Will madness and mayhem reign supreme when the supermoon/blood moon rises on Sunday night? Probably not, but these ancient myths and superstitions might make you think so! The big supermoon (aka blood moon) lunar eclipse is happening Sunday night, September 27. What makes it special is that the moon is closest to the Earth in its orbit, making it appear larger. Simultaneously, there will be a lunar eclipse, making the moon appear red. This blood moon marks the fourth in a “tetrad” of lunar eclipses that some say plays a big role in end-of-the-world prophecy. Or it might just be a gorgeous sight that you won’t get a chance to see again until 2033.
Here’s what you need to know.
1. This Will Be the Fourth Blood Moon in 18 Months, But the Only Blood Moon Supermoon
Part of the reason this particular eclipse is sparking so many apocalyptic theories is because it’s the fourth in a tetrad of blood moons, Space.com explained. For the past 18 months, a lunar eclipse has occurred every six months and this fourth one will be a huge supermoon, also known as a “perigee” moon because its orbit is at its closest point to the Earth. The last supermoon bloodmoon occurred in 1982.
The total eclipse will be viewable starting around 10:11 p.m. EDT this Sunday, September 27, but the earth’s shadow will begin to dim the supermoon around 8:11 pm EDT. It will last a little over an hour. You can also watch a livestream of the moon, if you can’t view it yourself, here.
2. John Hagee Has Tied the Moon to Apocalyptic ‘End of the World’ Prophecy
John Hagee, pastor of the megachurch Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, Texas, wrote a book titled “Four Blood Moons: Something Is About to Change.” His book predicts a link between this fourth blood moon and the end times predicted in the Bible, Space.com reported. He said the blood moon is a “sign from the heavens,” such as when the Bible said that the moon would be turned into blood before the coming of the Lord. Hagee said the heavens are signals from God, “literally screaming at the world ‘I’m coming soon,'” and we haven’t been interpreting them correctly. An apocalyptic event will occur between April 2014 and October 2015, he predicted. Looks like we’re nearing the end of that time range.
In a telecast about the four blood moons, Hagee explained his prediction in more detail.
3. Lunar Eclipses Were Sometimes Tied to Disastrous Events in the Past
In ancient times, lunar eclipses and blood moons were tied to disastrous events. Some people believe this is because, during a supermoon, the moon is actually closer to the Earth in its orbit, exerting 42 percent more force than it does when it’s farthest away, LiveScience reported. But studies on these effects haven’t shown an appreciable impact on disasters like earthquakes or tsunamis, LiveScience added. So why did we think there was a connection? Space.com explained that this was only because people like to look for patterns and they didn’t have access to the information that we have today.
4. Some People Think Lunar Eclipses And Full Moons Make Us Crazy
There’s a long history of people thinking that full moons or lunar eclipses make us crazy. In medieval England, a defense against murder was lunacy caused by a full moon, and in London’s psychiatric hospital, patients were shackled to their beds during full moons, Ancient-Origins reported. Even Hippocrates believed that a visit from “the goddess of the moon” could cause one to be overcome with terror and madness.
Combine all this into a giant lunar eclipse supermoon and you have a recipe for the ultimate madness! The word “lunacy” comes from the word lunar, LiveScience reported, and even the whole werewolf mythology is marked by the idea of people turning into beasts under a full moon. But LiveScience also reported that studies done on mental illness and the moon found no statistical increase in criminal behavior or negative surgery outcomes during a full moon.
5. People Online Are Divided on Whether the World Is Ending
Meanwhile, some people are seeing every negative event as a sign. CNN reported that some people saw the bumpy financial market in August a portent of the end of the world and Jesus’ return.
But not everyone believes the blood moon is actually going to cause the end of the world. For example, the YouTube video linked below attempts to debunk Hagee’s theories.
Here are a few reasons why people think Sunday’s blood moon is not going to end the world. First, a tetrad occurred in 2003 and 2004 without ending the world and these groupings will happen seven more times in the coming century, Space.com reported. The Baptist Press also released a story disputing Hagee’s claim and stating that many of the passages he cited were meant for imagery. And considering that Jesus Himself said in the Bible that no one knows the time of His coming, it’s probably pretty safe to assume we’re going to be OK. Here are a few more people online who think the world won’t end on Sunday night:
Read more about the supermoon lunar eclipse in Spanish at AhoraMismo.com: