M31: Andromeda

Andromeda. Just the word alone evokes a sense of mystery and strangeness.

Imagine, the closest major spiral galaxy to our own Milky Way. What resides there? How many of those stars have habitable planets orbiting them, swirling in the spiral arms of our cosmic neighbor?

Ever since I was a child, I have been obsessed with this galaxy. At one point in my life, I gave strong consideration to changing my name to Andromeda.

Looking back, I’m kind of glad I didn’t do that.

While writing my novel, Velvet, I fell into that sacred space that writers sometimes find themselves in…that space where something outside (or is it inside) of themselves takes over and does the writing:

“I entered my private little space, shut the door and then turned on my computer. The Mac fired up in a matter of seconds and the screen glowed with an image of the Andromeda galaxy.” ~ Velvet Riverstone in the first chapter of my novel Velvet.

Even in my novel, Andromeda makes an appearance.

What is it that keeps me spellbound? (more…)

The Laniakea Supercluster

Mind-blowing science. Mind-blowing. This is where we actually live, and this is what humans have been able to decipher about our cosmic home.

Just stunning.

We are made of star stuff

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angel breath – a poem

beautiful, incomprehensible

whispers melt the icy dew

on winter nighttime pasture

harvest of pin-dot stars

© 2014 Echo LaVeaux

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Trust Yourself

From the beginning, we have been taught that we were somehow lower than the powers that surround us.

We have been told that we are nothing unless we believe in one religion or another, unless we try to live our lives by someone else’s standards.   (more…)

Awakening the Cosmic Female Within

When I gaze upon the star-filled sky, I sense the power of the universe as greater than myself. Stark blackness with a smattering of pin-dot stars, pink and yellow glowing planets, the silver moon…all of these sights render me incapable of speech. The Pleiades glowing blue in the winter sky (more…)

Stargazing for the Soul: How sky-watching can relax your weary mind

Stars and planets fill our night sky, yet many of us never take the time to observe them. Simply looking at the vast expanse of the universe can open up your perception of reality and calm your soul.

How many times have you been outside at night and never took a moment to look up? In a hurry to get to this place or that, or simply to call the cat in for the evening, most of us do not consider the sky at night. We have our attentions focused (more…)

A longing for home

Gazing at the heavens, one gets a real sense of expansion and connection. The myriad stars, planets, and galaxies open the eyes and the soul to what is real. Our bodies are earth born but our spirits are of cosmic origin. The stars above us are our siblings, the planets our guardians, and the galaxies our schools. In looking at the heavens on a dark night, we feel a sense of longing. This is a longing for home.

In the years between birth and death, (more…)