Flock of Doves

| Nature and universe | 4 Comments

Nothing more than stellar stuff of the mind...On rare occasions which usually seem to occur during the coldest nights of winter, the stars above appear sharp and magnificent and very very close that you get the feeling that you can almost touch them if you reach up high enough. As habit dictates, this evening while I was bringing out the trash, I was looking for my favorite constellation called Orion. Something else to the side happened to catch my attention instead. I had never seen them so clearly before in my life! This was truly amazing. The Pleiades is a white star cluster also known as the Seven Sisters. According to ancient Greek mythology, these were originally a group of innocent nymphs who for seven long years were chased by Orion, a greedy hunter who fancied them so much that he decided to pursue them all over the place. Seven years is a pretty long time. Poor Orion must have been pretty sexually frustrated by then, such a long wait with no results. So you can imagine how unbearable this constant chase had become for these virgins of the woods. So good and true and yet big bad Orion ruined it all with his lecherous chase for sex. Zeus decided to give the seven sisters a break by turning them into a flock of doves. That way they could fly away from this earthly misery. The only drawback was that they had to spend the rest of eternity up there in the night sky. Five hundred light-years from the Earth is pretty far away if you think about it. Nice view though. You can imagine how let down they must have felt years later when Orion died. In order to honor him and his infamous chase properly, good old Zeus decided to put him up there next to the seven sisters! Their escape had only been temporary. If you look closely you can only see six of the seven sisters with your bare eyes. The so-called lost Pleiade was really Electra who hid her face when Troy was burned down to the ground. I think she fled due to some shame and guilt feelings caused by this disregard for earthly suffering. There are various other so-called scientific theories about the cluster and the star that we cannot see, but they make little sense when compared to the more viable other mythological explanations across different cultures. At least that is my honest opinion. It is all in the mind anyway, part of the collective consciousness which is based on ancient myth. All in the mind. From the very beginning.


I love Greek mythology and thoroughly enjoyed your post on the Seven Sisters and Orion, oh and thanks for the links. Great photo btw, did you take it or Nasa?

I guess you could say that I kind of "borrowed" it from the BBCi Sky at Night page. It is part of the photography contest they are having now. I guess I should have given Mike Dickson the proper credit he deserves. The mythology stuff I did on my own using a combination of my own knowledge combined with some minimal research on the Internet. Of course I voted for The Pleiades which only had 6.1% of the votes at the time.

Thanks for the link to the photography contest. All the photos are lovely, aren't they? I voted for the Spiral Galaxy.

Yeah, I thought the spiral galaxy was pretty good also.

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