I wonder how many organisms we kill every day or how many die in our presence?
Flies, spiders, ants, meat produce, plants and so on.
I want to make you dizzy.
I want to make you look up into the sky and comprehend, maybe for the first time, the darkness that lies beyond the evanescent wisp of the atmosphere, the endless depths of the cosmos, a desolation by degrees.
I want the Earth to turn beneath you and knock your balance off, carry you eastward at a thousand miles an hour, into the light, and the dark, and the light again. I want you to watch the Earth rising you up to meet the rays of the morning sun.
I want the sky to stop you dead in your tracks on your walk home tonight, because you happened to glance up and among all the shining pinpricks you recognized one as of the light of an alien world.
I want you to taste the iron in your blood and see its likeness in the rust-red sands on the long dry dunes of Mars, born of the same nebular dust that coalesced random flotsam of stellar debris into rocks, oceans, your own beating heart.
I want to reach into your consciousness and cast it outward, beyond the light of other suns, to expand it like the universe, not encroaching on some envelope of emptiness, but growing larger, unfolding inside itself.
I want you to see your world from four billion miles away, a tiny glint of blue in the sharp white light of an ordinary star in the darkness. I want you to try to make out the boundaries of your nation from that vantage point, and fail.
I want you to feel it, in your bones, in your breath, when two black holes colliding a billion light years away sends a tremor through spacetime that makes every cell in your body stretch, and strain.
I want to make you nurse nostalgia for the stars long dead, the ones that fused your carbon nuclei and the ones whose last thermonuclear death throes outshined the entire galaxy to send a single photon into your eye.
I want you to live forward but see backward, farther and deeper into the past, because in a relativistic universe you dont have any other choice. I want the stale billion-year-old starlight of a distant galaxy to be your reward.
I want to utterly disorient you and let you navigate back by the stars. I want you to lose yourself, and find it again, not just here, but everywhere, in everything.
I want you to believe that the universe is a vast, random, uncaring place, in which our species, our world, has absolutely no significance. And I want you to believe that the only response is to make our own beauty and meaning and to share it while we can.
I want to make you wonder what is out there. What dreams may come in waves of radiation across the breadth of an endless expanse. What we may know, given time, and what splendors might never, ever reach us.
I want to make it mean something to you. That you are in the cosmos. That you are of the cosmos. That you are born from stardust and to stardust you will return. That you are a way for the universe to be in awe of itself.
Disorientation by Katie Mack
"While ready and resolved is he to plunge into the dark abyss
And cast his soul away
That poison of the Romish sect
O let not his soul infect"
14th August 2022 17:02 by Luna
Sorry everyone - forgot to post this on the day!
Full Moon entering Aquarius - which occurred 10/11th August - is the last 'Supermoon' of 2022. Like most Full Moons it is known by different names in different cultures.
North American fishing tribes called August's full moon the sturgeon moon
because of the large numbers of lake sturgeon in the Great Lakes and Lake Champlain. The fish was essential for Native American tribes in the area.
In 'The Farmers Almanac' it is listed as Corn Moon as this was the time of harvest.
The Ogham has it as Moon in Hazel, Hazel is the Tree of Wisdom and Knowledge.and one of the 'chieftain' trees of the Irish Celtic tradition. The cutting down of an ancient hazel could once have been punishable by death!
Celts also called it Dispute Moon -unexpectedly revealing that this time also embodies a sense of conflict and resistance..
According to Courtney Davis (Artist & Illustrator) - his Cats know it as Bright fighting Moon!
Five things to do under a Full Moon
1. Charge your Crystals
2. Cleanse your mental and physical space
3. Dance to release energy
4. Learn to meditate
5. Let go of emotional 'baggage'
Five things not to do under a Full Moon
1. Don't rush into something new
2. Don't overreact to small annoyances
3. Don'r over extend your schedule
4. Don't consume mind altering substances - including alcohol
5. Don't be impatient