Thursday, June 2, 2011
Capture the Howling Wind
The clouds gathered and the rain fell in buckets. It was raining dogs and cats here in the District yesterday evening, I tell you. Wow! From inside the Matchbox, a facebook friend who is married to the brother of a blog friend, and I, were huddled around a table through the storm. It was, for me, very fun and kind of cinematic, as DC should be for visiting friends. Meanwhile the first of three eclipses in the current cycle was about to take place, visible on earth only in the far, far north. Speaking of cinematic, I read somewhere that yesterday's eclipse turned the midnight sun into a cute solar smile above the north pole. Very cool!
The storm eclipsed the hellish weather and toxic air of recent days. This morning the windows are open at the chateau, the A/C is switched off. Birds are singing, the sun is shining. What a beautiful day! Oh yeah. And so the current eclipse cycle begins.
Everybody has a story about what happens during eclipse cycles. I like to read all accounts because I find them interesting, but since recently I have begun to doubt our ability to accurately interpret anything, I take everything I hear or read with a grain of salt. I used to believe there must be someone, somewhere, who could explain things accurately. I believed there had be a wise man or woman (or two) who understood "the truth." It was clear that person was not me, but I thought, hoped, dreamed of someone smart enough to know what is what. I spent a long time searching for the truth speakers. My expectations were very unreasonable which is why, inevitably, I have always been disappointed to discover that what we do, even the smartest, brightest, sharpest among us, is create narratives. Naming truths is a whole other level of articulation that appears to be slightly beyond our grasp. These days, I like the phrase "best possible story" a lot more than "the truth." Yep.
Here's one possible story about the impact of the first eclipse in the current cycle. Even the title of the essay is good - "Solar eclipse in Gemini: Capture the Howling Wind."
Indeed. Let's do it, shall we? OK!
Nice "portrait" of the chateau.