For most of us, it’s safe to say we’re not constantly thinking about how we are on a planet orbiting in ellipses at 18 miles/second around a burning star. Or the fact that this star, which happens to be traveling at about 515,000 mph, makes up just one solar system among hundreds of billions in our galaxy, and how this galaxy is only one among billions in the universe.
On the contrary, we tend to be rather entranced while perceiving our immediate surroundings. Understandably so. The struggles and triumphs of our existence can be consuming. Learning to navigate new careers, getting excited meeting prospective partners, and, did we remember to lock the door when we left this morning?
Nevertheless, it’s humbling to acknowledge our place in the universe; how it makes our existence possible. Even the elements on our periodic table are here all because asteroids collided with Earth, then in it’s infantile stage, bringing our planet the foundations to life as we know it.
So, why all the science talk? To serve as a simple reminder that whether we care for astrology or not, our connection to the stars and all of life is undeniable.
Our bodies are made of the burned out embers of stars that were released into the galaxy in massive explosions billions of years ago, mixed with atoms that formed only recently as ultrafast rays slammed into Earth’s atmosphere. All of that is not just remote history but part of us now: our human body is inseparable from nature all around us and intertwined with the history of the universe. (Schrijver, 2015).
We are indeed part of something much greater than ourselves. And still, our individual experiences are unique and very much relevant. Our importance is not reduced because of wonders beyond our understanding happening in the cosmos, it’s quite the opposite. Studying our solar system provides us with a tool for integrating the microcosm of our experience to the macrocosm of the universe. By learning how celestial bodies around us interact, we simultaneously deepen the understanding of our experience on Earth. We are not separated by rank, but rather, interconnected as one.