“There’s a lunar eclipse happening this season. What does it mean?”
I’m asked that a lot.
In truth, I don’t know…but like the astronomers and wizards of old, I’m willing to find out. Something magical awaits in the stars, like a puzzle, waiting to be put together and understood.
I also love puzzles.
Joseph-Louis (aka: Giuseppe Luigi), comte de Lagrange was a famous astronomer who was around at about the same time as Captain John Phillips (and Kathryn). Like me, he wanted to understand what the skies were trying to tell us. Unlike me, he was a brilliant mathmetician, credited for creating some algorithm and form of calculus.
What I do know about 18th-century lunar events is that people, at that time, were very superstitious and frightened of them – particularly an eclipse. Folklore played into their fears, which today’s modern society would categorize as histrionic and unfounded.
“The beginning of the week, an elderly woman at Enfield, being terrified with some silly account of the eclipse, locked herself up in a room and cut her arm in such a manner that she bled to death.”
– London Evening Post, issue 3229, July 12, 1748 – July 14, 1748
(taken from an article in Open Learn edu history, March 2015)
Indeed, this woman’s behavior would lend one to believe she had gone mad!
But is that really true?
Animals have shown pattern and aggression alterations during a solar eclipse. The full moon is credited (even today) for changes in humans’ mood and behavior – ask any ER nurse about this. Lunar “pulls” on the planet influence weather patterns and oceanic currents.
Changes in the moon can often be explained. Still, there are those events that occur during a unusual moon or etherial presence. These are attached to the moon and are proven to have meaning, albeit on a personal level.
Perhaps you’ve heard of these Omens Lunares:
- Ring around the moon equates to a warning – someone has been selected and their fate is sealed.
- A crescent moon dripping tendrils of fog that look like fingers seem alive – reaching out to their next victim as predator seeks its prey.
- The onyx rising moon (aka lunar eclipse) brings momentary rest from the pull of the fierce full moon – the calm before the storm, as it were.
- Blood moon forewarns of bloodshed – “Red sky at morning, sailors take warning.”
Countless writings and diagrams depict the inherant message found in a lunar omen. Each is individual in interpretation – none is correct, except to that person for whom the message is indicated.
A warning, an omen, a promise of luck.
Indeed, history proves that each Omens Lunares has its own message – one that can only be received by that individual who keeps her eyes to the sky.