The eclipse is a moment in time when we stand face to face with our souls. It is in the positive sense a marker of our linear and relative movement through the void, a focal point for our outward vision. The duality of our world melds into a brief moment of unity—a moment of rest and reflection.
“If they ask you, ‘What is the evidence of your Father in you?’ say to them, It is motion and rest.” Gospel of Thomas 50
If the sun remains in full eclipse, life would wither and die without its warm nourishment. Motion must come into play once again or we would be consumed and destroyed by the void. In ancient times Celtic astronomers could predict when the next eclipse would occur. At that time, people performed a ritual to “force the dragon” to disgorge the sun.
For most of the eclipse, which lasts approximately one hour, the darkness of the moon slowly inches across the sun and one barely notices the decrease of light. As time approaches for the beginning of totality (the merging of the light and dark, the masculine and feminine, as polar opposites unite) the landscape quickly darkens. The dark shadow of the moon rushes with incredible speed towards the sun giving rise to primitive fears. Moments before the totality of the eclipse—the marriage between the sun and moon—a bright glow appears around the moon and a burst of light remaining at one edge gives off a diamond ring effect. The engagement before totality.