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Forty Early Mornings: this week on The Storyteller's Night Sky

Image from Michigan State University Abrams Planetarium Sky Calendar.
Image from Michigan State University Abrams Planetarium Sky Calendar.

There was a New Moon on Monday, February 20 at 2 am, and by Tuesday evening, it will be a beautiful crescent, near the bright planet Venus, as though inviting this goddess to the dance. On Wednesday, growing more bold, the Moon will approach Jupiter, and so it will go, on into the evenings ahead, weaving the threads of our two brightest planets, until they meet one another next week. By that time, the Moon will be nearly full, and while we might have lost track of what’s going on now, it’s worth it to not lose the thread, because here at new phase all the secrets are being whispered in thoughts and dreams about what the coming cycle means.

The Sufi mystic poet Rumi wrote beautifully about the mysteries of the Moon.

A new moon teaches gradualness
and deliberation and how one gives birth
to oneself slowly. Patience with small details
makes perfect a large work, like the universe.

What nine months of attention does for an embryo
forty early mornings will do
for your gradually growing wholeness.

Forty early mornings. That’s about one and a half Moon cycles, and is regarded as the amount of time it takes to break, or to form, a habit. So if you would build love into the world with Venus, and abundance with Jupiter, then undertake an activity at crescent Moon phase this week and make it a practice for forty early mornings ~ from now until about the time of the first Spring Full Moon, which traditionally marks the beginning of the new year spiritually. With gradualness, with deliberation, with patience, for forty early mornings.

Mary Stewart Adams is a Star Lore Historian and host of “The Storyteller’s Night Sky.” As a global advocate for starry skies, Mary led the team that established the 9th International Dark Sky Park in the world in 2011, which later led to her home state of Michigan protecting 35,000 acres of state land for its natural darkness.