Sunday, October 30, 2011

Mysterious Skies

Graham has been really ill over the last month. It began with bronchitis, which turned into a lung staphylococcus infection. He collapsed during our visit with the family and was taken to hospital by ambulance for an overnight stay. The infection cleared within two weeks, yet Graham still wheezed and coughed and could not get Air into his lungs.

Once again, he was hospitalized, where he was given Oxygen and ventilizers and other medications.  His stay this time lasted for four days...and his doctor suspects his illness is COPD. In a few weeks, he will see a lung specialist for confirmation.

We hope, in this case, his doctor's prediction is wrong, of course.

During all this upheaval, I found I could do very little. I wandered from one thing to another and I was no longer able to voice my thoughts. It was as if I were living in an empty space...a void...where nothing could intrude.

But I discovered something that did intrude, something that is awe-inspiring, miraculous and exciting.

There is a lot of activity in the Skies these days.

I discovered this one night about a month ago when I took Lucky out for his last walk of the day. Each time it is around eight PM and of course, it is very dark around that time. There are no lights of any kind that intrude where I live; flashlights are the order of the day (or night) when Lucky and I venture outside.

I am accustomed to seeing satellites crossing the night Sky, and falling Stars and Meteors. On certain nights, it seems as if the heavenly bodies hang by a seems as if I could reach out and touch them. The atmosphere is so very clear here; one can see for miles into the deep, black Universe. There have been many nights when I have wished for a telescope for the ability to see farther into the Universe than the human eye ever could.

I am not looking for UFO's the first evening I spot them, as Lucky and I venture outside. I am only looking up, and marvelling at the Stars. To my astonishment, as I stare at a vivid little Star, a tiny round bit zips away from it, sending out an especially bright green flare. It flies South, then West, then back North again...back to its original "Star".

What was that!...I say to Lucky, who perks his ears.

The tiny UFO flew so fast...if I could only describe how fast!

I think my eyes must be tricking me...tiredness and emotional stress over Graham must surely have taken over...

But then the little "bit" zips away again...this time, heading South in a winking, wavering line until it is out of sight. There are one or two flashes of an...electric type of green and pink. I am not sure I have described those unearthly flashes correctly...they were quite unlike anything I've seen before in the night Sky. Even Northern Lights pale in comparison, and are very dissimilar in any case.

I tell Lucky...They must have forgotten their toothbrushes...

For many reasons, that first sighting, and the ones subsequent to these, fill me with a joyful expectancy. I feel as if I have been washed clean and clear throughout, with a loving feathery touch.

I become addicted to watching the Sky, feeling quite out of sorts when it is cloudy. But one night, expecting Snow, I look up in time to see a Cloud light up with that unearthly flash again. This time, the brilliance was of many colours, although it did not have any lasting effects on the Cloud. The Light was there and then it was gone completely.

Another night, it had been Raining. But, right above me, Clouds had parted in a circle, leaving heavy Stars to hang in the void. I was looking North, above our house. I see three tiny UFO's chasing each other, making impossible configurations. Again, they seem to be attached to a larger "Star".

As I stare at the bigger "Star", keeping the little ones in my peripheral vision, I notice it is different from what an ordinary Star might look like. It looks and feels harder. The brilliance of it is digital and static.

As I keep my eyes on the fantastic display above me, there is a flare from the Star, which I feel more than actually see, if that makes any sense. And then, as I watch in complete wonder, I see pulses of some kind of energy wash slowly away from the Star, towards the protective ring of Cloud cover.

I can find nothing anywhere that tells me what those slow pulses might have been. They were slower and more precise than those a pebble dropped into a pond might have made, but very similar.

I watched three emanate from the "Star", before I became aware of how cold I was. Lucky, who had become quite excited as the pulses washed over us from above, had been at the door for awhile. The neighbourhood Dogs, who had began to bark and howl, when the first pulse appeared, had quietened, seeming to accept the consequent pulses or rings of muted light.

I decided to go in and warm up. Later, I went outside again, unable to resist. The circle of Cloud was still there. I watched for awhile, seeing nothing, but just as I was about to go in, the burst of Light occurred again...and again, there were the rings emanating from the "Star".

I wondered if those strange, intermittent pulses would continue all night. 

The incredible activity in the mysterious Sky has stopped. It has been at least two weeks since I saw the last strange Lights. I feel rather bereft...

I'm grateful for my time with these tinkling, teeny Lights in the night Sky. They took my mind off  the daily stress I was experiencing with Graham's illness. Strangely, they gave me hope.

Look up on a clear Night and study the Stars. Watch for the ones that move...


  1. Well, I can see right now that I haven't been paying enough attention to what's been going on over my head. You've aroused my curiosity, Marion.

    Sending healing thoughts for Graham and hugs to you. I've missed you.

  2. I'm so sorry to hear about Graham. I hope it's not serious. What an amazing story about the light show in the heavens. Life is so mysterious, isn't it? I'll keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers, Marion. Sending love & hugs. xo

  3. What a treat to be able to view the stars every night! Here in Los Angeles, even when it's very clear there is so much light that we rarely get to experience STARS. You describe the events beautifully.

    Sending good thoughts to Graham and to you...

  4. Life can definitely pull the rug right from under our feet when least expected. Sorry to hear about Graham, Marion, but glad he will get the appropriate help. It’s understandable such a shock would temporarily wipe out one’s motivation and creative spirit. The sky in your area sounds fantastically clear. Although we get spectacular sunsets in the southwest, evenings are often quite misty this time of year. I’ve seen recent pictures of the Aurora Borealis where greens and reds are showing up in some parts of North America. I would love to see these for myself one day. Although I don’t know what is causing your mysterious sightings they sound incredibly lovely and awe-inspiring.

  5. Sending many prayers to Graham...sometimes when infection hits the lungs and one is no longer a *wee child*, it does take longer to heal. I am hoping COPD is not the reason for all his discomfort. Time IS a healer...though often, it does not work as quickly as we want.

    As for you, O - Star Gazer....I am positively GREEN with envy...I have been a watcher of *the Heavens* since my Father began pointing out the Constellations and wonders of the Night Skies.... of course, I live in a *big City* my skies are nothing like yours...
    Still, SF has relatively *clean air* and often, from my rooftop, I have seen some *stellar sights*! (Like my play on words?

    I have only seen the Aurora Borealis once in my life.... flying over the Pole to the UK,,,,, I will nevee forget the unearthly beauty of the green, purple, blue skies...

    Did you see UFO's? Who can say...but I have always believed that we are not alone out here in the Cosmos... and the darkened sky is still (for all our teeny attempts at exploration) a mystery. I love mystery.... and find a correlation between the sky, the mystery of the deep forest - and the seas below us. Nature is such a wonderous GIFT..and so many don't see or appreciate it.

    I love coming to visit your take those walks (day or night ) with Lucky....

    I am SO GLAD we are friends....


    ♥ Robin ♥ (Your fellow Star-Gazer)

  6. Anonymous11:04 a.m.

    Hello Marion,

    Even though you are going through a stressful time, it seems you are being supported all the way, even the star people are there for you. You are being blessed.

    This world we live in is full of mystery and beauty. We do not have all the answers. A good reminder to be open and grateful for what is.

    Sending prayers and blessings your way.

  7. Hope this comment finds Graham continuing to mend. I don't know what to say about the lights. Some night I go out on the deck of the cabin (mostly to visit Mr. Pee Bucket), but also to look at the night sky. I've always hoped to see something out of the ordinary, but nothing yet. - Margy

  8. I've never seen more beautiful sky photos.

    Oh, Marion, I am so sorry that Graham has COPD. I don't think a person knows how much illness there is in the world unless he or she reads blogs because people share more on their blogs than they do with most of the people they see everyday.

  9. Wow!
    And all the best to your Graham.

  10. i hope graham is feeling better as you read this, marion. what a worry. it's harder not to know than to know and take steps...

    i will now watch the sky and every movement i will think of you (meaning i expect to see them too!) we are so small and so vital in the big scheme of things. i often think about how much we know and how much we don't know. you someone access some of the 'don't knows' and isn't that a precious gift?

    i will be thinking of you and graham. i hope the specialist knows exactly what to do and that it eases your mind.

    love always,

  11. I'm sorry Graham has been so ill. It must be so worrying and stressful for you. but...your savior of the flashing night sky lights is amazing. maybe i should say your savour. Incredible. I most often forget to look up to the night sky. sending prayers, suki

  12. Very sorry to read of Graham's illness. The not knowing must be so hard. I am wishing and praying for the best for him.

    I love the story you wove through the beautiful shots of your high latitudes sky. You live in a very special place.

  13. I hope Graham is on the road to recovering. It sounds frightening and must be a horrible feeling not being able to get enough air. Those staphylococcus virus are very nasty things.

    Fantastic sky pictures Marion, very dramatic.

    All the best to you both.

  14. Linda@VS,

    Now that I've seen them a few times, I want to continue to see the playful little lights. But no matter how hard I look, so far there have been no more sightings. They are VERY tiny...xx


    Thank you! I hope you get to see some mystery in YOUR skies, too! xx


    I found something on facebook discussing the lost dark and how, because of the many lights in cities and towns, we are losing the mystery. I can't find it, though, at the moment. But it is really great to live where no lights from other things other than moon and stars seems to bring the heavens closer..xx

  15. aka Penelope,

    It's a bit of a game-changer, as Graham said. We'll have to consider some options, if it is indeed COPD. It is the waiting for all the procedures that is the most difficult.

    I know about the fantastic sunsets. I remember living in Qualicum Beach and seeing Northern Lights over the bay. Can't begin to describe how stunning that was! xx


    There must have been others who saw these strange lights. I wish it had been you. Now when I go out to watch the stars, I will imagine you on your rooftop...

    It must have been so great to grow up with your dad, who knew the skies. That must have been awesome! xx


    I love your comment...thank you so much! Certainly, those lights did give me much hope and strength...and I am so grateful for that. I went to bed that one night when I saw the rings feeling warm and good, able once again to deal. Can't get any better than that! xx

    Powell River Books,

    Margy, as I was looking at the lights, I wondered which one of my friends would be in the dark enough to see these and I thought of you in your cabin. It would certainly be dark enough there! Keep looking...I know you will be rewarded. I have only seen very, very tiny moving camera would not work at magnifying them in the cold, but it is an older camera. xx

  16. Snowbrush,

    You're right...people do reveal the deeper sides of themselves on the blogs. It's why I love reading and being part of the blogging world!

    We are not sure yet about the COPD. We are certainly thinking positively and hopefully that it is not the case.

    The photos aren't mine...I wish they were! I took them off Microsoft Clip Art.

    I'm sorry I haven't been reading blogs and commenting lately. I am determined to do better over the next while! xx

    Stubblejumpin' Gal,

    I'll bet you live in the total dark and probably have seen a few mysteries in the sky, KatieMay! I love that wide, prairie sky! xx


    Thank you so much for being you! And for the telephone call during which I know I wasn't making much sense, heh!

    Apparently, there are lots of people seeing strange lights in the sky. The ones I saw were very, very tiny and easy to miss. I was very startled the first time I saw them...couldn't believe my eyes! I hope you get a chance to experience that feeling! xx

  17. Sukipoet,

    Oh, I hope you start to look at the sky. I feel so grateful to have seen them. I know the cold here helps...the skies are truly awesome on a cold, clear night. There are so many videos chronicling UFO's...they are much larger than the ones I saw with the naked eye, but still...xx


    Thank you so much, Annie, every positive thought and prayer helps. Graham is much better than he was; those medications sure help open the airways!xx


    Thank you, my old friend! It was extremely difficult to watch Graham fighting for air...I was actually glad he was hospitalized for a time. It was where he needed to be, but it was stressful, of course.

    Thankfully, the treatment worked for now...xx

  18. i hope graham is feeling better. sending love to you and graham.

    "they have forgotten their toothbrushes"? lol! amazing sightings! i hope one day i'll be able to witness something magical up in the sky too.

  19. Poor Graham. Poor you too. COPD is no walk in the park. Let's hope it's an infection that will run its course and move on.

    What wonderful moments you and Lucky had under the night skies!! I love how in tune you are with the universe.

    Sending love and healing vibes...


  20. Sending all my positive Deadhead vibes, novenas and positive thoughts for Graham!!!


  21. Hoping Graham is feeling better. Love seeing those little darting dots of light though I have not seen colors or pulsing... wish I was close enough for a visit and we could gaze at the stars together!

  22. Alison,

    I wish for you to see the lights in the Sky, as well, Alison. We've been travelling together a long time, you and I. xx

    Studio Lolo,

    Congratulation on your new job at the Vet's, lo. It's where you are supposed to be! But I hope you will still have time to do your art work! xx

    Daisy Deadhead,

    Thanks, the way I love your new looks so much like you! xx


    I'm so happy you've seen them as well! They really do dart, don't they, so fast! But I should not be surprised...where you live, it would be just as dark as here, making the Stars much more visible. And you are also super aware! Thank you, Pauline!!! xx

  23. May angels surround both you and Graham and may he be healed and you relieved of the stress you have endured. I have COPD. Mine is controlled by an inhaler.

    Try to keep Graham from the hospital. There are some resistant-strains that are almost impossible to get rid of.

    Healing thoughts coming your way.

  24. "I tell Lucky...They must have forgotten their toothbrushes..." hehehe ;)

    but they have fantastic timing Marion - I'm glad they put on a light show for you just when you needed to have a little distraction. I hope Graham is doing better, smiles to you both*!*

  25. Marion,
    First I am sorry Graham has been ill, sending love and hugs and prayers.
    Second I am excited by what you saw in the sky! And happy that it gave you comfort.
    Third, I have been unable to leave comments here for a while due to blogger making it impossible, hoping today it lets me.

  26. CyberCelt,

    Thank you for visiting! I'm sure once Graham gets over the worst of the attack, it'll be controlled with inhalers as well. Just gotta be patient, I think, and not let the frustration of being ill get too bad. xx


    I wonder if extraterrestrials even use toothbrushes...would they have teeth? Huh. I guess we'll find out...xx

    Annie Coe,

    It is so strange that I felt that comfort when I saw them in the Sky. I wasn't worried or complaining about it at the time, though!

    I think the commenting problem, which I've heard from others, might be because I've never updated this blog from when I started about seven years ago, haha. Google suggested that when I inquired. So I am playing with different themes, but haven't found one I like as much as this one. xx

  27. Trust in the medical folks. And try not to do too much . . . it gets annoying.

  28. Marion, I do hope that Graham is doing well. It is always a challange to us when our loved ones are in discomfort and ill. We then to empathize with them and we take on some of the discomfort into our energy fields. You had some way to get out of this even for only a short while. You found comfort in the sky and all the things we let go unnoticed and you helped yourself and Graham. Thank you so much for wonderful well written words.

  29. Blessings to you and yours always....when I look at tonight's night sky I will know we are looking at the same stars and will be thinking of you.