The phenomenon known as a blood moon lunar eclipse is a rarity. And the fact that it has sparked end-of-the-world controversy shows that some people are willing to believe anything.
It seems that there is no shortage of pseudoscience in these so-called scientific times. In fact, as science advances in its march to progress, it also generates a great deal of urban legends and conspiracy theories.
Just by removing all mystery, religion and tradition from society, you cannot rid the world of its secret life. People crave the offbeat and mystical even in totally rational and bureaucratic societies. Such is the case of the blood moon.
On the 15th of April, 2014, you as well as the rest of the world will get to view a lunar eclipse. But this is no ordinary eclipse. It is a tetrad meaning that it falls on the Hebrew Passover and Sukkot in this year and the next one. Such lunar eclipses are termed blood moons since they give off a russet tinge which is visible to the naked eye.
However, this is not where the story ends. People like to add lots of juicy details to the blood moon legend. They say that it has sinister tones attached to it. A time of troubles is imminent with this astronomical phenomenon.
An American pastor wrote a book titled Four Blood Moons: Something Is About To Change. He contends that in history, similar coincidences led to a lot of initial misery as well as ultimate victory for the Jews.
However, others disagree with this prognostication. They say that it is just an anthropomorphic meaning-making activity that the imaginative pastor has engaged in.
Since we humans do take our calendars a little too seriously we often forget that the universe is indifferent to our puny designs. Like the Mayan end-of-the-world prophecies, it seems this one too is not based in fact for it enters the realm of the fantastic and improbable.