I encourage everyone to look at the Stars and Planets whenever they can.
I am always comforted when I look outside and I see them visible. There is something serene about them… I get the sense of wisdom from the starry night sky as a whole. Rather abstract and difficult to explain. You could perhaps say it feels like all is aright in the world.
Now, I read recently about various traditional names and lore of various stars from African peoples in a certain region. It made me realise that also to a lot of pre-modern cultures, the stars and planets were intimately connected with life.
The stars and planets signal the season and time of year. The Norse Poem ‘Vafþrúðnismál’ from the Poetic Edda suggests that the Sun and Moon’s operation is to tell the time to mankind.
Nowadays, while of course the heavens are the foundation for time and such for us, we don’t observe the Stars and Planets as often or rely on them directly. We rather rely on other sources, primarily the internet.
I was not able to identify any constellations before this year, and this year was the first time I had observed one celestial body move further than another. It also came to my attention that the celestial bodies generally move eastwards, which is not something that particularly crossed my mind before.
I think for a lot of people they similarly have not observed the stars very much, and so have a similar experience.
But I think there is an interesting psychological effect when the stars are observed to become more connected to life.
Just gazing at them and realizing they are entirely connected to this entire cosmos brings a nice feeling!
Of course, to most people today, that’s not going to be too significant. To most, the Stars and Planets are simply abstract material bodies who have been generated by randomness, and are too distant to affect anything on Earth (Save for the Sun and Moon, although the latter is mostly limited to the waves), because the only causility that exists is material causality, making magic and divination impossible to begin with.
My own perspective is quite different of course, as I view everything as having spiritual causality, but also as the entire heavens being highly significant. I view each of the Stars and other Celestial Bodies as having their own intelligence and spirit, and so they are able to be invoked. In a way, they have power over the entire world and are present in everything. That is part of my personal view.
But however you view the Stars and Planets, they are wonderful, and indeed connected to this cosmos. So, take some time to observe them every now and then if you can!