Aho, Heyokah!

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Coyote the Trickster

Wile E. Coyote? Perhaps. This guy was pretty wiley (quietly appearing 15 feet just behind us while we were admiring a lake). But I am going to label him Heyokah - the divine trickster.

Coyote’s mythological role as a trickster in many cultures, especially the native traditions, provides an archetype for the rule breaker in all of us (whether we are breaking the rules unintentionally or with defiant purpose). Coyote is often seen as a cultural hero (or the class clown) but is also often used to teach hard lessons about subjects that would be otherwise taboo in a community outside of humour and comedic relief. Opposites and riddles are the realm of Coyote. Because of this Coyote can be a misunderstood but powerfully clever medicine.

Coyote medicine teaches us by folly and misadventure and allows us (ha, more like forces us) to to find joy in our own foolishness. Coyote tricks us into discovering our own truths rather than giving us all the answers. Be careful if Coyote is afoot in your world because you never know what’s going to happen. Just remember that laughter is often the best medicine!

Long Live Coyote!

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