Massive red giant star with high proper motion. 36 light years from Earth.

Mythology – in the past was called Bear Guard as it was closer to Ursa Major & Ursa Minor. Currently Arcturus is in Bootes Constellation. Rewind 80,000 years to place Arcturus in Ursa Major/Ursa Minor.

Edgar Cayce said that our Sun orbited Arcturus – this could work in EU if we were travelling along same filament winding around Arcturus not orbiting it.

Ancient Polynesian Navigators called Arcturus the Star of Joy and used it to travel between Tahiti and Hawaii. Keeping Arcturus overhead travelling west on trade winds to Hawaii then travelling east & west until Arcturus overhead to return to Tahiti.

2,000 years ago at the Spring Equinox Arcturus culminated directly overhead at 31’ latitude. Cairo is at 30’ and Bethlehem at 31.7’.

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Angel Lantern

Angel lantern sculpture

Lantern making is a fun way to explore sculptural ideas without expensive materials or tools.  Watch as your ideas take shape, then change character as darkness falls.  I found this process extremely satisfying and somewhat addictive.  The tactile nature of withy selection and how quickly eyes and hands become synchronised in carrying out the work.  Approaching the bundle I often feel attracted to a particular withy that usually turns out to be just the right one.  Stroking and stretching, twisting and winding.

This Angel Lantern was my very first lantern.  I remember returning from the first session with a small pyramid shape frame of withies and a bundle of extras I had brought home.  I stayed up until after midnight and without any plan I found my ‘Sophia’ sitting on the kitchen table the next morning.

A few weeks later she led the procession up the nave of Christchurch Priory.