“1618. In the month of September a terrible comet in the form of a large star with a long whip or tail, 10 or more (shoes?) long was seen for a long time. All of Christendom suffered its effects for the next 30 years.”
THAT PERIOD IN THE AFTERMATH OF THE "TERRIBLE COMET" FOR THREE DECADES THE THIRTY YEARS WAR WITH ALL THAT MEANS FOR EUROPE!!
Great signs and portents in the heavens. A divine signal as sent and interpreted as an omen of catastrophe. Often terrible events such as WAR!
"a tidy summation of the astrological and astronomical observations of and discussions surrounding the appearance of the 'Great Comet of 1618', also known as 'the Angry Star' due to its extremely long tail, reddish hue, and lengthy duration (it was visible to the naked eye for over seven weeks in late 1618 and early 1619, even remaining discernible during the day). Astronomers across Europe commented on the cosmic phenomenon, astrologers everywhere excitedly interpreted its meaning, and doomsayers and pessimists from Scotland to Sicily witnessed portents and prodigies in its fiery tail.?
":David Herlicius published in 1619 a discourse on a comet that had appeared shortly before, in 1618, and enumerated the calamities that this comet, and comets in general, bring with them or presage"
"Desiccation of the crops and barrenness, pestilence, great stormy winds, great inundations, shipwrecks, defeat of armies or destruction of kingdoms . . . decease of great potentates and scholars, schisms and rifts in religion, etc. The portents of comets are threefold - in part natural, in part political, and in part theological" - - David Herlicius.
Even the King of England in response to the Great Comet set to verse that sense of foreboding.
"Yee men of Brittayne wherefore gaze yee so,
Vpon an angry starre? When as yee knowe
The Sun must turne to darke, the Moone to
And then t’will bee to late to turne to good.
O bee so happy then whilst time doth last,
As to remember Doomesday is not past:
And misinterpret not with vayne conceyte
The character you see of Heauen’s heighte:
Which though it bringe the World some newes
The letter is such as none can it translate:
And for to guesse at God Almighties minde
Were such a thinge might cosen all mankinde:
Therefore I wish the curious man to Keepe
His rash imaginations till hee sleepe…"
William I of England. Rex.
"And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke" - - King James Bible Acts 2:19