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 in weekly episodes that lead you through the night along the rich path of the humanities, where the striving to know ourselves in relationship to the stars has resulted in some of the highest achievements in human history, in literature, science, and the arts. Hear the celestial arts of ages, where ancient mythologies are woven together with poetry, astrology, contemporary astronomy, and the new star wisdom astrosophy, to reveal the story of now.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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?