Monday, November 10, 2014

The Scarecrow as Zen Hero

One of the interesting things about the Oz books is that L. Frank Baum didn't particularly want to be writing them. He was much more interested in writing books in other genres, and much more attached to some of his other characters, some of whom he dragged kicking and screaming across the Deadly Desert into Oz proper. In his book The Scarecrow of Oz, the title character does not even appear until almost halfway through the book... and he spends a significant portion of the book's final third immobilized and without a body with which to actually do anything.

Ironically, this makes him a perfect role model for Zen thinking, yes? For this card, I have corresponded him to the King of Swords in a tarot deck... literally thought in thought, head in the air. 

There's more than one way to get ahead, after all...

-- Freder.