Stars and the Human Experience
© 2015 Kebba Buckley Button, MS, OM. World Rights Reserved.
The stars have always been woven in the fabric of human experience. In ancient times, as shepherds watched their flocks by night, they gazed for many hours at those points of light in the sky. Some of the lights were larger than others. Some seemed to vibrate, “twinkle”, shoot across the sky, and cluster in figures. People were sure they saw patterns of large and small bears, a charioteer, a warrior, a swan, and other images. They told stories of interactions among some of the constellation characters. The Greeks and Romans believed in gods who inhabited the skies and interacted with love, jealousy, and competition. Did those beliefs cause them to see stories in the night skies, or did the night skies inspire the stories of Gods in the daytime skies?
At least as early as the Biblical King David’s time—and he ruled from 1010 to 970 BCE—people imagined stars had points, and they used symbols to represent stars in jewelry and other adornments. King David is said to have owned a magic shield that protected him from enemies. Emblazoned with a 6-point star, it was known as the Mogen David, or Shield of David. King Solomon, who became ruler in 970 BCE, had a ring he believed brought him luck, which carried the image of the same 6-point star, now better known as the Star of David. His signet ring was believed to control demons and spirits.
As the time of the birth of Jesus approached, people saw something extremely bright in the skies, which some called simply, “the Star of the East”. One theory is that they saw a conjunction of a planet and a star, together appearing as a dazzlingly bright single star. Whatever the rare celestial event was, wise men somehow followed it to Bethlehem, to meet and honor their awaited Messiah as a newborn infant.
Many later star symbols came into use in culture and religion. A Celtic 8-point star represents the 8 holy days, or seasons, such as Yule on December 20th to 22d and Midsummer on June 19th to 22d. A star-and-crescent became an Islamic symbol, and the Star of Lakshmi became a Hindu symbol associated with the goddess Lakshmi. A dimensional pentacle became the Druze star of that religion. Stars showed up adorning the covers of holy and precious books and in many forms of jewelry, such as amulets and rings. Stars have appeared many times in artwork and on flags.
The heavenly stars have been used for navigation, permitting the expansion of world exploration and trade by the Vikings, the Portuguese, and others. The stars have also been used for prophecy, in Chinese and European horoscope systems, and in predictive card techniques such as Tarot. Songs have been written about them. In recent decades, humans have built machines that allowed them to leave the Earth and actually fly among the stars.
Today, people are still fascinated by stars, to the extent that they even see “star quality” in other people. The media speak of “stars of stage, screen, and television”, meaning popular and well-paid actors and actresses. We speak of someone being “a rising star”. An extremely accomplished performer can even get a star symbol installed, in their name, in the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Instead of being looked up to, a star performer can now be “walked all over” on Hollywood Boulevard.
So stars have been admired, imagined, worn, and steered-by. “Star quality” has been projected onto performers and leaders. And finally, stars have been brought to Earth to be walked on. Perhaps it’s time to start this cycle again. Are you moved by the stars? Why not pull up a comfortable chair and watch the stars revolve in the Heavens? Think of early shepherds watching the night sky, and feel what they must have felt. Feel your connection to the Oneness of all human time and experience. And when you go in, take that timeless peace with you in your heart. That is Peace Within.
- Kebba Buckley Button is a stress management expert. She also has a natural healing practice and is an ordained minister. She is the author of the award-winning book, Discover The Secret Energized You (http://tinyurl.com/b44v3br), plus the 2013 book, Peace Within: Your Peaceful Inner Core, Second Edition. Her newest book is Sacred Meditation: Embracing the Divine. Both that book and Peace Within are available through her office. Just email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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