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Our Dangerous, Beautiful Assignment:

Trickster Tales with Caroline Casey

An interview by Rae Sapp

Dear TMA Readers: I don’t know about you, but the current astro-weather forecast of Jupiter in Sagittarius squaring Neptune in Pisces sextiling the Capricorn cluster conjunction of Saturn, Pluto, and the South Node has me feeling like I am Robin Williams playing Peter Pan in the movie Hook, and I’m in the scene where I have to start screaming, “I do believe in fairies, I do, I do,” or else everything good and magical on Earth is going to stop existing! Yeah, it is that kind of heavy, isn’t it?

While we don’t need the zodiac to tell us that life on Earth is naturally anxiety-inducing, there is always hope in humor and good company. Since I can’t serve tea through the cyber or print sphere yet, I offer instead these soothing word balms from my favorite astrology metaphor maven, Caroline Casey.

May her art of reframing remind us how to re-language our lives using astrology, myth, and fairy tales in a way that allows comedy and spicy playfulness to reign over the Dementors of Doom. My hope is that the following transcription will serve as guidance for all of us on how to be defiantly lovely in these tumultuous times.

Caroline Casey is a Visionary Activist Astrologer who has had her own radio show for 23 years and uses astrology as a language to help guide people through the inner democracy of their psyches. The Visionary Activist Radio Show is archived for free listening and download at https://CoyoteNetworkNews.com/radio-show/radio-archives, where one can also subscribe to the podcast. Contact Caroline via e-mail: StandupCoyote@CoyoteNetworkNews.com

Caroline encourages us to cahoot with Liberating Trickster Magic that loves against all odds and comes alive at times of greatest danger.

So, without further ado …

Rae Sapp: Caroline, will you please share with us a brief intro to Trickster philosophy?

Caroline Casey: There is no prison for the unexpected! I lived with an actual coyote (Stella Coyote) for 19 years, 2 months, and 2 weeks. It was part of our evolutionary experimental alliance, so I have indeed earned my Trickster credentials. With Trickster, ’tis all wheel and deal. “I give you this, you return the glove … Okay, I give you two. All right, we got a deal.” Democratic Animism. So, we exchanged a lot of guidelines and came up with our own Trickster creation myth that goes something like this: Long before there were humans, there was Trickster — raven, coyote — who, with a sizzle of lightning, set the whole shebang into action, and that sizzle of uniqueness moves through every flora and fauna.

Every now and then, the unique creative Trickster force that runs through all things gets inquisitioned, orthodoxed, or imprisoned. So, Trickster learns to become a great escape artist and queries every corrupt kerfuffle by wondering, What/who did this want to be before it got hoodwinked by the reality police? Trickster tracks everything back to its originating liberating impulse, to unlock and set it free. The Uranus glyph looks like an archaic jail key: “Unlock yourself and pass it on!” Hafez: “The small man builds prisons for everything he meets, but the Wise Woman ducks under the Moon and tosses the keys to the beautiful, rowdy prisoners!”

Let’s replace the word “fight” with “dance”! Let’s cultivate and practice spiritual, linguistic aikido and metaphoric agility so that we can spiral-dance with everything.

This is it, team: “We ain’t play-actin’ now, children,” as they say in the South. The 2020 Saturn–Pluto (soon joined by Jupiter) conjunction in Capricorn describes our giant cauldron of collapsing systems — everything into the cauldron, with the criterion: “Is it equal male and female, Mars and Venus, humans and flora/fauna? Does it guide humans to their own autonomy?” Yes? We ladle it out. No? We toss it back in for another round of bubbling.

Evolutionary challenge: Please don’t feed the dementors!

We have outsourced leadership (Saturn) to sociopathic monstrosities that feed on cruelty. The Dementors of Doom thrive on the polarity of conflict … which naturally elicits our rage, which then feeds the dementors. So, here we go. Through the alchemy of Pluto, we toss our outrage into the cauldron and ladle out the irresistible, invitational story of sane reverence.

If the dementors fill the collective mind with vituperative polarity and invite the worst of humans to mob mind, it behooves us to invite the best into the memeosphere.

Let us dedicate ourselves to being agents of cool response in a hot reactive world. Animate the Guiding story. High John the Conqueror, the great Trickster Redeemer folk hero of the South, said the heroism of the oppressed is to liberate the entire circumstance.

With Neptune, let us be artists of atmosphere, Public Dreamers, conjuring the atmosphere conducive to the desirable. Neptune says: “Strategic cultural advantage goes to those cultivating intimacy with the power of symbols.”

Let’s toss our species’ addiction to having an enemy into the cauldron, and ladle out collaborative accord.

RS: That sounds very Uranus in Taurus!

CC: Yes! I am wildly enthused by the possibility of Uranus in Taurus to help foster our willingness to participate in the more-than-human world and remember that everything is alive, everything has spirit and is a potential dance partner for us — we are all kin. It is human’s humble opportunity to follow nature’s guiding genius. Let this be a renaissance of Entheo Endogenous Indigenuity!

A guest I hosted on my Visionary Activist Radio show said it was 4,000 years ago that the Greeks got rid of all their animal deities, so now with Uranus in Taurus, it seems like a great time to revisit this fork in the road, to liberate our image of the divine. To see the divine as the great coyote bowing down in front of each of us and saying, “Woof, woof, wanna play?” Dangerous in a good way.

Uranus Trickster magic is “believe nothing — entertain possibilities,” and it encourages us to experiment, experiment, experiment! Uranus is nature’s evolutionary Genius that has no category of success–fail (other planetary parts of us do) — merely try this, nope … try this, nope … try this, yes! Venus magnetizes, Mars animates, and together they spiral the guiding meta-narrative.

RS: The last time you graced the TMA interview stage was in the Aug./Sept. 1995 issue, in which you spoke about the Uranus–Neptune conjunction in the late degrees of Capricorn. You said it was an invitation for us to re-invent everything along a vision of equality. With Saturn and Pluto now transiting those same late degrees of Capricorn, how do you think they add to that conversion/vision of equality?

CC: Saturn and Pluto together definitely bring a strong incentive for public discourse about what desirable leadership really is, especially as the old structures are falling and failing on every level, from bridges to cathedrals to leaders.

I had a dream then (1995) and woke up with this voice that said we must work with water in a revolutionary way. I am now starting to have people born during the Uranus–Neptune conjunction come in for readings, and many of them tell me they are working on how to restore the oceans. All these transits are such an accumulated choreography, so I love that Saturn and Pluto are in the same spot now. We are pattern-tracking beings.

The outer planets represent huge forces of evolutionary Intelligence; they are the keepers of the whole cultural and even biological conversation, and when they dance with us, they remind us that we are part of a much larger story than just our own.

Neptune, in the largest sense, relates to everything that mainstream culture has exiled, forgotten, or imprisoned, but is also where a culture’s soul and replenishing vision live. In regards to a vision of equality, this ties into Daniel Giamario’s research — or maybe he made it up, but I like it, so if it isn’t true, let’s make it true! — in which he says the earliest image for Capricorn is the council of wise women dedicated to the next seven generations. We are stuck, kind of, with the Greek and Roman names for the planets, but all of them are bisexual or more. I grew up using Saturn as father, and while this has worked, some things that have been true get truer, while some are just a mere passing cultural moment.

RS: Yes, let’s make the council of wise women Capricorn’s anthem again, please! I think this energy is being seen right now as we shift away from the patriarchal idea of authority being a male-dominated role, and witness more women stepping into greater authority on the world stage.

CC: Right! There are two women in American politics right now who are Full Moon Libras (Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Kamala Harris), and we go, “Right on, woof, woof!” The Wolf model of leadership is admirable, and I think it would be great for humans. Wolf leadership is based on charisma, not dominance. Charisma in wolf culture applies to the one who initiates play the best — that is their top criterion. An alpha can be recognized within ten days of birth as the pup with the lowest resting heartbeat. So, it is the coolest pup who elicits the playful ingenuity of the pack.

Language play around the feminine — the goddess language — has almost gotten kind of boring and expected, but whatever we mean by it, the woofy, womb-y, fierce side of the feminine is gracing the stage!

The great heroine Scheherazade from The Arabian Nights liberates all women, liberates the land, and is willing to liberate even the tyrant who has hardened his heart. She’s not counting on it — but willing! The Arabian Nights are all about Women Redeemers. Scheherazade’s name means “City Redeemer,” and her sister Dunyazade’s name means “World Redeemer.”

At the heart of her stories is the tale of the Princess Perizada (“Faery-Born”). It is a tale about the importance of manners and respect. For, in the story, she must climb a high mountain, and at its base she meets an old beggar man. Unlike the others who have climbed before her, Perizada asks, “Dear sir, do you have any advice for me?” Surprised, he says, “No one has ever asked me that before! Yes! As you go up the mountain, there will be voices that will hurl customized insults at you, and you must not react or turn around! If you do, your heart and body will turn to stone.” So, she stuffs chamomile in her ears and marches on — thus able to make it to the top. As she makes her way back down, instead of leaving behind the bodies of those who could not resist reacting, she sprinkles the waters of life to liberate them all.

RS: I think this is great for incorporating both genders into the Saturn/Capricorn mythos and fulfilling the plural parental aspect of its nature, like we see with Wolf packs having both an alpha female and an alpha male that lead.

CC: Saturn is our experimental willingness to acknowledge complicity, because it is the part of us that inherited the constraining family condition or cultural script. So, any astrology or spiritual practice is now valid only to the extent that it guides people back to their own autonomy — their own Saturn. You get them to ask, “How have I been complicit with this collective nightmare? If I have, unbeknownst to me (consciously or unconsciously), I am now willing to inhale my chi from that story and exhale it into a much better one!” It is very useful, especially when something unpleasant happens, to go, “Hmmm, now why would I have directed the movie that way? And just in case I did, let me throw it into Pluto’s cauldron and ladle out a better story.”

 

Full article available in the August–September 2019 issue of TMA.