Welcome to the first session of Anchoring Starlight – Series 3. Below you will find some background information about our first star Merope and, once it is uploaded, the recording of our webinar. It is divided into the talk (with the letter T after the file number) and the inner journey (with the letter J after the file number).
The Pleiades: An Introduction from Sananda
The Pleiades are newcomers to your Universe, but you could think of them as a group of elder beings who have chosen to come back in the form of stars, having completed a long cycle of experience. They come to offer the fruits of that experience: new ways of organising energy, new forms of dynamic harmony. Their purpose is to broadcast what they have found out to the rest of the Galaxy, but particularly to star systems like your own which exist in the neighbouring volume of space.
The quality of space here is such that there is a huge receptivity to evolutionary change in this age. In some ways the space that you exist in is like a sponge, absorbing love and light. This love and light is then drawn to all – star systems, planetary systems and the beings who live within them – who are open to receive this stimulus to growth. The Pleiades are offering some organising principles to assist those who are drinking in this light and love.
Merope is one of the brightest stars in the Pleiades. Formed in the last 100 million years they are, in astronomical terms, a very young group of stars. They lie about 410 light years away in the constellation of Taurus, clearly visible within the nebulosity of star dust around them, where they ‘glitter like a swarm of fire-flies tangled in a silver braid’ as the poet Tennyson described them. Opinions differ about whether this nebulosity is the remnants of the star dust from which the Pleiades where formed or whether this is simply a cloud through which the stars are currently passing.
Merope has a radius more than four times that of the Sun but its luminosity is about 630 times as great. It spins particularly fast with an equatorial speed of at least 280 kilometers per second, 140 times that of the Sun. This spin creates an interaction with the surrounding nebula (which is at its brightest around the star) that generates x-rays.
Start with Orion, the giant-like constellation striding across the winter skies of the Northern Hemisphere. Then follow the line of Orion’s belt to the reddish star Aldebaran. Follow that line about the same distance again until you come to the cluster of the Pleiades, looking a little like a tiny Plough. On a clear night you may see six, or even as many a nine, stars distinct within a group that actually comprises several hundred. Merope is one of those brighter stars, but less obvious than some of the others.
Often known as the Seven Sisters, one myth tells that The Pleiades were the daughters of Atlas (who carried the heavens upon his shoulders). In order to escape from the hunter Orion’s desire for them they turned into doves and flew into the sky to become the stars we see now. For the Inuit, however, the Pleiades were a group of hunters and dogs who chased a bear out onto the ice and on up into the sky where it became Ursa Major; they chase it still. In Sweden they were once known as Suttjenes Rauko (Fur in Frost), referring to a servant turned out in the cold by his master; perhaps the sparkling stars with their background nebulosity reminded them of ice crystals catching the light on the surface of a fur coat.
The Pleiades have been regarded as important in cultures all around the world, with many of them marking the rising and setting of these stars. Temples in Greece and Mexico were aligned to them. In the Tonga Islands the year was divided into two by the appearance and then disappearance from the night sky of Matarii (the Little Eyes). The Greek Hippocrates divided the year into four using the positions of the Pleiades. In the cultures of the Maya, the Aztecs and ancient Persia the highest point of Pleiades was considered of geat significance.
Merope was said to be the palest of the sisters because she, alone among her sisters, had taken a human as a lover and was ashamed. She was sometimes called the Lost Pleiad. Her husband was Sisyphus, the wily king of Corinth, who was said to have revealed the designs of the gods and was consequently punished by have to push a rock uphill only to have it roll back down every time he neared the top. Her name may derive from merops, an articulate speaker, meros being a part or portion, thus suggesting someone who brings parts together effectively; but another derivation gives us ‘she who turns her face away’.
Key Qualities: Balm, Integration, Opening to the Divine
Although Merope, as part of the Pleiades, is close to Alcyone, its characteristics and role are very different. Nevertheless they have an important association and act in concert. In relationship to humanity at this time we might think of Alcyone directing and organising light that opens us to new ways of thinking and being, offering paths into the future that steer us past possible pitfalls and reveal a much richer sense of our potential. Merope, in this way of considering the role of the Pleiades, prepares us by helping us to heal and integrate our dividedness.
When we leave the earth plane at the end of a lifetime, Merope is one possible port of call, a place of peace and convalescence where we may draw together the fragments of experience that we may not have been able to fully integrate or comprehend. The star exudes a deep healing love that directs the attention to the Divine; and within the civilisation there groups have grown up for whom helping humanity is an abiding interest. They have studied the effect of the light of Merope (and the stars of the Pleiades in general) upon the human etheric body, so that they can assist the star in its work, creating environments of peaceful contemplation and renewal where those who choose to visit (whether at the end of a lifetime or in meditation) may absorb the balm they offer.
Our inner journey
We visit one of the healing centres associated with Merope to receive transmissions of light from the star to open, develop and stabilise a peaceful connection with your divine self. The soul of Merope directs light to a threshold point within the heart centre which resonates with the light of the star and where the human and the divine meet.
Please note: This inner journey may take you into deep states of relaxation. Do not listen while driving.