Several weeks ago, Rob and I sent our agent a new nonfiction proposal: One Nation Under Trump Meets Joseph Campbell’s Trickster Archetype. The idea, the hook, is that trump is the ultimate trickster who is surrounded by tricksters, and one way or another, the trickster will be what brings him and his entire administration down.
But along the way, trump is in good company with the tricksters who have been exposed because of the #Metoo hash tag. Every day on this front, there’s a new revelation, a new name, a new woman reporting what happened to her.
Anyway, we started writing the book and several chapters in, found that we couldn’t keep up with the news. We realized that by the time the book was published, it would be old news, but still interesting in terms of how the trickster archetype has functioned in the U.S. since trump was elected. After all, if you have a trickster in the White House, it sets the tone for the country confronting this archetype within their collective selves.
So: on December 1, Michael Flynn, trump’s loyal – and former – National Security Advisor, pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI, a federal charge but relatively minor compared to what Mueller’s team could have charged him with. A plea deal. In other words, I have lots more info, Mr. Mueller, if you give me a deal.
Flynn, if you recall, is the man who, at trump’s campaign rallies, often led the chant, Lock her up! This reference to Clinton became a rallying cry for trump supporters at his campaign rallies.
The trickster, who listens closely, apparently heard this. Today, when Flynn left a federal courthouse where he’d pleaded guilt to lying to the FBI, protesters greeted him with, Lock him up! Rob and I predicted this in our section on Flynn.
Oddly, in this entire nightmare that is the trump presidency, my hope is with the trickster. As Carl Jung said, when an archetype seizes you, it has to play out until you recognize it for what it is and integrate it into who you are.I’m not so sure that we’re at the integration phase yet as a country, but things may come to a head very soon.
On December 3 at 10:47 am ET, 7:47 PT, there’s a super moon in Gemini, trump’s sun sign, and Mercury turns retro in Sagittarius. Full moons bring stuff to an apex, a culmination, and Mercury retros are, in part, about the past. Something is headed trump’s way and he’s going to be fighting it with tweets, which were curiously absent today.
Rob’s take? “He’s going to fire Mueller.” In other words, another Saturday Night Massacre, and back to the Nixon era right before he was impeached.
We can hope, right?