The Legend of Tanabata

black-billed-magpie-28791In the night sky, there are two stars, Vega and Altair.  Japanese legend says that these two stars are the immortal lovers Orihime and Hikoboshi.   The lovers, as they are referred to, have been separated by the Milky Way for eternity and though they gaze across the cosmos at each other, their love remains unfulfilled.  Except, on the 7th day of the 7th month of every year, when all of the magpies on Earth, fly up to the heavens and, with their wings, form a bridge across the galaxy, allowing these star crossed lovers one night of passion among the darkness of space.

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