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Total Lunar Eclipse


There’s blood on the moon tonight.
It flows over the white, once bright as clean sheets;
now a contagion of raw yellow over a half-eclipsed sphere.

We drink shiraz,
it stains our lips and tongues burnt orange.

The next eclipse is three years away
and I wonder if your shadow will
engulf me then, burn cheeks red,
block the light.

But that would be impossible.
Our orbits would need to cross the same plane of space,
and your schedule is somewhat erratic.

My moon will never be completely dark.
I have lingering memories
of settling dust and water vapor.

–Kathy Kubik

There will be a total lunar eclipse tonight, a 19-year repeat of an almost identical eclipse which took place on February 20, 1989.  It will be visible in most of North America, South America, and on February 21, in western Europe, Africa and western Asia.

Wise women say that this is a time of transformation, dyings and rebirths.  The lunar eclipse is a picture of the Old One, known by many names, who is really three.  We can imagine her taking our dreams and visions with her into the dark as the eclipse begins, transforming them during the time the moon is completely hidden, and birthing them as the moon reappears and the shadows that cover her pass. 

The Norns

In the history and tradition of my maternal ancestors, there are stories of the Norns, (in other traditions known as the Fates), a crone trinity which rests and lives at the center of all of the stories about the Old One, by whatever name she might be known.   The Norns, it is said, continually water the Tree of the World, protecting it against the serpent perpetually gnawing at it, attempting to destroy it.  

Persephone by Greg Spalenka

Perhaps Persephone — not the abducted rape victim of the patriarchal male fantasy, but the more ancient Persephone, goddess of the underworld and its riches — is there in the root cellar, working in the shadow of the Norns’ protection, sowing seeds, tending new growth of all kinds.  Perhaps she will gather up the last of the turnips, potatoes, squash and root crops for a simple dinner in the shadow of the eclipse, in  honor of the simple truth that while darkness comes, the light will return.

I have many personal dreams and visions I would love to see birthed and made real, of course.  But I am also imagining joining the Norns in their nurture and protection of the Tree of the World, in their surrounding of Persephone as she tends and cultivates life,  in this very central vision and dream of a whole and peaceful earth.  I’m going to include those dreams in my own hopes for transformation and rebirth tonight as the Old One makes herself known in the heavens.

The Norns

I found and liked this, for many reasons; it seems timely:

The Fates teach us that women are humanity. Men are our sons (hence, part of us). There is no separation in the bigger picture. Together we make up the human species, subject to star influences, enduring astrological ages, the winds of time.

As we march into the future and the old world dies off more and more, we will be the old world … Many more women [will] come… closing up the ranks. There hasn’t been a generation gap since the sixties. And there won’t be any for a long time. We are one block of herstory, one chain of generations, one strong and active generation that is going to continue to change the world…

Don’t worry about the … movement getting  watered down … because this is supposed to be a folk culture spirituality. Not a close knit cult.  Nor an organized religion. It is supposed to build communities.

In fact don’t worry about any of it, just do your part, little bits at a time.  The Fates will  fit it all together smartly. They are good at historical webbing.  — Z Budapest

Goddess images from Mything Links.




9 thoughts on “Total Lunar Eclipse

  1. It’s been raining all day today where I’m at, but hopefully the clouds will let me have a peek at the eclipse this evening. 🙂

    Heart, thank you for posting this. The norns pull me in and I feel so connected. 🙂 Your post here reminds me of how I can celebrate this evening even though the world around me feels so out of control.

    Posted by avril joy | February 21, 2008, 2:13 am
  2. I went out and watched until total concealment. It’s a cloudy night, and as the moon turned red, I twice saw the tatters of clouds take the very clear shape of an old woman’s face. The second face was younger than the first and looked a bit like Mom 🙂

    “Then hand in hand on the edge of the sand
    They danced by the light of the moon.”

    Owl and the Pussycat

    Posted by Miranda | February 21, 2008, 3:08 am
  3. Miranda, so beautiful!

    And Avril Joy, yes. These are our mysteries as women. We enter into them and know that we are experiencing time out of time.

    Posted by womensspace | February 21, 2008, 5:50 am
  4. What an incredible night here in Portland. I spent hours standing outside, watching the whole thing.

    Posted by shy virago | February 21, 2008, 7:21 am
  5. How cool is it that my girlfriend and I were meeting with a young kitten named Halo last night at the height of the eclipse, and then brought him home into our family. He slept on the pillow above my head and I dreamt of scissor-tailed flycatchers.

    Posted by Q Grrl | February 21, 2008, 4:57 pm
  6. Good post!!!

    Posted by profacero | February 22, 2008, 4:52 am
  7. Truly a beautiful event. Blessed be, Heart. 🙂

    Posted by whatsername | February 22, 2008, 5:08 am
  8. beautiful, beautiful!
    i watched in awe as the moon went through all of her phases/faces in one night…
    i went to bed and prayed a heartfelt prayer for global sisterhood,
    a prayer for healing and joy and love, for all women, all of us, everywhere.
    i prayed this prayer until sleep claimed me
    and when i woke up this morning, i smiled to see my moonblood had started during the night.

    Posted by Eeni B Bella | February 22, 2008, 5:34 am
  9. This was an incredible gift.

    Posted by julia | February 23, 2008, 9:32 am

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