Saturday, March 03, 2007

Total Eclipse of the Crust

Tonite is a full moon. Historically, it is the Worm Moon - because the advent of spring whispers to the earthworms that it is time to start burrowing skyward. But it is also known as the Crust Moon, referring to the sheen of ice covering the world when the snow that has melted in the bright daylight sun freezes over during the colder nights.

I like the latter name better because it helps me believe that I am not the only one who has difficulty remaining upright on paved surfaces in March.

Tonite is also a total lunar eclipse. And while this has no scientific significance, I can't help but think that it has metaphysical and spiritual significance. Although I'm not sure what that would be...

I went for a walk to try and catch the actual eclipse, but it was too cloudy and the moon was hidden. I think I saw a crimson tinge to the clouds where the moon should have been, but that could be my overactive imagination. Still, it was nice to be out, walking around, under the stars and sky, contemplating the night.

And hopefully, no one saw when I fell down on a slick patch. Twice.