Total eclipse of 19 AD during Tiberius

September 28, 2014

The defeat of Varus and the loss of his 3 legions had a profound lasting effect on Rome and subsequent invasions of the German heartland were unsuccessful. Tiberius was unable to recapture the German provinces lost by Varus. His General Germanicus was poisoned in Antioch in 19 AD postponing further Roman invasions of Germany. In this instance perhaps the total eclipse of 19 AD was perceived as a bad omen for future military incursions.

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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.