You gotta love all the prefixes and titles added to this morning's lunar eclipse. It sounds really impressive, and I suppose from a purely statistical point of view it is, but in the end, this morning's eclipse just a run of the mill lunar eclipse.
Having worked for a news station I know the desire to sensationalize things and find the more eye catching, tweet-worthy headlines you can, but I have to say, if nothing else, all this hysteria over the eclipse made me think of writing. But, I guess, what doesn't?
As I stood outside at three in the morning, freezing my tail off while watching a camera shakily zoom in and a surprisingly hard to find moon (before the eclipse!) I couldn't help but think about the way people had to look at the moon ages ago. At how they sought to explain phenomena like this before they had the science and equipment to adequately study it. And this, of course, leads to wondering what a fictional civilization I might create would think of the "blood moon." Would they have a concept of a "blue moon?" Would a super moon even be noticed, or simply chalked up to a deity leaning in closer to peek down on their creation?
Now, these are some high fantasy concepts, but I have creatures and races in The Paladin that had some kind of origin, right? What did these creatures think when they shook across from Man in the darkness and looked up at the same moon? At the same stars? Would vampires be more likely to find the true nature of an eclipse due to their long lives, or would that simply give them an excuse to never change their viewpoint?
Here's your homework: take an astrological phenomenon and give it a psuedo-mythological explanation. Imagine a culture that is trying to explain why the moon turns reds during a lunar eclipse. Is it blood? Has a second god killed their moon god? Does it, mayhap, portend the flames of war? Or the death of the king? Give it a logical, though ultimately incorrect explanation. Humans are creatures of pattern. We see something, we must associate it with something else. What can you come up with?
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PS. If you wanna see some footage I shot of the lunar eclipse, check out my a video I shot on Twitter.
Keep your eyes open for my debut novel, The Paladin.