Sunday, September 27, 2015

Blood Moon Facing Earth

ـ"قمر دموي" نادر يطل على الأرض فجر الاثنين

Rare "Blood Moon" Facing Earth Another Dawn

[The Al-Arabiya news ticker on September 26 is mentioning
recent victim numbers of the Mina incident where 769 died
and 934 were left wounded during the "stoning of the devil"
which makes part of the annual pilgrimage to nearby Mecca]

Some rare 'Supermoon' total lunar eclipse is being expected within the next 24 hours. The moon will enter Earth’s much darker umbral shadow at 1:07 a.m. Greenwich time on Sept. 28. Sixty-four minutes later, the moon is entirely within the shadow, and sails on within it for 72 minutes until it begins to find its way out at the lower left (southeastern) edge.

For Europe and Africa, the midpoint of this eclipse occurs roughly between midnight and dawn on Sept. 28, and the moon will therefore still be well placed in the western sky. However, nearly 1 billion people in the Western Hemisphere, nearly 1.5 billion throughout much of Europe and Africa and perhaps another 500 million in western Asia will be able to watch as the Harvest Full Moon becomes a shadow of its former self and morphs into a glowing coppery ball. The lunar eclipse will also feature the "biggest" full moon as the moon will appear at its closest distance to Earth.

حدثت 3 خسوفات متتالية للقمر الأحمر في 5 قرون، و
لخسوفه 4 مرات هذه المرة علاقة بالشرق الأوسط

The saying goes about 3 consecutive eclipses of a red moon in 5 centuries.
And 4 times each eclipse was related to the Middle East.

This time, however, we have a sequence of even 4 blood moon appearances, as 3 preceding appearances have already been observed since spring 2014.

Even though, natural phenomena have always been regarded by astrologists as a heavenly sign introducing important changes on Earth, there were, as well, those who denied any relation between such planetary phenomena and human life. One of them was the famous Persian poet Hafiz (1320-1389) who warned to rely on astrology while intending to make one's fortune. A stance from one of his Ghazals, - some Persian literary form resembling the old English sonnet -, is still showing his mistrust in the revelations of astrology:

Do not expect, oh Hafiz, any cheer
Of fortune gained from planets' wheeling sphere;
Fate has a thousand turns of ill,
And never a tremor of good will.

The above quoted stance, combined with the name of its author,
is being presented using Arabic scripture. The calligraphy as it is
shown below was created by Ulysses some years ago and has
been colored only recently to fit with the Red Moon subject.

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