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What is the symbolism of nautical stars?

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Nautical Star Symbolism
  • I always thought of the 'nautical star' as just a 'nautical star'- something having to do with navigating the seas. Perhaps other cultures have adapted it as their own symbol for signaling their sexual preference or anything else - but then wouldn't it be called a 'lesbian star'?
  • It stands for guidance and hope.
  • It has been brought to my attention that the Blood Gang symbol is the five point star, which mine are not.
  • I also heard that each point on the star has a meaning, and that they are Life, Liberty, Peace, Juctice, and Freedom.
  • This is a much debated subject. It is easy to see that in different societies and sub-cultures it has different meanings. For punks it's anarchy, dreams etc. Just like the pentagram, not one answer is right not one is rong. It is a matter of opinion.
  • The stars stand for port and starboard; yet more naval related ink. In non-nautical terms left and right. Don't get lost.
  • TO ME THEIR ARE FIVE POINTS THAT A STAR CONTAINS FROM TOP TO BOTTOM TO LEFT TO RIGHT TO THE LAST POINT MEANS TO ME (1)ONE LOVE (2) ONE LIFE (3)ONE DESTINY (4) ONE HEART (5) ONE SOUL. This was passed on to my family for generations whom all have had a five point star tattoo.
  • The five pointed version represents Polaris, the North Star. Once spotted, anyone trying to navigate could figure out what direction to travel in. Sailors get this tattoo to help them get home safely. The four pointed version, as seen on a map, represents the four directions: north, south, east, and west. The 8 pointed version is used on maps and represents a compass with the four directions, as well as their cooresponding diagonals.
  • The nautical star stands as an omen of safe-passage. : SMT 1st Mate, Ocean Warrior

The north star, which sailors used to navigate.

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