Constellations of the Northern Sky See Also: Moons
Stars have fascinated scholars and common men
alike since the first pair of eyes gazed into the night sky. Some
looked to them for power, others for answers, and others for sheer
wonder, but time and again, the eyes returned skyward to gaze at
the twinkling points of light.
As the centuries passed, each race began assigning names and shapes
to the patterns in the night. Many constellations differed wildly
from society to society, but as the cultures began to interact,
some of the star shapes came to agree.
The following is a list of the best-known constellations common
to most societies in the known world, listed by season.
Images and astrological interpretations have been provided by Sister
The Handmaidens are Zelia's ladies-in-waiting. They sit,
clustered tightly about each other in the night, looking down
at the world and giggling insanely.
21 - Olaesta 3
Persons born under the influence of the Handmaidens tend to
be scattered, suffering from a lack of attention span. They
also tend to be tremendously creative and energetic, and laugh
easily. Some older tomes imply such persons are doomed to
bouts of erratic behavior, but the Sisterhood's research has
not found this to be universally true. The Handmaiden's influence
is subtle, incorporating both genius and madness, creative
energy and hysteria.
Depicted by five stars in the shape of a T, the Hammer is
said to be Eonak's. Some say that, on clear nights, you can
hear each ringing strike as the Master of the Forge works
gleaming veil iron into the stars themselves.
4 - Olaesta 18
Those whose birth is influenced by the Hammer embody strength
and perseverance. They are steadfast in the performance of
their duties and very reliable, and can be counted on to perform
under pressure. However, they can be shy or reserved around
other people, and do not enjoy the spotlight. Quiet effort
and steady progress towards their goals are their primary
traits, their faults lie in stubbornness and dogmatism.
Andelas has made his mark on the night sky with the Cat's
Paw. Eleven stars form the paw and claws of a giant feline.
19 - Ivastaen 2
Persons influenced by the Paw are quick and powerful, they
revel in the hunt and the stalking of their prey. They are
sly and quiet, eyes ever watchful for opportunity, but can
sometimes be considered sleepy or lazy by those who underestimate
them. They rarely misstep, and are cautious people, although
their self focus can be disturbing to others. They have little
pity for opponents, in some cases to the point of cruelty,
but are lovingly devoted to those who have earned their respect.
Nine stars form the leaf, stalk, and petals of Oleani's flower
in the brilliant spring sky. The Mistress of Adoration watches
over the spring courtships and lovers laying together to watch
the scintillating stars in each other's arms.
3 - Ivastaen 17
Oleani's constellation influences people to be warm, loving,
and caring. They are romantics and dreamers, often to the
point of making poor personal choices in their quest for love.
Love is blind, and the major fault of those influenced by
this constellation is allowing themselves to give too much,
and to always think the best of others even when such faith
is not warranted.
Three stars form the tail of this celestial rodent as he
cheese through the night.
Ivastaen 18 - Lumnea 1
Those influenced by the Rat are adventurous and energetic,
dynamic and quick-witted. Like the rat, they survive and thrive
in conditions others would find rocky. Their faults lie in
being selfish and avaricious, sometimes quick-tempered, and
they can often be impulsive or impatient.
Twin nebulae ripple through the wings of the Dragonfly, adding
an iridescent quality to the nocturnal insect.
2 - Lumnea 15
The Dragonfly is beauty, and those affected by her influence
are artistic and creative, usually graceful and well mannered.
However, they often place too much stock in appearances, some
might call them vain. Beauty in others can produce either
adoration or worship, or jealousy and disdain. Frequently
those individuals most strongly affected by the dragonfly
can be flighty, possessing little forethought and short attention
The First represents the First Drake, Ka'lethas. His body
was covered in silver scales that shone like the stars, and
a mane of deep indigo framed his face, represented by a faintly
visible purple nebula in the head of the constellation. The
First winds his
serpentine way through the middle of the summer sky.
Lumnea 16 - Lumnea 30
The First generates the traits of power, ferocity, mystery
and magnetism in those he influences. Other people tend to
find them fascinating and charismatic. But the darker side
exists as well, these persons can be cold, aloof, rejective
of perceived weakness in others. Their standards are high,
often impossibly so, and perfectionism is a common trait.
This constellation resembles the scrying ball in which legend
says Jastev forsees the fate of the world. There are four
stars in the ball itself, and four stars in the base.
1 - Koaratos 14
Jastev's Crystal has strongest influence on mystics and seers,
and those whose perceptive powers are strong. They peer into
mystery and seek to discover all that is hidden, though it
is said that those who learn to much are rarely happy. Those
influenced by the crystal can be bright and creative, or moodily
somber. Emotionally stormy, those influenced by the crystal
experience joyous heights and terrible depressions.
The Huntress' constellation is made up of a single star,
called Krrska. Ancient stories hold that, as the Huntress
died after exacting revenge upon her Queen and Arachne, the
gods raised her to become the star Krrska. This star is held
as remarkable by all astronomers, as it constantly shines
with a brightness that surpasses all other heavenly bodies,
and it always has exactly eight points.
15 - Koaratos 29
Those influenced by the Huntress' star are optimistic and
freedom loving. They tend to be jovial and good-humored, often
philosophical. However, they also have a tendency to be somewhat
irresponsible, preferring freedom to duty. Their nature is
restless, and their dealings with other people somewhat uncomfortable,
some say that they lack tact.
The Guardian is always just behind the constellation of The
Huntress, guarding her back as she travels across the sky
as he guarded her in life. The "head" star is Apparea,
with the other nine falling loosely into the shape of a man.
30 - Phoenatos 13
Those influenced by the Guardian are the very soul of honor
and duty. They are brave and trustworthy, and give of themselves
to benefit and protect others. However, this also can lead
to intractability, and they are often stiff-necked and overly
demanding of others. Like a bulldog, they can cling to their
cause tenaciously, right or wrong they choose and stick by
The Sun God is Phoen's constellation, the nighttime reminder
of his soverign reign over summer. It is shaped like a wide
14 - Phoenatos 27
The star burst is warmth and light, and those influenced by
it are reverent and strong in their support of life, love,
happiness. They are nurturing, and make excellent parents.
But the darker side of the Sun God is egotism, and the use
of power too quickly and with lack of forethought. Often their
strong responses to most situations are considered overboard,
and their eagerness can cause more harm than good.
With four stars as the wagon's body and one as its yoke,
the Wagon celebrates the traders and merchants that travel
the land in the summer, pulling their carts of wares to sell.
28 - Imaerasta 11
People influenced by the Wagon tend to wander the world, rarely
staying in one place for long. They can be open and encouraging,
and love to meet new people and see new things. However, there
is a hint of greed and acquisitiveness, and their wandering
natures make them poor choices for friends or mates, except
with like-minded people. They are meticulous in their planning,
and can often overwork themselves.
With five stars patterned like a W to represent each ring
in her symbol, the Queen of Enlightenment is said to watch
over Elanthia, gathering knowledge with its five shimmering
eyes to pass
on to Lumnis.
Imaerasta 12 - Imaerasta 25
Those influenced by the Queen are seekers of knowledge and
researchers. The tend to be good councilors, wise in their
decisions and fair in their dealings, offering guidance and
wisdom. However, they can also be bookish, awkward around
other people, and pedantic in clinging to beliefs.
Charl's symbol presides over the autumn sky, and over the
stormy seas of the fall. There is one star for each of the
tines, one for the base, and two for the handle. Many a shipwrecked
sailor has glanced up from the remains of his ship and cursed
the Trident, blaming Charl's influence for his predicament.
26 - Jastatos 10
The Trident embodies storms, mercurial and violent. Persons
influenced by this constellation tend to be very warlike,
pugnacious, often spoiling for a fight. But like the ever
changing seas, their moods are fickle, they have greater depths
than what is seen on the surface. It is said that soon or
late the seas wash up all manner of things on the shore, and
those the trident's wyrd will surprise you with the treasures
they bring to the surface at odd moments.
The Bringer of Terror holds his place in the night, inspiring
nightmares with his jackal head constellation. Some say that
each star represents a different kind of nightmare, leading
to the ultimate insanity of the stargazer.
11 - Jastatos 25
It is said that the Jackal brings only nightmares, but as
all constellations it is not wise to underestimate him. The
power of dreams is also the power of ambition and aspiration,
and persons under the Jackal's eye seem to achieve positions
of power and responsibility (and yes, great wealth) with ease.
Oft enough your dreams once achieved will not turn out precisely
as you'd hoped, and the unreal nature of dreams must lead
you to wonder if your prettiest dreams may somehow turn to
horrors...or perhaps great joy. Fate is a strong variable
in the Jackal's realm.
One of Elanthia's treasured intelligent, magical, and seldom-seen
creatures, a rampant gryphon holds a special place in the
night sky. The seven stars represent each leg, the tail, the
beak, and one glimmering eye.
26 - Eoanatos 8
The Gryphon's dual nature is reflected in those under his
sway. Generous and warmhearted, enthusiastic, broad-minded
and expansive are they. And yet...at the same time we see
reflections, pompous and patronizing, bossy, intolerant. Their
dichotomous nature makes them dangerous to others in love
or business, yet their large hearts make these maddening individuals
hard to resist.
Represented by six stars of a curiously golden color, Imaera,
Goddess of the Autumn, watches over the night with her stellar
stalk of wheat. Two stars form the main stalk, while two stars
on each side make up the kernels of grain.
9 - Eoanatos 23
To be touched by Imaera's wheat is to be healed, and in many
ways those possessed by the Lady of the Green are whole and
hearty people. Their lives tend to be serene and calm, and
without fanfare they bring peace and healing to troubled hearts
around them. Yet the Lady is also the touch of autumn, where
good things begin to fade slowly away; and these peaceful
souls can sometimes wither and twist into something unhealthy,
instead spreading corruption where once they healed.
With four stars per scalloped wing, the evening flyer also
the autumn welkin.
Eoanatos 24 - Eorgaen 7
The Bat is quick and silent, and those he influences are quick
of wit and quiet of nature. Their jokes are uncommon, but
sharp and poignant when given, and the bat can at times fly
joyously and with great skill. But the way of the bat is also
dark and eerie, some of those he influences may turn dangerous,
Guarding the cold winter nights from the colder touch of
Undeath, Voln's four star shield protects the heavens from
Luukos' corrupting fingers.
8 - Eorgaen 22
The Paladin is nobility, shielding the innocent from injustice
and holding fast and true to the ones he loves and cares for.
His arm is strong, but rarely in an unjust cause. However,
the cause is not always worthy, and those the Paladin controls
may find themselves tilting at windmills. Whatever the cause
or goal, it is always given a whole-hearted effort, even to
the point of self-destruction.
Glimmering in the ebon sky, eleven stars form the outline
of Lorminstra's gates. Beyond them is darkness, and perhaps
23 - Lormesta 6
The gates show the way to Winter's realm, as passing begins
from what was to what is to come. Those influenced by the
gate are mindful of fate and what lies ahead, and tend to
live for the moment, enjoying the gifts of life while they
last, reveling in today. If they are given to fault, it lies
in too much introspection and self-examination, and at times
a lethargic what-does-it-matter attitude.
As Lumnis has a constellation, Fash'lo'nae can hardly be
outdone, seeking to know and enlighten. His slit-pupilled
eye watches from high above the planet, formed by seven twinkling
7 - Lormesta 20
To be influenced by the Grandfather is to be a seeker, almost
monomaniacal in pursuit of personal goals, power, knowledge,
wealth. So strong is the quest that others hardly matter,
and little time is taken to relax. Ambition is a driving force,
as is discovery. But like the Grandfather, not all is evil,
those touched by the Eye make great discoveries, and often
are of great benefit to society around them. Only the record
of history can say if the greatness achieved is worth the
price that was paid.
Twelve stars make up the distinctive six-fingered talon commonly
attributed to the Ur-Daemons. Oral tradition holds that the
final Ur-Daemon to walk Elanthia was not driven back through
the tear in the Veil, but was destroyed in a brilliant explosion,
sending his hand into the heavens to remind god and mortal
alike of the dangers beyond.
21 - Fashanos 4
The First represents power, but the Ur-Daemon represents destruction.
Those guided by the talons cannot seem to help themselves,
they always hurt those around them as they pursue their own
goals. And yet there is some good to them as well, they are
determined, passionate, often intuitive and magnetic. They
can be very great leaders, but if the men they lead go to
glory or death is usually unclear.
Five oddly red stars shine in the winter sky, forming the
pattern of an hourglass. This is the constellation Arachne,
giving us the view of the spider's belly marking as if she
hovered over the world, ready to eat us all.
5 - Fashanos 18
Arachne's hourglass represents time, and the forces implicit
in history. Good or ill, time touches each of us, and those
under Arachne's influence seem to have much impact on the
world around them. Their good points can be adaptability,
versatility, eloquence, liveliness. But we can also see in
them nervousness, superficiality, inconsistency, and sometimes
One of the most brilliant stars in the sky sits at the tip
of the Unicorn's horn, guiding Ronan's steed through the darkened
sky. The other three stars represent key points along the
the Unicorn a subtle but powerful symbol.
Fashanos 19 - Charlatos 5
The Unicorn is the most unworldly of beasts, capricious, elusive;
and many touched by these stars have those same qualities.
Imaginative, sensitive, compassionate, kind, sympathetic.
Untamed is the Unicorn, however, and the dark side can be
escapism, idealism, secretiveness, an unwillingness to commit
Rising through the night sky, some legends say that the Spire
is where Lumnis goes to think and Fash'lo'nae goes to study.
6 - Charlatos 20
The spire is a solid foundation, and those guided by this
force tend to value family, conformity, finding their place
in the world and holding it. They are almost the opposites
those guided by the Wagon, they never stray far from hearth
and home. Their critics would call the stolid, pastoral, even
rustic. But the Spire is anchored in bedrock, those who follow
it always persevere and stand the test of time.