[Guest post by Aaron Worthing; if you have tips, please send them here.]
Update: Thanks to the other Aaron and others who point out that the timing of the eclipse is sooner than I realized. It’s tonight, meaning early, early in the morning on the East coast, moderately late on the west.
As a point of reference, the lunar eclipse December 2010 time will occur on the East Coast somewhere between 1:29am and 5:00am.
The lunar eclipse December 2010 will last for 72 minutes, and will make the moon completely red. An estimated 1.5 billion people around the world should be able to see it, but considering how late it is happening in the United States, most kids and worn-out parents will probably miss it, as they will be fast asleep!
(Source.) Sorry for (my) mixup.
That’s a line from the very excellent Matthew Sweet, in Smog Moon, from his album 100% Fun, which like most of his music is a hummable song about bitterness and depression (yes, really). And I thought of that when reading that tomorrow tonight is the Winter Solstice which is all kinds of important to hippies and Wiccans Witches, and on the same night we are going to have a lunar eclipse—the first combo like that in about 500 years:
This year’s winter solstice — an event that will occur [this] Tuesday — will coincide with a full lunar eclipse in a union that hasn’t been seen in 456 years.
And lay on me that hippie/witch talk:
The celestial eccentricity holds special significance for spiritualities that tap into the energy of the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year and a time that is associated with the rebirth of the sun.
Wow. That… that has to be the most nonsensical paragraph committed to writing since, well, this:
The foregoing cases suggest that specific guarantees in the Bill of Rights have penumbras, formed by emanations from those guarantees that help give them life and substance.
Anyway back to the hippie/wiccan talk:
“It’s a ritual of transformation from darkness into light,” says Christine O’Donnell, a high priestess at Toronto’s Wiccan Church of Canada. “It’s the idea that when things seem really bleak, (it) is often our biggest opportunity for personal transformation.
“The idea that the sun and the moon are almost at their darkest at this point in time really only further goes to hammer that home.”
Oh, wait, did I get the wrong name for that hippie/wiccan?
[Posted and authored by Aaron Worthing.]