I don’t know about you, but where I live it was more like “let it snow, let it snow, let it snow” – so there wasn’t even a possibility of seeing the evergreens out back, much less the lunar eclipse. But what a confluence of amazing events – the solstice and the eclipse. It makes me pause and think about the fact that we are merely creatures on a planetary spaceship, traveling at fantastic speed as part of a solar system located on the outer edge of a larger galaxy. It is all so fragile, yet awesome at the same time.
Do we live in a dark, random, hostile universe? Or, as John Haught surmises, did we emerge into an inter-stellar womb created to sustain a 15 billion-year pregnancy for life? What do you think? Is reality loving and nurturing at its core or hostile?
How we answer these basic questions determines our stance toward reality and life. One answer begets a stance of fear, protectionism and defensiveness. Another invites curiosity, openness and exploration.
If you like, you can see an entire series of beautiful pictures of our neighboring celestial orb here.
Were you able to view the eclipse where you live? Leave a comment and let me know.