronomy: the pentagram is a symbol of feminity. During it's path around the sun, the planet Venus follows a pattern that resembles a pentagram.
  • 5 elements: the pentagram is the symbol for the 5 elements: light, air, wind, fire and water.
  • Ancient Egypt: on ancient Egyptian graves, the pentagram is a symbol for the celestial sky.
  • Pythagoras: for Pythagoreans, the pentagram is a symbol for mathematical perfection.
  • Christianity: the pentagram symbolizes the 5 senses and is a symbol of health. In the Middle Ages it was the symbol for the 5 cross wounds of Jesus Christ.
  • Satanism (black magic): they use a reversed pentagram inside a double circle. Inside the pentagram is the head of a goat. Each point has a Hebrew letter, forming the word LVYTN (Leviathan, a mythological sea monster from the Old Testament).
  • Wicca (white magic): a religion based on nature. The pentagram is a symbol of faith for wiccans. Pentagram tattoos are a fairly popular goth tattoo.

In any case, suffice it to say that star tattoos can sometimes transcend the purely decorative and take on a more metaphysical or symbolic meaning.