Heartland pagans embrace the eclipse

The diamond ring shines through clouds as the totality of the solar eclipse ends in Liberty, Mo., on August, 21, 2017. RNS photo by Kit Doyle


BOONVILLE, Mo. (RNS) — As Americans across the country watched the moon eclipse the sun, pagans gathered here to appreciate the rare phenomenon with their own rituals. The Oak Spirit Sanctuary Solar Eclipse Celebration took place on Monday (Aug. 21) in this town in central Missouri. Low clouds covered the first 90 seconds of the totality but broke just before it ended, revealing a full view of the corona.