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The Moon as Cosmic Window and Magic Mirror

The Moon passes by Saturn, Neptune, Mars, Uranus, and finally Jupiter, all within the space of one week, serving as borth window to the cosmos and magic mirror while Saturn swings retrograde. (Photo: Mary Stewart Adams)
The Moon passes by Saturn, Neptune, Mars, Uranus, and finally Jupiter, all within the space of one week, serving as borth window to the cosmos and magic mirror while Saturn swings retrograde. (Photo: Mary Stewart Adams)

This week while Venus walks hand-in-hand with the Sun through the field of summer stars and Mercury greets them at the west gate at the end of each day.

The Moon takes up the task of checking in on all the other planets, not over the long course of a whole month, but all within just one week.

On Monday, the Moon emerges from the river of Milky Way stars and journeys toward Saturn for an overnight meeting Thursday.

This is a celestial conversation worth noting because Saturn is about to begin its annual retrograde motion, so it’s as though Moon and Saturn are conferring ahead of time, to recommit to, or remember their intentions.

The retrograde of Saturn will see the ringed planet covering the same territory of stars it has been traversing since mid-March, so consider: what have I been doing since then that is now up for review?

On Friday, the Moon will sweep past Neptune. Then on Sunday morning, the Moon will stand at the top of a veritable stairway of planets, poised for making an entrance at the grand ball by first encountering Mars, then Uranus, and finally Jupiter.

This brings to mind the fairytale of Little Snow-White which begins with a Queen looking out a window into the great world.

She longs for a child, which does in fact come, but the Queen dies and is soon replaced by a wicked Queen who, rather than looking through a window out into the world, looks only into a magic mirror that allows her to reflect on her own beauty.

The Moon this week presents itself as both a window to the cosmos and as a magic mirror - so that together with the Saturn retrograde, we can consider the beauty of realizing how the world and my soul are one great unity.

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.