Total Solar Eclipse

2 Aug 2008 – Oslo

Fri 1 Aug 2008 1135hrs: a total eclipse of the Sun is visible from within a narrow corridor that traverses half the Earth. The path of the Moon’s umbra shadow begins in Canada and extends across northern Greenland, the Arctic, central Russia, Mongolia and China. Norway has not experienced a full solar eclipse since 1954. The full eclipse could only be seen on the island Kvitøya, north east of Svalbard/Spitsbergen. Down here in Oslo, the eclipse was about 50%, not visible to the naked eye, but can be viewed thru’ special eclipse glasses.

Does this planetary movement ignites my mood swings or is it age? Does Munch’s paintings and Ibsen’s plays contribuite to this frame of mind?? Am a big fan of both, whose works seem to be in search of a technique and words capable of conveying profound and overwhelming emotions of anxiety, alienation, existence and mortality. Living in Norway used to and still does have this effect on me.

May will be returning tomorrow and I am so looking forward to seeing and hearing her experiences from China, Mongolia, the Trans-Siberia and Moscow. Will be working full-time this month and hopefully there will be moments when I can update this blog during weekends. 

Mor, gir meg solen (mother give me the sun) – Ibsen’s play Ghost