Solar Eclipse

Yesterday, the earth witnessed the longest solar eclipse of the last hundred years or so - and the next one will occur in about 124 years. Many of my friends were doing special meditations to honor the event.

From a "tweet" on Twitter:

"Scientifically, the Sun, the Earth, and the Moon are in straight link during a Solar Eclipse and the Sun seems to be "overshadowed." The New Moon occurring during the Vedic months of Aadi (July-August) is very special and signifies a divine time shift and is a perfect opportunity to connect with ancestors and get incredible blessings...

For all of us on a personal level, eclipses signify change. It is a time for new beginnings and our ability to adapt to change will be tested to the limits. Responding graciously and keeping a positive outlook to new events and relationships is most beneficial..."

I sent this information to one of two friends who were celebrating birthdays yesterday. She had spent most of the night in meditation and connecting very deeply to family members that had passed on, including some of mine. She totally resonated with everything that was in the full piece that I sent to her.

I found myself moved to meditate more myself as well. Whether or not one believes that the stars and planets in the heavens have any bearing on our lives, events such as the solar eclipse have a way of eliciting awe and wonder in us, and also gratitude for being part of this magnificent divine playground.

Today is the Feast of St. Mary Magadelene, and here is a beautiful prayer for this feast:

Almighty God,
whose blessed Son restored Mary Magdalene
to health of body and mind,
and called her to be a witness of his resurrection:
Mercifully grant that by your grace
we may be healed of all our infirmities
and know you in the power of his endless life;
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.
Amen.

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