Winter's Grand Constellations

I went out at night alone;
The young blood flowing beyond the sea
Seemed to have drenched my spirit’s wings—
I bore my sorrow heavily.

But when I lifted up my head
From shadows shaken on the snow,
I saw Orion in the east
Burn steadily as long ago.

From windows in my father’s house,
Dreaming my dreams on winter nights,
I watched Orion as a girl
Above another city’s lights.

Years go, dreams go, and youth goes too,
The world’s heart breaks beneath its wars,
All things are changed, save in the east
The faithful beauty of the stars.

  • auriga


    In the center of the chariot shines Capella’s yellow-white brilliance.

    A deep chthonic, earthy scent, with a glowing core: oakmoss, vetiver root, and patchouli with lemon rind and golden amber.

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  • canis major

    Canis Major

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    Embracing the brightest fire burning in the canopy of night, Canis Major hunts Lepis eternally as he dances with galactic clusters of his sister stars.

    Star-speckled brown fur and hay.

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    Unbound from her prison-throne, mirror aloft; within her cloak dance the stories of Bathsheba, Deborah, and Mary Magdalene.

    Plum velvet, red wine, and sweet, dark oudh.

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  • orion


    Orion, the Hunter, is the Lord of the Winter Skies. At his left shoulder sits orange-hot Betelgeuse, and in the heart of his sword, he holds a nebula that swirls with the birth of new stars.

    Weathered brown leather, wild fig, Macedonian cedar, fire-red tobacco, pepper, white musk, and cardamom.

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  • winter constellations WEB - perseus


    Sword aloft, eternally resting beside Andromeda, Algol flickering in the gorgon’s head.

    Greek sage and iris, leather, and ambergris, with a dark gleam of patchouli-soaked blackcurrant.

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