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The Storyteller's Night Sky with Mary Stewart Adams

The Storyteller's Night Sky with Mary Stewart Adams

By Mary Stewart Adams
What's going on in the night sky right now? Find out with Star Lore Historian Mary Stewart Adams, who narrates the stories written across the sky each week in order to restore the mythic grandeur of knowing the stars. Here, ancient mythologies are woven together with poetry, astrology, contemporary astronomy, and the new star wisdom astrosophy, to reveal the brilliant story of now.
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Ancient Gods and Falling Stars
Claudius Ptolemy is credited with describing how the gods caused the stars to fall because, out of curiosity or boredom, they occasionally peered down at the Earth from between the planetary spheres, and the stars could slip through the gaps.
May 3, 2021
The West Wind, Super Moon, and Witches
The West wind brings the light of the spring; Eos, mother of the West wind, brings the dawn; and this week’s Full Moon brings the season’s first blossoms.
April 25, 2021
The Meteors of Spring
Don't miss the poetic harmony of meteor showers and the spring this week when the Lyrids peak overnight, April 21st, heralding the season of warmth for the northern hemisphere.   
April 16, 2021
Moon and Mars Between the Bull's Horns
After passing the bull’s eye star Thursday, the Moon encounters Mars between the bull’s horns on Friday. This is a very interesting place, between the bull’s horns, so what might it mean for Moon and Mars to be there together?
April 12, 2021
The Soul Comes Out to Play in the Dark
April's waning Moon means it's International Dark Sky Week, which means it's also the perfect time to stimulate the imagination by going dark. 
April 5, 2021
The Sun, the Moon, and a Very Big Boat
The Full Moon happens Sunday, March 28th, and though Full Moon happens nearly every month, sometimes twice a month, this particular Moon is exceptional in the cycle of the year because it marks the time when the Moon trades places with the Sun in the celestial hemispheres.
March 29, 2021
My Holes to Heaven Interview with Adam Sommer
I had a terrific time at Spring Equinox taking a deep dive into everything under the stars with Adam Sommer: astrology, astronomy, astrosophy, Mother Goose and more! Check out Adam's site at
March 26, 2021
The Spiritual New Year
In the early Christian centuries, and well into the Middle Ages, there was a date on the calendar that marked the actual beginning of all that is, and that date was March 25th. So no surprise, then, that in settling the dates for honoring the feasts and festivals of the year, March 25 would be reserved for something significant.
March 21, 2021
When Sun Pours Forth the Day from his Vernal Chariot
This week culminates on March 20 when the Sun crosses the Celestial Equator, known as the Vernal Equinox, and spring breaks out in a blanket of flower buds and birdsong.
March 13, 2021
Master of the Still Stars and the Flaming Door
Neptune passes superior conjunction with the Sun on March 11 among the stars of Aquarius, and though we can’t see it, we can certainly dream into it!
March 6, 2021
Mars in the Scenery of the Stars
The constellation of Taurus is connected to the organs of speech in ancient astrological tradition, while Mars imparts the capacity for speech ~ and this week, they're together in the evening sky. 
February 27, 2021
The Soul Can Split the Sky in Two
The Queen of the Moon can be seen wandering through her snowflake palace this week when she dons her gibbous gown and passes through the asterism of the Winter Hexagon.
February 21, 2021
Handling Love and Beauty when the Goddess is Unveiled
Nearly 50 years ago this month, the Soviet Venera Mission approached the planet Venus and later landed there, sending back the first color images of the planet’s surface, unveiling the goddess of love and beauty for a new generation of poets and dreamers.
February 12, 2021
Neomēniá and the Three-Fold Calendar
On Thursday, February 11, we arrive at the time of the New Moon, or the “Neomēniá,” which is a term used to describe both the festival of the Moon or simply the beginning of the lunar month.
February 5, 2021
When Were Halfway
This week we come to Winter’s Cross Quarter Day, which means we’re halfway through the season, so does that mean the warmth is already returning in the Northern Hemisphere?
January 31, 2021
Mysteries of the Wolf Moon
The Wolf Moon occurs this week on January 28th, 2021 so I’d like to talk about the spiritual mystery of what I’ll call a “wolf initiation” as it can be imagined through the Russian fairy tale of the Firebird.
January 24, 2021
Mars and the Miracle Star
The Moon sweeps past Mars and Uranus above the ocean beast Cetus this week, drawing impulses out of the collective unconscious for either chaos or miracles.
January 17, 2021
First New Moon of the New Year 2021
The first New Moon of the New Year happens this week, overnight Tuesday to Wednesday, but not before shedding its old light into the lap of love as a way to make ready for what lies ahead.
January 10, 2021
Happy New Year of Dante
The poet died in 1321, 700 years ago this year, and just one year after completing his magnum opus "The Divine Comedy," each canticle of which ends with the word "stars."
January 3, 2021
When Beauty Woke in 2020
As 2020 comes to its grand finale, I'm looking back at the planetary culminations beyond the Great Conjunction, and that includes what Venus did six months ago in June.
December 30, 2020
Hindsight is 2020
By Friday this week we’ll all be able to look back with hindsight on 2020, and in the world of the Storyteller’s Night Sky, that means looking at what the planets and stars have been up to.
December 28, 2020
In the stillness where we meet
It’s the still time of the year. Sun and Moon have had their last meeting and it was exact, causing a total solar eclipse. Jupiter and Saturn come to their great conjunction, and it's exact, their closest approach in the last 400 years
December 20, 2020
The Solstice Conjunction as a Divine Clue
The moment of Winter Solstice arrives 12.21 with a great conjunction of planets that's like a divine clue.
December 12, 2020
Venus as the Secret Retreat of the Light
The biggest news this month is the Great Conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn that comes at Winter Solstice, but we shouldn’t overlook next week’s Total Solar Eclipse, even though it won’t be visible to us in North America. The mystery of this eclipse at this time is still important in the unfolding narrative of 2020, which is now in its final chapter.
December 7, 2020
The Sun in My Mouth at Eclipse
There was an eclipse in the early hours of this Monday morning, when the Moon came to Full Phase among the stars of Taurus and slipped into the outer edge of Earth’s shadow, which begs the question astrologically: which is easier to deal with, a full shadow, like at total eclipse; or the barest hint of shadow, like this one?
November 30, 2020
When the Morning Stars Sang Together
Venus and Spica grace the dawn with love and abundance this week of our reaping what we have sown.
November 23, 2020
A Narrative of Meteor Showers to Close out the Year
There are three active meteor showers remaining for 2020, bringing the magic of more celestial light to the sky while greater darkness settles in across the northern hemisphere.
November 16, 2020
Mars and the Quest for the Holy Grail
In the medieval legend of Parzival, the hero comes to be known as the Red Knight, so this week, we’ll consider him Mars. He also has several significant encounters with his cousin, Sigune, whom we’ll consider Venus. This week, the two of them are dramatically opposed in the starry heaven.
November 7, 2020
What's in the Sky this Week of the US Election 2020?
The Moon is carving an interesting path through the sky this week, calling to mind a significant event in history, both in the Christian world and in the world of astronomy. 
October 30, 2020
Blue Moons, Eclipses, and Comets, oh my!
With a Blue Moon at Halloween, followed by a Friday the 13th next month and a Total Solar Eclipse after that, it’s time to take a look at cultural superstitions in relation to the stars.
October 23, 2020
Orion Carves a Trail of Stars through the Night
The meteor shower of the giant Orion peaks overnight this week, especially in the early morning hours of October 21st, so let’s take a look at what’s tucked in here.
October 18, 2020
October Sky 2020
From my seasonal article for Northern Express news magazine
October 12, 2020
The Lavender Moon: A Ford House presentation by Mary Stewart Adams
This episode is from the recent archives, but contains engaging imaginations about the course of Moon and Sun after Autumn Equinox each year. Full audio and video at my website
October 11, 2020
Venus Clothed with the Sun
Each month until the end of the year, the waning crescent Moon sweeps past Venus in the morning sky~ time to cast poetry and flower petals to the dawn as a way to prepare for the goddess of love and beauty when she's unveiled at eclipse. 
October 11, 2020
Mars Comes Close Bearing a Genius and a Demon
On Tuesday the planet Mars will be closer to us than it will be for another 15 years, so the question is: will we be inspired by the red planet’s genius or its demon?
October 4, 2020
Harvest Moon and the Forces of the Future
The Harvest Moon rises Thursday, October 1st, and this year, it’s the first Full Moon of Autumn, and the first to appear above the celestial equator. This matters for us in the Northern Hemisphere because it means that from now until Spring, we will experience more moonlight than sunlight.
September 28, 2020
Equinox 2020 for Blissfest Part III
The third and final of three ten-minute episodes on Equinox 2020 ~what's in store for us with Harvest Moon, Mars opposition, Blue Moon and the Great Conjunction of Jupiter with Saturn?
September 24, 2020
Equinox 2020 for Blissfest Part II
In this second of three ten-minute sessions I explain the fire trine happening at Equinox. If you would like to see the video component, visit my website  at
September 24, 2020
Equinox 2020 for Blissfest Part I
In this first of three ten-minute episodes, I share the cosmic picture of where we've been and what it can mean for Equinox 2020
September 24, 2020
The Element of Fire at Equinox 2020
The waxing crescent Moon is in the sign of Sagittarius at Equinox 2020, forming a trine to both Venus and to Mars, while each of them  occupy what are known as the “fire signs” of the zodiac. 
September 20, 2020
Equinox and Harvest in the Mystery of the Moon
Audio-only recording of my online webinar regarding Summer's last New Moon September 17, 2020 and our engagement with the elemental forces, by the light of the Moon. Full program with video at my website
September 19, 2020
The Stars as Gods in the Path of the Moon
The Hebrew, Chinese, and Arabic calendars all observe New Year in harmony with the rhythm of the New Moon, while the Gregorian calendar is rooted in the rhythm of the Sun.
September 14, 2020
Mars at Retrograde Seeks to Whisk Away Summer's Princess
As we turn toward the final weeks of the season, my imagination as a star lore historian turns to the German folk tale of the mischievous gnome Rübezahl, who sought to entrap Summer’s beautiful princess and keep her in his love palace beneath the Earth forever.
September 6, 2020
The Wine Moon and the Star Lore Historian
The Full Moon closest to Equinox is the Harvest Moon, and this year it happens in October, which means the September Full Moon gets the name the Wine Moon.
August 30, 2020
The Feminine as Pillars of the Heavens
Moon and Spica assume their role as guardians of the evening twilight while Venus gathers up the dawn and the star Vega reaches the zenith this week. 
August 16, 2020
Angels, Dreams, and Falling Stars ~ Mysteries of the Hidden God
This week as the Perseid Meteor Shower achieves its peak, I imagine that the thrill of seeing a falling star and making wishes comes from a deep soul memory of being in the presence of the divine, which was understood in former times as the presence of the “hidden god.”
August 9, 2020
The Romance of the Stars
It takes time to realize you might be caught in a love encounter that’s being cooked up by the gods!
August 5, 2020
The Star of Abundance Marks Summer's Halfway Point this week
And greatly multiplies whatever we have to offer at ceremonies of the harvest ~ take heed!
July 26, 2020
Comet NEOWISE and the Under Belly of the Great Bear
NEOWISE is visible in the evening sky this week, drifting up under the belly of the Great Bear as it gets higher each evening. NEOWISE will be closest to the Earth on Thursday, July 23rd, which will make it easier to see, but it’s moving further and further away from the Sun, so it’s getting dimmer as it goes.
July 19, 2020
A Council of Stars is Taking Place~What Are You Bringing?
This week, in that sacred place where the dark of night surrenders to the dawn, a mighty council of stars is taking place, as if to say: “O, humanity, if you seek remedy to your current trials, lift up your thoughts to the stars, for the powers that wait on your noble deeds have gathered and await your participation.”
July 12, 2020
When Mother Nature is One of Your Co-Workers
So maybe you heard there was an eclipse last weekend. Did you see it? Or did you go out to look at the brilliant lunar light and wonder what everybody was talking about? Sometimes it’s like that.
July 5, 2020
Summer's First Full Moon at Eclipse~July 5, 2020
The Moon is building toward a mighty crescendo this week but will then perform a sleight of hand when it arrives at Full phase and slips invisibly into eclipse in the midnight hour July 4th to 5th.
June 28, 2020
Humanitarian Leadership with Moon and Regulus this week
When Regulus was close to the Moon, like this week, it was understood that not only would there be qualities of true leadership, but leadership imbued with love and devotion, as opposed to leadership through power and authority. The Moon near Regulus was believed to bring out humanitarian concerns.
June 22, 2020
The Celestial Secrets of Solstices in 2020
The word Solstice derives from the Latin sol  for ‘sun’ and the verb sistere ‘to stop, or be stationary’. In the cycle of the year, Solstice marks the two points when the Sun reaches its highest or lowest point in the sky at noon ~ and this year, both of these moments, Summer Solstice in June, and Winter Solstice in December, bring rare celestial phenomena.
June 14, 2020
When the Moon Meets Jupiter and Saturn
Each month the Moon passes the two gas giants, Jupiter and Saturn, always at a different phase in its cycle, and always shedding either more or less light into the sky as it passes them by.  So here’s a thing to ponder while we head toward their Great Conjunction in December 2020: what’s happening each month when they’re met by the Moon?
June 8, 2020
Venus Meets the Sun and Squares Mars ~ Opening the Heart
When the goddess of love and beauty stands in square to the god of war, her would-be companion, you might think that things could get deeply challenged, but the astrological omens regarding this are that the speaking of a people or a nation can take on an enhanced quality of soul at such a time.
May 31, 2020
Venus Leaves the Evening, or, When Dragons Become Princesses
This last week of May, 2020 is also the last week of the year that the planet Venus will be visible in the evening sky, because she’s in her retrograde motion now and quickly falling into the arms of the Sun.
May 25, 2020
What's the difference between astrology and astronomy in two minutes or less
So what’s the difference between astrology and astronomy? Astrology refers to the ‘astro-logos’ or star word, that the ancients experienced in the movements of planets and stars around the Earth. The 'astro-nomia' of the scientific revolution concerned itself not with divine spiritual beings, but with the physical properties of celestial objects, and things like gravitational force or the distance of objects and the speed of light, and our physical, rather than spiritual, origins.
May 19, 2020
In harmony with the Earth's breathing at Solstice
The early 20th century Austrian philosopher and scientist Dr. Rudolf Steiner once likened the cycle of the Earth’s year to a breathing process, with an inhalation and exhalation happening in the same rhythmic regularity for the Earth as it does for the human being. The full-in breath he likened to the moment of Winter Solstice, when it appears as though the Sun stands still furthest south on the horizon, and then slowly, by degrees, it begins to move north again, restoring light to the northern hemisphere.
May 19, 2020
When Betelgeuse Lost his Swag
Before coronavirus, there was Comet Atlas and the dimming of the brilliant star Betelgeuse, which marks the giant's shoulder. 
May 18, 2020
What's Pluto got to do with Current Affairs?
In January 2020 there was an unusual line-up of planets at one place in the zodiac that included the Sun, Moon, Mercury, Saturn, and Pluto. Since then, they've all moved on, but due to the varying speeds of the planets in their orbits, it will appear to us that they all make a retrograde or backward motion, which will result in another meeting of planets in the same degree of the zodiac as in January, only the players will be slightly different. This time, it will only be Jupiter and Pluto.
May 18, 2020
The Sun, the Moon, and the Truth at Full Moon May 7, 2020
Mercury met the Sun at superior conjunction on May 4th, on the other side of the Sun from Earth, then the Eta Aquariid Meteor Shower peaks toward dawn on Tuesday, May 5th, followed by Full Moon on Thursday morning, May 7th. So, what happened for you that week?
May 18, 2020
Every Eight Years Venus Completes Her Sacred Geometry and Forms a Pentagram
Venus was at its brightest for the year the week of April 27, 2020, which brought Alfred Tennyson to mind for the Storyteller’s Night Sky: Her constant beauty doth inform stillness with love, and day with light.
May 18, 2020
Three of the Five Naked Eye Planets Have Turned Retrograde. What's that all about?
Three of the five naked-eye planets begin their retrograde motions the week of May 10th, 2020, beginning with Saturn on Monday, followed by Venus on Wednesday, and Jupiter on Thursday. What's that all about?
May 17, 2020
Mercury Takes Venus by the Hand at New Moon May 22, 2020
There’s a New Moon on Friday May 22, 2020, and on the same day, the planets Mercury and Venus will join one another in the same region of the sky, looking west after sunset.
May 17, 2020