Lunar Stations

China

The Azure Dragon of the East

The Azure Dragon represents the cardinal direction East and the Spring season.

The Azure Dragon is one of the four Dragon Kings of the Four Seas.

During the Tang Dynasty the rebellious General Shan Xiongxin was seen as the reincarnation of the Azure Dragon's Star.

Later, in the Liao dynasty, it was General He Suwen who was seen as the reincarnation of the Azure Dragon's Star, while his arch enemy, general Xue Rengui, was seen as the reincarnation of the White Tiger's Star.

In 1889, close to the end of the Qing dynasty, the Azure Dragon was shown in the Chinese National Flag (right).

Chinese National Flag, 18891912; Wikipedia

The Azure Dragon of the East is home of the first seven Lunar Mansions in Chinese astronomy.
Azure Dragon of the East
Source: ifuun.com
Lunar Mansions in the Azure Dragon of the East
Steve Renshaw & Saori Ihara
The Azure Dragon of the East is home of the first seven Lunar Mansions in Chinese astronomy.

Below is a brief listing of all seven lunar mansions with a listing of the corresponding western constellations. A click on the constellation will take you to the China section of the respective western constellation, which provides a detailed and illustrated description of the asterisms belonging to the Lunar Mansion.

The names of the Lunar Mansions are linked to their respective Wikipedia sites, which provide a listing of all asterisms within a specific Lunar Mansion.

1 Jiăo Horn Centaurus, Coma Berenices, Hydra, Lupus, Virgo
2 Kng Neck Botes, Centaurus, Hydra, Libra, Lupus, Virgo

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