Alice C. Linsley
A total eclipse of the moon occurred on Tuesday, December 21, slowly turning the silver moon into a crimson disk. A total lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth's tilt is such that it casts its shadow on the full moon and blocks the solar rays that reflect off the moon’s surface. This event also marked the winter solstice. It was the first total lunar eclipse to fall on a winter solstice in 372 years.
In the ancient world this celestial event would have been a portent whereby men of traditional wisdom interpreted messages from above. The principal "as in the heavens so on earth" is part of the Christian worldview, though we usually don't consider this when we recite these words: "Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven."
For the Afro-Arabians, who were famous skywatchers, the eclipse of the moon was less significant than the eclipse of the sun because in their binary worldview the sun was regarded as superior to the moon. This was not an arbitrary preference for one over the other, but a description of reality since the sun gives light whereas the moon merely reflects the sun's light. Recognition of the sun's superiority is found in Genesis 1:16: "God made the two great lights: the greater to rule the day, the lesser light to rule the night."
In ancient Egyptian symbolism, the right eye is the Eye of Ra the Creator and represents the sun. The left is the Eye of Thoth and represents the moon. Together they are the Eyes of Horus, but the left (moon) is weaker than the right (sun). This is consistent with the binary worldview of Abraham's Afro-Arabian people and suggests why Abraham's father was accused of idol worship in Joshua 24:2: “In olden times, your forefathers – Terah, father of Abraham and father of Nahor – lived beyond the Euphrates and worshiped other gods.” The implication is that Terah, whose ancestors were Afro-Arabian, fell into worshiping contrary to his fathers’ tradition while living “beyond the Euphrates.” This is historically accurate since Abraham's Horite ancestors never worshiped the moon deity, Sin, as was done in Ur and Haran. To the Afro-Arabians this was idolatry since the moon was clearly the lesser celestial power.
The Afro-Arabian cosmology is binary, unlike Persian dualism. Within this binary framework there is consideration of the heavenly and hidden Third, so the angelic Three appear to Abraham at the time of his visitation in Mamre. The Afro-Arabians had a name for the Three God: Baal Shalisha.
The sun and the moon were gendered in the Afro-Arabian way of thinking. The sun was associated with masculine virtues because solar rays inseminate the earth over which the sun has dominion. The moon was associated with feminine virtues because it is the sun's companion and because it influences the woman's monthly cycle. This is why the male rulers of ancient Egypt appeared with darkened skin, but their queens appeared with whitened skin.