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November is the month of the Pleiades.

“The Pleiades companions of Artemis, were the seven daughters of the titan Atlas and the sea-nymph Pleione born on Mount Cyllene. They are the sisters of Calypso, Hyas, the Hyades, and the Hesperides. The Pleiades were nymphs in the train of Artemis, and together with the seven Hyades were called the Atlantides, Dodonides, or Nysiades, nursemaids and teachers to the infant Bacchus.

After Atlas was forced to carry the heavens on his shoulders, Orion began to pursue all of the Pleiades, and Zeus transformed them first into doves, and then into stars to comfort their father. The constellation of Orion is said to still pursue them across the night sky.

One of the most memorable myths involving the Pleiades is the story of how these sisters literally became stars, their catasterism. According to some versions of the tale, all seven sisters committed suicide because they were so saddened by either the fate of their father, Atlas, or the loss of their siblings, the Hyades. In turn Zeus, the ruler of the Greek gods, immortalized the sisters by placing them in the sky. There these seven stars formed the star cluster known thereafter as the Pleiades.” — wikipedia

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“These pains you feel are messengers. Listen to them.”
Rumi, The Essential Rumi

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“It takes patience. That’s one of the tools to find the opening to find the shift that can move a person to see something just a little differently: to not think of him- or herself so badly but to understand that depression is maybe the only way people survived sometimes. And once they get out of it, once they begin to find a path away from it, it’s not an easy path usually because it means difficult change. And when you’re changing that means the people around you who have known you and who have been a part of your life and who have put you in this box, they don’t like it, necessarily, when you’re changing. They don’t want you to change because you fit something for them.  So, that makes it even harder.” — [T.S.]

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