I was one of the many southern hemisphere sky-gazers on 27 July this year. Watching one of the longest moon eclipses from a beautiful dark and cloudless African sky.
It was an amazing occurrence, and left me with mixed feelings. As I looked up and saw one of the ‘constants’ of my life, the moon, change before my eyes, it made me feel just a little uneasy and slightly anxious. But as I explained to my son what was actually taking place out there, reason prevailed and anxiety was dismissed.
Having knowledge and understanding will always counter fear. I wondered how the people and tribes of old felt, or indeed still feel, when they see these strange phenomena happening to their ‘constants.’ I don’t wonder at the myths and interpretations that proceed from them, for the human imagination is limitless, and a sight like this could spark any imagination…
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