Unmasking Uranus – The Trial in the Court of the Jester King

blackbearIn unmasking Uranus the numinous power of Fire is released, once more. It is a central motif in a drama that is already unfolding in our time, the duel process of the unbinding of Prometheus and the consequent holding to account of his first profound act of endowing humanity with fire – in following ‘due course’ we too will be and are being held to account. It is also an act that invokes the revelation of the subtle strategies at work in the cosmos, that correspond to the coersive impulse of the archetypal, the realm of the ‘gods’, as well as the hidden agendas of the human realm. It also reveals our understanding of who we are and what we have become. We are ‘in’ the revelation zone. Yet, in Uranus as archetype the impulse is a force which follows, or at least appears to follow, the course of an unfound logic, an elemental power, like lightning, that is unexpected, instantaneous and has equally unanticipated consequences, or at least we might like to excuse ourselves in thinking so. While these qualities are in themselves anathematic to the ‘seemingly’ monumental conservatism that binds the archetypes to their motives and motivating influence there is a growing and predominant feeling in the world that we have reached the zenith of our own culpability, the nadir of our responsibility, as a reflection of our misuse of the archetypal fire. And this itself lays open Uranus workings on and in the archetypal realms. We do well to heed Hermetic wisdom. The revolution in the heavens is upon us.

And so it was with the birth into consciousness of the planet Uranus, the first to be ‘discovered’ (in 1781 by the astronomer Herschel) beyond the orbit of Saturn, and thus the upsetter of the hitherto self contained vision of a planetary cosmos, the ‘solar’ system, circumscribed by Saturn’s orbit. Beyond this was the unknown, or as yet unapprehended, and Uranus advent was an augery, a signal of that doorway into the unconscious being opened, a pathological warning that went largely unheeded, at least until the planet Neptune came into the frame. This oversight is significant in what came after, for, even though the existance of both the planets Neptune (1846) and Pluto (1930) was unknown to us at the time of Uranus naming, the unconscious influence of their archetypes had a deep bearing on how we reacted to possession of the Promethian fire that Uranus discovery delivered into our hands. This factor is also key in unfolding an understanding, from an astrological perspective, of the unconscious element in Uranus presence amongst us. But, at this point, the prologue is incomplete – the drama cannot be entered into without bringing more props and scenery onto the stage.

Uranus opened the way between the inner and the outer planets, and between the solar system and the starry cosmos, the celestial fundament of stellar space. That realm is symbolised in Uranus association with the Greek god Ouranos, representing the heavens. But, this is where the symbological association ends….Ouranus was an arch conservative within the pantheon of Greek creation myths, and Uranus, in astrological practice and experience, is the antithesis of that archetypal characteristic. So, how is it that the archetype persists in name but not in function and effect? It is time to unmask Uranus and in doing so once more ignite the Promethian Fire……as a torch and illuminator of our way ahead, an act of redemption. But will it be Uranus or ourselves who will be redeemed? We shall see…..

….ahh, Prometheus! The stealer of divine power in the form of Fire. Promethian cunning is kin to astrological Uranus, and with it he thwarted the gods, and we all know the consequences he suffered…..how much does this reflect the error of our own ways, their consequences in our times, at least those belonging to the western paradigm. In unmasking Uranus we also unmask those errors, and, in all their destructive elements, the stigma attached to playing with fire, the impact upon our world of a zealous and unbounded desire to wield the power of the gods, in the world. We expose our own naivety, our childish lack of fore-thought and understanding. Uranus, and Prometheus both, invited us to step beyond the Saturnian threshold, and we did so blindly, inflated with the incendiary power of the archetype, and through this, so, in standing trial, we too become unmasked, are held to account and, in the process, expose  the innate dangers of assuming archetypal forces to be our own to play with. In light of this notion, it is perhaps no coincidence  that Uranus discovery came amidst the rise of the ‘science paradigm’, of scientific materialism and heralded the advent of its adjunct, the industrial revolution. There are many obvious reasons why we should seek to expose ourselves to what lies behind that mask at this time, and, not least of all as Uranus is so prominently figured in the current astrology.

lightning-eruption copyWe are in the midst of the Uranus Pluto square, the aspect that almost certainly carries the signature of our times. Uranus in initiatic Aries and Pluto in power-house Capricorn. Seven times the square is formed and, over a period of…..years, presents us with the opportunity to experience first hand the archetypes at work through these two planets and their presence, both as influences upon and mirrors of what lies behind our own subtle, and not so subtle, strategems in the world. No two planets could be more suited to the task of upsetting the paradigmatic applecart than Uranus and Pluto, especially when in the square aspect where their combination is one of provocation and striving for relationship, rather than the harmonious co-operation we might expect of the softer aspects, the trine and sextile. So, the stage is set for the first part of the hearing, and while it may be the gods that are called to account, it is hubris that is the charge and crime – in this it is humanity that is the culpable and, possibly, only prime suspect. But, are we really culpable, or have we been duped to the highest degree? In unmasking Uranus, we will find, we must enter the realms of the arch-trickster, King Jester…..Look Out!

If there is a powerful current of revolutionary energy at work with electrifying impact in the world in our times it is, in one aspect, manifest in the exposure of Rulers, tyrants, power mongers and dictators, hidden and overt. We are seeing mass protest manifest against the usury and manipulation that they have visited and are visiting upon us, and this is building – we instinctively know that this is the case, but, the evidence is becoming rife. The material fabric of western culture is shot through with the symptoms of this usury and the world is being destroyed. Science has become infiltrated to an immense degree by the machinations of the power crazy and the self-serving. And yet, as individuals we are held to be accountable, through our lifestyles, our mindless consumerism and apparent powerlessness in the face of that great god of the scientific materialists, Progress. ‘Apparent’ though – the cracks in the armour of scientific ‘necessity’ and its saturating permeation of our lives are letting in the light of realisation and this too is motivating the uprising. This is the Uranian fire at work and Pluto, also allied in this, is breaking down the barriers, the structures that support and conceal the powers within. This too is reflected in our current scientific revolution, its fierce pace no less a threat to our world than its benefits are an astonishingly mesmerising gift. We can detect the veiled but pervasive work of Neptune’s dark side in that hypnotic influence. Yet, many are calling it an awakening, and rightly so – Uranus is also the awakener – but, many are also becoming increasingly aware of the dangers of Promethius gift to humanity.

In that awakening, in the light of the fire that was handed to us on Uranus discovery, is reflected our ability to change the world, radically. Following the Promethian hand-over, this has taken on monumental proportions. Archetypes inflate when they are taken in, when we attempt to hold them in our grasp. They carry the twin charge of inescapable necessity and compulsive force, Ananke and Bia in the divine cosmology. They grow in our psyche through their active presence and, as a result, we begin to lose sight of ourselves under such powerful numinous influences. Our pathological reaction is instinctive and motivates correspondingly innate and primarily archetypal valencies within ourselves. We act out and in the process unleash the archetypal power through ourselves into the world, or….we act-in, and become narcissistically involved with their in-dwelling and psychic charge. Much that we enact as a result is infused with unconscious qualities – the archetype, where it is confined to the instinctive, remains unintegrated, its function and effect undisclosed, its influence neurotic. This could be a description of the  effects of the Uranian explosion that accompanied its discovery, that set scientific innovation on fire. We knew not what we did.

croneAs a brief aside that was both shocking and illuminating to hear, I remember an indigenous elder describing how his grandparents world was ripped assunder by the influx of iron goods and electricity, of how these were both seen to be what they are, the products of a power base, and basis, alien to the indigenous world, and yet, it promised benefits, was also desirable! They wanted the electric light and iron cooking pot, he confessed. More recently a comment was made to me that if the ancestors had had Dremels (electrically powered crafting tools) they too would have used them to craft their talismans and everyday utensils. But, and this is a big ‘but’ and key point at this stage in the trial, they did not have the power to drive the Dremel. Although there is growing evidence to show that the ancients were well conversant with the power of the electric universe, in this court it must be noted that it is western scientific industrialism that sought to harness that power, that is carrying the burden of responsibility. And our reaction was no different to those indigenous great grandparents……but, how much of a choice did we have? Was it the hubris of the common woman and man that was at work in harnessing that power? Were we innocently led, like lambs to the slaughter, into the abattoir of technological progress?

Much power is a dangerous thing….in the wrong hands. Another indigenous elder recounted how, on being shown photographs of sky-scrapers (think about that word), his elders instant reaction was that whoever was responsible for them had a serious problem with ‘power’. Too true….as the elders revealed the indigenous world is not naive in the face of power, especially those powers that are what we in the West call ‘super-natural’. Such powers, if accessible to the individual, are integrated into the indigenous world while remaining hidden, and that hiddeness is the responsibility of the person who has access to them to maintain. There is deep wisdom in this. We have done the opposite in the West. And the Promethian fire is not simply an incendiary, it too is supernatural, originates with the gods.

Yet science will not have it. The ‘supernatural’ is fantasy. This is changing – innovative scientists, such as Rupert Sheldrake for example, are challenging the ‘scienctific paradigm of the establishment’, revealing the fantasies upon which it has built its fortress….and, there are many others hard at work on this deconstruction process while embracing the, in fact, through embracing the ‘paranormal’, supernatural and spiritual weave of the scientific fabric. Our understanding of the world we live in is changing with it. Monsanto has fulfilled Mary Shelly’s prophetic vision of Frankestein’s monster – but, this is where we are beginning to differentiate between those responsible and the rest. Pluto’s alchemy cuts both ways…..and it too has archetypal relentlessness.

But, Pluto’s is the archetype that takes us to the very depths and changes everything from the bottom up – Uranus does the opposite, bringing divine interventions and revolutionary inspiration to bear from the top down. Where they meet is in their revolutionary impact. We are caught in their midst, polarised and struggling to maintain balance – we have no choice. Yet, we have some…..

If there be a preliminary summing up to be had at this stage in the courts proceedings we need to weigh our choices. Our souls may very well be in that balance.

In doing so, lets remind ourselves of that indigenous wisdom, that brings consciousness and resposibility to the ‘possession’ of power, both in being possessed by such and having access to it. If Pluto is the alchemist, Uranus is the magician. If Pluto has the earthly power structures in the crucible, Uranus is throwing light upon the process. They both wield fire. And, we are compelled, in our current circumstances, to use this power wisely. Uranian insights are essential. We are culpable now to the extent that we make use of them, or, more correctly, in how we make use of them, for the former will, if the latter is heeded, become balanced – this much instinct tells us. We have a wise animal knowing within each of us that is not only our ally in this, but, is a primal gift of the ancestors. That knowing connects us to our roots, passing through both Uranus and Pluto’s realms to meet us, and offering us a root of knowledge that has been all but erased from our human world, but persists. That we have such within reach is crucial – this isn’t to say that instinct will save the day – we need far more conscious articulation of our knowledge and wisdom. And we can find it.

shamanmaskIn Uranus we also find the higher levels of consciousness, you could say, which to us in a sense, are also the instincts of the divine, of the gods. And it is this that is the missing element, the unapprehended attribute of the sacred fire that we bypassed on our way to the fire-pit and furnace. It is also Pluto’s gift that we are able to put this higher knowing to use now, not only in bringing down Frankenstein’s castle, and this can be a metaphor for all the hiding places of monstrous misuse of power, but, coming to understand the cthonic powers and what they are in relation to us. Pluto is also the dark aspect of the Great Mother, her crone wisdom, an unusually compelling image when we consider the changes that are at work now in the world. In their combination Pluto and Uranus bring the volcanic and the electric together, Magma and Lightning….the scalar union of power in the plasmic universe. On the ground we are standing on the rim of the culdera, the firey precipice. We do not need to get any closer to read the signs.

We must awaken from our reveries and realise that we are in the court of the Jester King. The hearing is underway and if, while daydreaming in the fire, we have missed the vital evidence….well, we will surely subvert the choices we have in the process of a just verdict being reached…..but, for this to happen we must ask ‘how did we get here’,and, who is this Jester King? The answer to both is in unmasking ourselves, for it is we who have been wearing Uranus mask. We have invoked the spirit uninitiated. If we can do so we may well find that the mask changes, that this is our initiation, and that it becomes the shamans mask, that helps us in dancing with the spirits, that is their gift, and that connects us with the power to heal, the powers that heal. What in us unites the lower worlds and the upper is the question……and here the elders, the indigenous people of  wisdom and the shamans are our best guides – our very nature is at stake in finding the answer.

Next up in the dock at Owlmirror, in the second part of this ‘Trial in the Court of the Jester King’, will be Neptune…….!


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I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said:—Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. Near them on the sand,
Half sunk, a shatter’d visage lies, whose frown
And wrinkled lip and sneer of cold command
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamp’d on these lifeless things,
The hand that mock’d them and the heart that fed.
And on the pedestal these words appear:
“My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!”
Nothing beside remains: round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,
The lone and level sands stretch far away.

‘Ozymandias’ : Percy Bysshe Shelly 1818

Whether we are the traveller or the poet the message is the same – take heed, for we are on a journey in which, for all those who cling to power, the essence of Shelley’s great poem will emerge as the prophetic utterance of one who ‘saw’….’your time is past and you cannot take it with you’………meanwhile, back at the oasis……

From the sublime to the ridiculous?…..with almost hysterical cool and sardonic wit, ever a knowing trickster, David Byrne once famously sang “heaven is a place where nothing ever happens” – well, sung like one who knows, the goad, the hidden punchline, is that when you seperate heaven from earth, heaven simply ceases to exist. The world’s most predominant religions would have us believe otherwise of course. They would have us ‘see the light’ and be blinded in the process…not any more….we stand at the crossroads, our pockets full of silver!

The New Moon on Imbolc, that we have named Moonfire, is living up to its expectations – Ozymandias seems fitting, for the warning, but, like the traveller from the ancient land, lets keep an eye on the skies, our feet on the ground and be on the look out for that soul path. For, with Mars gunning the accelerator peddle in the Sun-mobile and Jupiter getting ready to blitz Saturn’s iron-stone watchpost (yes, its straight out of the Tarot – major arcana XVI, The Tower), with Uranus cranking up the plasma generator, ready to attach the electrodes to the foundations of Castle Capricorn where Pluto is at work laying the depth charges, while our new-born eyes are funded with laser like visions of a world we never expected to see, there is a really mind numbing Full Moon just over the horizon…..more on this later.

And, while the polititcans scramble for the higher moral ground (the words ‘rats’ and ‘sinking ship’ come to mind) cloaking their intentions in fine rhetoric and Saturnine wisdoms, holding onto the vestiges of an idealism that has already expired, goaded into realisation, this is exactly what we must now do, ‘believe otherwise’…..and that means left field, right brain thinking, each on our own understanding, for the Earth herself is going to teach us, whether we are ready or not….and embracing ‘the Wisdom of Insecurity’, to quote another great visionary, Alan Watts, is where our lessons must begin….its all about how to break the bonds of ‘fate’.

Lets take stock of a few signposts out here beneath the ‘Sheltering Sky’…..

Earths magnetic pole has always been in motion – now, however, it is shifting with a tenfold increase in speed towards the equatorial regions. The acceleration was first noticed a decade ago and the data has been building to confirm this – and, as it happens, we have seen a decade of increasing planetary adjustment. The signs have been there for all to see, the astrologers and diviners have been relating back to us the cosmology that is reflected in its effects and the truth is now plain for all to see – we are now seeing shifts in global structure and planetary consciousness in ever wider manifestation. In the electric universe the center of infinity is everywhere…we have already arrived, as T.S.Eliot fore-saw, back at the beginning, seeing it all as if for the first time, endless paths of possibility before us. Which way do you choose…

There is more – the Earth’s wobble has ceased. Called ‘nutation’, this gyration about the mean axis of rotation gives us further reason to pause for expanded thought – we do not yet know if this is a temporary phenomenon, but, we do know that we are being carried in a vector of new knowing, flooding us with a torrent of uncanny data at a rate of knots…..next stop, the rapids or the open sea?

And the change is endemic – this is super-galactic consciousness at work and we can now see the Solar system in a new light…..all the planets are undergoing transformation – all experiencing magnetic polar shifts. Our scientific sensors are revealing the inner workings of the field and show it to be in flux…..

Our place within the cosmos is changing with these localised shifts – however, the real change is not of location, but, of state…….through the revelations of new astronomy the old physics is giving way to a new understanding of the fundamental principles upon which our universe is built. The gravitational model, with its emphasis on heavy influences, is giving way to the electric in which, at the bottom line, nothing has mass. Gravity is a weak force – the electro-magnetic field describes the universal fundamental presence of a force ten trillion trillion trillion times (quite a lot) greater and it pervades all, from beyond the frontiers of our sub-atomic particle nature to the largest ‘structures’ in the universe. It also provides the interface between the material and the immaterial, particle and wave, and leads us into a frame of reference beyond time and space, in which inter-dimensional consciousness, mind, is the prima materia. This is also a world inhabited by tricky entities, bi-locational, existing only in the state defined by the observer, moving across all co-ordinates, travelling forwards and backwards in time, in which time itself takes on new dimensions – it is the realm of spirit, beyond time…….and if the observer effects the state of the observed, doesn’t that suggest we’d better be careful with our thoughts? Its time to choose….

Now is the time of the trickster – that inseminator of crazy wisdom and creative upheaval. Look around you – we are seeing an unprecedented and building wave of change at work in the world and the great heyokah Uranus stands ready in the wings to make his grand re-entry into Aries, center stage in our Earth Myth – and when he does, everything we have known, that anchors our security and gives us the structural blinkers to live under the illusion of permenance, is going to be shaken until it either shows that its true integrity is sustainable, or it crumbles like Ozymandius’ statue, into the dust – Earth is in transit!

The governments seem like Black Holes – yet, in the Uranic vision, such monstrous entities simply do not exist. Aquarian cosmogeny applies ‘the field’ as the model – awareness is what connects us. Condensed mass is the effect of ‘dead matter thinking’ – at the heart of our galaxy is a mass-less node of pure electric potential – where-as the old model sucks (pun intended), this one connects.

And, the old model and way of thinking throws up another effect that diviners know all too well – fate and destiny, more heavy duty. How many of our old stories would have us believe that we must be heroes, just for one day…..or sink into the backwaters of oblivion, unfulfilled, never having made the difference, rescued the princess and gotten to live happily ever after. How many tell us we must overcome ‘evil’ so that ‘good’ prevails. How many would have us suffer the poisoned apple, bound by the spell of the wicked witch, cut off the dragons head and save the land from its terrible fire….heavy, heavy, heavy, heavy….projections of a dominant fear based culture that would have us bound to earth (the captured maiden), dreaming of release into the arms of heaven (Sleeping beauty and the Prince), defeating the serpentine tyranny of demonic power (oh yes, he had to be a hero, old St. George – never mind the fact that he was Syrian, a military Christian martyr who refused to make sacrifices to the pagan divinites, and never set foot in England’s ‘hallowed fields’), the same fear that demonised the wise woman, split her into white and black forces (divide and conquer) and had HER wield the apple, symbol of Venus, the earthly garden, poison it for her own ends (yeh, really), to kill off the beauty that threatened her power (Snow White)…..and these are just some the ‘popular’ tales…..

At each casting of the chart, the cowries and the runes, we encounter this dilema – how do we face up against fate? The truth is ‘fate’ is a wise teacher, the lay/ley of the land, its songlines, its medicines, not an immutable doom merchant who rules us with a dread iron fist. And the element of fun that unravels the weave that ‘fate’ would have us believe is our certain future – you guessed it, its the trickster, chance, heyokah clown and wise fool….without this one we would be bound to the fate that the gods decided for us – gadzooks!….this old exclamation of surprise says it all; it means “Gods-hooks”, a reference to the nails that pinned the ’Saviour’ to the cross……no such luck, Zeus….no wonder the pagans were persecuted!

Every divination is an intersection, a crossroads between fate and chance, and you will always find the tricky one waiting at the crossroads, knowing outside of knowing……careful which way you choose; no, not the literal path, but, the manner of your choosing…..don’t throw coins at her and expect her to cough up – make an agreement with respect, that if she tells you something that you need to know, that will help you on your way, that you will honour her and her wisdom and follow it. If you cross the good lady’s palms with silver, the coinage of spirit, she will guide you – it will tell her that you are a friend of spirit, that you respect the divine and choose to ‘honour’ rather than ‘pay’. Offerings are the point of respect that St. George missed – why do we honour such martyrdom?. In our materialistic world we only know payment. Payment means debt, bondage, slavery and suddenly our freedom is locked up, bound by ‘The Law”……

So much of our world is dominated by ideas based on commodified understanding, divisive and creating an imbalance, of the haves and have nots – it spawns ‘this for that’, ‘tit-fer-tat’, ‘an eye for an eye’ thinking – heaven is a place removed from earth. Are we really born in debt, sinners? Must we pay penance? Listen to your heart…..in Earth-life experience we know, in our deepest center, our hearts, that in the spiritual realms there is no this and that, all is one. We engage with the field when we seek divine guidance – it is a place of respect and heart. But, wait a minute, what about that trickster…where did the cheeky fellow disappear to? Well, we’ve demonised him too, made him into the outcast, the despised one, outlaw….funny that! Think for a moment, and find a democracy in which freedom is not defined within the context of ‘rule of law’ – soon it becomes obvious that ‘rule of law’ is immutable, and mutability is one of the main forces of evolution.

The message is clear from the shining eye of the storm – the ‘powers-that-be’ in our mundane world can cut us off with the flick of a switch, no more internet, tweets, or any kind of physical technology based interconnectivity. BUT….big ‘but’ this….you cannot have YOUR connections severed. We are all equipped to live within the ‘field’, open our divining eyes and ‘see’….and the only thing we need to do is make sure that we are clear of the fogging effects of prejudice and dualistic mentality.

Once again, our inner work is the process of cleaning up our personal garbage, all the ‘stuff’ that does not belong to us, as well as all the ‘stuff’ that has grown over the old wounds that centuries of indoctrination and cultural, socio-economic disempowerment have marked our souls with. The coming Full Moon will reveal to us where our personal divining mirror is hidden, buried in the accumulated bedrock of millenia of pressurised sediment. It is ours to reclaim and polish, the luminous lens of our inner knowing, so that the inner light, the knowing that streams through our consciousness, that is inherent within the ‘field’, may illuminate our path, the world around us and bring us into alignment with the Great Mystery that issues forth from the heart of creation. Phew….simple really.

And the first test of our ability to pull this off? Next Full Moon is going to see Sun, Neptune, Mars and Chiron come together in a united front that will feel as if we are being flooded with every channel from every dimension simultaneously…Uranus will be squaring up to the Moons nodes, jump starting our personal visions of who we might be with the power of who we once were…there will be ghostly apparitions mixed in with future visions, so discernment will be key….and who’s that racing up behind the fearless four to make sure we CAN be discerning? Mercury, that other cheeky fellow, arch factualiser and tricksy spy of the liminal realms, friend to all diviners!

Amongst the shamanic societies the concept of the ‘hollow bone’, the clear channel, is the sine-qua-non of divination – it is time. And there will be powerful help at hand. When Uranus and Pluto get to work through the next 3 years – the stultifying effects of centuries of oppressive subjugation will be swept aside, and our channels will open with it. There will be resistance, there will be rubble, it will be explosive – but, from the chaos new patterns will emerge that reveal the intrinsic beauty of a world in which all is truly connected. If ‘The Center’ will not hold, then hold to your center. And look out for the ancestors! They’ll be rooting for us, and we will have our circle, dance our Ghost Dance, to welcome their wisdom home……..

Owlmirror pt 1


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The name Owlmirror comes from the translation of Eulenspiegel, a legendary C14 character who embodied ‘trickster’ medicine, of the indigenous kind. He has many stories associated with him that show just how much of an ‘upsetter’ he was – he was given to unpredictable and outrageous behaviour and often made the establishments of the Church and the ruling classes the butt of his pranks. As a result Eulenspiegel has become both vilified and venerated in time – however, do not be fooled, he was all about challenging and changing prevalent paradigms of consciousness and that is where Owlmirror comes in. 

Indigenous medicine and Eulenspiegel!? Well, yes – here is a case in point. In our times the word ‘indigenous’ has become synonymous with that which is unadulterated through westernisation, although this is more of a reflection of the rifting that has occurred between ‘the people’ and the Earth through industrialisation and mechanistic solutions to living than to the assertion that pre-industrialised communities are ‘primitive’. Eulenspiegel would jump on the hubris of such an assertion, and rightfully so, as the ‘indigenous’ is more akin to an indicator of our original humanity than a reflection of inferiority – he would scorn superiority in favour of fidelity – he would champion the original selfhood of our humanity and then say ‘but they can’t touch you for it’. 

The whole thing becomes much more complex when ‘medicine’ is brought into the mix. To the mechanistic way of thinking medicine demonstrates and is founded upon science. Science is to religion what religion is to indigenous medicine – the proof of our transcendence over ignorance – at least to the converts of scientific ‘faith’. We are moving away from the ‘devils’ towards the ‘angels’ and from the ‘angels’ towards the pharmaceutical companies. 

However, to a guy like Eulenspiegel the power of the Church was an affront to his humanity and he would always be the true mirror of pompous self aggrandisement – he was prone to shiting in churches! Today he might be found at work as an agitator in the face of corporate greed. Greed too was one of his pet targets. So, you begin to get an idea of Eulenspiegel’s nature – he was controversial and provocative – but, it is equally true to say that his outrageousness served to bring attention to the rights of the individual – being an heyokah his extreme behaviour was both the lens and the catalyst for awareness. To the unwitting ‘victim of his attentions’ he would be the asbo worthy delinquent who should be punished – to the savvy he would be the willing risk-taker for social change and equanimity. To those blessed with the ability to see the funny side he would be the homeopathic dose of hilarious sanity that made life worth living in the face of control and oppression. He would challenge us all to wake up and wise up! 

It is his ‘medicine’ that makes the difference – that word heyokah. How do we relate to this idea in our present world? Indigenous medicines are much closer to spirit than the church was ever comfortable with. ‘Devils’ are the denied personified rationalisation of freewill combined with spirit. The reverse hubris – a reflection of the personifier’s own shadow. Repressed selfhood that is subservient to ‘authority’, whether it be the ‘authority’ of the Church, the State, the conglomerate or of the ego – or the status-quo! Eulenspiegel had an healthy ego there’s no doubt, and the ‘powers-that-be’ would perceive and vilify his ego as that of an outlaw. And yet, it is the Heyokah’s purpose and gift to bring attention to the true nature of Law. Here is meant the spiritual and natural law of humanity, of Life, of our indigenous relationship with the divine. Sometimes it takes an injection of the absurd to snap us out of our cultural self absorption and pathological miasma. We are so much of the time dead to the world, culturally stunned while dreaming of it. 

Could we blow the dusty cobwebs of our death oriented culture away from the natural beauty of our minds. our spirits and our world we might just discover that we are where we have been all along – inextricable miracles of self-aware Life embedded in the mysteries of our personal and collective journeys, a journey in which death is but a halfway house, a turnstile leading to a deeper understanding of where we have been, where we are going and, more to the point, of where we are NOW. A fart from the joker would do it! 

Eulenspiegel did nothing if live in the moment. He was deeply itinerant, a great traveller, and yet, paradoxically, without an apparent destination. Like so many displaced persons he lived close to the earth, the earth of our own absurdity within the midst of everyday life. His medicine was an expression of irrepressible spirit – effulgent and magical, slightly scary even. 

If you have ever been to the circus or stood amongst the crowd around Morris Dancers or powwow gatherings you will no doubt have seen him clowning around – in the old english tradition of Morris Dancing there is usually a Fool, wielding an inflated pig’s bladder on a stick, catching you unawares and bashing you with a Zen slap of the absurd balloon. That’s him – we love him! Heyokah medicine is good for our Health…. 

Stay tuned to Owlmirror and join the Dance!

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