We had a strange phenomenon here in Mahahual yesterday, a rainbow around the sun. I have never seen this before in all my travels, and it was quite a sight to see.
There was a cruise ship in town yesterday, which is also rare for a Sunday here. Everybody was on the malecon, tourists and locals, and all of a sudden everybody was looking up at the sky. I thought there was a UFO or something the way everyone was looking at the sky. All the traffic on the malecon stopped, and everybody got out their cameras and phones and started taking photos.
A ring or circle of light around the sun or moon is called a halo by scientists. Halos around the sun or moon happen when high, thin cirrus clouds are drifting high above your head. Tiny ice crystals in Earth’s atmosphere cause the halos. They do this by refracting and reflecting the light. Lunar halos are signs that storms are nearby. Atmospheric phenomena such as halos were used as part of weather lore as an empirical means of weather forecasting before meteorology was developed. They often do mean that rain is going to fall within the next 24 hours as the cirrostratus clouds that cause them can signify an approaching frontal system.
One source says: “While meteorologists have a physical understanding of the circular rainbow around the sun, wisdom keepers of the Americas and have complementary spiritual understandings about this dramatic omen around the Sun which is known as the Whirling Rainbow or the Sunbow.
According to Maya legend here, the Sun Dog, Sunbow or Whirling Rainbow is considered to be a sign from Creator, marking a time of great change, or transition on the Earth. This full-circle rainbow around the Sun, some elders say, “can be understood as a sign to people of the necessity to live a life in respect and harmony with all the creations that make life possible: plants, animals, waters, minerals, fires, winds, and other human beings.”
So according to Maya legend, a big change is in store for the near future here in Mahahual and Costa Maya.
Thanks for reading,
Stewart Rogers USA-South Carolina