Star tattoos can be a sign of protection and balance. Because stars shine in a dark sky, they also are seen as a symbol of hope. The star can be a symbol of divine interaction with humankind. Star symbols are popular in Jewish and Celtic culture.
Celtic magicians and storytellers often used the star to symbolize the spirit, which they believed to be the fifth element. A six-pointed star design, also called the Star of David, is common in Jewish culture because it is shaped like the hexagonal shield carried by King David. Seven-pointed stars (septagrams) and eight-pointed stars (octograms) also are used as tattoo images, signifying the mystical and regeneration, respectively.