Be Still in Haste

The planet Saturn has resumed direct motion after five months of journeying retrograde, or westward against the background of stars, and because Jupiter is still going westward in its motion, the two gas giants are moving slightly closer together right now.

Mars is brightening as it readies to begin its 74-day retrograde at the end of this month, while Venus and Mercury are moving too close to the Sun to be seen.

The Moon is tip-toeing toward New Phase, where it arrives on Tuesday, when it will cause a partial solar eclipse primarily visible from Europe and parts of Africa and Asia.

Eclipse season. At their best, eclipses stir an increased interest in celestial phenomenon. At worst, they stir sensation and superstition ~ so what do we do? How do we manage our thoughts about the phenomena in a way that neither denies their significance in human culture, nor makes us feel helpless in the face of forces mightier than we are ourselves?

My approach is to strive for a mood of inner quiet and listening, usually supported by what’s occurring in the natural world around me, and in the comfort I get from inspired poetry, like the poem Be Still in Haste from Wendell Berry, which was recently shared with me by an astrologer friend of mine, which I offer now as a context for contemplating this week’s New Moon:

How quietly

I begin again

from this moment

looking at the

clock, I start over

so much time has

passed, and is equaled

by whatever


is present

from this

moment this moment

is the first

You can hear this episode and more every Monday morning on Interlochen Public Radio, and at podcasts everywhere under the name The Storyteller’s Night Sky.