I have been on a journey over the past 10 years listening to the cosmos. When I say listening, I mean paying attention, going outside and literally looking at the stars and planets that I could first see, and that called to me and then sitting in meditation there and asking questions. This led me to my first relationship with the Pleiades and then opening to the light, healing and wisdom that emanates from the consciousness of light that lies at the center of every aspect of our cosmos, and our Earth herself. This is where I started, and my mind has an easier time opening to guidance when I understand what exactly I am opening to. So, the more I opened up and listened to the cosmos, the more I needed to understand about it, which has led me to this new series!

I will be writing a blog series to introduce you to the cosmos through the science of astronomy, which is the literal study of the stars and planets in our solar system. More specifically astronomy is a natural science that is the study of celestial objects including stars, planets, moons and galaxies and all phenomena outside of the Earth’s atmosphere. I will weave astronomy with learning about the mythology of the cosmos. Mythology tells the stories first told by our ancestors that walked this Earth. I will be researching and learning with you as we explore the cosmos together!

OUR COSMOS

When I use the word cosmos, I am referring to the universe. I love the exact definition of cosmos: the universe seen as a well-ordered whole.

When I think of the universe, I think of what is both seen and unseen. However, for this series, we are only going to explore the observable universe. The observable universe is made of a cosmic web of stars woven with filaments of light and gas and matter that form vast spiraled structures known as galaxies, galaxy groups, galaxy clusters, superclusters, sheets, walls and voids of space.

The largest of the known celestial bodies that have been studied by scientists are called superclusters. Superclusters are groups of galaxies, and the largest known structure of the cosmos. The number of superclusters in the observable universe is 10 million.

LANIAKEA

The Laniakea Supercluster is our home, within it are about 100,000 galaxies, one of which is our galaxy. Laniakea is a Hawaiian word that translates into ‘immeasurable, immense, spacious heaven’.

The Laniakea Supercluster has been divided by humans into four parts: the Virgo Supercluster (the home of the Milky Way Galaxy), Hydra-Centaurus Supercluster, Pavo-Indus Supercluster and the Southern Supercluster.

MILKY WAY

The Milky Way Galaxy is a spiral galaxy. This is significant, because not every galaxy is spiral, there are actually three different types of galaxies that we have identified from here on Earth.

The story in Greek mythology that explains the creation of the universe involves Zeus, the God of sky and thunder and Hera, Queen of the Gods and Hercules. Hera is the wife and sister of Zeus and Goddess of marriage and childbirth. I am going to share a very short version of the myth here, you can also read a beautiful full version of it here.

Zeus gets a  woman pregnant who is not his wife, this is an illegitimate child. Hera, Zeus’s wife/sister, Queen of the Gods and Goddess of childbirth orders that the child of her husband/brother not be born, he is born anyway and his name is Hercules. Hercules makes his way to Hera and she nurses him from her breast, milk sprays out and that creates the Milky Way Galaxy. 

Doesn’t that whole story just help you understand why we live in such a complex world?! The myth of our birth is full of such drama, but we are also living in a galaxy born from the milk of the Queen of the Gods.

Our solar system orbits the galactic center of the Milky Way Galaxy. Our solar system is also part of the Local Group.

We will start next with learning about stars and the major planets in our solar system. Here is an overview of the topics:

STARS

A star is a luminous sphere of plasma held together by its own gravity.

The Sun is the closest star to Earth. Many other stars are visible from the Earth at night. I will specifically be exploring some of the brightest stars in the sky including Sirius (Alpha Canis Majoris), Arcturus, Vega (Alpha Lyrae), Altair, Orion, the Pleiades and the 12 major constellations of  Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpius, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius and Pisces.

PLANETS

A planet is a celestial body that orbits a star and that is rounded by it’s own gravity. I will explore both the inner planets and outer planets.

Inner Planets: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars
Outer Planets: Saturn, Jupiter, Neptune, Uranus, Pluto

I hope you enjoy this series as much as I have enjoyed creating it! You can click here for the most up to date list of all of the blog posts in this series. The best way to align with the cosmos is to just go outside and bring your attention to the brightest star. Tune into the energy of that star or planet every night. It will change, and you will be aligned with a new cosmic energy as the Earth rotates on her axis. If you have a cellphone with an app store, download a free app to learn about the stars. I have one that you can point at the sky and it will tell you what star you are looking at! Then research that star in Google by typing the name of the star on it’s own and then the name of the star and the word mythology. That process alone is the easiest way to learn and connect and align with the cosmos. Also, you can use crystals, which is what my upcoming posts are going to share about. You can also align with the cosmos in meditation. I am hosting a monthly series of meditations within our new online space Indigo Meditation, to help you to align with the crystalline grid: the energetic web that contains our Earth, the cosmos and all of creation.

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