Size: 12.6x16.3 inches
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There is a legend of lovers: it is said that the stars Altair and Vega in the summer night sky are the celestial glimmers of the Weaver Girl and Herder Boy. The Milky Way spills in a glistening river, sprawling across the heavens, and forever keeping the lovers apart, except for once a year when all the magpies of the world would fly up and form a bridge of wings that the Herder Boy and Weaver Girl might briefly touch, before spinning back to their corners of the sky. This is one of the reasons why magpies are considered auspicious birds and bringers of good fortune.