Allan Combs and Mark Holland reveal the ties of synchronicity to mythology
and archetypal psychology.
In the mythologies of many peoples, the mythic figure who is the embodiment of the
unexpected is the Trickster....
He is known to the Native American peoples as Ictinike,
Coyote,... Best known to us in the West is the Greek god Hermes, who represents the most
comprehensive and sophisticated manifestation of the Trickster....he is the quintessential
master of boundaries and transitions.
Synchronistic coincidences are, from
the Jungian perspective, boundary events.
We seem most accessible to the
synchronistic gifts of the Trickster when we ourselves are at or near boundaries or are
experiencing transition states.
...periods of major life transitions
seem to be occasioned by an abundance of meaningful coincidence. Personal growth sees not
only to facilitate synchronicity, but in turn to be facilitated by it.
...as an archetype, the Trickster, the boundary
dweller, finds expression through human imagination and
-- Excerpts from
Chapter 5, Hermes the Trickster, in
Synchronicity - Science, Myth, and the Trickster.