A trickster is typically seen as one who breaks the rules of authority, gods, or nature. Generally these tricks are seen at first as malicious but later can be seen as positive or negative. The breaking of the rules is done by tricks, thievery, pranks or jokes. Their personality is often cunning, funny, and foolish but in the end their tricks and games are a way to raise awareness and often acts as an equalizer to the opposing powers.
Archetype Character Initiation:
Breaks rules and stands up against authority
Makes change by way of tricks, thievery, or games.
Delivers message to equalize the opposing force
Takes on a two-spirit, shape shifting nature and easily transforms from side to gain an upper hand
Often funny even when taking on serious tasks and creates trust of their opponents through laughter and humor
Obtains the ability to evoke change by showing that some rules need to be broken in order to create justice where there is none.
Lisa's Blog on the Trickster:
"Introduce a little anarchy. Upset the established order, and everything becomes chaos. I’m an agent of chaos. Oh, and you know the thing about chaos? It’s fair!" - The Joker (Batman)
You love the Trickster and hate them at the same time. This face of the wounded healer is often hidden behind humor and jokes. They come into our lives to show us the opposing side to every story. They bring light to injustice by making a mockery of it and by bending the rules to equalize both sides. They know that one side cannot exist without the other side, that there is no calm without unrest and no resolve without dispute. It's that person you know who is always going against the grain and causing chaos in their wake. Tricksters cause anarchy to prove that not everything is supposed to be put in a category and that not all rules are just. Again, the faces put forth in this music are sometimes seen as a characteristic we ourselves have in us or as someone who has come into our lives who takes on this persona. The main characteristic here is that a Trickster is typically seen as a joker, and their message is usually created in a cunning backhanded manner. They make change by bringing attention to issues with the established order by messing up the system in some way to point out its flaws. In Native American culture they are often seen as two sided, or shape shifting. They can be seen as part animal - notably the wolf or crow. Tricksters have a good side and a bad side and will transform again and again before you realize the jokes on you.
In this movement that Danielpour has written, the Trickster face of the Wounded Healer plays jokes on the orchestra by speed and manipulation of the chord structures over the marimba. You'll hear both sides of this character when it alternates between the harmonic lines and fast rhythms. It comes to remind us that there are always two sides to every story..
Photo Credit: Dennis Williamson