What really is a Blood Moon?

Blood Moon

After receiving several emails from my clients asking about the new “Blood Moon” term, I did some research and here is the real scoop. It is new and is not an astronomical, nor an astrological term. So where did it come from and why is it so in the news now? Of course this was a reference to the recent total Lunar Eclipse on April 14th, which I hope everyone watched.

First of all, the Moon always turns red during a total Lunar Eclipse and why does it turn red? The sunrises and sunsets all over the Earth are being reflected on the Moon, which then turns into the delicious color of reddish orange. The coppery-colored Lunar Eclipse in question was a typical color for an eclipse and wasn’t any darker red than normal. On rare occasions, the Moon can reach a deep red that could resemble blood, but there is no way to predict the color until it occurs. Therefore, it is impossible to call any particular Lunar Eclipse a blood moon until the color can be seen.

So why was it named the Blood Moon? The televangelist pastor, John Hagee, published a book in 2013 that he named, “Four Blood Moons: Something is About to Change”. Just to remind you, Hagee is the controversial 74-year-old founder of Texas’ Cornerstone Church, who is known for suggesting that Hurricane Katrina was punishment from God because New Orleans was planning a rally for gays and lesbians.

Hagee quotes from Acts 2: 19-20, “And I will show wonders in Heaven above and signs in the Earth beneath, the Sun shall be turned into darkness and the Moon into blood before the coming of the great and awesome day of the Lord.” In addition, Hagee says, “I believe that the heavens are God’s billboard, that He has been sending signals to planet Earth, and we just haven’t been picking them up.”

Isn’t this what astrologers have been saying for over 5,000 years?

The other new word in the media is “tetrad.” A Lunar Eclipse tetrad is a more accurate term with a definition of, “four consecutive total Lunar Eclipses without any partial eclipses in between.”

All four Eclipses will be visible from the United States. Here is the tetrad of Lunar Eclipses:

2014:
Total lunar eclipse: April 14-15
Total lunar eclipse: October 8

2015:
Total lunar eclipse: April 4
Total lunar eclipse: September 28

The Lunar Tetrad isn’t terribly rare, in fact, there will be nine sets of Lunar Eclipse tetrads in the 21st century. Even though a tetrad doesn’t happen all the time, it definitely isn’t worthy of an apocalyptic warning. The only time an eclipsed Moon isn’t red is when there is a high percentage of volcanic ash in the atmosphere when the Moon will appear brownish or grey. Otherwise, they’re all red, to varying degrees.

Hagee has included the word “Blood” to the tetrad with his clever title, “Four Blood Moons” to add drama, and it worked. Unfortunately, there are many gullible and superstitious people in the world who are prone to believe such unfounded and unscientific exploitations. There have always been “Prophets of Doom” who have had a fascination with Eclipses and bad tidings, including the end of the world. This one just happened to go viral. The end of the world isn’t going to happen, but my fear is that the name, “Blood Moon” is now with us forever. But I know that when I watch my many future Lunar Eclipses, I will forever be in awe of the brilliant red color, knowing it’s coming from a world-wide sunrise and sunset, being painted on the Moon.

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