I spend most of the time for Winchester Cathedral and Winchester’s Great Table, on last Wednesday. Wonderful. I will use other history, and poets etc, but only mention part of it today. But, it’s awesome history.
Celtic The first bit of Winchester is the appear of its the Iron Age, from about around 150BC, establishing by both a hill fort and also a trading settlement. Winchester was the exclusive home of the Celtic Belgae tribe.
Winchester Cathedral. The small of Winchester is for the early to the cathedral – the part of the stone – is about 4ft to 4ft (and about 2ft high) – is the amazed for 650AD. See the photo below.
Winchester appears in early Welsh literature was called as CairGuinntguic or Caerwynt. Over 800AD and again 1100AD was given as new names.
Alfred the Great (848/49 – 26 October 899) was King of the West Saxons and was King of Angel-Saxons from about 886 to 899. For those status from was from about from 200-250 year seen from above – see the above status, please.
(Original) Gif her ðegna hwelc ðyrelne kylle brohte to ðys burnan, bete hine georne, ðy læs he forsceade scirost wætra, oððe him lifes drync forloren weorðe.
(Today) (‘If any man has brought here a leaky pitcher to this stream, let him repair it speedily, so that he may avoid spilling the clearest of waters or losing the drink of life.’)
An administrator Alfred came from advocated, justice and order and established a code of laws and a reformed coinage. See the status at the beginning of the photo at the statue above – showing part of him on Alfred
If more was given to more new times – those 1150AA more so. See more below and below it.
The (Winchester) Great Hall The Great Hall is about 35ff long, and is 18ft wide, and it was beautiful from 1222 and 1235AD. The Round Table, though photo view by my, see the photo below, is said to be almost 800AD and 1200kg.
There King Arthur is at the top, and 24 knights are mention – Sir Galahad knight is number at number 1, Sir Lancalot are number two, as the the both liked numbers of part of like of part of number 1 for the clock.
Merlin was not added in this being added then, but there knights were addressed after King Arthur, such as:
King Arthurs seen as between the 24 Knights
Sir Galahad (Son of Sir Lancelot)
Sir Tristram de Lyones
Sir Lacotemale Taile
Sir Bors de Ganis
Sir Ector de Maris
Sir Brunor le Noir
Sir Lebius Desconneu
As mentioned, only a little was added about Winchester. But, I hope you liked it – Winchester is about 25 miles from the sea, and that is about half way between south and north, in the south of England.
Here is the full moon, today, for 24th June 2021. And, here’s a haiku poem (or more, and a suggestion that you might to send a haiku to me, for fun)) for it, and a list of the ways others call different names of the June’s name for the moon.
June’s Full Moon: Poem: Haiku
As moon rises, and bees collect mead from the sun It enriches us.
The moon is here, now, and summer lightens oak trees. Wisdom brightens us.
Imagination! Fairies and elementals love the summer’s moon.
The moon and the wind, as horses canter at night, as the height of June.
The moon’s light is seen, a lotus blossom rises. Peace the world, tonight.
Moon’s Names For June
Medieval view: Mead Moon
Ogham Moon: Oak Tree Moon
Faery Moon: Wild Cherry Moon by Franke Rogers by ‘Tree Fairies’
Celtic people: Moon of Horses
Chinese people: Lotus Moon
Native American people: Strawberry Moon
Wiccan people: Dryad Moon
Buddhist people : Poson Poya
Southern Hemisphere people: Oak Moon, Cold Moon, Long Night’s Moon
Blessing you and those whom you love, including animals, on this day of the full moon. Tadhg
As a Celtic, Druid, Pagan, Christian or other faith, it is wonderful to talk about Lavender. Lavender can be used by sacred events, used at home, used by the kitchen, and in the garden (or balcony in a city). I love lavender. They’re ancient English plants, are good herbs, are good for sacred wonders, are greatly fragrantly etc, and the 1849 lyrics by James Halliwell was used when I was (about 1961) a primary school boy, and song was, “Lavender’s blue, dilly, dilly, lavender’s green; When am I king, dilly, dilly; you shall be queen…” etc. Though some parts of the lyrics weren’t ‘completed’ used.
However, the Lavender (Angustifolia Hidcote) is doing well now by me, and it is loved by the bees. My front of the garden has a lovely Japanese Maple (Acer Palmatum), and grass, and ivy). If you’re able to buy lavender or anything similar, please do what you can to suggest for bees – they need it.
Do use Lavender it at other sacred (isn’t everything so) events, and use it at home, in your garden (how about buying one this week) or at a city balcony.
Botanical name: Lavender angustifolia
Temperate Zones: 5-8
Blooming times: June to August
Height: 2 to 3 feet (60 to 90cm)
Flower colours: Lavender in deep blue-purple, light pink, or white.
For working for the kitchen, Lavender buds, it is said, are best when harvested right before they fully open (if you know when this is), and
Immerse some dried lavender buds in a jar of sugar, and you may sugar for baking and in desserts.
Add some flower buds to preserves or fruit compotes.
Chop fresh buds and add to add them as a cake batter or sweet pastry dough.
Use some fresh lavender to infuse teas and other beverages.
Sprinkle bits of fresh lavender on a salad as a part of a garnish.
Use chopped lavender buds and leaves to flavour roast lamb, chicken, or rabbit etc.
Some believe, spiritually, that lavender as an unction promotes peace, cleanliness, and love.
Poem From Kahlil Gibran’s ‘The Prophet’
And now you ask in your heart,
“How shall we distinguish that which is good in pleasure from that which is not good?”
Go to your fields and your gardens, and you shall learn that it is the pleasure of the bee to gather honey of the flower,
But it is also the pleasure of the flower to yield its honey to the bee.
For to the bee a flower is a fountain of life,
And to the flower a bee is a messenger of love,
And to both, bee and flower, the giving and the receiving of pleasure is a need and an ecstasy.
People of Orphalese, be in your pleasures like the flowers and the bees.
Conclusion: There is a wonderful fragrance from Lavenders at this time of the year. And, if you haven’t got a Lavender, my suggestion buy one plant of it this summer. I love Lavender, and have about thirty of of them in the front garden. Yes, I love them.
Here is some information for the Hawthorn tree or Hauthe the Ogham details for the alphabet, it’s full moon name, and the Hawthorns spirituality and mythology
So, here’s more about it.
Name as the Hawthorn tree or Huathe
Huathe pronounced Hoh-uh
The tree is energetic, strength, a decision-maker
Alphabet for one that ours calls: H
Ogham has one ‘stave’ to the left (see photo below)
Its month or moon month is: 13 May – 9 June
Poem: Siegfried Sassoon:
Not much to me is yonder lane Where I go every day; But when there’s been a shower of rain And hedge-birds whistle gay, I know my lad that’s out in France With fearsome things to see Would give his eyes for just one glance At our white hawthorn tree.
The Hawthorn is associated with the realm of the Fae and it tandems the oak and ash trees with them, too.
Some Christians believed that hawthorn branches formed that crown of thorns that adorned the bloodied heads of Jesus at the Crucifixion. It is also thought that Joseph of Arimathea planted the Holy Thorn Tree while traveling with the Holy Grail after Jesus’ death by going to Glastonbury in Britain
Hawthorn has a matched capacity to support local wildlife. Hawthorn tree or hedgerows have been often seen teeming with life, and it is said the Celts definitely noticed this by birds and rodents nearby.
The Latin word for the Hawthorn is called crataegus, and it comes from the Greek ‘kratos’ for hardness of its wood, and for ‘akis’ to mean sharp. Its thorns are known by many who are might unaware of it. They are prolific.
Here is a poem, a haiku (or liturgy) of the next full moon (and for some, an eclipse moon) due on Wednesday, 26th May), of Arianrhod and the Elements. For those who will see the eclipse of the moon, the colour may become a cerise colour and similar, and others such as some Americans, Chinese people and others may like the ‘moon full’ become a redness, and similar colour to some. Yes, for some the cherry hue means beauty and fortune for the moon at the eclipse.
Moon The moon was quite white. Now cerise as the eclipse may make her hue, red.
Dear Arianrhod, is her beauty and fortune, to elementals.
Northerly As elementals, great Gnomes as northerly ones, make the Earth so bright.
Make mountains and sands, mammals, flora and fauna. Blessèdthe white moon.
Easterly Easterly, the Slyphs, make the air, winds, hurricanes, environments, all.
She makes the moon high, and makes her above the clouds. Blessèd the white moon.
Southerly OfSalamanders , they make great fire, volcanoes, houses, energy.
Above the high moon,, this elemental is seen. Blessèdthe white moon.
Westerly The waters are seen,, in rivers, lakes, oceans, too, Watery Undines.
As elementals, she is seen in faucets, too. Blessèdthe white moon.
On Thursday, 22 April 2021 will be Mother Earth Day. Mother Earth is urging us to call to action. Nature is suffering – flora and fauna hurts everyone. Seas are filling with plastic and becoming more acidic, wildfires and floods, have affected millions of people. Now we have Covid 19 as a worldwide health pandemic.
“How strange that nature does not knock, and yet does not intrude!” (Emily Dickinson)
Here is a number of Earth Day things here you might like to consider today (or later), and after it there is details about a liturgy for the way:
Ideas To Do
how about bicycle to save driving a car, or use public transport
how about writing a new poem (or a classic one) for Mother Day Earth for your house
use a park or forest to use trees and flowers, insects etc and see appreciate more
how about buy a flower for home or for our gardens, and
other to buy heather and lavender etc are good for bees and other insects
have a no tv day
read a book about ecology, flora or fauna, occasionally
you might like to do a liturgy (yours or others) with a candle too (today or each month)
how about a vegetarian dinner that day (as many use too much meat in dinners)
”And forget not the Earth delights to feel your bare feet, and the winds long to play with your hair”. Khalil Gibran
buy a useable bag and/or use a refillable water bottle
write down a commitment and making a plan about two eco-actions
buy if possible to get some foods from a local market’s farmer
you might like to have some time for meditation
buy some seed packets
turning off lights and electronics when not in use, or use energy-sight bulbs
our how about encouraging your friends to help get trash taken off
”Earth’s crammed with heaven…But only he who see, takes off his shoes.” Elizabeth Barrett Browning
how collect rained water for your garden or flower pots
join a local/national organisation for birds, nature, trees etc
Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.” Lao Tzu
Liturgy For YouOn Mother Earth
Below is a first and third general part of liturgy and it can be used in several purposes, so then the second part of the liturgy (which can also uses Hildegard Von Bingen) can and also be used for for Mother Earth.
O most noble Greenness, rooted in the sun, shining forth in streaming splendour upon the wheel of Earth. No earthly sense or being can comprehend you. You are encircled by the very arms of Divine mysteries. You are radiant like the red of dawn! You glow like the incandescence of the sun!
(Hildegard von Bingen)
(1) Liturgy Beginning
You might like to have a candle here at the beginning of their liturgy. Do be cautious of it, and keep it away from children, animals and fabrics etc. You might have a paper and a pen (for writing an impromptu liturgy, poem or writing you might like to use in the second liturgy.
And. So please start:
On Rising The Source of All is Spirit, and those who worship the Source of All must worship in spirit and in truth. (John 4:24, The Book, paraphrase)
Calling The Quarters Calling the Quarters, as we turn in sequence to face the four cardinal compass points, helps us to become fully present so we can deeply connect to the world around us, and create safe and sacred space for us all.
Facing East Guardian of the East, Oh Ancient One of the air, we call upon the Spirit to be with us today. Come charge this circle with the power of the wind. All: We welcome you.
Facing South Guardian of the South, Oh Ancient One of the fire, we call upon the Spirit to be with us today. Come charge this circle with the power of the flame All: We welcome you.
Facing West Guardian of the West, Oh Ancient One of the waters, we call upon the Spirit to be with us today. Come charge this circle with the power of the tides. All: We welcome you.
Facing North Guardian of the North, Oh Ancient One of the earth, we call upon the Spirit to be with us today. Come charge this circle with the power of the land. All: We welcome you
From the centre, perhaps adopting the orans posture Guardian of all, Oh Ancient of Days, we call upon the Spirit to be with us today. Come charge this circle with your power. All: We welcome you.
Call For Peace The call for peace is an affirmation that there is peace amongst us, now; and that peace is offered to the world though not all embrace this, today, but one day will do so.
Is there peace in the East? All: There is peace in the East.
Is there peace in the South? All: There is peace in the South.
Is there peace in the West? All: There is peace in the West.
Is there peace in the North? All: There is peace in the North.
Throughout the entire land there is peace.
(2) Liturgy For MotherEarth
You might like to use the paper and pen to make a Mother Earth or similar poem from yourself, or wrote a bit of prose, or use a few minutes of meditation and use paper or pen to write about thoughts that might have heard during meditation. Do be worried about liturgy or poems, and what you do half way through – it doesn’t have to be perfect, but aim to be intention, and I’m sure you will, and the Source of All is always pleased with our intention.
“It is spring again. The Earth is like a child that knows poems by heart.” Rainer Maria Rilke
So, you might use or try something to do something like this:
We come to you dear Mother Earth, giving thankfulness to you, for all that there is on your wonderful planet. All: We thank you.
We give you our forgetfulness and forgiveness dear Mother Earth, and ask you that we are helpful, to be more aware, alive and thoughtfulness. All: We ask you.
May we best become closer to the flora and fauna, ecology and humankind, and we ask that we can do more each day in our environment at so close and so far away. All: We ask you.
We come to you dear Mother Earth, giving thankfulness to you, for all that there is on your wonderful planet. All: We thank you.
You might like:
Wild Geese, byMary (and a great eco-poet and more):
You do not have to be good. You do not have to walk on your knees for a hundred miles through the desert repenting. You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves. Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine. Meanwhile the world goes on. Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain are moving across the landscapes, over the prairies and the deep trees, the mountains and the rivers. Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air, are heading home again. Whoever you are, no matter how lonely, the world offers itself to your imagination, calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting – over and over announcing your place in the family of things.
(3) Liturgy For Ending
Closing The Quarters Facing East Guardian of the East, Oh Ancient One of the air, we thank you for your presence with us today. All: We thank you.
Facing South Guardian of the South, Oh Ancient One of the fire, we thank you for your presence with us today. All: We thank you.
Facing West Guardian of the West, Oh Ancient One of the waters, we thank you for your presence with us today. All: We thank you.
Facing North Guardian of the North, Oh Ancient One of the earth, we thank you for your presence with us today.. All: We thank you.
From the centre, perhaps adopting the orans posture Guardian of all, Oh Ancient of Days, we thank you for your presence with us today.. All: We thank you.
“Those who contemplate the beauty of the Earth find reserve of strength that will endure as long as little fe lasts.” Rachel Carson
Final Blessings We bless our ancestors, in Bliss, embraced by the Friend. We bless each other, our global family of humankind, secured by the Friend. We bless those yet to come who are known only to the Friend. And, We bless the Friend, the Universe, Mother God who is always with us. Bless you each.
Here is some information for the Saille or Willow, the Ogham details for the alphabet, it’s full moon name, and the willows spirituality and mythology – as there was about the Fearn/Alder in last week. So, here’s more about the Saille or Willow.
Name as the Saille or Willow.
Alphabet for our S
Ogham as four ‘staves’ to the right (see below)
I sat beneath a willow tree,
Where water falls and calls;
While fancies upon fancies solaced me,
Some true, and some were false.
Who set their heart upon a hope
That never comes to pass,
Droop in the end like fading heliotrope
The sun’s wan looking-glass.
(Poem part: In The Willow Shade by Christina Rossetti)
The Saille or Willow month or moon is: 15 April– 12May:
As well as the month or moon for ancient tribes eg it’s the Poeny moon by many Chinese people, the growing moon by many Celtics, or the next Saille moon or Willow moon (on 26 April in 2021).
In Willow Flower Essence, part of Bach Remedies is used as a remedy for floor people with bitterness and resentment; for people who are stuck in a position of blaming others etc.
Spirituality & Mythologies
Druids associated the tree with courage, strength and the evolving spirit, and it is also linked with death and resurrection.
A circlet can be woven of Willow to wear during any of the spring celebrations and Lunar rituals. Fresh flowers, or silk if you prefer, can be inserted in this crown, ribbons be woven throughout the circlet.
In some Druid stories, it is said, the universe and all mankind was hatched from two scarlet eggs hidden within the willow tree. One egg formed the sun and the other the Earth.
In Hebrew culture the willow tree is associated with the Feast of the Tabernacles. There shelters were built using the branches of the willow, a tradition which still followed in Jerusalem today, mainly.
The tree details:
The Willow is a aromatic tree and is often found most near lakes, pond and other waterways throughout temperate areas.
The bark is of the willow is grey, rough, and with furrowed into narrow ridges. Twigs are yellow to brown, and are flexible and droopy. It’s flowers are in the forms of catkins, and are about 1 to 2 inches in length, and with yellow, hairy scales at the end of short. Catkins appear in early spring. The fruit matures in late spring to early summer.
Ogham alphabets were found in ancient Ireland and Western Wales, and here is one alphabet. each letter is associated with a tree or plant.
Its twenty letters, called feda (ie ‘trees’), and it has a group into four aicme (ie ‘family, tribe’) of five letters each. Each letter is a cluster of one to five straight lines to each ‘staff’.
Name as the Fearn or Alder
Alphabet for our V or L
Ogham as three ‘staves’ to the right (see below)
The Fearn or Alder month or moon is: March 18 – April 14.
The detail about the month’s name and moon name is seen by some as ‘newish’, and less classically authentic. However, I love the use Celtic/Ogham trees eg with the Fearn or Alder – especially as we have months called with many Roman emperor’s names and use their names with no real reasons.
Spirituality & Mythologies
Druids associated the tree with courage, strength and the evolving spirit, and it is also linked with death and resurrection.
In Irish mythology it is said that the first human man was made from the alder tree, and the tree is considered of the fairies, and it is protected by the water fairy-folk. It said it represents both fire and earth.
The tree details:
The Fearn or Alder tree is rather special because of it has the ability to develop well and prevent rot when in water. When dipped in water it has a very long time, and so become extremely strong. With a only a few exceptions, alders are deciduous and the leaves are alternated, simple, and serrated. The flowers are catkins (see the top photo) with elongate male catkins and there are on the same plant as shorter female catkins. The tree is visited by bees, too.
At the next ogham, we’ll look at the Willow and the Willow Moon: April 15 – May 12, in the next few days.
It’s always good to look at clouds, as a later Celt or Druid etc, but it’s good to see ourselves as a twenty-first century cosmic‘ navigator’, and aware of nature.So, here’s a few ways that we can consider and look about clouds. The ancients, as well as scientific ways can lead after a few clouds. “A Dream is where a boy can swim in the deepest oceans and fly over the highest clouds.” ( J. K. Rowling)
Since the dawn of time, when our first ancestors were capable of craning their necks and looking at nature in awe, the sky has mesmerised humankind. The blue sky, insects buzzing and birds flying, the stars in the night sky forming a myriad of patterns in which to form their mythology and track the course of time, enthralled the ancients. And clouds. Clouds, too, caught the imagination of those giants of old.
He answered them, ‘When it is evening, you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red.’ And in the morning, ‘It will be stormy today, for the sky is red and threatening.’ You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky…’ (Matthew 16:2-3a, The Book)
As I lay on a picnic blanket in Richmond Park, west London, as a child with my mother beside me, we played that game of looking up at the clouds and imagining what the various cloud shapes looked like. ‘It looks like a television’, my mother said. As the high winds slowly changed the cloud’s shape, I waited, laughed and then exclaimed loudly, ‘It now looks more like a whale.’ And, so it went on.
The ground we walk on, the plants and creatures, the clouds above constantly dissolving into new formations – each gift of nature possessing its own radiant energy, bound together by cosmic harmony. (Ruth Bernhard)
Ofcourse, years later, I learned more about clouds, was even more fascinated by it, and now I’d like to suggest how you can also love what each cloud means. Such as:
Stratus clouds are small, light, diffuse clouds. They are the kind of widespread cloud that uniformly blanket the whole sky, and which can be seen especially, but not only around mountains and coastal areas. Look out for light drizzle.
Stratocumulus clouds, about 7000 feet above us, are thick, but usually patchy clouds, with ‘gaps’ that allow you to see the blue sky occasionally, or if its near dawn or dusk allow the suns rays to shine through in several shafts of light. This effect is called crepuscular rays, God’s rays, Buddha rays or Jacob’s ladder.
The thickest and lowest clouds are cumulus clouds (see photo above). They’re usually fast, floating around, with puffy clouds with flat bases. Generally their upper parts often resemble cauliflowers, and they are not the harbingers of rain. But, it may be these that are the ‘shape-shifting’ clouds that, in my boyhood, resembled animals and inanimate objects.
Nimbostratus are usually middle (perhaps middle to low) clouds and can look grey, diffuse clouds and they can be seen as the harbinger of rain, (and depending on the seasons) they can hair or snow). See photo below.
Above these clouds are altocumulus clouds. They can be a multitude of rounded ‘clumps’ of cloud, almond shape, and resemble fish scales – hence it may be called a ‘mackerel’ sky.
Altostratus clouds are usually thin, featureless grey clouds. Usually thin enough to reveal the position of the sun, and sometimes the moon at night, and because these diffuse clouds may contain ice crystals you might also see a halo, a coloured ‘corona’ around the sun or moon in the clouds.
‘High-Flyer’s’ are cirrostratus clouds, ‘floating’ above 20000 feet, and could often be referred to as ‘the clouds that aren’t really there’, as they can cover hundreds of square miles, but can be so ‘thin’, so high and so subtle that they’re often overlooked by earth-bound observers.
“The air up there in the clouds is very pure and fine, bracing and delicious. And why shouldn’t it be?–it is the same the angels breathe.” ( Mark Twain)
Cirrus clouds, also known as ‘mares’ tails’ are fast-moving clouds, and are usually buffeted by high winds – think of aircraft turbulence; but because they can be so high, as anything far away, the ‘illusion’ is that they are slow moving. But, this isn’t the case. See photo below.
If there are to be any clouds about on a summer’s day, then the lofty cirrocumulus clouds are the ones that will delight. These clouds are high and are really tiny ‘cloudlets’, regularly spaced, and maybe with a ‘rippled’ effect. Cirrocumulus clouds tend to reflect the red and yellow colours during a sunset and sunrise, and so they have often been referred to as “one of the most beautiful clouds”. This occurs because they reflect the unscattered rays of light from the early morning or evening sun.
Conclusion: Next time you see a cloud (and it’s safe to do so), why not pause, and when you can, let me know what you ‘saw’, and if it had a deeper meaning to you. Perhaps the cloud shows your what science tells you about the weather etc, or perhaps the cloud has some kind of imaginative sky ‘drawn’ is for you,, or perhaps it is a ‘message’ from the Great Cloud-Giver? Happy cloud-spotting!
It’s always good to look think about or spirituality, or liturgy, or ritual, as a later Celt or Druid etc, but it’s good to see ourselves as a twenty-first century cosmic‘ navigator’, and aware of nature, of the Source for All. And that’s what I’d like to do now – ie how we can use our hands and fingers and how we can use the sun, the moon, and the sky stars, and be aware of nature around us ie air temperature to insects etc.
So, here’s three ways, that roughly, we can be a ‘twenty-first cosmic navigator’ using:
air temperature crickets (insects)
SUN ‘MINUTE-FINGERS’: Here is a way to find out how your fingers can give you how many minutes are left before sunset. Just for fun.
So, bring together your four fingers, as in the photo above, and keep your arm as long as you can.
Now, turn your fingers, together, at 90degrees, and then you count how many fingers are different between the sun’s horizon and end of the sun. If there’s one breadth finger between the horizon and the sun then it’s 15 minutes before sundown. Two fingers breadth will show 30 minutes before the sun’s dawn, and each extra finger adds 15 minutes – although it will probably only work better, time wise, with only one to four fingers to work.
AIR TEMPERATURE CRICKETS (INSECTS): Here is a way, when you have insect crickets in your part of your land, you can find out air temperate in Celsius.
So, firstly, you count how many one cricket (male ones) chirps in twenty-five seconds.
Then, secondly, count the total chirps and then divide the number by three.
And then, thirdly, you add the number four.
And, that’s how you find out the temperature in Celsius.
For Instance, if within 25 seconds one cricket chirps for 57chips, you divide 57 by three. So it’s 19. And, then you add the number 3. So, it is 57/3 + 3 = Celsius temperature is 22c. The number the chirps, the greater the higher Celsius.
This is called as Dolbear’s Law, known after Amos Dolbear who published it in 1987. However, Margarette W Brook reported it in 1881, but it went unnoticed until after Dolbear’s publication.
ASTRONOMICAL ‘FINGERS’: Here is a way to show how your fingers make into degrees to stars, planets, comets etc. So, similar to the photo above, bring together your four fingers, and keep your arm as long as you can.
So, hold your fingers to the star in the sky. One (breadth of the) finger shows your showing 1 degree. Two breadth of the fingers means 3 degree are applied, three fingers means 5 degree, four fingers mean 7 degree are shown, and use all four fingers and a thumb close to your finger means you show 10 degrees of the star’s sky
If, for instance a planet, say, Mars is said to be 3 degrees from the moon today, then you can check the moon from away a number of fingers. One finger would show it is from one degree from the moon, but two breadth fingers would show 3 degrees of you away where Mars is from.
Or, you might know a planet or comet etc how many degrees (fingers) it is from certain to a star or constellation.
You might like to try your fingers for the degrees for part of the constellation Orion. Do see that constellation just above here. In the two bright stars are the stars Betelgeuse and Bellatrix – see the two large stars in the photo above here. They are Orion’s shoulder’s. Both stars nicely fit four (breadth) fingers, and are shown by about 7 degrees from others. Here, you can use the night sky, your fingers, and use a sky map on other ways, and become a stellar cartographer! Roughly.
AND THERE MORE. WILDLIFE NAVIGATOR? Over the next few weeks I’d like to do a few articles called ‘the twenty first comic navigator’. Then, we can encourage ecology outside in the forest, and into our towns and cities, too, and in fun ways, too.