Limlingan: Once in a blue moon

WEDNESDAY night’s super blue blood moon reflected Filipinos belief on superstitions, omens and occults. It was a super blue blood moon and a total lunar eclipse that we have experienced and it was such a very rare occurrence.

Others believe that it brought bad luck. For some, it was the otherwise, having the impression that such lunar phenomenon showers them with good fortune and blessings.

For the scientific ones, it explains to them before their eyes the movement of celestial bodies who have aligned, an exceptional instance where the moon, the earth and the sun made us observe their alignment.

The result of such alignment has given us the opportunity to witness the moon turning into its crimson hue. In a further rare heavenly bodies’ activity, a lunar eclipse was also observed, making the moon to look like a partly bitten biscuit.

For the ordinary stargazers, they simply witnessed on that night a new face of the moon with a shadow that seemed to have changed the shape of the moon every minute that passed.

In some provinces in the country, some occultists have “renewed” or “recharged” their powers as they performed rituals during the super blue blood moon and lunar eclipse phenomena. For them, it was an opportunity to make their potions more effective as they recited to them their “orasyon”.

While we are in this modern world, there are still those who believe that they are given such special powers to heal people, to foresee the future or to have other unusual abilities.

In other parts of the country, farmers see both sides of what might the super blue blood moon brings to us. Others see it as the one that brings opulent harvests while others it means disaster on their agricultural yield.

For the super superstitious, the super blue blood moon may bring to us real disasters such as earthquakes, strong typhoons, floods among others. This is perhaps the effect of watching disaster movies whose film-makers connect phenomena to such.

Meanwhile, there are those who have created memes and some funny stories on the occurrence of the super blue blood moon. There are on the social networking sites some photos of the moon with the face of angry President Rodrigo Duterte, a moon with the face of Eat Bulaga’s Jose Manalo and others who have displayed their artistry, creativity and funny treatment of a rare phenomenon.

As soon as the super blue blood moon occurrence was over, the internet was filled with “photoshopped” photos of the moon paired with some anecdotes, captions and some stories that intend to entertain or to show the funny side of life other than making some serious scientific observation of the super blue moon activity.

For the ordinary guys like me, I simply enjoyed the beauty of the moon and cherished the fact that it was such a once in a blue moon event.

By the way, the term “blue moon” actually originated from folk tales. Scientists and astronomers do not actually use such term. On the other hand, the phrase “once in a blue moon” was actually coined after it to describe something rare or unusual.


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