The full moon, and the moon in general, are very important aspects of Pagan and general Occult traditions. Rituals and ceremonies are performed on nights with a full moon because it is believed those nights possess more spiritual energy. Since I run this blog about mind control and Occult themes in popular culture, I immediately began thinking of full moon references I have seen in movies and music videos. The first reference I thought of was the music video for MGMT's "Electric Feel" which is one of my favorite songs and videos of this decade. Click here to watch the music video.
In the music video, a bunch of "hippie" people meet in the wilderness and dance under a full moon. Later they are seen rubbing "colors" or "energy" taken from the moon over their bodies. Some of the people are wearing masks similar to the film Eyes Wide Shut adding to the ritualistic nature of the videos theme.
Here's the cover to the single which features a reptile.
The song "Electric Feel" comes from MGMT's debut album which also features the track 4th Dimensional Transition. If you inspect the lyrics you'll see that the song is about a female presence who has electric energy or feelings that you can connect to and "change the world". The voltage and feminine energy theme reminds me of our current Electric Lady, Lady Gaga with her boltage iconography.
It also reminds me of the feminine or mothering Kundalini energy. The Kundalini connection to this song was brought up at Dedroidify here.
The feminine, sacred, and mothering energy association also reminds me of this amazing entry over at The Patternist.
Of course the Moon itself is often associated with feminine energy.
I have always felt the androgyny of male music icons like David Bowie and Prince were artistic depictions of the the feminine spiritual energy expressed in the song "Electric Feel". Prince's constant use of the color purple is another dead giveaway. The color purple is often associated with Kundalini.
Prince also has a new album titled Lotus Flower. Check out the pyramid and the number 3 (3 is representative of feminine energy). The Lotus Flower is yet another symbol for Kundalini.
Except taken from here :
As kundalini reaches each chakra, that lotus opens and lift its flower; and as soon as she leaves for a higher chakra, the lotus closes its petals and hangs down, symbolizing the activation of the energies of the chakra and their assimilation to kundalini. The increasing number of lotus petals, in ascending order, may be taken to indicate the rising energy or vibration-frequencies of the respective chakras, each functioning as a transformer of energies from one potency to another.
Another androgynous musician who has used the Lotus symbolism is Marilyn Manson. Also, check out his voltage symbolism.
But anyway, back to the Moon.
Just pointing out the black, red, and white usage on both this cover and the Manson cover. Anyway, this album by Love and Rockets features the songs "Kundalini Express" and "Holiday on the Moon".
The use of the word "holiday" is interesting. In the movie Eyes Wide Shut, the season was always referred to as "happy holiday" instead of "happy holidays". Of course one of electric lady Madonna's biggest hits is titled "holiday". Of course a Sabbat is an occult holiday tradition.
The symbol is the Wheel of the Year or 8 pointed star. I have discussed the 8 pointed star a lot. It's featured in the film Eyes Wide Shut which is why I believe the use of the word "holiday" was an intentional clue. Like I said before, Kubrick left a lot of hints in that film.
Let's bring it back to Madonna really quick.
Here is a screen shot from her iconic music video "Like a Virgin". In the video the virgin (so ironic, Madonna playing Madonna or the Virgin Mary in a video called Like a Virgin) is sacrificed to the Sun God (the Lion) on a full moon.
20 years later Madonna released a song that was widely regarded as "the new Holiday". As you can see above the moon is blatantly featured in the accompanied music video. An interesting fact is that the single was released on June 6, 2006 (666) although really that is 668 (2006=2+6=8). I only bring this up because the media exploited the 666 aspect of that date although no one mentioned that Madonna had a single coming out.
Another feminine moon connection in the media is of the band Persephone's Bees from Oakland, CA (my hometown!). They have a song titled "Walk to the Moon" on their album Notes from the Underworld. They also have a song on the soundtrack of the modern BWitched movie starring Nicole Kidman (Eyes Wide Shut, Stepford Wives). Alright, there was so many Occult themes in those two sentences I don't even know where to start. Let's start at the beginning.
First of all the name Persephone's Bees. To save time let's take it to Wiki to explore who Persephone is:
In Greek mythology, Persephone (pronounced /pərˈsɛfəniː/; Kore or Cora) was the embodiment of the Earth's fertility at the same time that she was the Queen of the Underworld, the korē (or young maiden), and the parthenogenic daughter of Demeter and, in later Classical myths, a daughter of Demeter and Zeus. In the Olympian version, she also becomes the consort of Hades when he becomes the deity that governs the underworld.
She governed the underworld? What is the Underworld? The Underworld was believed to be the realm of damed souls. So essentially Persephone was the Queen of the Damed.
It's interesting that they'd name their album Notes From the Underworld. Are the song full of ritualistic channeling of damned spirits? As most of us know, Kabbalah is keen on communicating with spirits.
Another female led band are Goldfrapp.
Here they are on Letterman performing "Ooh La La". The performance is in a setting at night. There's a bright light behind the window. What is the light at night?
The song lyrics "coils up and round me" reminds me of the coiling serpent energy of Kundalini which is similar to these lyrics by another female fronted band, Blondie.
Above is a clip from the movie Pleasantville. The movie is full of religious references. if you go to 2:50 on that clip you'll see the young blond woman picking an Apple and offering it to the guy (Adam & Eve) on a full moon.
This was very interesting for me at the time because I grew up in an extremely religious household. The rebellious concepts in the film had a profound effect on me at the time because I at the time was beginning to break out of my strict upbringing and explore my sexuality and other spiritual philosophies.
My birthday was a full circle moment for me though, because just as I had questioned my upbringing, I am now questioning the paths that I took after I rebelled. Was it really me? Why do you either have to be a good boy or completely rebel. Maybe my true self was in neither of these boxes. Programming extends itself to so many labels. If you're good they have a box for that, if you're a rebel they have a box for that (punk, anarchist, outcast). The true challenge is finding out who we truly are outside of all of those boxes, not jumping out of one box right into another.
To end things off here, here's a clip from a movie that came out on my birthday, May 8th. I don't usually like to explain myself or my intentions on this blog but I just want to make it clear that I am not homophobic, I'm actually bisexual. My inclusion of this clip is due to the fact that this is yet another showcase of rebellion against rules on a full moon because as my introduction entry stated "This blog will try to help in the process of bringing awareness to the many symbols, ideologies, and themes that are used repetively in the media."
The clip is from the film Little Ashes. The film is about the life of surrealist artists Salvador Dali. The film stars Twilight star Robert Pattinson (who will star in the sequel New Moon). In the scene he's seen engaging in a man on man kiss with his co star. Could this be a new trend of the rebel starring in gay roles?
Heath Ledger before his death (well, duh).
Right now they are trying to push Robert as our current rebel. Anyone can spot the comparisons with one of Hollywood's first rebels.