Posted by: cindybythesea | February 10, 2010

fat tuesday, jesters, masks and more

I wasn’t going to write any more about this, but, with the triumphant win of the New Orleans Saints still fresh on every ones minds and Mardi Gras just around the corner, I just couldn’t help, but, take it a little further.

Mardi Gras – french, for Fat Tuesday.  Just happens to remind me of a line from a song!

“Now, for ten years, we’ve been on our own, moss grows FAT on a rolling stone” ….. hmmm sounds like American Pie to me!


From an article on e-how: “In ancient times court jesters played important roles in politics and society. Court jesters were considered fools or lunatics with their weird dress and maniacal laughing.  They could get away with criticizing the government without any retribution.  Politicians hired court jesters to express opinions they couldn’t say for themselves.  Mardi Gras celebrations have embraced the court jester as a symbol of rebellion.”  *And, remember, jesters always wore masks, to conceal their identity, thus, the custom of wearing masks at Mardi Gras.

“When the jester sang for the King and Queen, in a coat he borrowed from James Dean and a voice that came from you and me”

In 1955, in a role that would catapult him to cinema immortality as “the first american teenager;” James Dean, in Rebel Without A Cause, embodied a new spirit that would come to define America; the spirit of rebellion.  From AMC Film History of the 1950’s:   “In the period following World War II, when most of the films were idealized with conventional portrayals of men and women, young people wanted new and exciting symbols of rebellion“.  Wow, did you get that?   New and exciting symbols of rebellion!  Where did that come from?  Post world war II – America was booming with babies and new prosperity, with more free time on their hands and money in their pockets than ever before, where did this spirit of rebellion come from?


“And there was war in heaven, Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back. But, he was not strong enough, and they lost their place in heaven. The great dragon was hurled down — that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth and his angels with him”.   Revelation 12:7

but, – THE DEVIL BORROWED HIS COAT!    The Bible tells us that the devil was a “liar from the beginning, the father of lies and that when he lies, he speaks in his native language” John 8:44.  The devil will always attempt to conceal or mask his identity.  The image of James Dean has long been associated with that of the red windbreaker he wore in Rebel without a Cause.  When the devil borrowed his coat, so to speak, he embodied the spririt of rebellion and while Mr. Dean may not have been aware of it, the spirit who influenced him certainly was.

On September 30, 1955, James Dean was killed on a California highway while speeding in his new Porche 550 Spyder. James Dean was the only person nominated for an oscar post-humously, not once, but, twice, for his roles in Giant (1956) and East of Eden (1955).  In doing a little research about the career of Mr. Dean, I found that he had spent some time dabbling with the occult, dating at one time, an actress by the name of Maila Nurmi, best known for her role in the 1950’s as Vampira. Speaking of James Dean’s relationship with Maila Nurmi, Hedda Hopper had this to say, in her 1962 Memoir:  He said, (James Dean), ‘I had studied The Golden Bough (a study of magic and religion) and the Marquis de Sade (the 17th century aristocrat known for sexual cruelty –  from which the word sadism comes from) and I was interested in finding out if this girl (Malia Nurmi) was obsessed with a satanic force. But, she knew nothing; I found her void of any interest outside her Vampira make-up.”   Apparently, James Dean expected more and was disappointed.


In the years that have followed the death of James Dean, the legend of a curse centered around the wreckage of his car has followed him as well due to a series of unexplainable and tragic accidents while using the salvaged wreckage as a visible object lesson for those still inclined to drive in excess of the speed limit.  You can find various references to the story on line by googling it.  And, if the curse involving the car were not enough, many of his co-stars have also  tragically died at young ages as well.  Natalie Wood in a drowning accident at the age of 43 and Sal Mineo stabbed to death at the age of 37.  James Dean was 24 at the time of his death.

 In the book of Genesis, Adam and Eve are expelled from the Garden of Eden because of their disobedience and rebellion against God.  To prevent them from returning to the garden, it says in Genesis 3:24, “after he (God) drove the man out, he placed on the east side of the Garden of Eden, cherubim and a flaming sword, flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life.”  This tree was placed, “East of Eden.”

Oh, and while the King was looking down, the jester stole his thorny crown, but, the court room was adjourned, no verdict was returned

On January 22, 2008 after filming, The Dark Knight, the body of young actor, 28 year old Heath Ledger was found cold and lifeless in his NYC apartment dead from an apparent over dose of prescription drugs. In a New York Times article in November 2007, Ledger had this to say about his role as the joker/jester in the soon to be released film. “Last week, I probably slept an average of two hours a night, I couldn’t stop thinking, my body was exhausted and my mind was still going.”  Jack Nicholson, who played the role of the Joker in 1989 was cryptic on learning of Ledger’s death, saying, “Well, I warned him.”   What was it that Nicholson knew to prompt such a response?

Later this year, Heath Ledger’s co-star from Brokeback Mountain, Jake Gyllenhaal will star in the soon to be released film, The Prince of PersiaAnd although this movie, derived from a video game, appears to be an action story and not of a dark tale. The name alone, for those with eyes to see, would be wary.  For in this film, Gyllenhaal wittingly or not, invokes another powerful spirit, one who is perhaps stronger and more powerful than any of his predecessors; for this one is the true Prince of Persia, the same  timeless entity, who according to the book of Daniel, hindered the archangel Michael from coming to Daniel for 21 days.

The spirit of rebellion.  When this door is opened, you can expect a dark path.  The jester stands in the wings, his identity concealed, waiting for an opportunity to be invited in. 

 Its a short road from Miami to New Orleans. The masks of Mardi Gras already firmly in place. 

And though, the jester may boast, that “the court room was adjourned, no verdict was returned”.  He jests indeed!  The victory has been won, his defeat is at hand – and he knows it.

Saints, unmask yourselves!  Church of Laodicea, remember Miami!  (remember, the cross) the victory is ours!  “I drove my chevy to the levee,  but, the levee was dry” …… there is nothing there!  New Orleans and Fat Tuesday and the things they represent are empty, dry and  embody the spirit of this world, (figuratively) the spirit of rebellion. It’s time for us who claim the name of the Lord, to unmask our selves, so to speak; to begin to  live in such a way, that when the world sees us, they will know, that we like Moses, whose face was radiant when he descended from Mount Sinai, have been in the presence of the Lord!


  1. wow, excellent insight. The clues and and reflections of the spiritual battle are all around us, if we only have eyes to see and ears to hear. We tend to think that one thing rarely has anything to do with another but when it comes to the deceptive plans of satan, we find it is all linked and interwoven in a massive net used to trap and deceive. Ignorance is bliss but god said “my people are destroyed for lack of knowledge” and Oh how the devil exploits that. Wake up Saints no longer shall we sleep, don’t settle for being the church of Laodecia.

    • Kara, you are so right, it is all linked and most people are going about their lives oblivious to the spiritual battle being played out all around them. Thank you so much for all the valuable insight you share with me every day when we talk. The Lord has confirmed so many things between us lately, that I think we could write a book! I have been both humbled and amazed at how God has been working in our lives these past few months. You are a wonderful daughter and I love you dearly! Mom

  2. […] His note dovetailed in remarkable fashion with a post Cindy-by-the-Sea did last week (“Fat Tuesday, Jesters, Masks and More”). […]

    • Thanks Art for referencing my post, I think you’ve done an outstanding job of expounding on it. Blessings! Cindy

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