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Trickster Ritual

Background:
A friend and I decided to host a Discordian/Chaos influenced ritual for some of our Wiccan friends. The ritual took place on April Fool’s Day, 2006. I’ve included some notes on who did which part as we had two of us leading it. In place of a normal athame, when casting the circle we used sporks. If you want to adapt this ritual, have fun changing, losing or using any parts.

Preparation prior to ritual:
Take random objects (brought by participants) and place them in large cauldron. Cover cauldron with a cloth. Place cauldron by altar. Gather a bag of accessories: masks, funny hats, feather boas, etc.

Begin with Center of Chaos Banishing:*
(Owlpirit) Stand in the center of the room, facing north.
Hands at my sides, palms down – “Below me, the stability of the earth.”
Hands up, palms up – “Above me, the stars.”
Right arm out to the side, palm facing east – “The sun rises in the east”
Left arm out to the side, palm facing west – “And the moon set in the ocean to the west”
Arms folded across chest (god position) – “And at the center, I am Chaos.”

Cast circle:
(Stinger)
Pick up incense from the east and waft it around the circle, saying “With air, I bless this circle.”

Pick up candle from the south and walk it around the circle, saying “With fire, I bless this circle.”

Pick up water from the west and sprinkle it around the circle, saying “With water, I bless this circle.”

Pick up salt from the north and sprinkle it around the circle, saying “With earth, I bless this circle.”

Call a Guardian. (NOTE: Our Wiccan tradition has an individual Guardian call in a Guardian spirit. For this ritual, the Guardian wore pink bunny ears and carried a Nerf bazooka.)

At East: “Guardian of the Watchtower of the East, spirits of Air, please join us today and ward our circle. Hail and welcome.”

At South: “Guardian of the Watchtower of the South, spirits of Fire, please join us today and ward our circle. Hail and welcome.”

At West: “Guardian of the Watchtower of the West, spirits of Water, please join us today and ward our circle. Hail and welcome.”

At North: “Guardian of the Watchtower of the North, spirits of Earth, please join us today and ward our circle. Hail and welcome.”

At altar: “Coyote, we ask you to join us here today, to help us to learn your lessons. Hail and welcome.”
“Eris, we ask you to join us here today, to help us open ourselves to the universe. Hail and welcome.”

(Stinger)
Charge of the God (“Coyote Moon”)**
Each of us knows him, his name we have guessed.
Some call him Ally, and others… the Pest.
This pesky cousin puts words in our ear,
telling us what we’d rather not hear.

Behind his mischievous masquerade
is a Teacher extraordinare by trade.
Coyote is laughing his way through our days,
watching us work our way through life’s maze.

Putting up road blocks, tripping us up;
handing us bitters to drink from life’s cup.
Winding his way through our thoughts and our dreams,
While he is planning his next set of schemes.

So why does he come, what’s his purpose you ask?
Our Coyote cousin serves well his life task.
This comical jester, the four legged fool,
teaches the best by breaking the rules.

He never takes himself too seriously
good lessons to learn for both you and me.
Just when we think we have it all figured out,
Coyote Moon once again comes about.

(Owlpirit)
Charge of the Goddess (Eris chaos poem)***
“I have come to tell you that you are free. Many ages ago, My consciousness left humanity, that they might develop themselves. I return to find this development approaching completion, but hindered by fear and by misunderstanding. You have built for yourselves psychic suits of armor, and clad in them, your vision is restricted, your movements are clumsy and painful, your skin is bruised, and your spirit is broiled in the sun. I am chaos. I am the substance from which your artists and scientists build rhythms. I am the spirit with which your children and clowns laugh in happy anarchy. I am chaos. I am alive, and I tell you that you are free.”

(Owlpirit)
“Our purpose here today is to acknowledge and accept the chaos and trickster archetypes as part of our lives. This is in order to be better able to flow with them rather than to fight them, for fighting them is futile. When we accept them, when we learn to go with the flow, we can gain benefits from them. When we remember that the universe comes from Chaos, we open ourselves to another way to connect
to everything, to allow our creativity to flow, and give ourselves the ability to think further and further out-of-the-box. When we accept the Trickster in our lives, we give ourselves the freedom to learn from his lessons, hopefully a little less painfully than we may have in the past.

Breaking out of the box
(Place masks, hats, feather boas, etc. in a pile in the center for people to take from. While these are being passed out, we teach the chant. After everyone has their stuff, we get everybody to start moving and dancing, drawing inspiration from their mask, hat, whatever. Everybody chants and dances till we fall in and laugh (typical ending to a chaos bit).
Chant:
No boxes.
No labels.
I am free.
I am boundless.

Divination
Beginning with whoever is sitting in the east, each person does the following:
“I come from Chaos. I ask the Trickster to teach me.” Then he/she reaches in under the cloth and takes out one of the objects. Everyone then gives their impressions/ideas about what the object means for that person, including the individual. When done, the person says “I accept that Chaos is part of life. I accept the lessons the Trickster teaches me.” They he/she returns the object to the cauldron and the next person repeats the process.

Closing Circle:
At altar: “Eris, thank you for joining us here today. Hail and farewell.”

“Coyote, thank you for joining us here today. Hail and farewell.”

At North: “Guardian of the Watchtower of the North, spirits of Earth, thank you for joining our circle. Hail and farewell.”

At West: “Guardian of the Watchtower of the West, spirits of Water, thank you for joining our circle. Hail and farewell.”

At South: “Guardian of the Watchtower of the South, spirits of Fire, thank you for joining our circle. Hail and farewell.”

At East: “Guardian of the Watchtower of the East, spirits of Air, thank you for joining our circle. Hail and farewell.”

Farewell to the Guardian.

Cleanse the space using the 5 Discordian elements: Sweet, Boom, Pungent, Prickle, and Orange.

Notes:
*    The Center of Chaos Banishing is originally by Jaq Hawkins.
**  The Coyote poem is from TBD.
***The Eris Charge is from the Principia Discordia.