Lots of Problems to Share

Upcoming Holidays
September
9/29 Michaelmas (?)
October

10/5 Full Moon

10/13 Backwards Halloween

10/13 Friday the Thirteenth

10/22 – 10/29 Preparation for All Hallows’ Eve
10/31 Halloween/Samhain/All Hallows Eve

November
11/S Full Moon

11/3 Satanic Revels

11/23 Thanksgiving
Important dates in Nazi groups
10/16 Death of Rosenburg
10/19 Death of Goering

10/20 Hitler’s half-birthday

11/9 Kristallnacht

11/11 Veteran’s Day: Armistice, 1918

Lots of Problems to Share

Computer problems. My cat jumped on the keyboard and up came the screen asking for my computer password. I didn’t know it because my daughter had changed it and didn’t change it back. She didn’t remember it either. So I thought I would reboot it and see if the normal screen came up.

Turned the computer off, but no matter how long I held the on/off button, it didn’t start, the screen just stayed black. Checked all the plugs, blah blah. Called Apple tech service, who had me do all the things I had just done and then said it was hardware and I should bring it in.

Without my best buddy I had nothing to do except clean house, which is not much fun but it is sorely needed.

The next day I made my coffee as usual and sat sadly looking at the black screen. I nostalgically started playing with the keyboard, caressing the buttons that make up such a large part of my life. Guess what! The computer came to life and gave me my normal start page.

So I was wrong. It wasn’t that I couldn’t turn it on, it was that I couldn’t turn it off. Even when I unplugged it for a minute. Bizarre, huh? My energy field has always broken things and now it went and fixed something. I am baffled and grateful.

Eye problems. I went to Nashville where my daughter, son-in-law, and their two kids had rented a little house in the path of the eclipse’s totality. We did a bit of sightseeing and went to the Johnny Cash museum. On the day of the eclipse everything was perfect. A cloudless sky, lovely warm weather, a lawn to sit on, protective glasses. And my daughter had made several different pieces of equipment to look at the changing image of the eclipse through a pinhole. Way cool.

I knew how awesome (in the original sense of the word) totality is because I had seen other eclipses. But this time I saw a blurry ring of light, all fuzzy, a dark ring, and then another blurry ring with a dark center. Like a little donut inside a big one. Wearing glasses didn’t help, shutting one eye and then the other didn’t help. I was devastated.

Figured it had to be my cataracts and it was time for them to go. I made the first appointment to start the process.

I am thrilled at the thought of having 20/20 vision for the first time in my life, but terrified of having somebody slice open my eyeballs.

Temperature problems. For two days, San Francisco was officially a record 104 degrees. My apartment, on the top floor, was more like 112, 115. I drank a lot of water, and was fine, except I had zero energy. The cats, who normally sleep under the covers, were lying stretched out on their sides like lions. I tried to rub them down with a wet washcloth, but they didn’t like it. They ran away and found another place to flop.

Ant problems. There are little groups of ants here and there. Teeny ones. On my plants. In the bathroom. Underneath my coffee pot. No matter what I do, they are back in a couple of days. I hate killing them, but they don’t leave when I ask nicely. I hate the feeling of ants on my arm and I hate imagining them in my hair. I am very grateful they do not bite.

I think that’s enough problems for now.

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The August 21 Solar Eclipse

August 
8/21 Total solar eclipse: totality visible in parts of Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Nebraska Iowa, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina; partially visible in other parts of the United States, Canada, Central America, northern South America, western Europe, and western Africa.
September
9/4 S Labor Day
9/6 Full Moon
9/5 – 9/7 Marriage to the Beast (Satan)
9/7 Feast of the Beast
9/20 – 9/21 Midnight Host
9/22 Fall Equinox
9/29 Michaelmas (?)
October
10/5 Full Moon
10/13 Backwards Halloween
10/13 Friday the Thirteenth
10/22 – 10/29 Preparation for All Hallows’ Eve
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0/31 Halloween/Samhain/All Hallows Eve/
Important dates in Nazi groups
9/1 Start of WW2
9/17 Hitler’s alternate half-birthday
10/16 N Death of Rosenburg
10/19 Death of Goering
10/20 Hitler’s half-birthday
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The August 21 Solar Eclipse

I’ve been trying all week to research the way people have interpreted solar eclipses throughout the ages in the hopes of coming across some thing that might explain the way cults observe them. I am totally sure that they are a big deal in cults because they are rare and tap into the meaning of the dichotomy of dark/light, astrology, and, in all probability, numerology as well.

However, I have come up with very little. Perhaps my research skills are fading. Perhaps I am hindered by my ignorance of astrology and numerology. Whatever the reason, I am quite frustrated.

I can certainly imagine little children being told that the sun is going out and everything on earth will die and that it is all their fault. At totality, or near totality if the rite occurs where the eclipse is partial, I can imagine the children being told that they can save the sun by … what? Pledging loyalty and total obedience to the cult? Doing something horrific, something worse than they have ever been told to do, worse than anything they have ever seen, worse than anything they have ever heard spoken of? Or both these things, with torture added?

I can’t get any further than this, because I don’t have memories of an eclipse occurring when I was little, so I have nothing draw on. I also can’t find anything on the Internet that makes me go, “Aha! That fits!” I will, however, share three things that sound like they could be part of the historical background of some cult practices.

First, a solar eclipse is often interpreted as a portent of bad things to come. The death of kings or other important people was often feared. This is pretty broad and easy to adapt to any number of situations.

Second, there is an explanation of solar eclipses that may influence some present-day Scandinavian or Germanic cults. The Vikings believed that a huge giantess lived in the woods and had many sons, all of whom were wolves. Each day, the most powerful one, Skoll, chased the terrified sun across the sky. He ran so fast that he finally caught her and took a great big bite out of her, causing an eclipse. The Norse people made as much noise as possible and Skoll got scared and let the sun go.

An old poem called “Sibyl’s Vision” says,
“He is gorged with the flesh of the death-doomed
and with red blood he reddens
the swellings of the gods;
sunlight of summers to come
will be black
and all weathers bad”

(This is from page 39 of “Tales from Norse Mythology” by the Icelandic author Snorri Sturluson.)

The third topic is very interesting and has a Christian provenance. This information comes from Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crucifixion_darkness)

In the Gospels according to Mark, Matthew, and Luke, the sky is described as becoming dark during the day on which Jesus was crucified.

The Gospel of Mark states that Jesus was crucified at nine in the morning and “darkness fell over all the land” from noon until three in the afternoon.

The Gospel of Matthew states: “From noon on, darkness came over the whole land [or, earth] until three in the afternoon.” He also describes an earthquake. “The earth shook, and the rocks were split. The tombs also were opened, and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised.”

The Gospel of Luke says that the sun was obscured, causing the darkness. “It was now about noon, and darkness came over the whole land [or, earth] until three in the afternoon, while the sun’s light failed [or, the sun was eclipsed]” The wording was later changed to “the sun was darkened.”

Of course, if the sun was eclipsed, it was a miracle, and not only because totality lasted three hours. Passover, the day of the Last Supper, always occurs on a full moon, and a solar eclipse always takes place on a new moon. If the darkness was caused by heavy cloud cover or a dust storm, it still could be interpreted as a sign of the coming death of a powerful person.

I do not know if Jesus’ crucifixion has been incorporated in cult rites of solar eclipses. I have heard of crucifixions being performed at Easter, but not at any other time. Of course, just because I don’t know something doesn’t means it doesn’t exist.

If any of you have information, or have memories, of what is done during a solar eclipse, it would be wonderful if you could share them. Thanks so much!

 

The September 28, 2015 Super Blood Moon Full Eclipse

There is a blog entry on Labor Day at https://ritualabuse.wordpress.com/2013/08/20/labor-day/

With a name like that, wouldn’t cult members be just delighted? It calls for a blog entry of its own.

Actually, I should have written about this last year. That’s because this is the last of four full lunar eclipses in a row, two last year and two this year, with no partial eclipses in between them. It’s called a tetrad, meaning four. Tetrads are unusual, but not particularly rare.

There have been sixty-two tetrads from 1 AD to 2100 AD. There were none in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, but there are eight from 2001 to 2100. The dates of the lunar eclipses in this particular tetrad are April 15, 2014, October 8, 2014, April 4, 2015, and September 28, 2015. There are six lunar months between each of the full eclipses.

A Super Moon is a moon that appears 14% larger and 30% brighter than most moons, simply because the moon’s orbit is not exactly circular and super moons are at the point closest to earth. (The closest point is called the perigee and the farthest is called the apogee. Perigee comes from the Greek, perigeion ‘close around the earth,’ via Latin and then French, entering English in the late 16th century.) Super Moon is a catchy modern phrase; astronomers call it a perigee moon.

Blood Moon can refer to two different things.

Moons that appear low in the sky look reddish because light passes through more of our atmosphere before reaching the moon and the atmosphere filters out the blue part of the spectrum. As the moon rises in the sky, it loses its reddish tinge. The oldest usage of the term Blood Moon is in reference to the Hunter’s Moon, which usually appears low in the sky in October. The Hunter’s moon comes right after the Harvest Moon and is the closest full moon to the fall equinox.

People are also calling the eclipsed moon on September 28 a Blood Moon. The light illuminating an eclipsed moon comes from thousands of sunsets and sunrises around the Earth. If the sky is clear for the sunsets and sunrises, the eclipsed moon will be reddish. If it is cloudy, the eclipsed moon will be dark. There is no way of predicting this in advance. So we might or might not have a Blood Moon.

There are three verses in the Bible that refer to Blood Moons.
Joel 2:31 “The sun will be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and terrible day of the Lord comes.”
Acts 2:20 “The sun will be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and glorious day of the Lord comes.”
Revelations  6:12 “And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood.”

These verses form the basis of modern apocalyptic prophesies. A book on this topic, Four Blood Moons: Something Is About to Change (2013) by John Hagee spent several weeks on the New York Times best seller list. (There is a preview on books.google.com.) If you search for “Blood Moon” and “prophecy,” you will find several Christian sites that explain their beliefs.

The occurrence of the eclipse on the first day of the Jewish festival of Sukkoth lends additional weight to the significance of this Blood Moon. Sukkoth commemorates the end of the forty years of the wandering of the Jews in the desert after fleeing Egypt. The other three eclipses in the tretrad also fell on Jewish holidays: April 15, 2014 – Passover; October 8, 2014 – Sukkoth and April 4, 2015 – Passover.

The eclipse can be seen over the Americas, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and parts of Asia.  Easy-to-understand maps are at http://www.moongiant.com/Lunar_Eclipse_Calendar.php and http://moonblink.info/Eclipse/eclipse/2015_09_28 Information on when and where the eclipse will be visible is at  http://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/lunar/2015-september-28

So how are Satanists going to mark this event? I have no idea, except it won’t be pretty. I do know that on the West Coast, totality occurs about 7:30 at night, which is an awkward time to hold a ritual. I’m sure they will figure out how to cope with that.