Root (Chinese constellation)

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Dī Xiù map

The Root mansion (氐宿, pinyin: Dī Xiù) is one of the Twenty-eight mansions of the Chinese constellations. It is one of the eastern mansions of the Azure Dragon.


English name Chinese name European constellation Number of stars Representing
Root Libra 4 Root in the sky, it means Azure Dragon's chest and the front foot
Celestial Milk 天乳 Serpens 1 Prince's mother, or the Yellow Emperor's wet nurse
Twinkling Indicator 招搖 Boötes 1 Hand-held contradicted enemy
Celestial Lance 梗河 Boötes 3 Spear or shield
Mattress of the Emperor 帝席 Boötes 3 The Emperor's banquet seats
Boats and Lake 亢池 Boötes/Virgo 4 The boat beside the pool
Battle Chariots 陣車 Lupus/Hydra 3 The chariots
Imperial Guards 騎官 Lupus/Centaurus 10 The imperial guard
Chariots and Cavalry 車騎 Lupus 3 The chariots and cavalry
Celestial Spokes 天輻 Libra 2 Officials of the vehicle management
Chariots and Cavalry General 騎陣將軍 Lupus 1 The general who responsible for chariots and cavalry