Total Eclipse

Today is August 1st. It has ancient cultural significance. Lamas Day–a day of frolic and fun. Lughnasa–celebration of the ancient Irish chief god Lug–a day commemorated with dancing, food and music. In many parts of the world, it’s right before the harvest. A day when you set down your rake and survey your work and are able to forecast what the winter will bear. Babies conceived on this day are meant to rule, people born on this day are often change agents.

Wait, there’s a double whammy. Today is also a total eclipse of the sun. Astrologers believe it is possible to ‘capture the energy’ of an eclipse – visible or not. That is why many people choose such times for special ceremonies or to launch important plans.

Whether you buy into astrology or not, for centuries, August 1 has had significance as a day to pause, review your work and your life, and celebrate your bounty.

Do that for yourself. Pat yourself on the back for your latest win, or for being a good friend. Kick up your heals. If you can find a moment of calm, ponder what it is you want from life. Today is a day when dreams can come true.

For me, I’m playing hooky. It’s my birthday. “Do I dare to eat a peach? …Wear white trousers, and walk upon the beach.”

That’s the plan.

a rif from the Lovesong of J.Alfred Prufrock by T.S. Eliot