Saturday, June 22, 2013

The Power of the Heavens


You know, there are all sorts of interesting things going on in the sky right now. This summer solstice weekend coincides with a "supermoon," or perigee, when the moon is closest to the earth, so when the moon is full, it looks huge. The best viewing should be tonight and tomorrow. You can read about it here, or if it happens to be cloudy where you are, see it on Sloop.

But that's not all. There's also an interesting alignment that's been going on in which the Earth on the summer solstice is pointed directly at the center of the Milky Way galaxy. Read more about that here.

Just a month ago, I was in Egypt for the full moon, when another interesting alignment was taking place as we were touring the Temple of Horus at Edfu (at midnight, go figure). It was powerful to see that Temple bathed in moonlight. The celestial alignment at that time was of Jupiter, Mercury, and Venus, which is comparatively rare. It all added to the mystical impact of the visit.

The heavens affect the tides, affect our moods, and though I'm not the sort of person who reads my horoscope every morning to see what's in store for Geminis, I do believe there's much truth to "As above, so below." There is simply an extra element--a mysterious one--that exponentially increases the power of meditations and charges the Soul when things are going on with the heavens. As Carl Sagan famously quipped, "Some part of our being knows this is where we came from. We long to return. And we can. Because the cosmos is also within us. We're made of star-stuff. We are a way for the cosmos to know itself."

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