Using Constellations to Express Our Deepest Emotions

Using Constellations to Express Our Deepest Emotions

The night sky has been a canvas for human imagination since time immemorial. We may not be able to paint on it, but we can certainly draw inspiration from it. And one of the ways we can do that is by tracing out constellations. We've done this for generations past, and we can continue to do this for generations to come, because the stories that the stars tell and the images they form are timeless.

Using Constellations to Express Our Deepest Emotions

Constellations have helped us navigate our way through the cosmos, but they've also helped us navigate our way through life. When we see Orion's Belt, we're reminded of a great hunter who was eventually outsmarted by his prey. But we're also reminded that we needn't be invincible to be remembered. When we see the Big Dipper, we're reminded of a bear who was turned into the stars. But we're also reminded that transformation is a natural part of life.

What makes constellations even more powerful is the emotions that we attach to them. When we're feeling lost and alone, we might seek out the North Star, which has served as a guiding light for centuries. When we're feeling romantic, we might look for Cassiopeia, the queen who was placed among the stars as a punishment for her vanity. When we're feeling defeated, we might look for Taurus, the bull that Hercules defeated as one of his twelve labors.

Even if we don't know the stories behind every constellation, we can still find solace in their patterns. We might see a cluster of stars in the shape of a heart and momentarily forget the heartbreak we're going through. We might see a line of stars that suggests a path and momentarily forget that we're lost. We might see a swirl of stars that suggests a dance and momentarily forget that we're alone.

In this way, using constellations to express our deepest emotions is a form of therapy. We're able to connect with something greater than ourselves and realize that our emotions, no matter how powerful, are just a small part of a greater pantheon. We're able to draw from the stories of the stars and make them our own, because the human experience is universal. We're able to look up at the night sky and see a reflection of ourselves, because the universe is infinite.