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The eclipse: From ancient paganism to American history, it's been a thing

The eclipse: From ancient paganism to American history, it's been a thing

Nothing reminds us that we are on a celestial island surrounded by the abyss like watching our planet’s energy source turn into a gaping black hole. But don’t take my word for it. From occult and pagan lore to American history and yes, Hollywood, solar eclipses have been harbingers of doom, transformation, and revolution since time immemorial. And can’t you just … feel it? SEE ALSO: 20 questions you’re too embarrassed to ask about the solar eclipse At a time when the fabric of American reality appears on the verge of collapse, maybe we can take comfort in the ancient beliefs that an eclipse isn’t just a phenomenon. It’s a
sign. Everyone, particularly the Deadhead-like eclipse hunters called “Shadow Chasers,” is blowing their lids over this particular one taking place on Monday. We are all now part of a tradition that has governed humans since the dawn of man — looking upward to remember that we are at the mercy of a cosmic dance indifferent to our inner worlds. According to
Reddit, the eclipse is a coming together of “light and dark, symbolizing the unification of good and evil.” Other online occult experts like the good folks at the Academy of the
Pagan Path say that since solar eclipses, “can only occur during the day, on a new moon,” it’s a great time to take advantage of that unique blend of energy toward “planting new seeds and ideas.” Even NASA admits that, while it may not cause any evident physical effects in people, there’s something here: The eclipse even has our no-nonsense nerds sounding like vague, prophetic philosophers. Much like our future, outer space is hella femaleImage: GETTY IMAGESBut NASA’s right about one thing: Belief shapes reality. Wars waged in the name of religion have …read more

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