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Total Eclipse of the Moon: My Muse

Nell is a trained Psychologist and lives in London England. She has been writing since she was a child.

Super Moon Eclipse lunar eclipse

Super Moon Eclipse lunar eclipse

Supermoon and the Total Eclipse of the Moon

Sometimes something amazing happens. It makes you stop and think about the world, how it works and where we really are in the Universe.

Everyday we rush around, only thinking of our jobs, people and of course our families.

Our days get caught up in such mundane thoughts and emotions that when we look back on it, we often sit and think 'What on earth did I do today?'

Even when we gaze at the moon and stars we tend to see them as two dimensional cutouts. Not what they really are, amazing Planets and Star systems 'Out There' in Space.

And the strangest thing of all.

We forget that we are floating in that deep Space on a ball that is being held up or down whichever way you look at it, by gravity. Strange eh?

So, at 3 am Monday morning 27/09/2015 I stopped and looked, and here is what I saw and thought.

Bear with me on my mental muse of this momentous occasion!

And there, in the sky hung a blood red moon.

And there, in the sky hung a blood red moon.

Grapefruit Moon!

I peeped out of the curtains at 1.30 am. There was the Moon hanging like a giant grapefruit in the sky.

Did you know that the Moon is a quarter of the size of earth? It is around 238,000 miles away from Earth. But on the night of the Super moon it came as close as 220,000 miles. And boy was it worth it!

At around 1.10 am it started the Eclipse, but I fell asleep. I knew the best time was around 3 am.

At 3 am I woke up, shot up in bed and dived over to the window. I didn't need to really as I could see the Moon from my bed. But I wanted to see it in its full glory.

I flung open the window and looked up.



Moon Moon beautiful Moon,

Fairer by far than any Star,

Moon Moon

Let it so be,

Bring good health and love

To me and my Family,

Blessed Be!

— Old Wiccan Spell Ritual

Staring at the blood red moon

Staring at the blood red moon

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Silence.

Oh Blood Red Moon you are so Super.

The air was still, no sound touched my ears as I strained to hear.

Even the wind was holding its breath as the Moon, hidden and dark

glowed like a molten ball of fire.

The air was still, no sound of birds or animals,

It seemed that the glory of the night sky was too much for the earth,

Which shrank from its majesty. I found myself

Holding my breath as I looked up.


The Moon seemed to hang by a thread, and then fall as though it had forgotten gravity.

With darkness the flat circular moon became a giant ball falling from the sky.

I took a step back and looked again. Then I saw it.

The truth of the Universe.

Our Earth is just a spinning ball surrounded by other spinning balls.

And at night we can literally reach up and touch the Heavens. (well nearly)


The blue that covers our day like a comforting blanket,

Is stripped away at night

Leaving us bare and shivering in the majesty of the Planets.

Its only when something happens like a Total Eclipse that we

can truly see the wonder of our Galaxy, Universe and Life.

I climbed back into bed and lay on my side

Just looking out the window at the dark glowing ball of the Moon.

Just me, the window, and the night sky.

I felt as though I was floating in Space.

Which of course, I was.

And there in the sky hung a blood red moon.

And there in the sky hung a blood red moon.

Magical Moon.

I felt something when I looked at the super moon. It was a mix of science and awe. With a sprinkling of magic thrown in.

And in that moment I knew how our ancestors felt when they looked at the wonders in the heavens.

However much science explains everything it can never take away the feeling of 'Something More' that's out there.

We are Ants among Giants.

Simple as that.

Magical Moon

Magical Moon

© 2015 Nell Rose

Comments

Nell Rose (author) from England on April 18, 2016:

Thanks again sneha!

Sneha Sunny from India on April 18, 2016:

Whoa...what an absolutely beautiful moon! Sadly I missed it. But I do wish to witness and capture the moments of eclipse in the future.

Great hub!

Nell Rose (author) from England on March 03, 2016:

Aw thanks Besarien! you have been busy reading mine today, and I thank you so much, have a great day, nell

Besarien from South Florida on March 03, 2016:

Where I was, it was so heavily overcast that I couldn't even tell where the moon was. Eventually laterI caught a fleeting glimpse around midnight. By time but it was mostly out of eclipse. I wish I had been able to enjoy the whole show at the time. Ah well, with all the preservatives in food maybe I'll be around for the next one. I'm glad you got to witness a bit more magic than me! This is a beautiful hub that let me enjoy more of the night vicariously. Thanks for sharing the Supermoon Eclipse with me!

Nell Rose (author) from England on November 15, 2015:

Hi Ann, yes great point! I often look at the moon and if there is a cloud sliding across the front of it it always makes me think of thousands of years ago, it always looks so ancient!

Ann Carr from SW England on November 13, 2015:

I did see it but it wasn't as red as I expected, sort of a dull orange. However, it was still awe-inspiring and magical.

I thought about our ancestors, too; they must have set so much by the gods and the heavens because they had no scientific explanation. Standing watching that moon, I could understand why!

Great hub and super poem!

Ann

Nell Rose (author) from England on October 30, 2015:

Hi RedElf, lol! yes I know what you mean! I took a photo of this Moon and all I got was a tiny dot on the screen! thanks as always, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on October 30, 2015:

Hiya Kitty, I would love to but sadly I don't have a Kindle, its on my Xmas list, so if you still need help then give us a yell, okay? and well done for your first novel, that's awesome!

RedElf from Canada on October 28, 2015:

So evocative - lovely and well-crafted, as I have come to expect from you.

Gorgeous photos, too. I tried taking a shot of the huge, ghostly white harvest moon floating above our little town this morning - I thought it might be a nice moody addition to a Halloween Hub, - it looked pretty unimpressive on the camera, LOL.

Thanks again for your words :)

Kitty Fields from Summerland on October 28, 2015:

Beautiful. I often look up into the night sky and get lost in the infinity of it all. Makes me feel so very small (as you stated). Sometimes I wonder if there are people on other planets doing the same thing at the same time as me!

As a side note, I published my first novel on Amazon Kindle and was wondering if you ever got time, would you be interested in reading/reviewing it? It's not terribly long but I'm trying to get my name out there and need help. Promoting one's book is difficult business (as I'm sure you know!)

Nell Rose (author) from England on October 24, 2015:

Aw thanks so much Audrey! I am so glad you liked it, nell

Audrey Hunt from Pahrump NV on October 22, 2015:

"Even the wind was holding it's breath..." Nell, this poem speaks with astounding creativity! The entire presentation leaves me spell bound. Thank you so much! Sharing.

Audrey

Nell Rose (author) from England on October 19, 2015:

Thanks Vellur, it was amazing!

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on October 19, 2015:

Beautifully written enjoyed reading. The moon pic looks amazing!

sujaya venkatesh on October 19, 2015:

effect of seeing though

Nell Rose (author) from England on October 13, 2015:

Thanks Mary, yes it was awesome! thanks for reading, nell

Mary Craig from New York on October 12, 2015:

Thank you Nell. It was cloudy here too. Got to glimpse the super moon but certainly not the red.

Your words held many of our thoughts. What majesty we take for granted and you've pointed it out so well.

Nell Rose (author) from England on October 12, 2015:

That's it exactly! thanks so much for reading truth, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on October 12, 2015:

Hi Flourish, lol! isn't that always the way? thanks so much for reading, and liking my poem, nell

Marie Hurt from New Orleans, LA on October 11, 2015:

I missed it of course, but you made me feel like I was there. Nature has a way of making us realize that the universe is big and our problems are small.

FlourishAnyway from USA on October 10, 2015:

I missed it, even after reminding about 200 families from my daughter's Engineering high school about the best time to see it and sharing with them a location where they could go see it together with a local astronomer's club who had powerful telescopes to look at it closer. Through your poem, however, I felt the magic.

Nell Rose (author) from England on October 10, 2015:

Thanks Martie, yes it was amazing! thanks for reading, and have a wonderful weekend, nell

Martie Coetser from South Africa on October 10, 2015:

I so regret missing it!!!! I would have felt exactly like you, Nell. Your poem reveals your feelings of awe. Beautiful!

Nell Rose (author) from England on October 04, 2015:

Sorry you missed it Deb, maybe next time? thanks for reading, nell

Deb Hirt from Stillwater, OK on October 04, 2015:

Since I am an early riser, and I work split shifts(day and night), I knew that I would miss it. Thanks for recounting the feeling for me, as one day I will be sitting on the moon looking down at you.

Nell Rose (author) from England on October 03, 2015:

Hi bravewarrior, thanks for reading, yes it was amazing! and glad you liked it, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on October 03, 2015:

Hi Stella, thanks for reading, yes its fascinating isn't it?

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on October 03, 2015:

Nell, thank you for posting this. It was cloudy here on the night of the super moon, so it wasn't visible. I so wanted to see it and now I have!

stella vadakin from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619 on October 01, 2015:

Hi Nell. A wonderful hub and I like your photos. I like the Magical Moon the best. We know so little about the moon, or any other things. Great read, Stella

Nell Rose (author) from England on October 01, 2015:

Hi Peg, lol! no you're not the only one! my phone lost its battery power so no photos unfortunately! thanks for reading, nell

Peg Cole from North Dallas, Texas on October 01, 2015:

This was delightful and the photos were magical. Loved your poetry, too. Sometimes I jump out of bed, grab my camera and take a shot outside. Glad to know I'm not the only one.

Nell Rose (author) from England on October 01, 2015:

Thanks DDE, glad you liked it, nell

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on October 01, 2015:

You shared a beautiful hub! A great experience indeed.

Nell Rose (author) from England on September 30, 2015:

Hi BeatsMe, thanks for reading, it really is something to see!

Nell Rose (author) from England on September 30, 2015:

Hi Frank, this was a mix of awe and novocaine! LOL! I had a tooth extraction, so still floating with the stars when I wrote this, but so true at the same time, thanks!

BeatsMe on September 30, 2015:

Great hub. And you're right, we usually don't appreciate it until we see an eclipse. :)

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on September 30, 2015:

I tried to take photos but the clouds kept hiding it from time to time.. It was a blood moon indeed, and haunting too.. I love your silence as well, awesome hub Nell, awesome

Nell Rose (author) from England on September 30, 2015:

Hi drbj, thanks so much, yes it was wasn't it? nell

drbj and sherry from south Florida on September 30, 2015:

I viewed that super moon, too, Nell, and it was magical ... almost supernatural. Thanks for capturing its beauty and symbolism so well.

Nell Rose (author) from England on September 30, 2015:

Hi ruby, aw thanks so much! and always great to hear from you, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on September 30, 2015:

Thanks Rebecca, yes it was amazing! sort of spooky too! lol! thanks for reading, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on September 30, 2015:

Thanks MsDora, it was magical to watch, glad you liked it too, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on September 30, 2015:

lol! thanks billy, by 3 am it was a sort of dark brown colour, sort of! but fascinating to watch, thanks for reading, nell

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on September 29, 2015:

I missed the eclipse but I saw it through your magical words. The universe is beautiful. The stars, the fluffy clouds, The visions I sometimes see when I really scan the clouds. Beautiful Nell!

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on September 29, 2015:

Wonderful verse, I am so glad you got to experience the super moon and eclipse. I didn't get to see a thing. Too cloudy.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on September 29, 2015:

Nell, I also missed the red, but I experienced the magic after the fact. The brightness was vastly different than usual. Your poem shares the intensity of the moon's touch on you. Thanks for recording it.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on September 29, 2015:

If it turned red I missed it. LOL Story of my life. I did see it turning, but no red in my world. :)

Nell Rose (author) from England on September 29, 2015:

Hi Chitrangada, thanks so much for reading, it was lovely, thanks as always, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on September 29, 2015:

Hi phoenix, it was lovely, and really showed what the moon is compared to just a cardboard cut out that we tend to think of it at night, as a real ball, it was very strange, thanks for reading, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on September 29, 2015:

Hi ps, thanks so much, it was amazing! I love astronomy and science, but it was far more than that, thanks

Nell Rose (author) from England on September 29, 2015:

Hi Cris, that's such a shame! it was amazing! maybe it was the fact it was the middle of the night, but there was something so prehistoric about it! thanks for reading, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on September 29, 2015:

Thanks Jodah, sometimes the poetry takes me! LOL!

Nell Rose (author) from England on September 29, 2015:

Thanks Linda, lol! no, not climbing that tree, but it was tempting! but it was cool, thanks for reading, nell

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on September 29, 2015:

What a fascinating hub!

Loved the images and the poem is so expressive!

We did not get the opportunity to view the eclipse in this part of the World but did see it on You tube and the many shares on social media.

Thoroughly enjoyed your hub. Thanks!

Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon from United Kingdom on September 29, 2015:

Oh, you are so lucky! I didn't know about the eclipse, and I missed what was probably the most wonderful spectacle ever. I'm so gutted. Thanks for writing this and including pics. It looks absolutely gorgeous.

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on September 29, 2015:

O, hi, dear Nell..

"I felt something when I looked at the super moon. It was a mix of science and awe. With a sprinkling of magic thrown in."

Absolutely...it is a wondrous experience...how well you have captured the amazing wonder of it all....

Angels are on the way to you this morning ps

CrisSp from Sky Is The Limit Adventure on September 28, 2015:

Oh, what a delightful read! Love the images and the poem itself is superb! I didn't get a good view of the eclipse. It was too cloudy in my part of the world and everyone in the hood is complaining. :(

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on September 28, 2015:

Very beautiful hub Nell. Wonderful subject, great photos, and delightful poetry. Your muse really came to the fore by the moonlight.

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on September 28, 2015:

No pictures of you climbing a tree to get the perfect picture? :) That's OK...your poetry was spot on! I missed the eclipse, I slept through it. I did get a glimpse of the moon at 5:10 am which was really cool!

Nell Rose (author) from England on September 28, 2015:

Thanks Phyllis, it just sort of took me there! lol! it was magical, 3 am in the morning, and totally still, thanks for reading, nell

Phyllis Doyle Burns from High desert of Nevada. on September 28, 2015:

Oh, Nell - such a magical and romantic Lunar thoughts you share with us. Beautiful, your words are beautiful and bring the magic of the night ever closer.

Wonderful thoughts and magical writing. Thank you!

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