A total lunar eclipse early Tuesday morning was a "special event" for Nanaimo's Wiccan community.Daniel Van Koughnett, a minister in the city's Temple of the Green Cauldron, said eclipses are not routine cosmic occurrences like full moons and solar solstices, events regularly celebrated at communal temple festivities.He said for many Wiccans, eclipses, like last night's full lunar eclipse (visible in western Canada) represents a convergence of solar and lunar events in which followers of theancient nature-based belief system celebrate the nature of the relationship between gods and goddesses.
Wiccans, the moon is a goddess and the sun is a god and eclipses bring
them together in a very special union," Van Koughnett said.
"It's considered a very
magical time and many witches will save certain spells and learning
rituals for these powerful and special events.
While eclipses are important to us, we don't usually celebrate them as part of our regular temple routine, like the temple's eight annual Sabbats held on Saturdays following full moons." Van Koughnett said temple members celebrate eclipses on an individual basis and he held a personalcelebration of the event as the Earth's shadow darkened the full moon in the early hours of the morning. He said it's been three years since a full lunar eclipse was visible from Nanaimo and despite the possibility of overcast skies, the eclipse could still be observed by the tell-tale darkening of the moon's light through the clouds. "The colour of the moon, which is usually pretty red during eclipses, would also be visible through overcast skies," Van Koughnett said. "It's nice to see an eclipse here again."