Travelling with the moon

 “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
                         – Kikusha-Ni

the moon

Like all On the Road prompts there is no cut off date.  Prompts are always open.  Respond when the muse speaks to you.   Please leave a link to your post in the comment section so that others can find your post.   Thank you – Suzanne


27 thoughts on “Travelling with the moon

  1. The moon has been very bright and high in the sky lately…it has definitely felt powerful. I just had a thought. Perhaps if people tag their responses with ‘Ontheroad’ fans of these prompts will be able to check the Reader from time to time and catch any new responses on older posts.


    • Thanks Janice. I have been thinking about that and will provide a list each week that lists responses created during that week to any prompts. There are a lot of posts on the blogs right now that are using phrases like ‘on the road’. I’ve noticed that too. Maybe it’s coincidence but I wish people would reference my site if that’s where they got their inspiration. People who have run challenges and then stopped tell me there are a lot of unforeseen problems. Maybe this is one of them. I will try and figure out what to do about it during the week.

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      • I just did a quick recheck of what comes up in the Reader for posts tagged with ‘ontheroad’. It seems that there are a few travel posts but the bulk of them are related to a widely used tag on Instagram: #ontheroad. With some Reader testing I am sure it would be possible to come up with an original tag that would not bring in unrelated posts.


      • That’s interesting. The woman who was going to help me on the site was going to promote it on Instagram. I have joined Instagram but I am a novice. My user name is Suhaiku. Maybe I should get more active and post my haiga there with the tag lines you and Xenia have suggested. Thanks for the suggestion.

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  2. On second thought, perhaps we should try ‘ontheroadprompt’ or something else as a tag. I just searched under ontheroad in the Reader and besides my recent post there were tons of certain unrelated posts which would be a nuisance to wade through.

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