There is a significant sky event happening this week which will not occur again during our lifetimes. Venus will join the Pleiades star cluster in the west on the night of April 2 and 3. Many Native tribes consider Venus to be their Mother while ancestral Christian and other cultures see Venus as having feminine characteristics. Amongst the Pawnee, their Mother rejoining her children is a sacred event and was a symbolic sign of unity among the human family. From a cultural-religious perspective, this is a clear message that we, humans, need to live in unity with each other.
The COVID-19 pandemic provides an opportunity for more family time as well as the opportunity to adjust our behavior within and between our communities, states, nations, and the natural world. This is our time to learn how to live with each other. The message is but one lesson from Von Del Chamberlain, one of my mentors in a 30+-year career as a cultural astronomer or one who studies the ways of knowing (science) within ancestral cultures. If you are interested in learning more, go to www.scaas.org.