Wednesday, April 28, 2010

The Secret of Europa and the Star of the Sea

The Secret is a straight-to-DVD supernatural soap opera starring David Duchovny and Lili Taylor and Olivia Thirlby. It's kind of a paranormal Freaky Friday - Duchovny plays an optometrist whose wife and daughter are killed in an traffic accident, but the daughter then returns to life possessed by the spirit and personality of her mother.

There are some stock Secret Sun name riffs- the family's name is "Marris" (which we'll get to in a sec), the wife's name is Hannah (derived from Inanna) and the daughter is usually referred to in the he/she diminutive, Sam. Ultimately, it's the kind of concept that could carry an episode of The Outer Limits, not necessarily a feature film (the vibe is a bit on the chick-flicky side and there's a slightly creepy incestuous undertone to it).

But since I'm always fascinated by themes of transmigration and soul transference, I picked up the DVD at the drug store. Didn't quite make it through the whole thing, but thought the imagery in the opening credits was interesting, in an enigmatic kind of way.

Such as this sunwheel, which opens the proceedings.

Then we see this hypnotic bit of CGI magic; dolphins frolicking in a placid ocean under a night sky (reminding me of Ecco the Dolphin or some reason), and then this strange object comes to the surface...

...which at a distance looks remarkably like a popular garden statue of the Virgin.

An impression that is furthered by this shot, resonating with the icon of the Virgin as the Stella Maris, the "Star of the Sea" (which connects us back to the "Marris" surname in the film).

But then this figure then sprouts fairy wings as the company logo appears onscreen. The juxtaposition of the flying sylph and the starry night sky is a powerful (and beautiful) image, even if the connection to "Europa" isn't exactly clear (at least to me).

We see the Europa credit in the next shot, an extreme closeup of a pupil and iris, strangely resonating the Black Sun. That in turn connects us back to the sunwheel up top.

The acting credits flash, certainly catching the attention of this old X-Files Mytharc hyperobsessive...

...resonating as it does to the opening credits in Season Eight. Bonus factoid: The Secret is a reunion for Duchovny and Lily Taylor, the actress having guest-starred in an amazing X-Files episode in Season Five. It's title?

"Mind's Eye."


  1. "I am Europa full moon, the broadfaced one. I am the cosmic cow, the Mother of all. See me as I journey from dusk to dawn on the back of my consort, the white bull. My splendour is so great we outshine the light of a million stars

    Holding his horn in my left hand of wisdom I control the fertile magic of our hieros gamos.

    For he is my lover, he is my son.

    He is my chosen one."

    Europa is a Moon Goddess, The Queen of Tides. It is an ocean planet, hence the color blue.

    She is also the Queen of Heaven, and the stars.

    The etymology of her name, euru- "wide, broad" + op- "eye(s)", suggests that Europa represented a cow at some symbolic level.

    The wings are the thing: I have been seeing a lot of images of dragonflies in artwork of moon goddesses lately.

    dragonflies symbolize the soul, color magic (rainbows), and sense of self that comes with maturity, dragons, and the dragonfly effect.

    The movie Dragonfly and Princes of Tides come up for me on this one.


  2. Europa was impregnated by Zeus in the form of a white bull. Mary was impregnated with Hey Zeus by the "Holy Spirit". It was not voluntary on Europa/Mary's part.

  3. ...Knight's distinctive speaking voice brought him work as an announcer, notably as narrator of the first season of the Super Friends (his signature line was, "Meanwhile, at the Hall of Justice..."), After The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Knight landed the lead role as the kind, curmudgeonly cartoonist Henry Rush in the series Too Close for Comfort in 1980. During scenes in which Henry draws in his bedroom, Knight used his earlier acquired ventriloquism talents for comical conversations with a hand-puppet version of his comic book's main character "Cosmic Cow." The show was renamed The Ted Knight Show in its final season...

  4. Hi Chris - I'm still visiting you daily but am finding it difficult to concentrate and hence reply on every individual post as so much is happening on every level. you "see" that images of the 'Virgin Mary' represent the female genitalia - particularly the praying/CUPPED/hands......(use your imagination if you don't quite 'get it' wink).

    The 'rays' are also key, again, imagination necessary if not immediately apparent. So too the crescent moon and child 'passing through'....

    It's basically the STARGATE through which we all pass in order to manifest in this place that's currently been hijacked by a low-vibrational aka satanic mindset in order to retain control of this 'reality'.....

    "Our Lady of Guadalupe" image:

    Love, peace and hugs,

    ps - if anyone wants me to explain the imagery - I'll be glad to lol!