The Trickster…

The Trickster...

I was the Trickster in my own story.

The trickster deity breaks the rules of the gods or nature, sometimes maliciously (for example, Loki) but usually with ultimately positive effects (though the trickster’s initial intentions may have been either positive or negative). Often, the bending/breaking of rules takes the form of tricks (e.g. Eris) or thievery. Tricksters can be cunning or foolish or both; they are often funny even when considered sacred or performing important cultural tasks. An example of this is the sacred Iktomi, whose role is to play tricks and games and by doing so raises awareness and acts as an equalizer.

 

“The trickster is a very important archetype in the history of humankind.  He is a god, yet he is not. He is the “wise fool.”  It is he, through his creations that destroy, who points out flaws in the carefully constructed societies of humankind. He rebels against authority, pokes fun at the overly serious, creates convoluted schemes that may or may not work, plays with the Laws of the Universe, and is sometimes his own worst enemy. He exists to question, and to cause us to question and not accept things blindly. He appears when a way of thinking that has become outmoded needs to be torn down and built anew.  He is the Destroyer of Worlds and at the same time, the savior of us all.”

“The Trickster lives inside and outside of Time.  He is of our world, yet not of our world, so our laws will not always apply.  Among other mythological images, symbols associated with him include keys, clocks, masks, and infinity.”

“The Trickster is a creator, a joker, a truth teller, a storyteller; a transformer linked to the spiritual frequency changes that humanity is experiencing at this time.”

“We seem most accessible to the synchronistic gifts of the Trickster when we ourselves are at or near boundaries or are experiencing transition states – periods of major life transitions that seem to be occasioned by an abundance of meaningful coincidence.  Personal growth sees not only to facilitate synchronicity, but also in turn, to be facilitated by it. As an archetype, the Trickster, the boundary dweller, finds expression through human imagination and experience.”

http://nonjohn.com/Trickster.htm

 

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