The Hungry Eclipse

The ancient Chinese believed that solar eclipses occur when a legendary celestial dragon devours the Sun. They also believed that this dragon attacks the Moon during lunar eclipses. In the Chinese language, the term for eclipse was “chih” which also means “to eat”. One ancient Chinese solar eclipse record describes a solar eclipse as “the Sun has been eaten”. Solar Eclipses in History and Mythology



the Sun has been eaten

celestial dragon devours


darkness glides over land

strength crumbles

bang the drum

Astronomical computations

calculate dates & paths –

future and past

are eclipsed

with great accuracy

tears fall



Cracker Storage 2

A fragment of a lost poem by a Greek poet and soldier Archilochus (ca. 680–645 BCE):

Nothing there is beyond hope,

nothing that can be sworn impossible,

nothing wonderful, since Zeus,

father of the Olympians,

made night from mid-day,

hiding the light of the shining Sun,

and sore fear came upon men.

Eclipse in Ancient Greece

The sun god Ra (or Re) was the supreme power in the universe.


dragon darkness

shadow serpent


Ra’s golden ship sails

past the world’s edge

returns in victory

Eclipse in Ancient Egypt

Viking sky wolves, Korean fire dogs, feasting frogs and toads chase the sun – in Africa, …… celestial reconciliation

See: Solar Eclipse Myths From Around the World

The Hungry Eclipse shifts

settles down to a meal –

grey coat drapes table

unity surrounded by fire

darkness becomes the light –

look for the cracker box

shiny prize inside.

For some recent shots of the actual eclipse see Graham Stephen’s Solar Eclipse, 20 March 2015.


6 thoughts on “The Hungry Eclipse

  1. Wide ranging as ever Joseph. I love your Implied Spaces posts, I never know what twist your mind will explore next, and it expands mine 🙂

    1. Many thanks Lee. I keep trying to keep the Implied Spaces concept at the forefront when working on the images or the topic. BTW that first mosaic pattern should turn into a gallery if you click it. See if this one works – do galleries on other blogs work for you ? If so so then there must be something in my format & layout that is effecting your interaction – implied space I suppose. 🙂

      1. Yes all other galleries in Blogs work for me, just yours doesn’t. Not a problem just curious.

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