If you’ve found yourself perplexed, dismayed, or downright afraid about the road ahead, wondering how you can engage our coming trials in a way that contributes to healing and liberation... you’re not alone!
Indeed, there’s a vast number of spiritual folks, healers, progressives, artists, and cultural-edge-surfers who are looking at our collective quandary and seeking ways to transform what’s blocking a better future ahead. Yet, this can be daunting and overwhelming.
The antidote to this overwhelm is levity, according to visionary activist Caroline Casey, where we’re lifted up by laughter and magic, giving us the strength, nimbleness, and playfulness needed for the road ahead.
These are qualities of what Caroline calls the “Citizen Trickster” — a new twist on an ancient archetype.
Citizen Trickster is the redeemer, the liberator, the keeper of democracy who’s been living within us, awaiting our call. Citizen Trickster comes alive when we’re dedicated to liberating ourselves by liberating the world.
Scheherazade, for example, is the great Trickster Liberator from One Thousand and One Nights. Her name means “City Redeemer.” And her sister’s name, Dunyazade, means “World Redeemer.” Through their power of story, they liberate not only the women and the land, but even the tyrant in the tale who has hardened his heart.
The Trickster connects us with Nature’s evolutionary genius. It quickens within us as we enter the state of wonder, willingness and openness to dance, in the choreography of creation.
As we do, we each become agents of liberation and blessing. We learn to recruit the ingenuity of the bad to serve the good. We navigate the Underworld with pluckiness and courage. We become ever more effective Players on the Team of Creation.
“Against all odds” are actually the odds that Trickster likes best — so now is the perfect time to call forth this archetype within each of us.
We each carry a unique and necessary Medicine for our times, which Trickster helps us access. The Trickster shows us, for example, how to reframe trauma into “my dangerous beautiful assignment,” thereby transforming what appears to be poison into a personal healing tonic.
Yet, for the Citizen Trickster inside us to succeed, we need a supportive team to help alert us to serendipitous synchronicities and inspire us in enhanced dreaming together. We need to be part of a pack while supporting each person’s autonomy.
During the 7-week adventure of Liberating the Citizen Trickster in You , you’ll have a global community to support you in becoming your most authentic Self.
We’ll focus on what we want to unlock in the quest for betterment — “tossing keys to the beautiful and rowdy prisoners” (as Hafiz encourages) — by learning to dance with Shadow, turn demons into allies, and brew medicine from poison.
We’ll draw inspiration from folklore, fairy tales, myth, nature and actual reality.
You’ll discover how to transform your anger into desire. Anger gets you aroused, but you can’t stop there, or you’ll be trapped by what Caroline refers to as the linguistic worship of prison. The Trickster uses anger as a guide to the desire that liberates circumstance.
You’ll cultivate an ever-expanding repertoire of beneficial responses which allow you to become allied with Nature’s ingenuity and love against all odds.
This is achieved by shape shifting your reality through the practice of advancing your linguistic, metaphoric and storytelling agility.
You’ll learn to perceive metaphors as the incarnational garb through which power enters the world. When you change your metaphors, you change your story — and literally change the world.
By freeing yourself from outdated thought patterns and animating a more liberated and dynamic YOU... you’ll open to more magic, wisdom and intuition.
Activating the Citizen Trickster in you is ultimately about freedom from the Reality Police and the rut of old certainties. As you free yourself, the world naturally follows.
A recent study at Cambridge University showed that luck increases when we run on the fuel of curiosity and generosity.
By moving our emotional default setting from fear to “Woof-Woof-Wanna-Play?!” we become irresistibly magnetic to equally playful dance partners of all kinds: romantic partners, accomplices and allies for vitalizing our lives and communities.
Magic is simply a willingness to collaborate with everything... and in forging an alliance with something, we become more like it. To protect water, for instance, we become like water; to protect wolves, we become like wolves.
And by cultivating wonder, we invite in the electric spark of revelation.
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 navigate challenging situations with verbal aikido.
Tapping into the creativejoie de vivre of Trickster also makes you a better speaker and a more compelling leader.
So in the name of personal and collective liberation, we invite you to a truly unique online adventure with Caroline Casey, which will deepen your journey, open your mind, and transform you into an effective — albeit unpredictable — agent of evolution.
Caroline will take you into the heart of Trickster as a path and a practice, and invite you to compost self-sabotage into nutrients for a more creative life. She’ll guide you to become more surprising, even to yourself (and your dog!).
And as you’re liberated, you’ll help liberate others. There’s no prison for the unexpected!
Whether you’re a spiritual seeker, veteran activist or curious animist, you’ll delight in the ways Caroline illumines the path to your true Self and a more liberated world.
Caroline’s been at the forefront of new-paradigm spirituality and in the trenches of Washington, D.C. 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, you can expect a wild romp as Caroline shows you how you can animate your Trickster skill set and fill your magic backpack with “reverent unpredictability” through language, metaphor and action.
With Trickster as your ally, 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. Together, we’ll practice the art of spiraling, so as to not be snookered into polarity.
In this adventurous program of pragmatic mysticism, democratic animism and applied divination, you’ll partner with Trickster energy to transform your life and:
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!
Course sessions are on Wednesdays at 5:00pm Pacific.
In this adventurous, 7-week course, Caroline will guide you through the fundamental insights, skills and capacities you’ll need to access the Trickster within you for self liberation, reciprocal blessing, and betterment of your family, community and the world.
Each weekly, LIVE session will build harmoniously upon the next, so you’ll develop a complete understanding of the practices, tools and principles you’ll need to activate Citizen Trickster in yourself and in our world.
This is a course in becoming unpredictable and bringing in the unexpected to liberate everybody from the choreography of what’s been a highly predictable culture.
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 Citizen Trickster 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 Council, we’ll:
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 our second Trickster shift, we’ll:
"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 vows 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 our third Trickster shift, we’ll:
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 Trickster shift, we’ll:
This week, 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. Linguistic precision guides the vision, and hums our mythological DNA.
For example, we’ll experiment with replacing the word “trauma” with the phrase “my dangerous, beautiful assignment.” Our assignment is to make the Medicine from that poison. We’ll explore the liberating effect of replacing “got to” with “get to.” (“Got to” is out-sourced Saturn, authority turned into obligation, which of course creates resistance, while “Get to” engages our autonomous enthusiasm at the generous opportunity before us.”)
In this Trickster shift, we’ll:
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’ children’s 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.
In this Trickster shift, we’ll:
The Power of Fierce Blessing, 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 Trickster shift, we’ll:
In addition to Caroline’s transformational 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.
The race is on, that dynamic beauty and sane reverence may supplant the dominance of dunder-headed-despotic dementors of doom, and that adorable and ingenious life may bloom in profusion once again on the other side of this bottleneck towards which we are all racing... Gathering our wits and animating the Astro*Mytho*Politico*Navigational*Guiding Story for now through November, into the wild Winter Solstice. Recorded at Open Secret in San Rafael, California, on November 15, 2016.
Conjuring the Trickster Redeemer (within us all)! Tales of Triumphing Over Tyranny — Birth of Citizen Trickster in all our hearts. “The longest night... the wheel is turning... what will we give to the night?” Come cahoot, as humans have done for 20,000 years, at this Time of Dire Beauty, to lay the old year to rest. Let’s gather with our team of sane reverent beings to toss the demons of the old year into the cauldron and ladle out defiant joy, and Jetino — “the powerful magic that comes in dangerous times.” Trickster as keeper of democracy — In Trickster We Trust! Recorded at Busboys and Poets in Washington, DC, December 20, 2016.
Caroline Casey converses with one of her favorite humans, Max Dashu, who embodies the scholarship to which she has been dedicated for over 40 years, the suppressed archives of women’s power. Tales of Shamanism, Priestesses, the war on reverence — that began so long ago, and now is at another height. Until now! May we all be the antidote to the poison in the world, by embracing our “weird” — our destiny unfurling before us whereby to cultivate, animate and contribute our unique gifts to the community — at this Time of Dire Beauty. That we may all be the balm!
Max Dashu is an American feminist historian, author and artist who has focused her life’s work on uncovering women’s suppressed histories, which has meant delving into the gendered history of the witch hunts. Her areas of expertise include female iconography, mother-right cultures and the origins of patriarchy. She is the founder of the Suppressed Histories Archives, and the author of the book, Witches and Pagans: Women in European Folk Religion, part of a multivolume series about women in European folk religion and the witch hunts.
Caroline Casey is truly amazing in her knowledge and expertise... I wish we could be taught these delicious skills from the moment we are born. I’m excited to learn more playful and flexible ways to think about things. It’s so freeing.
— Trish, Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts
Since taking the course I am viewing people and situations in a more lighthearted and congenial way! I think before I speak... realizing that words have power and can act either as a soothing balm or create a more toxic environment and I have that choice at any given time. Caroline is one cool lady and I would recommend her courses to anyone and everyone!
— Steffany F., Vancouver, British Columbia
Caroline is a wonderfully liberating spirit. Taking her course was like being on vacation when everything seems possible, especially your highest calling.
— Jim , Johnstown, Pennsylvania
Caroline Casey romped and played her way through the material using wisdom and wit. She lead me places via a different path, giving me a whole new vista to see "known" things.
— Martha A., Quebec, Canada
This course has not only brought me great fun and moments of laugh out loud, it has helped me understand and be able to weave together my own knowledge and wisdom in a fuller way. Caroline is a wonderful teacher and she has generously and creatively shared ways of empowering ourselves in the face of world situations which may appear intractable and overwhelming.
— Betsy Gibson, Hertfordshire, England
Caroline exquisitely offered trickster navigational tools and tactics to help us create the new Renaissance. I feel empowered with a new language and insight to create a more desirable story in which to live by.
— Linda Joy Stone, Tucson, Arizona
Caroline Casey guides us to the bigger, mythical perspective of now. This helps me to not get stuck in the dramas but rise above to really know that this too will change. And I learned from Caroline that by a mindful choosing of words and thoughts, I can help create the better world we want to call into being.
— Karin Schmidt, Switzerland
I chose to do this course rather than take a holiday this year, as I was unable to resolve feelings from a longstanding personal hurt, no matter how much work I did on it, and was starting to feel rather desperate. Am delighted to report that Trickster Training did the trick!
— Lilith Rocha, Byron Bay, Australia
Being invited to understand and reframe reality through the lens of mythology/story and astrology was empowering and uplifting.
— Sharon Douglas, Kauai, Hawaii
I think the “toolbox” that Caroline introduced was brilliant as well as many other aspects and it has not only shifted the way that I approach certain situations and people but also the openness I see within my own mind. "Believe nothing, but entertaining all possibilities,” truly opens the door to incredible possibilities.
— MariRose, Solola, Guatemala
Liberating the Citizen Trickster in You not only offers some of the most liberating online teachings 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 guided by open hearts and principles of mutual support, cooperation, harmony and reverence for all of life.
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 cultivate leadership of the Trickster within you. We are all evolving, innovating and experimenting together — much seed material will be presented in fresh new way. Course sessions are on Wednesdays at 5:00pm Pacific.
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. We’ll be bringing lively pertinence by having the practice sessions led by strong leaders. The groups will provide encouragement, welcoming and safety for Liberating Intimacy.
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 Citizen Trickster Bonus Collection
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 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’re serious about transforming your relationship to the world in new and powerful ways to help yourself, community and the planet through this “Time of Dire Beauty,” 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.
Yes, I want to be an agent of Citizen Trickster in the world!
You are so cool.
— Marianne Williamson, Spiritual Teacher
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
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.
Kinship with all creation is Caroline Casey’s forte. I have learned so much from her about being in cahoots with the world. I love her for that. She reminds me to bring back my sense of humor even in "times of dire beauty.”
— Nadiya Nottingham, New York City (formally of Dublin, Ireland)
I highly recommend this course for its irreverent, wisdom filled, fun, insightful take on events, life, pundits even. And for the empowering support in approaching life, change, difficult situations... It’s a lovely course and I enjoyed every minute of it.
— Betsy Gibson, United Kingdom
Caroline Casey’s artful use of language to convey great wisdom, both her own and that of the ages/stars, is uniquely liberating, inspiring and useful at this time of dire beauty to find one’s way to true authenticity and living one’s full potential for the benefit of all.
— Barbara, Bethesda, Maryland
Caroline Casey’s wisdom and whimsy are unlike anything I’ve ever experienced. When she unlocked radical truths in stories I’ve known since childhood, I began to understand their power for transformation. Sharp, pointed, but disarmingly charming.
— Anne, Columbia, South Carolina
This course was fun but more importantly it taught me new ways of looking, thinking and acting in the world which are deeply powerful.
— Sarah, Wales, United Kingdom
The most benefit [I received] from this course is the realization of the immense possibilities I have within myself, by using my imagination, consciously... I would recommend this course to others for how they could discover their own infinite, wonderful, powerful abilities.
— Mieke Haegeman Landegem, Nevele, Belgium
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.
Q: What is a virtual course?
A: It’s a great way to engage live teachings and each other from the comfort of your home! All you need is a phone line (or an equivalent voice service). If there is more than one person in your household taking the course, you will each need your own line. We use MaestroConference to make it just like an in-person event, where you can ask questions, participate in groups, and deepen your exploration of the course themes.
Please note that dialing MaestroConference from your phone is a regular toll call to California; your telephone service provider will charge you according to your existing long-distance calling plan. Other options include calling cards and discount long-distance carriers. You can also use Skype to connect to MaestroConference at no charge, and we offer a webcast which is free to use from anywhere in the world.
I have never participated before in an online course. The packaging, presentation, inclusion and Facebook postings created a wonderful, safe cocoon to participate. I haven’t seen a course so well put together ever — not in all the years of taking college classes — and I had my doubts about doing an online course. The wealth of organization and ease of learning materials and support made this fun as well.
– Claudia F., Medford, MA
Q: Can I get benefit from the course if I miss the live classes?
A: Absolutely! You can download the recordings and transcripts of all course sessions from our online media archive, so you never need to worry about missing live calls. You can also engage the full community and leaders on our private community website.
Q: Can you tell me about the Private Course Group?
A: We will have a private community group for all course participants on Facebook that will support you in making connections with others, sharing insights, engaging in discussions, completing homework assignments and exchanging information about events and other activities that can supplement your transformational journey. You’ll have the ability to share your experiences, projects and growth throughout the Course.
Q: Are there scholarships available for this Training?
A: Yes, we always make a certain percentage of spaces available for partial scholarships, giving preference to those in developing countries or doing important but underpaid work to which they can apply the training material immediately. If you would like to apply for a scholarship, please review our guidelines, which include a link to our online application form.
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