The first Lunar Eclipse for four hundred years to fall on a Winter Solstice has passed off without incident - so far. The last time that a full Lunar Eclipse occurred on a Winter Solstice was 1638.
This heralded the start of a war between Scotland and England that would see the end of Scotland as an independent nation, and ultimately lead to Charles being executed for treason and the monarchy being dissolved. Charles had seen the Lunar Eclipse as a sign from God that he should invade Scotland and subjugate the Scots.
Obviously, in these enlightened times, people realise that the Lunar Eclipse is nothing more than the Earth passing between the sun and the moon, casting a shadow, or umbra, over the moon, and causing it to vanish momentarily. Surely nobody would see it as a sign that something momentous is about to occur.
"The Lunar Eclipse on a Winter Solstice is big news," said Colin Mumford, chief Druid of Somerset. "Nothing momentous ever happens on the day itself, but it puts in place a chain of events that will se the world as we know it changed completely."
What might these events be?
"We cannot tell ahead of time what these events might be," said Mumford. "They may take the form of a terrorist action that sees the destruction of the United States, or the merging of Australia and Japan that lead to the start of World War Three."
Whatever the events are, Mumford is certain that initially they will seem like a good idea, but then it will quickly degenerate into utter chaos and end with a brand new world.
"Perhaps," said Mumford, "it could be something as simple as Manchester City buying Kaka in the January transfer window that eventually sees the Premiership imploding."