Stars. Beautiful Poetry and Famous Quotes. (Dec. 2015)

Susan's Thursday Morning Note December 3, 2015
Poetry and quotes on the stars.

Good morning!   Complete silence on the opposite side of my windowpane. Only movement refection of starlight on the snow. My angel of dawn peers through handing me her beautiful Christmas star.   Do the little squirrels ever look out of their trees at night up to the stars and stop in awe? Do my little birds ever awake in the night and peer out of their nests up to the heavens? Do my cats look to the skies in awe at what their creator shows even to them in the morning hours? Do the animals notice the skies? Do they see the stars? Do they stand in awe? What do they see in their minds as they look to the heavens at midnight? Do they hear angels singing? Do they find peace? Do their minds become still and at peace? Do they notice that particular stars are always four minutes earlier each evening to arrive in their scenes? How I wish I could read the minds of my little friends. If I could I have a feeling they would tell me to look to the heavens more often. To see the stars. To stand in awe. To not fear darkness, for in the darkness only can I see this spectacular showing.   Below I have found quotes and poetry on the stars. Where we get swallowed into ancient and future times in a moment when we look up. This for me is when the word eternity becomes real.

“May the stars carry your sadness away,
may the flowers fill your heart with beauty,
may hope forever wipe away your tears,
and, above all, may silence make you strong.”
(Native American Blessing)

“When it is dark enough, you can see the stars.” (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

“Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them.”  (Marcus Aurelius)

“Silently, one by one, in the infinite meadows of heaven, Blossomed the lovely stars, the forget-me-nots of the angels.”  (Henry Wadsworth Longfellow)

“If the stars should appear one night in a thousand years, how would men believe and adore; and preserve for many generations the remembrance of the city of God which had been shown! But every night come out these envoys of beauty, and light the universe with their admonishing smile.”  (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

“Those shining stars, he liked to point out, were one of the special treats for people like us who lived out in the wilderness. Rich city folks, he’d say, lived in fancy apartments, but their air was so polluted they couldn’t even see the stars. We’d have to be out of our minds to want to trade places with any of them.”  (Jeanette Walls)

There Will Be Stars by Sara Teasdale
“There will be stars over the place forever;
Though the house we loved and the street we loved are lost,
Every time the earth circles her orbit
On the night the autumn equinox is crossed,
Two stars we knew, poised on the peak of midnight
Will reach their zenith; stillness will be deep;
There will be stars over the place forever,
There will be stars forever, while we sleep.” 

“Every star was once darker than the night, before it awoke.”  (Dejan Stojanovic)

“Surely it is a great thing to increase the numerous host of fixed stars previously visible to the unaided vision, adding countless more which have never before been seen, exposing these plainly to the eye in numbers ten times exceeding the old and familiar stars.”  (Galileo)

“As I thought of these things, I drew aside the curtains and looked out into the darkness, and it seemed to my troubled fancy that all those little points of light filling the sky were the furnaces of innumerable divine alchemists, who labour continually, turning lead into gold, weariness into ecstasy, bodies into souls, the darkness into God; and at their perfect labour my mortality grew heavy, and I cried out, as so many dreamers and men of letters in our age have cried, for the birth of that elaborate spiritual beauty which could alone uplift souls weighted with so many dreams.”  (W.B. Yeats)

May the blessing of light be on you – light without and light within. 
May the blessed sunlight shine on you like a great peat fire,
so that stranger and friend may come and warm himself at it.
And may light shine out of the two eyes of you,
like a candle set in the window of a house,
bidding the wanderer come in out of the storm.
And may the blessing of the rain be on you,
may it beat upon your Spirit and wash it fair and clean,
and leave there a shining pool where the blue of Heaven shines,
and sometimes a star.
And may the blessing of the earth be on you,
soft under your feet as you pass along the roads,
soft under you as you lie out on it, tired at the end of day;
and may it rest easy over you when, at last, you lie out under it.
May it rest so lightly over you that your soul may be out from under it quickly; up and off and on its way to God.
And now may the Lord bless you, and bless you kindly. Amen.
  (Scottish Blessing)

“Look up at the stars and not down at your feet.   Try to make sense of what you see, and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious.” (Stephen Hawking)

“I will love the night for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness because it shows me the stars.” (Og Mandino)

“When he shall die,
Take him and cut him out in little stars,
And he will make the face of heaven so fine
That all the world will be in love with night
And pay no worship to the garish sun.”    (Williams Shakespeare Romeo and Juliet)

“The stars, that nature hung in heaven, and filled their lamps with everlasting oil, give due light to the misled and lonely traveler.” (John Milton)

“All men have stars, but they are not the same things for different people. For some, who are travelers, the stars are guides. For others they are no more than little lights in the sky. For others, who are scholars, they are problems… But all these stars are silent. You-You alone will have stars as no one else has them… In one of the stars I shall be living. In one of them I shall be laughing. And so it will be as if all the stars will be laughing when you look at the sky at night..You, only you, will have stars that can laugh! And when your sorrow is comforted (time soothes all sorrows) you will be content that you have known me… You will always be my friend. You will want to laugh with me. And you will sometimes open your window, so, for that pleasure… It will be as if, in place of the stars, I had given you a great number of little bells that knew how to laugh.” (Antoine de Saint-Exupery in The Little Prince)

Star of Bethlehem. Christmas season. Joy.   Sadness. Reflection. Quiet.   Bells. Music. Memories.   Beauty. So many parts to this season. Regardless of which particular word describes your Christmas this year the stars still shine. Starlight.   Starlight from above the stable.   Starlight reminding us of eternity.   Of heaven. Of the little glimpse of heaven we see through the pinpricks made by the stars. Beautiful starlight on the snow. Reminding us to look again to the heavens . The peace that passes all other’s understanding is promised to us when we look up. Have a beautiful start to this season. If this is a time of mourning, let yourself mourn, but make sure you make the glance upwards. You will then be handed other words to describe your time. Words such as music. Peace. Children.   Eyes. Shining. Stars.   Always the gift of the stars.   Susan

Latin for this week:
astra castra, numen lumen"The stars my camp, the divine Spirit my light."
astra- star
ater caelum - dark sky
Per aspera ad astra – Through difficulties to the stars
sic itur ad astra – thus you shall go to the stars