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Saturday, 19 October 2013

STARRYVERSE 1 The Super-Starry-Saucepan (Plough)


This is the first of a series of short verses written to help young people identify the constellations. The titles of the poems are names which might be more familiar to children/ young people in the West today. So the first is called the Super-Starry -Saucepan which I guess will be a more familiar image  to most children today than a plough. As the series develops it will lead from one to another verse and build on the information in earlier verses. So if a young person can learn the verse in the day, hopefully he/she will be able to identify the stars at night (providing they are visible at that time of the year. Notes with the verses will indicate when/where the stars are visible.)

I am indebted to Guy Consolmagno (The Vatican Astronomer) for sparking the idea for this series of verses during a retreat he led recently (Early October) at Launde Abbey in Leicestershire.

So here is  Starryverse 1
The Super Starry Saucepan
(The Plough, or Big Dipper)

The super-starry-saucepan
is always in the sky,
its handle bent through constant use
in years and years gone by.
Its free side points to North Star,
the handle curves on round
towards Arcturus, lovely sight
which should be simply found


Here’s an outline of the starry saucepan/plough in one of the positions you might see it as it rotates around around the North star (also called the Pole Star or the Lodestar) so it is the shape you’re looking for, only sometimes looking like a saucepan standing on a hob, at other times looking like a saucepan being held in the air and at others like a saucepan being emptied. In the Northern Hemisphere, it is visible all year round








Ten thousand billion suns - A scintilla of God’s Universe

Ten thousand billion suns - A scintilla of God’s Universe
It is currently thought that the Universe has at least 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 stars! Hence the use of the word ‘scintilla’ for a mere ten thousand billion.

Cross and Particle Accelerator (CGI)

Cross and Particle Accelerator (CGI)
Cross and Particle Accelerator. The words of 'A Prayer for Understanding' can be viewed by clicking on this image

Nebula (Embroidery)

Nebula (Embroidery)
Nebula (Embroidery) to accompany the poem 'Invitation' which can be found by clicking on the image.

Orange Galaxy

Orange Galaxy
'Orange Galaxy' posted to accompany 'Bounded and Boundless'. Go to the poem by clicking on the image.

Cosmic Icon 7 Summerflower

Cosmic Icon 7 Summerflower
Cosmic Icon 7 - Summerflower Nebula (Acrylic)

Cosmic Ikon 8 Moth

Cosmic Ikon 8 Moth
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Surprise garden rose (Photo)

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Cross and Vortex

Cross and Vortex
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Gaseous Cosmic Threads (Mixed media)

Gaseous Cosmic Threads (Mixed media)
Gaseous Cosmic Threads: Mixed media - acrylics and painted threads

St Francis’ Sky (Photo)

St Francis’ Sky (Photo)
Warm Umbrian Hills: Click image to take you to the poem St Francis' Sky

Cosmic Labyrinth (CGI)

Cosmic Labyrinth (CGI)
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Cross of Autumn Leaves (cropped Photo)

Cross of Autumn Leaves (cropped Photo)
Time, perhaps to consider a restorative break before the approach of Advent/ Christmas. Let this image take you to 'On Drawing Apart'.

IONA: The Marble Quarry (Photo)

IONA: The Marble Quarry (Photo)
On the South shore of Iona is a bay which shows the industrial scarring of a beautiful place. Read of it by clicking on the picture

Butterfly Nebula (CGI)

Butterfly Nebula (CGI)
The Imaginary Butterfly Nebula . Anything like this would be a real Curiosity! The image will link you to the reflection titled 'Curiosity' which is actually a celebration of the achievement of landing the Mars Rover of that name

Light of the World amidst stars (CGI)

Light of the World amidst stars (CGI)
'Light of the world' posted to accompany 'To Light'. Find the poem by clicking on the image.

Iona from Fionnphort (Watercolour)

Iona from Fionnphort (Watercolour)
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Cross and simple Prayer rope (Photo)

Cross and simple Prayer rope (Photo)
Cross and simple prayer rope: make one like this to use as an aid to using ‘The Jesus Prayer'