So fellow travelers, as far back as I can remember, I have been fascinated by the night sky. As a young girl I was that odd kid who asked for a telescope the year all the other girls wanted a Barbie Dream House for Christmas. The first poster I bought when we moved to a house where I had my own room was a map of the moon.
I remember the first time I saw the night sky free from the haze of city lights. It blew my nine year old mind wide open. I had no idea there were so many stars to discover. In college I selected Intro to Astronomy to fill my required science elective. I don’t remember all the math I learned but I still have my “Guide to the Night Sky,” cassette tapes I used to listen to on my Sony Walkman (Hey! Don’t laugh that was cutting edge technology at the time!) I carry around the current edition of Stardate’s Sky Almanac, one of the few print magazines I still subscribe to.
Certain stars and constellations have become signature companions during the seasons. There is the annual cycle of Jupiter and Venus changing roles as the morning and evening stars, the Summer Triangle and of course Orion the Hunter, the glowing heart of Winter’s cold dark nights.
When a good friend of mine posted a poem she wrote about Orion I felt a burst of joy run through my soul. Orion’s arrow could not have found a truer target than the bond of two soul sisters gazing up at the night sky. Like minds, shared spirits, woven hearts, we are indeed all connected. The thoughts created their own little poem.
Even should my eyes play tricks on the mind
I trust my heart speaks true
Those stars of Orion,
stalwart guide through Winter’s long nights,
indeed glow brighter now
knowing you too gaze up
from where you are.
Editor’s note : Do give yourselves the gift of visiting Kate’s blog Life with Horace your life will be greatly enriched by her wordcraft and insights.
Walk gently on the path my friends and may adventure find you ready.