Retinas Burning — Eclipse 2K17

What did the moon bring to the beach on August 21?




So who saw the eclipse??

In true Caralyn fashion, I….didn’t.

I waited until two hours before to realize that I had to have special glasses to safely look at it, and the low key hypochondriac in me freaked out that I for sure was going to go blind if I glanced at the sun without them.


So, I just experienced the darkness shift from my jogging route in lower Manhattan.



I’m not going to lie, the whole hubbub over the eclipse was kind of fascinating.

I mean, you’d think the sky was going to open up and start raining iPhone 8’s from the hype this solar event was getting.

But what really intrigued me though, was how it seemed like, overnight, everyone became an armchair astrologer. And no, that was not a rookie word slip. I meant astrologer…as in the zodiac signs or whatever they are. Leo…Gemini…Cancer…blah blah blah.

And forgive me if you’re “into” horoscopes, but to be blunt…I just don’t buy into that crap. And frankly, I stay away from it with a 10 foot pole. My mother always warned me never to flirt with stuff that wasn’t “from God.”

But I mean, people are really getting into the repercussions of this solar eclipse. How, like, it could mean the rise or fall of a dictator. How, it can bring about certain aggressive or dominant traits in certain astrological signs. Heck, some people are speculating that there even could be more babies conceived today, as the eclipse causes a stirring in one’s loins….err…soul. 

Ugh…give me a frickin’ break.


But basically, the overall theme among these said, “expert” astrologists, was that the act of the moon blocking out the sun — blocking out the light — thus allowing darkness to cover the earth, brought about a lot of “doom and gloom” theories.

As I was reading about what the eclipse actually was – with the moon coming between us and the sun, I couldn’t help but think about the other “sun” in my life. The “Son” with an “o” and a “Capital ‘S.'”

That’s right…Jesus.

But I started thinking about what in my life was coming between me and the Son. What was blocking my view of Him.

And people, if you’ve never sat down and had that conversation with yourself, well…let’s just say it’s not a very fun thing to think about.

I thought about a lot of different “blockers” — everything from busyness, to anger, to social media — but there was one thing that stood out above the rest.


Pride is the biggest thing in my life that gets in-between me and the Son.

I mean, everything in my life can be boiled down to my struggle with pride. Right down to the anorexia in my past.

Proverbs 16:18 “Pride comes before destruction.”

Yeah…that pretty much sums it up.

But the more I thought about it, literally everything in life that I struggle with is an offspring of pride.

Not accepting forgiveness from Jesus — that’s pride that my sin is greater than the Cross.

Being judgmental or harshly critical of others — even just in my thoughts. — sneaky pride.

Refusing advice or guidance from others — pride.

Being overly concerned about looks or clothing or hair or outward appearance, or friend groups or other “status-y” things — pride.

Literally every bad thing in my life comes from pride.

So what’s a slightly-neurotic-when-it-comes-to-sun-safety girl to do? How does one eradicate pride?


That’s the million dollar question.

Well, humility is the opposite of pride, but adopting a spirit of humility is not something that you can just non-chalantly incorporate into your life…like bangs. Or a new Instagram aesthetic.

Turns out humility takes practice. It takes work.

And our greatest example of humility is Jesus on the cross.

So that’s where it has to begin: Contemplating the Cross. The gift. And what brought Him there.

Because when I realize that all the crap I’ve done —  All the sassy things I’ve thought in my head. All the self-centered decisions or preoccupations. My eating disorder. — When I realize that all of those things — that I’m personally responsible for — were the nails on that Cross, it kind of puts me in my place.

So that’s the answer I have for now.

The answer is always Jesus.

Hope you didn’t burn your retinas today.

If you need me, I’ll be spending the next hour looking up eclipse photos and waiting for the next dictator to rise.

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214 thoughts on “Retinas Burning — Eclipse 2K17

  1. Lovely work my dear. I just got back from a road trip with my youngest to see the eclipse in totality in Lathrop MO. That’s about a six-hour drive from where I live, without traffic haha that turned into 9 on the way home. Self/Pride
    One must come to grips that it interferes with communion with Christ. imho that comes by grace and I cannot be rid of self without the help of the Spirit in my life and the realization that I am nothing without Him. Christ’s soldiers are the broken who have overcome with Faith in Him, Prayer to Him, Meditation on Him and action in Communion with Him

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  2. Love this! It pretty much confirms what my husband and I were talking about on Monday. Also, thinking of how God created the sky, the stars and moon for signs, led me to ask the question; “What is He telling us? What does the eclipse mean?” Just like the 4 blood moons had a biblical meaning and prophetic message from God, I believe so does this eclipse. ((people can call me crazy, but God did create such things to communicate, too.))

    I love your bluntness. ❤

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  3. In case nobody else has said this, there’s an eclipse when Jesus dies on the Cross. I wish you’d mentioned that in your piece about him as our Sun. Read the passage & remind yorself! BUT that does NOT mean that the amateur astrologers are right to see it as marking anything every time there is one … just people getting into a mode they’ll get out of, a throw-back to when the Universe hadn’t been studied so much, and when there had to be an explanation for weird natural phenomena…

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    1. Hi MariHoward! thanks so much for this response! You’re right – the period of darkness after His death definitely was a sign from God and His way of communicating with us. Thanks for stopping by. Hugs and love xox


  4. Caralyn you have really come so far on your journey, and in a way you are growing all of us who follow your blog. We all have our issues of pride whether we like to admit it or not and I know that true humility will only come to us when we hand over our lives completely to His agenda. In short when we say an unequivocal “Yes” to Jesus.


  5. When I was outside with my wife yesterday at the moment of totality at 1:31 PM central time for 1 minute and 51.3 seconds, I felt closer to God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit than any other time during my 73 years on His earth. Watching daylight turn to darkness, feeling the drop in temperature and seeing a 360 degree sunset all around us was so moving. It was God’s way of showing us his power and his mercy. He was telling us that everything would be OK, that He was there for us and that we are all His children. It was an experience that I will carry with me for the rest of my life.

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    1. Wow, Walt, this is so beautiful. thank you for sharing this. gosh, it gave me goosebumps. I didn’t realize the 360 sunset until i saw it on my friend’s facebook video this morning, and wow – it’s like we were enwrapped in a golden hug from the Father. so glad you had that moving experience! Hugs and love xox

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  6. Within the context of your post, people’s pride seems to keep them from seeing that all the nonsense predictions, fears, etc are simply the ‘modern’ version of all the superstitious nonsense that has surrounded events like this for thousands of years. Humanity laughs at “the ancients” for their beliefs, but straight faced accept the possibility of a new dictator or whatever other rubbish you read.


  7. Social media is the greatest source of the menace of pride that the world has ever faced. I guess that sounds dramatic, but people are constantly on their phones, using FB, Twitter, Snapchat… the list goes on, but the reason is comparison. People are constantly comparing themselves to others, to their friends, to people they admire, and worst of all to so called celebrities.

    It isn’t healthy and it is making people depressed and anxious. We have seen an explosion of anxiety disorders in the last 20 years. Is it coincidence that this is how long the internet has been in large scale use? Or is it that there are more cases being reported? Given the poor state of the worlds mental health services, I would say its the former. Thanks for another thought-provoking post Caralyn.

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  8. I took a photo in midtown NYC that shows what looks like a crescent moon in a group of clouds. My mother and brother watched the eclipse in the Idaho mountains. They sat in a filed, wearing eclipse glasses. Everything became almost like night at 11 am. They saw a thin orange outline where the sun was and the sky was full of stars–and planets!

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  9. Your posts always pull at me.

    Reading this was like a huge slap upside the head – one I’m getting used to, lately, as I examine the way I have been living my life and realizing what more I need to do. This past Sunday was a big step, personally, for me as I went to mass and have not done that in quite some time. I let pride get in my way of seeking out Jesus to be in my life.

    As I begin the endeavor on my own blog, I have come to recognize that pride has been my biggest downfall and I am starting to realize that feelings of entitlement went along with that pride – so the moon and a few clouds, metaphorically, blocked my own relationship with the Son. I am trying a new look at life and trying to accept life on life’s own terms, but rely on Jesus to guide me through life in stead of assuming I’m such an expert in all things…

    I appreciate you and God bless you for your perspective on life.

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  10. Wow, what a great post! I attempted to watch the eclipse through a homemade cereal box but saw nothing special but light. I agree with you, I don’t buy into the crap either, it’s best to follow God. 😎💗


  11. Greeting from Saint Louis which was kind of the epicenter of the hysteria. The world didn’t end, the traffic snarls that were predicted didn’t materialize, and life has returned to normal.

    I like your thoughts on the eclipse. Good work. I’d like to add, just imagine what the people at the crucifixion must have felt. They didn’t know that an eclipse was coming, or what an eclipse even was. All they knew was that they had just killed a guy who said He was the Son of God, and now the sky went dark. As far as they knew, the sun was never coming back. Talk about scared!

    Then, for good measure, God threw an earthquake into the mix. They must have been terrified! They probably had second thoughts about that whole “Crucify Him” business


  12. I was at work during the eclipse. I was in the 2nd-floor parking lot and all I could see was the San Francisco fog. So I went inside and lo and behold all 6 store managers were leaving the loading dock. Apparently, I was just in the wrong part of the building.



  13. Hi! Thanks for dropping by! The eclipse was 90% where I live, and I barely noticed – I thought the light seemed a little eerie for a bit, like gauze across a lightbulb, making the edges of trees and stones waver with shadow, even as the rest of the day seemed so normal, just toned down, like a badly photoshopped version of my garden.

    Then I looked at the sun, because I’m smart.

    As a child, on car rides across country I used to stare at the sun, watch brilliant lines of intense jewelled light chase each other around the dazzling circle in the sky. I’m lucky I didn’t do permanent damage to myself back then, my eyes were young enough to recover, I suppose!

    I can still see today, so I didn’t look too long hopefully, not long enough to see those shining lines again, anyway.

    All the best to you and your readers.


  14. Great post! And I love your conclusion: Jesus! It’s all about Him. Jesus is the answer! Pride is the root of all sin — that is why satan fell. We all have to fight back the temptation to fall into pride. I have a family member who also used to have an eating disorder but she is doing great now and has raised a beautiful family.


  15. Great article! I love the way you can go from silly and light-hearted into something so powerful and pure. Jesus is the Way , the Truth and the Life that’s for sure and you made total sense of the whole thing. To see through the Eyes of God is to see humanity as Christ sees humanity. With unconditional love.


  16. One of my favorite things about the eclipse was the togetherness that came about. My friend/lyricist said it best “The great thing about today was the nation came together for something positive. Goes to show what happens when you look to the heavens.” For a couple of moments it did not matter who we were, what we did, or where we came from. We were all experiencing an AWE moment together.

    To be honest I missed the eclipse. I went to an American Idol audition and was totally distracted. Am I a bad person now? ha.



    1. Hi JV! I m ow that’s so true. We came together for something good. It was so freaking refreshing. AND people were having human to human interaction and didn’t have their noses buried in their smart phones! Hallelujah!! Haha Hugs and love xox oh nice! I hope it went well!!

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  17. And you brought us to the thought pricking junction of whether it should be the ‘sun’ or the ‘Son’. That is a stroke of masterpiece, lady BBB. Well done, ma’am.

    It is quite disturbing to the scriptural induced sanity of my mind to apprehend the fact that man would rather get enraptured in a monstrous fascination of a physical phenomenon than an adorable expectation of the given Son. A clamour for the creature in the stead of the Creator. Shame!

    Of course the eclipse was an awe inspiring spectacle, but how I wish creatures, made in the likeness and the image of Him, who is the great I AM, will use their free moral agency, and perform an ‘eyes up’ to Jesus Christ -the King of kings & LORD of lords- once in a while!

    But I know why man wouldn’t dream of it.

    Since that day, when Lucifer presented a homophonic ‘sun’ to Cain in replacement of the only, worthy of worship, ‘Son’, Satan had established his ‘god of this world’ hegemonic worship.

    “Let thy kingdom come,” I believe, is the prayers owe the world. Amen!!


  18. Hi BBB,

    Right. Gotta love Romans 12. Great little nuggets of truth that knock out the pride, self, etc. Have a great week,


    On Mon, Aug 21, 2017 at 4:00 PM, BeautyBeyondBones wrote:

    > beautybeyondbones posted: “What did the moon bring to the beach on August > 21? Sunblock hehehe So who saw the eclipse?? In true Caralyn fashion, > I….didn’t. I waited until two hours before to realize that I had to have > special glasses to safely look at it, and the low key hy” >


  19. Ana. You know that feeling you have when you can’t wait for christmas day to go find your gifts. Well, its happening to me. Its difficult waiting for BLOOM. Can I buy your proof copy or buy and read an e-version? I am serious


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