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4 Divisions of Sky

4 Divisions of Sky

The four celestial animals, which have no connection with the twelve animals of the Chinese zodiac, are also the names of the four divisions of the sky. The Dragon\s Heart, the Pleiades, and the Bird Star are the names of three of the lunar mansions which marked the central position of the Dragon, Tiger and Bird. As there was no identifying star at the centre of the Black Tortoise, the appropriate place (the eleventh mansion) was called Void.
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East Azure Dragon Dragon's Heart Antares
North Black Tortoise Void Beta Aquarii
West White Tiger Hairy Head Pleiades
South Red Bird Bird Star Alphard Alpha Hydrae


East Jupiter
North Mercury
West Venus
South Mars
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