"Warm nights beneath the stars we play / while starry Dancer shows the way." Dancer is the star-form of the season by the same name. This happy shape cavorts overhead during the warmest part of the year, between the dates we know as June 26 and September 6.
As for the constellation, you may be familiar with it under the name Hercules, often pictured upside-down compared to the Gloran version.
Lying Cat is the star-form of the season of Lycat, and accordingly it rides high in the sky during that season. The season-verse for Lycat runs, rather optimistically, "When Lying Cat ascends the east / It's soon on cherries we may feast." Since Lycat corresponds to our dates of April 14 through June 25, you can see that you'd be lucky to get a basket of cherries by the end of the season!
Lycat is also the time when each Gloran Capital sends its many wagons of Lot to Sereda to maintain the Road Council.
Like the people in our story, we are used to seeing this star-form as a cat, just a bigger one. We call it Leo, the Lion.
The Slouching Fields takes place on our very own planet, just in a time and place we haven't seen. The stars visible from Mirchena are, naturally enough, the same ones we can see at the same latitude, which is about 45 degrees north. Below are the constellations named in the book. First, naturally, comes the Star Child, followed by the five season star-forms (remember, there are five seasons in a year!), and finally the Stag and the Giant.
A season's star-form is overhead at nine o'clock in the evening at the beginning of the season, not that our friends in Glor pay much attention to clock time. By the end of the season 72 days later, the star-form will still be on view, although it will be setting quite a bit earlier.
The Giant is best seen in the seasons of late Swan and early Wingmouse. The Star Child is best seen in Lycat. Unlike the others, Wingmouse and the Stag can be seen all night long on any night of the year.
Pani and Lana
Wingmouse is the star-form of the season by the same name, the dark and chilly season when, ironically, never a bat (or wingmouse) is to be seen. The season-verse makes note of this: "When starry Wingmouse flies at night/ His kin below are hid from sight."
The stars match the shape of a bat much better than they match the figure of the queen Cassiopeia, as this constellation is known to many of us.
Swan is the star-form of the season by the same name, the harvest season ("And Swan flies in the starry plain / while here below we harvest grain"). The dates on our calendar that correspond to the season of Swan are September 7— November 18. All through this time we can see the Swan flying along the Milky Way, clear skies permitting.
It's a swan in Greco-Roman star lore as well, and goes by the name Cygnus.
"The "hopeful season" of Panilana is named for the lovers Pani and Lana, because "When Pani and Lana embrace on high / We plant our wheat and oats and rye." An old ballad tells the tale of Pani and Lana's love, their separation, and the surprising way they found to begin their lives anew together.
This is the constellation known by many as Gemini, showing the heroic twins Castor and Pollux.
The Stag is mentioned only once in the story, although it's an important star-form, visible all year. Mora tells us it is "forever leaping around the Axis Star." (The Axis Star is the nose of the Fawn, which looks a bit like the Stag but is smaller.)
Formerly most often called the Elk. That name persists, especially among older people, and is the origin of Elkday, the day after Handyday.
Those who are familiar with Ursa Major, the Great Bear, may notice that it has many stars in common with the Stag. Like Ursa Major, the Stag also includes all of the stars of the Big Dipper.
Like all the Caps, this giant is wearing his Doubletree pendant, and like all Caps, he has crumps instead of hands. In general, this depiction of the Giant most resembles Mirch, so it's understandable that we probably imagine him to have blue skin. But if this is the reasonable and accommodating Mirch, why is he scowling?
The main stars of the Giant match up to the stars of the famous Orion.
The Star Child
The ancestor of all people, the Star Child left her trace in the sky to remind her where she came from. Seeing her should remind us to look for the Star Child in others, and in ourselves as well.
You may already be familiar with this star-form as Virgo, one of the constellations of the Zodiac.