Now that I am in the Big Sky, I am still so busy that I rarely have time to enjoy that spectacular sight, let alone build an observatory to focus on celestial happenings. The reason the ancient peoples did, is because eclipses and planetary alignments usually preceded or accompanied disasters due to the increased gravitational pull inducing stresses on the earth's crust, etc. Here is some Jewish tradition:
According to Jewish Rabbinic tradition, an eclipse should be interpreted according to the following: (Talmud - Mas. Sukkah 29a) (The last pair are reversed in the minds of some.)BTW - this one crosses Utah (Modern Israel - Ephraim/Mannasseh)
I neither agree nor disagree with the above interpretations, but I wanted you to see that these are assigned such meaning in the tradition of the religious leaders of Israel.
- Solar: a bad omen for idolaters
- Lunar: a bad omen for Israel
- Red Moon at Lunar eclipse: a sword is coming for the whole world
- Black Moon at Lunar eclipse: the arrows of famine are coming to the world
- Both red and black moon: both sword and famine
- In the East: specifically for those who live in the East
- In the West: specifically for those who live in the West
- In the midst of heaven: for the whole world
- At sunset: the calamity will tarry in its coming
- At dawn: the calamity is forthcoming
With our ridiculous educational system, we do not learn the truths that they knew inherently years ago. I was about to write this piece with a prediction and wondering what might actually happen in the way of geological disturbances, when I surfed and found this article. Looks like Mother Nature beat me to the punch! I expected something on the Pacific Rim (in the path of the eclipse). This could be strictly coinkydink, but you never know....
2012 ITALIAN EARTHQUAKE