Individual Stars

Here you can read about particular stars and star groups. Click on + icon to find out more about that star. At the foot of each article you will find details of its essence and any courses relating to that star.

Alcyone: The Pleiades

Alcyone: The Pleiades

Spiritual Qualities

Key Qualities: Clarifying Intention, Manifesting Potential Trusting Yourself

Over many generations a group of Pleiadean beings associated with Alcyone have been holding a focus for humanity, a vision of the peaceful and fluent transformation of human consciousness to its next level. They have a particular interest in the development of new, more open and flowing forms of thought. In the Halls of Learning there is a room with an etheric model of the Earth at its heart.  Here this group study the unfolding of the blueprint for the Earth and use their wisdom, their light and their love to transmit through this etheric model to the consciousness of humanity forms of light that, on the principle of resonance, facilitate our journey along our own highest path without altering its direction, just as a catalyst accelerates chemical change without altering its outcome.

An introduction from Sananda

The Pleiades are newcomers to your Universe, but you could think of them as a group of elder beings who have chosen to come back in the form of stars, having completed a long cycle of experience. They come to offer the fruits of that experience: new ways of organising energy, new forms of dynamic harmony. Their purpose is to broadcast what they have found out to the rest of the Galaxy, but particularly to star systems like your own which exist in the neighbouring volume of space.

The quality of space here is such that there is a huge receptivity to evolutionary change in this age. In some ways the space that you exist in is like a sponge, absorbing love and light. This love and light is then drawn to all – star systems, planetary systems and the beings who live within them – who are open to receive this stimulus to growth. The Pleiades are offering some organising principles to assist those who are drinking in this light and love.

Alcyone is a focus for the stars of this group, and you can use it in this way too. Its light is organised into planes or bandwidths so that it can offer a very focused or tailored light to each being who chooses to connect with it, a little like the way in which a radio offers to each of you a range of stations from which you choose your favourite. This can give a sense of personal connection that in part explains humanity’s long attraction to and interest in this group of stars.

Using Alcyone Starlight Essence

Opening to the magnificence of your own potential can be helped with this essence. As you use it you may find a deeper recognition of the purpose that brought you to Earth and a cognition of new ways in which you might fulfil that purpose. Alcyone Essence draws your attention to your innate worth, helping you develop the trust in yourself necessary for the realisation of the deepest vision you carry within your heart. It helps to dissolve limiting thoughtforms (you may like to use it for this purpose in conjunction with Capella Essence), and to create a ‘clean slate’ or fresh start in an area where you may have felt blocked or stuck. It may encourage a feeling of rebirth to yourself, a new way of knowing yourself.

General guidance for using the Starlight Essences

The essences are designed to be taken by mouth a few drops at a time up to four times a day. You can take them undiluted or mixed with a drink. They can be used in other ways too, such as added to a bath or applied to the skin. You can take more than one essence at a time. However you may find that more than three essences used together at the same time can feel a little too ‘busy’.

You will probably find that you gain the greatest benefit from taking the essences for several days at least, and perhaps for three weeks or so. Part of the work of the essence is to strengthen the link you have with the souls of the stars so that they may gently assist you in dissolving energy forms that overlay or obscure the qualities they are helping you develop within yourself.

Taking the essences before going to sleep can be one helpful way of working with the stars. As you do so, you connect with whichever star or stars you have selected and that assists the star souls to connect with you in the sleep state, when you may be especially receptive.

Clarifying Intention, Manifesting Potential, Trusting Yourself

Astronomy

Alcyone is the brightest star in the Pleiades, which is a young group of stars formed in the last 100 million years.  They are about 410 light years away in the constellation of Taurus.  It is thought that they will remain together as a group for the next 250 million years or so before moving outwards into the Galaxy. The stars, clearly visible within the nebulosity of star dust around them, ‘glitter like a swarm of fire-flies tangled in a silver braid’, as the poet Tennyson wrote. Alcyone is a brilliant star: nearly ten times the radius of our Sun, it spins more than 100 times faster and emits a thousand time as much light.

Finding Alcyone

Start with Orion, the giant-like constellation striding across the winter skies of the Northern Hemisphere. Follow the line of Orion’s belt to the reddish star Aldebaran and about as far again until you come to the cluster of the Pleiades. On a clear night you may see six or more stars distinct within a group that actually comprises several hundred. Alcyone is the brightest.

Mythology

Finding PleiadesOften known as the Seven Sisters, one myth tells that the Pleiades were the daughters of Atlas (who carried the heavens upon his shoulders). In order to escape from the hunter Orion’s desire for them they turned into doves and flew into the sky to become the stars we see now.
For the Inuit, however, the Pleiades were a group of hunters and dogs who chased a bear out onto the ice and on up into the sky where it became Ursa Major; they chase it still.  In Sweden they were once known as Suttjenes Rauko (Fur in Frost), referring to a servant turned out in the cold by his master; perhaps the sparkling stars with their background nebulosity reminded them of ice crystals catching the light on a fur coat.

Pleiades_LMany cultures have given the Pleiades great significance. Early Arabic astronomers gave Alcyone names meaning Central One, Bright One and Walnut. For Indians it was Arundhati, wife of Vashishtha or Brahma who with their six sons are the seven rishis who make up the seven stars of the Plough.  The name Alcyone was thought by the ancient Greeks be connected with Halcyon, the kingfisher.  In one of their myths Alcyone lost her husband in a storm at sea and the gods, taking pity on them both, changed them into kingfishers.  Ever since there have been seven days of calm, the halcyon days, around the winter solstice.

Over many generations a group of Pleiadean beings associated with Alcyone have been holding a focus for humanity, a vision of the peaceful and fluent transformation of human consciousness to its next level. They have a particular interest in the development of new, more open and flowing forms of thought. In the Halls of Learning there is a room with an etheric model of the Earth at its heart.  Here this group study the unfolding of the blueprint for the Earth and use their wisdom, their light and their love to transmit through this etheric model to the consciousness of humanity forms of light that, on the principle of resonance, facilitate our journey along our own highest path without altering its direction, just as a catalyst accelerates chemical change without altering its outcome.

Explore the light of Alcyone

Aldebaran

Aldebaran

Spiritual Qualities

Key Qualities: Acceptance, Opportunity, Compassion

Somewhat in the way an atomiser takes a perfume and turns it into a multitude of droplets which then release their fragrance more effectively, Aldebaran helps you turn the continuum of experience into moments, so that you may appreciate their beauty more fully. As you gather that beauty together so you may discover a uniqueness, which might be likened to a fragrance that can transport you into a state of deep inner peace.

Using Aldebaran Starlight Essence

If you are experiencing grief or disappointment, this essence can help you move through those feelings to a bedrock of compassion for yourself and for your world. It can help too with feelings of frustration; Aldebaran brings a sense of a wider perspective and larger timescale, so that temporary blocks assume a truer proportion. The star encourages a deeper understanding by gently disassembling the constructions we build to make sense of the world, thereby opening us to opportunities we might otherwise overlook. At times of transition you might use Aldebaran essence for several days and then move to Orion Nebula or Sadr.

General guidance for using the Starlight Essences

The essences are designed to be taken by mouth a few drops at a time up to four times a day. You can take them undiluted or mixed with a drink. They can be used in other ways too, such as added to a bath or applied to the skin. You can take more than one essence at a time. However you may find that more than three essences used together at the same time can feel a little too ‘busy’.

You will probably find that you gain the greatest benefit from taking the essences for several days at least, and perhaps for three weeks or so. Part of the work of the essence is to strengthen the link you have with the souls of the stars so that they may gently assist you in dissolving energy forms that overlay or obscure the qualities they are helping you develop within yourself.

Taking the essences before going to sleep can be one helpful way of working with the stars. As you do so, you connect with whichever star or stars you have selected and that assists the star souls to connect with you in the sleep state, when you may be especially receptive.

Astronomy

AldebaranAldebaran is a big star, far larger than the Sun (see the image for a comparison of their sizes) and the brightest star in the constellation of Taurus, the Bull. At about 65 light years away it’s a comparatively close neighbour. Within the constellation of Taurus it appears as part of an open star cluster, the Hyades, but it’s actually much closer. It lies near the path followed by the Sun and the Moon as they cross the sky and is regularly occluded by the Moon as it passes in front of it. Aldebaran’s luminosity is considerably higher than that of the Sun, about 425 times as bright, while its surface temperature is a little less than the Sun’s. Over the next few million years it is expected that it will grow brighter yet.

Finding Aldebaran

Aldebaran-Sun_comparison-en.svgIt’s easy to find in the winter skies of the Northern Hemisphere.  In the constellation of Taurus and distinctly reddish, even to the naked eye, you can find it by following the line of Orion’s belt upwards to the right. Follow that same line on again and you come to the Pleiades, a small cluster of stars sometimes called the Seven Sisters (top right in the diagram here), though to the naked eye there are generally considered to be just six that are especially bright and easy to see.

Mythology

Aldebaran’s name comes from the Arabic Al Dabaran, the follower: that is, the follower of the Pleiades. Finding AldebaranThe name was once applied to all the stars that make up the Hyades group, but over time it became applied solely to its brightest star. Hyades is thought to come from the Ancient Greek huein, meaning ‘to rain’because their morning and evening settings in May and November were associated with the rainfall common then.
The Hyades, who were half-sisters of the Pleiades (themselves often called the Seven Sisters) are gathered within the larger group of Taurus, generally illustrated not as the whole figure of the bull, but just its chest, front legs, head and horns, the latter two being made up from the stars of the Hyades. Consequently in England the star was often called the Bull’s Eye.  Taurus is associated with the story of Europa and the Bull, in which Zeus took the form of a bull, seized Europa and carried her off into the sea, which is why the constellation only shows the front of the bull, the rest of his body being hidden in the water. aldebaran-fieldEuropa herself (the name is derived from the Greek words for ‘wide eyes’) may represent the Egyptian goddess Hathor, often pictured with the disc of the Sun between her horns.

In some Mexican myths Aldebaran is seen as providing light for the seven women giving birth (Pleiades). The lunar month corresponding to October is called Queeto yaao “Aldebaran’s path”. In one Australian Aboriginal myth this star is an ancestor who stole another man’s wife. The woman’s husband tracked him down and burned the tree in which he was hiding and he turned into smoke and rose into the sky to become the star Aldebaran.

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Alderamin

Alderamin

Spiritual Qualities

Key Qualities: Integrity, Renewal, Revealing the Divine

Alderamin is a star with highly dynamic subtle energy qualities which have a vitalising effect. Its light can be like a spotlight, with an intensity of focus that goes straight through or beyond the superficial or superfluous to identify the Divine in all things. This coming to the point is the product of a deep integrity within the beingness of Alderamin, and so this star also communicates and assists in the process of integration and assimilation, not least in helping you to discern what is life-enhancing and what tends towards inertia or the dissipation of useful energy. Alderamin encourages; it has no belief in defeat because it witnesses the Divine in every moment.

Using Alderamin Starlight Essence

You may like to use this essence as a cleanser. You might think of it as bright light shining into dark places, in the sense that it brings renewal to what is congested or confused or lost. In some ways it comes to us like a reassuring adult bringing a light to comfort a frightened child. So you might use this essence to help the child within to grow and to bring nurturing to parts that feel lost or overlooked.

If you are working with a dilemma in your life, a situation that feels difficult to resolve or that has arisen unexpectedly, this essence may help you to find the insights and understanding that exist within you. It helps reorganise energy to a greater coherence or integrity. If you have been feeling overburdened, it may help you distinguish true responsibilities from those that are imposed or accepted out of old habit.

Alderamin can have a powerful effect on all the chakras, but you may choose to focus especially on the heart when taking this essence as a way of strengthening your connection with your Divine Self.

General guidance for using the Starlight Essences

The essences are designed to be taken by mouth a few drops at a time up to four times a day. You can take them undiluted or mixed with a drink. They can be used in other ways too, such as added to a bath or applied to the skin. You can take more than one essence at a time. However you may find that more than three essences used together at the same time can feel a little too ‘busy’.

You will probably find that you gain the greatest benefit from taking the essences for several days at least, and perhaps for three weeks or so. Part of the work of the essence is to strengthen the link you have with the souls of the stars so that they may gently assist you in dissolving energy forms that overlay or obscure the qualities they are helping you develop within yourself.

Taking the essences before going to sleep can be one helpful way of working with the stars. As you do so, you connect with whichever star or stars you have selected and that assists the star souls to connect with you in the sleep state, when you may be especially receptive.

Astronomy

alderamin-fieldIn the constellation of Cepheus, far to the north, Alderamin (derived from the Arabic Al Dhira al Yamin – the right arm) is its brightest star. It lies just under 50 light years from us. Beyond it lies a dense starfield. Alderamin is an A-type subgiant on its way to becoming a red giant, located near the precessional path of the north celestial pole (the path drawn across the sky by the axis of the planet). In about the year 7500 it will become our Pole Star having last been in this position round about 18,000 BC. It spins about 125 times as fast as the Sun, which prevents the separation of chemical elements which is common to stars of this class. Our Sun is magnetically active because its outer third is subject to large convective currents. Such convective zones are not generally expected in A-type stars; yet, perhaps because of this rapid spin, Alderamin emits roughly the same amount of X-ray radiation as does the Sun.

Finding Alderamin 2Finding Alderamin

If you are in the Northern Hemisphere Alderamin is easy to find at all times of the year, as it is close to the Polestar. Use this guide to help you. Alderamin lies in an almost exact straight line from the righthand two stars of the constellation of Cassiopeia, about five times the distance between them.

Mythology

In Greek mythology the several of the constellations around the Pole – Cepheus, Cassiopeia, Andromeda, Cetus, Perseus and Pegasus – are linked. Thus King Cepheus was husband of Queen Cassiopeia and father to Andromeda. Cepheus was told by an oracle to punish his wife for her vanity by chaining his daughter to a rock and leaving her for the sea monster Cetus. Perseus on his winged horse saved Andromeda, who later married him. But Andromeda had been promised to Cepheus’ brother Phineus, who appeared at her wedding with his followers and started a fight. Perseus took out Medusa’s head, turning everyone who looked at it into a stone. Phineus and his followers were defeated, but both Cepheus and Cassiopeia had looked at the head too. Poseidon placed them both in the sky; Cepheus and the zigzag constellation Cassiopeia spending half of the year upside down.

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Almach

Almach

Spiritual Qualities

Key Qualities: Stillness, Blending, Inclusiveness

From myths associated with Almach we might begin to finds hints of this star’s spiritual qualities: innocence, willingness, significance, integrity. For Almach acts as a template to demonstrate to us how spiritual transcendence may be achieved through the integration of isolated fragments of experience into one unified field of love. The light of Almach acts upon the energy forms of experience that we store as part of our consciousness a little like fire upon a crucible, refining raw materials and rendering it easy to shape into useful and beautiful forms for a new unit of time.

Using Almach Starlight Essence

Almach essence tells us that we can build a temple from rubble, that nothing is wasted, nothing needs to be excluded from our lives. This essence helps you to blend divergent or incongruous aspects of your life into oneness. The smooth light it brings can make it easier to smooth out the passing bumps on your path and to recognise that all experience is grist to the mill of enlightenment.

If you find yourself coming back again and again to something unresolved or irritating, Almach essence can help you to find resolution or release. If you are feeling agitated, whether or not you know the cause, it can help you to find your own inner calmness and to place your current situation in a larger context. In general, you can be helped from any kind of agitated vibrational state, such as fear, over-excitement, anxiety or stress to a calmer, more flowing state of consciousness by this essence.

General guidance for using the Starlight Essences

The essences are designed to be taken by mouth a few drops at a time up to four times a day. You can take them undiluted or mixed with a drink. They can be used in other ways too, such as added to a bath or applied to the skin. You can take more than one essence at a time. However you may find that more than three essences used together at the same time can feel a little too ‘busy’.

You will probably find that you gain the greatest benefit from taking the essences for several days at least, and perhaps for three weeks or so. Part of the work of the essence is to strengthen the link you have with the souls of the stars so that they may gently assist you in dissolving energy forms that overlay or obscure the qualities they are helping you develop within yourself.

Taking the essences before going to sleep can be one helpful way of working with the stars. As you do so, you connect with whichever star or stars you have selected and that assists the star souls to connect with you in the sleep state, when you may be especially receptive.

Almach: Astronomy

The two brightest stars that form Almach.Almach is the the constellation of Andromeda, the third brightest star and marking one of her ankles. The name however derives from the Arabic Al ‘Anak al ‘Ard (“Earth-kid”), a small predatory animal of Arabia, similar to a badger.

Although Almach looks like a single star to the naked eye, it is in fact a group of four, the two largest of which can be seen easily in a small telescope. The primary, Almach A, is a yellow-orange giant about 1500 times as luminous as our sun.

Almach is in orbit with the bright bluish star, Almach B, with a diameter about 3 times that of the sun, a luminosity of about 170 times that of the sun, and a mass about 5 times that of the sun. Almach B in turn is in orbit with two much smaller stars; quite a complex dance!

Finding Almach

Finding AlmachTo find Almach look first for the W-shape of Cassiopeia. If you follow the last stroke of the W downwards you will come to Almach at a distance of about three times the length of that last stroke.

The destiny of Almach is to act as a template for this part of the Galaxy for how spiritual transcendence may be achieved through the integration of isolated fragments of experience into one unified field of love.

Almach: Mythology

almach-fieldThe name derives from the Arabic Al ‘Anak al ‘Ard, ‘Earth-kid’, the desert lynx or caracal. But in the Greek mythology from which the name of the constellation derives, Almach is one of Andromeda’s ankles. Andromeda, daughter of Queen Cassiopeia and King Cepheus, is chained to a rock in the expectation that she will be devoured by Cetus the sea monster, but is rescued by Perseus – all these characters themselves form nearby constellations. Andromeda comes to this predicament through no fault of her own, but as a result of her mother’s pride in claiming to be more beautiful than the sea nymphs, who felt such arrogance deserved punishment. When his land and people were threatened by the sea monster and by flood, Cepheus begged for a way to appease the gods and was told to sacrifice his daughter. After the rescue Andromeda and Perseus married and became parents to seven sons and two daughters, rulers and founders of nations.

For the Chinese Almach, together with nearby stars formed a constellation known as Tien Ta Tseang, ‘Heaven’s Great General’, with Almach itself ‘The First Star of Heaven’s Great General’. While the Babylonians joined Almach to the small adjacent constellation of Triangulum to form Mulapin, The Plough, with Almach marking the handle to Triangulum’s ploughshare.

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Altair

Altair

Spiritual Qualities

Key Qualities: Self-Acceptance, Ease of Change, Contentment

The light of Altair has a generosity that flows into your heart and helps you to focus on self-acceptance. Altair helps us to enhance this quality, blending it wonderfully with the clarity we might associate with the eye of an eagle. As the light of Altair comes into the heart centre it finds the frequency patterns that give rise to feelings of contentment and gently draws our attention to them. The star communicates that we are seen, recognised and accepted. It helps an internal process of relaxation that in turn promotes easier change from one state to another. The beings of the Altair system have a deep understanding of the potential we have as humans for the sustained experience of joy.

Using Altair Starlight Essence

Altair essence provides a very good foundation for change; the light of Altair communicates a generosity of spirit and helps you move into resonance with this quality. If you wish to become free of previous limitations of perspective or inherited ideas or belief systems, Altair can help bring you into the now with the realisation that you are a beautiful presence on Earth, without any need to justify or explain yourself.

If you have been busy, without time to fully integrate your experiences and to understand what you have learnt from them, Altair can assist you to come to rest and to allow the process of integration to continue naturally, at its own pace and free of stress.

If you are wishing to initiate some kind of change in your life Altair can help you prepare. You might like to use it in combination with Arcturus and a third essence, such as Sirius if the change you are looking for relates to accepting more of your soul or Divine Self into your life or Betelgeuse if you are releasing past issues. These are simply examples; for Altair essence combines well with other starlight essences, gently amplifying and supporting their positive effects.

General guidance for using the Starlight Essences

The essences are designed to be taken by mouth a few drops at a time up to four times a day. You can take them undiluted or mixed with a drink. They can be used in other ways too, such as added to a bath or applied to the skin. You can take more than one essence at a time. However you may find that more than three essences used together at the same time can feel a little too ‘busy’.

You will probably find that you gain the greatest benefit from taking the essences for several days at least, and perhaps for three weeks or so. Part of the work of the essence is to strengthen the link you have with the souls of the stars so that they may gently assist you in dissolving energy forms that overlay or obscure the qualities they are helping you develop within yourself.

Taking the essences before going to sleep can be one helpful way of working with the stars. As you do so, you connect with whichever star or stars you have selected and that assists the star souls to connect with you in the sleep state, when you may be especially receptive.

Astronomy

AltairAltair is the brightest star in the constellation of Aquila, the Eagle. The name Altair is derived from the Arabic an-nasr at-ta’ir (the flying eagle). It forms one corner of the group of stars known as the Summer Triangle. Another of the stars forming the Summer Triangle is Vega, with a similar look to Altair, but on the other side of the river of stars that make the Milky Way. In a number of cultures this has given rise to stories of lovers forced to live on opposite sides of a great river. In India, Altair with the stars on either side of it, Beta and Gamma Aquilae (Tarazed and Alshain), are sometimes thought to be the footprints of the god Vishnu (see photo).

altair-fieldThe star itself has a very rapid rotation, such that it is considerably wider at the equator than from pole to pole. It is distinctly bluish in appearance and lies about 16.8 light years away, making it a near neighbour.

Finding Altair

One of the easier stars to find, since under most conditions the three stars that make up the Summer Triangle are very obvious, because they are much more prominent than the stars around them.

The Summer Triangle too is clearly visible in the northern hemisphere through Autumn as well. If you are not sure, you may find it helpful to start with Cassiopeia’s distinctive W and then move rightwards across the sky from that group of stars until you see a big triangle with Altair as its lowest corner. Finding Altair Deneb VegaIf conditions are good  you’ll also see that the Milky Way runs behind this triangle, with Altair floating upon it.

Mythology

Another of the stars forming the Summer Triangle is Vega, with a similar look to Altair, but on the other side of the river of stars that make the Milky Way. In a number of cultures this has given rise to stories of lovers forced to live on opposite sides of a great river. For instance, in the Chinese love story of Qi Xi, the star Deneb marks the bridge of magpies across the Milky Way over which the lovers Niu Lang (Altair) and Zhi Nü (Vega) meet on one special night of the year in late summer. In India Altair with the stars on either side of it, Beta and Gamma Aquilae (Tarazed and Alshain), are sometimes thought to be the footprints of the god Vishnu.

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Andromeda Galaxy

Andromeda Galaxy

Spiritual Qualities

Key Qualities: Integration, Freshness, Goodwill

This essence is different from the others in that it encapsulates the light of not one or a few, but billions of stars. It gathers their collective essence, both for the essential quality of the galaxy itself and as a contrast to our own Milky Way galaxy. It can be hard for us to step outside the familiar context of our lives; so much that we take for granted may in fact be a product of our particular circumstances. The light of this, one of the closest galaxies to us and a familiar neighbour, can help us to find a fresh perspective.

Our galaxy and the Andromeda Galaxy might be thought of as siblings, perhaps as yin and yang, male and female. They are drawn to each other and it is said that some humans have incarnations in both. As well as offering us that opportunity to step outside of the habitual, this galaxy has its own unique qualities; to connect with the heart of Andromeda can be to meet a profound tenderness, aided by the good wishes of many beings for whom this galaxy is home. The consciousness of the Andromeda Galaxy, as you might expect, has an immensely wide perspective in time, space and dimensions. That grand vision might be likened to creating a vast piece of music in which billions upon billions of beings sing together to create more and more beautiful harmonies.

Using Andromeda Galaxy Starlight Essence

When you are looking for a completely fresh perspective or understanding this essence can help you. But it does more than that, for in offering a new viewpoint it also assists in reconfiguring internal relationships, so that your innate capacity for inner peace is strengthened. In addition immense goodwill pours from the galaxy to us here on Earth, helping you increase your own ability to express goodwill and encouraging you to receive the goodwill of others. So, if you are in a situation where goodwill seems lacking, you may find this essence helps to create a shift.

The essence is useful too where you have a sense of one phase of life (or a major aspect of your life) having come to a close. It can help you create a fresh start, a clearing away of any debris left over, so that a new, broad and sound foundation can be built. In creating a new start you might use it in combination with Merope where there is an emphasis upon healing; with Sadr for an emphasis on purity; with Alcyone, Orion Nebula or Capella for an emphasis on creativity.

General guidance for using the Starlight Essences

The essences are designed to be taken by mouth a few drops at a time up to four times a day. You can take them undiluted or mixed with a drink. They can be used in other ways too, such as added to a bath or applied to the skin. You can take more than one essence at a time. However you may find that more than three essences used together at the same time can feel a little too ‘busy’.

You will probably find that you gain the greatest benefit from taking the essences for several days at least, and perhaps for three weeks or so. Part of the work of the essence is to strengthen the link you have with the souls of the stars so that they may gently assist you in dissolving energy forms that overlay or obscure the qualities they are helping you develop within yourself.

Taking the essences before going to sleep can be one helpful way of working with the stars. As you do so, you connect with whichever star or stars you have selected and that assists the star souls to connect with you in the sleep state, when you may be especially receptive.

Astronomy

Andromeda Galaxy (L)

Here is the Andromeda Galaxy, magnificent, huge, very similar in structure to our own Galaxy and, at more two million light years away, it’s the furthest object that can be seen with the naked eye.

In a Universe in which most galaxies appear to be moving away from us, Andromeda is unusual, for it is drawing closer – at about 100 kilometres per second. It is expected to collide with our own Galaxy in about four and a half billion years. Collision is not disastrous; so vast are the spaces between stars that two ‘colliding’ galaxies may pass through each other without damage, sometimes capturing stars from one another before separating out again. It is speculated that our two galaxies may actually merge to become one super galaxy.

Finding the Andromeda Galaxy

Finding Andromeda GalaxyTo find the Andromeda Galaxy (M31) look first for the W-shape of Cassiopeia. If you follow the last stroke of the W downwards you will come to Almach at a distance of about three times the length of that last stroke. Then follow the line of stars from Almach to the next bright one, Mirach. (The line of stars continues in the same general direction, forming the leg, spine and head of Andromeda.) Close to Mirach are two smaller stars which lead to the galaxy.

The galaxy is not very easy to see with the naked eye, except under very dark skies, not because of its size (five or six times the diameter of the full moon), but because of its faintness. If you find it, you will be looking just at its brightest central area.

Mythology

The earliest record of the Andromeda Galaxy is in the work of the 10th century Arabic astronomer Al Sufi. He referred to the galaxy as ‘Little Cloud’, a simple description of its appearance. So far I have not found any myths or fables associated with it, but since its significance as an ‘island universe’ has only been recognised historically within the last century, this is perhaps not surprising.

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Antares

Antares

Spiritual Qualities

Key Qualities: Welcome, Serenity, Opening to the New

The star communicates welcome, not only a welcome to us who visit in meditation or imagination, but the spirit of welcome for all to all and each to each. The soul of Antares has a profoundly loving generosity towards life in all its forms and manifestations and communicates this to us. The beings for whom Antares is the home star have been great explorers, as if travelling forth on the spirit of welcome, who loved to discover the immense range of lifeforms and ways of living that exist in our Universe.

They themselves adopted the kind of physical form that we associate with the praying mantis, a form we find alien but which is highly adaptable to different environments and compatible with very evolved levels of consciousness. It may that their form with its exoskeleton gave them an intrepidness which we, with a more vulnerable physical form, can learn from, in that the light of the star carries a spirit of adventurousness to us. At this time perhaps the greatest adventures lie within as we discover more of who we are and learn to live more of our inner light. Confronting what we find within ourselves in the spirit of acceptance and welcome can take us the a state of serenity.

At this time the beings of Antares are collating all they have discovered and transmitting their understanding to us on the carrier waves of the light of Antares. These understandings of the richness and beauty of life as it manifests in our Universe can help us open to new possibilities previously ignored or concealed or even unavailable in our realty until this point.

Using Antares Starlight Essence

With great gentleness Antares helps us to organise our energy in alignment with Divine Will. This essence supports the ushering in of light from the Source of All to free within us light that becomes trapped as we engage with the physical world. Antares reminds us that all is well as it guides our awareness to the deep inner resources of peacefulness within us all.

There is a sense of generous acceptance that can help you find a deeper level of self-acceptance. It is as if the star encourages you to relax into a warmth towards yourself and whoever you might discover yourself to be. This essence can be helpful if your own feelings of serenity are elusive or compromised by difficulties in your life or the life of the world around you. Through this essence the soul of the star will encourage you release the need to hide away in order to find peace.

Antares Starlight Essence can have a liberating effect on the second or sacral chakra. The light of the star flows into this energy centre confirming the expression of joy and aliveness. There is a recognition from this star of the life that you are and the rightness of that life expressing itself.

General guidance for using the Starlight Essences

The essences are designed to be taken by mouth a few drops at a time up to four times a day. You can take them undiluted or mixed with a drink. They can be used in other ways too, such as added to a bath or applied to the skin. You can take more than one essence at a time. However you may find that more than three essences used together at the same time can feel a little too ‘busy’.

You will probably find that you gain the greatest benefit from taking the essences for several days at least, and perhaps for three weeks or so. Part of the work of the essence is to strengthen the link you have with the souls of the stars so that they may gently assist you in dissolving energy forms that overlay or obscure the qualities they are helping you develop within yourself.

Taking the essences before going to sleep can be one helpful way of working with the stars. As you do so, you connect with whichever star or stars you have selected and that assists the star souls to connect with you in the sleep state, when you may be especially receptive.

Astronomy

antares-fieldAntares, 15th brightest star in the sky and about 170 light years away, is the brightest star in the constellation of Scorpius and one of the biggest stars known, a supergiant with a diameter 400 times that of the Sun and a brilliance nearly 10,000 times as great.

It fluctuates in brightness over an approximately five-year cycle and has a much smaller bluer companion orbiting it over 900 years.

In the photo Antares is the brightest star, to the lower left. Below the star photo is a comparison of the Sun (arrowed in the image) to Antares. The star Arcturus is also shown for comparison as is the size of Mars’ orbit (dotted line); here on Earth we would be inside Antares if it took the place of the Sun. The guide below shows some of the other principal stars in the photo, and below that you can see a constellation map of Scorpius, on a much smaller scale, which shows that Scorpius is indeed one of the constellations that does look like its traditional image. Once it included the stars of Libra which formed its claws, making the resemblance even stronger.

Finding Antares


In the latitudes of the British Isles (round about 50° North) Antares can be seen best in Summer low in the  southern sky. Look for the fishhook pattern of Scorpius with reddish Antares at its heart.

Antares Photo GuideAntares is highest in the sky at midnight (midway between sunset and sunrise) about 1 June. It is highest in the sky at around dawn in early March and around sunset in early September.

Your chance of seeing this star on any given night increases as you go further south. From about 67 degrees south Antares is circumpolar, meaning that it never sets and is visible every night of the year from Earth’s southernmost regions.

Mythology

Other names, such as the Arabic Kalb al Akrab, have indicated the heart of the scorpion, while it was the star’s redness that gave it the name Rohini in India or Gel in Persia.

scorpius_constellation_mapIn Mesopotamia about 3000 BCE four stars known as the Royal Stars marked the two equinoxes and two solstices. Later Hebrew mystics also associated each with an archangel. The stars and the angels were seen as watching over humanity. The four are: Aldebaran (Spring Equinox and Archangel Michael) Watcher of the East, Fomalhaut (Winter Solstice and Archangel Gabriel) Watcher of the South, Regulus (Summer Solstice and Archangel Raphael) Watcher of the North and Antares (Autumn Equinox and Archangel Uriel) Watcher of the West.

The name Uriel means ‘God is my light’, so the association with such a huge and bright star seems appropriate, especially as some also associate the angel with the colour of rubies. He is often pictured with a flame representing truth and a book for wisdom, which sit comfortably with the essence of this star. However other sources see Uriel as linked to either the south or the north or indeed the east!

Another story suggests that Antares was named after the Arab warrior-hero Antar (Antarah ibn Shaddad). He was a son of an African slave woman and an Arab sheikh, and a slave himself until his father called him to battle and he proved himself to be the bravest warrior in Arabia.

Scorpius itself is seen as the constellation that brought down Orion the arrogant giant by nipping his heel. Consequently Orion is placed at the opposite side of the sky for fear of the scorpion’s bite.

The star’s name means ‘like Ares’, the Greek god of war, equivalent to the Roman Mars, because of its reddish colour. It is sometimes brighter than Mars, sometimes less bright, so the name Antares also implies ‘competing with Mars’.

In Polynesia, Scorpius is often seen as a fishhook. Stories describe it as the magic fishhook used by the god Maui to pull up the land from the ocean floor that became the Hawaiian islands. Some sources see Hawaii as the last remaining landmass of the ancient Lemuria. Thus Antares might be seen a profoundly significant force in saving a precious stage in human consciousness from oblivion.

Explore the light of Antares

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