"Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves; so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves."
The Term “Holy Fool” works as both pejorative and positive: an ambiguity that I love to play with in my work.
Likewise, I play with the symbol of the snake as a bringer of knowledge (through Snake-Bit visions) as well as Biblical Tempter. And the egg; well, it could be either a serpent, or a dove….it also ties into Alchemy and the Gnostics, but I digress.
The fool to the Greek was one lacking wisdom…in the Old Testament the fool was the Godless being…but in my work, the Fool is Holy, a wandering Trickster, a culture-hero/Saint who tricks humanity into their own knowledge—or faith--whether they realize it or not.
One is fooled toward the mind of God, most often through seemingly silly lessons or symbolic subterfuge.
For it was written:
“… God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.”
I Corinthians 1:27
Dain Quentin Gore