The 2017 Great American Solar Eclipse is Coming Here!
Monday, August 21, 2017 at 2:35 pm. Latitude: N 35° 3.761902' Longitude: W 83° 23.088226
We are in the center of the next All American Solar Eclipse. The last Eclipse that crossed the entire country was June 8th, 1918. There have been other eclipses that have crossed one or more states, but none since then that crossed the continent.
As daylight is replaced with darkness and the stars come out,
I stand in the Still Point of the Labyrinth.
As night falls, birds return to their roosts, flowers close and the air becomes chill,
I return to my Source, releasing all that is no longer needed.
As the sun returns, I embrace a New Me, A New World, and a New Day of Infinite Possibilities.
Path of Totality
The Path of Totality is created when the Moon's Umbral shadow crosses the Earth during a total solar eclipse. The unbral shadow cast by the moon covers only about 0.3% of the Earth's surface, creating the Path of Totality. A second shadow, called the penumbra is much larger and creates a partial eclipse elsewhere.
The total eclipse takes nearly 3 hours, beginning and ending with a partial eclipse. The Total part of the eclipse lasts 2-3 minutes and will look like a "hole in the sky" with the black disk of the Moon surrounded by the Sun's feathery corona ring. A diamond effect occurs as the totality ends and a burst of sunlight appears along the edge of the moon - a celestial engagement ring! At the Otto Labyrinth Park we will be able to view 100% of the sun completely covered using special solar glasses.
Imagine living thousands of years ago and seeing the sun disappear in the middle of the day. What would you think? What would you do to make the sun return?
Ancient Chinese would light fires and shoot arrows at the Sun to make it "catch fire" again.
In 585 BC a total eclipse ended a war in Turkey when 2 fighting armies set down their weapons and made peace.
Eclipses began to be predicted by the mid 1800's and astronomers began traveling many miles to view one and take photographs. Einstein used the total eclipse of 1919 to confirm the bending of starlight by gravity in his general theory of relativity.
The 2017 Solar Eclipse
The Path of the Totality of the eclipse on August 21st is about 70 miles wide from west to east through Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. The duration of the Totality will be about 2 minutes on the West Coast and 2 ½ minutes on the East Coast. The average speed of the Moon's shadow as it crosses the United States will be nearly 1,700 miles per hour.
The Partial Solar Eclipse will begin at the Otto Labyrinth Park on August 21, 2017 at 1:06 pm, with the Totality Occurring at 2:35 pm. The Totality will last for 2 minutes, 25 seconds.
Solar Glasses are necessary to view the moon's progression across the Sun. Initial partial phases last about 90 minutes. The last 20 minutes before the totality the temperature starts dropping and the sky begins to look strange. Once darkness descends, it is safe to take off your glasses and look at the totality. Once the sun begins to peak around the moon, you must put the glasses back on.
Events the Otto Labyrinth Park on Monday, August 21st for The Path of Totality Solar Eclilpse
Note: These events are open to pre-registered participants only.
10 - 11:30 am
Welcome and Pre-Eclipse Preparation
Participants will receive their Eclipse packets, including eclipse glasses, information sheets and Personal Eclipse Diaries. We will explore the meaning and the experience of a Still Point in preparation for the Eclipse. The Still Point is our Vibrational re-set point which nourishes the physical body and activates the subtle body. The Solar Eclipse acts as a Planetary Still Point - allowing us to re-set our Path. In the morning we will use journaling and other meditation experiences to identify that which is no longer needed in our lives. With correct preparation, during the eclipse totality we can experience the Still Point to change our vibrations and re-set our lives.
11:30 - 1 pm
Pot Luck Lunch. Bring a dish and socialize! Water and tea provided.
1pm - 3 pm
The partial phase of the eclipse begins at 1:06 pm at the Labyrinth Park. During this time participants may explore the Faerie Forest, relax by the stream, or even take a nap on a Far Infrared Biomat! As the time gets closer to the totality, we will begin our Group Labyrinth Walk, timing our steps to be in the center in stillness at 2:35 pm.
As daylight returns, Guided Journaling allows participants to identify and record their unique experiences and determine their future paths. All is re-set for a new life, a new world!
Pre-registration is required by clicking the donate link below. Registration is a donation to the Foundation for Well Being and supports events like these at the Labyrinth Park. Suggested non-refundable donation is adults $25.00, children 12 and under $10.00. After registration you will receive an email with detailed schedule, directions, and preparation information. This event is limited to the first 50 people who register to prevent overcrowding.
We look forward to having you with us in August!
Jill and Charlie Henry
After receiving your tax deductible donation, we will email you with Event specifics.
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