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The 36 Minor Constellations correspond to the 36 Minor Arcana in the C. C. Zain system. These are basically the same as the Aratea, in its Carolingian form, as it appeared in about the 8th century. The material is collected by C.C. Zain in his book Spiritual Astrology available at www.light.org
Samten de Wet, March 29, 2005
The 36 Decans – Constellations – Minor Arcana are:
TRIANGULUM - A triangle with point upward.
ERIDANUS - A river whose waters confer youth and immortality.
PERSEUS - A warrior in the cause of right, with wings on his feet, and bearing
a sword, helmet and shield.
04 LEPUS - A hare running timidly away.
ORION - A hunter armed with a huge club, fighting with an infuriated bull.
AURIGA - A charioteer who drives his steeds with one hand and with the other
protects a mother goat and her kids.
07 URSA MINOR -
A small bear which travels backwards, and whose long, unbearlike
tail touches the pole star.
08 CANIS MAJOR - A large dog which sits up and watches closely for orders from
his master, the hunter.
09 URSA MAJOR - A huge bear that travels about the pole, but does not touch the
10CANIS MINOR - A little, yapping, treacherous cur.
HYDRA - A huge water-serpent which extends its length a third of the
way around the celestial sphere, all the way to Scorpio.
12 ARGO - A ship that carries its crew across the tempestuous sea to
CRATER - A fiery furnace inverted so that the fire it contains pours
out upon the earth.
CENTAURUS - - A creature with the body of a man, armed with a spear, upon
the point of which is impaled a wolf.
CORVUS - - A raven with wings outspread, making a noisy meal from the back
of the water-serpent.
BOOTES - A husband-man, who with upraised whip scourges the Great Bear about
the pole, and in his other hand a grapevine.
HERCULES - - A hero who crushes the head of the Dragon under his feet, and
with his hand grasps the apples of Hesperides.
CORONA BOREALIS - A crown of twelve iron spikes, in front of which a serpent
threatens to strike.
SERPENS - A serpent about to strike.
DRACO - A dragon coiling its length about the pole-star.
LUPUS - - A wolf pierced and dying on the spear of Centaurus.
OPHIUICHUS - A man who wrestles with Serpens, the serpent.
- An altar from which arises the smoke of burnt sacrifice.
CORONA AUSTRALIS - A laurel crown of triumph.
25 LYRA - A harp of seven strings.
AQUILA - An eagle bearing aloft in its talons a young man.
SAGITTA - An arrow in full flight.
CYGNUS - A swan flying swiftly southward.
DELPHINUS - A dolphin that has come to the surface to breathe.
PISCES AUSTRALIS - A fish drinking the water that flows from the urn of Aquarius.
EQUULEUS - The head of a horse with flowing mane.
PEGASUS - A winged horse that soars upward.
CETUS - A gigantic whale-like monster.
CEPHUS - A king with upraised scepter and whose crown is surmounted by seven
ANDROMEDA - A princess chained to a rock by the sea.
CASSIOPEA - A queen sitting on a throne clasping in one hand a braid of her