Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Celebration of Light

There was definitely a full moon . . .
But it was soon surrounded by clouds . . .

We'll see if the eclipse and the Ursids are visible later. 

Whether or not, it's still the Solstice. The sun will be inching back to the North and our days will grow longer and, eventually, warmer. The eternal turning . . . the eternal return.

I think of early man, huddled around fire in dank caves, cold and fearful, watching the days grow shorter and colder as the sun spent more and more time below the horizon. 

Perhaps they practiced sympathetic magic -- making more fires, brandishing torches, chanting and singing to entice the sun to return, to linger. . .

We in the Northern Hemisphere still do the same with our bright lights and decorations, our holiday music and cheer, seeking to bring light and warmth to this dark season . . . celebrating the eternal return. 

May this rare heavenly dance usher in a brighter season for all of Mother Earth's children  -- food and shelter, peace and justice -- those would be a nice beginning.

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If  you couldn't see the eclipse or the meteor shower, you can always have fun with Van Gogh's "Starry Night." 
 
Warning! Online jigsaw puzzles can be addictive!

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19 comments:

A Fistful Of Moonbeams™ said...

Magical as full moon waning... in various concepts...

Martin H. said...

"May this rare heavenly dance usher in a brighter season for all of Mother Earth's children -- food and shelter, peace and justice -- those would be a nice beginning." A wish, we should all be making. Well done, Vicki.

Pat in east TN said...

I saw the beautiful, bright moon early in the evening and then clouds moved in here too. Drats!

Neat puzzle, but I must stay away from that site! You simply can't do just one ......

My Carolina Kitchen said...

Van Gogh's painting Starry Nights is one of my favorites. It was cloudy in Florida when we got up during the night. Now it's morning and clear. Go figure.
Sam

Brian Miller said...

that last pic of the clouds is really cool...love the texture of the sky...the moon was huge in our sky...

Brenda said...

I took photos in the early evening too, what a beautiful full moon it was. I actually chased it around Morganton, trying to find a really great spot to capture it. But, by the time I did, it was too dark so the photos were kind of blurry. Moral of the story: seize the moment, don't wait for perfection!

KarenB said...

The kids and I got up at 3 am to see the eclipse. Only a quick look and then back to bed to warm up and sleep a few more hours!

A brighter season for all . . . we just have to keep trying little bit by little bit working to make it happen, don't we?

Liza said...

Vicki, this is marvelous.
I love your words, and your photos!!!

Kaye Barley said...

We were very cloudy here also. But the light from the moon was still so bright it was like having our outside lights on all night.

Suz said...

Our sky was thick with clouds that gave us snow and more snow
so thank you for sharing that fabulous photo with your clouds..you should charge for that view!
but in a way the snow covered night was beautiful and bright
Oh cool..my verify word is "rimmyth" how wonderful

Bouncin' Barb said...

Great post. It would be a good start wouldn't it?

Vicki Lane said...

It was a gorgeous moon. And our night was bright even later when the moon was covered by clouds. Alas, no viewing here but I reckon the great dance went on regardless.

I did warn you, Pat. I think that the pleasure of bringing order from chaos is what fuels the puzzle addiction. And when you get to savor the details of Van Gogh's painting as well -- almost like a mini-art appreciation course.

Or so I tell myself.

Kath said...

Thank you for the photos and the interesting thoughts about our human history.
It snowed here last night, so not prime for eclipse viewing.
Kath

dana said...

Moon? What moon? I have to take it on faith that we still have a sky, much less a moon!

FOLKWAYS NOTEBOOK said...

A beautifully worded post. We had an overcast sky so I missed the rare event. Dance into the new year with the light of the sun -- barbara

Victoria said...

I'm taking it on faith that the light will grow again, since it was, and is, pouring rain here.

The whole post is beautiful, pictures and words, but my favorite is the last paragraph that begins "May this rare heavenly dance..." I hope that wish comes true!

Reader Wil said...

Great! That's what Christmas is: the celebration of the coming of the light. In more than one respect.We couldn't see the eclips, because the sky was overcast. It's a grey sky and there will be more snow probably.
Well have a great day, Vicki!

jennyfreckles said...

I didn't see the eclipse from here but I like your magical moon shots.

Margaret Bednar said...

My son and I stayed up, but too cloudy. Oh well, it was fun spending the early morning with him. I love your cloudy shot, very beautiful.