Blood Moon, Holy Days, and Purification

There is a lot of hype about tonight’s Lunar Eclipse in Libra just after midnight Pacific Time on April 15th, many believing it to signal the “End of Times”. I’d like to propose a slightly different perspective…

Yes, there is much that is coming to an end, but this is not altogether a bad thing. Pluto turns Retrograde today, right before the Eclipse occurs, which indeed hints at some major situations that have reached their culmination. Some endings have come through suffering and others through relief. The current Libran theme is relationship to other beings, and under the influence of such an eclipse no doubt that a combination of relationships have collectively been undergoing upheaval, purification, and in some cases refinement.

In ancient times Eclipses were believed to bring up a surge of powerful energies within the earth, which could either be of an evil or benevolent nature. All thoughts, energies, and words take on greater impact during eclipses, which tend to occur in pairs (a Solar Eclipse in Taurus occurs this month on April 28th). Many portals open, and the veils between the worlds become thin, allowing energies to pass through more easily, either for  better or worse. Therefore, it makes sense to the majority of spiritual seekers and practitioners that this should be a time of greater spiritual dedication, prayer, and purification.

total eclipseThis so called Blood Moon, red in color due to reddish color it takes on as the moon passes completely into the Earth’s shadow is the first of a Tetrad series of Total Eclipses, that curiously coincide with Jewish holy days. The red tint of the Blood Moon occurs due to filtered sunlight shining through the earth’s atmosphere as it passes through the sun and moon. Space Weather is a great resource for latest cosmic happenings from the scientific point of view.

The following Total Eclipses are due October 8th of 2014, April 4th 2015, and Sep 28th 2015, with the following Jewish connections:

Passover begins with the current Eclipse of April 15th, to continue for seven days until Monday the 21st – exactly when the Cosmic Cardinal Cross between Pluto, Jupiter, Uranus and Mars becomes activated.

Passover in 2015 will begin on the April 4th and will continue for seven days until Friday, the 10th of April.

Sukkot in 2014 will start October 8th, during the Feast of Tabernacle Lunar Eclipse and will continue for seven days until 15th of October.

Sukkot in 2015 will start September 28th during another Feast of Tabernacle Lunar Eclipse and will continue for seven days until the October 4th.

This “coincidental” alignment of the Eclipses with Jewish holy days has already occurred twice in the 20th century. The first set occurred in 1948 – 1950, the year after Israel had become a state. The second between 1967 – 1968, the year Israel liberated Jerusalem. Going further back, in 1493 this occurred the year after Columbus sailed the seas and Spain had destroyed the Jews.

It is said that the current eclipse of April 15th Jewish Passover and Sukot Lunar Eclipse to occur October 8th are taking place on the exact same dates as did the Jewish Passover and Sukot celebrations of 70 AD – the Feast of Tabernacles Lunar Eclipses (although those were Partial, not Total Eclipses). They occurred when the Roman Army destroyed the 2nd Jewish Temple and Masada Military Fortress, ending over 1,000 yeas of Jewish rule in Israel.

The Bible is brimming with references to celestial shifts, and this one describes such an occurrence as we are experiencing in symbolic terms:

“The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and terrible day of the LORD come.”  – Joel 2:31, KJV

So what does any of this mean to us today? Not to be irreverent, but I think of a comical pagan bumper sticker I saw several years ago that read “GOD is coming, and She is Pissed.” God is not really necessarily pissed, but in our ordinary human attempts to understand deity and nature we often project our own shortcomings onto God and the Cosmos, as we are but microcosms of the macrocosm.

When we experience the wrath of God, it is because we have long ignored the signs that have been given to us in nature and within our own bodies and psyches. For this reason, at the end of the day or this seemingly endless topic, the simpler approaches to these rather complicated cosmic matters appeal to me most. These simple approaches include gratitude, reverence, and kindness. Without them, we are bound to face our doom.

Purification of body, mind, and spirit, and making offerings to those beings who are in need or those beings in nature and the cosmos that make life sweeter is a wonderful way to spend the duration of an Eclipse period. This is a day when many Tibetan Buddhists will adhere to a practice dedicated to White Tara, goddess of Compassion.

 

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