Dipper (Chinese constellation)

The Dipper mansion (斗宿, pinyin: Dǒu Xiù) is one of the Twenty-eight mansions of the Chinese constellations. It is one of the northern mansions of the Black Tortoise. In Taoism, it is known as the "Six Stars of the Southern Dipper" (南斗六星, Nándǒu liù xīng), in contrast to the Big Dipper north to this mansion.

South Dipper map
Dǒu Xiù map


English name Chinese name European constellation Number of stars Representing
Dipper Sagittarius 6 Shaped like the Big Dipper, also refers temple in the sky or the snake-shaped basalt
Establishment Sagittarius 6 Sun, moon and star are related by the city, also refers to the flag
Market Officer 天弁 Aquila/Scutum 9 Officials of the market
River Turtle Telescopium/Corona Australis 11 The river turtles
Celestial Cock 天雞 Sagittarius 2 Chicken in the sky, the God's chicken
Celestial Keyhole 天籥 Ophiuchus/Sagittarius 8 Locks open and close by the ecliptic
Dog Territory 狗國 Sagittarius 4 Dogs live in the kingdom
Celestial Spring 天淵 Sagittarius 3 Pond in the sky
Dog Sagittarius 2 Guardian dog in the gate
Peasant 農丈人 Sagittarius 1 Director of palm farming