#eclipse2015: A Solar Eclipse and Crime

Mar 20, 2015 - 0 Comments

A solar eclipse is upon us, blocking out the sun and striking awe and trepidation in all who view the celestial happening, but is mass hysteria really justified? 

These days, whether they’re solar or lunar, total or partial, Earth’s routine eclipses have not only been scientifically explained in such a way that even a child can understand them, but successfully predicted as well.


That’s stripped some of the mystique from the rare occurrences and allayed the terror these *sudden* events once caused in the hearts of primitive man.

Yet, all over the world, lingering traditions and tales still maintain humanity’s innate beliefs about an eclipse’s potential to either miraculously heal the incurably ill or -- more likely -- bring misfortune and ferocious evils.


The Chinese once attributed the “swallowing” of the sun to an angry, voracious dragon, and even in recent times officials there have warned that, “the probability for unrest or war to take place in years when a solar eclipse happens is 95-percent."

India’s ancient astrologers also predicted widespread violence and doom during an eclipse, as well as miscarriages in pregnant women who witnessed it. While Hindus blamed legendary demons Rahu and Ketu for snuffing out the planet’s life-sustaining sunlight and inflicting plagues and disasters in its stead.

On the other hand, Muslims customarily recite an eclipse prayer whenever one occurs, not because they believe eclipses are bad omens from which they need special protection, but that they actually bring great luck.


Why all the fuss then about a few brief moments of darkness? Because the sun and the moon don’t merely rule Earth and its climates, tides and wildlife; they also rule our imaginations.

As to a worldwide increase of crime from Solar Eclipse 2015 … that remains up in the air, too.


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