Wednesday, April 18, 2007

The Seven Sisters are out of this World

Out of this world as well as what colleges make up the “Seven Sisters”? The "Seven Sisters" nickname came about when the schools self-organized in 1927 in order to promote private, independent women's colleges and the premise of "separate but equal" liberal arts education for women. Although these highly regarded women's colleges were all founded in the 19th century, it wasn't until 1978 that all Seven Sisters had women presidents. As the temperatures here begin to moderate to more seasonal warmth, we might in fact be outside tonight gazing upon the sky. Three of the most beautiful sights in the night sky are the crescent Moon, the planet Venus, and the Pleiades star cluster. And when they all get together, the view is unforgettable. That’s just what’s happening for the next few evenings. Many a night I saw the Pleiads, rising thro' the mellow shade, Glitter like a swarm of fireflies tangled in a silver braid. - Alfred, Lord Tennyson, 1837-8, Locksley Hall Venus, the Pleiades, and the Moon are some of the most important feminine symbols in the night sky. The Pleiades are known as the Seven Sisters. The skylore of many cultures saw a group of women or girls in these stars -- often trying to save themselves from marauding men or monsters. Happy Wednesday!

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