The symbol for the Sun is all that modern abridgment has left of a face surrounded by rays: Mercury has the caduceus, or rod, entwined by two serpents: Venus a circular looking-glass with a handle: the Earth (a modern symbol) has a sphere with an equator, and also (with some), an in: verted symbol of Venus. Those who first used it did not, we presume, know that they might be making a looking-glass turned. These are the most common astrology symbols (glyphs) used in charts. Here are astrology symbols for the zodiac signs, planets, special points and angles. You’ll also find symbols for the astrological aspects and some asteroids. These tables are also available in print format on our printables page.
In clockwise order: Black Tortoise of the North, Azure Dragon of the East, Vermilion Bird of the South and White Tiger of the West.
|Literal meaning||Four Images|
|Vietnamese alphabet||Tứ tượng|
|Vietnamese alphabet||Tứ Thánh Thú|
The Four Symbols (Chinese: 四象; pinyin: Sì Xiàng, literally meaning 'four images'), are four mythological creatures appearing among the Chinese constellations along the ecliptic, and viewed as the guardians of the four cardinal directions. These four creatures are also referred to by a variety of other names, including 'Four Guardians', 'Four Gods', and 'Four Auspicious Beasts'. They are the Azure Dragon of the East, the Vermilion Bird of the South, the White Tiger of the West, and the Black Tortoise (also called 'Black Warrior') of the North. Each of the creatures is most closely associated with a cardinal direction and a color, but also additionally represents other aspects, including a season of the year, a virtue, and one of the Chinese 'five elements' (wood, fire, earth, metal, and water). Each has been given its own individual traits and origin story. Symbolically, and as part of spiritual and religious belief, these creatures have been culturally important across countries in the East Asian cultural sphere.
Depictions of mythological creatures clearly ancestral to the modern set of four creatures have been found throughout China. Currently, the oldest known depiction was found in 1987 in a tomb in Xishuipo (西水坡) in Puyang, Henan, which has been dated to approximately 5300 BC. In the tomb, labeled M45, immediately adjacent to the remains of the main occupant to the east and west were found mosaics made of clam shells and bones forming images closely resembling the Azure Dragon and White Tiger, respectively.
The modern standard configuration was settled much later, with variations appearing throughout Chinese history. For example, the Rongcheng Shi manuscript recovered in 1994, which dates to the Warring States Period (ca. 453–221 BCE), gives five directions rather than four and places the animals differently. According to that document, Yu the Great gave directional banners to his people, marked with the following insignia: the north with a bird, the south with a snake, the east with the sun, the west with the moon, and the center with a bear.
In Taoism, the Four Symbols have been assigned human identities and names. The Azure Dragon is named Meng Zhang (孟章), the Vermilion Bird is called Ling Guang (陵光), the White Tiger Jian Bing (監兵), and the Black Tortoise Zhi Ming (執明).
The colours associated with the four creatures can be said to match the colours of soil in the corresponding areas of China: the bluish-grey water-logged soils of the east, the reddish iron-rich soils of the south, the whitish saline soils of the western deserts, the black organic-rich soils of the north, and the yellow soils from the central loess plateau.
Four Symbols in I Ching
The Four Symbols are closely connected with the yin-yang philosophy. Fuxi explained the Four Symbols as one of the stages of the creation of the world, in the following way:
Wújí shēng yǒu jí,
The Limitless (無極; wuji) produces the delimited (有極; youji),
Correspondence with the Five Principles
These mythological creatures have also been syncretized into the five principles system. The Azure Dragon of the East represents Wood, the Vermilion Bird of the South represents Fire, the White Tiger of the West represents Metal, and the Black Tortoise (or Black Warrior) of the North represents Water. In this system, the fifth principle Earth is represented by the Yellow Dragon of the Center.
Astrology Text Symbols Rising
|Four Auspicious Beasts||Five direction||Five seasons||Five colors||Wuxing||Four Symbols||Yao||Five Gods|
|Azure Dragon||East||Spring||Green||Wood||Young yang||⚎||Kōbō|
|Vermilion Bird||South||Summer||Red||Fire||Old yang||⚌||Zhurong|
|White Tiger||West||Autumn||White||Metal||Young yin||⚍||Jokushū|
|Black Tortoise||North||Winter||Black||Water||Old yin||⚏||Genmei|
|Yellow Dragon or Qilin||Central||Midsummer||Yellow||Earth||Houtu|
Correspondence with the four seasons
The four beasts each represent a season. The Azure Dragon of the East represents spring, the Vermilion Bird of the South represents summer, the White Tiger of the West represents autumn, and the Black Tortoise of the North represents winter.
Huge art work of Ram Mandir and Lord Ram being displayed in front of Lalbagh West gate at Basavanagudi in Bengaluru. The 3-day public display of the installation is organised by Rashtra Dharma. Amitabh bachchan astrology chart.
Astrology Text Symbols Meaning
- Four Holy Beasts, the Vietnamese version
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