I was awakened last night by one of my little dogs. She wanted to go outside, so we went. She is very aged, and is on water pills for heart failure so the going out at night is becoming our routine for nights. It often takes her a while as she likes to sit and sniff the wind. I let her, and sit in a lawn chair in the front yard while she enjoys herself. I am glad I am retired so I can do this now.
The first few nights it felt strange as it has been a long time since I have just sat outside in the middle of the night and watched the sky like children do, just letting my thoughts wander. The chair is in a small open area between a mimosa tree and a mulberry tree. I saw a large patch of sky framed by the leaves on either side. It is visually interesting at night since all is without color. I leaned my head back against the headrest and just took in the night sky. The moon was at 3/4 size with no clouds last night.
Looking up at the stars, I saw something round and white walking in a circle a few feet above my head. It circled, in slow motion, several times before I stood up for a closer look. It was a white orb spider spinning its nightly web. I had never seen anything like this before, so sat down to watch it dance its patterns on the air and weave a web that will only last one night. Tomorrow it will build another. I had read of these years ago, but had never seen one. It is one of those interesting but trivial things you read that you just don't think of afterwards.
It was mostly done building the web when the moon started passing over in the sky with the web outlined on it from the point of view I was sitting and seeing it. I thought about the legends of the moon being a spirit that is born each night and dies each morning; the web lasting only a day only to be rebuilt always. The continuity of things in time in belief, and in real life. It is the same moon, and orb spiders will spin after the one spinning now no longer does.