THE EARTH CONSTELLATIONS

THE BOW - THE SCYTHE - THE ANVIL

Earth Constellations represent the three Star Constellations related to the Gods of the element of Earth. Like the Fire Constellations the Constellations of Earth can be spotted much easier than Wind or Water Constellations, and they are the most stable of all. The days when the Earth Constellations can be seen clearly at the Aér'aí'chanían sky often indicate the beginning or end of important times which are related to life and its preservation.
 

THE CONSTELLATION OF THE BOW
(Arvins, God of the Hunt)

The Bow

Description. The constellation of Arvins, God of the Hunt, consists of five stars. Three of them stay close together, forming a more or less vertical line (the topmost usually seems a bit out of place), while the two others are positioned far off to the north- and southeast, forming the sign of a Bow. The Bow was already mentioned in the Cárpa'dosían myth as the prefered tool of Arvins to hunt down beasts when he was still roaming the lands at the Beginning of Time. It is written in the Cárpa'dosía that Arvins taught many things concerning the technique of hunting to the humans and especially to the elves during this time, and therefore it is not very surprising that most elven tribes are known as the best bow-men among all the races. Whenever an elf looks into the sky and he can spot the passing Constellation of the Bow, this is a very special moment for him. It is also rumoured among the elves that the first one who spots the Bow at the first night of the Chúh'querín, the Month of the Fallen Leaf, the elf will be blessed with exceptional luck at the whole hunting season.

Movement.
The guiding star for the Bow, giving the Constellation direction and destiny, is the one located at the top of the central three stars, which in fact seems to be slightly out of place when the sign of the Bow is compared to a typical one. However, the guiding star is only barely visible as such, and can mainly be noticed only by its very soft green glimmer. It is being carried by the NNE Darkwind to the WSW and is named the Uónshon-S (Styrásh for the malice of "avarice"). Like other Earth Constellations the Bow is very stable, which in fact means only that the stars following more or less the movements of their guide move only very slow so that it is easily possible not only for astronomers but also for the simple viewer of the nightsky to watch the changes in the constellation day by day. Still the sign of the proper Bow only shows at the one night that marks the ninth month of the Santharian Calendar Calendar, the month of the Fallen Leaf. Return to the top
 

THE CONSTELLATION OF THE SCYTHE
(Queprur, Goddess of Death)

The Scythe

Description. The Scythe is the constellation of Queprur, Goddess of Death and Coldness. Like all other constellations of the element of Earth it also consists of five stars. The stars form the outlines of a scythe which is interpreted as Queprur's symbol in order to harvest the souls of those people whose life-spans have ended. Therefore superstituous people see the viewing of the Scythe as a bad omen, which is also the reason why the night in which the constellation can be seen wandering over the sky people fear to leave their houses.

Movement. Unlike all other constellations the guiding star of the Scythe - positioned at the connection of the staff and the sickle - is not shining brighter than the stars it guides. It is much darker than all others and sometimes it even seems as if its light is drowning completely in the strong darkwind movements. The ancient Erpheronian astronomer Cournan made a major mistake here as he took another, seemingly brighter star of the constellation and based his further theories on it, which - not very surprisingly - turned out to be not quite accurate.

The constellation of the Scythe is being carried by the eastern darkwind to the west, the Cár-S (Styrásh for the malice of "murder"). Though it is a stable constellation, which is not whirled around very much, it is very difficult to spot because of the very dark glow of the guiding star and the dispersed positions of the single stars contained in the constellation. Also, when the stars snap into their final positions the guiding star still isn't much brighter than at other times, quite to the contrary, and one must really search for the stars of the constellation to make it out. The immediate, more or less unintentional sighting of the Scythe in the nightsky is therefore seen as a bad omen. The time when this may happen is the first night in the eleventh month of the Santharian Calendar, the Month of the Dead Tree.
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THE CONSTELLATION OF THE ANVIL
(Urtengor, the Forging God)

The Anvil

Description. The Anvil represents the symbol of Urtengor, the Forging God, who is worshipped by the humans and the elves as a god among gods, but for the dwarves represents the Father of All things being. Therefore the appearing of the Constellation of the Anvil plays a much more important rule in the life of a dwarf than at people of other races. The Anvil consists of a total of five stars, three of them stand for the outlines of the upper part of the anvil, two for the outlines of the lower part. It has to be noted that the anvil the constellation displays when the stars lock into their positions doesn't stand on it's feet but seems tilted, although it doesn't hit the ground. Once again this picture is interpreted mythologically by the elves: "Change is the secret of life", the elven philosopher Igaard states, "but in the one who changes the essence of his own self will remain and it is the bias for all his changes". Whenever new things are forged in life, though in the process of the forging they seem to last forever, they are just more or less accidental modifications of the one who is doing the changes. In the same way the tilted Anvil which is carried by the Darkwinds is a symbol of how things in life are decided and later on discarded, only to server a higher purpose which remains to be a secret during one's life.

Movement.
The guiding star of the Anvil leading the constellation is the one located at the top row of the upper outlines of the Anvil, or - according to the elven interpretation - the one which initiates the fall of the Anvil. It sparkles in metallic silver. The constellation is being carried by the northeast darkwind, the Zél-S (Styrásh for the malice of "pride") and is a very stable constellation like all other earthen constellations. The silver glow of the guiding star is visible most of the time. The time when the stars find their predefined places in order to build the anvil is the first night in the twelvth month of the Santharian Calendar, the Month of the Frozen River. This Month dedicated to the "Father of Stone", Urtengor the Strong, is usually also the one which initiates the sacred dwarven periode of Choosing. In the Time of Choosing dwarves who reach manlyhood select their life-long partners, from whom they will never be seperated again during the rest of their long lives. Return to the top

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