New Constellation Symbols

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There are symbols for the twelve classical constellations of the zodiac, which are primarily used for astrological purposes. Two symbols have been proposed for Ophiuchus, the thirteenth constellation of the zodiac - one in general use in Japanese astrology and the other based on the rod of Aesclepius.

For the book One Hundred Year Star-Diary, I created symbols for a number of meteor showers. My symbols for the showers that emanate from zodiacal constellations were based on the symbols for those constellations. For the other ones, I created new constellation symbols - representing Lyra, Orion, Perseus, Ursa Minor, and the obsolete constellation Quadrans Muralis.

Having created symbols for those constellations, I wondered - could I make symbols for the rest of them? Over the course of two years, I have done exactly that. In some cases a diagram of the star pattern made a good symbol - in other cases, I've illustrated the object, creature, or myth represented by the constellation. For the more recent constellations I have sometimes taken inspiration from the diagrams and drawings provided by the constellation's creator.

The constellations of the zodiac

Aries symbol
Aries
Ram
Taurus symbol
Taurus
Bull
Gemini symbol
Gemini
Twins
Cancer symbol
Cancer
Crab
Leo symbol
Leo
Lion
Virgo symbol
Virgo
Maiden
Libra symbol
Libra
Scales
Scorpio symbol
Scorpio (Scorpius)
Scorpion
Ophiuchus symbolAesclepius symbol
Ophiuchus
Snake-Holder
Sagittarius symbol
Sagittarius
Archer
Capricorn symbol
Capricorn (Capricornus)
Mer-Goat
Aquarius symbol
Aquarius
Water-Bearer
Pisces symbol
Pisces
Fish

New constellation symbols

Andromeda symbol
Andromeda
Princess
Antlia symbol
Antlia
Air Pump
Apus symbol
Apus
Bird of Paradise
Aquila symbol
Aquila
Eagle
Ara symbol
Ara
Altar
Auriga symbol
Auriga
Charioteer
Bootes symbol
Boötes
Herdsman
Caelum symbol
Caelum
Chisel
Camelopardalis symbol
Camelopardalis
Giraffe
CanesVenatici symbol
Canes Venatici
Hunting Dogs
CanisMajor symbol
Canis Major
Great Dog
CanisMinor symbol
Canis Minor
Little Dog
Carina symbol
Carina
Keel
Cassiopeia symbol
Cassiopeia
Queen
Centaurus symbol
Centaurus
Centaur
Cepheus symbol
Cepheus
King
Cetus symbol
Cetus
Sea-Monster
Chamaeleon symbol
Chamaeleon
Chameleon
Circinus symbol
Circinus
(Drafting) Compass
Columba symbol
Columba
Dove
ComaBerenices symbol
Coma Berenices
Berenice's Hair
CoronaAustralis symbol
Corona Australis
Southern Crown
CoronaBorealis symbol
Corona Borealis
Northern Crown
Corvus symbol
Corvus
Crow
Crater symbol
Crater
Cup
Crux symbol
Crux
Southern Cross
Cygnus symbol
Cygnus
Swan
Delphinus symbol
Delphinus
Dolphin
Dorado symbol
Dorado
Dolphinfish
Draco symbol
Draco
Dragon
Equuleus symbol
Equuleus
Little Horse
Eridanus symbol
Eridanus
River
Fornax symbol
Fornax
Furnace
Grus symbol
Grus
Crane
Hercules symbol
Hercules
Hero
Horologium symbol
Horologium
Clock
HydraConst symbol
Hydra
Female Water-Snake
Hydrus symbol
Hydrus
Male Water-Snake
Indus symbol
Indus
Indian
Lacerta symbol
Lacerta
Lizard
LeoMinor symbol
Leo Minor
Little Lion
Lepus symbol
Lepus
Rabbit
Lupus symbol
Lupus
Wolf
Lynx symbol
Lynx
Lynx
Lyra symbol
Lyra
Lyre
Mensa symbol
Mensa
Table Mountain
Microscopium symbol
Microscopium
Microscope
Monoceros symbol
Monoceros
Unicorn
Musca symbol
Musca
Fly
Norma symbol
Norma
Carpenter's Square
Octans symbol
Octans
Octant
Orion symbol
Orion
Hunter
Pavo symbol
Pavo
Peacock
Pegasus symbol
Pegasus
Winged Horse
Perseus symbol
Perseus
Hero
Phoenix symbol
Phoenix
Phoenix
Pictor symbol
Pictor
Easel
PiscisAustrinus symbol
Piscis Austrinus
Southern Fish
Puppis symbol
Puppis
Poop Deck
Pyxis symbol
Pyxis
Compass-Box
Reticulum symbol
Reticulum
Reticle
Sagitta symbol
Sagitta
Arrow
Sculptor symbol
Sculptor
Sculptor's Tools
Scutum symbol
Scutum
Shield
Serpens symbol
Serpens
Snake
Sextans symbol
Sextans
Sextant
Telescopium symbol
Telescopium
Telescope
Triangulum symbol
Triangulum
Triangle
TriangulumAustrale symbol
Triangulum Australe
Southern Triangle
Tucana symbol
Tucana
Toucan
UrsaMajor symbol
Ursa Major
Great Bear
UrsaMinor symbol
Ursa Minor
Little Bear
Vela symbol
Vela
Sail
Volans symbol
Volans
Flying Fish
Vulpecula symbol
Vulpecula
Fox

Obsolete Constellations and Sub-Constellations

QuadransMuralis symbol
Quadrans Muralis
Mural Quadrant
SerpensCaput symbol
Serpens Caput
Snake's Head
SerpensCauda symbol
Serpens Cauda
Snake's Tail

Notes for selected constellations:

Sightings

See the sightings page for a Chamaeleon tattoo.

Constellations in context

Sky-maps by hemisphere:


Northern Hemisphere

Southern Hemisphere

PDF: hemispheres.pdf

Full-sky map:

PDF: rect_edges.pdf


Traditional constellation symbols are in the public domain. Lyra, Orion, Perseus, Quadrans Muralis, Ursa Major, and Ursa Minor symbols created by Denis Moskowitz and Alec Finlay for the book One Hundred Year Star-Diary and released to the public domain. All other symbols created by Denis Moskowitz and released to the public domain. This page first posted Jul 31 2008 by Denis Moskowitz. Last modified Sep 29 2010.


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