Trickster Gods: Tricky Ways to Discover the Self

Do you want to understand more about yourself, your dreams and the struggles of your life? Today I like to tell you more about our online course Mindfunda Mythology.

This is the fifth of a six part blog about Mindfunda Mythology, an online course that will make your life easier:

The Creation myth: Genesis and The Big Bang
The Amazing Animal: The Animal in Mythology
Mythology of Men 
Mythology of Women
Mythology of the Trickster
Mythology of the Grail, Pulling Out the Sword


Trickster Gods are tricky. They tease you, they obstruct your path, and when you look back at your life you see how much they have helped you.

A trickster breaks the rules. The Trickster Gods have knowledge beyond this world. They can be mean, but they always put the hero on the path of his life.

Let me know in the comments who has been a trickster in your life. Identifying your trickster gods will shine a light on your life’s path.

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Roadrunner: Copyright by Warner Brothers, Inc.
Trickster gods: the butterfly

There is one story that will help you understand the function of the Trickster. It is a short story about a man and a butterfly.

A man saw a caterpillar struggling to get out of its shell. It did not seem to work for this butterfly to be.

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Photo: Eddy Van 3000 on Flickr

So he decided to help and gently cut away the cocoon. Out came the butterfly. But it was not able to fly…

The struggle of getting out of its cocoon would have enabled it to gain the strength its wings need to fly.

You need struggle in your life to find out who you are. Your trickster helps you to gain strength. Who has done that in your life? Let me know in the comments.

Trickster Gods: My story

When I look back upon my life, I can clearly distinguish my tricksters. One of them is my older sister. She was always more popular, more beautiful and much funnier than I was.

My sister could be extremely cruel to me, telling others how much of a loser I was. And to my great surprise, that did not seem to turn off other people. She was my trickster.

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Copyright: Disney

This trickster taught me that I had a path in life. Hers was to be beautiful and charming, mine was to be intellectual. I still like thinking and reading very much.

The lesson about the Trickster in Mindfunda’s Mythology course will tell you stories. Trickster stories. We will analyse them, and learn lessons about ourself.

And ask the daunting question: in what way(s) have we been tricksters ourselves?

Trickster gods: Trusting the Trickster

The first paragraph is about trust. We all get betrayed in our life. No matter how good treat others. Everybody gets hurt. The magic is in healing. Daring to open your heart again after you have been betrayed by a loved one.

No, this paragraph of the course is not about being naive or stupid.  If someone treats you bad, either mentally or physically, you need to get away.

It is about trust that you are going to be alright. No matter what you have been through, to believe that you have the spiritual power to learn and grow.

Trickster gods: Loki the killing prankster

The second paragraph of the Mindfunda Mythology course tells a story about Loki.

Loki is the asshole who kills another god. Baldr, son of Odin and Freya. He does not get away with it. He gets severely punished. But it is apparent that a trickster transcends divinity.

James Hillman says in The Souls Code: “Loki is a Giant, a representation of the forces of nature that are beyond human control”.

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Doug Savage


In our current society we are held responsible for so many things. Often things beyond our control. It is healthy to acknowledge that some things are trickster – stuff. Using stories and  questions, this course will give you techniques to recognise these patterns in the story of your own life.

TRICKSTER GODS: Carl Gustav Jung

First thing I want to do is to tell you all that I admire the spirit of Carl Jung and all that he has given this world. He had a brilliant mind. But he also was a great trickster.

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Artwork: Copyright Funny Times

I do consider him to be a shaman, a magician. And like everybody, Jung himself had a dark side.

In the Mindfunda Mythology course I consider Jung an example of the Know it All Trickster. This Trickster is a boy who has a sense of mental superiority from early childhood on.

A mental superiority that he feels compelled to prove and show off in various ways. The Know It All Trickster knows how to use his charm.

Trickster gods: animals

Exploring Carl Jung’s life in Trickster terms helps us get a grip on the Trickster as theme of the development of the Self.

The Trickster as animal also explores the theme of the Self, coming out of the unconscious darkness and becoming more shrewd,  cunning, and wise along the way.

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Artwork: Mark Parisi

This lesson will share stories of the Chinook tribe, indigenous people of the Pacific Northwest, to explore this energy in your life.

Trickster Gods: Death the final trickster?

The concluding paragraph of this lesson explores if death is the final trickster in our lives.

One of the themes of the Trickster Mythologies found around the world is to defeat death.

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Artwork: Ahley Cooped

In our day and age, the mighty God Google, who knows everything about you and in that sense has gotten god-like qualities, has hired Kurzweil to see if they can defeat death.

Who has been the trickster in your life? Let me know in the comments!

TRICKSTER GODS: Fifth lesson of Mindfunda mythology

All Excited? Mindfunda Mythology is designed to make the journey of your life easier. You will get:

  • Knowledge about the Sefiroth, the Cabalistic Tree of Life;
  • You will be introduced to the two main categories of myth so you can (re)connect with the strength of your inner animal;
  • You will have access to al the 24 possible ways of behaviour of male and female archetypes;
  • You will be able to tap into the power of the Trickster whenever you feel reluctant to follow the call of your own path;
  • All these methods and techniques will enable you to enlighten your inner fire, your personal Grail;
  • You will get 44 exercises during the course, an average 6 – 10 exercises per lesson to help you master the knowledge.


Click here to find out more: Mindfunda Mythology

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Trickster tactics: from archetype to evolution

The minute the builders of the Titanic announced that it was “unsinkable” the Trickster yawned and stretched and looked around for an iceberg
Jeremy Taylor

The Living Labyrinth
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The Trickster is well known in stories and dreams. In his book “The Living Labyrinth” Jeremy Taylor explaines that the Trickster is an archetypical energy.
“The primary symptom of the negative (Shadow) aspect of the archetypical Trickster is the failure of imagination” he goes on the write. So when you find yourself in a situation in which you are treated with arrogance, in a condenscending way you know there is a Trickster aspect emerging.
It could be your own aragonce and condenscending behavior as well. Many times in dreams as in waking live you are your own Trickster. Jeremy explaines that “the failure of imagination, the onset of Murphy’s law” are two examples of Trickster energy manifesting in society. With the Titanic expamle as significant example.

You useally feel humiliated in a dream where you meet the Trickster. He might be an animal like the raven, rabbit, spider, or the snake are famous manifestations of the Trickster energy in your dream. I remember in a dream I was being bitten by the spider, rather hard. It was really aching in my ear. It was like the Trickster energy needed to pull me back into the animal form of being that I am. To ensure that I remember that I am just a human being. A hairless ape.

David Williams in his book The Trickster Brain goes beyond the archetypical motive that Jeremy Taylor and others attribute to the Trickster. He states that the Trickster rises out of our evolutionary past making his way continually into the language of our lives because we are wired that way.

The Trickster brain
David Williams
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Each time in a situation that we are not completely aware of facts this pattern gets engraved in our brains. This path becomes hereditary because the genes of the people who live long enough to procreate survive.

Neuroscientist Robert Kurzban in Why everyone (Else) is a hypocrite: Evolution and the modular mind says: ” In normal brains different modules might or might not be hooked up to one another, and when they are not, information doesn’t move from one module to another”. So that explains in part why you feel so ignorant in your life and dreams while you experience a Trickster situation. Your brain actually has no clue how to access information to solve this problem. And remember how a great part of dreaming is dedicated to finding new solutions to problems? (for example the research  by Sara Mednick).

It is even worse than that. The brain, according to David Linden of John Hopkins is “a robbed-together mess… quirky, inefficient, and bizarre… not an optimized, generic problem solving machine but rather a weird agglomeration of ad hoc solutions that accumulated throughout millions of years of evolutionary history. But THIS is the point where the spark gets lightened. In languages, argues Williams, Memes, the elements of culture such as words, stories and ideas also change over time like genes do. Stories of value are of paramount importance to our species, and Trickster stories always concern themselves with values and ethics.

The Trickster as sexual being, the Trickster in music: the musician as seducer, mythology, religion, there is a lot of valuable information in The Trickster Brain from David Williams. A word of criticism might be that the neurological component of the book is very lightweight. No chapter is dedicated to the brain, to explaining what part of the brain can be attributed to a typical Trickster behavior. But I  became wiser after reading it. The trickster is imminent when you do not know. And in that moment of ignorance and despair lies creativity. Like in the story of Inside Out I talked about yesterday: Joy needs Shadow. Trickster needs consciousness. So whenever you encounter such a situation: search for the light you can shine on the situation and don’t be affraid to laugh about yourself.

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