Source: Occult Mysteries, pg(s). 36–37
The Cosmic Caravan is a zodiac containing thirteen constellations that Varisians and astrologers use as a basis for their occult studies and predictions. The constellations form a perceived band around the planet of Golarion and, from an astrologer's viewpoint on Golarion, the sun and other planets of the solar system align with each other and the thirteen constellations as time passes. These associations suggest portents that can be read in varying degrees of success by diviners, oracles and astrologers.
Below are listed the thirteen signs of the Cosmic Caravan and their associated dates:
The Lantern Bearer
The constellation of the Bridge (12 Pharast—18 Gozran) carries the travelers of the Cosmic Caravan over danger and toward new adventure, and symbolizes the separation between the dark of winter and the light of spring.
The Rider (14 Desnus—20 Sarenith) is the guardian of the Cosmic Caravan who watches over his companions mounted on his painted steed. He is seen as either a stern barbarian or a boisterous reveler.
The Stranger (21 Neth—29 Neth) travels his own path that occasionally intersects with that of the Cosmic Caravan, and is depicted as a single staring eye.
The Cosmic Caravan is most strongly associated with Varisia, but theories also connect it to Azlanti and Lergeni astrology. In Lirgen, the government ran the country, and the people based their private lives, on astrological findings associated with the Cosmic Caravan.
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