The Siesta by Frederick Arthur Bridgman (1878)
Showman or charlatan are words that describe the circus. The word comes from Latin the ring or circle. So much is described by the circle, our planet, the zodiac belt. In the beginning there was the wheel. We see in the ouroboros, the serpent or dragon, a definition of the human condition. We start at one end of the ring and swallow the tail. And then we are reborn. This is what the alchemists contemplated. Turning lead, dead matter, into gold.
Wouldn’t it be grand to be involved with the human interaction of live performers, animals, and scientific gadgets, i.e. the man shooting out of the cannon, that stimulate our senses. The electronic age we live in can be more about self-absorption. It does involve an acceptance of risk. What does the circus represent to you?
Merry-go-rounds with lights and music and spinning can be good for the soul. Costumes that have fantasy, glitter and mystery uplift the lighthearted nature in us. Clowns make us laugh and cry. A mustache: must ache, play on words. Another is a puppet, pup pet. Is an office, off ice? Silliness of a malapropism provides the inner chuckle to reassess a mood. I scream for ice cream.
“I Dream of Jeannie” had so many chuckles, the least of which, can you put the Genie back in the bottle. This symbolism contains all the hopes, wishes and desires, at a price.
If you consult the tarot, the runes, the I Ching, all you want is a validation of your wishes. And that validation will often provide the energy to go for it. Believe it will be a correct choice.
Parades, floats, mermaids, and chevaliers give us license to expand our imagination and sense of wonderment. This is what is meant by the child within.