It is good to be back in touch with my blog readers. A number of not-so-happy events kept me away from the keyboard. My computer crashed and needed lots of fixing, my home was briefly invaded by a construction crew, and I caught the flu for the second time this season. Thanks be to God for everything turned out well, and thanks for the generosity of Vera, Joseph, and Pat. Their donations allowed me to rebuild the old computer that will be my back up system, and also to build the new system that I am using right now.
Buenos Aires is enjoying a bit of polar (Antarctic) weather mixed with a long invading column of humidity coming from the Amazon Basin and even further north from the Gulf of Mexico. As a result, our old bones are suffering. We hope and pray for some dry sunny weather to come after mid-July. In the meanwhile, we will be visited by a solar eclipse that will cross the southern cone of the continent beginning in the beautiful coastal town of La Serena (Chile) and then passing through the high Andes into Argentina going all the way to the town of La Plata, capital of the Buenos Aires province.
La Plata is a city crossed by many diagonals, designed as one of the most advanced cities of its time by Governor Dardo Rocha, a prominent member of the Masonic movement. The coincidence reminded me of the last US solar eclipse of August 21, 2017 that passed over the southern part of Illinois, where other Masons founded several cities, many of them identifiable by their pseudo-Egyptian names. The area is known as Little Egypt.
Universe Today reports some interesting facts about this South American eclipse. Its visibility will end as the Sun sets on Buenos Aires in the evening of July 2, 2019:
Totality for this one has a decent length of a maximum duration of 4 minutes, 33 seconds as the shadow crosses over the mid-Pacific. The July 2nd eclipse, in motion. Credit: NASA/GSFC/A.T. Sinclair. This particular eclipse is member 58 of the 82 eclipses in saros 127, which started way back in 991 AD and ends on March 21st, 2452. This particular saros will stop producing total solar eclipses at the end of this century, with the final one off the Antarctic coast on – mark your calendars – August 15th, 2091. Another member of this same saros series (number 51) crossed South America on April 16th 1893 [NOTE: About the time the city of La Plata was settled], early in the era of eclipse photography. Astronomer John Martin Schaeberle discovered a rare comet near the Sun during this eclipse.
This astronomical sign comes at a time when Argentina prepares for the upcoming presidential elections that will take place in October of 2019. The outcome of those elections is uncertain and may result in the return of the band of robbers that ransacked the country for over a decade. Since eclipses are traditionally considered ominous signs, I think prayers are in order. Hopefully the bad omen is directed to those who want to plunge this poor country into a satanic feast of abortion, corruption, and social chaos not very different from the one now punishing our Venezuelan brethren.