Editorial: Issue 044

We really need the circus right now.

From this End-of-2020 vantage point, it could be argued that we need a lot of things right now. Your mileage may vary when it comes to deciding what those things are. But for the sake of simplicity, I return to my original point.

We really need the circus right now.

Why, you might ask? Think for a moment about what the circus provides. Laughter. Wonder. Courage. Beauty. Possibility. Creativity. I could go on, but I think you get my point.

The circus lifts us up. The circus, like the tarot, could be considered a microcosm of the human experience, from Fool to World. If we would just allow ourselves to be simple enough to receive its gifts.

I’m not sure, if I’m being honest, that this issue gets it entirely right. Too many people, even good writers, are stuck in a deconstructionist pose. It’s all creepy circuses & dilapidated carnivals & scary clowns. Enough, already!

We did our best to keep them out of here, but many of the submissions we received were suffused with that particular darkness. This is most unfortunate. I’d blame 2020, but I know these opinions about The Theatre of the Fantastique predate this year of division & death.

All I can ask, if you’re reading this, is to go to a circus next year, when this is all over. Whether it’s a local tent show or the glamour of Cirque du Soleil (if they survive), you should go.

If you bring a child, they’ll surely tell you when you should laugh. Better yet, maybe you should go by yourself, so you can drop all poses & preconceptions & allow the very real magick on display to effect you. I promise, you will have more deep & varied emotions than you were expecting. If you are brave enough to let it happen.

Until then, enjoy these stories, and take care of yourselves.