…and I’d be able to convince you to go outside to see the beauty and experience the shivers brought by the night sky tonight, or to imagine it if it’s not visible to you where you live.  The moon is full in Taurus, and Jupiter rides along beside her to the north and west.  Alderbaran of the Bull constellation hovers to her southeast.

No, that’s not right; today, tonight they travel together is all, the moon moving in a different way than the planets and constellations.  But for tonight!  My stars, tonight!  The three create a breathtaking symphony of light and hope and possibility, as we gaze skyward and lean forward to hear the music, the voices, the essence of the song we need so desperately to hear.

We might hear the voice of the coyote, the whales on the coast spreading their songs in some mysterious fashion that only they are privileged to know.  How can it be that within days a new song can spread two thousand miles?  Are they psychic prophets of the sea, or just ready for news of their brothers and sisters?  Is their communication another version of the Moccasin Telegraph the First Americans speak about?  Time and space shiver and glimmer and messages are heard abroad and aloft?  I do love to think so.

When we lose our awe of the natural world, and forget to feel our connection to it, we are all poorer for it, as is the planet.  When we forget to tap into the innate healing powers of The Mother, and ground ourselves to her center, imagining ourselves as trees with roots than grow down…down…into the heart of the planet, and feel both the fire and the comfortable weightiness of her ability to stop.our.mind.chatter.in.its.tracks.

For Taurus is an Earth sign, and the elements of astrology may be about all I know about those theories.  But I can fairly feel that the moon is telling us to ground ourselves, and be truthful with ourselves…and that we are facing Serious Business in the days to come, and we need to center ourselves and above all, to be kind to one another as a default position, lest we inadvertently contribute to the fracturing and disintegration of our society and perhaps our very world.

There has been evidence of so much bad will here lately; so much unkindness, I guess.  It’s saddened and sickened me, and may have driven others from these shores for now; it’s a veritable ghost town here.  Many of us may have thought that post-election, we could put aside petty quarrels and row some imagined ship toward an even loosely defined Better Shore together.  But no; there seem to be too much negative energy and too many unrequited grudges to move on together…for now.

If I could make any prayer tonight as I look at the Moon, Jupiter and Aldebaran, it’s that we could all take a moment to look to the northeast and hear their music, hear the poetry that is inside each of us.  And that we would remember that we’re all made of stardust, and that:

“A human being is part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. We experience ourselves, our thoughts and feelings as something separate from the rest. A kind of optical delusion of consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from the prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty…We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if mankind is to survive.”

~ Albert Einstein

We need to get ready for the next set of troubles, and let go of the little stuff that separates us needlessly.  No one knows more than I how hard that is.

Love your neighbors and love yourselves. It’s one thing we can do to make the world a better place. All my best, wd.