Australian Louis Proud, no stranger to the pages of New Dawn, has accomplished a lengthy job of research on the subject of our nearest celestial neighbour and presented it in a well written summary with his own interesting conclusions derived from a combination of historic, scientific, and metaphysical information.

He was clearly prompted in his study by exposure to the teachings of the enigmatic early 20th century mystic G.I. Gurdjieff who said, essentially, that life and death on Earth serve as “food for the Moon.” Proud has expanded on this idea with some very fascinating suggestions.

The first half of the book is an in-depth account of mankind’s experience, historically and contemporaneously, with our close satellite. It includes information from literature and film, from astronomy and cosmology, natural and earth sciences, ancient history and mythology, and, of course, from space exploration.

We find that lunar experiments have shown that when impacted, the Moon “rings like a bell.” Could it be hollow? Proud and others ask. Can it be mined? Is it a source of water that could provide fuel for future spacecraft? Are certain surface features evidence of tunnels beneath the crust? Is it now, or has it in the past, been inhabited by other beings? Some see anomalies in NASA lunar photos and also question certain statements by returning astronauts seeming to imply there are constructions on the far side of the sphere… the side we never see directly from Earth.

But, the most puzzling question is the exact origin of the Moon. Proud cites numerous theories of where the Moon came from and why it’s now in Earth orbit. Was it captured from elsewhere in our solar system? Was it dislodged from Earth? Moon rocks we’ve analysed show some similarities to Earth’s composition, but they also exhibit some strange differences that cannot be explained. There are even credible experts who entertain the idea that our Moon was “made” by intelligent entities unknown to us – that it’s a kind of “spaceship” or that it’s a naturally formed object that’s been artificially modified. Its magnetic and surface characteristics, composition, orientation, and orbit provide some very strange and unexplainable features not normally seen in our galaxy. These, combined with ancient and even pre-historic human indications represented in artwork, writing, and other recent archaeological finds, beg the question of not only the Moon’s origin but, also, its function with relationship to life on our planet.

The second half of the book investigates proposals having to do with lunar anomalies and possible paranormal and psychic influences of the Moon upon us. And, some of these may not be as subtle as we might imagine. Studies have been done of lunar effects on human, animal, and plant biology and behaviour involving gravitation, light, and electric and magnetic fields. Some scientists say the Moon may have as great an effect, if not greater, than the Sun. Proud cites such phenomena as bird and insect migration, biological “tides” like female menstrual cycles, tendencies in human violence, insanity (hence the word “lunacy”), circadian rhythms, mental telepathy, casino payout rates, and the weather.

He takes substantial time to convey the theories of David Icke regarding alien reptile-like beings who control humanity by placing created reptilian-human hybrids in positions of world power. Icke goes so far as to suggest the Moon is a “technologically generated interdimensional portal that allows… reptilians and other entities and energies to enter… [our] reality.” He describes the Moon as a “receiver-transmitter and broadcasting system” feeding the collective human mind with a “false reality… that humans are decoding into what they think is a physical world.” In reality, it’s all a hologram.

Proud follows this train of thought with his 7th chapter entitled “Food for the Moon,” devoted to Gurdjieff and his student, P.D. Ouspensky. In his book, In Search of the Miraculous: Fragments of an Unknown Teaching, Ouspensky quotes Gurdjieff who says, “The evolution of humanity beyond a certain point, or, so to speak more correctly, above a certain percentage, would be fatal for the moon. The moon at present feeds on organic life, on humanity…. Everything living on the Earth, people, animals, plants, is food for the Moon. The Moon is a huge living being feeding upon all that lives and grows on the Earth…. The sensitive film of organic life which covers the earthly globe is entirely dependent upon the influence of the huge electromagnet that is sucking out its vitality.” And, Proud then asks, “Was Gurdjieff implying that the Moon generates no energy of its own? That it is entirely vampiric?”

Proud devotes chapter 8 of his book to the possibility of intelligent life existing or having existed on the Moon. He covers reports of transient lunar phenomena (TLP) such as intermittent lights, UFO sightings, telescopically observed geometric protuberances that appear and disappear, and the possibility that NASA has not been forthcoming with discoveries on the Moon and, perhaps, even doctored certain photos and censored some Apollo astronaut communications.

Chapter 9 is devoted to revelations about the Moon by renowned psychic Ingo Swann and others, and how the Moon relates to the Qabalah and various esoteric teachings.

The Secret Influence of the Moon is an extremely thought-provoking book, to say the least. And, above all, it serves to reinforce one of Mr. Gurdjieff’s dictums that “man is asleep.” Proud has suggested the cause of his sleep might be attributed to influences from an object we see in the sky almost every night. Furthermore, in keeping with the spirit of New Dawn magazine, and if I might use the vernacular, there is increasing evidence that “what we see is not what we get!”

– Reviewed by Alan Glassman in New Dawn 143