Cosmic Weaver

“Tis true without lying, certain and most true. That which is below, is like that which is above, and that which is above is like that which is below.” Isaac Newton

This adage is traditionally attributed to the Emerald Tablets of Hermes Trismegistus.

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Australian garden orb weaver spider (Eriophora transmarina) and full moon

I’ve always been fascinated by the symbolism of spiders as master weavers of  destinies, and language, and the similarity of stories between different nations.  She is often called the mother of language and a great storyteller as she weaves her language upon her loom.

Spider’s web is akin to a mandala, the Sanskrit meaning of mandala is circle. The circle is a symbol of perfection, eternity, unity and completeness, and the mandala  is a spiritual and ritual symbol in Hinduism and Buddhism, representing the universe. In Hindu and Buddhist traditions, the centre represents the beginning point of contemplation of and devotion to the divine.

Creating mandalas help the focusing of attention of practitioners and adepts, and as a spiritual guidance tool, for establishing a sacred space, as an aid to meditation and trance induction. In ancient Greek and Roman traditions this central point often signified the self, as it is in Jungian psychology too. It is always at the centre in which we find our calm, and heart- centred sacred space!

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Sri Yantra mandala

Spiders have the extraordinary capability of creating, weaving and spinning their own webs. This ability shows and teaches us the gift of creation. We have the power to create what happens in our lives, to us and to others, by the choices we make. Consequently, we create our own reality according to our thoughts, feelings, actions, and reactions, and we make an impact upon the world and universe through our presence.

Existentially, the connection between spider and her web and the cosmos too, is intrinsically and extrinsically linked, as we are all connected through the heartfelt strings of love, the filaments of cosmic web.  They help remind us of our inter-connectedness to all life! Spider is thus, the cosmic weaver, in a cosmic web of universal galaxies. Awesome!  🙂 ❤

The entire Universe can be seen as a cosmic web of galaxies
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A simulated galactic cluster threaded through with dark matter

Computer models of the cosmic web indicate it is made up of nodes connected by filmaents, which look strikingly like the structure of the human brain. Image credit: Flickr/ UCL Mathematical and Physical Sciences/ Andrew Pontzen and Fabio Governato

Computer models of the cosmic web indicate it is made up of nodes connected by filaments, which look strikingly like the structure of the human brain. Image credit: Flickr/ UCL Mathematical and Physical Sciences/ Andrew Pontzen and Fabio Governato

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One is only micrometers wide. The other is billions of light-years across. One Shows neurons in a mouse brain. The other is a simulated image of the universe. Together they suggest the surprisingly similar patterns found in vastly different natural phenomena. DAVID CONSTANTINE

Super Blue Blood Moon!

 

What a treat last night! For the first time in 152 years, there was a supermoon,
bluemoon, and a total lunar eclipse :) .

It was overcast for much of the eclipse here in Adelaide, South Australia, and I watched mostly behind veiled clouds, which made the transformation appear more mysterious. From super full moon’s brightest haloed light, to the gradually… darkening and disappearing moon; that then changed into blood red, rusty iron oxide red!

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Slowly, the moon became more orange/yellow and brightened, as the Earth’s shadow leisurely departed, and the eclipse came to a close leaving a bright Supermoon.

I was fortunate in capturing some clear images when the clouds dissipated briefly from time to time. This is what I saw! I hope you enjoy…   Did anyone else get to see it? ❤ 🙂

 

Into the Night

Into the Night

As darkening peachy clouds mourn their day’s goodbye,

and Venus our ‘evening star’ shines her light into the Sky,

as the slowly rising moon bathes us in soft luminescence, we sigh,

and watch her move slowly, way, way, up high,

as we surrender silently to the day that has passed us by,

and go boldly into the night, aye!

© 2017 Bridget Cameron

SUPERMOON: 14th Nov 2016

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Moon rise splendour

Did you see the Supermoon last night? If not, you can catch it tonight!

A Supermoon means that the moon is at its closest point to the Earth during the lunar orbit, a term called perigree. It’s the biggest Supermoon to rise in almost 69 years, at approximately 18% larger than at its apogee, furthest point from the Earth.  In fact, the full moon won’t come this close to Earth again until Nov. 25, 2034.

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Supermoon 16/11/2016

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Misty Supermoon

We are stardust, we are golden…

“We are in the cosmos, and the cosmos is in us.” M Fox

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The Milky Way

When I was on Bruny Island( off the coast of South-Eastern Tasmania) I took the opportunity – with its low population and thus low light pollution, the dark of the moon and a black-out- to take a photo of the awesome Milky Way! I stood in awe of its majesty and beauty; it is so humbling, and so wonderful to be part of it.

“We are stardust, we are golden,

We’ve got to get ourselves,back to the garden.” Joni Mitchell

Fantastic August 2016 Planetary Alignment

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Crescent Moon/Earthshine, Venus and Regulus in Leo 4th August 2016

I had a wonderful time photographing the moon, planets and stars, on evenings and nights that weren’t overcast or raining, as this was an exceptional month!

August had a fantastic line-up of all bright planets in the evening and at night. The next time all five bright planets line-up is October 2018.

As well as seeing all the bright planets, there were several beautiful encounters between the Moon and bright planets, the planets themselves and the planets and bright stars which made August exquisite.

Also on the the 27/28th August was a very close conjunction of Jupiter and Venus, the closest it will be until November 2065. Wow! Weren’t we lucky! 🙂

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Venus, Mercury, Jupiter, Crescent Moon/Earthshine 6th August 2016

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Venus and Jupiter conjunction, 27th August 2016

Happy Chinese New Year

Having fun in Sydney to celebrate the Fire Monkey Chinese New Year 2016! 🙂

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Fireworks over Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House, Chinese New Year 2016.