“Tricksters are boundary crossers; they destabilize structures,” Hansen explains. Many, if not all, cultures have trickster characters in their histories. For the Greeks it was Hermes. At least one characteristic of the trickster archetype should be obvious, a propensity for deceit. Tricksters, by definition, violate taboos and break social norms. They often have extravagant, unusual sexual tastes. Tricksters are also marginalized by society; however, to consider them unwilling recipients of discrimination is not altogether fair. Tricksters themselves often do not desire to be a part of the establishment, yet they are often, by their own anti-establishment views, fully embedded in the rich edifice of culture. The most significant generalization that can be made of all tricksters is that they are associated with disorder. The archetype of the trickster has tangible effects in many societies.
- Michael Shermer, Skeptics Society Newsletter
In questioning the boundaries, the trickster not only destabilizes the structure, but also makes it stronger. The above paragraph has a lot of generalizations about trickster characteristics, focusing primarily on the chaosness of tricksterness. But that is only one side to the yin/yang of the Trickster. The trickster's role is to stir the pot so patterns and order can be pulled, created, defined, discovered. The first step to creating order, is to manage the chaos. But that first step is so close to the chaos, it's hard to see the difference.
How do I know? Because my sacred hunting grounds are the knife edge between chaos and order, between the known and the unknown. You must have guts of steel to venture into chaos, balls and courage to capture your prey, cunning ruthlessness to cross the line, and it never ever goes by the book (there is no book).