On my way to work tonight there was a very bright and insistent star in my windshield. It is probably really a planet to give off so much light but it got me thinking. I started thinking about the people who saw the stars and did not know what they really were. I can see how one could look to the stars for guiding advice. They are very steady and predictable. That kind of stability is comforting in a world where so many things are unknown. It still rings true for us today as well.
I have always been partial to Orion. Of course, it is the easiest constellation to see in our sky. The myth behind Orion, like any Greek story, is scandalous. What is life without a little excitement?! While I do not pray to Orion like our ancestors did, I do gain some comfort and strength every time I see it. In today’s world anything that gives hope is a good thing.
I have spent some time studying the stars. I can pick out Ursa Major and Minor, Scorpio (which I think is suppose to be chasing Orion depending on which myth you believe), Draco, Cassiopeia, and every now and again I can find Pegasus. I really enjoy star gazing. I don’t know why but the sky in Southern Georgia is the best. Maybe cause you can lay on the beach and look at the stars. Texas is pretty good too.
What is your favorite constellation? Do you feel any connection to the stars?