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Aboriginal Art Symbols - Star

The Aboriginal art symbol for a star is a large central ring surrounded by smaller rings arranged like the numbers on a clock.

Aboriginal Art Symbols - Star

The Aboriginal art symbol for a star is a large central ring surrounded by smaller rings arranged like the numbers on a clock. This symbol works visually on two levels: as an individual star where the smaller rings provide its sparkle, or as a group of stars that form a constellation.

  • The Aboriginal people have always used the stars for navigation, and as a calendar for the hunting and gathering of seasonal food and provisions.

  • Aboriginal astronomy assigns spiritual and moral meanings to the motion of the stars and planets which are communicated through ‘dreaming stories’.

Some of the topics in our Aboriginal Art pages are illustrated with a painting that was inspired by the theme of that page. The symbols and images used to create them are taken from the sheets above which are freely available as pdf. files for you to download to help with drawing your own artworks.