Carl Jung, the well-respected psychiatrist, psychotherapist and Gnostic, wrote at length about a concept he called The Collective Unconscious and an associated form called Archetypes. He wrote, "This collective unconscious does not develop individually but is inherited. It consists of pre-existent forms, the archetypes, which can only become conscious secondarily and which give definite form to certain psychic contents." He identified the God of the Bible as a type of trickster: " If we consider, for example, the daemonic features exhibited by Yahweh in the Old Testament, we shall find in them not a few reminders of the unpredictable behaviour of the trickster, of his senseless orgies of destruction and his self· imposed sufferings, together with the same gradual development into a saviour and his simultaneous humanization. It is just this transformation of thl:' meaningless into the meaningful that reveals the trickster's compensatory relation to the 'saint.'"
But really the concept of a trickster god has been around almost as long as mankind itself. The idea probably evolved from the stories about the moon and sun tricking mankind or being tricked by a human hero. The moon would trick or kill the sun during a total solar eclipse. The sun would set and the cold cruel dark night would bring out all manner of predatory creatures. The moon was known as Sin to the ancient assyrians and so the sun of god would save man from Sin when it rose again from the dead. The sun and moon were worshipped as gods. God was good and the concept of evil evolved into the personification of evil, the d'evil. This devil was a trickster god and he was known by different names to different cultures. To the Sumerians he was Nergal. The Norse god Loki was a trickster god. The moon god Gwydion was a magician and a trickster to the celts. Likewise Kokopelli, depicted above playing his flute, was a trickster god for the native american tribes. To the Greeks he was a half-man, half-goat, Pan, the god of chaos. Set was the personification of evil whom the christians called Satan. To the Gnostic sect of christianity he was known as the Demiurge. Some christians equate Lucifer, the fallen angel, with Satan. The tradition of Trick or Treat on Halloween has been carried over from the Celitc and druid practices. The old Celtic tradition of the Fool has been incorporated into our festivities as on April 1st we observe the holiday of April Fools Day. We are all familiar with the court jester who entertains the King. We have Jokers or Wildcards in our deck of playing cards. Although not gods probably the most famous trickster of all Looney Tunes' Bugs Bunny was the epitome of tricksters and even his nemesis, the Coyote, was a navajo trickster god. It is important to mention that possibly one of the key attributes and purposes of the Trickster is "a tester, one who makes sure you are ready before allowing you further along the Path." One could possibly even think of Lucifer or the Devil as helping make us stronger by resisting tempation and overcoming evil much like weightlifters build their muscles by lifting weights. In one sense they can be thought of as teaching us life lessons.
Here's how I think this trick works:
Pan, the Devil, plays a tune on his pan pipes. The Pied Piper is a many-colored Piper -- that's what pied means, many-colored -- and leads the children (of god) with his pipe (nde tunnel) into the rock / mountain (moon is a rock). And why the name "Peter Pan"? Petr means rock (moon?), also fuel (energy source) and Pan mean "all" which would be "all" frequencies combined: white. The Devil is known to use a "pitch" fork to goad souls to Hell. Nep-TUNE has the trident or pitchfork too. A pitch fork is a tuning fork. So you have a tune or note/frequency and you have a fork which is a many pronged instrument. Think of a fork with seven rays of light or seven prongs and like a fork they all funnel into one like the handle on the fork we eat with, The trident or three-pronged pitchfork may symbolize the three colors red-green-blue since our eyes have three color receptors and all the colors of the rainbow can be made with those three colors. So all the different colors of souls funnel through the tunnel or tune-l into the band of white light which is all frequencies combined. Since it's all combined it would resonate with every single color or frequency of souls... the light is electromagnetic so there could be magnetic resonance like in an MRI. In the television mini-series named "Neverland" Peter plays his pipe and a huge tunnel opens up. There are literally dozens and dozens of accounts of near death experiencers who report going through a pipe or tunnel, hearing music or tones while in it, experiencing swirling colors and feeling a wind as they emerge into the white light, which is the combination of ALL colors. Peter Pan could be translated as "Father All".
Loki, the Norse trickster god, is the protaganist in the blockbuster Marvel movie The Avengers, currently the third all-time biggest seller in the box office worldwide. He is perceived as being one of the more malevolent tricksters.
Pan was a greek goat pagan nature god of the woods, a sylvan, and satyr or faun who played the pan pipes or flute. Pan as a prefix means "all". Pantheism as a religion is a belief that all is god. A panacea is a cure for all diseases. Pangea is the original one continent from which all our continents drifted. Pan is who we get the words panic and pandemonium from and also where we get the cooking utensil the frying pan. It is also a term used on movie sets to describe the lateral movement of the camera when filming. Flutes or pan pipes as wind pipes are wood winds and also wind instruments. Pan is shown on the cover of the classical book The Wind in the Willows. The pagan Pan was later demonized and turned into the Devil by the Christian church just like Lucifer as a fallen angel was equated with the Devil. Whether Pan is Lucifer or whether Lucifer is the Devil I cannot say with certainty as there is much debate. As the horned goat god or satyr Pan may be one of the aspects of either Lucifer or Satan. The song Stairway to Heaven features a recorder that mimics a soft pan flute at the beginning of the song almost whispering like the whispering wind that's referenced in the song. I believe the songs Stairway to Heaven, Hotel California and The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper are all referring to Lucifer, the Light-bearer. The album Sgt. Peppers even has the song Lucy (Lucifer) in the Sky with Diamonds. Lucifer according to the dictionary is actually female and is Venus.
Disney made Pan into a cartoon character and major motion picture star with the release of their animated movie Peter Pan which looked liked the mischievious playful sylvan forest god of greek mythology. He dressed in green, had pointed ears, and possessed magical powers of a fairy such as being able to fly and he played on his pan pipes or flute, and just wanted to have fun all the time and never grow up. To help him he also had Wendy (windy), a tinker bell and a dragon or crocodile. He defeated his nemesis Captain Hook -- by the crocodile eating him in the moon. He urged the viewer to go to Neverland by following a star, the second star on the right, which very well may be an allusion to Sirius. "The second star to the right shines in the night for you to tell you that the dreams you plan really can come true. The second star to the right shines with a light so rare and if it's Never Land you need it's light will lead you there." Pan played a flute or the pan pipes. Not only did the fairy tales have a piper named Peter, but in nursery rhymes there was Peter Piper who picked a peck of pickled peppers. Peppers are of the piper genus. The words are etymologically related.
The movie Pan's Labyrinth featured an evil horned goblin/deity who captured his subjects in a maze-like labyrinth. Several years before, David Bowie played the trickster goblin king, Jareth, in the movie Jim Henson's Labyrinth for which he wrote the soundtrack. Tom Cruise also starred in Legend which featured a more devilish villain.
Wendy's mother is named Mary, an aspect of Isis. The nurse mother for Wendy's family is Nana (moon goddess) a dog probably symbolic of Sirius, the binary or trinary dog star. Peter Pan insists the second star on the right (and then straight on til morning) will take you to Neverland. They fly past the moon, to a bell tower with an orange clock (time is 8:15, Sirius usually rises in August) representative of our sun which causes time and is a stargate. So they pass through the stargate of our Sun and then they go past a bridge (gateway, stargate, pipe) along the Milky Way river to the second star on the right which is smaller. This may very well be the dwarf companion of Sirius in the Pleaides constellation. This is the meaning of Snow White (Sirius) and the seven dwarves which are the seven sisters of the Pleiades. Peter Pan keeps calling him a "cod fish". The letter "G" evolved from "C" so it's possible "god" looked like a "cod" fish. Captain Cook while fighting Peter Pan says he is no mere mortal but a "flying devil". Peter Pan is from Sirius, the dog star, but he sails souls into the moon to reincarnate them on Earth. Peter is from Sirius but as the pagan nature god and mountain king lives in a tree underground just like the Celtic trickster moon god, Gwydion, and is associated with Celtic traditions such as the Green Man or Jack-in-the-Green. It is also interesting that there are movies such as Pan's Labyrinth that show Pan presiding over an underground labyrinth.
The Peter Pan movie begins with the narration "All this has happened before and it will all happen again." as they show a river symbolic of the Milky Way galaxy. The movie ends with the statement, "I have the strangest feeling I saw that ship a long time ago when I was very young." This is obviously referring to the cyclical notion of reincarnation or recycling of souls. Could Robin Hood and Maid Marian of Sherwood Forest be yet another tale of Peter Pan and Mary?
Steven Spielberg (spiel means spell, burg is german for 'rock' or mountain) directed the movie Hook starring Robin Williams as an older, "grown-up" Peter Pan. I find the image (a sphere with Tinker Bell's golden light as a lure on Captain Hook's hook) of this movie poster for Hook suggestive of the Dreamworks Pictures opening sequence of the boy fishing on the moon with his 'hook' down on the waters on Earth. One of the more memorable quotes from the movie is Peter Pan declaring, "To die will be an awfully big adventure." There is a scene where Tinkerbell who is lit up like a "firefly from hell", as Peter calls her, is pulling him toward her and he says he has died, is out of his body and is going to the light, a direct reference to the Light mentioned in near death experiences. Later Peter tells his army of soldiers called The Lost Boys, "Let's get ready to show them the white light we're made of, boys." He also has to "climb up a drain pipe" because he "ran out of fairy dust".
Pan was a piper and a shepherd, probably the pied piper who led all the rats to their death in the river by playing his flute. The Pied Piper of Hamelin also played a magic flute. The beginning of the 1957 movie the pied piper literally slithers down from the top of a tree. This obviously equates him with the serpent in the garden of Eden. He is playing the song In The Hall of The Mountain King which certainly matches the forest god Pan and Peter Pan who lived in a tree underground. The word pied means multi or dual-colored and he paints a rainbow in the air using his pipe as a magic wand. The goateed Piper bargains with the mayor of Hamelin and makes a deal to lure all the rats out of the city for all the money they have. He fulfills the deal before the moon falls by leading all the rats down a stairway with his magic flute playing ending with the rats drowning themselves in the river. He then demands that the mayor "pay the piper", but when the mayor reneges on paying he sets about on revenge, fulfilling his trickster role. He is sitting on the rim of a rock or stone well and then climbs up into the bell tower where there is a revolving door with dead bodies. He begins playing his magic flute and leads all the children down the mountain path, opens a gateway into the mountainside and all the children follow him into the rock mountain. Similar to the tales of the siren, by playing his magical flute or pipe he lured all the children of Hamelin to their death in a mountain named Kopperburg. The heavy metal rock band Led Zeppelin who was heavily into the occult features recorders which sound like a pan flute at the beginning of the song Stairway to Heaven and sings "the piper's calling you to join along" Pan was the piper at the gates of dawn in the book The Wind in the Willows. The band Pink Floyd have a song called Piper at the Gates of Dawn and The Wind in the Willows is a traditional celtic folk song. Van Morrison has a song called Piper At the Gates of Dawn and also an album called Pay the Devil which is probably an allusion for the famous idiom "Pay the Piper" and thereby reveals the piper as the Devil.
Disney's PETER PAN another fun-loving sylvan who had Pan Pipes
PETER PIPER who picked a peck of pickled peppers, a pepper is of the piper genus
THE PIED PIPER tricked the townspeople and led all the children into a giant rock or mountain and is where we get the phrase "pay the piper"
Pink Floyd has THE PIPER AT THE GATES OF DAWN
Stairway to Heaven which starts out with a flute says The piper's calling you to join him, the tune will come to you at last where all are one and one is all and to be a rock and not to roll
Beatles Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - Sgt Pepper taught the band to play, Youre such a lovely audience we like to take you home with us
DR PEPPER - I'm a pepper, youre a pepper wouldnt you like to be a pepper too?
Pepsi slogan-- join the Pepsi Generation
"Piper At the Gates of the Dawn" and "Pay the Devil" lyrics by van morrison insinuate the piper is the devil
The trickster Willy Wonka the wizard or the magician had a flute, had a chocolate factory and all the kids/bad eggs would disappear/die thru pipes in his factory.
Finally, the Doctor Who TV show had an episode named Moonbase where a cyberman named The Piper, whose base was on the moon, would come to take a man when he was dying, fit him with a metal headpiece and alter or "convert" him. and "convert" him. The Piper had a wand he used as a weapon.
Perhaps The Beatles' most successful album was Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. The album cover featured heroes of the band, many of whom were dark characters such as leading occultist Aleister Crowley who proclaimed himself "evilest man on earth". The title track features a character known as Sgt. Pepper who was a leader of a band. The Beatles sing, "It was twenty years ago today, Sgt. Pepper taught the band to play...". Twenty years before the album was released Aleister Crowley died. Indeed, Crowley influenced many rock stars from The Bealtes to David Bowie to Ozzy Osbourne who wrote a song for him, entitled "Mr. Crowley".
Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr collaborated with the circus troupe, Cirque Du Soleil (which means "Circus of the Sun") to produce a show called "Love", which features the music of the Beatles. Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono and George Harrison's widow all had significant input in the making of the show and all had to sign off before the shhow could be produced. The imperial Sergeant Pepper is the main character. A pepper is from the genus "piper" so Sgt. Pepper is a piper. During the Song Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds Lucy (Lucifer in the sky with stars) performs with firemen.
Perhaps a veiled allusion to the Pied Piper in the song Sgt. pepper, The Beatles sing "You're such a lovely audience, we'd like to take you home with us, we'd love to take you home."
Interestingly, the soft drink Dr. Pepper which is distributed locally by both Coke and Pespi, used the slogan "Be a pepper." and a jingle: He's a pepper, she's a pepper, wouldn't you like to be a pepper too?" Is it just a coincidence that Pespi also had a slogan "Join the Pepsi people"?
A pip is one of the spots on a non-court playing card, game dice or dominoes whose value or corresponds to the total count of pips. In backgammon it can be referred to as a game piece. According to the dictionary a pip is a short high-pitched sound like a short high pitched sound made by a bird. Peep is also a form of a short high pitched sound. A pip is also a seed. So it can be seen how the pip has been represented as a man's value or man's soul. To pip is also to peck or pick at a shell. It is no surprise then that the word for a group of people is a population. Peeps has also evolved as a slang abbreviation for people. To peep also means to look at or peer which is also a form of the root as is person. A peer is even a person who is your equal. The short high-pitched stripes or chevrons or stars on military uniforms designating the value or rank of an officer is called a pip. A pip is also a pipe. So a piper pipes the pips or lures the fools with his pipe. Pip is also short for pippin. Pip is also closely associated with pep which is associated with energy or spirit. Pop is a small explosion or release of energy and the sound generated is also called a pop. So pop music is short for popular music. A pipe is a cylindrical tube or tunnel and is associated with music because a flute is a cylindrical hollow pipe, tube or tunnel. So a tune is associated with a tunnel in that sense. Pied means multi-colored so a piper of many colors lures pips into a pipe or tunnel with his pitch pipe to become one band or frequency -- white light? The Piper has been identified as the Devil or Lucifer which is why you have to pay the piper to fulfill your end of the deal and Lucifer's name is Latin and means "light-bearer".
Pippin is a rock broadway musical from the 1970s which won 5 Tony Awards with music by Stephen Schwartz who also did Godspell. Pippin is a Prince based on a real Prince Pepin, son of King Charlemagne. The story begins with the Leading Player, Ben Vereen, inviting the audeince to watch their Magic and they sing Magic To Do. Pippin in the play believes himself to be extraordinary and therefore wants to do extraordinary things, but he struggles with meaning and purpose in his life and yearns for fufillment and freedom. He is similar to Peter Pan and sings, "I believe if I refuse to grow old I can stay young 'til I die." When he meets a woman Catherine with a child, he tries to live an ordinary life and work a mundane job, but does not feel satisfied so he leaves. He says, "There has to be something more than this," and sings, "Rivers belong where they can ramble. Eagles belong where they can fly. I gotta go where my spirit can be free. I gotta find my corner of the sky." The voices in his head represented by a circus troupe of jesters show him that there is only one completely perfect Act and pulling back a banner that reads "Pippin's Grand Finale" they light a man on fire in a womb-like entrance of a rising sun. They encourage him to sacrifice himself in his "grand finale" by burning himself. "That was the finale? But that was just a trick!" Pippin exclaims. Ben Vereen the lead player and narrator of the story replies, "Yeah, when he does it, it's just a trick, but when you do it, it'll be for real." "When I do it? You mean you want me to get in that box and set myself on fire? Wait a minute!"
"You will step into that flame today, become part of that flame, be engulfed by that flame, become the Light Itself and for one moment shine with unequaled furience and in that flame you'll become the glorious synthesis of life and death and life again. By the final affirmation of life, death. Ladies and Gentlemen, presenting the Great Pippin in our Grand Finale. Never before seen on a public stage... You, Pippin, you're an extraordinary human being with extraordinary aspirations and dreams. You deserve an extraordinary climax. It's everything you been looking for -- your dreams, perfection, perfection like the sun blazing in the sky. The sun at its zenith!" Ben Vereen then sings, "Think about the sun, Pippin. Think about her golden glance. How she lights the world up, now it's your chance. With a guardian of splendour inviting you to dance. Pippin, think about the sun... Now, Pippin, c'mon, Pippin, it's ready, Now Pippin, it's time... Think about the beauty in one perfect flame and the angels of the morning are calling out your name. Pippin, think about your life." Pippin refuses and sings, "I'm not a river or a giant bird that soars to the sea. If I'm never tied to anything, I'll never be free."
Ben Vereen, dressed in black, appears to be an aspect of the Devil, "It seems our extraordinary young man has decided to compromise his aspirations. Now I know that there are many of you out there -- extraordinary people, exceptional people -- who would gladly trade your ordinary lives for the opportunity to perform one perfect Act, our Grand Finale. Now if you should decide to do so we'll be there for you, waiting. Anytime you want us we're right inside your heads and we promise you sex, costumes, magic and a short but spectacular career. C'mon!" The troupe beckons the audience. Pippin tells Catherine, "I wanted magic shows, miracles, mirages to touch. I wanted such a little thing from life. I wanted it so much." She asked, "Pippin, do you feel you compormised? "No." "How do you feel?" Pippin replied, "Trapped, which isn't so bad for the musical comedy."
In this Disney classic Mary Poppins, Mary played by Julie Andrews, is like Pippin, Peter Pan and the Pied Piper. Like Peter Pan she flies with the magic of the wind under her umbrella. Like the Piper she causes the children to go missing so she can get the nanny position. She flies or "pops-in" with the East wind and when she starts her job. In the book Mary Poppins Opens The Door she comes in falling with fireworks. The boy asks if she is a witch and twice says she's very tricky so she no doubt fills the trickster role. Like Aphrodite she brings two mirrors with her. She says one of the reasons she has come is to play games. Mary is Isis, the moon goddess, an extension of the Virgin Mary. Peter Pan's nanna was also named Marion so was Maid Marion. Nanna was the Sumerian moon goddess. Like Peter Pan, they can only fly when they are happy or laughing and not sad. As a nanny who cleans she is the perfect May Queen (the Queen MArY) who is known for spring cleaning and the goddess of nature. She and her one man band played by Dick Van Dyke take the children into a painting and down a path into nature where they frolic with animals. The children at one point even start dancing around her and she mentions her as the maypole. She sings a song imploring the birds to be fed. Dick Van Dyke plays her friend who is a chimney sweeper so he also is a cleaner. "The little old bird woman comes in her own special way to the people she calls.... though her words are simple and few, listen, listen, she's calling to you... feed the birds, tuppence a bag." They are caught up through the chimney by the wind that sweeps by just right. Then they fly to a roof with four pipes in its chimney just like in Peter Pan, but they do not stop there. They walk up a stairway of smoke and see the world from atop. Admiral Boom and his ex-pirate assistant, Binnacle, start shooting at them with his cannon and there are fireworks all around them [reminds me off the Katy Perry video, Firework.... "boom, boom, boom, even brighter than the moon, moon, moon"] Mr. Banks, the banker, says Mary Poppins tricked him into taking the children to the bank. Mary Poppins decided to stay until the winds changed and once the winds blew in from the West she popped out. Interestingly, in the book published in 1934 she takes the children on a Christmas shopping trip with a star named Maia (which is a form of the name Mary and also means "illusion") from the Pleiades cluster of the Taurus constellation.
Here is the passage from chapter 7, Piper At the Gates of Dawn, from the classic childrens' book Wind in the Willows whose main characters are natured based -- a mole, a rat, a badger, a toad and a goat, who was curiously left out of the 1983 movie. Notice the silhouette of Pan on the book cover. He is sitting in the willows. Could it be that the "wind" is the Spirit of Pan or the Spirit of Nature, the Spirit of Pantheism that flows through or exists in all things?
“Perhaps he would never have dared to raise his eyes, but that, though the piping was now hushed, the call and the summons seemed still dominant and imperious. He might not refuse, were Death himself waiting to strike him instantly, once he had looked with mortal eye on things rightly kept hidden. Trembling he obeyed, and raised his humble head; and then, in that utter clearness of the imminent dawn, while Nature, flushed with fulness of incredible colour, seemed to hold her breath for the event, he looked in the very eyes of the Friend and Helper; saw the backward sweep of the curved horns, gleaming in the growing daylight; saw the stern, hooked nose between the kindly eyes that were looking down on them humourously, while the bearded mouth broke into a half-smile at the corners; saw the rippling muscles on the arm that lay across the broad chest, the long supple hand still holding the pan-pipes only just fallen away from the parted lips; saw the splendid curves of the shaggy limbs disposed in majestic ease on the sward; saw, last of all, nestling between his very hooves, sleeping soundly in entire peace and contentment, the little, round, podgy, childish form of the baby otter. All this he saw, for one moment breathless and intense, vivid on the morning sky; and still, as he looked, he lived; and still, as he lived, he wondered.
‘Rat!’ he found breath to whisper, shaking. ‘Are you afraid?’
‘Afraid?’ murmured the Rat, his eyes shining with unutterable love. ‘Afraid! Of Him? O, never, never! And yet— and yet— O, Mole, I am afraid!’ Then the two animals, crouching to the earth, bowed their heads and did worship.
Sudden and magnificent, the sun's broad golden disc showed itself over the horizon facing them; and the first rays, shooting across the level water-meadows, took the animals full in the eyes and dazzled them. When they were able to look once more, the Vision had vanished, and the air was full of the carol of birds that hailed the dawn.
As they stared blankly. in dumb misery deepening as they slowly realised all they had seen and all they had lost, a capricious little breeze, dancing up from the surface of the water, tossed the aspens, shook the dewy roses and blew lightly and caressingly in their faces; and with its soft touch came instant oblivion. For this is the last best gift that the kindly demi- god is careful to bestow on those to whom he has revealed himself in their helping: the gift of forgetfulness. Lest the awful remembrance should remain and grow, and overshadow mirth and pleasure, and the great haunting memory should spoil all the after-lives of little animals helped out of difficulties, in order that they should be happy and lighthearted as before."
As you can see the passage describes a piping, calling or summoning and a goat god with shaggy limbs in the golden dawn of the sun and a dazzling oblivion and forgetfulness in the afterlife. That Robert Plant and others drew from this as a source of inspiration is likely. Other chapters refer to the May Queen, spring cleaning and a hedgerow. Robert Plant has also said that the book Magic Arts in Celtic Britain was a source of inspiration for the song. The words pan means 'all' or 'everything' so pantheism is the belief that "God" is an energy that flows through everything and that we are all God. Wind is probably an illusion to Spirit as it is the vital spirit that passes through all things, moves all things and as the breath is similar to how christians pay homage to the Holy Spirit or native americans the Great Spirit. The root of the word Spirit, spir, is related to breath which is why we have the words respiration, aspire, inspire and spiral. So the invisible God blows through the trees as the wind and is in the dawn as the rising sun. The element of Air's direction is East, the place of the sunrise. Its color is yellow, the color of the sun at dawn. Its musical instrument is the flute and all wind instruments. Its creature is spiders, most birds and winged insects. Its season is Spring. Its time is dawn. Its magickal tool is the wand. Its sense is hearing and smell. One of its natural symbols is the feather which Peter Pan wears in his cap. A few of its gods are Enlil, Mercury or Thoth. The Wiccan Rede by Doreen Valiente says "when the moor wind blows from the west, departed spirits have no rest." which calls to mind the line "There's a feeling I get when I look to the west and my spirit is crying for leaving" from Stairway to Heaven.
"The coolness of the riverbank, and the whispering of the reeds
Daybreak is not so very far away
Enchanted and spellbound, in the silence they lingered
And rowed the boat as the light grew steadily strong
And the birds were silent, as they listened for the heavenly music
And the river played the song
The wind in the willows and the piper at the gates of dawn
The wind in the willows and the piper at the gates of dawn
The song dream happened and the cloven hoofed piper
Played in that holy ground where they felt the awe and wonder
And they all were unafraid of the great god Pan
And the wind in the willows and the piper at the gates of dawn
The wind in the willows and the piper at the gates of dawn
When the vision vanished they heard a choir of birds singing
In the heavenly silence between the trance and the reeds
And they stood upon the lawn and listened to the silence
Of the wind in the willows and the piper at the gates of dawn"
Here is Pink Floyd's song Piper At the Gates of Dawn from the album of the same name: "Lime and limpid green, a second scene, a fight between the blue you once knew, floating down, the sound resounds around the icy waters underground. Jupiter and Saturn, Oberon, Miranda, and Titania, Neptune, Titan. Stars can frighten, blinding signs flap. Flicker, flicker, flicker blam, pow, pow.Stairway scare, Dan Dare. Who's there? Lime and limpid green, the sounds surrounds the icy waters underground. Lime and limpid green, the sounds surrounds the icy waters underground". Dan Dare was a comic book hero known as a prisoner of space and the man from nowhere. It's interesting that planets associated with the story of Satan are mentioned.
Pan was just one of several incidences of the green man who was celebrated in pagan and druid Celtic traditions. Others are the Jack-in-the-Green, Osiris, Herne and Cernunnos, the horned deity (or to be more precise, antlered deity) of the woodlands which much of wicca worships to this day.
There are many forms of the green man in fairy tales and Hollywood such as Peter Pan, Robin Hood, The Riddler, The Green Hornet, the Green Lantern, the Incredible Hulk, the Jolly Green Giant, etc,
There is a song named Lucifer Sam from the same album, Piper At the Gates of Dawn. I believe Sam is another name for Satan. In fact
the dictionary defines Sam Hill as a euphemism for Hell. Samael is one of the demons of Hell. Samhain, which is also known as Halloween
or All Soul's Day, is the single most important holiday to witches. Sam or Samantha was the witch's name in the TV sitcom Bewitched.
The Son of Sam was a famous serial killer and a professed Satanist. Given this knowledge what are we to make of Uncle Sam who represents
the United States government and Army who looks just like the Devil with a goatee and pointing his finger at us saying, "I Want YOU". Likewise
Pan is known as Jack in the Green. A Jack-in-the-Box who jumps out to surprise and scare people is yet another aspect of the Jester or Joker. The Jack in a deck of cards is a jackal or an assassin. You can add Santa Claus, or Satan Claws, to the list as well. The dictionary actually defines Old Nick as The Devil and of course Santa is known as Old Saint Nick. They both wear suits of red. In the comedy Little Nicky Adam Sandler plays Nicky who is the son of the Devil. To nick means to injure or harm and also to nick is to steal. He is the Nick of Time.
While researching the subject of the piper I found the album Farmhouse by the band Phish, a homophone for "fish". The cover features a jester moon on an outhouse wall. Phish is a jam band similar to the Grateful Dead who was also fond of using the jester moon on memorabilia such as stickers. The theme of the album is a farm and there is a song named Piper on it: "Piper, Piper, the red, red worm, woke last night to the sound of the storm. Her words were words I sailed upon".
One of the Beatles best selling albums was called Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band and "Sgt. Pepper taught the band to play". Pan was known as the 'lonely god'. A pepper is of the genus piper so Sgt. Pepper is a piper. The song says Sgt. Pepper taught the band how to play and you're such a lovely audience they'd like to take you home with them.
Jethro Tull whose phenomenal flute player, Ian Anderson, plays a prominent role has an album Songs From The Wood which contains the title track Songs From The Wood, Jack-in-the-Green, Hunting Girl, and a bonus track Beltane. Tull's music often features pagan themes. He also has a song called Slow Marching Band which contains the following lines: "Would you join a slow marching band" and "You paid the piper and called the tune and you marched the band away."
The heavy metal band Inkubus Sukkubus has a very revealing album entitled Beltaine which is a Celtic druidic festival and a sacred holiday for witches. The title track and first song relates, "I hear the Pan Pipes playing in what the wind is saying. Here comes the fallen angel. Here comes the long-dead god. Back from the years in exile here comes a wild Pagan hunt and the May Queen sings her song for her consort who is gone. Children mourn the loss of Pan Whom Death banished from this land." The second song Wytches I lists moon goddesses in a chant, "Come join with us in our rune tonight and feel the circle spin. Let your spirit soar in the lunar light as the Spiral Dance begins. Come with us speeding through the night as fast as any bird in flight, silhouettes against the Mother Moon. We will be there soon.... Horned hunter of the night, lend your power unto our spell... Isis, Astarte, Diana, Hecate, Demeter, Kali, Inanna". [These are all moon goddesses.] Pagan Born reveals, "A rhythm stirs within the earth that tells all nature of a birth, a return to light, return to life and lead us from this darkest night. God of the Sun, now have you come. Your reign of light has just begun. Though all must die to be reborn, return now on a bright new morn." Song to Pan is one of their most played songs: "He comes to us from Arcadia through the trees, the rush of his force felt upon the breeze. He comes on hooves of goat. He comes with songs that float on the wind. Let your senses know of him. Feel the earth it trembles underneath shaggy thighs. The sky is afire from his flashing eyes... Herne, Cernunnos, Karnayna, Pan be once more upon this land." Herne, Cernunnos, Karnayna and Pan are all horned pagan gods. As an aside, it's likely that the CERN project which is searching for the Higgs-Boson 'God particle' is named after Cernunnos, the pagan horned god. Trinity is a tribute to the triune moon goddess (Maiden, Mother, Crone): "Diana, sweet maiden, so pale and so pure we welcome your fresh silver light tho' deceit may be hid in your innocent lure, the love of the huntress is right. Your light is shining on your children in the night." The Leveller appears to be about the Grim Reaper: " He comes as a darkened knight upon the raging storm and as an angel of love he reaps the harvest corn. He comes as a leveller to make one and all the same. His song on the western wind to deliver us from pain. Take his hand for only he'll lead you on to the promised land. He is the only true friend of the poor. Can you not see that only he can ever set you free? He is the only true friend of the poor."
Peter Pan may not be the only reference to Pan as Peter. We have the tongue twister Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers. To peck at is the same as pipping or piping. Peter is a form of pater and means father and also a derivation of petra which means 'rock'. Catholics believe St. Peter as the first pope was the rock upon which the church was built. Peter may be related then to the Egyptian god P'tah whom some equate with the Egyptian trickster moon god Thoth who was Mercury or Hermes the greek trickster god Thoth was known as the God of Thieves responsible for the "transportation of souls" and the "conductor of spirits to the next world". Pipes are used to transport and also to conduct. Incidentally, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves was a major motion picture. Ptah had a long beak which would be excellent for pipping or piping. Pan also wooed and won Diana/Artemis, the moon goddess and gave her her hunting dogs. The light at the end of the tunnel could be construed as the light at the end of the "pipe" or bell horn. Sylvanus was the Roman name for the the Greek god Pan. The company Sylania manufactures light bulbs. We also smoke with pipes.
The most famous tricksters of all are probably the court jesters who would entertain the king. The jester combined with The Fool tarot card is probably the origin of the Joker card in a deck of playing cards. The court card Jack, who is a soldier or servant, is also considered a trickster figure as well as any card, usually the deuce, which is transformed into a wild card. Incidentally, Deuce is a nickname for the Devil. The Fool, who is often shown as a lute-playing jester, is probably the unknowing recipient of the prank. The Joker became a famous villain in the Batman cartoon and movie series was well as the Riddler who is just one in a long line of "green men" from the comics, including the Green Lantern. The jesters are often shown with bells dangling down from their hats. The jester moon was a popular image for the rock group The Grateful Dead. They used it on memorabilia such as stickers. The jester moon or moon jester image sometimes shows a star dangling down in front such as on the front cover of the the album Farmhouse by Phish The Joker archetype has enjoyed renewed interest with conspiracy theories swirling recently with the Heath Ledger portrayal in the Batman Dark Knight movie as well as the Aurora Colorado accused shooting suspect, James Holmes, who dressed up as the joker. The Joker was a popular song and album by The Steve Miller Band back in the 1970s whose title song featured the lyrics, "Some people call me the space cowboy... some call me the gangster of love....'Cause I'm a picker, I'm a grinner, I'm a lover and I'm a sinner. I play my music in the sun. I'm a joker, I'm a smoker, I'm a midnight toker. I get my lovin' on the run". As an extraterrestrial the joker would be a space cowboy. As the piper he would be a picker. As Venus/Aphrodite he would be a lover. He plays his music in the sun and he is a midnight toker. The Wall Street Journal had an article on its front page on the elite meetings at Bohemian Grove and printed that both Steve Miller and Bob Weir, the bass player for the Grateful Dead, were regular attendees.
Bob Dylan, perhaps the greatest songwriter of all-time, referenced the Joker in a couple of his songs. In All Along The Watchtower which conjures up images of the Watchers written about in the apocryphal book of Enoch, he writes, " ' There must be some way out of here' said the joker to the thief. ' 'There's too much confusion', I can't get no relief. Businessmen, they drink my wine, plowmen dig my earth. None of them along the line know what any of it is worth.' 'No reason to get excited', the thief he kindly spoke. 'There are many here among us who feel that life is but a joke. But you and I, we've been through that, and this is not our fate. So let us not talk falsely now, the hour is getting late.' " All along the watchtower, princes kept the view while all the women came and went, barefoot servants, too. Outside in the distance a wildcat did growl. Two riders were approaching, the wind began to howl. " The song makes reference to a Joker and a Thief who act as wardens overseeing prisoners in a prison. The Joker is probably the Trickster God and the Thief is the Devil who is really just another aspect of the trickster god. Dylan's song Jokerman laments, " Jokerman dance to the nightingale tune. Bird fly high by the light of the moon... Oh, oh, oh, Jokerman. So swiftly the sun sets in the sky you rise up and say goodbye to no one. Fools rush in where angels fear to tread. Both of their futures, so full of dread, you don't show one. Shedding off one more layer of skin, keeping one step ahead of the persecutor within. " The group Wolfmother seemed to elaborate on the Dylan song in Joker & The Thief, "So I'll tell you all the story 'bout the joker and the thief of the night. All the people that he see in the night hold their dreams up to the light. The old beast is searching for sight. We are not goin' home. Can you see the joker flying over..." The song was on their debut album named Wolfmother which took its cover from the painting The Sea Witch which prominently display a nymph with a serpent's tail standing on a rock.
The name Jack has many interesting connotations. In fact the movie Jack starring Robin Williams referenced many of them throughout the movie as an inside joke. In the movie Jack was represented as a jack-in-a-box, a jumping jack, a jack in the pulpit, etc. According to the dictionary a Jack is a soldier or servant for the queen. The dictionary defines a jack as a knave and my thesaurus lists the knave as an entry for the Devil. The Jack is a central name in a lot of card and casino games. In Euchre (which like the Eucharist means "trick" or decieit) and other card games the Jack can "trump" and take "tricks". Blackjack is a very popular card game in Vegas with a dealer and also the winnings is called a Jackpot. One of the most interesting definitions is that of a jacklight which is "a light used as a lure in hunting or fishing at night"!
It is easy to see how the greek god of Chaos, Pan, became the Christian Devil. Although Pan didn't have horns like the Green Man or Cernunnos he was often depicted with horns and antlers. The Devil, of course, is sometimes worshipped by Satanists and Wiccans. Trick or Treat is part of the wiccan holiday of Halloween. The Devil is often portrayed as playing poker and even carries a poker called his trident which he presumably uses to prod souls to hell. He is reputed to be a dealer of souls. Satan is said to take the souls and burn them in the fire of Hell. Often associated with the Devil by Christians is Lucifer who was said to be a fallen angel. He is said to be able to transform himself into an angel of light and the Bible refers to a great delusion. The name Lucifer means light-bearer and the early church fathers equated Lucifer with Venus as any dictionary will show. In some traditions trickster gods like Pan are not to be feared or are not evil. They are ony meant to test us and to make sure we are ready before we, the fool, are allowed further along down the path.
So what I suspect is happening in this game we call Life is that this trickster god is tricking souls after death to go into the tunnel or pipe toward the light. Near death experiencers also use terms other than tunnel which was coined by Raymond Moody, author of Life After Life. They describe it as a tunnel, funnel, pipe, tube, vent, vortex, etc. I want to compare two of the greatest rock songs of all-time which share many similar elements as what I subscribe to my theory: a road or path, a lady (Venus/Lucifer), a shimmering or white light (the white light of NDEs), heaven/hell, a wind, a Piper or voices calling. I believe both of these songs are referring to the trickster god luring souls to the light by calling to them. Mick Jagger's solo album Goddess in the Doorway Jagger sings in the song Dancing in the Starlight, "Dancing in the starlight, swirling in the walls just like Venus on the ocean, the figures on the wall "My research has now shown me that Lucifer is the same being as the Sumerian Inanna, The Goddess of Heaven. Inanna was known to Babylonians as Ishtar. The Greeks called her Aphrodite. The Romans called her Venus. Look up the word 'Lucifer' in any dictionary and you will see it defined as Venus, the morning star. There is a new television show called "Lucifer" and the main character's name is Lucifer Morningstar. In the show he is depicted as responsible for the punishment of bad souls. He has a very effeminate voice and is able to hypnotize people with his eyes to get them to tell him exactly what their heart's desire is. The word Lucifer is Latin and means "light-bearer". As Inanna, she was the Queen of the Heavens... with a war-like aspect. As Inanna she was known as Virgin of the World and was also a judge. As Aphrodite she was also the Greek goddess of (sexual) Desire. As Mother Mary she is known as the World Soul. As Venus she is the goddess of beauty and LOVE. As Lucifer/Lucifera she was the most beautiful angel or goddess. So in terms of the Near Death Experience the soul at death sees the BEAUTIFUL, alluring LIGHT and DESIRES to go to it. Once there it feels incredible LOVE and connectedness like a Collective or WORLD SOUL where it is JUDGED and if worthy can merge with or be consumed basically. As Inanna and Kali she was a goddess of War. Kali devoured and destroyed. The NDErs are saying the Light of the NDE at death is a collective soul, our souls, and according to the Gnostic texts, our souls are the Light Power from Sophia, the Mother goddess, also known as Namma, the Primeval Mother, in Sumer. Lucifer is stealing the souls at death and just has our or Sophia's Light power inside. It would be like this horrible soul eating entity is eating up our souls (Sophia's Light) to power itself and grow. So Lucifer wouldn't really be us, but tricking souls into thinking they are the same when they are really not. Lucifer is a soul eater.
The song Stairway to Heaven by Led Zeppelin is probably considered the greatest rock song of all-time. Robert Plant says the song was channeled to him by the means of automatic handwriting. The meaning could be construed as the light illuminating the path to enlightenment. The bustle in your hedgerow could mean the kundalini rising up through the body's chakras. If the lyrics are analyzed it is plain to see it was heavily influenced not only by the Norse works of J.R.R. Tolkein, but also by the pagan woodland god, Pan, The Wind in the Willows and The Pied Piper of Hamelin:
There's a lady who's sure all that glitters is gold
There's a sign on the wall but she wants to be sure
There's a feeling I get when I look to the west
And it's whispered that soon if we all call the tune
If there's a bustle in your hedgerow, don't be alarmed now,
Your head is humming and it won't go, in case you don't know
And as we wind on down the road
And she's buying the stairway to heaven
The lady is the white goddess... witches refer to the goddess as the Lady....Lucifer/Venus.... all that glitters is gold is referring to the sun or possibly to materialism and greed...
now the song refers to the stairway/stareway to heaven which she is buying (you sell your soul)...
now there is a reference to a sign on the wall and words having more than one meaning and misleading thoughts...
the word with two meanings could be wind which as a noun is the elemental force of nature and as a verb means to spiral... stairways can go either down or up... or Pan which also means "to separate by (as gold) by panning"
there is a songbird singing softly (maybe a siren) and his spirit wants to leave (exit the body or die)... misleading hints at the trick or lie being played
The Wiccan Rede by Doreen Valiente says "when the moor wind blows from the west, departed spirits have no rest."
it makes him wonder, he is very curious and wonder is almost an extradimensional term...
it's whispered (wind) if we all call the tune (pied piper) the piper (Pan) will lead us to reason (Lucifer) and a new day will dawn (Lucifer rising, the rising sun) for those who stand long (when the sun is directly overhead there is no shadow or a short one, a long shadow or standing long is when the sun is at an angle or rising....
and the forest will echo with laughter... Pan as a sylvan is god of the forest and loved to frolic and have fun....
bustle in your hedgerow (labyrinth) could refer to the kundalini rising along your spine...
two paths are heaven or hell.... time to change the road you're on means you have free will to choose....
your head is humming (buzzing sound from the kundalini having risen to your crown chakra)...
the piper's calling you to join him is once again Pan or Lucifer...the wind is blowing and the stairway lies (interesting choice of words here) on the whispering wind... the subtle kundalini winds or spirals as it rises up along the spinal cord or tree of life.....
as we wind on down the road... more winding... winding is very important in this song...
our shadow's taller than our soul... once again this may refer to the rising sun or the golden dawn... shadow could be our ego, subconscious or dark evil nature
there walks a lady we all know (the white goddess, Lucifer/Venus) who shines white light (the white light at death at the end of the winding tunnel)... the white goddess or Lady could be the moon or sun
everything still turns to gold (eventually it gets sent to the sun to be recycled)....
the tune will come to you at last (the Piper wins your soul).. when all is one and one is all (Pan's pantheism)... to be a rock (moon) and not to roll... and she's buying a stairway to heaven
Hotel California by The Eagles, also considered to be one of the greatest rock songs of all-time, contains many of the same elements of Stairway to Heaven: 1) a lost or confused traveler, 2) a path or road 3) a lady shining a light to show the way, 4) Heaven (or hell), 5) wind, 6) a spirit, 7) a piper/voices calling
On a dark desert highway, cool wind in my hair
Welcome to the Hotel California
Her mind is Tiffany-twisted, she got the Mercedes bends
So I called up the Captain,
Welcome to the Hotel California
Mirrors on the ceiling,
Last thing I remember, I was
a snake's rattle is heard at the beginning of the song which shows it is referring to the serpent
dark = in the dark void before the tunnel mentioned in near death experienc
wind = the whispeing wind mentioned in Stairway to Heaven
desert = deserted, barren, alone, no one else around
shimmering light up ahead in the distance = light at the end of the tunnel mentioned in NDEs
mission bell = Bel, a bell is a horn or funnel
heaven or HELL = uncertainty, could be a deception
corridor = tunnel / pipe
Hotel California = a place where you can never leave
such a lovely face = beautiful, alluring like a siren
mer-cedes bends efers to the "bends" or disease divers when staying down too long in the water, MER refers to the mermaid or siren seducing him... pretty pretty boys, sweet summer sweat, dance = sex, she's a charmer, a siren
we havent had the spirit here = spirit is a disembodied being, dead
livin' it up at the hotel california = reference to hell being a party or heaven being paradise
surprise = an element of trickery
bring your alibis = an alibi is a story, a lie
mirrors on the ceiling, could the moon be a mirror (reflects the sun) on the ceiling (celestial)
we are all just prisoners here = it is a hell
master's chambers they gathered for the feast = the master is Satan, the beast
the feast is the souls they will feed off of
running for the door = gateway
passage back = shows is it was a passageway or tunnel he went through
Nightman = nighttime is the abode of the moon which is progammed to receive
check out any time you like , check out = to die
you can never leave = it's hell, a prison, eternal
The Lady or Goddess who shines white light and shows us the way is most likely Lucy or Lucifer, the light-bearer, also known as Venus. She is Columbia, the torch lady of Columbia Pictures who stands on a mountain or stepped pyramid and holds the light above her head with her right hand. She is America's Statue of Liberty for America was originally named Columbia and why its government resides in the District of Columbia. One of the major television stations, CBS, is Columbia Broadcasting System. One of the major record labels is Columbia Records. One of its major ivy league schools is Columbia University.
Today in the world's greatest symbol of unification we have the olympic games where the ceremony is an eternal flame or torch kept burning in a constant relay.
The flame was in honor of the theft from the gods of fire by the greek god Prometheus, who is really Venus or Lucifer who brings enlightenment to man. Prometheus snuck up to Mount Olympus, lit a torch from the sun, and hid a burning piece of charcoal in a hollow stock. Zeus punished Prometheus by chaining him to a rock or pillar. There is a statue of Prometheus giving fire to man in the Rockefeller Center. The Statue of Liberty based on Libertas is also a representation because Lucifer the light bearer and Prometheus offer mankind freedom. In 2012 the movie Prometheus Rising was released whose name reminds us of Lucifer Rising. Every year a female acting as high priestess lights the olympic torch by the light of the sun as its rays are concentrated by a parabolic mirror. The flame is then sent on a torch relay for several months until it is brought to a cauldron at the top of a staircase. This year the flame was lit at a rehearsal by eleven vestal virgins to invokde the sun God Apollo at the Doric Temple of Hera.
Prometheus symbolizes Venus or Lucifer, the light bearer. It might be odd to think of Lucifer as female, but any dictionary or encyclopedia will tell you the Romans consider Lucifer as Venus Consider this: Leslie Huggins stared as Lucifer in Kenneth Anger's movie, Lucifer Rising. Also could the Beatles' song Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds not only be related to LSD, but also a veiled reference to Lucifer as Venus or the sun: Lucy (Lucy-fer) in the sky with diamonds (stars) ala the line "look for the girl with the sun in her eyes and she's gone"? Lucifer, the light bearer, could then also represent Columbia and the Statue of Liberty which was modelled after the Colossus of Rhodes which was a statue of the Greek Titan sun god, The dedication text is preserved in librares and is believed to have read: "To you, O Sun, the people of Dorian Rhodes set up this bronze staute reaching to Olympus...". Helios. Ezra Lazarus' famous poem The New Colossus in engraven on the pedestal on which the statue stands and concludes with "I life my lamp beside the golden door". This may be a stretch, but notice in the Columbia Pictures logo below how the flame goes between the two towers or pillars of the letter 'U'. The nonexistent bottom of the letter 'U' where her arm bisects the base actually makes it look like a 'V'.
Disney movies like Peter Pan and cartoons are not the only examples of the trickster figure. A few other examples that come to mind are The Wicker Man, The Truman Show and The Game. In The Wicker Man a devout christian missionary visits a pagan society and is appalled by its customs. Playing the role of The Fool he is tricked into being their sacrificial ritual to the sun god. In The Truman Show, main character Truman -- who represents the True Man -- lives in a manufactured world and the "reality show" of his life is broadcast to the real world. Truman has no idea that his world is fake and all his friends and family are just paid actors for the show. In The Game Sean Penn plays an elaborate prank on his wealthy brother, played by Michael Douglas. Although he agreed to play the game beforehand he soons is unable to distinguish the game from reality. The prank cross the fine line between being a fun joke and being a cruel hoax. At the end of the joke everyone is laughing it seems except for the target or "victim".
Perhaps the way to escape this illusion or dream can be gleaned from another fun-loving trickster we all know who also played a flute -- a pipe whistle -- and that is the wild, wacky whimsical, magical chocolatier Willy Wonka, played by the zany Gene Wilder. While Willy described himself as a magician (he did carry a wand) he also operated a food factory with all kinds of pipes, tubes, tunnels and furnaces. When he first greeted his "lucky" golden ticket holders he hobbled up to them using a cane, then susprised them by doing a somersault. Then he escorted his golden ticket winners into the factory where they entered a very strange dead end room which was an illusion as was another one which distorted sizes. One of his guests asked him if this was some kind of funhouse and if he was playing a trick on them. He later took them on a boat ride down the river of chocolate and through a scary tunnel where he narrated, "Not a speck of light is showing so the danger must be growing. Are the fires of hell a glowing? Is the grisly reaper mowing? Yes! The danger must be growing for the rowers keep on rowing and they're certainly not showing any signs that they are slowing!" Wonka ends his rant as he screams. They all saw scary apparitions from their subconscious. One of the contestant winners fell in the river of chocolate and was sucked into a pipe which Wonka said led to a furnace. Another was deemed a bad egg and was dropped down into a hole which was said to lead to an incinerator. Uncle Joe and Charlie get caught up in a wind tunnel which led up to a fan: " GRANDPA JOE: "Ohhhh . . . ohhhh, I think I hit an air pocket. CHARLIE: You can fly to the moon this way. GRANDPA JOE: Let's just fly south for the winter. CHARLIE: Why not? I'm a bird! GRANDPA JOE: I'm a plane! CHARLIE: I'm . . . going too high! Hey, Grandpa, I can't get down! Help! Grandpa, the fan! GRANDPA JOE: Stay away from it, Charlie; it'll chop us to bits! We're in trouble, Charlie. I can't stop! CHARLIE: It's pulling me in! GRANDPA JOE: I can't stop! I can't stop! CHARLIE: What do we do? GRANDPA JOE: Grab hold of something, quick! CHARLIE: There's nothing to grab on to! Help! We're gonna get killed! GRANDPA JOE: Help! Help!"
The movie is partly a musical with many lyrical references to the sun, moon and dreams. Willy Wonka proclaims, "We are the Music Makers and we are the Dreamers of dreams." The song Candy Man refers to Willy Wonka: "Who can take a sunrise, sprinkle it with dew.... who can take a rainbow, wrap it in a sigh, soak it in the sun and make a strawberry lemon pie.... who can take tomorrow, dip it in a dream, separate the sorrow and collect up all the cream? The candy man can." Grandpa Joe sings, "Look up, Charlie, you'll see a star, just follow it and keep your dream in view." Later he sings, "I never dreamed that I would climb over the moon in ecstasy, but nevertheless it's there that I'm shortly about to be."
There is the subtle connection that Willy Wonka is a trickster and a magician and he runs a food factory which uses cocoa beans to make chocolate. The children it seems are being fed into the system via pipes and Mr. Wonka doesn't seem too concerned. It is much like the mural that was on the wall of my neighborhood Starbucks cafe in northwest Austin. Notice the direct analogy being made between harvesting beans and humans: “This is our earth.” The siren said. It is the home of our being. It holds the oceans in which we live and the mountains upon which our coffee grow.” " They grow from seeds, you know, to trees, which take three years to mature. Then the coffee chives grow, ripen, and are harvested for the beans inside.“Is this the way humans mature?” a young siren asked. “Oh no” the siren replied. They take much longer. A human matures when intelligence becomes wisdom." " And by then, they’ve grown old? the young siren wondered. "A curious term", the siren responded, “for it is only when they stop growing that humans become old.” In the story, humans are directly compared to coffee chives, which are harvested for what is inside of them -- beans. The mural contains a sun on the left side. On the right side is an ominous spiral with the words “DANGER gives tension.” On the bottom right appear the words “Come on, baby”. On a table in front of the mural appears this prose: “feeling intense on the edge pushed to the [unintelligible] you’ve been [unintelligible] roasted”.
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory ends with a perfect demonstration of possibly one of the key attributes and purposes of the Trickster: "a tester, one who makes sure you are ready before allowing you further along the Path." Willy Wonka tested Charlie to see if he is worthy of becoming his protege, learning the secrets of the trade, and inheriting the factory. He explained, "Charlie . . . my boy . . . You won! You did it! You did it! I knew you would... I had to test you, Charlie. And you passed the test. You won! The jackpot, the grand and glorious jackpot." The movie ends with the song Pure Imagination playing as the ending credits roll. Imagination is said to be the key: "If you want to view paradise simply look around and view it. Anything you want to, do it... want to make the world there's nothing to it. There is no life I know to compare with pure imagination. Living there you'll be free if you truly wish to be." So it is FREE WILL and WILL POWER which makes us FREE.