The first humans have been closely interested in astronomic events since they lifted their heads up to the heavens and wondered what was going on up there, associated these with rituals, traditions, fears and healing and included them in their daily lives. As the Earth and moon sweep through space in their annual journey around the sun, the three bodies align in such a way that the Earth passes into the shadow of the moon. They used events such as solar and lunar eclipses, meteor showers, planets becoming visible to the naked eye as omens. Many cultures still consider solar and lunar eclipses as new beginnings, and believe that these signify the beginning of a new era in human life, and that this era will be crowned with beneficial changes and transformations. To Pagans, the solar eclipse is seen as a new beginning and a sign of growth. In many cultures throughout human history, the sun was seen as an entity of supreme importance, crucial to their very existence. It was regularly worshipped as a god – Amun-Ra to the Egyptians and Helios to the Greeks – or as a goddess, such as Amaterasu for the Japanese and Saule for many Baltic cultures.
While we cannot observe this eclipse of Earth and Moon, which have been in a perpetual dance in the solar system, from Turkey, we will celebrate it simultaneously with percussion and didgeridoo ceremonies and will step into this new beginning all together. On August 12-13, following the eclipse, The Perseids Meteor Shower, which is the greatest meteor shower of the year will take place. The presence of the moon prevented us from clearly observing the meteor shower for the past couple of years, but this year as the moon will be a thin crescent and will set early, we will have a perfect opportunity to see about 60 meteors per hour! Furthermore, we will take a closer look at the infinite universe and observe astronomic events better with the professional telescope that we will have at the site. We are gathering to celebrate the solar eclipse in hot August, and to watch the Perseids Meteor Shower in a moonless, dark sky.