astrological phenomenon?

The artist, like the God of the creation,
remains within or behind or beyond or above his handiwork,
invisible, refined out of existence, indifferent,
paring his fingernails.

James Joyce


(shadows of the river birch trees, dappling onto the driveway, during the eclipse /
Julie Cook / 2017)

Did you get to “see” yesterday’s eclipse?
If so, did you simply dismiss the eclipse as just an astrological phenomenon?
Something kind of cool but just one of those moon, sun, star, planet
kind of events?

It was definitely more than….
indeed much more than.

It was not my intention to write a post about the eclipse as I had other
things to “discuss”….but the experience of the moment was something
I felt called to share….

First, there was truly an odd look to the whole of outside when all of this began…
It was a subtle but noticeable softening of intenstiy.
It was as if the glaring August sun was calming herself down…
for just a moment’s reprieve…and I liked it.

The day began like any other August dog day in the deep South….
The sky was a brilliant blue, speckled with only an occasional puff ball of a cloud.
The neighbor’s bulls across the street were in the midst of a rather loud and
raucous serenade of who could bellow the loudest…
And it was hot.
Near 90 degrees while an overhead sun was blazing down in all her glory.
No rain and only sun and heat.
The type of day one prefers to stay indoors verses out,
especially during the heat of the day.

Shortly after 1 PM the yard…the trees, grass, plants…all began to take on
an odd coloring or better yet, tone.
Almost as if twilight was approaching, yet the sun was still
fully overhead, as there were no clouds crossing her path.
Surreal and dreamlike all rolled into one, it was as if you were standing somewhere familiar yet foreign at the same exact moment.

The sky was still brilliantly blue with a sun still glaring above…
and had I not had the pair of solar glasses that my cousin had overnighted to me
when she discovered the ones I originally had were in fact imposters, I would have
found the strange tint to the whole outdoors disconcertingly odd.
Knowing something was happening but wouldn’t have been able to understand what–
or realizing that something was now terribly wrong with my vision or presence of mind.

By looking through the glasses I could see the moon’s shadow making it’s unyielding
journey across the path of an undaunted sun.

By 2:30, just shy of the 94% fullness that we were going to be privy to, the shadows
cast on the driveway were greatly softened and arced, creating what appeared to
be not the shadow of leaves cast upon the cement, but rather that of a gauzy sheer oriental pastel painting spread out ever so lovingly at my feet.
Plus I noticed I was no longer sweating profusely…
As there was a soothing stillness in the air while even the bulls became silent.

Had I not had the glasses I still would have marveled over the welcomed
embrace of stillness,
the temporary dip in temperature and the oddly shaped shadows cast filtering through
the leaves.

Being awake in the midst of a dream is the best description I can think of–
Strange and odd while being peculiarly soothing.
I’m sure that part of my experience is because I happened to be home alone
during this event and not standing in the midst of a crowd…so I can’t
write about what it was like with the masses but rather just me by myself.

There was, for the briefest of moments, a marvelous emptiness,
as well as an all encompassing fullness…
taking place at exactly the very same moment…
no planes were flying over head, no cars whizzing up or down the road,
the bulls were quiet and all bees and buzzing critters had momentarily disappeared.
It was the silence within what seemed to be a different dimension.

Allowing me to marvel in the mastery of our Awesome Creator…

Astrological phenomenon?
Nahhhhhh…….


(images taken with my camera as I put a pair of the solar glasses over the lens)

The heavens are telling of the glory of God;
And their expanse is declaring the work of His hands.

Psalm 19:1

15 comments on “astrological phenomenon?

  1. atimetoshare.me says:

    We didn’t get to actually see it here, because of the rain. It did turn slightly dark for a short time though. Funny how folks called it surreal, amazing and a miracle yet there are those who don’t acknowledge the One who made it happen. Fabulous images my friend

  2. Wyldkat says:

    I “watched” it. I sat outside and watched it in a pin hole. Tried to get photos, but I don’t have a filter for my camera, so all I got was some interesting diamond like images. I did notice the light change and how quiet it got (except for the groups of people a few yards away chattering).

  3. Lynda says:

    We hardly noticed it here in the Toronto area although many did gather at certain venues to look through a telescope. It didn’t even get dark. I guess I’ll have to wait until 2024 to experience the next eclipse that should be passing through our area – if I’m still here by then!! Thanks for the description and the photos.

    • I would not have thought much of all the brouhaha had it not been passing through our area–I was still a bit indifferent…but isn’t is funny how the constant hype over something can get us all worked up in a frenzy?!
      I don’t know if I would have felt differently had I been in a crowd or venue that had totally built it up—I enjoyed the serenity of it really with just me and the bulls 🙂

  4. I’ll email you an amazing pic I ran across on Facebook. It may have come from Kathy. But I’m getting pretty forgetful of late

  5. RobbyeFaye says:

    I didn’t actually watch it. However, I did notice the differences. Street lights came on and everything seemed surreal. Temperatures dropped about 5 degrees. It was an interesting phenomenon.
    I would have loved to have seen it.
    Great pictures, thanks for sharing!
    Blessings~

  6. Beautiful, Julie.Thanks,I enjoyed reading that. 🙂

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