The Five Lunar Mansions

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Black Tortoise (Mercury)

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White Tiger (Venus)

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Vermilion Bird (Mars)

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Azure Dragon (Jupiter)

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Yellow Dragon (Saturn)


The Seven

Constellations of

The Azure Dragon



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Star Charts and Moon Stations

Steve Renshaw and Saori Ihara


The Lunar Mansions

Vivian E. Robson


The Azure Dragon

Cultural China


What Is An Asterism?

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At The Speed Of A Horse

Ella Traver | ElderThinker | 07.27.10


At the time the early Arab, Indian and Chinese Astrologers were learning to measure and catalog the skies, information moved very slowly. The fastest mode of delivering news was by horseback.


There are many similarities which no doubt followed visits between cultures. There are differences too as each studied and recorded on their own.


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The Azure Dragon of Spring

In Ancient Astrology


The Azure Dragon of the East


Sometimes called the Azure Dragon of the East, the azure, or blue-green dragon was chosen by the earliest Chinese astronomers to represent the planet Jupiter, and positions of the moon against certain stars in the eastern sky. It also represents the Spring season, and wood.


The seven positions or stations of the Azure Dragon are known as "mansions" because they represent groupings or asterisms of stars. These are called Horn, Neck, Root, Room, Heart, Tail and Winnowing Basket.


The Azure Dragon is seen in stars and the patterns made with stars around them. The moon passes through these stars and groupings in seven days. All together, there are twenty-eight such constellations, one for each day of the lunar month. The Azure Dragon represents seven collections of these stars which look like a dragon.


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Azure Dragon Star Chart by Steven Renshaw and Saori Ihara


1=Horn, 2=Neck, 3=Root, 4=Chamber,

5=Heart, 6=Tail, 7=Basket


Azure Dragon Is Sometime Called Green Dragon or Blue Dragon


The color "azure" is really a blue-green color. Sometimes it is called a blue dragon and other times a green dragon. Not surprising since it was named by ancient Chinese Astrologers thousands of years ago. Ancient Arabian and Indian Astrologers adopted the lunar mensions and developed their own interpretations and Portents.

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Black Tortoise


Black Tortoise



White Tiger


White Tiger



Vermilion Bird


Vermilion Bird



Azure Dragon


Azure Dragon



Yellow Dragon


Yellow Dragon