Many people find the trickster intriguing.
The "trickster" plays tricks and is the victim of tricks. The trickery of such stories extends as well to symbolic play regarding cultural forms, rules, and worldview.
In ancient Greek stories Hermes is also the Trickster (Tarot) or a thief, inventor, con-artist, magician but more importantly...an escort of the spirits to the underworld. Hermes is often symbolized as a pile of stones placed at a crossroads.
"Why would you take direction from a "con-artist" standing at a crossroads"?
The Trickster plays a role in all our lives, as a Nation(s) and as a People. We fail to look at the truth and instead we hold on even tighter to a belief that no longer serves humanity.
It's like giving an invitation.
Take the perspective of science, and look at Physics, which constantly deals with order coming from chaos.
"As far as the laws of mathematics refre to reality, they are not certain; and so far as they are certain; they do not refer to reality." – Albert Einstein
"The fool who knows he is a fool is that much wiser, The fool who thinks he is wise, is a fool indeed." - Dhammapada – The Sayings of the Buddha
"If we only knew what Illusion is, we would then know the opposite: what Truth is. This Truth would liberate us from slavery."– Boris Mouravieff - Gnosis, Book One
A Breath of Coyote
Here is a Modern Version of a Trickster Tale which I think represents how the trickster lives on in today's world:
Ogimakwe tells a story involving the traditional coyote character as a trickster (coyote often shows up as a trickster in Native American stories).
This little boy was out wandering around.
And he was
he heard the sound of the whippoorwill
the song of the whippoorwill
which was really beautiful.
So, he was out wandering around looking for the whippoorwill.
And he walked on this particular path,
And he came along coyote [pronounced kye oh= tay]
who also had a very nice song
And coyote said to the little boy
Why are you following me? [in a whispered voice]
And the little boys says,
Well, I've been listening to,
all day, you know, evening,
to the sound of the whippoorwill
And I want to find out where he's at.
And coyote says,
A Don't you like my songs?
I sing too.
And he reared his head back and howled out of tune
The little boy covered his ears and he said
AWell that nice, but [laughing]
I would really like to go find and listen to the sound of the whippoorwill
So, Did you hear this before?
Mary: No.The Trickster is at one and the same time creator and destroyer, giver and negator, he who dupes others, and who is always duped himself. He wills nothing consciously. At all times he is constrained to behave as he does from impulses over which he has no control. He knows neither good nor evil yet he is responsible for both. He possesses no values, moral or social, is at the mercy of his passions and appetites, yet through his actions all values come into being.
Trickster tales have different functions in various societies. Certainly the stories are told because they are funny and entertaining; but they are also in some sense sacred. Radin reports that the reaction to trickster stories "is prevailingly one of laughter tempered by awe".
The Tricksters function is usually in some sort of "sacred context". Tricksters need the more serious gods to bounce off from and create their mischief.
serious chief gods" can share some of the trickster's traits: for example, Zeus is both an philanderer and a shape-shifter–he changed into a swan in order to make love to Leda and into a shower of gold in order to impregnate Danae. Zeus is also known for his ability to trick and outwit his rivals as in the story of Kronos and Metis.
Although trickster's actions and personality may seem ridiculous or extreme, some scholars have noted that he/she serves an important purpose in traditional and contemporary narratives. Trickster may work as a kind of outlet for strong emotions or actions in which humans cannot indulge. These actions are at the margins of social morality and normal behavior, so humans can express and feel things through the trickster that would be unsafe to express or experience outside of stories.
In this sense the trickster is a kind of "escape valve" for a society.
No figure in literature, oral or written, baffles us quite as much as trickster.
He is positively identified with creative powers, often bringing such defining features of culture as fire or basic food, and yet he constantly behaves in the most antisocial manner we can imagine. Although we laugh at him for his troubles and his foolishness and are embarrassed by his promiscuity, his creative cleverness amazes us and keeps alive the possibility of transcending the social restrictions we regularly encounter.
In the majority of his encounters with men, he violates rules or boundaries, thereby necessitating escapeand forcing himself to again wander aimlessly.
The sum total of these nineteen episodes of rejection, reversal, and transformation, of ahistorical, abiological, and asocial acts is a developmental process. This process of increasing biological, psychic, and social awareness to the point where he returns to society and appears as an almost thoroughly socialized individual and, further, to a realization of his role and identity as culture-hero; an individual at odds with society, the seeming antistructure; a "creative negation" who introduces death and with it all possibilities to the world.
Tricksters are known for telling great lies that contain a good deal of truth, but to understand their craft we must get past easy opposites that would differentiate falsity from veracity in the simple sense of contradicting truth. For what the trickster accomplishes in a “lie” is the subtle disruption of boundary markers erected to mark off the line between what passes as reason and fantasy. Rather than simply transgressing truth boundaries trickster artists call into question “assumptions about how the world is divided up” and skillfully remake “truth” on their own flexible terms.
Take the confidence man for instance, the covert American “reborn trickster” hero who gains the trust of others only to con them.
Tricksters thus are a cut-above the common thief and liar; while they might appear to be foolish or clownish they certainly are not bereft of intelligence. This is because the Soul Trickster is of two minds, at home in a neutral state of things, in contrast to criminals who merely violate previously decided rules.
The Spiritual Universe
Dr. Bruce Lipton - Biology of Belief
Our Ultimate Reality