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Johnny Depp Understands Spirit Guides


“…To be an actor you have to be, in a sense, out of control.” – Johnny Depp

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A recent shot has been released of Johnny Depp in his new role as Tonto in the Lone Ranger remake. Tonto “wild one” is depicted in the movie as a native american from the Potawatomi nation. Native Americans are known to have connections with the spiritual realm. This is done by a rite of passage called a Vision Quest.

A Vision Quest is an initiation often depicted as a personal journey consisting of fasting. The individual will continue until he/she is open to the spiritual realm. During this time, a guardian/demon will give direction to the individual.

“the person fasts, and stays awake and concentrates on their quest until their mind becomes “comatose.” It was then that their Wyakin revealed itself.” –Yellow WolfLucullus Virgil McWhorter

A wyakin is actually defined in the Nez Perce (Native Americans) Language as an occultic force.

Once the state of comatose is reached and the individual has a dream, the Vision Quest is complete. The individual will now have a “spirit guide”. If the individual had to make a decision or in need of help, they would consult/invoke their “wyakin” to get an answer or protection. They would go on to claim of supernatural abilities, which is not too far fetched given they had been consumed by demonic control.

Johnny Depp found the appearance he was looking for in one of Kirby Sattler’s “I Am Crow” painting. View painting herehttp://www.sattlerartprint.com/iamcrow.html.

The painting depicts an indian chief. His face painted white with four black vertical lines atop a white clay painted face.

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Face painting is commonly known as “war paint” but it also designated power, membership and was used in ceremonies. This would be a mental preparation for an event that would literally change the people.


By being painted, the people have been changed. They have undergone a new birth, and with this they have new responsibilities, new obligations, and a new relationship.” (Brown, 1953, p. 111, The Sacred Pipe: Black Elk’s Account of the Seven Rites of the Oglala Sioux,)


The color of the paint would also have meaning.

 “Returning warriors of many Plains tribes, who had taken scalps of their enemies, often painted their faces black before returning to their camp. It has been said that the Crow believed that a blackened face symbolically represented the fires of revenge that had burned out after vanquishing their enemy.” (spiritofthelakepeople.blogspot.com)

Although Depp did not star in this movie, we find similarities depicting this type of revenge in “The Crow”. A gothic action film based on revenge by a resurrected being executing judgement on those who had murdered him. His face was also painted in like manner. This character is “guided” by a crow who provides him with invincibility.

”Second Honor: To be the first to strike a fallen enemy”…”the sign of this honor was an eagle feather worn horizontal in the scalp lock; painting the body irregularly in black stripes” (Fletcher-LaFlesche, 1911, p. 440)

Depp goes on to describe the significance of the stripes into quartered personalities.

There’s this very wise quarter, a very tortured and hurt section, an angry and rageful section, and a very understanding and unique side. I saw these parts, almost like dissecting a brain, these slivers of the individual. That makeup inspired me. Entertainment Weekly

He then goes on explaining the reasoning of having a “crow hat”.

“It just so happened Sattler had painted a bird flying directly behind the warrior’s head. It looked to me like it was sitting on top,” Depp said, which led him to another eureka moment. “I thought: Tonto’s got a bird on his head. It’s his spirit guide in a way. It’s dead to others, but it’s not dead to him. It’s very much alive.”  Entertainment Weekly

Although the movie hasn’t come out yet, it wouldn’t be surprising if Depp were to talk or reference to the headdress as if it were of some intelligence. This is an example of an accursed inanimate object. Being part Native American, Depp feels comfortable replicating this painting. His understanding for spirit guides would probably not be shocking due to his dark resume of filmography. Depp went through a vision quest in the 1995 movie “Dead Man”.  Depp has been linked to many movies that deal with the spiritual realm, Dead Man, The Ninth Gate, Sleepy Hollow, From Hell, Pirates of the Caribbean, Corpse Bride, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, Alice in Wonderland, etc…

“In doing a biopic you can’t help but get inside the person’s spirit a little bit, so for me, some of the film is trying to be through Ed a little bit”

Depp said of acting as the transvestite crazed Ed in the movie “Ed Wood”. This seems to be something he feels comfortable participating.

 “I pretty much try to stay in a constant state of confusion just because of the expression it leaves on my face.” Entertainment Weekly

Is this how Depp achieves this? We all know that God is not the author of confusion 1 Cor. 14:33. If God is not the author of confusion, then who is creating these characters that Depp emits?

“I know I have demons, I’m 30 different people sometimes” US Magazine p116


“There is a part of me that feels like arrested development at 17,” The Independent


Depp, in his own words, explains that it is the demons that provide the source of his character development or performance. This could be why he understands how spirit guides work.

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By Jesse W.

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