Do what thou Wilt shall be the whole of the Law
If you have read any of my articles before this, you have probably deduced that I am a huge fan of the Trickster Archetype. The Trickster has the type of personality in which I identify most with, playful, fun, carefree, and pretty chaotic.
What many people do not realize though, is that it is the Trickster who becomes the hero in many myths. He, never taken seriously by his peers, is seen to rise above the flame and hardship, and somehow make it through on top and as the hero of the myth, against all odds.
Before I get started, I want to give a good example of this. The Christ, Son of God, is also known as Son of Man. God is the perfection of the Human Self, man is the joke of this perfection, whose number is less than the perfect 7, as it is 6. He stood before the leaders making claims of perfection, being mocked by those in power.
He was even killed on a cross, which stands for the transformation of the Trickster to the Hero that is resurrected a few days later.
So What’s the big Deal of the Trickster?
I get it. The Trickster seems childish and really a feeble character based on the pure name of Trickster. But picture with me, if you will, the different Tricksters that have made themselves known to us through our Psyche and Religious Experiences.
Christ, as I have pointed out, is probably the most prominent of our time. But consider others you may have heard of. Loki from Norse Mythology, Set from Egyptian Mythology, and even Hercules, born a fatherless boy, the laughingstock of the town, was also part of the Trickster Mythology.
The Trickster is a huge deal in mythology. He is powerful and helpful. Loki was seen as one of the more powerful deities in Norse Mythology, and Set was the protector of the foreigners in Egypt. Of course, we all know about Hercules and his strength as well as the great transformation he went through.
The Trickster Archetype and Chaos Magick
Though a relatively new concept in Magick, Chaos Magick is a good example of how to perform Magick based off the Trickster Archetype. The Magick itself does not deal as much with the process as it does with the results.
The Trickster Archetype itself serves itself a lone, and indulges in the pleasures that it feels need to be met at the time. There is a self-centeredness that cannot be denied. As the Trickster develops in time, it loses this and becomes more connected to another entity.
The Trickster Archetype is known as a more Chaotic Archetype, many times the Trickster enjoys the Chaos that comes with their antics. This coincides with Chaos Magick because Chaos Magick is used to do just that, cause chaos to the natural order due to its desire for immediate results.
In fact, one look at Chaos Magick text, and some might say it is Magick that was created by elaborate trolls looking to have fun and mess with people. In actuality though, even if this were the case, because Magick and Rituals come directly from the Unconscious, and Chaotic forces are part of the Direct Nature of the Trickster Archetype, the Magick is just as effective in reaching its goal, but on a more primitive way.
Trickster To Hero
When a person identifies with the Trickster Archetype, they really are identifying with an Archetype that deals with the base needs of the human person. The Archetype is like a devious child wanting to have fun, and usually does not mean to do harm to others.
What’s interesting about the Trickster though, is that when a defining moment of development happens, the Trickster begins to change in a more mature creation. This is, of course a process, and it can be a long process, but it is a process he must take in order to reach Individuation, or the Knowledge and Conversation with the Holy Guardian Angel.
When this process is reached, the student of the Occult then becomes the Hero. By their words and their deeds, and in following their True Will, they become a beacon of light to bring Truth to the next group who will be willing to listen.
For each person, of course, this defining moment is different. It does not mean that the Trickster Archetype is gone, and the Hero may very well still have a humorous personality. It does mean, though, that they have attained a level of Consciousness that allows them to reach and tap into enlightenment.
How to Start the Process
The most simple and effective way to kick start the process of becoming one with the Hero Archetype from the Trickster one is, in my opinion, fasting. Giving up certain foods is a classic in training the body and the mind to overcome its more carnal desires.
Also, not giving into primordial urges as frequently, as this releases chemicals in the brain that satisfy that temporary urge.
Abstaining from alcohol or some other addiction you may have to deal with helps as well.
Once you begin to conquer the urges of the mind and the body, you will be on the steps to Enlightenment. Be sure to meditate and do your magick rituals every day. Whether it be Chaos Magick, or Ceremonial Magick, it makes no difference, it will all lead on the path to enlightenment.
Check out this video here on magick and enlightenment! It does a much better job than I could ever do on explaining the link!
The Trickster Archetype has much more to it than what many people realize. If one identifies particularly with this Archetype, you should not be ashamed of that, but instead realize the great potential you have. Myself, I have not really wanted to reach that Hero Stage just yet, except when it comes to my kids or other children, and that’s mostly because I like the Chaotic side of life.
How about you though? What do you think about the Trickster Archetype, and do you identify with it at all? Please let me know below!
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