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.
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 (?)
10/5 Full Moon
10/13 Backwards Halloween
10/13 Friday the Thirteenth
10/22 – 10/29 Preparation for All Hallows’ Eve
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
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!