Today is the much anticipated day for a large track across the United States. People booked hotel rooms in the direct path of the eclipse a year ago. Some rural areas have opened their fields (for a nominal fee) to accommodate people traveling from miles away and pitching tents for the brief period of time when Moon will pass in front of Sun. While the journey will take some time, the total eclipse will last just under two minutes, if I'm not mistaken. But that two minutes will be magical.
Did you know that solar eclipses only occur during the New Moon? Makes sense, I'd just never given it much thought.
New Moon Magick applies here, yet I believe the phenomenon will create an incredible power. I've chosen this event to charge my Book of Shadow items - yes finally! Hey, it's been a crazy year.
The grandgirls leave in 8 days. Just does not seem possible our summer is coming to a close. While the youngest is ready to see mommy and daddy, the oldest - my heart - doesn't want to leave. Watching her go is going to be so hard yet I'll have to try not to cry as the separation will only be that much harder on her. I'm crying as I type this so yeah, going to be rough.
While the 5 yr old won't grasp the significance of today's event, the eldest is excited. We've watched the video below with great information:
The fact that this hasn't happened across the US since 1776 makes this truly an astronomical event.
I've heard many people planning to use Welder's Goggles. These are NOT rated high enough. Those are for cutting torch use. You need something rated at a 14 to view the eclipse safely. Welding helmets will work. I own three. Well, we originally only owned 2 but I could not find a pair of glasses in Springfield this week at all. I heard Hyvee got in 4,000 pair on Thursday night and they were gone in two hours. Yeah, I know I should have ordered them sooner. Just never sure about ordering something like that and having the product be safe. As to local purchase, not in our small town and I didn't think about them when we were in the city. So Welding Helmets it is.
Please share your eclipse experience in the comments. I'd love to hear of any spell work you did or where you traveled from to be in the path.