By Taylre Rene Malloy~Self-Love Literature Contributing Writer
A great prophecy unfolded within the stars Sunday evening during 2019’s Super Blood Wolf Moon lunar eclipse in Leo. On January 20, at 10:36 pm EST, the Earth perfectly aligned itself with the light of the moon and sun, casting a blood red shadow upon the moon’s outer surface. A rare phenomenon indeed, visible to any stargazer within parts of Africa, Europe, and North America and said to be Earth’s last Super Blood Wolf Moon until May 26, 2021. Though many stargazers didn’t anticipate the event to be anything more than a dazzling display of the solar system’s movements, a total Lunar Eclipse and Super Blood Wolf Moon on the eve of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday is no coincidence. Could this rare astronomical event actually symbolize the resurgence of Dr. Martin Luther King’s prophecy? Or an omen to the United States of America, and similar colonial empires worldwide? Below are 3 reasons why.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s last speech was a prophetic indication of today’s not so new America. Over the past four years, I’ve found great inspiration in Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s speeches, ideas, and inner philosophies, in particular, his last speech made in Memphis, Tennessee on April 3, 1968. It’s a reality-bending concept to know that just 51 years after King’s assassination, many African Americans still face similar experiences. This weekend’s super blood Wolf Moon lunar eclipse is a prophetic indication and mirror to the current racial upheaval within the country, and thus should not be so easily dismissed as mere phenomena.
The planets themselves are certainly aware of King’s prophecy as this was expressed through the opposition of Capricorn and Leo, two masculine signs, one fire, and the other earth. As Saturn positions itself in the sign Aquarius, symbolic of divine masculine energy and prophetic knowledge, the fight for freedom is further illuminated. Juxtaposing the moon’s breathtaking fullness, a feminine energy irradiated the night sky, reminding us to tune into our intuition. The fiery red light that engulfed the moon’s aura symbolizing the art of cultivating a spirit of love despite the darkness. The moment of totality symbolic of King’s commitment to racial equality.
Both historical and scientific, the moon’s red hue Sunday evening was the result of sunlight traveling through the Earth’s dense atmosphere. A stunning combination of both red and blue wavelengths, the shorter blue wavelengths of light clinging to the Earth’s shadow, while the longer red wavelengths are refracted towards the moon. This caused the moon to radiate a slightly reddish color, symbolic of the African blood spilled during the Colonial and Civil Rights eras. Deriving its original name from the Pawnee Native American Tribe, the term blood moon is given when the moon displays these characteristics. At the same time, the moon’s orbit was slightly closer to Earth, making it appear larger and brighter than usual, a phenomenon known as a supermoon.
Listening to King’s last speech on the eve of his birthday during the eclipse gave me a series of chills upon my shoulders that I still can’t shake. Under the current political climate, I can’t help but question the overall stability of America’s future. Gazing into the inflamed light of Sunday’s blood moon confirmed this as I envision Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s spirit staring back at me from the starry sky. Gazing deeper into the moon’s surface, I contemplated if King’s spirit will ever rest peacefully knowing that many are still facing mass oppression worldwide. Coming to this realization was incredibly profound, as I now understand the cosmic significance of the eclipse and Dr. Martin Luther King’s Legacy and more importantly what it means for African Americans.
Dr. Martin Luther King’s assassination draws an eerie parallel to recent racial injustices within America. It just so happens that on the day King traveled to Memphis, Tennessee to stand with black sanitation workers, to raise awareness on the minimal pay and hazardous working conditions of the workers, King faced his death. The night before his assassination, King gave his most infamous speech at the Mason Temple church that was eerily prophetic.
“Like anybody, I would like to live a long life–longevity has its place. But I’m not concerned about that now. I just want to do God’s will. And He’s allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I’ve looked over and I’ve seen the Promised Land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the Promised Land.”
The next evening, while standing on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was shot by James Earl Ray, a paid scapegoat and CIA operative sent to carry out his assassination.
Sunday’s Super-moon Eclipse highlights that Dr. Martin Luther King’s spirit is still presently watching over us. With recent protests and social upheaval as a result of organized police shootings of unarmed Black citizens and the systematic targeting now felt by the nations “immigrant” population, many around the world would greatly benefit from the resurgence of Martin Luther King’s prophecy. “The mountain top,” as King describes it symbolizes a unified world where citizens are free to fulfill their highest potential, no matter their skin color. Though significant strides have been made in regards to race relations in America over the decades, both Dr. King and many around the world would agree that as a collective we still have a long way to go. King leaves us with this prolific statement.
“Power without love is reckless and abusive, and love without power is sentimental and anemic. Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice, and justice at its best is power correcting everything that stands against love.”
― Martin Luther King Jr.
Dr. Martin Luther King knew the power of love and that love itself is eternal. From a spiritual perspective, Sunday’s Super Wolf Moon Eclipse calls us to love. With the sun transitioning into the signs of Capricorn and Aquarius and then eclipsing the moon in Leo, many believe that a cosmic doorway has been opened. Thus the eclipse is telling us that there is love on the other side of this portal, and to have no fear in the face of injustice as a new level of awareness is now spreading across the planet. King knew that the power of love was not only critical in order to attain freedom from a social, political, and economic standpoint. But also on a spiritual standpoint as well. Sunday’s total Lunar Eclipse honors this principle and shows us that the power of love still matters today, no matter the odds. As political oppression increases worldwide, Dr. Martin Luther King’s Legacy reminds us we are desperately in need of his philosophies. Though the United States remains divided by issues of race, class, and gender we are reminded to stand together with love and understanding in order to rebuild what has been demolished.
King’s final book, “Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?” published in the year before his assassination, provides his most expansive vision for humanity; a diverse and economically stable world in which all are treated fairly. For King, love is a key ingredient in manifesting a world that serves the whole and not just the few. With this type of world in place, all human beings would thrive. Just imagine how much more advanced the world would be without the barrier of racism? A beautiful world indeed.
In the current Donald Trump America, one thing’s for certain, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s spirit is with us now more than ever. During this time of great division, King’s prophecy reminds us that divine protection and sanctuary will always be there for those who follow the light. Though we face great darkness, always remember that the element of love is everlasting.
“We must discover the power of love, the power, the redemptive power of love. And when we discover that we will be able to make of this old world a new world. We will be able to make men better. Love is the only way.”
— Martin Luther King Jr.