Five-pointed stars are common to many cultures. Travelers, sailors, astronomers and occultists all find symbolism in stars, making the five-pointed star tattoo have meanings that include a personal journey, a nautical North Star that acts as a guide, a shooting star, the five elements and worship.
A nautical star typically has half of each leg filled in. It represents the North Star, a guide for safe journeying for a sailor. It can also represent choosing a personal path to travel, according to About.com. Shooting stars represent good luck or a rare significant event that lasts forever in memory. An upside-down five-pointed star is often associated with devil worship, but also is an Egyptian symbol for the world and the five elements that make it up, according to Inked Magazine.