Whether you are in the Northern or Southern hemisphere, now is a wonderful time to look to the skies. In addition to magnificent moon cycles, June delighted us with an annular solar eclipse and the Solstice. July brought the penumbral lunar eclipse, Jupiter and Saturn at opposition, and the Delta Aquarids meteor shower. August brings the Perseid meteor shower, peaking between August 11 and 13. When practicing Beauty, we don’t miss any of the splendor.
Stargazing and observing celestial bodies has the power to heal by slowing us down and showing us a bigger picture, our place in the cosmos. When Carl Sagan’s show, Cosmos, aired in 1980, we learned that our solar system was one of billions, and that Earth wasn’t at the center of this cosmic picture. We began to question whether we are alone, or whether we are one of myriad life-bearing planets. We suspect we are merely one expression of the Immense Force we know as God, not the center of the Universe.
Cosmology gives us a sense of where we came from and our role in life’s bigger picture. Ancient cultures like the Inka believed that the Milky Way was a life-giving river in the cosmos with an earthly counterpart, the Urubamba River in the Sacred Valley. They learned the movements of the stars, grouping constellations that represented the living forms of animals that came to drink from the waters of the Milky Way. The cosmos they observed reflected their world view and allowed them to dream cities in the clouds like Machu Picchu.
Shamans have a special connection to the cosmos. Within us we carry the seeds of the Earthkeeper and the archangels-like beings that are guardians of our solar system and stewards of all life on Earth. It lifts us from our earth-bound existence and sets our spirit free to begin our journey to the stars, beginning with the sun, our local star. The lore says the first star you see in the sky after receiving the rite is the star you come from.
We also possess the seeds of the Starkeeper, a rite bestowing on us our seat around a holy fire at the center of the Sun, a place held for us from the beginning of time. This rite helps your physical body to evolve into Homo Luminous; the aging process is slowed down, your DNA is re-informed, and you become more resilient and resistant to disease.
Just like the ancients, we seek to know where we came from and what our role is in life’s bigger picture. And yet, we often forget to turn to the cosmos for answers to the questions that plague us. When we turn our attention to large issues and equally large solutions we find that small matters no longer dominate our consciousness. Our new cosmic awareness of our place in the cosmos frees us to step outside the microcosm of our issues and problems and allow the macrocosm of the universe to guide us.
Shifting perspective from an egocentric focus on ourselves as the center of the universe we instead look for answers to great questions. We remember who we are, taking our seat around the holy fire at the center of the sun, and we call on the guardians of the solar system to help us to find solutions to global issues and create a new world view for our time. When was the last time you looked up?
Alberto Villoldo, PhD