STAR DANCING – Cosmos’ Last Tango
By Guest Writer – Carol Bone
Astrology is an ancient practice, describing the patterns of life in a vast, rich and eloquent language: one to which I am delighted and thankful to have been introduced!
Insights and understanding revealed by its intricate yet simple principles astound me every day. The poem below is one I wrote to try and express the awe and pleasure the art of astrology brings into my life.
We have always looked to the heavens with amazement and wonder. The stars and planets have forever held a special fascination for the human psyche: careful observation over time has revealed the wonder of the planetary cycles, reflected in every facet of existence. For thousands of years we have looked up to the stars, contemplating what Life’s purpose and our place in the cosmos might be.
Whether scientist or mystic, this restless questioning of who we are and why we are here has inspired great works in all areas of learning whether it be art, literature, philosophy or science. We have developed an unquenchable thirst to explore and know more about the universe, how it came to be and how it works.
Astrology has touched every culture, creed and race from the Greek myths and pagan folklore to psychology and cosmology, taking rich knowledge from each and judging none. It offers a profound understanding of ourselves, those around us and the universe. It is a poetic, intuitive yet practical combination of art and science. Like any language it can enrich our vocabulary, broaden our concepts and knowledge of all life, impel us toward a deeper understanding of ourselves – inspiring us to exist in greater harmony with each other and our environment.
“As above is so below” is a deceptively simple tenet often used in astrology, describing its remarkably elegant symmetry and structure aptly and succinctly. The cycles and patterns of the universe, echoed in all of nature, are akin to a dance enacted in the heavens which delights us with its beauty.
This cosmic dance stirs something within all of us – whether we are spiritual and intuitive, or practical and rational – lifting that purest part within us that many describe as the soul. This sense of wonder and infinite curiosity, impelling us to examine the very weft and weave of the fabric of existence, is both humankind’s greatest gift and biggest danger as we unravel the workings of the cosmos. Whether this proves to be our undoing, or our greatest triumph, remains to be seen in these exciting and changeable times in which we live.
The infinite macrocosm is indeed reflected in the smallest atom of the microcosm. Surely the greatest gift of all is this: within each one of us is the ability to dance with the stars……
Below is a copy of Carols award winning poem, Star Dancing.
I contemplate a flawless sky
Fractured by winter branches
Reflectively I wonder why
The stars enact their dances
Inscrutably they twinkle down
As they wander timeless paths
Like jewels upon a velvet gown
The hands of gods have cast
From their complex patterns shine
Ancient wisdom of the past
Rich knowledge of a different time
Holds secrets, deep and vast
Are answers there for us to see
Or are they deep inside
The answers that would set us free
Within where gods reside
I contemplate an endless sky
For my questions I seek answers
In my dreams my soul can fly
And the stars and I are dancers
Image of Carole accepting her award for poetry