Blood. Moon. Tetrad.

It sounds scary, doesn’t it? Or a bit like the name of a death metal band. And starting very soon and continuing on until the end of September 2015, you’re going to be hearing and seeing those three words a lot.  Already it has been the focus of books and websites. The coming Blood Moon Tetrad is being described as the herald of the End Times and promises to culminate in Judgement Day.

But here at After The Last Day I live and breath the Apocalypse (slightly smoky if you wanted to know). I can confidently tell you Jesus isn’t coming to Earth in a fiery chariot and sending the non- believers to hell.

So why do I believe you should really fear the coming Blood Moon Tetrad? Because every religious zealot out there is champing at the bit for the End Times to happen. And a lot of people are going to make a lot of money exploiting the Blood Moon Tetrad.

So what IS the Blood Moon Tetrad?

Glad you asked! In a nutshell the Blood Moon Tetrad is a buzzword buzzphrase that was adopted by the brains behind the people who want to exploit everyone. There actually is no officially recognised term ‘Blood Moon’, not in astronomy.

I’m not going into specific verses from the bible, but there’s talk about the sun turning to darkness and the moon to blood before the day of the LORD comes. A nice and generic prophecy, a lot like Ragnarök’s  signs and portents (but a whole lot less fun – I rather liked the fire-sword wielding giants), and one that can be bent any which way you like. Reading the above passage, pretty much any eclipse could be a herald of doomsday, and to the superstitious people who formed the bible, pretty much any eclipse might have been.

During a total lunar eclipse, the sun, the earth and the moon are in alignment (perfect for pagan sacrifices, vampiric rituals, and tea parties). But because Earth is blocking the sun, the only light the moon receives is refracted from the edge of the Earth’s atmosphere, which makes it look red. The moon I mean.

A lunar Tetrad is four successive total lunar eclipses, without any partial eclipses muddying the water in between them. There are some partial solar eclipses happening in between all the total lunar ones in this sequence, so its probably important to make the distinction – its a lunar Tetrad, not simply a Tetrad.

Why are these Tetrad things such a big deal?

Lunar Tetrads are rare occurrances. From 1 AD to the end of the century (2100 AD) there will have been only 62 recorded Lunar Tetrads. This NASA page does an excellent job of boring you with all the details, if you want to have a read.

This century alone will host 8 Lunar Tetrads, and there were none at all in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. What the religious nuts are exclaiming over is the fact that the 2014-2015 Tetrad will fall on the Jewish feasts of Passover and Tabernacles.

The April eclipses align with Passover, and the October / September eclipses with Tabernacles. Including this Tetrad, that’s happened only 8 times. According to religious historians, significant events have occurred during these dates. Religion isn’t my strong point so I’m not going to bother entering that particular debate but if you want to know more, and can keep an open mind,  check out – but if you’re not religious, make sure you turn off your speakers first!

There’s nearly four and a half minutes of my life I’m never getting back…

The blog Massive Truth tempers that information a little more and is probably the better read of the two.

What should you take from all this? Are these events mere coincidence? Well, in a word, yeah.  When you consider that the Jewish calendar is a lunar calendar and is therefore based on the patterns of the moon, its pretty obvious that at least some of their major events will fall on a full/eclipse moon.

To suggest (as some have – not the above two sites) that the Holocaust was caused by a Blood Moon Tetrad is not only offensive it’s wrong – by about 12 years.

If a Blood Moon rises and nobody sees it, is it still a Blood Moon?

Blood Moon Tetrad Visibility

Blood Tetrad April 2014 Eclipse visibility

Here’s the actual schedule for the Blood Moon Tetrad:

  • April 15, 2014
  • October 8, 2014
  • April 4, 2015
  • September 28, 2015

The 2014 events, the first of which is coming up very soon now, will be visible from North and South America (see below), Australia, and some of Europe. It won’t be visible from Israel. Of the 2015 events, only the last one will have any visibility from Israel – and that just before sunrise. So the question is: if nobody in Israel can see the Blood Moon Tetrad, is it still a Blood Moon Tetrad?

‘Ware the exploiters

Christian Pastor John Hagee wrote a book in 2013 called Four Blood Moons: Something Is About To Change. Evidently a few people read it, and starting blogging about it. He’s probably about to make a bucketload of money from it now that the Blood Moon Tetrad is in the headlines.  This guy is against Gay Marriage, thinks God sent hurricane Katrina to teach New Orleans a lesson, and claims Hitler was fulfilling God’s Will. Why people listen to him is beyond me but I’m sure his book will start making headlines.

The website interrupts their article about the Blood Moon Tetrad to remind you to:

Don’t be left in the dark! Find out everything you need to know about the “Blood Moons” phenomenon. Get the DVD, the autographed book and the calendar direct from the WND Superstore.

Wow.  They wouldn’t even let you finish the article first.

Captain Doomsday’s Final Word

You have my apologies. Although I like a good Apocalypse as much as the next conspiracy nut, this just isn’t one of them. Religion is a powerful thing, powerful enough that the unscrupulous or just plain misguided can make claims that can’t be backed up – and which can exploit people’s innate need for belonging. It’s the reason why there won’t be a Judgement Day version of This Is How The World Ends.

Religion has always snubbed science unless it is to its benefit: now that we can predict lunar Tetrads and have charted their history, God suddenly owns them. That’s not true. A lunar Tetrad – any Tetrad – is an astronomical event to witness, not a Hand of God event to be feared. So please, beware the exploiters! And please click on the ads on this webpage so I can make money keep the blog running.

What do you think? Does the coming blood moon tetrad worry you? Or do you think its a load of bull aimed at selling books? Have your say in the comments below.