Friday, August 06, 2010

Secret Star Trek: The Plumed Serpent

Some believe that 2012 will bring the return of Quetzalcoatl, whose name translates literally into "feathered serpent." And of course the crowns of Egypt were composed of a bird and a snake as well. 

It seems that this whole idea of the plumed serpent is like the winged sundisk, you find it all over the place. Including, of course, in the Star Trek Universe. Here's yet another space god - a variation on Quetzalcoatl - in an endless Starfleet procession, this time from Star Trek: The Animated Series which aired briefly the early 70s. 

Watch the whole episode, it's quite the trip. I can only imagine kids were scratching their heads in confusion (as with the whole TAS, which was strangely rife with hard scifi) but it's all grist for the AstroGnostic mill. 

Of course, the Secret Sun philosophy is that all of this strangeness can't be truly understood without factoring in the rich memefields of pop culture, which seems to be doing our dreaming for us while we're lost in this Fin de si├Ęcle narcosis.


Speaking of 70s cartoons, the Blue Falcon keeps popping up in strange places lately. I wrote briefly about the Dynomutt/Blue Falcon connection to Horus and Anubis in Our Gods Wear Spandex, which for some insane reason I was reminded of when watching the Wayne Herschel Ra videos. 

 Yeah, the 70s were not a great time for animation...