Photo of the Day: Venus Sitting on the Moon

A few days after the sun dog phenomenon, my friends from the Philippines witnessed another rare celestial spectacle: the planet Venus sitting on a crescent moon. For those who rest their fates on the stars, Venus is the sign for love and emotions while the moon is the instinctual self.

Ancient stargazers use planetary alignments to govern their lives. The Chaco Canyon pueblos, for example, were constructed to mimic the regularity of the celestial cycles–somehow hoping that the heavens would give order to the builders’ earthly lives.

For the astrologically-challenged like me, witnessing the tango between Venus and the moon is still a sight to behold. The sheer beauty of their slow night dance calls for a much needed pause from everyone. We need this relaxing break, even if only for the night.

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