This morning saw the larger-than-average new supermoon swing right in front of the sun to totally block out the solar disk. Although the best spot on Earth to witness this total eclipse of the sun was in the Faroe Islands and the Svalbard archipelago, up in Edinburgh we reached nearly 98% total eclipse.
The Equinox is an important event for seaweeds and thus for seaweed harvesters, as the sun is close to zero declination and has a greater pull on our tide. This is when we get the lowest of the low tides and is ideal for seaweed harvesting and also shellfish gathering.
Thus we decided at Mara that at this point when the moon covered the sun we would make an offering to the Celtic sea god, Shony (the inspiration and name of our seaweed blend). The moment came and Mara Man said a few words and then pushed out wee boat to drift out to sea with a seaweed wreath and our Shony products on it.
Of course after the appropriate moment of respect was over, Mara Man had to quickly rush in to the water to stop his precious handmade boat being dragged out to sea with the pull of the tide. So a nice chilly, wet start to the day for Mara Man!
We'll be out harvesting for the next seven days - fingers crossed the weather stays sunny.