Total Solar Eclipse Coincidence?

By | August 23, 2016

This may mean nothing. I sense it means something. But I can’t say for sure.

The other day, while reading some news online, I stumbled across the fact that there will be a total solar eclipse next year that will be observable from America, and then I investigated it more and discovered this interesting information.

I’m naturally interested in eclipses anyway, but the reason these caught my interest more than usual is because of their paths and their timing.

Again, this might mean nothing. It might mean a lot. I don’t know. I don’t claim to know how to accurately interpret all the signs, if it is one. But I know enough to know that this could be important.

On August 21, 2017, there will be a total solar eclipse that travels across all of the mainland United States. Here is its path:

august 21 2017 total solar eclipse

On April 8, 2024, there will be another total solar eclipse that travels across part of the United States. Here is its path:

april 8 2024 total solar eclipse path

Here is what they look like put on the same map (thanks to Jonathan Neville of Moroni’s America for sending me the following picture of both eclipses on the same map as well as pointing out to me that the 2024 eclipse will also go over Kirtland and Cumorah!):


A total solar eclipse has a limited path or zone where you would have to be to see the total phase of the eclipse. These two eclipse paths have a northern limit, a path center, and a southern limit. In the above pictures, this zone is marked by a northern blue line, a red center line, and a southern blue line.

The green and purple marker pins have to do with the points of greatest eclipse and greatest duration, which I won’t discuss here.

Notable (or meaningless) facts about total solar eclipses in America:

  • The last total solar eclipse that touched the United States was 37 years ago on February 26, 1979. Its path went across only a few states in the northwest.
  • The last total solar eclipse to path across the entire mainland of the United States was on June 8, 1918. It went from Washington to Florida.

Notable (or meaningless) facts about these events:

  • The August 21, 2017 event will go across the entire mainland from Oregon to South Carolina.
  • The August 21, 2017 event will cast at least a “partial” shadow over almost the entire country. (If I’m phrasing that wrong, someone please correct me.)
  • The northern limit of the August 21, 2017 event includes Adam-ondi-Ahman, Haun’s Mill,  and Far West.
  • The southern limit of the August 21, 2017 event includes Liberty Jail and Independence.
  • The center line of the August 21, 2017 event lands about half way between Adam-ondi-Ahman and Independence.

independence, haun's mill, far west, liberty jail, independence


  • The April 8, 2024 event center line also goes over Makanda (just northwest of it, less than 4 miles away).

makanda april 8 2024 eclipse

  • Makanda (also near Pamona) is essentially where “X marks the spot” for the two events. (They “X” at Cedar Lake.) The “X” is located in the Shawnee National Forest.


  • The April 8, 2024 event goes over Kirtland, Palmyra, and the Hill Cumorah (Palmyra is right near Cumorah). This map also has Cedar Lake (bottom left marker pin) for reference.

Cedar Lake Kirtland and Cumorah

  • The April 8, 2024 event will cast a “partial” shadow over the entire mainland United States.
  • The second event will happen in the 7th year after the first event.

Okay, so why does any of this matter at all?

The reason it interests me has to do with certain events that I believe happened in these areas during Book of Mormon times, certain events that I know happened in these areas in the early history of the LDS church, and prophecies related to some of these areas relevant to the last days.

I won’t list all of those details here. I’m not here to convince anyone or to debate interpretation, though I welcome your thoughts. If you know the prophecies I refer to and have added insight, please leave me a note.

It also interests me because of my belief that the Book of Mormon took place in the heartland of America, right in this very location. The “X” is right over an area that I believe to be of great significance. In fact, the location of the “X” reminds me (when you consider the 7 year timetable) of the 7 year “standoff” between Lachoneus and Gidgiddoni and the gadianton robbers. That, plus the prophesied events to transpire in the near future, plus the location of these eclipses, plus the 7-year timeline, all connect to make me ask, “Is this a coincidence?”

I don’t have the answer.

What I am not saying:

  • I’m not saying I think Jesus Christ’s second coming to all the world will happen in either 2017 or 2024.
  • I’m not saying I think that these eclipses are the sign of the coming of the Son of Man.
  • I’m not saying that I think anything will happen on the exact day or at the exact time of the eclipses that will suddenly jolt all of America. Something could happen, but that’s not what I’m saying.

What I am saying:

  • I am saying that these eclipses could be relevant to and indicative of a great tribulation in America, an Adam-ondi-Ahman event, a New Jerusalem event, an event relevant to the people there being defended against enemies, and perhaps even an indicator of an event to transpire in the Old Jerusalem, though that last one would be an educated guess based on time tables and not on these specific eclipses.

I do not want to start rumors. I do not want to gain an “eclipse cult” following. I do not want to tempt you to take your focus away from where it really matters, which is on the Savior and your relationship with Him, the inspired teachings of His living prophets, the scriptures, your faith, your testimony, your virtue, your integrity, your family, your character, and your discipleship.

I’m not telling you to sell everything you have and buy a tent.

I just find it interesting.

Update 8/26/2016:

This morning, while watching an episode of Nephite Explorer by Ryan Fisher where he and Rod Meldrum discuss  the New Madrid fault, I remembered that I had previously learned about this earthquake zone during my natural disaster studies.

The New Madrid fault is known to produce extremely large and damaging earthquakes. But earthquakes along the New Madrid that are similar in magnitude to those produced by the well-known faults of California can be more damaging than those in California, because the earth in the heartland amplifies the waves due to its unique make up.

It just so happens that these eclipses go straight through this fault zone. The town of Makanda sits atop the major center of the fault zone like a hat or a crown. Here’s a map to show what I mean (note that I put the black lines on the image to indicate the paths of the eclipses):

New Madrid Fault and Eclipses

*Image Source: Earthquake Hazard in the New Madrid Seismic Zone Remains a Concern

Note that the 2017 eclipse also paths directly over the Juan de Fuca plate off the coast of Northern California, Oregon, Washington State, and Vancouver Island in Canada. The Juan de Fuca is capable of earthquakes of magnitude 9.0 or larger, which are capable of producing massive tsunami.

Update 11/5/2016

Inauguration day:

1260 days before 10/26/2020 (also 2520 days before second eclipse):

6 months after inauguration day (Based on 30-day months):

First eclipse:

1260 days before second eclipse:

1260 days from 7/19/2017:

1260 days from first eclipse (8/21/2017):

Second eclipse:

1260 days from 12/30/2020:

1260 days from 1/31/2021

Approximate dates I suspect significant events could happen, or begin, or end:
Between ≈5/15/2017 and ≈8/21/2017
Between ≈10/26/2020 and ≈1/31/2021
Between ≈4/8/2024 and ≈7/14/2024

Update 3/14/2017

Trail of Tears

The August 21, 2017 event paths directly over about half of the northern land route of the Trail of Tears, which is a path the Cherokee Nation took when they were forced out of their tribal lands. Thousands of Cherokee perished. This trail happens to go directly through the Shawnee National Forest, only 10-20 miles south of where the two eclipses cross paths.

Update 3/30/2017

Civil War

The August 21, 2017 event paths over Fort Sumter in South Carolina. The official beginning of the war was on April 12, 1861 when the Confederate forces bombarded the Union-controlled Fort Sumter in Charleston Bay.

Update 4/22/2017

According to, the August 21, 2017 event is the first time a total solar eclipse will have visited the USA and no other nation since 1776, the year America was founded.

Note that I have not yet verified this claim. If someone has evidence of this, please send it along to me in the comment section below.

Update: According to National Eclipse (in an article called Debunking the National Eclipse) there was no USA eclipse in 1776. The statement that “the August 21, 2017 event is the first time a total solar eclipse will have visited the USA and no other nation since 1776” is therefore misleading. A correct statement, again according to National Eclipse (a site), is that there has not been an eclipse that exclusively visited the land that now makes up the United States since the year 1257, meaning America has never had this happen before as long as we’ve been America.

Update 4/24/2017

(Long shot.)

The August 21, 2017 event paths right over Jefferson City, which is Missouri’s capital.

In 1838, Governor Lilburn Boggs issued an executive order authorizing the extermination of all “Mormons” living in the state (this executive order was rescinded in by Governor Kit Bond in 1976, two years shy of 140 years after the order was given).

Gen. John B. Clark, the General to whom the executive order was addressed (he was responsible to carry out the order), wrote the following soon after the “Mormons” surrendered:

“. . . you must not think of staying here another season, or of putting in crops, for the moment you do this, the citizens will be upon you; and if I am called here again, in a case of a non-compliance of a treaty made, do not think I will do as I have now. You need not expect any mercy, but extermination, for I am determined the governor’s orders be executed.”

In so many instances, the outcasts were robbed of their dignity, their virtue, their lives, their liberty, and their pursuit of happiness. They were denied their freedom to peaceably practice their religion, their freedom to peaceably assemble, their freedom of speech, their freedom of press, and their petitions for redress of grievances went largely ignored. Other basic God-given freedoms were violated.

Even with this heartbreaking history, Missouri is a place of hope for members of the church. Some of the most significant events in all of human history occurred there and will yet occur there.

To be continued…

Do you know of other significant locations relevant to scriptural and modern prophecy, the early LDS church, Book of Mormon lands, or relevant American history that these eclipses pass over? If so, please send me a message!

God bless.


4 thoughts on “Total Solar Eclipse Coincidence?

  1. Clive Ayton

    Did you realize that August 21, 2017 (the day of the Adam ondi Ahman eclipse) is also President Thomas S. Monson’s 90th birthday?

    1. The Joshua Aaron Blog Post author

      I knew his birthday is the 21st of August, but the connection was never made in my mind. Thanks for pointing that out!

  2. TJ Brodrick

    Great post. Looks like you did a ton of research on this…as always. I think you’re right, something is coming. I’ll keep an eye on those dates. Keep it up.


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