I received an invitation to a lecture on “The Trickster Archetype: A Lecture with Storytelling” to be conducted by Dr. John S. Gentile and hosted by the Jung Society of Atlanta. (I dig on Jung and the way he merges issues of spirituality with psychoanalysis. I find his views compatible with those of Joseph Campbell, the world’s foremost authority on Myth—capital M—and comparative religion. I like a little mysticism mixed in with my medicinal knowledge.) The lecture is going to be held at a church, which I find most interesting. Sadly I will not be able to attend the lecture, having prior commitments.
“Liar, cheater, deceiver, thief! With a wicked sense of fun, Trickster figures inevitably bring disorder and upset established authority. A ‘coincidence of opposites’ (coincidentia oppositorum), Tricksters are typically an outrageously selfish and driven by their animal desires, yet may also be cultural heroes who bring great gifts to the benefit of all of humanity. This lecture with storytelling considers the Trickster as an archetypal figure as told in stories from around the world.” And, the reason for me mentioning the lecture here on this site, the Trickster often takes on canine attributes. The American Indian Trickster spirit Coyote comes first to mind.