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Eclipse

 

Eclipse

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Eclipse

Background
Early depictions of the Universe showed the Sun to be a symbolic Centre or heart of Cosmos, an absolute
Truth (which, according to Plato, is something sun-like, as in ‘the light of truth’).
Since its gentle warmth and light are bestowed on every living thing in equal measure, the Sun was regarded as the cosmokrator – the ruler of the world state or Cosmopolis.
Ancient Incas pointed out specifically that they were the children of the Sun, which for them was the cosmokrator and the ruler, as well as a wanderer who goes about setting people’s affairs in order and teaching them crafts and agriculture and disappears to the west, having accomplished its mission.
“In every Peruvian village the sun had considerable possessions. His estates resembled those of a territorial chieftain, and consisted of a dwelling-house, a chacra, or portion of land, flocks of llamas and pacos, and a number of women dedicated to his service. […] The Women of the Sun prepared the daily food and drink of the luminary, which consisted of maize and chicha. They also spun wool and wove it into fine stuff, which was burned in order that it might ascend to the celestial regions, where the deity could make use of it.” (Lewis Spence, The Myths of Mexico and Peru: Aztec, Maya and Inca).

Key concept
We have a bird's eye view panorama unfolding in front of us in the form of a fantasy city with its houses, roads and bridges. We see unusual dwellings that look like homes with circular windows; we notice the car-like objects moving along the serpentines or ‘highways’ winding round the city; with a bit of concentrating we can discern a figure in the diver’s suit hovering over one of the highways.
An ecliptic Sun, like a gigantic eye, is watching over this ant-heap of a megapolis, and we are left with a sense of it being an illusory settlement, where every corner is infused with the light from above.
The Sun is the true master and commander of this hive, its rays penetrating into every hut and house, scattering specks of gold, which, forming an all-illuminating flow, hold together this fantasy of a city and solidify it as calcite solidifies the wood into immortality.

 
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