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The mystique of the Blood Moon

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.

During events like Blood Moon and lunar eclipses, Satan-worshippers engage in bizarre rituals that evoke the devil.

Some even believe in Satan, the devil, and actively worship him. During events like Blood Moon and lunar eclipses, they engage in rituals that evoke Satan. In fact, The Sun reported that on the recent Blood Moon night, several groups or covens in Mexico played the bongos and danced around pentagrams of fire. These groups believe that astral energies are more favourable for success during Blood Moons. While this might seem harmless, there are certain sects that are known to take it too far by offering animal or even human sacrifices in bizarre rituals.

It is not just those who believe in unconventional creatures and deities who claim that sinister things may be happening during events such as the Blood Moon. Texas-based Christian Minister John Hagee, for instance, has prophesised that the sight of the Blood Moon signifies the beginning of the end. The idea comes from Joel 2.31. The verse goes: “The sun will turn into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and terrible day of the Lord comes.” The minister has claimed this is a sign that apocalypse is on the cards.

Interestingly, the Blood Moon is also referenced in the Book of Revelation, where it is said: “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.” People who dismissed Minister Hagee’s claims were in for a shock when there was news of an actual earthquake a minute after the Blood Moon rose in Papua New Guinea.

It is common knowledge that the moon affects life on earth in numerous ways. Its gravitational force and its movement around the earth affect the ocean tides and even cause earthquakes. Everything that happens between the two celestial bodies is scientific and backed by reason. Yet, the phenomenon rouses a belief in the supernatural. We don’t have to be believers. We don’t need to buy into fantastic theories in order to enjoy them. But we can certainly appreciate the mystique of the Blood Moon without leaving the firm ground of reason.

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