The first round of Smithsonian’s Summer Showdown ends today! Did you vote for our Galileo letter yet? Not any ordinary letter, he describes a water-clock driven by a mysterious magnetic force and references his house arrest and the Inquisition’s restrictions on his movements and publications. Obviously it is the Most Seriously Amazing history object in the showdown.

And speaking of Galileo - the gif above is based on an illustration of the Pleiades in The Starry Messenger (Sidereus Nuncius). This year (2015) should be a great viewing of the Perseid meteor shower, which peaks on August 13th, just before the new moon!

Seven Sisters: Pleiades

The Seven Sisters, also called the Pleiades or M45, is an open star cluster located about 400 light years away towards the constellation Taurus. It is about 13 light years across and is one of the brightest and closest star clusters to us.

The cluster contains over 3000 stars, most of which are considered middle aged. Surrounding the brighter stars are reflection nebulae, gas and dust reflecting the light from the stars. Also buried in the cluster are faint, low mass brown dwarf stars.

Image from National Geographic, information from NASA.

So, my snake has a middle name. His full name is Pleiades Andromedus. I only call him that when he’s in trouble and I yelled it around 40 times tonight. So, y'all wanna hear a story about a dumbass snake? Like, I love my noodle child, but this is ridiculous.

Tonight I saw that Pleiades had pooped in his enclosure, so like a good owner, I go to grab a roll of paper towels to clean it up.

Well, Pleiades loves paper towel tubes more than mice or probably me, so upon seeing the tube, he decided he needed to hide in it. Nevermind that the tube was a foot away from him and I was still holding the FULL roll of paper towels while he was wrapped around my other hand. Nope, with an absolutely astonishing speed he zoops himself right into the tube. Like he was a damn piece of spaghetti being slurped up by an enthusiastic Italian. In less than five seconds his ENTIRE body is wrapped tightly into the tube.

This picture doesn’t do it justice, this was the halfway point after I’d tried to pull him out with no luck. Cue calling my reptile keeper friend to help me and laughing so hard I was in tears.

How did I get him out? Well I booped him on the snoot and he fell right out into my hand.

Lovely, precious STUPID baby.

Recommended Reading: The Pleiades & The Pleiadians

The Alchemy of Nine Dimensions - Barbara Hand Clow

ALCHERINGA - When the first ancestors were created - Valerie Barrow

Ancient Aliens In Australia: Pleiadian Origins of Humanity - Bruce Fenton

Bringers of the Dawn: Teachings from the Pleiadians - Barbara Marciniak

Comes the Awakening : Realizing the Divine Nature of Who You Are (A Pleiadian Book) - Lia Shapiro

Conversations with Laarkmaa: A Pleiadian View of the New Reality - Pia Smith Orleane

Earth: Pleiadian Keys to the Living Library - Barbara Marciniak

Encounter in the Pleiades - Peter Moon

Family of Light: Pleiadian Tales and Lessons in Living - Barbara Marciniak

Garden of Unknowable Things: A Renegade Pleiadian Lexicon - Maryann Rada

The Great Human Potential: Walking in one’s own light - Teachings from the Pleiades and the Hathors - Wendy Kennedy & Tom Kenyon

Heart of the Christos: Starseeding from the Pleiades - Barbara Hand Clow

Opalescence: The Pleiadian Renegade Guide to Divinity - Maryann Rada

Path of Empowerment: New Pleiadian Wisdom for a World in Chaos - Barbara Marciniak

The Pleiadian Agenda: A New Cosmology for the Age of Light - Barbara Hand Clow

The Pleiadians Files: Hidden and Ancient Records - Dace Fitzgerald Allen

The Pleiadian House of Initiation: A Journey through the Rooms of the Wisdomkeepers - Mary T. Beben

Pleiadian Initiations of Light: A Guide to Energetically Awaken You to the Pleiadian Prophecies for Healing and Resurrection - Christine Day

The Pleiadian Mission: A Time of Awareness - Randolph Winters

Pleiadian Perspectives on Human Evolution - Amorah Quan Yin

Pleiadian Principles for Living: A Guide to Accessing Dimensional Energies, Communicating With the Pleiadians, and Navigating These Changing Times - Christine Day

The Pleiadian Tantric Workbook: Awakening Your Divine Ba - Amorah Quan Yin

The Pleiadian Workbook: Awakening Your Divine Ka - Amorah Quan Yin

Remembering Who We Are: Laarkmaa’s Guidance on Healing the Human Condition - Pia Smith Orleane

The Seven Sisters of the Pleiades: Stories from Around the World - Munya Andrews

Image Credit: NASA

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“Before you came into this reality, you applied for a slice of time—the moment you were born. At the precise time of your birth, the stars, planets, moon, and sun were in a specific configuration. When you emerged from your mother’s womb, the energy from the stars and planets imprinted your flesh, no matter where you were, because the energy was touching Earth at that time as well. Within that moment were written certain probabilities, specific opportunities, and distinct challenges. The language of the stars explains your world in a way that is helpful for you to understand the bigger picture. Everything is in geometric relationship to everything else, creating energetic patterns. You yourself selected a moment and a lineage, a bloodline that you were born to, to give you the opportunities that you assessed would be ideal for you to experience in this lifetime. You determined these experiences according to what you needed to learn, based on what you had created, will create, and are creating simultaneously in other places.

The heavens speak to you of your own majestic splendor, playing out their story through you. The planets broadcast their life force as electromagnetic waves that create cycles within which significant achievements, designed as challenges and victories, define specific epochs or ages. These cycles, if understood, will automatically benefit the planet. The cycles have been ignored and trivialized to keep you in ignorance, causing you to miss the tremendous self-realization that accompanies the meaning of life. One of the ways the teachings of the cycles became lost was through the disputing and refuting of astrology. You have been told that astrology is a meaningless study, when in actuality astrology and astronomy are the languages of the universe. In its truest form, knowledge of the heavens translates the macrocosm into the microcosm, acknowledging you within a significant slice of existence.”

- Barbara Marciniak
Earth: Pleiadian Keys to the Living Library

Image Credit: Unknown

Ghostly Reflections in the Pleiades

This image shows a dark interstellar cloud ravaged by the passage of Merope, one of the brightest stars in the Pleiades star cluster. Just as a torch beam bounces off the wall of a cave, the star is reflecting light from the surface of pitch-black clouds of cold gas laced with dust. As the nebula approaches Merope, the strong starlight shining on the dust decelerates the dust particles. The nebula is drifting through the cluster at a relative speed of roughly 11 kilometres per second.

The Hubble Space Telescope has caught the eerie, wispy tendrils of a dark interstellar cloud being destroyed by the passage of one of the brightest stars in the Pleiades star cluster. Like a flashlight beam shining off the wall of a cave, the star is reflecting light off the surface of pitch black clouds of cold gas laced with dust. These are called reflection nebulae.

Credit: NASA/ESA and The Hubble Heritage Team STScI/AURA), George Herbig and Theodore Simon (University of Hawaii).