In this study I would like to take another look at the Lunar eclipses that I first examined in 5755 (1995). This review was prompted by the fact that these past eclipses are virtually identical to the eclipses which we will see next year (we are now in 5773), in 57741 - 5776. This suggests that there is a pattern that HaShem is using to get our attention. Since, as we shall see, an eclipse serves as an evil omen, it is important that we understand what we are to do in order to show that we have learned the lessons that the eclipses are coming to teach.
We are also going to need to look at the eclipses of 1949, 1967, and 2014 because ONLY in these three times do we four total lunar eclipses which fall on Biblical festivals.
The whole point of studying celestial events is to learn to understand the message that The Creator is sending to His people. If we waste our time with foolish speculations, then we will be trampling upon a very precious gift from HaShem. Therefore, I hope to bring out the lesson that needs to be learned and the actions that need to be performed in light of these eclipses, these judgments from HaShem.
The current year is 5768 (2008). This year is a Shmita (Sabbatical) year. The next year, 5769 (2009) is when we will say Birchat HaChama2. This very special blessing is recited on Nisan 14, 5769 (April 8, 2009) which is Erev Pesach (Passover eve). These are very auspicious times for us to serve and praise HaShem for His care of His people. These are the times for us to renew our love and avodah (service) for HaShem.
We know, from celestial geometry, that a lunar eclipse can only occur in the middle of the Biblical month, and that a solar eclipse can only occur at the beginning of a Biblical month (Rosh Chodesh – New Moon). A solar eclipse is by definition the physical molad,3 because there the moon passing the sun can be seen.
The first of every Biblical month is called Rosh Chodesh (new moon), and several of the festivals fall on the middle of the month (full moon). Thus the eclipses are poised to fall on Rosh Chodesh (solar) and the festivals. The fact that they come in groups, six months apart, is again related to celestial geometry. The following chart provides a summary of the two sets of eclipses that we will examine in this study:
The lunar eclipse on II Adar 15, 5757 (March 24, 1997) is at the very end of the first triennial Torah cycle,6 which began Tishri of 5755. At this time we are three and a half (3½) years into the seven year Sabbatical (Shmita) cycle. Thus the series of eclipses that began in 1995 (5755) will be completed at the same time that Jews were completing the first triennial Torah cycle by reading the end of Devarim (Deuteronomy). We complete the Torah and the heavens complete their eclipse sequence!
The lunar eclipse on Tishri 15, 5776 (September 28, 2015)7 is the very end of the second triennial Torah cycle.8 At this time we have finished one Sabbatical (Shmita) cycle and we are ready to begin a new Sabbatical cycle and we are also beginning the first triennial Torah cycle, of three and a half years (3½). Thus the festival eclipse series, that started in 5774 (2014) will be completed at the same time that Jews are finishing the book of Devarim (Deuteronomy) in the second triennial Torah cycle. We see a picture of a complete Sabbatical cycle, of seven years, in these two eclipse sequences.
Thus we see that these two lunar eclipse cycles are ‘tuned’ to the Shmita (Sabbatical) year and the Triennial Torah cycle.
The coming eclipses, in 5774 (2014), begin in the middle of a triennial cycle and will complete in the first year of the next triennial cycle. They are part of two Shmita (Sabbatical) cycles and occur during the year of the Jubilee (Yovel9). Now, since both the Shmita and the Yovel year provide us with extra time for Torah study, then we can begin to see the tikkun (correction) of the eclipses. If we study Torah then we will be less likely to fall into the sins which cause an eclipse.
According to NASA, there will in fact be an unusual series of four total lunar eclipses during 2014 and 2015. What is more, in each year the first eclipse occurs on the first night of Pesach and the second occurs on the first night of Succoth.10 Even more remarkable is that the total lunar eclipse of Pesach 2015 will be preceded by a total solar eclipse that will occur on Rosh ChodeshNisan, two weeks earlier.