Big Dipper “Find Your Way” Spread
If you live in the northern hemisphere, this guy should be a really familiar sight. For those of you who don’t, the Big Dipper is an asterism that makes up part of the full constellation Ursa Major. It can be used to find Polaris, or the North Star, which was an important navigation tool for explorers of all kinds. This is the first constellation I ever successfully identified and as such is pretty special to me, so I decided to take the meanings of the stars and translate them to a spread! As always suggestions for each position are down below, but the ultimate interpretation is up to you!
1. Dubhe: Dubhe’s an neat one, since it’s a different color from the rest. As one of the two “pointer stars” it helps guide the way to Polaris. How can you change your perspective and keep an open mind? What tools can you use to illuminate paths you hadn’t considered before?
2. Merak: Merak is the second of the two “pointer stars”. It’s name is derived from the Arabic for “loins of the bear”. This position helps to ground the rest of the constellation, and gives insight regarding the issue with which you need guidance. What is the root of your indecision? What is the issue from which all these paths sprout?
3. Phecda: Phecda is an Ae star and as a result is surrounded by a thick layer of gas. For this reason, it represents challenges. What obstacles stand between you and clarity. What’s clouding your vision?
4. Megrez: This star is neat cause it’s surrounded by a disk of circumstellar matter! This position for that reason represents the surrounding environment. What supports are in your life that can help you at this juncture? Who can you turn to for help figuring out what to do?
5. Alioth: This star was a really important star in ancient navigation. It’s also got an A1p (for peculiar) spectral emission which means that there’s some unique stuff going on in its atmosphere. This position helps provide you with some clarity as to what direction you should go in. What factors of the correct path will give you the most security? What peculiar quality should you look for to indicate the most stable path? You’ll end up with a “favored path” after this.
6. Mizar: This star is part of a binary system, the second star of which serves as a test of skills for naked-eye observers. This represents potential stress that you might face once you’re on the path you choose. What factors will put you to the test? With what will you struggle as you walk your chosen path?
7. Alkaid: Also called Benetnasch, this is the last star in the constellation and represents the final destination of your chosen path. Why is it worth it to choose this option? What good will come of you making the decision to pursue this course of action?
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