Reflecting on the Total Solar Eclipse 2017 (and timelapse video)

photo © John Weirick 2017

What a time to be alive.

I don’t know about you, but watching the total solar eclipse of August 21, 2017 was incredible and awesome.

A moment of awe.

The silvery sheen of pure white light in the middle of a hot, sunny, Southern summer afternoon.

A 360-degree sunset painted orange and blue.

The universe feels alive and moving and terrifying and beautiful.

It felt…spiritual.

My simple timelapse of the total solar eclipse, as seen from Greenville, South Carolina:

“Anyone who has had an experience of mystery knows that there is a dimension of the universe that is not that which is available to his senses. There is a pertinent saying in one of the Upanishads: ‘When before the beauty of a sunset or of a mountain you pause and exclaim, “Ah,” you are participating in divinity.’ Such a moment of participation involves a realization of the wonder and sheer beauty of existence. People living in the world of nature experience such moments every day. They live in the recognition of something there that is much greater than the human dimension.”

— Joseph Campbell, The Power of Myth

Seeing the total eclipse gave me lots of thoughts and feelings. I’m working on an article I hope to share with you soon.

If you saw the eclipse, share your experience in the comments.

 

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