|Regan Lee is author of the UFO blog The OrangeOrb, and has a monthly column in UFO Magazine by the same name. She is also a contributer to the Binnall of America website, writing her 'Trickster's Realm' column. Drawing on her life long relationship with UFOs and the paranormal, Regan writes about UFOs and Forteana in Oregon , her home for many decades, and is also a UFO witness and experiencer herself. Regan is also an aritst, and author of Two Oregon Tales: UFOs and Bigfoot, soon to be available as an e-book. Email Regan Lee.
Speculation on Mary as a Trickster
by Regan Lee
Posted: 15:48 August 5, 2007
”An American professor is describing his atheism to a Mexican who is attempting to understand his faith. Suddenly there is a gleam of understanding in the eyes of the senora. "We know that you do not believe in Jesus," she said with a look of sympathy, "but surely you must believe in the Virgin of Guadalupe!" ~ Virgin of Guadalupe
Goddess of the Americas, Patrice Wynne
There aren’t many female aspects of the Trickster. But I wonder if Marian apparitions can’t be considered a female version of Trickster manifestation.
If we accept that Marian apparitions are a paranormal/anomalous (and not religious) phenomeana, and often within the context of UFOs, and that the Trickster is an innate part of paranormal, UFO phenoenamea, then it isn’t too outlandish to consider the symbol of the “Virgin” Mary as a Trickster.
Demetria Martinez, in a short piece on her relation to the image of the Virgin of Guadalupe, considers Mary a “sacred Trickster”:
Guadalupe, that sacred trickster who -- faithful to her Aztec predecessor -- appeared on the hill where Tonantzin, the corn goddess, was worshipped by Nahuatl-speaking people ~ Brown paper and a candle - author turns to Our Lady of Guadalupe for inspiration and support - (National Catholic Reporter, Demetria Martinez, September 2000)
I’ve often been struck by the irony of the Catholic Church cracking down on both those church members who believe appearances of Mary is a part of their religious experience, as well as the Marian Apparitional phenomena itself. It’s clear there is an entire political agenda present in the church’s stance on maintain power in contrast to the appearances of a deity that seems, whether intentionally or as a byprocuct, to mock the church’s position.
In this way, these apparitions of Mary could be seen as a manifestation of Trickster. She shares other characteristics with Trickster:
She appears outside of, and regardless of, the church’s official, authoritarian position.
She appears within the context of paranormal, supernatural, and or UFOlogical phenomena.
Her messages are often contrary to what is currently presented by the church.
She continues to appear, despite the efforts of authority to quench those appearances.