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Blue Moon Cojones

Rare New Year's Eve 'blue moon' to ring in 2010

Happy New Year. It’s 2010. Welcome to the future.

We entered this new year, this new decade under a Mercury Retrograde, a Mars Retrograde, a lunar eclipse and a full moon — not just any full moon — a blue moon. (A blue moon is when there is a second full moon in a single month.) To have one rise on the last night of the year as a punctuation mark on a decade is a rare and special event.

What it all might mean is open to interpretation, but suffice it to say that these celestial confluences hold significance for us earth-dwellers. Let’s hope they auger positive transformation and abundance for all of us, the film industry and the global economy at-large as tectonic shifts continue to rock most of our world. Shifts that call the status quo into question.

Fresh from my third trip into the world of AVATAR, the latest screening with my 5 1/2 year-old daughter, it’s clear that film challenges, defies and rewrites the status quo: it’s a completely immersive cinematic experience, it’s a technological breakthrough, it has a timely message about ecology and interconnectedness, and it’s an extraordinary commercial hit. Clearly, movies aren’t dead, they’re just being redefined. Thank Eywa.

One of the reasons I love movies is that when a truly original, visionary film is embraced by audiences, it evinces a wonderful (dare I say cosmic!) intersection of zeitgeist and story, message and meaning, technology and commerce, vision and timing.

From what well does one draw the creativity, perseverance, confidence and endurance to mount a film of such epic scale?

(And what a gratifying reward to see it cross the billion dollar mark worldwide in only 17 days!)

Was its success meant to be? Is the film’s resonance such that it was almost pre-ordained for success? Or was it the vision of the artisans that crafted it that made it so?

Ultimately, to even attempt to mount a film on such a grand scale, one in which the filmmaker crafts an entire world from the ground up — or the sky down — requires a leap of faith. Everything that goes into a film to perfect it for release, make it beautiful to watch and as finely tuned as possible before sending it out into the world (albeit on the back of tens of millions of marketing and P&A spend) with no certainty of whether it will flop or fly requires an act of faith on the part of the filmmaker.

That, and giant cojones found once in a blue moon.

There are only a handful of visionaries on the planet who can and choose to live life as a perpetual leap of faith. Whether they do so because they’re filled with spiritual knowing or purpose or calling or just a giant set of cojones, they should serve as inspiration.

Ultimately, the lesson to be gleaned from AVATAR and the story behind the film is… take the leap and the cosmos will respond. It worked for the hero, Jake Sully. And it worked for Jim Cameron.

Here’s trusting it will work for you, me, and anyone else who takes a leap.

Let’s just make sure to leap.

The formula for success in 2010: Cojones + faith.

Plus, oh yeah, a blue moon. But we’ve got that already.