Thursday, September 18, 2008

Coyote: the trickster

As I walked back up the street to our little house Tuesday morning there was a Coyote just in front of 8:30am! What is a lone coyote doing out at that time? Normally I see them at dusk or twilight.

In Native American tradition the coyote is referred to as the trickster. He embodies the archetype of the joker, creating much chaos and mischief. In the tarot this is the card of the Fool. Coyote is in many of the Native American creation myths. In one of my books here I found sixteen different stories featuring Coyote, usually as a very powerful and important being. In some cases he is even the creator of the two leggeds: man.

So, like the nemesis, we learn to embrace Coyote medicine and work with it. It is said that the Divine Trickster is here to teach how to work with others to accomplish great things, similar to the teachings of the Vine. Coyote also teaches us to look inside at the wisdom we hold and how to be in the world balancing work and play. Remember, manifestation comes easily when we are enjoying ourselves.

Follow your bliss and doors will open where there were no doors before. ~ Joseph Campbell

A botanical perfume working with the energetics of Coyote medicine would be interesting huh? I'm going to sit with it a bit and see what percolates up. Definitely some citrus for the playful aspect, elemi for shifting energetics and sandalwood for going within and accessing the Divine.
There should also be a since of the "wild" in the animalic quality....mmm labdanum.

Roxana Illuminated Perfume™


AromaX said...

What an apparition... You made me curious and I had to take my animal cards and read about Coyote. A trickster - a difficult one to understand (especially the advantaged) and accept.

How did it end? What did the Coyote bring to your life? Very curious how is it going with the perfume...

Illuminated Perfume said...

Aromax, how lucky you to have the Animal cards. I have seen those at my friends homes, they are really wonderful.
The thing the Coyote medicine for me had to do with letting go on internet troubles. What a strange path I had this week with cyber space, very much related to the teaching of Coyote.

AromaX said...

Lucky? ;-) Well - I found that the more cards you have the more difficult it is to choose the deck to draw... This week I have solved the Rider Waite - Crowely dilemma and now draw one card from each deck ;-) Well - let's think about implementing of animal cards as well ;-)

Funny that yesterday when I was inspired by your Coyote story I had Ace of Cups (Waite) and Devil (Crowely). I found some resemblances in the way how Devil and Coyote energies are developing...

Now looking back to my life thinking about the moments I met the Coyote (not literally as I haven't seen any in my life) ;-)

Wish you good healthy laugh on the Coyote lessons...

Illuminated Perfume said...

Aromax, judging by my grammatical errors in the message I posted above, I'd say Coyote is definitely among us!
I did some initiate work with a Celtic Shaman, she would pull one card from three different decks one day a week. It is a lovely practice. I too have way too many decks. Some times I buy them for the beautiful artwork, sometimes as tools.

Thank you for the laughter wishes. Intending a fantastic weekend to you and anyone reading this.