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OKLAHOMA CITY – I was thinking a lot about the Moon today as I drove to work, listening to the music of the band – Luna, of course.

As I pulled into the parking lot, the song “I Want Everything,” written by singer-guitarist Dean Wareham, features a line in the middle of this “song of desire” where he sings: “Well, the TV says that ‘love is all around’ us / And the astronauts can feel it far away.

I guess it isn’t surprising that this band has a lot of lyrics that reference space travel and the cosmos. But that particular line, featured in the song that originally appeared on the band’s 1992 debut album Lunapark, synced with thoughts I had had yesterday while writing my review of Arthur Koestler’s 1972 book The Roots of Coincidence, a book inspired by Carl Jung's investigations into synchronicity and much more.

As I noted in the review, Koestler writes how Apollo 14 astronaut Edgar Mitchell took part in an experiment while heading to the Moon on that 1971 journey. The experiment involved testing the validity of claims of extrasensory perception, or ESP.

As I wrote: “(Mitchell) attempted during the flight to establish telepathic contact with four selected subjects on earth.” The test, while not perfect, was largely considered a success.

So, as I thought about that line in the Luna song (a band that has really bewitched me as of late), I thought about the idea of love and positive thinking transmitting via thought waves through the cosmos and through time.

And that got me to thinking about my favorite movie in 2014 – Interstellar (read my review here).

Love transcends the dimensions of time and space,” says astronaut Amelia Brand (Anne Hathaway) to her colleague Cooper (Matthew McConaughey). And that theme permeates this film, buoying a film that despite its flaws, addresses some very serious and important issues related to our place in the cosmos.

Speaking of which, the Moon (Luna) has been on my mind lately.

I thought of the “Cheshire moon” of March 10, 2011, prior to the catastrophic Fukushima event. And this morning I was researching the moon phases taking place during the month of September 2001, curious about where the Moon was on September 10, 2001, prior to the “9/11 attacks” (it was in its “last quarter”). And recall, next to the Twin Towers was a "monolith" of sorts. As this website notes, the Hilton "Millenium Hotel, opened in September 1992 (a few weeks after Lunapark was released), "is a high-rise, black glass building which pays homage to Arthur C. Clarke's vision of the Monolith in 2001: A Space Odyssey." The hotel was badly damaged in the attacks. An American flag (reminiscent of the American flag stuck on the surface of the Moon in 1969 by Neil Armstrong) hung on the front of the building until it was reopened in 2003. As you may recall, Hilton Hotels play a role in Kubrick's film, curiously enough.

As I dwelt on these "moon thoughts," I was listening to an interview with Randall Carlson, an expert on Sacred Geometry (and an admitted Freemason). He suddenly brought up 9/11 at that very moment as he had talked about his plans to travel to upstate New York to do some studying a little after the terror attacks. Terror attacks that took place at the World Trade Center, whose excavation site, following their destruction, looked like the excavation site of the TMA-1 (Monolith) that was dug up in 2001:A Space Odyssey, Stanley Kubrick's cinematic masterpiece.

Moving on in his interview, he talked about the importance of space travel, exploration and colonization. After all, in Interstellar, Michael Caine's character, a professor, says that humans are not meant to save the planet, they are "meant to leave it."

So, as he is talking about this, I'm on Google Images, looking for photos of the Moon's Tycho crater. So, as I look at this image of the stunned astronauts in 2001 looking at the Moon monolith, Carlson - synchonistically - begins talking about 2001 and how at the time that film came out, this "future" of manned lunar bases, trips to Mars and Jupiter and orbiting hotels seemed possible. But those Space Age dreams faded, as Carlson tells the host: "The will is not there like it was. The vision is not there like it was."

But why? Will the wonder and desire return? Do we need to be prodded a little bit in order to take that next step on our evolutionary path? Will the CERN stargate have a role? What will it take, dear reader?

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