The large southern constellation Argo, the Ship, has been divided by modern astronomers into four parts: Vela, the sail; Puppis, the Stern; Pyxis, the Compass; and Carina, the Keel.
The Egyptians thought of this constellation as the ship that bore Isis and Osiris over the Deluge; the Hindus thought the same for Isi and Iswara; while the Romans, Greeks, and Arabians all considered it a ship. However, in the earliest known names for its stars, there is no mention of a ship. Rather the emphasis is on not the vessel, but the occupants.
Argo's star names refer to "the company of travelers," "the multitude," "the possession," "the desired," and "the branch." What is implied is the same as we found in Cancer, Ursa Major and Ursa Minor—a group belonging to the "Branch," "the Desired One."
This One was hoped for and expected for centuries, the one who would deliver mankind from the grip of the enemy. Those who belonged were those who longed for him. They desired deliverance from him who holds the power of death. They believed that only the promised one who was to be both human and divine could effect that deliverance. The faith of those Argo travelers was fulfilled when Messiah conquered death by his resurrection from the dead.
Argo's travelers are not only those who looked forward to Messiah's accomplishment, but also we who look back to it with faith. We realize our helplessness in the face of the enemy and trust ourselves to Messiah.