by Reb Akiva at Mystical Paths
By email from a friend, alerting me to the amazing approach of Mars in August of 2009, which aligns with a blood moon statement of the Zohar during Elul...
27th Aug the Whole World is waiting for. Planet Mars will be the brightest in the night sky starting August. It will look as large as the full moon to the naked eye. This will cultivate on Aug. 27 when Mars comes within 34.65M miles of earth. Be sure to watch the sky on Aug. 27 12:30 am. It will look like the earth has 2 moons. The next time Mars may come this close is in 2287.
Share this with your friends as NO ONE ALIVE TODAY will ever see it again.
This comes right from the Zohar that tells us the Geulah will begin with the appearance of the blood moon in Elul!!!
Man that sounds good! Except...it's not true. It's actually from 2003, when Mars did make it's closest approach in 60,000 secular years and appeared 6 times larger than usual for a few nights - which made it still 10 times smaller than the moon.
It gets almost as close about every 17 years.
While I would love for every geulah rumor to be true, it pays to check and not get overly hyped. The geulah hype cycle is damaging to emunah. There's a reason the gedolim of the past have told us to beware calculating the keitz (end of golus).
BS"D - בסיעתא דשמיא