Arcanium #5: The Trickster Is The Key To The Current Era


[Arcanium is a stream-of-consciousness feature that may-or-may-not have any meaning to you.]

Reading up recently on the Trickster archetype.

Per Jung:

This outlandish, yet remarkable being in human form, learns, grows in understanding, changes, and at a certain point in his adventuresome blunders, is transformed. Until that moment, however, Trickster keeps changing shape and experimenting with a thousand identities, including shifts in sex, in a seemingly never-ending search for himself.

During all this he inflicts great damage on those around him and also suffers innumerable blows, defeats, indignities, and dangers resulting from his thoughtless, reckless forays. On entering upon existence he is first seen as a blurred, chaotic, hardly unified being, having no self-knowledge or life-knowledge, despite his divine
parenthood. It is only later on in his travels that Trickster emerges as a culture hero, demigod, and savior of peoples. But this occurs only after his transformation or self-integration takes place, and brings to the fore the great and epic qualities initially given him by his divine progenitor.


The Trickster is key to the current era because it must reveal to us the true nature of our Trickster Universe; the true nature of Trickster Time, which is completely variable depending on our personal perception.

I once had a 10:38 last for what truly felt like at least 45 minutes the other day. Every time I turned away and turned back: 10:38.

What was that all about? (Looks up Bible verse)

Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me.
–Matthew 10:38


OK, so that just reminded me of a dream I had last night; I was being prepared to deliver this important speech for this group of people…like, I had to get dressed up for it and anything. But when I got there, the host took me aside and warned me that there were some rumblings amongst the crowd that I was unprepared, late, and a little bit of a drunkard.

Where do dreams come from? Why should I be having dreams where I’m criticized and shit? Aren’t my dreams supposed to be my “happy place?”

Here’s another dream that came to me late in the day. It’s about the actor Patrick Wilson.


To be clear, it was not my dream. But it was recounted to me by someone who knew I was a big fan of the Zack Snyder Watchmen movie, and was hoping I’d divine some deeper meaning from it.


The dream actually takes place on the show Star Trek: The Next Generation. They run into Patrick Wilson…not a character Patrick Wilson is playing, but the actor Patrick Wilson. And Captain Jean-Luc Picard accuses Patrick Wilson of being an “anomaly”—a time anomaly.


And the conceit is: Patrick Wilson is the same Patrick Wilson in every timeline, every era. He is the Constant. He is the same Patrick Wilson, no matter what.

And this, according to the captain of the Enterprise (or whatever the fuck ship), IS UNACCEPTABLE. AN ANOMALY!



***Illegitimi non carborundum***






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