Pavo Constellation Meaning

Pavo Constellation AstrologyPavo is a constellation in the southern sky whose name is Latin for “peacock.” Pavo is bordered by Telescopium to the north, Apus and Ara to the west, Octans to the south, and Indus to the east and northeast. Constellation Pavo spans 30 degrees of the Zodiac.

Pavo was one of the twelve constellations established by Petrus Plancius from the observations of the southern sky by explorers Pieter Dirkszoon Keyser and Frederick de Houtman. It first appeared on a celestial globe published in 1598 in Amsterdam by Plancius with Jodocus Hondius.

Pavo Constellation Stars

27 ♐ 57 η3.611°20′
01 ♑ 14π4.331°00′
03 ♑ 30ξ4.351°00′
04 ♑ 40ν4.631°00′
05 ♑ 14ζ4.01
07 ♑ 36κ4.401°00′
07 ♑ 47λ4.221°00′
13 ♑ 30ε3.971°10′
17 ♑ 35δ3.551°20′
22 ♑ 28β3.421°20′
23 ♑ 48αPeacock1.942°10′
23 ♑ 51φ14.751°00′
28 ♑ 35γ4.211°00′

Pavo Constellation Astrology

Constellation Pavo is said to give vanity and love of display, together with a long life and sometimes fame.

It is said to represent Argos, the builder of the ship Argo, who was changed into a peacock by Juno when Argo Navis was placed in the heavens. [1]

Constellation Pavo

Johan Doppelmayr’s celestial chart of Pavo and Indus [Wikipedia]

Pavo, the Peacock, lying south of Sagittarius and the Southern Crown (Corona Australis), is one of Bayer’s twelve constellations, and the Italian Pavone, the French Paon, the German Pfau. The title is an appropriate one for enduring stars, as this bird has long been a symbol of immortality, fancifully said to be from the annual renewing of its feathers; but this is common to all birds, and the symbolism probably is from the fact that its starry tail rendered the peacock sacred to Juno, the immortal queen of the heavens, and thus in classical times, as in the days of chivalry, an object of adjuration.

This bird was still further astronomical in originally having been Argos, the builder of the ship Argo, who was changed by Juno to a peacock when his vessel was transferred to the sky, where he has since rejoined her.

In China, the constellation was Joo Tseo, their translation of our word. Julius Schiller united it with h Indus in his biblical figure “S. Job.”

Gould cataloged 129 component stars, from the 2d to the 7th magnitudes, but none seem to be individually named, as is the case among all the new southern figures.[1]


  1. Fixed Stars and Constellations in Astrology, Vivian E. Robson, 1923, p. 55.
  2. Star Names: Their Lore and Meaning, Richard H. Allen, 1889, p. 321.

13 thoughts on “Pavo Constellation Meaning

  1. Please state the importance of this constellation in our life . Thanks Jamie

  2. Vanity Jamie? Or has the recent market astrology got someone wondering about the Peacock Handicap Principle? I have no feathers in the market (tiny cash inheritance in a non interest bearing bank acct, and a daughter whose birthday is today, bless her!). I seem to have tripped into a potential multi trillion piece of idea artwork, which has wandered around the world some and landed in an Alms cup or two.

    Poverty for me, not for thee. Remember Pars Fortuna on Algol.

    We’d be remiss without a chart

    Solar Eclipse 14 Dec 2020, progressed to 9 March 2021

    activate 23 Thalia and Peacock.

    22Cap34 Thalia
    24Cap06 Peacock
    25Cap44 Moon
    26Cap13 Pluto

    • Hi Paul. I have not researched Parat of Fortune on Algol. I have done with Part of Fortune on Antares which Robson also wrote poverty, and it is not always true, not by a long shot. You have to look at the overall chart in all cases too.

  3. January 14th 1987 my sun is almost exactly conjunct Alpha Pavo (I think)
    I’m a health nut and trying to live super long since my early twenties
    Vanity sometimes but only in jest, typically modest
    Love of display, kind of. As I grow older and more confident this become more true
    No fame….yet

    Thanks for writing this Jamie!

  4. @nanda~ hello there. Maybe Jamie was trying to ‘say’ that one could ask themselves what or why Pavo is significant to and or for you? There are 88 recognized constellations in the sky. Pavo is number 61. There are 88 keys on a classic piano. 6+1=7. Seven days in a week. Lucky 7. There is always great work to be done. Six days a week, rest for one. Ironically, Pavo also translates to turkey. And with luck, it’s an attitude of gratitude- at least for this gal. Happy new moon to all~Thank you! cheers! Ciaobella, Seattle, Wa.

  5. Hello, my Venus is exactly conjuct the Peacock star at 23°Capricorn, with my Sun being 24° Capricorn too. Most of my iner planets and one outer are in the Pavo constellation. My life is ruled by beauty and aesthetics, and I’m very much into love and harmony. It can be hard not to become obsessed with my own personal looks – I try very much to focus that energy on my surroundings instead, by creating art, growing flowers and taking artistic photography (where it shall remain beautiful always).

  6. For the first time I’ve noticed that my South Node is on kappa Pavonis. The Node is the apex of a yod from Mars and Pluto. (I know that many astrologers wouldn’t use the Node to make a yod).
    My Juno is right on Regulus, which the Sun is about to touch in a day or two. My partner’s Sun is on Regulus, too.
    It strikes me that Pavo has been involved with some heavyweight planets in the last few years. And hundred-eyed Argos fits into the picture too.

  7. Jamie, You do amazing work and I frequently reference your site. But I must quibble here. The builder of the Argo isn’t the Argos that Hera/Juno turned into a peacock. That was Argos/Argus, a 100-eyed giant that Hera set to watch over Io, a lover of Zeus whom he’d turned into a white heifer. But Zeus sent Hermes to kill Argos and free Io, and afterward Hera either set the giant’s eyes into the peacock’s tail or turned him into a peacock. (Either way it became her signature bird.) I guess somehow after that the peacock also got set in the heavens.

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