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Sunday, August 6, 2017

The Great American Eclipse

A painting of the 1918 total solar eclipse as seen in Oregon.
On Monday, August 21st, our country will be treated to a total solar eclipse that will span its way across the contiguous United States.  There are many eerie and ominous coincidences that accompany this solar eclipse.  Many outspoken voices have stepped forward to announce that this is The Great American Eclipse, and it really means something.  

Earthquake Zones

For starters, it appears that the path of the eclipse will cross over the major earthquake hazard zones.  

The eclipse will arrive in the Cascadia Subduction Zone, cross over the Yellowstone Caldera, then it will reach the New Madrid Fault, crossing over southern Appalachia and leaves the United States by crossing over the Charleston Earthquake Zone.  

The eclipse goes right over earthquake zones.
Is this to be a sword slash that goes
across the United States?
So shall I ask the question: will we see correlating earthquakes and geological disasters?

Might I add, that at Christ's crucifixion, darkness covered the land, followed by an earthquake?  

Of course, the book of Matthew states that darkness covered the land from noon until three in the afternoon when he died.  Was that an eclipse, clouds, or something supernatural? 

And also, while Nineveh was suffering from its sinfulness, not only did that city suffer from plague, civil war, and military losses, it also suffered from earthquakes and an eclipse--that eventually led to its repentance.  

Will America, which has experienced three of those five signs of Jonah, also experience some earthquakes with the historical eclipse we are about to witness?

Jewish Lore

Next, Protestant groups would be pleased to discuss the correlation of The Great American Eclipse with Jewish lore.  For example, this eclipse will arrive over the Cascadia Subduction Zone at the precise minute that evening begins in Jerusalem.  

Furthermore, at that moment, Jerusalem begins its final month in the Jewish year 5777.  That month, called Elul, derives its name from the Akkadian word for "harvest."  It will be a harvest month, so to speak.  And also, I suppose, we could play the numerology game and take note that 5 years before the Flood, Lamech died at the age of 777.  

A 2008 Israel Today article cites Rabbi Judah ben Samuel as having a prophecy for 2017.  According to him, Israel will lose control of Jerusalem at the end of the year 5777, which will end at sunset on September 20th of this year, the start of Rosh Hashana.  

And then, for what it's worth, Rabbi Meir Halevi Horowitz predicted this year as being the start of a Messianic era.  (This LINK is the...uhm, clearest...discussion about this rabbi's prophecy calculation.)

Jupiter's current position in Virgo.  Also read as:
The God King of Planets in the womb of The Virgin.
Also, as long as we're keeping track of numbers, note that the day of the eclipse (Aug. 21) is 33 days before the conjunction in the sky, that Lady of Revelations phenomenon I've been discussing this year.  

I suppose that I could also point out that the next Jewish year, 5778, is the temperature of the sun's surface (5778 Kelvins).  But at this point, I'm really grasping for straws.

The Catholic Angle

Another fascinating thing to realize is that this eclipse occurs 40 days before Michaelmas--roughly the period known as St. Michael's Lent.  

You know, August 21st is the Saint Day of Pope Pius X.  Is this sort of a hat tip by Heaven to the resistance and counter-revolutionary efforts of the SSPX of yesteryear?  If memory serves me correct, Pope Pius X was the pontiff who originated the Oath Against Modernism.  Perhaps traditionalist priests across the country on that ominous day could recite that oath publicly as a show of resistance to modern-day evils in America?

This month, August, is the month of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.  A good devotion to have, I'd say.  After all, as Fatima seer Jacinta once said, "Our Lady cannot stay the arm of Her Beloved Son upon the world anymore. It is necessary to do penance."

But most of all, here are the readings for that day of America's Eclipse--and can it not be truly said that America is in eclipse at this point in history?

First Mass Reading: 
Judges 2:11-19
And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord, and they served Baalim.  And they left the Lord the God of their fathers, who had brought them out of the land of Egypt: and they followed strange gods, and the gods of the people that dwelt round about them, and they adored them: and they provoked the Lord to anger, forsaking Him, and serving Baal and Astaroth.

And the Lord being angry against Israel, delivered them into the hands of plunderers: who took them and sold them to their enemies, that dwelt round about: neither could they stand against their enemies:  But whithersoever they meant to go, the hand of the Lord was upon them, as he had said, and as he had sworn to them: and they were greatly distressed.

And the Lord raised up judges, to deliver them from the hands of those that oppressed them: but they would not hearken to them, committing fornication with strange gods, and adoring them. They quickly forsook the way, in which their fathers had walked: and hearing the commandments of the Lord, they did all things contrary.

And when the Lord raised them up judges, in their days he was moved to mercy, and heard the groanings of the afflicted, and delivered them from the slaughter of the oppressors.

But after the judge was dead, they returned, and did much worse things than their fathers had done, following strange gods, serving them and adoring them. They left not their own inventions, and the stubborn way, by which they were accustomed to walk.

Responsorial Psalm: 

Psalms 106: 34-35, 36-37, 39-40, 43 and 44

34 They did not destroy the nations of which the Lord spoke unto them.

35 And they were mingled among the heathens, and learned their works:

36 And served their idols, and it became a stumblingblock to them.

37 And they sacrificed their sons, and their daughters to devils.

39 And was defiled with their works: and they went aside after their own inventions.

40 And the Lord was exceedingly angry with his people: and he abhorred his inheritance.

43 Many times did he deliver them. But they provoked him with their counsel.

44 And he saw when they were in tribulation: and he heard their prayer.

The Gospel Reading:

Matthew 19: 16-22

And behold one came and said to him: Good master, what good shall I do that I may have life everlasting?

Who said to him: Why asketh thou me concerning good? One is good, God. But if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.

He said to him: Which? And Jesus said: Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness.  Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

The young man saith to him: All these I have kept from my youth, what is yet wanting to me?

Jesus saith to him: If thou wilt be perfect, go sell what thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come follow me.

And when the young man had heard this word, he went away sad: for he had great possessions.
Just reflect on all of those passages that we are to read on August 21st, and then think about the current state of America.  Doing evil in the sight of the Lord, forfeiting the faith of our fathers, following strange gods, provoking God's anger, becoming overcome by our enemies and oppressed by evil, presuming upon God's mercy, mingling with heathens, worshiping idols, sacrificing our children to devils, materialism and worldly attachments...is that not the current story of the United States?  
Teaser: Dare I talk about this picture?
I cannot help but recall another passage, this time, from Sister Lucy, another of the three Fatima seers:
‘I felt my spirit flooded by a light-filled mystery which is God and in Him I saw and heard: the point of the flame-like lance which detaches, touches the axis of the earth and it [the earth] shakes: mountains, cities, towns and villages with their inhabitants are buried. The sea, rivers and clouds leave their bounds, they overflow, flood and drag with them into a whirlpool, houses and people in a number unable to be counted; it is the purification of the world from the sin it is immersed in. Hatred, ambition, cause destructive wars.


The Great American Eclipse, indeed.  Maybe it'll be nothing.  Maybe that day and this year will come and go with no real change.  Maybe nothing eventful will happen at all.  I'm open to that possibility.  

However, today I'm also open to the possibility that the cosmic signs we've been witnessing this year could mean something significant.  

After all, what have we witnessed this year so far?  

-We've got the Lady of Revelations phenomenon that started at the end of the Year of Mercy and concluding on the Feast of the Trumpets.  
-We've got this eclipse.  
-New Year's Eve 2017 started off with a comet in the sky and a conjunction of Mars and Neptune.  
-This week, Saturday the 12th, mankind will be treated to the brightest meteor shower in recorded history.   
-And in seven years from now, 2024, another total solar eclipse will occur in the United States once more.  When it happens, it will come up from the south, intersecting the path of this 2017 eclipse path, creating an X across the United States.  The intersecting point of the two paths will be over the New Madrid Fault, where the Ohio and Mississippi rivers meet.  

So take all of that for what it's worth.

For Further Reading, consider my earlier posts about this year's phenomena:


  1. When it comes to seeking holiness in light of God's mercy before His judgment, how far should a Catholic go? In other words, how Amish / monastic should a man aim for? Such a question keeps me up at night.

    1. Ask Jesus Christ our Blessed Lord.
      He will answer you in his own way and time,I promise.

    2. How amish/monastic should you aim for? Interesting question. I'd say it depends upon your conviction and your abilities.

      Myself, I've got a job and a family. I am restricted from the kind of retreat I'd like to aim for.

      However, I'll tell you, I've often wanted to spend a good stretch of time disappearing into The Great American Desert a.k.a Western Oklahoma and the Texas Panhandle. In deserts are solitude, an idea that's always appealed to me. I keep telling the wife I'd like to retire in Kenton (population 21), but for her it's obviously out of the question.

    3. I'd love a 5 day retreat in My.Athos.
      Women are not allowed at Mt.Athos and you must be a baptized Eastern Orthodox or Roman/Byzantine Rite Catholic.
      For now it's extremely unrealistic but it's on my "bucket list'.

    4. Mt.Athos
      Not "My.Athos" it was a typo.

  2. You know, August 21st is the Saint Day of Pope Pius X. Is this sort of a hat tip by Heaven to the resistance and counter-revolutionary efforts of the SSPX of yesteryear?

    Probably not, as the SSPX still use the 1962 calendar, whereon Pope St Pius X's feast day remains 3 September.

    1. I've Always wondered why the use the 1945 missal and calendar like our chapel?

    2. I do use the 1945 missal. The calendar is virtually the same, and there are none of the strange post-1955 changes (like Holy Week and the addendum to the very Canon in 1962).

    3. Bishop Ramolla,our spiritual director,uses the 1945 system.
      I was referring to the SSPX Resistance.
      They should celebrate the 1945 system as it's in line with what St.Pius X used in his lifetime.
      Still,I love Bp.Williamson and respect him as a man and Bishop.
      Deo Gratias Bp.W gave us 3 more Valid Roman Catholic Bishop's!