"...the magic of the Moon causes it to move in a mirror image of the Sun, in that the midsummer full Moon will set at the same angle and in the same place on the horizon as the midwinter sunset. Then the midwinter Moon sets where the midsummer Sun sets, and at the equinoxes, the Moon takes the same setting line as the Sun. This is very, very odd-but it is observably true." Christopher Knight and Alan Butler, Civilization One.
There is also the strange coincidence that creates perfect eclipses: the Moon is exactly 400 times smaller than the Sun, AND exactly 400 times closer to the Earth than the Sun.
There are many more strange coincidences about the Sun, Moon and Earth, but I think these two illustrate visible things we can see. Are these just coincidences? There is no astronomical reasons why they should be this way. Is it just lucky chance, or did someone set it up this way purposefully?
It's call "gravity", not "moon magic". Gravity is what causes the moon to rise and set in specific times and places.
Nor is the moon exactly 400 times closer to earth than the sun; it is 389.17262774486613217223838730611 times - no nice round number unless we round it off to make it nice. Although that figure is constantly changing as the moon is slowly moving away from the earth; in the distant future there will be no total solar eclipses. There is thus a very definite astronomical reason for the apparent size of each: the moon once looked larger and will one day look smaller than the sun. In between, of course, there WILL be a time where they are identical, or close to that as they are now. Still all due to gravity.
So no, it would not seem that there is a "sign from God" in either case. Just coincidence (and one that will exist for only a short time), but one that man has seized up as having a special "meaning" somehow.
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