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Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Free yourself from outdated habits and sculpt a more dynamic YOU by opening to mythological magic, unpredictable wisdom and trustworthy intuition.
We all love freedom. To cultivate an ever-expanding repertoire of responses to life is to be allied with freedom and nature’s “evolutionary ingenuity,” which is another name for the Trickster — the characteristic that comes alive in difficult circumstances and loves against all odds.
Your Trickster can help you shape-shift your reality, starting with cultivating your linguistic, metaphoric and storytelling agility.
When you change your metaphors, you change your story... and literally change your world.
Life Can Be a Conspiracy for Your Benefit
What happens when you shift, for example, from thinking the world is out to get you to seeing the world with the eyes of “benign paranoia” — believing the universe is conspiring for your benefit? (Hint: far better things “happen” to you!)
New studies shows that those who believe themselves lucky are more prone to synchronicity and to fall into fortuitous events.
Conversely, when you tell yourself that you are unable to create something wondrous with your life, your subconscious mind will comply.
The path of personal transformation and collective transformation requires that you clear away the cobwebbed beliefs and assumptions that fill your brain and open to something more magical: thoughts that generate spontaneity, play, and delight.
This not only lifts your spirits, it lifts our culture... and makes for more meaningful relationships.
You become more magnetic for romantic partners, more co-operative with allies, and more catalytic for your community.
Your creative joie de vivre makes you a better speaker and a more complelling leader.
When you let go of your “harumphitude,” you emerge as a more delightful human that others want to play with.
Your degree of inner freedom is thus essential for giving your greatest gifts to the world and expressing your most authentic Self.
That’s where the medicine of the Trickster comes in handy.
Activating the Trickster in your life is all about freedom from the Reality Police and the rut of old certainties.
Trickster Medicine blesses you with a new capacity to create word magic and new storylines, and use playful unpredictability to bridge divides.
Magic is simply a willingness to collaborate with everything; so you move your emotional default-setting of “status quo” to “Woof-Woof-Wanna-Play?!”
Cultivating Your New Superpower
As you savor Trickster Medicine with ever-more-gusto, you cultivate a new superpower which infuses your life with meaning and dazzle.
That’s because Trickster Medicine is not the only medicine or practice, but it is the sine qua non because it renders all the other practices more effective.
Trickster is one of the greatest teachers of the spiritual path AND the path of social influence. With Trickster backing you up, you can defuse conflicts, levitate into laughter and transform situations with verbal aikido.
So in the name of your freedom, we invite you to a truly unique online program with Caroline Casey that will deepen your journey and transform you into a wildly unpredictable agent of evolution with Caroline Casey.
Caroline will take you into the heart of Trickster Medicine as a path and a practice and invite you to compost self-sabotage into nutrients for a more creative life.
She’ll show you how to add spice and sizzle to all that has become routine and dare you to surprise yourself.
As you’re liberated, you help liberate others. There is no prison for the unexpected!
If you also yearn for a saner society, the Trickster can help turn you into the change agent you were meant to be. It’s enchanting AND more practical to lead the way forward with unexpected surprises; they dissolve defenses and polarities and allow us to meet in the heart.
The Importance of a Fool-y Liberated Teacher
Whether you’re are a seeker on the spiritual path, a veteran activist or a curious evolutionary, you’ll delight in the ways that Caroline illuminates the path to your true Self and a more liberated world.
She’s been at the forefront of new-paradigm spirituality and in the trenches of Washington, DC politics since she was a wee little girl. She’s deeply informed by astrological wizardry and social-change-savvy.
Her mind weaves a remarkable number of threads per minute into a new tapestry of possibility, all helping you to create a more beautiful life.
Over the course of seven weeks, Caroline will show you how you can animate your Trickster skill set and fill your magic backpack with “reverent unpredictability,” which in language, metaphor and action liberates everyone.
The truth is that both God and Goddess like to laugh and bless those who shake us out of self-inflicted, serious habits that are keeping us stuck.
When you ally with Trickster, you free up the evolutionary life force within you. You dance through the dueling dualisms to find the coherent Whole at the heart of any moment.
In this adventurous, 7-week program of pragmatic mysticism, democratic animism and applied divination, you’ll harness Trickster energy to transform your life.
- Understand why the Trickster is so key to your spiritual liberation and the liberation of our world, especially in times that are heavy and hard.
- Receive practices to expand the playfulness of your mind so your words dance off your tongue.
- Find language that liberates your soul from old habits and opens you to a zestier experience of life.
- See how to become a more effective changemaker in our world by metabolizing the poisons of life and the world with a light heart.
- Cultivate your Utopian imagination to dream the world you want to see into being.
- Discern the difference between the Con Man and the Trickster (the latter liberates us from the former).
- Notice the mythic forces in play, making you a more savvy agent of influence.
- Activate the detective part of you to descend to the Underworld to restore human affairs in accord with the Harmony of Nature.
- Understand myths as Big Forces with which you can co-operate.
- Discover the liberating power of words.
- Become a more effective and delightful storyteller.
The truth is that you do not need more “powers,” but to use those already available to you in your magic backpack — qualities you’ve always had but may not have known — until now!
What You’ll Discover in These 7 Weeks
In this 7-week course, Caroline will guide you through the fundamental insights, skills and capacities that you’ll need to access the Trickster for liberation and move into a field of serendipitous synchronicity.
This is a course in becoming unpredictable and bringing in the unexpected to liberate everybody from the choreography of what has been a highly predictable culture.
Each weekly, LIVE session will build harmoniously upon the next, so that you’ll develop a complete understanding of the practices, tools and principles you’ll need to activate Trickster Medicine in yourself and in our world.
Course sessions are on Wednesdays at 5:00pm Pacific.
Module 1: Becoming Trickster
Medicine Storytellers (February 3)
We gather for our 7-week journey, whose path Coyote unfurls before us, at Mid-Winter, traditionally when Persephone lights her candle and begins her ascent up from the Underworld — and we with her! We carry the elixirs to heal the world.
This is one Winter we need not be depressed, if we go deep enough to gather our jaunty, spirited woof. Our willingness to be agents of the Trickster Redeemer magnetizes help. There’s no need to journey alone; co-operators are standing by! Some are mythological. Some are ancestral, fictional, historic, or in fairy tales.
Neptune in Pisces makes available all that has ever moved the human heart to goodness and kinship. We begin calling in the Medicine of Earth’s collective wisdom and setting in motion themes that we’ll carry with us throughout our journey.
In our first Trickster shift, we:
- Convene our first Coyote Council of Cultural Influence.
- Consider our lives as spiritual detective novels in which every quirky affinity is a clue to be honored.
- Explore the Grail Legend, which begins, "the land is ill, due to the abuse of rank and privilege, and that people are living inauthentic lives". Trickster Medicine is that which restores us to our authentic selves.
- Set up our altars of desirable mystery, on which we place our manifesto of dedicated devotion. (Trickster says, no rules, but guidelines. No homework, but home play.)
- Begin to create a resonant field of reciprocal blessing to support our dream projects, known and unknown.
- Explore "pragmatic mysticism” to tease from everything we’ve ever loved, studied, done, practical applications to make our own lives tangibly better.
- Begin our experiment in creating a syncretized and customized Trickster, who will accompany us throughout our journey.
- Invite in Scheherazade, quintessential Compassionate Trickster who, through her plucky eloquence, saves not only women and the land, but even the tyrant who has hardened his heart. She holds a Valentine’s bouquet of stories whereby humans can be healed by the earth in order to heal the earth.
- Start our practice of diagnosing the “news” — to understand what mythic forces are in play and become savvy agents of influence. The liberating hyphen reveals to us- dia-gnosis! (dia means “everywhere,” gnosis is “wisdom.” So all dia-gnosis is part of healing because it magnetizes the specific wisdom need.)
- Commence re-writing the world by writing witty head-lines that animate the soul — the desirable vision — for America and the world
- Big pertinent assignment: discerning the distinction between the Con Man and the Trickster. The former imprisons, the latter liberates.
Module 2: Cultivating Reverent Irreverence & Compassion with Sizzle: Liberating Democracy (February 10)
Everything wants to be liberated from conditioned servitude into a way of life that enhances our vitality and serves the world. Reverent Irreverence encourages us to toss everything into the Winter Cauldron — every spiritual practice, every strategy, every opinion — with the criterion "Is it equal, Mars and Venus? Humans and our flora fauna kin? Is the Trickster welcome? Can the truth be addressed without fear?” Yes?! We ladle it out. No? We throw it back in for another round of bubbling and brewing.
We’ll let go of repetitive patterns and self-sabotage and learn how to fully co-operate with our fellow humans, not only in our personal sphere but in our culture.
In this module, we’ll:
- Cook everything back to its originating impulse. What did this want to be, before it got hoodwinked? And offer ourselves as creative collaborators to that holy spark.
- Welcome Coyote, who hurls lightning at the closed story-loop, opening the circle of constraining habit it into a liberating spiral of wild possibility.
- Toss our addiction to having an enemy into the cauldron, along with our desire to punish, and ladle out a desire to liberate and heal!
- Learn how to navigate the Underworld when external support dissolves.
- Reclaim the art of blessing, informed by the wisdom of Jupiter.
- Gather our medicine stories to bless each person’s project that they undertake.
Module 3: Breaking Old Spells: Taking New Vows with Saturn & Uranus (Setting Free the Past by Becoming Disciplined Wild People) (February 17)
"Disciplined wild" is not really a contradiction. What we call wild nature is incredibly disciplined, much like wolves, which also embody inspiring models of leadership.
So we call in the wolves.
We all take vows, as young people, an assessment of "reality" and what we must do to survive. And they are necessary and useful. For a time. But then they go blub blub blub — into the unconscious, where they are no longer useful vows but binding spells. (We will also address, and rummage through ancestral vow and spells we may have taken on.)
When we gather in this manner, we can toss into the Underworld River all outworn vows and ladle out new more useful vows. Whatever we do for ourselves grants us the spiritual muscle tone to do that same thing in the world. Humans are sorely in need of breaking old spells and taking new vows.
In this Trickster shift we’ll:
- Begin “insourcing” everything we’ve been outsourcing. We’ll begin to de-condition ourselves to become agents of principles — rather than subjects of laws — via The Gurdjieffian Levels of Consciousness teaching.
- Liberate our discernment to quicken our strategic savvy.
- See how to become directors of our own movie.
- Explore the wonderful world of "complicity” and see, without shame or blame, how we are complicitous in whatever is going on.
- Inhale our complicitous creative chi from the undesirable, and exhale into the desirable.
- Suck the “g” out of “kingdom”: exhale it everywhere — leaving us with “kindom.” The Kindom of Heaven is at hand!
Module 4: Dedicated Acts of Beauty Invite Power Into the World: The Dance of Venus & Mars (February 24)
The world is being destroyed by uninitiated Mars. Mars without Venus equals a hyper-yang death frenzy. Throughout mythological history ‘tis Venus who initiates Mars. Where there is war, let there be Art. Venus magnetizes and invites in the desirable then hands it to Mars to animate. (And Venus and Mars are not the same as masculine and feminine, for they both dance within us all in unique customized ways.)
Venus says: "If all war is a failure of Imagination and Beauty — then all peace is a triumph of Imagination and Beauty."
In this module, we’ll:
- Welcome Inanna, whose 2500-year old Sumerian myth contains the orbital cycle of Venus and teaches us that those who survive the journey to the Underworld earn the opportunity to be cultural Trickster Redeemers.
- Discover navigational tips on what gets us through the Underworld when conventional external support dissolves. What must we die to, lest we die from?
- Practice loving disharmony back into harmony greater than existed before.
- Invoke Venusian energy to magnetize what we desire.
Module 5: Expanding Our Metaphoric Agility & Repartee With Mercury-Uranus: Sparking Our Imagination & Crafting Our Language (March 2)
In this module, we’ll dedicate ourselves to the magic of language and the art of critique and blessing. We’ll explore spicy satire and compassion with sizzle. Let us be surprising and thus liberating. There is no prison for the unexpected. Linguistic precision guides the vision, and hums our mythological DNA.
We gather to craft our storytelling skills and strategy, that our language, metaphor and story be in accord with our dedicated hearts.
In this module, we’ll:
- Liberate our truth-telling response and clothe it in metaphor.
- Harness the power of Uranus and Mercury for new turns of phrase that open new horizons of possibility.
- Access Neptunian qualities to reanimate the Aesclepion, Chiron’s healing cultural centers of antiquity, dedicated to dreaming, healing and theatre.
- Recognize that mythic figures animate the intrinsic intelligence in Nature and honor them in a different way.
Module 6: Becoming Artists of Atmosphere: The Neptunian Realms of Influence
In this module, we learn to move the images in our mind in order to manifest external reality. We dive into the Qabalistic teachings on visualization and ways to metabolize the poison of the world.
We’ll cultivate Utopian Imagination (enough with the dystopian, we’ve got that part down). We’ll see how to create the atmosphere where the desirable can take place and practice Reversal Magic — sacred teachings of the Bunny Planet (see Rosemary Wells childrens’ books).
We’ll also consider metaphor as the incarnational garb whereby power enters the world and mythic figures are metaphoric animations of intrinsic intelligence in Nature.
- Play with the possibility that the Divine wants to be liberated from past confines of human imagination.
- Delve into the Qabalistic teachings on Neptune, dreams, visualization — practices whereby to efficiently move the images in our mind.
- Practice “metaphoric agility”.
- Let all natural facts be social strategy metaphors.
- Explore how to become the person that we would have so loved to have met when we were 12.
- See that suffering is not a credential, it’s an assignment. If we ever went through a time of feeling we didn’t have a voice, it’s not to occasion melancholy, but a clue as to our Medicine assignment: being a voice for that which has no voice!
Module 7: Blessing Poker – I See Your Blessing & Raise You One: Embodying our Customized Trickster (March 16)
Jupiter proffers, what is the one way of relating to the world that is guaranteed replenishing and never depleting? Blessing! The art of blessing redeems everything in our lives and serves to gets us through the times when we must travel through the Underworld. Blessing does not mean letting go of critique, which is its necessary partner. We simply graduate beyond the dualism to see the intrinsic beauty in all things.
In this final module, we’ll:
- Gather blessings from all cultures that we may be agents of reciprocal blessing: "May it go well for you!" "And for you!”
- Learn to critique and bless.
- Further practice the art of dia-gnosing and blessing. The latter conjures the wisdom the former needs to heal.
- Embody our customized Trickster with all necessary skills.
- Bless each participant’s deepest heart’s desire, that our inner dedication may magnetize outward opportunity.
- Celebrate our graduation in which our customized Trickster with all necessary skills steps into our body.
- Bless the world!
The Way of the Trickster Bonus Collection
In addition to Caroline’s transformative 7-week virtual course, you’ll receive these powerful training sessions with leading visionaries and teachers. These bonus sessions complement what you’ll learn in the course and take your understanding and practice to an even deeper level.
Making the Gods Work for You
With wit and scholarship, Caroline reveals the mythical and magical dimensions of 10 planetary forces — along with meditations and exercises for connecting with the larger forces of the universe. Here is a visionary view of the hidden connections between the heavens overhead and the “miniature cosmos” within you. Accompanying drums and voice by Jaqui MacMillan and Amikaeyla Gaston.
Scheherazade is the Earth
In this rousing session of astro*mytho*politico story, Caroline puts you in cahoots with your mythological ancestors. Scheherazade is the quintessential Compassionate Trickster Redeemer, the woman storyteller and the Earth herself. She is the liberator of women, all flora and fauna and even the tyrant whose heart has hardened to the Venusian truth of kinship. Animating, magnetizing, and spiraling forth into the “memosphere,” this audio romp is an irresistible, all-inclusive invitation to a Renaissance of Reverent Ingenuity.
Let Venus Lead in the Cultural Narrative!
2015 Autumnal Equinox Audio Recording
In this session recorded on the autumn equinox, Caroline issues this call: “Wherever there is too much Mars let us dedicate to Venus and her realm, for she is the powerful antidote to war.” The Oppressor, unbeknownst to us, is actually seeking the medicine of what he/she oppresses — and Venus provides the tonic that liberates.
Venus initiates the Mars within us all, to be the Green Man, the wise wizard, the calm weaver, the loving Dad, and the hero who protects life.
What People Are Saying About Caroline Casey...
Caroline Casey says, “IT’S BETTER TO BE A TRICKSTER THAN A MARTYR.” I recently did a radio interview on KPFA out of San Francisco with a woman named Caroline Casey which was pretty much the most fun interview I’ve ever done — a sort of astral-cosmic freewheeling romp through big ideas. It was definitely the only interview I’ve ever done where I was writing down what SHE was saying as we spoke.
– Elizabeth Gilbert, Author
You are so cool.
– Marianne Williamson, Spiritual Teacher
What a fantabulous menu of guiding delight, portending rowdy unravelling and purposeful reconfiguration!!! Bless you for bringing these unique and timely gifts to our woe filled world, resurrecting deep aspirations to soar, transforming darkness into opportunities for new perception, all fueled by love — for this precious consciousness, when it sees clearly it is exquisite.
– Diane T.
I am re-listening to our conversation. I feel like a weaver meeting a master Navajo weaver. Deep fun and learning! The threads you pull together of (gold and moss and ideas) and the patterns you create have given me a tapestry of great beauty, a cloak of protection and a vision of what is possible. Even more amazing, I feel personally seen and honored by your words and insights. It is a rare and precious experience, to be truly seen.
– Renée S.
I am still taking in the beautiful fullness of the reading you did for me... by the lights of the grand fire dance in the heavens right now. Thank you so much for the depths of your diving on my behalf. I appreciate your lovely and precise way with the world and your heart-full commitment to a sane, reverent life with a wonderful life for all children. I share your words with many and these describe the pillars of my life since forever. With grateful awe of the circle spiraling and your gift of astro-insight,
– Deborah Z.
Join the Global Community
The Way of the Trickster not only offers some of the most liberating online teachings currently available, it also gives you a thriving global community of support.
Join your fellow students and practitioners from around the world in the live interactive conference calls or in our online community to support and learn from each other as you open your mind and expand your paradigm of reality.
This international community is also at the leading edge of a global movement of people who are committed to manifesting a better world for all beings. This movement is is guided by open hearts and principles of mutual support, cooperation, harmony and reverence for all of life.
Course sessions are on Wednesdays at 5:00pm Pacific.
Here’s What You’ll Receive
Seven 90-Minute Class Sessions with Caroline Casey
Experience a rare opportunity to be mentored and learn with visionary activist astrologer, writer, speaker and Trickster Caroline Casey — from the comfort of your own home. Each class session guides you to learn the specific skills and abilities to awaken the Trickster within you.
Seven Audio Recordings of Class Sessions
After each class, the audio will be available for you to download in high quality MP3 format. This way, you’ll never have to worry about missing a session, and you can listen anytime and anywhere — on your iPod, in your car and at your convenience.
Seven PDF Transcripts of Class Sessions
In addition to the high quality MP3 audios, you’ll also receive the entire class transcription in PDF format after each session is completed. This way you can review, print and highlight the most important insights and practices that you’ll learn.
Seven 30-Minute Interactive Group Practice Sessions
Following each class session there will be a live 30-minute interactive practice session where you will be placed in an intimate group with several other participants on the conference call to interact, share and do additional practices to help further integrate the weekly lessons.
Interactive Exercises and Questions for Each Lesson
After each lesson, you will then have the option to do related exercises, practice new tools and answer questions in order to accelerate your learning and integrate each week’s lesson.
Our exclusive Facebook online community is the perfect place to continue your learning after each class. Here, you can ask additional questions, interact with your fellow students and get access to additional resources to take your learning experience to an even deeper level.
The Way of the Trickster Bonus Collection
- Making the Gods Work for You
- Scheherazade is the Earth
- Let Venus Lead in the Cultural Narrative!
2015 Autumnal Equinox Audio Recording
An Unprecedented Opportunity to Join
The Way of the Trickster Virtual Training
We feel honored that Caroline Casey has chosen to partner with The Shift Network on this exclusive, LIVE online training. As you may know, this is a rare opportunity to learn directly from a contemporary spiritual teacher and whose powerful insights and pioneering work are helping us heal and awaken ourselves — and our world.
Through this powerful online format, you’ll not only save time and money on workshop costs (plus travel, accommodations and meals — which would cost thousands of dollars), you’ll be able to benefit from Caroline’s incredible teachings and exercises from the comfort of your home — at your own pace!
If you are serious about transforming your relationship to the world in new and powerful ways, then you owe it to yourself, your loved ones and our world to take this one-of-a-kind training.
If you’re ready to take the next step in evolving yourself, click the register button below to reserve your space now.
About Caroline Casey
Caroline W. Casey is the host-creator, weaver of context for The Visionary Activist Show on Pacifica Radio Network. Her guests are leading contributors to a culture of reverent ingenuity, all teased into pertinence, and has been called “one of the best radio shows in America.” Critique and solution.
She has studied and practiced in many Mystery Schools, Quaballah, Gurdjieff, Zen Buddhism, Zen Swordsmanship, acquired a BA from Brown University in Myth, Fairy Tales and World Religions, studied Grail Legend with late great mythologist Joseph Campbell and cahooted with late Jungian Trickster James Hillman — and more. What was academic to them, we can now embody.
Her unique art of astro* mythological* political* guiding* meta-storytelling is presented in myriad multimedia venues. Primary astrological consultant for Time-Life Books’ 1989 book Cosmic Connections, she has offered mythological-astrological news analysis on ABC’s Nightline, CNN’s Crossfire, in People Magazine and many other media outlets. She has written astrological-political essays for Washingtonian Magazine as well as an astrological-political column for George magazine. Her audio book, Visionary Activist Astrology is published by Sounds True. She is the author of Making the Gods Work for You: The Astrological Language of the Psyche.
Caroline offers Trickster Training Council weekly teleclass as well as councils at a wide variety of conferences all over America as well as in South Africa (presenting at the Parliament of World Religions), Bali, Sweden, UK, New Zealand, Hawaii, the Caribbean, British Columbia. A rousing and frequent keynote speaker, offering the Mythic News at the Bioneers Conference (for over a decade), Green Festivals, New Living Expo, etc. and with the great poet-ally Robert Bly for over 11 years at his Great Mother Conference. Caroline invites us to imagine, conjure and implement a more lovingly ingenious world.
She continues her studies of magic, mythology, literature and social activism all over the world.
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