Canes Venatici Constellation Meaning

Canes Venatici Constellation

Canes Venatici Constellation [Stellarium]

Constellation Canes Venatici, the Hunting Dogs, is a small northern constellation created by Johannes Hevelius in 1687. Canes Venatici is Latin for “hunting dogs”. As shown above, they are shown as the dogs of the constellation Boötes the Herdsman. Ptolemy included the stars of Canes Venatici in Ursa Major. Canes Venatici is bordered by Ursa Major to the north and west, Coma Berenices to the south, and Boötes to the east.

Being a recently added constellation, the naming of the stars has become very confusing, with Asterion referring to the hound, which does not contain the star Asterion. The southern hound is called Chara and contains Cor Caroli and β Asterion. Chara is Greek for Joy, or Dear, and has also been called “dear to the heart of her master”. The northern hound is called Asterion and contains M51 Copula. Asterion means Starry.

Canes Venatici Constellation Stars


17 ♍ 42
24 ♍ 34
25 ♍ 08





Canes Venatici Astrology

This constellation gives a love of hunting and a penetrating mind, making those born under it faithful, keen, clever and fond of speculation. [1]

The stars in Canes Venatici have the nature of the Moon and Venus. They can be quite beneficial regarding the affairs of nations and kings. [2]

Canes Venatici Constellation Astrology

Canes Venatici Constellation [Urania’s Mirror]


  1. Fixed Stars and Constellations in Astrology, Vivian E. Robson, 1923, p.34.
  2. Fixed Stars and Judicial Astrology, George Noonan, 1990, p.7.

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