17 Days of Green – Northern Lights

One of the best things about living in Alaska?

Aurora (photo by Paul Moss)

Getting to experience the Northern Lights. In person. Right above me.

Northern lights over Malmesjaur lake in Moskosel, Sweden. (photo by Jerry MagnuM Porsbjer)

They didn’t happen every night, but when they did, the intense green pulsing and flashing, directly overhead, always set my heart on edge.

The Aurora Borealis above Bear Lake, Alaska. (USAF photo by Senior Airman Joshua Strang)

The Aurora are other-worldly. The first time I saw them, it occurred to me: “If they invited me to go with them, I would.”

Red and green Aurora in Fairbanks, Alaska. (photo by Mila Zinkova)

The Northern Lights are mostly an intense, flashing green. But occasionally, you might catch glimpses of red, or very rarely, blue.

Northern Lights with very rare blue light flashes. (photo by Jerry MagnuM Porsbjer )

It’s no wonder that northern Native people had many myths and legends about them.

One Inuit myth tells how the Northern Lights were imprisoned in rocks along the Labrador coast until a mighty warrior struck the stones with his spear, freeing most of the lights to dance in the sky above.

The rest remained in the stones known as Labradorite.

When I met my birthfather 3 years ago, his lovely wife gave me this gorgeous stone, to help connect me to my Labrador Metis heritage, which I’d never known before.

My Labradorite pendant steals the show and connects me to my original heritage.

Wearing my Labradorite stone pendant, I am connected both to my genetic heritage, and to my previous life in Alaska.

I am blessed.

4 thoughts on “17 Days of Green – Northern Lights

  1. I must admit that there is little appeal in Alaska for me….but I would LOVE to see the Aurora Borealis.
    I am also a big fan of natural stones that are hand set and very simple looking. So pretty!
    Gorgeous post!


    • If you ever head north to catch the Northern Lights, be sure to time you trip so that there is actual darkness enough to see them! From May – mid-August, it’s light out all the time in Alaska. Better to wait until end of August if it’s Aurora you want to see.

      I’ve always been a rock-hound, too. Had my own stone polisher/tumbler in the 3rd grade, in fact! I really love that chunk of Labradorite, even more now that I can wear it.

      Thanks for reading, Somer. Your comments are making this project so much more fun!


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