The Holy Fool (UPDATED)

The jingling of bells during the dance is meant to frighten evil spirits and the clashing of sticks represent the fight between good and evil. The dancer who weaves in and out of the team of dancers is known as the Fool and whilst his dance seems to be that of a random nature, in fact his is a very intricate dance and represents the naivety of man. A dancer who is dressed as an animal character shows mans reliance on nature. Handkerchiefs emphasise the hand movements during the dance.- Crop Fertility Rituals

The Kalends of April are sacred to Venus, as is the entire month, and this day has been called the Veneralia. Public games, ludi, would be held in honor of the deity. This day was also known as All Fools Day to the Romans, and they would spend the entire day celebrating with comic hilarity, doing things backwards, wearing women's clothes, dancing in the streets, and generally carrying on in the most in the most foolish and congenial manner. This is one of the few Roman holidays that has preserved some of its original character, under the modern name April Fools Day. In Egypt, this day was celebrated as the Birthday of the god Hathor.- (link)

The Anglo-Saxons called April Oster-monath or Eostur-monath, the period sacred to Eostre or Ostara, the pagan Saxon goddess of spring, from whose name is derived the modern Easter.- Wikipedia
It's probably no coincidence that April Fools' Day is celebrated at the same time that two other similar holidays are celebrated. In ancient Rome, the festival of Hilaria was thrown to celebrate the resurrection of the god Attis. Hilaria is probably the base word for hilarity and hilarious, which mean great merriment. Today, Hilaria is also known as Roman Laughing Day. -How Stuff Works

In tribute to Attis, the priests of Cybele - known as Galli or Galloi - would castrate themselves and dress as women. They’d then travel the countryside, and perform wild musical rituals to the Great Mother just as Attis did...

Ancient historians held a variety of opinions on the Galloi, from admiration to bemusement to ridicule to hostility. But everyone seemed to agree that the Galloi loved to kick up a racket. Their rituals and festivals made Woodstock look like a ladies’ club luncheon.

The public performances of the Galloi were so intense that crowds would be driven into a religious frenzy... The Galloi even made an appearance in Apuleius’ Metamorphoses, the classic Roman comic novel. The story concerns an amateur sorcerer named Lucius, who mucks up a spell and turns himself into a donkey. Lucius is then sold to a wandering band of Galloi and dragged around while the priests travel the countryside, often performing their act door-to-door.

Obviously not a fan, Lucius describes the Galloi's rites, which include an eerily-exact precursor of heavy metal headbanging: “They arrived at a rich man's villa and screeching their tuneless threnes from the moment they saw the gates, they rushed frantically inside. Bending their heads, they twisted, writhed and rolled their necks to and fro while their long hair swung round in circles.”
The Secret History of Rock 'n' Roll
Perhaps the biggest change came from the initiated version of the Tarot that the original Golden Dawn (and its later offshoots) used. In that deck, the Fool is represented as a naked child of indeterminate sex, who is accompanied by a wolf on a leash, who is reaching up for a rose. In Golden Dawn, the Fool represents the god Harpocrates, the Egyptian god Horus as a young child. - Associated Content
"The four magic symbols, the sceptre, the cup, the sword and the pentacle. The fool always carries them, although he has long since forgotten what they mean. Nevertheless they belong to him, even though he does not know their use. The symbols have not lost their power, they retain it in themselves. - P D. Ouspensky

30 comments:

  1. "...known as the Fool and whilst his dance seems to be that of a random nature, in fact his is a very intricate dance and represents the naivety of man."

    On "...the naivety of man."
    Chris, I'm reminded from the recent Michael Tsarion Red Ice Interview that he mentioned that the Royal courts had a "Fool" or Court Jester as a liaison or representative of royalty to deceive the populace...he noted them as the modern interpretation of the politician or front men for the Powers That Be.

    In that context, it's disconcerting that our President Obama meets with Queen Elizabeth II on this April Fool's Day. I'm not calling him the "Fool" for the Queen but it hits hard when noted in Tsarion's context.

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  2. OSTARA - March 20-23
    The spring equinox in March focuses on the balance of light and dark, but at this point on the wheel, light is triumphant and the days will become longer than the nights. Paying homage to all new life, Ostara, like the cultural Easter holiday, brings grasses and chicks and eggs into our life to demonstrate the exuberant power of fresh beginnings. With the spring equinox, we find the energy and freshness in ourselves to burst out of the dark egg of winter inactivity, and we celebrate all the abundant evidence of life's continuation with joy.
    The so called Easter lily was once the floral emblem of the Goddess Juno in her virgin aspect, and of the spring Goddess who was her northern counterpart, Eostre, whose name gave us "Easter." Worshipers of the Great Goddess insisted that the world's first lily sprang from the milk of her breast.
    The Easter bunny began with the pagan festival of the springtime Goddess Eostre, when it was said that the moon-hare would lay eggs for good children to eat. Eostre's hare was the shape that the Celts imaged on the surface of the full moon, derived from old Indo-european sources.
    Hot cross buns were the traditional Easter cakes throughout the middle ages, another inheritance from paganism. The cross that marked them was interpreted as a christian symbol, but it was originally Wotan's cross. The bun itself was female-symbolic and associated with the Goddess Eostre, after whom the Easter festival was named. April was the Eostre-month to the Anglo-Saxons, Germans, and Franks. The Goddess Eostre "must have been one of the most highly regarded of the Teutonic deities, and her festival must have been an important one, and deeply implanted in the popular feelings." So thoroughly was her worship expunged, however, that we no longer know what people thought about her, and little remains except her name, which christian authorities carefully refrain from explaining at Easter time. The Goddess remained associated with wild woodlands, like the fairy queens and wood nymphs of Celtic Tradition. Her priestesses become the wudu-maer, wood mothers or little wood women, to whom buns or dumplings are still offered in some parts of Bavaria around Easter time.

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  3. I once read that April Fool's Day had something to do with a New Year's Day. That a new year used to begin on or around April 1. When the start of the new year was moved to January 1, there were those that continued to celebrate in April. Thus they were referred to as the April Fools.



    ~SE~

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  4. The birthday of Hathor... Interesting. We should keep a close eye on any Hathor references which pop up in world events.

    WV: Sunco (reference to "sun/fool")

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  5. StrangeEye,

    That might make sense, since Zoroastrians celebrate their New Year for two weeks, starting at the Equinox and ending in early April. It's the Norooz/Norouz/Nowrooz (etc, sigh) festival. It's a 5,000 year old tradition!

    The Iranian-American community is holding their Norooz festival at a nearby park this weekend. It's my favorite holiday.

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  6. Day after day, alone on the hill
    The man with the foolish grin is keeping perfectly still
    But nobody wants to know him
    They can see that he's just a fool
    As he never gives an answer
    But the fool on the hill
    Sees the sun going down
    And the eyes in his head
    See the world spinning around

    Well on the way, head in a cloud
    The man of a thousand voices talking percetly loud
    But nobody ever hears him
    Or the sound he appears to make
    And he never seems to notice
    But the fool on the hill
    Sees the sun going down
    And the eyes in his head
    See the world spinning around

    And nobody seems to like him
    They can tell what he wants to do
    And he never shows his feelings
    But the fool on the hill
    Sees the sun going down
    And the eyes in his head
    See the world spinning around

    He never listen to them
    He knows that they're the fools
    They don't like him
    The fool on the hill
    Sees the sun going down
    And the eyes in his head
    See the world spinning around

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  7. It is often interpreted that the Fool in the tarot deck is associated with Uranus.

    Prior to the discovery of Uranus, Saturn marked the boundary of the known universe. Uranus coincided with some of the major breakthroughs of the 20th century, including space travel. This is the planet of change, which is often unexpected. Some consider Uranus to be a rebel, upending the existing paradigms and norms, but progress is inevitable and Uranus won't quit until it is achieved. Uranus is the ruler of the Aquarius Sun Sign in Astrology.

    The Aquarius sun sign is the 11th sign of the western zodiac.

    Now, on April 1st (today) at 2am, the Moon forms a challenging square to Uranus. This probably could affect your personal chart. Therefore dreams will be very revealing in this cycle, so pay close attention.



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  8. I have previously mentioned Wagner's highly esoteric final opera Parsifal, which is about the "pure fool" who becomes a perfect knight. It seems highly significant to this topic, as well as the time of the year.

    Although best known for composing The Planets, Gustav Holst wrote an opera called The Perfect Fool as a satirical tribute to Parsifal. His other work and interests are also worth noting for their relevance to Secret Sun topics. Of further interest might be articles about The Planets itself, as well as The Hymn of Jesus.

    Jason

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  9. Found this child like synopsis of Parsifal online....weird to see opera like that

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dv_Xcgate1M

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  10. Jason,

    I would personally tend towards your observation. You may see something similar in what I wrote about the movie Knowing.

    What we KNOW gets in the way of us KNOWING. To become the "perfected knight" one must first become "the Fool" - carry on your own way, alone, with abandon ignoring the stumbling blocks, pitfalls and warnings that have been placed in the path (and barking voices of everyone else that will tell you you are a fool for doing so!)

    0 is Oneness. Perfect, complete and indivisible within itself. All encompassing, everything and no thing. It is ALL.

    We see that vague concept semiotically and symbolically winking at us each time our fingers touch the keyboard.

    "1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,0"

    ~SE~

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  11. Isn't it weird how it all ties together? All of this information is out there and yet most people don't even realize the significance of it. The thing I am constantly struck by is how all of this ancient fertility stuff is re-emerging as we become more technocratic and divorced from nature.

    It's a good starting point to connect some of the dots. And when you read stories like scientists believing that life was seeded to Earth from the Ceres asteroid (Ceres/Demeter/Isis/Cybele/etc) you really start to wonder.

    Thanks as always for your comments, everybody!

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  12. Somewhat tangentially following Ouspensky's view of the Fool no longer owning the knowledge of the symbolism that he carries, at *today's* G20 protests, the group making the big shine is the "Space Hijackers". Their choice of transportation is a mock police tank and they are carrying pillows to fight the batons of the Bobbies. Some might call them Fools in the pejorative sense but they know what they are doing when playing with the state's symbols, all nicely synched up to this important day.

    More here: http://blog.wired.com/defense/2009/04/g20-in-london-p.html

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  13. Rock is a good insulator for bacteria Chris!

    http://chrisimpey.com/blog/?p=31
    http://chrisimpey.com/blog/?p=46

    From THE LIVING COSMOS

    "The evolution of life on Earth has clearly been influenced by impacts from space junk, the the Solar System is part of a much larger cosmic environment. The Sun is a very steady star, but even small variations have a substantial effect on the climate--when the sun catches a cold, the Earth sneezes."

    Since Astrobiology is my major, I thought I'd share one cool dude with you all. His name is Bob, Bob Haag. Go check him out here:

    http://www.meteoriteman.com/

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  14. Fertility symbolism rising up unbidden. Or not? The following links relate to your recent entry on the Solar Satellite - I saw this one coming as well this entry:

    Kha b-Nisan

    "Kha b-Nisan[1], also Ha b-Nison; ܚܕ ܒܢܝܣܢ "First of April", Resha d'Sheta; ܪܝܫܐ ܕܫܢܬܐ "Head of the year" in Syriac, also known as Akitu, or Assyrian new year[2] is the spring festival among the Assyrians, celebrated on 1 April.
    Celebrations involve parades and parties. Men and women wear traditional costume and dance in parks for hours."

    Akitu

    Akitu (the New Year Festival) and Newruz (Nuroz)

    "The Akitu festival is one of the oldest recorded religious festivals in the world, celebrated for several
    millennia throughout ancient Mesopotamia. Yet, the Akitu was more than just a religious ceremony—it
    acted as a political device employed by the monarchy and/or the central priesthood to ensure the supremacy
    of the king, the national god, and his capital city. Politics and religion in Mesopotamia were irrevocably
    intertwined. Myths and their supportive rituals justified social institutions and legitimized rulers. Akitu
    festival was a tool wielded by the monarchy and ruling class to promote state ideology [1]. The Akitu
    festival demonstrates the effectiveness of religion as a political tool."

    Lots and lots of fools dancing in the City of London today eh? Mostly with the best intentions of course though, hating the fall guys.

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  15. Hugh Jackman only has 17 dollars to gamble with Gambit in the new Wolverine movie.

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  16. great stuff, may this spring blossom all that you sow!

    Know Naught!
    All ways are lawful to innocence.
    Pure Folly is the Key to Initiation.
    Silence breaks into Rapture.
    Be neither Man nor Woman, but both in one.
    Be silent, Babe in the Egg of Blue, that thou
    Mayest grow to bear the Lance and Graal!
    Wander Alone, and Sing! In the King's Palace
    His Daughter Awaits Thee. -ACrowley

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  17. Hey Chris, look at this:

    NEW YORK (CNN) -- "Guiding Light" will go dark in September after 72 years and 16,000 episodes, CBS announced Wednesday.

    The daytime soap opera's declining viewership led to the decision, according to CBS spokeswoman Cindy Marshall.

    The show, which the Guinness Book of World Records lists as the longest-running television drama, first aired on NBC radio in 1937 as a 15-minute serial, Marshall said. It moved to television on the CBS network in 1952.

    The last episode is set to air on September 18, Marshall said.

    The show is produced in New York."

    http://edition.cnn.com/2009/SHOWBIZ/TV/04/01/guiding.light.canceled/index.html

    Guiding light going dark in september, near the beginning of the Egyptian/Jewish New Year... A final date for the beginning of Great Depression and Novus Ordum Seclorum? Sounds a lot like a very weill preparad magyk ritual...

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  18. Chris, more on the last post, from CNN´s internet main story:

    April 1, 2009 -- Updated 2144 GMT

    Analysis: Crisis may build new order

    The main task of the G-20 summit in London may be simply to avoid making things worse, political analyst Robin Oakley says, but it also gives voice to nations from Latin America to Asia, who are new to the top table of power brokers.

    cnn.com

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  19. The Clown archetype is associated with three major characteristics: making people laugh, making them cry, and wearing a mask that covers one's own real emotions.

    Because of the mask he wears, the Clown is allowed--indeed, expected--to cross the boundaries of social acceptance, representing what people would like to do or say themselves.

    In distinguishing Clown from Fool, note that the Fool is connected to arenas of power, while the Clown does his best work as an Everyman.

    The Court Jester or Fool is the manifestation of the Clown in a royal setting. Since no one can possibly take a fool seriously at the physical level, he is allowed entry into the most powerful of circles.

    The question to ask ourselves is, like the Fool, do we carry truth into closed circles or closed minds?

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  20. Well I'll you guys- it's quite interesting indeed that Barackobamun showed up in the court of Eloah-Isis-Beth today. And all of this mayhem we are seeing in London. All of what's going on today seems like an elaborate April Fools Joke. And like all April Fools, it's not remotely funny.

    I've often thought of the origin of clowns as being these beings from some John Keel other reality that hate humans and dress that way to mock us.


    How interesting that the Scottish Rite boys love to dress up as clowns.

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  21. I like the comments SoapFan and Sensei concerning the Fool being allowed into privileged circles and the possibility of using this position to further an agenda....this is an absolute fact/possibility which I know of from my own experiences as a performance artist. Plus, it totally reminded me of this exact type of role played by the jester Renaldo in the old King Kull comics. Love me some Robert E. Howard.

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  22. Thanks also for the Ouspensky quote. Gurdjieff really had a handle on some things IMO.

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  23. One funny thing I read about Gurdjeiff that could be fools gold, one time he was broke and needed some money, so he painted some sparrows and sold them as exotic birds. Obama in a jesters hat in front of the Reptillians. What fun!Shineforth brave souls! Dennis

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  24. Said more or less the same thing at gosporn today. Happy All Fools Day, Christopher.

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  25. Harpocrates as in Harpo? It is interesting that he would wear a wig of long blonde hair and pretty much was the holy fool personified.

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  26. "Some consider Uranus to be a rebel, upending the existing paradigms and norms, but progress is inevitable and Uranus won't quit until it is achieved."

    Timely post considering this rebel Fool's journey. I enjoyed the information regarding Hathor. That was a link of which I was unaware, but certainly makes sense within my mythology.

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  27. I do remember reading somewhere about the figure of the fool being a speaker of truth before being iconified and later banned by the Church. Unfortunately I can't find the source of this but I tend to suspect it's from Carl Ginzburg's Ecstasies. Deciphering the Witches' Sabbath, which has huge implication if many things you're talking about and I don't really know if you're aware of it.

    On top of it I would add that a nice and interesting analysis of the Fool card of the Major Arcana seems to be coming from the excellent work made by Camoin-Jodorowsky: the way each of them and the whole tarot system is deeply related to a series of archetypes is nothing but a great foundation of what you're saying.

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  28. Not sure if this is relevant or not, but as I have been reading through the Secret Sun archives, articles like this one--and sometimes the articles that touch on the "Companion" hypothesis--have reminded me of a trilogy of articles I read at Mysterious Universe detailing one family's encounters with a "trickster" type entity. The connection between these people and the trickster seemed to be blood(DNA) related and has apparently been going on for generations, beginning at childhood for each family member and continuing sporadically throughout their adult lives, bringing waves of high strangeness.
    They call it the Harlequin, which I understand means "clown" and is, as such, somewhat different symbolically from the "fool"(although the Fool is sometimes referred to as the Jester, which seems to be much closer to Harlequin or clown in meaning, so I dunno).

    The Mysterious Harlequin - Part One
    ...for anyone interested in reading it.

    What has stuck in my head, and sometimes haunted me a bit as I read through the collected works on Secret Sun, is the impressions and descriptions of the Harlequin given by one of the family near the end of part three:

    “It became clear almost immediately that I entered into the mind of something that exists so far beyond humanity that not even in my most profound moments of despair or spiritual elation, have I ever experienced anything like it,” Mitchell said. “It has a certain animal nature to it even though it is far above the animal kingdom in respect to its self-awareness. I am convinced that it has the potential to destroy the world if it wished.” Mitchell sensed no human morals, no human sympathy in this ancient entity. “This type of being operates by an entirely different set of rules, rules that transcend morality in ways we don’t understand[...]it communicated things I did not want to know or even believe in. It revealed to me how my own view on life, and my reliance upon traditionalism as a worldview, was laughable at best[...]quite honestly it’s blown my fucking mind in ways I can barely express.”

    That description, plus the idea of the Fool or the Harlequin being prominent in modern events, plus the companion hypothesis, and the fact that the cry of "hoax!" is so prevalent these days, makes me wonder.

    Loki is doing his fucking dance.

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  29. Hmm...the links didn't work in my previous comment? I guess I screwed up on the HTML. I'll have to turn in my Geek Badge and Lightsaber and resign in disgrace.

    Anyway, here's the url for Part One of the Harlequin articles:

    http://mysteriousuniverse.org/2011/11/the-mysterious-harlequin-part-one/

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