50+ Constellation Tattoos Ideas and Designs for the Asterophiles

By Jason Hamilton / August 4, 2020
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We love seeing clear night skies full of stars. Who doesn’t? Since ancient times, it has already fascinated our ancestors. This is because aside from the fact that the sight is fascinating (I mean imagine what else are out there), such a view is also beautiful and calming. And if you’re one who agrees with this, why not take it with you wherever you go? Yes, you can, and that is by having your favorite constellations etched on your skin. They will surely be lovely to look at. And did you know they can have deep meanings too?

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Constellation Tattoos Ideas and Designs and their Meanings

In the old days, people used the night sky as their compass. They would use constellations to find their way back home. The light that the night sky gives also helps travelers back in the old days to find their right path in order to go home or to a different location. And so today, people see constellation tattoos as a representation of the idea that you will always find your way back home no matter where life might take you.

Constellation tattoos are also popularly known as a symbol of hope. This is probably because of the idea that it is where soldiers, when out in the field, get their hope to go back home alive after the war.

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Aside from that, people also see constellation tattoos as a symbol to represent their connection to others. You see, constellations are formed by connecting several stars together. And it’s the same for us humans – we cannot build relationship ties without others because we are social creatures who need a friend and family relationships for our lives to be complete.

Of course, this can also represent your fascination with the stars that make up constellations. But these are not the only meanings and representations of constellations, especially in the world of body art. Take a look at these constellation tattoos ideas and designs to learn more.

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Zodiac

Probably the most popular constellation tattoo designs are the zodiac sign constellations. This is because aside from the fact that you can get to show your love for the stars, this tattoo design can also show off your individuality – your birthdate and even your personality. Here are some zodiac sign constellation tattoos based on your birthday where you can take inspiration from.

A ram with the constellation for the Aries (March 21 to April 19)

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An ankle tattoo of a Taurus (April 20 to May 20) constellation with watercolor details

A Gemini (May 21 to June 21) constellation paired with an astrological glyph tattooed just below the nape

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A Cancer (June 21 to July 22) constellation tattoo paired with a moon, star, date, and planet tattoo

A Leo (July 23 to August 22) constellation paired with a Cancer constellation with various symbols

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A small Virgo (August 23 to September 22) constellation tattoo on the left ring finger

A watercolor Libra (September 23 to October 22) constellation tattoo

A unique Scorpio (October 23 to November 21) tattoo with a quote that reads “All great and precious things are lonely”

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A UV Sagittarius (November 22 to December 21) tattoo on the right thigh

A Capricorn (December 22 to January 19) tattoo made with different symbols placed on the arm

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An Aquarius (January 20 to February 18) constellation tattoo etched on the right calf

A Pisces (February 19 to March 20) tattoo composed of different celestial body symbols

There’s also this new zodiac sign/constellation recently added called Ophiuchus. This one is for the people born between November 29 and December 17. And if you want to have it inked, here’s what it looks like:

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The Ophiucus constellation

And since a 13th zodiac has been added, there’s a bit of an update on the dates for the star sign. Take a look at this:

  • Capricorn: Jan 20 – Feb 16
  • Aquarius: Feb 16 – March 11
  • Pisces: March 11 – April 18
  • Aries: April 18 – May 13
  • Taurus: May 13 – June 21
  • Gemini: June 21 – July 20
  • Cancer: July 20 – Aug 10
  • Leo: Aug 10 – Sept 16
  • Virgo: Sept 16 – Oct 30
  • Libra: Oct 30 – Nov 23
  • Scorpio: Nov 23 – Nov 29
  • Ophiuchus: Nov 29 – Dec 17
  • Sagittarius: Dec 17 – Jan 20

Flowers

Flower tattoo designs have various types and colors. And each of them has its own meaning, making any tattoo all the more significant. And it can make constellation tattoos like so too. Flower tattoos are so versatile that you can pair them with any tattoo symbols and even morph them with constellation tattoos. Take a look at these samples on how you can morph them for your constellation tattoos too.

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A Capricorn constellation made with daisies, stars, and vines

A wrist tattoo of an Aquarius constellation tattoo made with different flowers

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A sideboob tattoo of a Pisces constellation made with flowers

An Aries constellation made with purple flowers

A Taurus tattoo made with white daisies

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A Gemini constellation made with different kinds of flowers

A Cancer tattoo made of lilies

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A Leo constellation made of roses

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A UV tattoo of Virgo constellation made with flowers

A floral Libra constellation on the forearm

A wrist Scorpio tattoo

A Sagittarius constellation of different flowers

Orion Constellation

Different cultures have different meanings for the Orion constellation. For instance, for the Greeks, Orion is referred to as a hunter. Meanwhile, the ancient Egyptians praised it as Osiris. For the Indians of Nebraska, it is their “Kaomi the king.” And for the Babylonians, it is a god that created gemstones. Generally, many cultures see it as a positive symbol which makes it worth considering too. Take a look at these Orion constellation tats for inspo.

An Orion tattoo on the forearm

A super subtle Orion tattoo placed on the left rib

A minimalist black ink Orion constellation on the triceps

An Orion constellation placed just below the nape

A blue ink ankle tattoo of the Orion constellation

A watercolor Orion tattoo on the forearm

A dotwork Orion tattoo on the wrist

Big and Small Dipper or Greater and Lesser Bear

Two of the most talked-about constellations are the Big and Small Dipper, also referred to as the Greted and Lesser Bear. These two may look like mere saucepans or bears (if you can get to see all of the stars that make it) but they have more meaning than that. For some people, these two constellations are like yin and yang – they symbolize the balancing opposites of each other. Meanwhile, others see it as a representation of mother and child which coincides with the story of Zeus. Sometimes, they also represent the characters in other cultures’ mythology. Here are some tattoo ideas for these constellations.

A minimalist big dipper tattoo

Matching big and little dipper tattoos

A minimalist big dipper tattoo on the nape

Big and little dippers tattoo at the back of the hand

Big and little dippers paired with star symbols

A forearm tattoo combination of mountain and big dipper constellation

A subtle big dipper tattoo on the forearm

Geometric

Some people also like adding geometric shapes to their tattoos. However, these details aren’t just for aesthetics. Apparently, they also contain different meanings depending on their shape. Such additional detail will definitely make your constellation tattoo more meaningful and attention-grabbing. Here are some ideas on how you can combine geometric details to your constellation tattoo.

A geometric constellation tattoo found on the sternum to the ribs

A geometric Libra constellation on the forearm

A small Cancer tattoo with geometric details paired with a planet and a moon

A combination of geometric shapes, Scorpio constellation, and crescent moons

A Scorpio constellation paired with a geometric mountain tattoo placed on the calf

A rib tattoo of Aquila constellation paired with geometrical and watercolor details

A Virgo forearm tattoo paired with a geometric arrow tattoo

Cassiopeia

Cassiopeia is one of the brightest constellations that you can easily see with the naked eye. It is named after the vain queen in Greek mythology who boasted about her unrivaled beauty. Regardless if you’re referring to the queen in the mythology or the constellation, Cassiopeia is indeed too beautiful not to ink.  Take a look at these ideas.

An ankle tattoo of Cassiopeia constellation

A chest tattoo of a Cassiopeia constellation

A simple Cassiopeia constellation tattoo placed on the right wrist

A unique white ink tattoo of Cassiopeia constellation etched on the back area

A galactic watercolor tattoo of the Cassiopeia constellation placed on the right shoulder cap

A colorful Cassiopeia constellation with star symbols

A pink Cassiopeia tattoo paired with a lovely quote that reads, “Keep in mind that I love you”

There’s still a lot of constellations in the sky to choose from. Like the stars in the sky, your options for constellation tattoos ideas and designs are limitless. This list of samples is just the rip of the iceberg. These are just the most popular ones and we’re sure you will love them as well. Also, these constellations are more recognizable which is ideal if you want something that’s easily recognizable.


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About the author

Jason Hamilton

Jason has been an avid fan of tattoos for over 13 years now. He is currently 35 years old, and he got his first tattoo at the age of 22. Since then, he has added over 20 tattoos to his collection. He is also into writing, which is why he decided to celebrate both of his passion and hobby through tats ‘n’ rings. Jason dreams of having his very own tattoo parlor soon. Jason would be very happy to answer any questions about tattoos that you may have! Leave a comment below and he’ll answer it for you right away!

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