Dark Grows the Sun


The giantess old in Ironwood sat,
In the east, and bore the brood of Fenrir;
Among these one in monster’s guise
Was soon to steal the sun from the sky.

There feeds he full on the flesh of the dead,
And the home of the gods he reddens with gore;
Dark grows the sun, and in summer soon
Come mighty storms: would you know yet more?

 —Völuspá (The Poetic Edda)

Today, we here in the continental US will be treated to a total eclipse of the sun for the first time in 38 years. In Indiana, we’ll only get 90% coverage, give or take, but still, it’s something rare and special to behold.

Nearly every culture has their own myths and folklore concerning an eclipse, most often some form of legendary monstrosity descends to eat the sun; be it dragon, bear, demon, or, in the case of the Norse, two wolves.

The coming of Ragnarök, the Twilight of the Gods, is signaled when the children of Fenrir, Sköll and Hati, fated to pursue the sun and moon across the sky, finally take down the sun and devour it.


The eclipse resonates with us, filling us with fear and awe. It is a spectacle; an event that captures the imagination. It is one of nature’s most dazzling displays and one you’re sure to remember for a lifetime.

Do I believe it to be a harbinger of something more than just a rare celestial occurrence? Well, I suspect there is the potential for increased paranormal activity during an event such as this, that the veil between this world and others can most certainly be pulled aside, creating a portal to these parallel dimensions.

Needless to say, my curiosity is piqued. I was 13 the last time something like this came around. That was a magical time for me. I expect a kind of magic this time around as well…

So enjoy the majesty of it all, but keep your wits about you and be safe above all else.


My occult detective collection, First Born: Tales of the Liber Monstrorum, and both novels in the Cairnwood Manor series — Shadows Over Somerset and Keepers of the Dead — are available via Amazon and other online retail outlets in both ebook and trade paperback.


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