Full, Total, Super And Bloodless

Invitation to the first full moon of 2019 arrives with the promise of cosmic splendor. January 20 marks the first full moon, first total lunar eclipse and first of three consecutive full supermoons ( lunar orbit coinciding with perigee, the closest point of orbit to Earth ). Full, total and super define the show, blood is an inaccurate rumour. Participants sold Blood Moon tickets needn’t despair, absence of Biblical prophecy won’t detract from the spectacle. Missing the show means waiting until May 26, 2021 for another.

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There was a time when total lunar eclipse viewable from North and South America, Greenland, Iceland, Europe, northern and western Africa and the Arctic was enough to attract participants. Today media dumbs us down with banners of blood moon click bait. In 2013 fundamentalist Christian pastor John Hagee published his book “Four Blood Moons: Something Is About To Change”. Four blood moons refers to a tetrad – four consecutive total lunar eclipses with no partial lunar eclipses in between, each separated from the other by six full moons. The last astronomical tetrad occurred during 2014/2015.  End-timers dusted off the Book of Joel, equating “the sun will turn into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and terrible day of the Lord comes” with ominous end times prophecy. Never mind that a sun turning to darkness refers to solar eclipse, or science of atmospheric conditions make an early rising moon appear red. Hagee’s book spent weeks on NY Times best seller list, sold millions of copies and solidified full moons as blood. Blood Moons are fundamentalist poppycock, total supermoon lunar eclipses are cosmic gems. Shame on Christian fundamentalists for trying to steal cosmic wonder. Leave the moon alone.

Visit https://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/ to determine optimal viewing at your location. Watch live at https://www.virtualtelescope.eu/2019/01/15/21-jan-2019-supermoon-total-eclipse-live-events-online/ or throw caution to the wind by going outside. 



Super Harvest Moon Eclipse

Not since 1982, or until the year 2033 will you hear super harvest moon eclipse in the same breath. Depending on where you live September 27/28 delivers on all three.

Supermoon alone is nothing remarkable, averaging 4-6 a year the term refers to our moon at perigee (closest point to Earth in a given orbit). Astrologer Richard Nolle coined the phrase in 1979,defining it as..

“a new or full moon which occurs at or near (within 90% of) its closest approach to Earth in a given orbit (perigee). In short Earth, Moon and Sun are all in a line, with Moon in its nearest approach to Earth”.

The September 2015 supermoon falls about an hour after the full moon reaches perigee, at a distance of 356,877 kilometers. Barely two weeks ago at apogee (farthest distance from Earth) on September 14, 406,464 kilometers separated earth from moon. Below- best link to all things supermoon…


View larger. | Deep colors in the umbral shadow are revealed in a long exposure 15 minutes before the total phase of the April 14-15, 2014 eclipse begins. Photo by Fred Espenak.

Harvest Moon refers to the full moon falling closest to the fall equinox.


Completing September’s cosmic fancy is a lunar eclipse.

Animation of the September 28, 2015, total lunar eclipse, whereby the moon passes through the southern half of the Earth's shadow from west to east. The horizontal yellow line depicts the ecliptic - Earth's orbital plane projected onto the dome of sky. The inner bull's-eye shadow depicts the umbra (dark shadow) and the shadow encircling the umbra represents the penumbra (faint shadow).

Animation of the September 28, 2015, total lunar eclipse. Moon passes through southern half of the Earth’s shadow from west to east. Horizontal yellow line depicts the ecliptic – Earth’s orbital plane projected onto the dome of sky. The inner bull’s-eye shadow depicts the umbra (dark shadow). The penumbra (faint shadow) encircles the umbra.


View larger. | Who will see the September 27-28 lunar eclipse. This diagram from shadowandsubstance.com should help you determine if and how it's visible from your location. Visit shadowandsubstance for lots more on the eclipse!

View larger. | Who will see the September 27-28 lunar eclipse. This diagram from shadowandsubstance.com should help you determine if and how it’s visible from your location. Visit shadowandsubstance for lots more on the eclipse! Thank you, Larry Koehn!

Blood Moon Eclipse

April 4, 2015 4:58 AM PDT, the Earth, Moon and Sun will form a straight line. With the Sun behind Earth, Earth will briefly block sunlight, casting a shadow across our Moon – weather permitting, sky watchers can catch the shortest duration lunar eclipse of this century. Depending on your location, the eclipse will appear as full to partial – those on the west side of North America have front row seats because it will take place before, not after sunrise. Regardless of where you live, if you can see the moon, you’ll see some form of the eclipse.


So why Blood Moon? The answer depends on who you ask. During a lunar eclipse sunlight filters through particles in Earth’s atmosphere resulting in a moon appearing to glow reddish hues. Toss science aside and you land squarely at the feet of biblical prophecy.

Revelation chapter 6 verses 11 – 13,  where verse 12 says ” And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood”

In recent years “blood moon” has been associated with fulls moons in a lunar tetrad. A tetrad – four consecutive full lunar eclipses separated by 6 months of full moons with no full or partial eclipses. April 4, 2015 is the third “blood moon” in the current tetrad. The first was April 15, 2014, followed by October 8, 2014. After April 4, the tetrad will be complete on September 28, 2015. Biblical prophecy has paid particular attention to this tetrad because two of the “blood moons” fall on Jewish observances of Passover and Tabernacles.

There have been 62 tetrads since the 1st century AD – 8 have corresponded with Passover and Tabernacles.

1. 162-163 C.E. (Common Era)
2. 795-796 C.E.
3. 842-843 C.E.
4. 860-861 C.E.
5. 1493-1494 C.E.
6. 1949-1950 C.E.
7. 1967-1968 C.E.
8. 2014-2015 C.E.

In 2008 Pastor Mark Blitz of the El Shaddai Ministries in Tacoma, Washington found his 15 minutes of fame with a highly public prophecy claiming the 2014/15 tetrad heralded the second coming of Jesus. Blitz faded into obscurity, overtaken by John Hagee – founder of the Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, Texas and CEO of GETV – Global Evangelism Television, a vehicle for global distribution (an estimated 150 million viewers) of “John Hagee Ministries”.  Hagee penned “Four Blood Moons”, a fire and brimstone warning not to ignore the tetrad. Wisely avoiding the fate of Blitz, Hagee stopped short of proclaiming irrefutable end times. Tempering doom with assertive caution – presenting as fact, every tetrad of the last 500 years coincided with tragic events in Jewish history, followed by triumph. I don’t usually link to Wikipedia, but in this case take a peek at the page on John Hagee..




Blood Moon Eclipse Live Web Cast

Quick – click on the link. A live web cast of tonight’s blood moon lunar eclipse began a short while ago….


Blood Moon and Doom

Tuesday April 15 will bring a total lunar eclipse starting at 3:06 am EDT. It also happens to be the first in a rare series of four total lunar eclipses known as a Tetrad. October 8 2014, April 4 2015 and September 28 2015 complete the set. These dates happen to correspond with Jewish holidays of Passover and Sukkoth – they also bear the distinction of “blood moon” – so called because light from the sun “bends” in the atmosphere often casting a reddish or coppery glow on the eclipsing moon.

Vigilant Christian “end timers” go bat shit over astronomical happenings. These are the moments they live for – convoluted windows of cosmic justification proving once and for all they had it right. Logical scientific fact, nothing more than irrelevant poppycock when weighed against a biblical “blood moon”.

The Sun shall be turned into darkness, and the Moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come. – Joel 2:31, quoted in Acts 2:20

And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and lo, there was a great earthquake, and the Sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the Moon became as blood. – Revelation 6:12

Jay Ryan is a home-schooling father from Cleveland Ohio who writes a “Christian Astronomy” newsletter for Christian home school families. A quick peak at his site and search of the term “blood moon” led to the “Blood Moon Prophecy” website.


Not to be accused of giving anything away for free, I skimmed over pages of “thought provoking” questions aimed at thinning Christian wallets in exchange for definitive answers. Good Christians were asked not to be discouraged by the “end times” bust of December 21, 2012 – counseling the faithful not to overlook blood moon prophecies apparent apathy, a syndrome the author hypothesized as collective embarrassment over previous doom prophecy gong shows.

According to the author – lunar eclipses (blood moons) are signs from God to judge the nation of Israel. Previous Tetrads used as historical proof were – 1492, Jews expelled from Spain – 1948, creation of the state of Israel – 1967, the six day war between Israel and Egypt. The reader was reminded that God has a plan – the deliberate refusal of political and religious leaders to not pay attention to prophetic scriptures – actions destined to bite mankind in the ass.

Not related in any way to blood moon prophecy yet lurking around every corner was the recurring theme I found disturbing. Judgement day jibber jabber is one thing -hardly a topic to knot my socks – though I worry about those home schooled kids, lamenting another generation of misinformed individuals. The eye opener beneath all the hot air prophecy prickling was an hysterical level of anti Muslim sentiment. I go out of my way to avoid these kind of pages, honestly never having the inclination click on one before. Suddenly it became crystal clear why fundamentalist bull horns equate Obama with Islam – a holy crap moment best left for another post.

Deborah Byrd at earthsky.com wrote a great article on Tuesday’s Blood Moon and the Tetrad of lunar eclipses. Linked below and worth a read. Mark Tuesday on your calendars and try to ponder the blood moon of doom.




Lunar eclipse coming this weekA lunar eclipse is framed in a church’s steeple cross just west of Ottawa on Feb. 20, 2008. (Sean Kilpatrick/THE CANADIAN PRESS)