Kirsten Riddle looks at a range of trickster characters from animal spirits, to deities, and human tricksters. She combines folklore with trickster medicine to show readers how to tap into the specific energy of each character to manifest positive change. Tricksters have been around since the beginning of time. This archetype is a figure that appears in folklore and mythology from around the world, and presents itself in a variety of forms, including animal (Coyote, Raven, Brer Rabbit), human (Jack in the Beanstalk), and deity (Norse Loki). The trickster is a complex character with an altogether different type of energy that is surprisingly essential to our wellbeing. This archetype represents the unexpected. Events that happen beyond our control and that can test us to the very limits. Yet these events, no matter how challenging, can also teach us something about ourselves and the need for spontaneity. In 'Trickster Magic' Kirsten Riddle explores these irresistible rascals who are the arrogant charmers we love to hate, the individuals that get under our skin and who despite their disruptive nature, always seem to fall on their feet. So how can we work with such erratic energy and invite the trickster into our lives without causing mayhem? The key is in learning to embrace change. Seeing it as an opportunity for growth and taking on some aspects of the Trickster's complex psyche. Kirsten provides practical, fun, and easy rituals and tips to tap into our true potential and discover there is joy and spiritual wisdom to be found in any situation. Accompany Kirsten Riddle on this transformative and magical journey and learn to see the funny side when things seem bleak, and notice the fine line between the ridiculous and the truly ingenious!
Performing Magic on the Western Stage examines magic as a performing art and as a meaningful social practice, linking magic to cultural arenas such as religion, finance, gender, and nationality and profiling magicians from Robert-Houdin to Pen& Teller.
This book, the result of a lifetime of listening and 30 plus years of research, focuses on the magic that is jazz, particularly the element of Tricksterism in the music. In some sense, anyone who is proficient at jazz has some element of Tricksterism, the ability to make something out of anything and to transform it in the process. The truly great musicians are Tricksters. I have concentrated on Charlie Parker, Louis Armstrong, and Dizzy Gillespie because these great musicians most displayed the genius and humor that the African Trickster is reputed to have. Each of these musicians took the material available to them, usually the pop songs of their day, and refashioned them into something better than they found. It is a kind of magic or alchemy. This sleight of hand is filled with surprises that cause physical reactions, often gasps, in their audiences. In a kind of reversal of expectations, the more the audience knows, the more it is surprised. I have listened to Louis Armstrong for about sixty years and, at least once in every performance, I am surprised. The more I listen to Armstrong, Parker or Gillespie, the more I am astounded by what they have done. I did not write about Sonny Rollins here, an oversight, but at 80 years-old-plus, Sonny amazes me at every performance I am lucky enough to see. These magician-Tricksters transform all they touch and turn even dross to gold. This book is a step toward understanding how they do it.
Leadership Magic is not about the specific traits you bring to your leadership; it is about the journey of self. In ages past, a gathering of experts would school a young noble in the arts of war, letters, horsemanship, diplomacy, and life. These experts were not just teachers; their relationship with their liege was often more personal. Leadership Magic is your personal leadership journey.
Magic and Magicians in the Middle Ages and the Early Modern Time
There are no clear demarcation lines between magic, astrology, necromancy, medicine, and even sciences in the pre-modern world. Under the umbrella term 'magic,' the contributors to this volume examine a wide range of texts, both literary and religious, both medical and philosophical, in which the topic is discussed from many different perspectives. The fundamental concerns address issue such as how people perceived magic, whether they accepted it and utilized it for their own purposes, and what impact magic might have had on the mental structures of that time. While some papers examine the specific appearance of magicians in literary texts, others analyze the practical application of magic in medical contexts. In addition, this volume includes studies that deal with the rise of the witch craze in the late fifteenth century and then also investigate whether the Weberian notion of disenchantment pertaining to the modern world can be maintained. Magic is, oddly but significantly, still around us and exerts its influence. Focusing on magic in the medieval world thus helps us to shed light on human culture at large.
"The book demonstrates how Harpo, the sweetest, wildest, most magical Marx brother, accomplishes the archetypal trickster's work. Thirteen chapters examine Harpo's trickster persona closely in each Marx Brothers film. The author demonstrates his luck, foolishness, cleverness, mania, hunger, lust, stealing, shape-shifting, gender-bending, alliance with underdogs, attacks on the powerful, musicality, sympathy for animals, magic, and mischief. "--
Zoe and her friend Winston travel to the Gullah Sea Islands where they meet the slick-talking Bruh Rabbit, who tricks them into handing over their quilt and vanishes to the magical island of Sankofaland.