Friday, April 11, 2014


Alignment of Mars with the Earth and the Sun.
Mars, Earth and the sun aligned this week in a rare “opposition of the planets”.  I took a photo below with my zoom lens of the planet Mars rising in the East horizon. Every planet has a symbol that represents it. The symbol for Mars is the male symbol we use (the circle with an arrow) which represents the shield and spear of Mars, the Roman god of war. It is the red planet.  I find it interesting that this alignment of Mars, Earth and the Sun  comes six days before a full lunar eclipse or "blood moon", when the entirety of the moon is shaded by Earth and appears as an eerie reddish color.


Four Blood Moons on Sacred Holy Days
The two most sacred Jewish holy days are Passover and the Feast of the Tabernacles. Both of these holy days always begin on a full moon. Passover is in the spring and begins on the night of the first full moon after the vernal equinox. The Feast of the Tabernacle is in the fall and begins the night of the full moon after the fall equinox.

This year and next year, there will be a lunar eclipse on these holy days occurring on April 15, 2014; October 8, 2014; April 4, 2015, and September 28, 2015.  An lunar eclipse during a full moon is also called a blood moon because the moon looks red.  During the lunar eclipse, the Moon passes fully into the shadow of the Earth and it’s no longer being illuminated by the Sun. However, a red light is cast passing through the Earth’s atmosphere reaching the Moon which makes the moon appear to turn to blood.

Having four consecutive “blood moons” occurring at approximately six-month intervals is a phenomenon called a tetrad. The most unique thing about the 2014-2015 tetrad is that all of them are visible for all of the USA.  People in North and South America will be able to see the entire eclipse, while sky watchers in the western Pacific can catch only the last half.

 Photo was taken March 16, 2014. The last full moon before the vernal equinox.

Four Solar Eclipses
(including an Total Eclipse creating the Ring of Fire)
 Solar Eclipses occurs when the Moon passes between the Sun and the Earth and directly blocks the light of the sun. Because the moon is located between the Sun and Earth the dark side of the moon is facing Earth and is in a New Moon phase. On April 29, 2014 there will be an annular eclipse visible in Southern Hemisphere and then on October 23, 2014 there will be a partial eclipse visible for all of North America. On March 20, 2015 on the Spring (Vernal) Equinox there will be a total Eclipse and then one more on September 13, 2015.
Photo taken in 2012 at the Parowan Gap as the moon begins to pass in front of the sun before the Total Solar Eclipse forming a "Ring of  Fire" in the photo below.
Photo taken of the same Total solar eclipse down at Parowan gap in 2012.
I have shared this on a previous post but wanted to repeat:
"The Lord created the heaven. The Ancients viewed the heavens as being a testimony given to us on the earth. From the surface of the earth, the sun occupies a space, even though the sun is over a 100 times larger than the earth. The space of the sun occupies from the firmament of the earth is exactly the same as the space in the firmament that is occupied by the moon. Although the moon is one sixth the size of the earth. From the surface of the earth, they are identical in size, so much so that when you view them on the ecliptic that they are located, one can block out the other entirely in an eclipse. Because all these things were ordained by God to testify in the heavens about Him and about His work. And those things are bearing testimony. And they are telling you something." 
I believe with these rare astrological events are signs in the heavens. And yes, they are telling us something.
Sidenote: I thought this was an interesting symbolic image and story.  LINK


Vaughn Hughes said...

Sorry--I had forgotten in my comment a couple of days ago that you had already discussed the blood moon tetrad & accompanying solar eclipses previously. Before your post here, I hadn't caught that the 20 Mar 2015 solar eclipse isn't just on the Hebrew New Year's Day (for reign of the kings, or 1 Nisan) but also happens to be Vernal Equinox. These really are amazing signs we are being shown.

David B said...

Thanks for your post about the Blood Moons in symphony with Passover of this year and next. This may very well be a significant sign indeed; "And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth, distress of nations, with perplexity . . . " (Luke 21: 25); but, what DOES it portend, if anything? Should this event go unnoticed by Christians and the world in general?

As you stated above: "The two most sacred Jewish holy days are Passover and the Feast of Tabernacles." This is generally how we perceive the Passover, isn't it--as a "JEWISH" holy day? But, we should remember that Passover was NOT instituted BY the Jews or FOR the Jews ONLY. As i'm sure you're very much aware, this is God's Holy day; not only for "Jews," but for the entire house of Israel (EACH of the Twelve Tribes), including foreigners who wished to obey. We should remember this; apparently, Passover is as important to remember, as is our weekly Sabbath observance. God Himself has ordained these things. We read in Exodus 12:11, where the Lord said: ". . . it is the Lord's passover." This being the case, maybe we should raise the question: "since this is the Lord's Passover, how long should this memorial be observed, just in Old Testament times, or until the Last Supper?" Here's the answer to this question: "And this day shall be unto you for a memorial; and ye shall keep it a feast to the Lord throughout your generations; ye shall keep it a feast by an ordinance FOR EVER."

Though we don't, at this time, sacrifice animals to parity our Lord's personal and precious sacrifice, we do offer a sacrifice of our own; that of a broken heart and a contrite spirit; to take upon ourselves His name and to ALWAYS remember Him. Apparently, we should remember even Passover and it should ALWAYS be important to us.

Today, it seems, we simply pass this feast off as a "JEWISH" tradition, no longer important to Christians.

If in fact, it IS the Lord's desire to remember this important day/event, shouldn't it be considered rather even more EVENTFUL that the Lord sees fit to combine this memorial with a rare celestial event? Maybe we should all try to figure out what it is these heavenly bodies are trying to convey to us, and what the Lord Himself has ordained in the heavens to testify to us of? Maybe someone has some insights that they would like to share with us. Thanks again for your posts, they are always very thought provoking and insightful!

Anonymous said...

I really appreciate the effort you go to in order for some of *us* to see these things.

I admit I don't understand. I had to take a basic physics class in order to get to astronomy. I took the physics class, and then I didn't have enough options left, so I never took astronomy, and it saddens me to think of that.

I'm glad there are those *out there* who understand these things; that's all I can say. This isn't my area of expertise, but it does 'seem' important.

I read.