We now pass northward to the region covered by map No. 14, including the remainder of Ophiuchus and Serpens.
The marginal translation in the English version is ‘crossing like a bar,’ instead of piercing, and the Vulgate has Serpens vectis.
Buffon himself could not tell whether the animal was a quadruped, or of the order, Serpens!
Reference is here made to the beautiful constellation of "Serpens," or Draco, of graceful and striking appearance.
The constellation Draco (anguis, Serpens) was probably so 468 called from its fanciful likeness to a snake.
Just south of Serpens and Ophiuchus lies one of the most beautiful and easily recognized constellations in the heavens.
From here a line of fairly bright stars marks the course of Serpens southward to the hand of Ophiuchus.
Grandmother—ingress of Crab—conjunction of Scorpio with Serpens—moon in eleventh house.
The head of Serpens is the star group in the form of an "X" just below the Crown.
Also look at the stars in the head of Serpens, several of which form a figure like a letter X.