There are thousands of myths and stories about Coyote, the great trickster. Many native cultures call Coyote the “Medicine Dog.” If you have pulled this card, can be sure that some kind of medicine is on its way – and it may or may not be to your liking. Coyote has many magical powers, but they do not always work in his favor. His own trickery fools him. He is the master trickster who tricks himself. No one is more astonished than Coyote at the outcome of his own tricks. He falls into his own trap. And yet he somehow manages to survive. He may be banged and bruised by the experience, but he soon goes on his way to even greater error, forgetting to learn from his mistakes. He may have lost the battle, but he is never beaten. Coyote teaches us the beauty of our trust and innocence until we become to serious, then Coyote backtracks to trick us out of the pompousness that masks our fears and seriousness.
Coyote is sacred. In the folly of his acts we see our own foolishness. As Coyote moves from one disaster to the next, he refines the art of self-sabotage to sheer perfection. No one can blindly do themselves or other in with more grace and ease than the holy trickster. Coyote takes himself so seriously at times that he cannot see the obvious. For instance, the steam roller that is about to run over him. That is why, when it hits him, he still can not believe it. Contained within the trickster medicine is the humor of the ages. The cosmic joke is not just on ourselves but on everybody else, if they are following Coyote or have strong Coyote medicine. Someone like this may be able to convince others that a skunk smells like roses, but the fact remains that it is still a skunk.
Snooze time is over. Watch out. Your glass house may come crashing to the ground at any moment. All your self- mirrors may shatter. When you destroy the illusion of who you are to others and be yourself, you will have restored your innocence. Go immediately beneath the surface of your experiences. Ask yourself what you are really doing and why. Are you playing a joke on yourself? Are you trying to fool an adversary? Is someone tricking you? On the other hand, you may not be conscious of your own pathway to foolishness. You may have conned yourself, your family, your friends, or even the public at large, into believing that you know what you are doing. Perhaps you are balled up in your own machinations. You have created a befuddling, bewildering, confounding trick. See through the genius of your acts of self-sabotage. Find it amusing and laugh.
If Coyote appears in the reversed position, you can be assured that he is going to be contrary and a pain in your side. Look around yourself and watch which direction he is coming from. If Coyote is approaching you from the outside, beware of this master of illusion. It will be a painful lesson for you if you follow him. Coyote reversed can appear in your life as a supposed all-knowing teacher, a scam artist, a get-rich-quick business planner or anybody who wants you to follow their lead. Coyote is not the recommended business partner or lover.
Contrary Coyote may signal a time when everything you touch backfires. All your jokes may be exploding in your face. In this reversed position, Coyote also signals a time to be aware of the intentions of others, and to look for the boomerang you threw at another person coming back to know you from behind. Someone else’s trick may be on you, or there could be deception in the wind. Whatever Coyote reversed has conjured up, it could be coming from any direction. Remember, this joker is always wild!
Excerpt from “Medicine Cards” by Jamie Sams & David Carson