This is the time of the year when Astrologists get their moments of fame as they make predictions for the upcoming year. Theirs is the science that studies the placement of the objects in the sky at different times of the year and makes predictions from these celestial beings on our very terrestrial lives.
I love to read my New Year horoscope. I don’t put any stock in it at all but it sure makes me feel good to know that ‘Jupiter is in my house’ and ‘this is the best time for investments, love and business’. Imagine! As I was thinking about my 2019 horoscope, I wondered what it would be like if instead of looking to the sky to see what might be in our futures, we could start with a blank dark sky and place in it the stars, constellations and other celestial objects of our choosing.
To begin our sky portrait, we would need to begin by placing the big objects. The moon, with her strong gravitational pull, is said to influence our mood. As we place the moon in our sky, it would be nice to create it so that it illuminates not only the feelings we have that seem to just come over us, but also the feelings we wish to create within ourselves. Placing the moon is no small responsibility, for not only do our moods affect ourselves, our work and our dreams, they also affect each person with whom we have any interaction.
In my sky, I’d make my moon full, so as not to hide or minimize my feelings.
Constellations are also needed to bring out the best of the night sky. Constellations are groups of stars that form recognizable patterns. Each pattern, or group can always be found together. In Astrology and Astronomy, each constellation is named and has a distinct shape which can often be identified as a mythological creature after which it is named. Most of us can pick out the Big Dipper in the night sky. Some have an eye trained well enough to find Orion’s Belt or The Three Sisters as she is sometimes called.
When we place our own constellations in our 2019 sky, it will be important to pick some things that we will be proud to look back on and recognize. We want to be able to point to 2019 and pick out some projects or trips we completed. Our constellations may also take the shape of our family or friends. Perhaps we will hone a new skill, thus placing a fiddle or ukulele in our personal sky.
In my 2019 sky, I’ll need to have some object that represents creativity for I know I want to experiment with some new skills in this area. Perhaps four knitting needles might signify my imagined ability to make socks. And I’ll have to have a lighthouse that might represent the leadership course I plan to take. I may even place a large group of stars closely together to represent audiences and clients I will work with. It is possible there could be a wheel of some kind to remind me that once my foot is mended, I will get back on my bike and set some new goals.
After placing the moon and constellations in our sky, we have the lovely final job of scattering it with some individual stars. These represent the people we hope to give our attention to this upcoming year. Some of these stars will be easy to place. These are bright stars in our worlds. We already know we want to make time for these people. But there will be many other smaller stars waiting to be placed too. There really is no limit to their number. These represent people we may not yet know, or people with whom our connection may be brief or even unremarkable. However, the way we place these little stars may also represent how we will choose to treat each of these encounters.
In my 2019 sky, I want to have many bright stars; each one of them representing treasured people and things in my life. Some of the stars, like the morning and evening star, will be impossible to miss as they represent qualities and people that are certain in my life. I want some of my stars to have the look of increasing in brightness even as I look at my sky. These will represent people I want to develop more meaningful relationships with. For certain, I will place a few minuscule specks of stars among the well-established ones. These will be the stars that call for me to look carefully, underneath the surface, not overlook them or their potential treasures. And I certainly will have at least one shooting star; to remind me to give my absolute best to some things.
A couple will be small but mighty stars, like little Benjamin. He is only just beginning to understand how his shining affects others. A year ago, he was but a speck in my sky; he now lights up our world.
If my 2019 is a blank sky, I hope that by the end of it I can make it so captivating that people will want to join me in gazing at it in amazement. I want it to have Northern Lights dancing across it representing magic, growth, beauty, friends, happiness and of course, dancing.
I wish for you, a 2019 sky filled with exactly the stars, constellations and moons you pick to make your year the precise one of your imagination.
My inquiry for you this week is, ‘What star am I placing in my sky?’
Elizabeth provides leadership and personal coaching for individuals and teams. She creates and facilitates custom workshops for corporate, public and private groups. Contact Elizabeth to help you discover how to create the sky of your imagination.