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Can anyone tell me the meaning of these two lines in the lyrics?

I look up to the heavens
But night has clouded over
No spark of constellation
No Vela no Orion

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When it is cloudy at night, you cannot see the stars. A constellation is a grouping of stars. Vela and Orion are particular constellations. – GEdgar Jun 30 '11 at 19:28

A constellation is a pattern of stars in the sky. "No spark of constellation" means no stars can be seen. Vela and Orion are names of constellations, so Enya is emphasizing that the sky is pitch black. It may be important that Orion is visible in the northern hemisphere and Vela in the southern hemisphere, so the whole sky is empty.

As FumbleFingers pointed out, "spark" here is a bright point of light, like a star. And it might also be important that Orion is a hunter and Vela is the sails of a ship.

Further edit: After reflecting on FumbleFingers comment about Enya being Irish, I looked at the lyrics, and a few sites have it as Vega not Vela (it sounds like Vela to me; I haven't heard Vega pronounced with a long E). This would make some sense, since Vega is a very bright star in the constellation of Lyra (the Lyre) and Orion is also a very bright constellation. The Wikipedia article verifies that Vega is also a very important star culturally.

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thanks. Really appreciated :) – nomad Jun 30 '11 at 19:27
@jackgill Link adding jinx! – Kit Z. Fox Jun 30 '11 at 19:37
It's worth pointing out that the only non-literal element in OP's example is the 'poetic' use of the word spark to mean something along the lines of visible point-source of light against a dark background. The rest is quite straightforward, except that whereas Orion is visible throughout the world, Vela is only visible in the Southern Hemisphere (and might thus not be known to many of us). – FumbleFingers Jun 30 '11 at 20:12
...apropos which, Enya herself is Irish, so I can't imagine why she'd name Vela. It's not as if Orion is the only constellation known across the whole world. Maybe she just liked the sound. – FumbleFingers Jun 30 '11 at 20:18

constellation |ˈkɑnstəˈleɪʃən| noun a group of stars forming a recognizable pattern that is traditionally named after its apparent form or identified with a mythological figure. Modern astronomers divide the sky into eighty-eight constellations with defined boundaries.

Orion |əˈraɪən| |oʊˈraɪən| 2 Astronomy a conspicuous constellation (the Hunter), said to represent a hunter holding a club and shield. It lies on the celestial equator and contains many bright stars, including Rigel, Betelgeuse, and a line of three that form Orion's belt.

Vela |ˈvēlə; ˈvā-| |ˈviːlə| |ˈvilə| Astronomy a southern constellation (the Sails), lying partly in the Milky Way between Carina and Pyxis and originally considered part of Argo.

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