By cocodolenz, Oct 31 2017 01:58AM
The symbology of the solar eclipse is not lost on me. The brief encounter or attempt of a smaller less significant object temporarily blocking the light of a larger one.
Darkness seemingly overcoming light. It's merely passing by. Just as all dark periods in history and in our individual lives, eventually pass by.
Today no matter where you are on our planet the sun is shining in all its power, contrary to all appearances. Truth, beauty, love and the goodness and greatness of life continues to shine regardless of attempts to 'block it out' by lesser spheres.
There have been many times in the past when the sun's light was briefly eclipsed and it appeared that darkness had overcome the light. When something smaller and less significant briefly blocked the light. But it passed.
I'm sure our ancestors were frightened when they first witnessed an eclipse. They probably took it as a sign from "their gods" of impending doom.
It passed. So the timing, in the words of our beloved Mr Spock is "Fascinating"
Is it any wonder that our sun has been the central object in culture and religion since prehistory. Ritual solar worship has given rise to solar deities in theistic traditions throughout the world, and solar symbolism is ubiquitous.
For example, the Mayans built the Pyramid of Kulkulkan in El Castillo, Mexico between 1000 and 1200 A.D. with the Sun's movement in mind. To ancient Egyptians, the Sun God Ra was the most universally worshipped king of the gods and all-father of creation.
The ancient Egyptian god of creation, Amun is also believed to reside inside the sun. So is the Akan creator deity, Nyame and the Dogon deity of creation, Nommo. Also in Egypt, there was a religion that worshipped the sun directly, and was among the first monotheistic religions: Atenism.
The stones at Stonehenge, in England, show an alignment to the appearance of the sun on the horizon at the Summer and Winter solstices ( from 'sun' 'stand still') when looking from the centre of the site over the tip of the Heel stone with its top just at the height of the horizon. It appears that the sun 'stands still' and then begins to rise again,
At that time five to six thousand years ago, the knowledge of the solar cycle and calendar would have been used by social leaders as a source of power and wealth, particularly if they could direct the masses on when to sow and when to harvest.