On the last day of January 2018, the world witnessed the first Super Blue Blood Moon in 150 years. A blood red moon rose into the sky as dusk fell, and in the following minutes, a lunar eclipse occurred. The shadow of the earth fell on the moon, plunging the celestial object almost entirely into darkness. As people all over the world watched in awe, the shadow passed over the moon gradually, revealing the giant, radiant, silver orb hanging in the sky.
This astronomical phenomenon combined a super moon, a blue moon and a blood moon. This means that the moon on that day was as close to earth as it can be and hence, huge (super moon); the second full moon of the month (blue moon); and red in colour (blood moon). While this spectacular phenomenon is scientific, it is viewed by some as a mystical occurrence. Through this article, Soulveda explores a few strange beliefs and myths associated with the astronomical event.
The moon is said to turn red every time there is a total lunar eclipse, wherein the sun, earth and the moon are in that order and aligned in a straight line. The red colour is merely sunlight passing through the earth’s atmosphere and bouncing off the surface of the moon. However, some people interpret it as blood rays sent by demonic forces washing over the moon. Intriguing, isn’t it? These people believe the sight of this blood-soaked moon enrages paranormal beasts such as werewolves.
Werewolves, as we know, are mythical creatures. The story goes that on the night of a full moon, the human transforms into a wolf and hunts for prey. It is fascinating to read about werewolves in works of fiction. However, some people not only believe that these mythical creatures actually exist in the world but also that they get extra aggressive upon sighting the Blood Moon. There are several websites on the internet that go so far as to warn people not to venture out on the Blood Moon night and to keep their doors safely locked.