In Waning December

around the world, a common sight shared –

the last quarter Moon and nearby Virgo’s

bright first-magnitude star, Spica – half-illuminated in sunlight,

half in moonshadow, lit side always pointing

eastward, looking, as we do, for sunrise.



Depiction of Virgo, c.1000

About Virgo

About Spica


Miracle or Magic Trick

Was it a miracle or magic trick?

There is no logical explanation for it.

“Faith” suggests my neighbor this starless night.

Faith works for my neighbor. I’m glad.

I have faith that star is there.


Image: Kobayashi Kiyochika (Japan, 1880), Fireflies at Ochanomizu (via Wikimedia)


Terrestrial stars constellating at the river edge.

The stars shift in the night sky,

but that’s only because we are moving.

This chemical cold fire sends a message –

like us, looking for mate, or prey.


In this dark sky, a constellating dragon

winds around that constant – North Star, Polaris.

But it’s not constant. Nothing is constant.

Draco moves. Polaris moves. The sky changes.

Things are changing as you read this.


Draco shown in a star atlas by Johannes Hevelius in 1690. The circle indicates the changing position of the north celestial pole over a cycle of 26,000 years.