What does it say to you? Here’s what it says to me.
Sunday and Monday saw the culmination of a rare occurrence of four full moon eclipses, called Blood Moons, appearing six months apart.
Blood moons, so called because they give off an eerie red glow, first grabbed my attention after the first in this tetrad in April 2014 when I felt a terrible foreboding. I thought of Barbara Kingsolver’s image that we’re on the top of Niagara Falls, in a canoe. She was talking about what we’ve done to our climate, and what in turn it’s going to do to us. I was so shaken by the feeling I was getting, that I began tracking all of these Blood Moons to see if there would be a coinciding pattern in climate events. There was.
This moon is also a supermoon, a full moon that appears larger because it’s at the closest point of its orbit with Earth. It’s also appeared for prime time viewing over the Americas – as if leaning close to tell us something.
People have long thought of the moon as a harbinger of change. Eclipses in particular are thought to portend change that will accelerate over the ensuing six months. Since these four Blood Moons began, many have thought they would coincide with significant and rapid change over the two-year period from April 2014 to April 2016.
Some cultures have viewed Blood moons as forebodings, including portending the end of the world. In some eastern cultures, pregnant women stay indoors during these events, and no one looks directly at a blood moon.
Curiously this rare event has been visible primarily over the Americas, as if there is a message this part of the world is meant to get.
Celestial events like this one speak to us as a species and to each of us individually. I’m sharing with you what it means to me. What’s most important is what it means to you.
Does this Blood Moon signify end times?
In a way, I feel yes. But it’s a warning, not a prophecy.
Some Christian ministers have connected the blood moon to biblical End of Days prophecies. Acts 2:20 says, “The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord.” They point to the fact that three of the four blood moons line up with Jewish holy days.
I see it differently although the end result will be the same if we don’t heed the warning. The blood moons line up with atmospheric carbon levels – the greenhouse gases that are warming the planet. During the first Blood Moon (April 2014), the earth’s atmosphere passed a bad milestone. For the first time since humans populated the earth, atmospheric carbon levels reached 400 parts per million that whole month in parts of the planet. The last time the earth’s carbon levels were that high was between 800,000 and 15 million years ago, Greenland was green, the Arctic was completely melted, and seas were 20 feet higher.
Shortly before the second Blood Moon over a million people marched around the world beseeching their governments to stop fossil fuel emissions. While the mainstream press, the United Nations, and the U.S. Congress pretended not to hear them, the march shows that our collective is waking up.
During the third Blood Moon, atmospheric carbon reached 400 parts per million for an entire month globally, not just locally, indicating that this new level of warming is here to stay, and will be around for thousands of years. So eventually, and I believe by the end of the century, the seas will be 20 feet higher and life will be very different. If we stop our emissions now, and keep it to 400 ppm, the changes will be painful but manageable. If we continue burning fossil fuels unabated for decades to come, then it will be a different planet in ways you don’t want to think about.
However, I believe we will make the changes in time to save ourselves. Times are changing, and an old order is falling away. (For our visions on climate change this century, see this post which I will update with new visions in the next few weeks.)
During this final Blood Moon, we have more hopeful signs that a new way of life is emerging. The Pope has been visiting the Americas, including a talk to the U.S. Congress where he warned leaders to take care of the planet.The rise of spiritual leaders to fill the moral void in politics is a sign that people are waking up.
Keeping in mind that ancient beliefs predict that full moon eclipses set off an acceleration of change during the ensuing six months, this next six months may also see the last of the Arctic sea ice. By this time next year we may find a completely melted Arctic.
End Times in a Surge?
When I meditated on the second Blood moon, I kept hearing the word “surge”, as in surge in temperatures. One climate scientist said that what keeps him up at night is the likelihood of an oncoming surge of abrupt climate changes. We know that natural systems change at an accelerating rate, that global warming is just such a natural system and that it is accelerating. So far the changes have been gradual, but unless we cut emissions soon, a time may come when temperatures and their effects will increase too rapidly for complex life forms to adapt. One study identified several times in planetary history in which temperatures soared 1 to 9 degrees centigrade a year for several years in a row. You don’t want to imagine what that would be like for us if this were to happen, yet if we continue with business as usual, it could go that way.
Is there hope?
Foreboding is the first stage of renewal. Foreboding calls upon us to let go of an old lifestyle that no longer serves us. We are called to change our lives, prioritize ourselves in favor of life and love, rather than an old outdated system. Life in a sustainable growth society will become more cooperative, egalitarian, and less rushed.
How Can You Get a Your message from the Blood Moon?
Celestial events can speak to us as a collective, and also to each of us individually. During this potent time, take a moment to close your eyes and breathe. Feel your body, then feel the outside world using just your senses not your mind. Then allow your heart to send you a message. What changes have you noticed accelerating in your life during these last eighteen months? What needs to fall away? What do you want to begin? I’d love to hear what you got.