The moon has always been the mysterious one; its cycles and eclipses have forever been overshadowed by legends, myths and superstitions. The blood eclipse is no different; if anything bathed in more mysteries than any other lunar phenomenon.
Those who have been lucky enough to witness it were lucky enough to catch this year's first Blood Moon – an almost total lunar eclipse.
A total lunar eclipse takes place when the Earth, sun, and moon are perfectly aligned such that the Earth's shadow falls over the moon entirely.
During a Blood Moon, however, the moon is not blocked entirely but takes on a red tint, which depending on the observer's vantage point appears in shades varying from copper to red.
It marks a spectacularly beautiful astronomical event spread over the next two years; Tetrad Red Blood Moon lunar eclipses.
The tetrad is a series of four consecutive and complete lunar eclipses occurring at approximately six-month intervals.
The Myths And Legends
Lunar eclipses have always been interesting events but since the “Blood Moon” is such a rare event’ it warrants a lot more interest and intrigue, not to mention mystique.
Many take it as a sign from God – perhaps an apocalypse; while for others its a signal or even foreboding of some kind. So it’s fair to expect anything from God’s wrath to demons, wild and murderous pets and mad spells.
In ancient times, the myth spoke of a jaguar that attacked and ate the moon explaining the blood-red color and after the attack the jaguar would crash to Earth to eat people.
The Inca had detailed rituals to keep the predator away; they would shake spears at the moon and make a lot of noise, including beating their dogs to make them howl and bark.
However, for at least the recent burst of the Blood Moon myths and superstitions we can blame a certain John Hagee. Hagee, a popular televangelist from San Antonio, has made it known to his followers that the series of blood moons will be a world-shaking event and are a sign that biblical prophecies are about to come true. He wrote about it in detail in his book, Four Blood Moons: Something Is About to Change. For him the message in the bible is clear:
"...There will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars...Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near." Luke 21:25a, 28
Then there are the Wiccas,
For them a Blood Moon opens a gateway into the heavens as the Earth, Sun and Moon align. For a brief moment in time one can commune with the spirit world and other realms.
And What Do You Have To Say?
No wonder, the internet is having a field day over it.
Guys, I forget. Do you kill the goat before or after you hollow out the swine carcass? Whew, thank Chtulhu for twitter! #bloodmoon— Scott Weinberg (@scottEweinberg) April 15, 2014
how is tampax not capitalizing on the blood moon? so many advertising possibilities— Donovan Strain (@DonovanStrain) April 15, 2014
y'all this blood moon is crazy!!!!!! took this pic w my iphone pic.twitter.com/ruvG2rNwNU— Ly$$ (@Alyssuhh14) April 15, 2014