Solar Eclipse of the Heart

As much as I’m into the moon and her cycles and power, I’m also into the sun. In Norse mythology, the sun is divinely animated by the goddess Sunna (or Sól), who rides through the sky on a horse-drawn chariot. Fenrir’s offspring (or Fenrir himself under another name), Skoll (which translates roughly to “mockery” or “one who mocks”) chases Sunna across the sky. (Sunna’s twin brother, Mani, divinely animates the moon, and is chased by the wolf Hati, but more on that another day).

“The Wolves Pursuing Sol and Mani” by J.C. Dollman (1909)

“The Wolves Pursuing Sol and Mani” by J.C. Dollman (1909)

To honor and connect with Sunna, I went down to the beach to watch the eclipse this morning. Although we reside a few hours out of the totality band, the eclipse was still amazing to watch. I sat with my mom, and best friend, and enjoyed my family. I made solar eclipse water. I watched the shadows as the sky grew dark and the air around us got chilly. And then I felt the sun warm my skin again as she emerged from the eclipse.

As I sat there witnessing the eclipse through all my senses, I thought about Sunna racing across the sky. Some lore attributes the solar eclipse to Skoll almost catching up to Sunna and taking a bite out of the sun. But as I was out sitting on the beach watching the sun disappear with folks I love, I thought about Sunna and Mani passing each other in the sky, giving each other a high-five as they passed, and saying “way to keep outrunning your wolf!” I think it’s an image I’ll hold on to.

After the eclipse, I wanted to hold quiet space for myself. I did a three card reading for the solar eclipse and asked

  1. How can I best serve the outward aspects of my life right now?
  2. How can I best serve my inner personal needs right now?
  3. How can I best balance the duality of my outward obligations and my inner needs?
Solar Eclipse 3-card spread using The Wild Unknown L: Card 1, 8 of swords. R: Card 2, 10 of swords rx. C: Card 3, 3 of wands.

Solar Eclipse 3-card spread using The Wild Unknown L: Card 1, 8 of swords. R: Card 2, 10 of swords rx. C: Card 3, 3 of wands.

I was thoroughly called out by The Wild Unknown (this deck never ever fails to call me out with hard truths) with the 8 of swords, the 10 of swords rx, and the three of wands, respectively. There are no soft, warm hugs here at all, just hard truths. But I suppose when you ask for Sunna’s guidance you should expect glaring and obvious truths, no matter how much they burn.

Happy solar eclipse, y’all!

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