A reminder that you are invited to add your own #constellation and origin story to the night sky. Another overview/update at my blog. Come collaborate with us, and reinvent the night with points of light.
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- Anna SmithOwner+2Warning: Feels ahead...so many feels...
I just added a memorial to the East in the eastern sky. I am moving in a matter of days, and simply needed to mourn. I did a quick refresher of constellation origin stories, and found inspiration in the Greek myths that constellations made to memorialize gods' good deeds were first bathed in Okeano, a river that circles the Earth, giving them light. And then it was a poem, not a "story" that needed to be written. The origin is in the poem, and in this moment.
Strovilízontai, a memorial
Okeano, swirling river,
soothing and terrifying source,
I baptize the East in Thee--
to mark the loss,
to scar the sky,
beg never to be filled.Jul 16, 2014
- Perfect!Jul 16, 2014
- I placed my star and wrote my story, but I'm not sure the story ended up in a readable place!Jul 16, 2014
- What do you mean, Lynn, by "readable place"?Jul 16, 2014
- I'm a little flummoxed about this. I added my red Chico stars and wrote their story in the little box below the Star Chart West. I haven't seen the story since! Any idea where it might be? I love these charts!Jul 18, 2014
- Kevin HodgsonOwner+1This it? It is in my Google Form. I am still working to gather them up somehow into one project in one place. Sorry for any confusion,
Rubra Chicoansus came to be one hot summer evening when the sun was on the verge of sinking into the Sacramento River. The fish were jumping, frightened of the flaming red sky, certain of their imminent demise. They shouted out to the Kildeer on the banks, begging for them to do something to stop its progress. these tiny birds were friendly enough, but powerless before the fiery sky. At the last minute, just before the sky and the water merged, a giant band of river pelicans flew along the river, squawking and yelling. They announced that they'd made a deal! The sky would resist burning up the water, but every month, when the moon was dark, there would be two vivid red stars in the sky above the river, reminding all the river denizens of the power of the water and the sky in unison. The star would be called Rubra Chicoansus.Jul 18, 2014