blood moon


Imagine my surprise when I woke up in the wee hours of the morning to water the cactus, looked up, and discovered a total lunar eclipse was in progress. I had not expected it. (It’s “pledge week” on my favorite public radio station, and in avoiding it, I had missed the forewarning that surely had accompanied the coming event.)

There’s a lot I have missed. This lunar eclipse is the second of four consecutive total lunar eclipses with six full moons in between, by some called a “tetrad.” The dates of the current tetrad are April 15, 2014 (which I had previously witnessed), October 8, 2014 (this morning’s), April 4, 2015, and September 28, 2015. It is one of eight tetrads which will occur during the 21st century.

Bible-thumping pastors John Hagee and Mark Blitz have popularized the idea that the blood moons signify an impending apocalypse they call the “end times.” Their idea was born out of a verse from the Book of Joel: “the sun will turn into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and terrible day of the Lord comes.”

I’m not denying that the end of the world may come in the next 85 years, but it will likely be precipitated by mankind rather than the deity. Last week the World Wildlife Fund issued a report stating that human activity since 1970 is responsible for a 52% reduction in the populations of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish.

This already qualifies as the end of the world as we have known it.


Groove of the Day

Listen to KD Lang and the Reclines performing “Full Moon Full of Love”


4 Responses to “blood moon”

  1. 1 hookedonjesus
    October 8, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    Is Jordan Brown still in custody? I thought the original Verdict was vacated.

    • October 8, 2014 at 3:11 pm

      Jordan is still in custody. We are awaiting a ruling by the PA Supreme Court which appears to be the prosecutors’ delaying tactic to keep us from readily resolving this matter. If they can’t win fair-and-square, they’ll win by playing dirty.

      • 3 Simon
        October 8, 2014 at 5:41 pm

        Is him meanwhile allowed to leave the facility with is father for some time ? Its not fair that he cant earn the same privileges like the other residents.

      • October 9, 2014 at 12:41 am

        I don’t know if this can bring a new hope for the resolution of Jordan’s case but, according to this post:


        it seems that Pennsylvania’s current governor is on the path of lose his job. If my memories are good, Corbett was the first Prosecutor in charge of the case of Jordan and its defeat (even if it is due to other reasons) could throw one of the locks preventing this case to quickly move forward in the direction of a just resolution.

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