Wolf Swallows Moon, Spits It Up Again

Loki produced the wolf Fenrir. Fenrir produced offspring of its own, including the two wolves Skoll and Hati Hro├░vitnisson. These two wolves chase the Sun and the Moon, respectively, in an attempt to eat them. In the eyes of our ancestors, an eclipse suggested that one of the wolves was about to succeed. Just imagine what they would have thought when seeing tonight's red colored supermoon eclipse.

As you probably know, a lunar eclipse occurs when the shadow of the Earth falls on the moon, keeping sunlight from reflecting from the moon's surface. The moon doesn't give off light of its own, so that part goes dark. We know these things through our modern astronomy, but imagine what it must have been like for earlier peoples without that knowledge.

On the topic of the moon, our Northern European ancestors had a different view of the moon than many cultures do. In many cultures, the moon is seen as feminine and the sun as masculine. We actually see it as the opposite. The moon, known as Mona to the Anglo-Saxons, told people the best times to plant and the best times to fish or hunt, and even the best times to go to war. The female sun, known as Sunne, provides warmth and nourishment, all year long, to the best of her ability.

Tonight, as you watch the super-moon lunar eclipse, take a moment to see if you can see the wolf close behind. More importantly, take a moment to think what the story implies about life. Do you need to keep yourself moving forward to avoid a wolf of some sort? What sorts of things can swallow you up? Guilt, anger, fear, laziness? If those things do swallow you, do the eclipse the real you that could be?