Welcome to The Lilting Tree, a blog devoted to my own set of quirky interests, most of them related in some way to the imagination: dreams, fantasy, writing, music, film, television, literature, symbolism, mythology, folklore, fairy tales, depth psychology and all things fascinating, artful, off-beat, quirky, mysterious, and weird.
I thought April 1st* would be an auspicious day to begin the effort, since it is a day for good-natured mischief and caprice. I would like to see this day and what it stands for elevated in status, as I think we all need a bonafide vacation from mundanity and predictability. But then again, fools and tricksters are liminal and therefore marginal characters by nature, so maybe their day should fly low under the radar as well. How else would it sneak up on you?
Still, I proclaim that The Fool is no trivial personage. My glancing familiarity with the Tarot informs me that The Fool is a figure who, for better or worse, is not terribly bound by consensual, seemingly “concrete” reality, nor simply floating in a vaporous netherworld; he (or she) is somewhere in between in a free-flowing, organic reality of ripening potentials. It’s a nice place to hang out, and I’m hoping you’ll enjoy spending some time with me in this neither-here-nor-there ephemeral-but-grounded space.
Next week I will start the blog in earnest but for now, here’s a great little tale featuring “Ivan the Fool,” a common figure in Russian fairy tales. It’s called “Sivka Burka”: Read it here.
You won’t read it? Well, at least take in this highlight, advice from Ivan’s dead dad:
“Now go out into the open field and call: ‘Sivka-Burka, dun horse, magic horse, come when I call you.’ A horse will come galloping up to you. Crawl into its right ear and out its left, and you will be turned into a handsome young man. Mount the horse and ride it.”
Who knew the path to transformation lay in the ear canal of a dun horse?
* I actually posted on another blog platform on April Fools, and then switched, in case you’re wondering.