text © Jonathan Zap
Consider the story line of Performance, Nicholas Roeg’s 1968 film about the encounter of a fugitive gangster (Chas, played by James Fox) with an androgynous, dissolute rock star (Turner, played by Mick Jagger). At first Turner appears to be the dark, trickster soul guide, and Chas is given hallucinogens without his knowing or permission, and then seduced into a world of promiscuous pansexuality. But Chas proves to have a more essential relationship with the underworld than the satanic verse-imbibing androgynous rock star. He concisely reverses their roles by putting a bullet in Turner’s head. This fate is typical of those who revel in the power and glamour of identifying themselves with the role of dark soul guide — there is always someone darker and more deadly.
Consider this a propitious time to employ the will and vigilance to resist the allure of deadly delusions and the dark magicians who wield them.