In Tarot, the Moon is the 18th card in the Major Arcana and represents secrets and illusions. The card is associated with imagery and fantasy. Symbolism contains pillars, a wolf and dog, both baying, a crayfish and the moon itself has a frown and is dropping Yodh shaped dew / light droplets… and according to wikipedia, Yodh is the tenth letter of the Hebrew alphabet (10) and may be linked to the egyptian hieroglyphic of an arm.
According to Waite’s The Pictorial Key to the Tarot, the card represents life of the imagination apart from life of the spirit. The dog and wolf are the fears of the natural mind in the presence of that place of exit, when there is only reflected light to guide it.
… The intellectual light is a mere reflection and beyond it is the unknown mystery which it cannot reveal. It illuminates our animal nature, types of which are represented below — the dog, the wolf, and that which comes up out of the deeps, the nameless and hideous tendency which is lower even that the savage beast.
The Moon has always fascinated me, as I’m sure it has bazillions of my fellow sentient brothers and sisters. There’s talk that it may be an old space ship, or even a satellite transmitter to the rings of Saturn and also that there may be mining operations happening on the dark side of it. Of course there’s a long tradition of moon symbolism in ancient civilisations and often linked to darker themes, the occult, magic, vampires, werewolves and don’t forget that the word lunacy stems from observing shifts in behavioural patterns synchronous with the moon phases.
All of these areas of study are massive, contentious but out there to explore if you have the inclination.
It’s interesting that the moon is associated with fantasy and nefarious activities, and today I want to touch on the first moon landing.
Of course we can’t discount the hundreds of people situated in the control room who witnessed the physical take off and landing… However the filming of the first steps has a very large question-mark shaped piñata hanging over it. Discounting the observations about light, gravity, hairline guides and footprints would indicate an inflexible mind unable to comprehend viable counter-observations.
After weighing up all sides of the story, I think the truth is simply that they didn’t film the first steps on the moon, that they filmed it in a studio and I think that the creative team involved, signed NDAs but left clues behind to communicate about it. Why would they do this? I guess because somebody didn’t want to lose face. At the heart of all lies is an ego.
Why on Earth would I think this?
Well, the following article touches on the clues Stanley Kubrick littered throughout the set and within the symbology of his reinvention of The Shining, altering radically the original story written by Stephen King (who reportedly hated it). Following this information through to conclusion, everything that Kubrick did was complex and there was a reason behind it.
All quite speculative and detail rich, until my jaw drops at a scene between Michael Bluth (Jason Bateman) and Ron Howard (Ron Howard), while watching the new season of Arrested Development (Episode 4). I could hardly believe my ears. I’d just finished watching a snippet in a documentary called Room 237, about Kubrick and The Shining, when this fell onto my lap(top).
R: Oh, Michael, hey thanks for coming down, just finishing up casting this Andy Griffith Show thing.
M: Uh.. Wh’hang on a second are you are you guys finally making that movie? I’ve been reading about it for like 40 years.
R: Well, it’s not a done deal yet… But I wanna talk about you.
Hey let’s go inside the LEM, you want to?
M: Wow is this the one that landed on the moon?
R: on a Soundstage
M: From Apollo 13?
R: No, no, 1969
I’ll tell you about it inside the LEM
It’s soundproof in there
And it’s a national secret
So, NASA did go to the moon in ’71
That one was real
But in 69 they weren’t ready, so they faked the whole thing on the soundstage of Gentle Ben
R: Me and my brother, we hid up in the rafters, we seen the whole thing
Is he serious? Is it just something said in jest, — the entire set seems very deliberate – love the super wide angle shot reminiscent of the landing footage with a vantage point high up in the rafters, with the word “Imagine” in the entire frame … but there’s something poetic about linking the alleged “lies” about the moon landing, with the theme of Arrested Development, because whatever is based on a lie, will remain undeveloped until the Truth is revealed, which links in beautifully with the symbolism in the Moon card, about our darker natures.
By all means go out and research it, don’t take my word for it. As I stated in my About page, I’m a thinker and this is just one of the many things I think about… And just in case you’re mad at me for suggesting such things, here is a song for you by the wonderful Waterboys, The Whole of the Moon.
I was dumbfounded by truth
You cut through lies
I saw the rain dirty valley
You saw Brigadoon
I saw the cresent
You saw the whole of the moon.
Consider yourself ear-wormed.