Eclipse of the Souls

Eclipse from GermanyThere was an I eclipse of the moon visible in Canada and across a few other lands of the Northern Hemisphere last night and it was truly a strange phenomena.  Strange not because of the event itself but rather because of what it did to the people of the earth below.

At our house we were making the trek to the back yard every half hour or so from the time it got dark about 7:30.  There are huge trees around our yard and it is impossible to see the rising of the moon but we kept watching for it to venture above the houses and trees so we could get a glimpse.  We could not.  About 10 I slipped out in my PJs and caught the last sliver of white sneaking between the clouds but then it vanished.  To the north there was nothing but clear sky but try as we might we could not see the shadowy moon from our vantage point.

If we had been seen by the neighbours or stopped by police we might have been thought mad but I didn’t care.  Looking toward all that clear sky I decided to bundle us up in the car and head toward it.  Two aging adults in their pajamas, heading two concessions from home to sit in a church parking lot and watch the moon.  It was likely about the most romantic thing we’ve done in years though I fear no romance ensued.  It was at the very least fun.

This morning as I looked at my Facebook feed I realized we were not the only fools out searching for the moon last night.  There were all sorts of pictures and accounts of the event and I was touched to think so many of us across the world were brought together in a peaceful few hours to look toward heaven and reflect on the wonder of the multiverse.

Unity is really quite simple you know.  All you need is a super moon.

A fast forward account of the event from my friend Anthony at Science Ninjas


About Peggy Guiler

You just never know what show up on my blog. As the name implies it is about the stuff of life just like Spilt Milk. Everyday events spark thought and contemplation. Special events in the community, the country or the world may strike a cord and get me talking. Sometimes it's about people in my life or circumstances, sometimes about my garden, sometimes about a book or a political issue. Always it's about something I am passionate about. In my business, River of Hope Enterprises (, I work as an "Certified Coach" (International Coach Federation), a trainer, consultant and speaker. and as a spiritual director. I also drive a school bus to keep the wolf from the door while I build my business. I love the kids on the bus (most of the time). My family is grown and I have three grandkids who thrill my heart but I don't get to see any of them very often. Circumstances of life have made "family" difficult. My son died by suicide at age 16 in 2000 and the strain on our family relationships since has been huge. Mental health is a field where I worked for almost 22 years and where I still do some consulting and training. That combined with my own battle with depression and my son's death weave together to form some of my greatest soap box items: suicide intervention, suicide bereavement and peer support in mental health are right on the top of my list. Social justice is an underlying passion. Keeping the wolf from the door as a single parent was full-time work and my career path as a journalists was augmented with cleaning contracts, cooking, retail clerk, and bartending. I have known hard work and am grateful for the experience and perspective it has given me. A firmly grounded faith and a passion for learning has now taken me toward a new field as a Spiritual Director and I am soon adding to that a license to marry people. As I move toward retirement I am very aware that I have to keep working so I chose to do things which will meet my modest financial needs and also my love of supporting people in their life journey. Woven into all of this is my love of writing. Trained as a Journalist, and having worked in the field as a freelance news writer for many years, I have a great love for writing. This blog is a new beginning for me. As I hone my skills and begin to form a daily discipline of writing I hope it will lead to more writing in the future.
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