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The Curtain of the Temple was Torn in Two


By now it was about midday and a darkness fell over the whole land, which lasted until three in the afternoon; the sun’s light failed. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two. Then Jesus gave a loud cry and said, ‘Father, into thy hands I commit my spirit’; and with these words he died.

Radiant golden amber suffused with holy incense smoke compounded from acacia, myrrh, cassia, balsam, frankincense, cinnamon, onycha accord, and galbanum.

On Monday, 21 August 2017, all of North America will experience an eclipse of the sun, with a total eclipse stretching from Oregon to South Carolina. During this event, the moon will completely cover the sun, and the sun’s corona will extend its golden tendrils from behind a shadowed veil. Solar eclipses have been held responsible for the fall of empires, the onset of wars, the birth and death of great people, and the onset of terrible plagues and natural disasters. Is this rare and awe-inspiring event an omen? Grab your nearest soothsayer or augur; it’s big business for seers this year!

This series is a paean to this once in a lifetime event: an amber-gilded sampling of the poetry, prose, notable persons, mythology, and historical accounts surrounding solar eclipses.


The Bible is filled with the eclipse’s ill-omens. Matthew, Mark, and Luke’s blood-red moons and midday darkness have indicated to Biblical historians that the date of the crucifixion was November 24th AD 29 (solar eclipse) or April 3rd AD 33 (partial lunar eclipse).


  1. mercutiorocketh

    Credentials: First-ever order from BPAL, first-ever perfume order from anywhere. Neophyte. Chose this complicated-sounding incense for the name and its reference, knowing my nose wouldn’t be able to distinguish most individual elements, but still intrigued to smell the olfactory scriptural interpretation.

    At first: Cinnamon rips warm through the dark fabric of the nose.
    But then: The cinnamon smolders among its brethren but does not slumber within their penumbra.
    After time: The inner chamber empties of cassia shadows and their mealtime aroma, leaving behind the murky-sweet footfall of intimate, wood-walled resins.

    Thematic analysis: I expected a mournful or ominous lead of this Good Friday scent, but instead its warmth explodes forth like the hidden presence of God released unto the world. This biblical catastrophe triumphantly tears down its old confinements. With the human body as its new chosen temple, the divine spirit reaches boldly forward from the hearth–then sustains its host’s soul with a subtler and steadier insistence.

    Overall: Even where the sun goes unseen, a transformation from a hearty scent to a grounded incense on the skin foretells the bodily resurrection and the human spirit made new.

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