“The moon and sun are travelers through eternity. Even the years wander on. Whether drifting through life on a boat or climbing toward old age leading a horse, each day is a journey, and the journey itself is home.”
– from Oku no Hosomichi (The Narrow Road to the Deep North), Matsuo Basho – translation on Goodreads
Earlier this week on the night of the full moon there was a partial lunar eclipse. On August 21 there will be a total solar eclipse that will be visible from the USA. Across the internet there are posts that range from factual information about the path of the solar eclipse to speculative articles about the astrological and metaphysical significance of the eclipses.
In traditional astrology eclipses are regarded as portents of trouble and upheaval particularly when they aspect the chart of rulers. It is interesting to note that the August eclipses aspect the charts of Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un. Whether or not you give any credence to astrology there is no doubt that we live in volatile times.
I can’t find any classic haiku that relate to eclipses but have found many references to viewing the moon in August. During the Heian period (794-1185) aristocrats would would gather to recite poetry under the full moon of the eighth month of the solar calendar, known as the “Mid-Autumn Moon.” Festivals where people gather to appreciate the beauty of the autumn moon are still held on the 15th day of 8th month.
Maybe, even in these volatile times, taking time out to bask in the moon’s serene glow can soothe the heart and mind.
For a moment
I forget that there are sins –
this cold moon
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