Astronomy lesson

Neither Dexter nor Comet were marveling at the early morning sky. They were too busy inhaling the fragrance of the weeds under the neighbors mailbox. In recent weeks we have been skimping on our morning walks mostly due to selfishly (and ZzQuil-medicated) clinging to my pillow for that additional twenty minutes of shut-eye. However, I went into cold-medicine medicated sleep around 8:30 the night before. I unconsciously had chosen a great morning to wake up early for a heavenly light show.

41 The sun has one kind of splendor, the moon another and the stars another; and star differs from star in splendor.

1 Corinthians 5: 41 (NIV)

I recall my last time staring into the night sky. I was a Boy Scout. I think for a merit badge, I was equipped with a flashlight and a National Geographic paper map of the sky. In 2019, I was fortunate google a star-finding website on my smartphone. Jupiter was the bright point just below the crescent Moon, with very bright Venus to the east, a little above the horizon, and in between, Saturn just a faint point of light.

But then the dogs were itching to get on to the next block and next row of hedges. As I walked home, the lyrics and sound of the 5th Dimension’s Aquarius was playing in my head. And then it was time to get my morning rituals going.

When the moon is in the Seventh House
And Jupiter aligns with Mars
Then peace will guide the planets
And love will steer the stars
This is the dawning of the age of Aquarius
Age of Aquarius

Time and traffic wait for no man.


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