Marc Antony

Marc Antony placed the image of the sun in a temple on his coins. His alliance with Cleopatra in Egypt may have been influenced by his perception of the signs in the heavens as well. We know Augustus placed the images of comets on his coins as well. With the abundance of eclipses in the eastern mediteranean at the time, it is hard to believe this had no effect with perceptions at the battle of Actium. Again it is hard to believe the Roman Republic would not have been imperial considering the image on this coin if Marc Antony and Cleopatra had won. Photo from Tom Cederlind

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2000 years ago the cross was a Roman symbol of death and terror. Jesus Christ transformed this symbol into a universal sign of God's love, hope and resurrection. Solar eclipse events are recorded in Roman mythology during the conception of Romulus and Remus by the war god Mars and during the foundation of the city of Rome. The solar eclipse to the Romans was a sign from their gods that war was upon the Earth. The solar eclipse symbol of the star/pellet within the crescent on Roman coins and legionary standards was also a sign of their god's approval of Roman domination over conquered lands. Fifteen hundred years later, the "Our Lady of Guadalupe" Icon was presented to the New World as an inverted Roman Legionary Standard. Jesus Christ changed these symbols of Roman domination and slavery into an everlasting sign of God's love and compassion.