Under the warm shadow of June night
Mahru, brother of Earth
Elara, daughter of the stars
meeting on the planet of life
to unite in love
But the stars, Vega and Antares,
not approving their wayward child’s union
stepped down from their celestial plane.
They separated the lovers.
to the dark abysses of the universe.
Mahru and Elara fought valiantly.
Yet, the giant stars were too powerful
and the lovers were flung from the planet.
But, Ila, the Earth,
having covered their secret wedding,
took pity on the newlyweds
and appealed to Sol, the sun star.
Sol heard Ila’s pleas.
Her sorrow and anger intertwining with the earth’s own.
Though bigger and more powerful than Sol,
Vega and Antares had trespassed in the sun’s domain;
weakening their own might and strengthening hers.
Stepping down to the planet of life,
Sol fought Vega and Antares
until they flew back in fury to their own constellations.
Vega and Antares curse upon Elara and Mahru could not be undone.
Earth had tethered her brother to her oceans
keeping him from hurling through the expanse.
Sol turned Mahru into the moon,
bringing balance to Earth, her oceans, and lighting her nights.
The bride had been thrown to the outer circle.
Sol found her and
Elara, daughter of Antares, a royal star, became Jupiter, the giant king planet.
The moon, close as it is, came and went from the planet of life
but Jupiter, cast to the outer circles, was too far.
All Sol could grant to the new celestial bodies was one point in time
to line up Earth, Jupiter and sun.
Under the protection of Sol
Jupiter may descend.
Elara and Mahru separated by space
united by undying love
are joined together once a year
during the month of their wedding.
This is why the moon and Jupiter burn brightest together in the night June sky.
A/N: Words: 319 Pictures: 8
Part 1: This is my third entry in the fabulous Monthly Simlit Short Story Challenge. This month’s topic was June Wedding with a word max of 800. Please check it out, read ALL the entries and vote for your top 3 favorite stories in BOTH the Novice AND Veteran categories. Top 3 in both categories–6 votes total–is required! Thank you for supporting SimLit!
Part 2: Brief background on the celestial bodies in this myth: Vega and Antares are two of the brightest stars that you can see from earth. Antares is a supergiant 17 times more massive and 10,000 times more luminous than the sun. Thousands of years ago, Antares was the North Star (modernly it is Polaris. This is because the earth’s axis moves changing north every thousands of years.) The ancient Persians regarded Antares as one of 4 royal stars who were the guardians of the galaxy (not just a comic/movie). Vega is the 5th brightest star in the night sky and is part of the Lyra constellation. It was the second star to be photographed (the first is our sun). (Vega is also a character in Street Fighter who I played as all the time :P) Mahru is a nickname for the African name Mahrukh which means “face of the moon” and Elara is one of Jupiter’s moons. Lesson over!
Part 3: The sun, earth and Jupiter line up around June (sometimes in late May or early July) every year. It’s known as opposition. This makes the brightest objects in the night sky the moon and Jupiter for the entire month of June. Jupiter is so clear you can see it with the naked eye and its biggest moons with binoculars! I took some photos of Jupiter and the moon above my house. Also, check out the awesome new photos of Jupiter that NASA’s space probe, Juno, has been sending.
CC used: (Not a complete list.)
Twinkling Stars wallpaper & floors by Bakie
Moons Light (the moon and planet Jupiter objects) by Mabinogi
Sorry! Didn’t mean for my author’s note to be longer than the actual story! 😛