12/16/2016 – Ephemeris – The Pleiades in the mythology of many cultures
Ephemeris for Friday, December 16th. The Sun will rise at 8:14. It’ll be up for 8 hours and 48 minutes, setting at 5:03. The Moon, 3 days past full, will rise at 8:28 this evening.
Let’s look at how some other cultures saw the Pleiades. To the Anishinabek native peoples around here the Pleiades is the “Hole in the Sky” or the seven stones that are heated for the sweat lodge ceremony. To the Kiowa* these were sister stars that had been whisked into the sky from the top of Devils Tower in Wyoming where they were threatened by a huge bear. In Norse mythology these were the goddess Freya’s hens. The name we know them by has rather misty origins. Some think the Greek name is from the mother of the seven sisters, Pleione. The Greek word for sail is similar to Pleiades, and some suggested that the appearance of the Pleiades in the morning sky signaled the best sailing weather in the Mediterranean region.
Times are for the Traverse City/Interlochen area of Michigan. They may be different for your location.
* I originally reported it as Lakota on the program, and earlier as the Sioux.