When the Stars Align

Image source: https://theskylive.com/sky/constellations/orion-constellation

Spoiler alert, the stars have been aligned for some time. And yet, we know, if we trust observation and science, that they are constantly moving toward new alignment.

There is always a bit of research to support that point:

From National Geographic —

Even now, the universe is expanding, and to astronomers’ surprise, the pace of expansion is accelerating. It’s thought that this acceleration is driven by a force that repels gravity called dark energy. We still don’t know what dark energy is, but it’s thought that it makes up 68 percent of the universe’s total matter and energy. Dark matter makes up another 27 percent. In essence, all the matter you’ve ever seen — from your first love to the stars overhead — makes up less than five percent of the universe.

There you will find key phrases, like: “It’s thought that” and “We still don’t know.” Then they add percentages because math makes their assumption seem ever more likely to be true. Truthiness, anyone?

So, let’s make stuff up or guess scientifically. The people will have to believe us because we’ll use math and sciencey-sounding words like hypothesis and theory. If you refuse to agree with our theories, we will label you a heretic and regard you uneducated or ill-informed. Somehow, the word “pontificate” comes to mind!

Freedom of choice allows you to decide on astrology or astronomy. If you want to believe that your life is predetermined by the position of stars in the sky at birth, or whenever mercury is in retrograde, you are free to do so. If you want to study astronomy, so you’ll know the position of Halley’s comet relative to constellations or other celestial bodies, you can do that, too.

You may also wish to consider phrases like “star-crossed lovers” and ponder the fate of Romeo and Juliet had things been just slightly different in the night sky. Seriously, now, if you don’t see what I’m saying, let me say this:

If you stay up late, look up and enjoy the night sky. On a clear night, the starlight can be so inspiring. If you get up early (as I most often do), look up and enjoy the wonder of a new day under a starlit sky. Either way, you are free to dismiss any influence science or belief systems have had on your understanding of beauty as you see it.

One last thing in case you are lost. For centuries, explorers have used the position of stars to understand where they are or where they are going. You may wish to ponder this as you make your way in the world.

Navigation is optional. “Not all who wander are lost.” J.R.R. Tolkien

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