The two stars that form the pouring edge of the bowl of
the Big Dipper [Ursa Major = big bear] point to ...
1. the polestar or North Star ... in the constellation
Ursa Minor [Little Bear]: the outermost star in the
handle of the Little Dipper.
Does this explain why, in English, the process of determining
the direction you face is called "getting one's bearings"?
9. a horizontal direction expressed in degrees east
or west of ... north ...
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I always thought so. :o