Imagine crossing thousands of miles of wild seas without a single map or compass, destined for a tiny island you’ve never been to before. Courageous people called Wayfinders navigated the seas in their canoes, using little more than the stars and songs shared by elders. Anthropologists say that Polynesian wayfinding was a far cry from today’s navigation. It was based on more than science. It was an art and a spiritual practice.
The ancient Greek doctor Hippocrates said, “a physician without knowledge of astrology has no right to call himself a physician.” Believers in astrology have been around for thousands of years. They looked to the position of the sun and planets to understand our health, our personalities, and to make predictions about the future.
The story of Icarus is one of the most famous Greek myths. Young Icarus is imprisoned alongside his father Daedalus, a genius inventor. They are locked in a tower or a labyrinth in some versions of the story, with no way out. Daedalus creates two sets of wings and gives one to his son. Before they attempt to escape by flying over the ocean, Daedalus gives Icarus an important warning. He tells him not to fly too low, or his feathers will soak up salt water, and he will crash. And he also says not to fly too high, or the sun will burn his wings. Icarus takes off and is overcome with joy. He is finally free. He climbs higher and higher, throwing caution to the wind. And as he nears the sun, his wings catch fire. Daedalus can only watch as his son falls into the ocean and drowns.
We all know that exercise and diet are very important for our health. However, another really important way to stay healthy is to get plenty of sunshine. When sunlight hits our skin, we turn it into Vitamin D. Vitamin D is super important for staying healthy. People who have low levels of Vitamin D have higher rates of illness, such as cancer, bone problems, heart disease, and even the common cold.