14. Constellation – Argo, the Ship

 

argo1.JPGMythology

Argo, the ship, is a constellation placed in the far south, divided in the last centuries into four separate constellations: Carina the Keel, Puppis the Stern, Vela the Sails and Pyxis the Compass.

In mythology it represented the ship with which we can go to the Far Away Places, inaccessible places, places at the edge of the world. For Christians it was the Noah’s Ark, for Greeks it was the mythical ship used by Jason and the Argonauts in his quest to find the Golden Fleece, for Hindus it was the ship used by Vishnu to escape from one of the great floods.

 

Symbolism

– exploration, adventure;

– wisdom, knowledge, secret knowledge;

– quest for new knowledge, experiences, places etc.

 

Stars of Argo

The most important stars from Argo, in the order of magnitude are: Canopus, Miaplacidus, Muhnithain and Al Suhail.

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14.1 Canopus – 150 Cancer 00′

 

Canopus is the brightest star in Argo, located in the Keel, in the new constellation Carina. It is one of the greatest stars on the sky and derives his name from the pilot of the ship of the king Menelaus who died on his return from the Trojan war.

Being one of the brightest star on the sky, there are many cultures which associated mythical stories to Canopus, such as: the Arabs called it The Bright One and used it as a South Pole star, the Egyptians saw it as a ship which carried dead people to afterlife, the Indians named it a Death Star etc.

Magnitude: – 0,7

Projected Ecliptical Degrees: 150 Cancer 00′

Declination: 57S07’14”

Range of degrees with which can be in parans: from Taurus to Virgo

Planetary nature: Saturn/Jupiter

Official name: Alpha Argo

 

Symbolism:

– love of travel, journeys;

– leadership, a pathfinder, new directions, wealth, fame;

– changes evil to good;

– it can destroy what he created.

 

15. Constellation – Canis Minor, the lesser dog

 

canis_minor1.JPGMythology

Canis Minorand Canis Majorare the two dogs of Orion chasing a hare, Lepus, and the bull of Taurus. It rises before Canis Major and is Orion’s little dog, sometimes called The Puppy.

 

Symbolism

– messenger;

– guardian.

 

Stars of Canis Minor

The most important stars from Canis Minor, in the order of magnitude are Procyon (Antecanis) and Gomeisa.

 

canis_minor_2.png15.1 Procyon – 250 Cancer 57′

 

Procyon (Antecanis) is the brightest star from the constellation Canis Minor, located in the back of the dog symbolised by the constellation Canis Minor.

In mythology Procyon was seen as Orion’s dog or Helen of Troy dog.

Magnitude: 0,4

Projected Ecliptical Degrees: 250 Cancer 57′

Declination: 05N14’18”

Range of degrees with which can be in parans: from Gemini to Leo

Planetary nature: Mars/Mercury

Official name: Alpha Canis Minor

 

Symbolism:

– bite of a dog or wild animals, death by drowning;

– honors, wealth, military career;

– rash temper, energy, jealousy, quick rise and fall;

– has the nature of Sirius, but with a smaller power and with more quick and less stable effects.