To understand the modern day trickster we need to understand what makes a trickster. Tricksters in mythology represent the chaotic nature and the unpredictability of life. The role the trickster in myths and stories is a catalyst for change. Without change, we would remain in parity. They are necessary characters in our world because they upset the balance between two characters, or generate an imbalance in a community or world that demands rectification by humans or the gods. In parity we cease to evolve, mature, or improve. Tricksters give rise to situations wherein we may find new ways of thinking, acting or problem solving. Trickster are amoral with a titch of chaos. Additionally they often appear in modern culture as the anti-hero. [Read more…]
The Trickster is an example of a Jungian Archetype. In most traditions the Trickster is often portrayed as a Male Character. One of the few Female Tricksters is Kitsune, the Japanese Shape-shifting Fox. In our Modern world Trickster is portrayed by the Fool, which survives in modern playing cards as the Joker.
In modern literature, the trickster survives as a character Archetype, not necessarily supernatural or divine, therefore better described as a stock character. In Mythology, Trickster is a god, yet is not. Trickster is the wise-fool who 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.
One role of the Trickster is to question, and to cause us to question, and not accept things blindly. He appears when a way of thinking becomes outmoded thereby needing to be torn down built anew. He is the Destroyer of Worlds at the same time the savior of us all. [Read more…]