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30-Day Devotional for Loki: Day 13

Question: What modern cultural issues are closest to Loki’s heart? 

This is a difficult question for me, as I personally think that the gods are busy in their own world, dealing with the problems that arise there. The cultural issues that we have facing us in our own societies are human-crafted and, therefore, need human solutions. I try not to mix my religion with my politics, although others may feel differently.

That said, I think that if Loki were to tackle any of the cultural issues here in America, he might start with the issue of trans erasure. The attempts to remove the right of transgendered individuals to serve in the military, to keep them from having families, to even have the right to feel safe simply because they do not conform to society’s standards of gender. These are things that I think Loki would view as worth changing, and it is, then, no wonder that so many nonbinary and trans individuals end up honoring Loki, as he is the Norse god that best embodies individuality and the right to exist as you are.

I also think that he would help put an end to the detention centers on the U.S.-Mexico border that have become little more than modern-day concentration camps for children. The rampant abuse enacted there is terrible and rage-inducing, and with the love that  Loki has for children, I cannot imagine him condoning what is happening on our borders.

That being said, I think that Loki is already present in the U.S. in a large way – I think that he is the one that has helped bring all the issues to light. There is a huge amount of turmoil across the U.S. as the illusions of safety and care that we once held about our government have been casually stripped away. The U.S. is supposed to be a country run by its people, but it has become a company run by the wealthy, with the people forgotten or left on the wayside to contend with meager handouts.

The U.S. may be a first-world country, but that is only true for the elite citizens in this particular eon. The middle class has dwindled down to near non-existence, and there is more poverty in this country than those outside it will ever know. I live in a town where the income gap between the richest and the poorest is over a 75% margin, where the average yearly income of a local resident rests between $8,000 and $12,000 (well below the poverty line) while the richest people here make well over six figures a year. The local income is so low that most residents cannot even afford housing, so they are forced to pool incomes and live in houses sometimes shared with two or three other families.

Because of having grown up in this area and having witnessed this kind of poverty so close by, it has shaped some of my own views on who we need to help as a country. The U.S. is often lauded as the country for other countries to turn to due to the financial excess the state holds – but that financial excess is doing nothing for its citizens. So, when other people around me say that we need to be helping starving children in other countries, I tell them that needs to come after we help the starving children in our own. There is a hunger epidemic in the U.S. that is rarely discussed or just brushed off, as if the country cannot afford to admit that its children are starving. The worst part about it? There’s no reason for it – the U.S. produces so much excess food every year it could feed the world without much effort, and yet so much of that excess food gets thrown away or tossed out – for no real reason. 

So, which issues do I think are culturally closest to Loki’s heart? The ones that involve children suffering, whether it is because they do not have food, they are abused in detention centers (and foster homes, let’s not forget that), or they are trans and do not have the right to feel safe simply existing in this world.

There are a lot of problems in this country, and all of them are reflected in the way we treat our children and our youth.

30-Day Devotional for Loki: Day 12

Question: What places are associated with Loki and his worship? 

Historically, there are no physical places associated with Loki. There are no special landmarks, no particular towns or cities where he was the patron or the beloved of the people. So, in geographical terms, there are none.

In a way, though, the place associated with Loki is everywhere, as he is present in every fire ever burned, both wildfire and tamed. He is present in every ritual done to the Norse gods where a candle is lit or incense is burned or a bonfire is laid. He oversees the ritual sacrifice, and he is the one who opens the ways between the gods and humankind.

Lodur resides in the oldest places, maintaining the connections between us and the gods. He can be found in the liminal spaces, the places that connect two disparate lands or zones, as these liminal spaces are the places where it is easiest to communicate across the worlds.

Liminal spaces include the places where land meets water at a shoreline, where water meets air, where the light meets the dark in caves, and where the land meets the sky across the globe. Another liminal space is the bridge that crosses water, creating a tripled liminal space where water meets air and air meets land and then land meets air. Bridges, then, can perhaps be seen as the most sacred space for Lodur, as they are a strong connecting force.

I have often seen Loki as a builder of bridges, a connector of worlds, and a god that brings people together. It is only fitting, then, that bridges themselves could be considered a sacred place for this most liminal of gods.

30-Day Devotional for Loki: Day 11

Question: What are the festivals, days, and times sacred to Loki? 

This is another question with answers that are based entirely on modern practice since historical evidence for Loki’s worship comes through in bits and pieces.

In his book, Playing with Fire, Dagulf Loptson discusses a few different days and the way that they can be associated with Loki.

The first day he mentions is December 13th, which corresponds to the feast of Saint Lucy, the patron of the blind. This is a day that he specifically says he got from Loki when he asked him about special days.

What I find particularly intriguing about December 13th is that, last year, this is the day that I held my Yule party, and I invited both Freyr and Loki to attend. One of the attendees ended up horsing Loki for a good bit of the party, and, at the time, I was unaware of the potential significance of this day for Loki. I did, however, get the impression that Loki was incredibly happy to have been invited to the party, and it was one of the best parties I have ever thrown or been to. So, for me, that day will continue to hold special significance as I move forward on my path with Loki.

Dagulf also mentions April 1st, which, I think, nearly all of us have used as a special day for Loki, since it just makes sense. After all, what kind of trickster god would you not celebrate on April Fools day?

From a personal standpoint, I hold Saturdays sacred for Loki. There was a scholar who erroneously associated Saturday with Loki through an etymological mistake, but I have personally found that Saturdays seem to be the best day to honor him. It is on Saturdays that I run into the weirdest things or have events go slightly sideways, so since Saturdays seem to have a liminal quality to them anyway, it makes sense to me to hold Saturdays sacred for Loki.

I also find Midsummer to be a time of year where Loki is highly present, as he is a god of fire, and that fire element suggests that he can and does function as a solar deity. I attended a Midsummer ritual this summer where the group hosting it did the Drawing Down the Sun ritual, and, while they were addressing generic gods or bits of the universe (it was a fairly Wiccan/New-age group), I addressed Loki directly. I still have my charged sunstone from that ritual; I put it on Loki’s altar.

Lastly, there are the days of summer known as the “Dog Days of Summer” which generally runs from July 12 to August 20, and these are the hottest days of the year. The Romans associated these days with the dog star, Sirius, and Sirius is also known as Lokabrenna – Loki’s Torch. This is the reason that it makes the most sense to do 30-day devotional to Loki within the month of July, as it is a month that holds importance to him.

It is also the reason that the first volume of Loki’s Torch – named for the illumination of knowledge that Loki brings into our lives and the time of year simultaneously – will be published during these hot, humid days.

The last day – or two days – that some Lokeans celebrate are September 4th/5th due to an incident that occurred within the Lokean community – Spongecake. What essentially happened was that someone posted an image of a strawberry sponge cake that she had offered Loki, a desert that was store-bought.

That set another person off, who commented on her post and said that it was inappropriate for her to give Loki offerings that she had not handmade. That set off a wave of discussion across the internet through various sites, and soon a ton of people joined in the debate as to what constituted appropriate offerings and what did not. It essentially ended with people coming together and posting tons of pictures of cake.

So, what started off as an argument ended up with people coming to the consensus that cake was important, and that cake was an appropriate offering to Loki. It started as a small off-hand comment that ended up bringing the community together in a startingly Loki-like manner.

This is the best example of a holiday that has been inspired/created by modern practitioners, as it would never have become a holiday if someone hadn’t insisted that all offerings to Loki had to be handmade rather than store-bought. The Spongecake holiday shows us that the gods evolve alongside us and that they pay attention to what we do. After all, such a small argument could not have blown up and spread across the community the way it did without Loki’s influence on our daily lives.

30-Day Devotional for Loki: Day Ten

Question: What are the historical and/or UPG offerings for Loki? 

Historically, the answer is – there are none. While Loki may have been worshipped in the ancient past, any associated practices with such a cult have long been lost. There is speculation that he may have served as a culture hero, and those are typically honored privately within a home, if at all. So, all of the offerings given to Loki today come from modern understandings of him and the personal gnosis of his devotees.

Chocolate 

This is an offering most, if not all, Lokeans have given to Loki at some point. There is something about Loki that suggests he has an insatiable sweet tooth, and chocolate seems to be high on his list of favorites. I’ve personally found that he really enjoys orange chocolate, and there has been some speculation that the “fruit of the gods” was really oranges referred to as golden apples.

Cinnamon 

For a god that holds fire as one of his primary attributes, it is clear to see why Loki enjoys things with a bold cinnamon flavor. Fireball whiskey seems to be one of his favorite alcoholic beverages. I’ve mixed this with cream soda before to give it a sweet kick. I’ve also given him cinnamon candies and cinnamon raisin bread, which also seems to be another favorite.

Puzzles 

While non-food offerings are not very common today, I have found that when Loki does want something that isn’t food, it’s very often some sort of logic puzzle. I’ve gifted him a Rubik cube, a Chinese stick game, and a miniature Jenga set. He is known as the problem-solver of the gods, so it doesn’t surprise me that he enjoys small puzzle games as offerings.

Those are the three main categories of offerings that I find myself giving to Loki, although there are also things like this blog where I honor him by writing about him and the communities that I support for him and through him. Any sort of community work done to bring people together seems to honor him, and that allows for all sorts of useful offerings.

When it comes to what you can offer Loki – or any other deity – it all just depends on how you view it. If you think an offering is only something that can sit on an altar, that severely limits the types of offerings you can give. You can also offer your services, but be sure you know just exactly how much work you are willing to do.

30-Day Devotional for Loki: Day Nine

Question: What are the common mistakes made about Loki? 

From my perspective, there are quite a few mistakes made about Loki on a rather regular basis. The first of those, of course, is that he is the equivalent of the Norse devil due to the role he plays in Baldr’s death and the bringing of Ragnarok.

That is a mistake made by people who have been highly influenced by the society we live in, as there are a lot of Christian values that bleed into everything in the United States. The idea of a dichotomy existing only as good-evil and right-wrong is one of those ideas, which the ancient Norse did not ascribe to. While the ancient Norse did ascribe to a dichotomy, it is one of action-stagnation, rather than good-evil and right-wrong.

As long as things moved forward – as long as the present was always feeding into the past and allowing life to continue in its natural way, the Norse did not view actions as inherently good or bad. They viewed them as action and therefore necessary to keep the world from stagnating.

In that respect, Loki is the god that prevents inaction, that keeps the world in motion. Even the end of the world, Ragnarok, is only part of the cycle that continuously renews itself. The complexity of this is best expressed in The Well and the Tree by Paul Bauschatz, which I highly recommend everyone read (try a library, as a paid-for copy runs a few hundred dollars).

The second mistake I see people make all of the time is that inviting Loki into your life invites chaos – it does not. It invites change, and change is almost always for the better. Ironically, my life was much less stable before Loki was around because I had no focus. Once he became entangled in my life, I had to face the truth about the world around me and figure out where I was going. Action spent aimlessly is just another way to stagnate – life does not move forward without action focused on something specific. That is the best influence he has had on my life, and I finally feel like I can put all my excess mental energy towards self-growth.

The third mistake that I see people make, and I’m sure there are those who will get upset with me over this, is that Loki as the god and Loki as portrayed as Tom Hiddleston in the MCU are often confused. They are not the same. Hiddleston is an actor, the Marvel Loki is a character designed by a writer for a specific universe that has no relation to the world of the gods.

While I am almost certain that Loki uses the appeal of the MCU to draw people to him, I am also fairly certain that he does not expect or want them to stay enamored with the Marvel version of him to the point that they ignore who he actually is.

I mean, think about it – if someone was pretending to be you (and a version of you that has a lot of inconsistency and just sheer wrong information at that), how would you feel if someone came up to you expecting YOU to be that version of yourself? It wouldn’t feel very good or very real, and it would feel like the person has idealized/idolized a version of yourself that you don’t even see much of yourself in.

I absolutely don’t mind the people who come to Loki through the MCU version, but I struggle to understand how some of those people refuse to learn more about Loki as himself, the Norse god of action, change, liminality, and so much more. They limit themselves, and Loki is all about defying boundaries and pushing limits.

Those are the primary mistakes I see, but the most problematic one, of course, is that so many people tend to see him as evil, when, to me, he seems to be one of the most honorable gods I work with.

30-Day Devotional for Loki: Day Eight

Question: What are Loki’s aspects and/or regional forms and variations? 

Loki has many, many aspects – as he has many names – and it is not possible for one person to ever know them all, or to work with them all. These are the aspects of Loki that I have personally witnessed and/or worked with at various times, so they are the ones I feel most comfortable discussing.

First, he has the aspect of the trickster, which may be the most liminal of all of his aspects. Tricksters are almost always unfailingly honest, although they may not be completely forthcoming. Generally, trickster spirits use your own reasoning against you in order to make you see the truth of a situation. I would say that this is probably the aspect of Loki that people work with most often, as it is the one that essentially forces you to examine your life and work towards the acquisition of self-knowledge.

Then, there is his aspect of Lodur, the god who gave humans flesh and spirit. He is, perhaps, the oldest of all of Loki’s aspects, and is a creative, generative force. This is the aspect that, from my perspective, holds all of Lodur’s ancient knowledge. There is a lot to be learned from working with this aspect, but it is definitely a heavier and less light-hearted aspect.

Loptr, or Skytreader, is the aspect of Loki that is most free. He takes to the skies and rules over the motion of the body – here is the aspect that rules dance and the restlessness of the mind. Here, Loki is most himself in the element of air, which often gets neglected as so many only see him as a god of fire (which he also is). Loptr is the Loki that can quickly travel from one world to another – in some ways, this is Loki at his most shamanistic.

Then there is Loki in his guise as Mother of Monsters, where he is incredibly maternal (and paternal). He is the fierce protector of children of all types here, and it is from this aspect that I have grown to understand that Loki holds a fierce loyalty towards all of those who can call him father or mother. His loyalty to his family is eternal, and it is his grief at what happens to two of his sons that brings us to the last aspect I will discuss today.

That aspect is the Worldbreaker, aka the Destroyer of Worlds. This is Loki in his most violent, angry aspect, and in it, he will stop at nothing to exact revenge for the wrong that has been done to him through the harm that was inflicted on his children. He will end the world to see his revenge through, a telling parallel for the old Norse society that viewed revenge as crucial to the maintenance of strong family ties.

30-Day Devotional for Loki: Day Five

Question: What are Loki’s genealogical/family connections? 

Loki has a rather complex family tree, so this is a fairly in-depth question. To start with, his parents were Farbauti and Laufey, giving him his last name – Laufeyjarson. He is named after his mother rather than his father, which has all sorts of cultural connotations.

Although it is unknown if he has any direct blood siblings, as that information has been lost, we do know through the lore that Loki and Odin swore an oath of blood-brotherhood. In most ancient societies – the Norse being no different – an oath like that equated you as a blood relation to the other person’s family. In some ways, it is a bond that even transcends that of marriage, when it comes to tying two families together.

We do not know why Odin and Loki swore this oath, though there have been many people speculating on its importance. Some think that Odin did this to tie his wyrd to Loki’s in an attempt to prevent Ragnarok from occurring. That does not work, of course, as Ragnarok must always happen – the worlds must always die and be reborn, ever evolving. So, to me, this theory does not make much sense. It also suggests that Loki himself can be viewed as just another one of Odin’s pawns, so I am not a fan of this theory.

I prefer to think that Odin and Loki grew to know one another in the days before the giants themselves were defeated by Odin and his brothers, as Loki is a god that strikes me as incredibly ancient. It seems to me that the two of them are on more or less equal footing, and the oath would have been sworn because of the relationship that grew out of their fondness for one another, rather than Odin’s incessant need to keep Ragnarok at bay.

There is no real way to know, of course, since that lore has been lost, so all we have now is speculation. What that oath does mean, though, is that Loki’s family and Odin’s family can be viewed as one and the same. Loki thus bears the relations to Odin’s family that he would if he were Odin’s flesh and blood brother. That means that he is Thor’s uncle, and the great-uncle of Magni, Trud, and Modi, and the great-step-uncle of Ullr. In addition, that means that Loki is Baldr’s uncle, and that puts a different weight on the story of Baldr’s death.

There is also the relations that Loki has to his wives and his children. Sleipnir, of course, is his child, though I doubt we can claim that Svadilfari has any sort of spousal relation to Loki. It’s more that Loki used Svadilfari to prevent the giant from finishing the walls on time, and Sleipnir happened to result from that union. It was a great result, however, as Sleipnir contains within him the ability to traverse the nine realms. That is definitely a gift he would have received from Loki – not Svadilfari, who may have gifted him the strength to bear Odin across the realms – and it hints at Loki’s deeper ability to travel through the worlds at will.

Through the lore, Loki has two wives – Angrboda and Sigyn. With Angrboda, Loki has three children – Jormungand, the world serpent, Fenrir, the bound wolf, and Hel, the goddess of death/the underworld. Although the myths suggest that the gods, with Odin making the ultimate decisions, have to deal with the monster children of Loki in order to stave off Ragnarok, there is a deeper significance to each decision.

Jormungand, the world serpent, encircles Midgard and is fairly reminiscent of Ouroboros, which is a mystical and magical symbol that represents the One and the All within it – the duality of life where everything both creates and destroys itself. There’s a touch of Hermeticism in that viewpoint, so if that’s not your thing, feel free to interpret it a different way.

Fenrir, the giant wolf bound with six impossible things, is said to break his chains when Ragnarok begins. The story itself bears the horrors of Tyr forced to betray a close friend for the good of the cosmic order – in many ways, the story tells us that the greater good is more important than one friend, though the consequences for betraying that friend is great – Tyr loses an arm. It is a story of sacrifice and betrayal, and it is also a story of great honor – it depends on the perspective you take.

There are many Lokeans who will not work with Tyr because of his actions towards Fenrir, but I do not feel the same way. Fenrir enacted immediate retribution on Tyr and evened the score between them. I have to imagine that the friendship between Fenrir and Tyr was never one-sided, and Fenrir would have understood Tyr’s reasoning even through the betrayal. The betrayal certainly hurt Fenrir, but I think that he would have understood that Tyr’s function as a cosmic balancer forced his hand despite his desire to keep from causing his friend pain. That’s how I choose to view it, but I highly suggest making your own decisions about it.

Then, of course, there is Hel, who is tossed into Niflheim to become the goddess of death. She is half-alive and half-dead, and there are many modern stories out there that suggest she was subject to ridicule in the land of the gods because of her appearance. I do not really buy that, however, as the gods themselves have different so-called deformities. Odin doesn’t have an eye, having sacrificed visual sight for inner sight (which is the way I interpret the story of his sacrifice at Mimir’s well), and Tyr doesn’t have a hand. It is not unusual for the gods to have oddities about them, and I doubt the gods really cared much about Hel’s appearance.

They did, however, need someone who could rule over the world of the dead, and a god that is already half-dead seems like the perfect choice. It is hard to say where Hel’s power over life and death originate – with Angrboda or Loki – as both of them seem to have psychopomp abilities.

Loki’s marriage to Sigyn produced one child – Narfi/Nari – and he ended up the step-father of Vali, whose blood father is unclear. Both of these children suffered a terrible fate at the hands of the gods when Loki was punished, and it is his rage at the cruel fates inflicted on his children that pushes him into his aspect of Worldbreaker and catalyzes the beginning of Ragnarok.

With the cruelty inflicted on Nari and Vali, is it any wonder that Loki boils with enough rage to take on the Aesir? They have murdered his children, innocent of any ill-doing, to punish him. By the cultural context of old Norse society, he is obligated to avenge them or suffer irreparable damage to his wyrd.

30-Day Devotional for Loki: Day Three

Question: What are the symbols and/or icons of Loki? 

As far as I’m aware, there are no historical symbols associated with Loki, so all of the ones we associate with him today originate from modern understandings of this liminal god. image

The snake symbol here is one of the most commonly associated with Loki today, though I am not entirely sure how it became his symbol. It represents his connection with snakes through his son, Jormungand, and the wisdom that has long been associated with the snake.

There are, of course, different runes associated with Loki, but the three that I find that most people tend to associate with him are Kenaz, Perthro, and Dagaz.

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Kenaz is the rune whose name translates to “torch” and indicates illumination and gaining knowledge, even enlightenment. This is knowledge gained both through study and experience, as knowledge comes from both places.

This is also a rune that illustrates the power of fire, both its creative and destructive aspects. Fire holds both the power of life and death within it, and that is one of the reasons that Loki as a fire god makes so much sense – fire itself is a very liminal thing, as it both brings life and destroys it.

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Perthro, whose closest translation is “dice cup” from what I remember, is a rune that represents chance – or, in a deeper sense, wyrd itself. It is a rune that essentially tells you that life is what you make of it, that opportunities present themselves always with pros and cons. Life itself is a gamble, and every decision we make can turn out well or poorly – it is our willingness to risk the odds that shines through this rune.

It is pretty clear why this rune works so well as a representation for Loki, as he is constantly risking the odds in every myth we have about him. Things go badly, he tries something that seems insane, and things turn around. Somehow, miraculously, his boldness wrought from the necessity of resolving a bad situation turns things around to make them work out. This is the quintessential gambler’s rune, and life itself is the quintessential gamble.

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Dagaz, which translates to “daybreak” or “dawn” is one of the more recent ones that I have seen associated with Loki. It is a rune that represents new horizons, new perspectives.

It demonstrates change, so from that angle, it makes sense that people would associate this rune with him. Loki is, after all, a god of change and new beginnings.

These are the symbols that I would say are most associated with Loki today, and each one of them carries a world of meaning of their own. Loki is complex, so it makes sense that the symbols that represent him are complex in their own ways.

30-Day Devotional for Loki: Day Two

Question: How did you first become aware of Loki? 

This is actually a question that is asked fairly frequently within Lokean spaces, and it is one that I still not entirely sure how to answer. Mostly because it feels like I have always been aware of Loki, almost like he was just waiting in the background waiting for me to pay attention.

But he came into my life directly when I first read the Poetic Edda – the Bellows translation – for the first time (nearly a decade ago). I had actually sort of looked into the Norse gods before, reading through some of the myths, and I had such a violently disquieting reaction to Odin that I refused to even contemplate the Norse gods for nearly two years.

I don’t remember what I came across that convinced me to change my mind and approach the Norse gods again, but I did, and I realized that the reason I had been so disturbed by my reaction to Odin was that I had seen more of myself in him than I was comfortable with at the time.

In any case, the research I did suggested that I should read the Eddas, so I bought the Bellows translation of the Poetic Edda and began reading. I had seen enough in forums and articles online that suggested Loki was evil, but I have also lived a life where I have heard people call things evil that they do not understand.

I came to Paganism itself after studying with a Jehovah’s Witness who insisted that Pagans were evil, and I did my own research to try and understand why there was so much hatred directed at Pagans. What I found led me to the religion that I would eventually claim as my own, so it is no surprise with that background that I did not immediately accept the claims others had made that Loki was evil.

Instead, I read through the Poetic Edda, trying to understand where that prejudice had come from. Everything I read, every story that pointed at “Loki=evil” read to me as a story that people had badly misinterpreted. Loki wasn’t evil – in fact, he seemed to have one of the strongest moralities of all of the Norse gods. Sure, he was cunning and tricky, using his wit to get out of the most difficult situations, but that did not make him evil.

When I got to the Lokasenna, which many Heathens had cited as being the most problematic as it was the most convincing demonstration of Loki’s evil, I found myself feeling incredibly angry on Loki’s behalf. Here was a deity whose blood brother had failed to invite him to a feast of the gods, a serious breach in hospitality. Here was a deity who laid bare the failings of the gods, telling nothing but truth while being labeled the father of lies.

It was the anger I felt on his behalf that I think finally made me aware that Loki was already in my life and had just been waiting for me to pay enough attention for him to be able to communicate with me. My first impression of Loki was that he was incredibly misunderstood and hated because of that.

I resonated strongly with that, and I still do, because I have always been the kind of person who doesn’t quite fit into any group. Even while fully belonging, I never quite feel completely included, and I think that experience and the understanding I hold of it resonated across and helped me form a stronger relationship with Loki.

While Loki has been – and will probably remain – a god that is misunderstood and perceived incorrectly, I have never viewed him as a god that needs to be defended against those who misunderstand him. He is capable of doing that himself if he feels the need to do so, but I often get the feeling that the misunderstandings people have of him often end up helping him. Sometimes, being misunderstood is an advantage in and of itself. If, of course, you know how to wield it.

30-Day Devotional for Loki: Day One

Question: How would you introduce someone to Loki? Assume they have no preformed prejudices. 

Before I would introduce someone to Loki, there are a few things I would want to know. Mainly – are they a polytheist and interested because they might want to work with him? Are they someone looking for general knowledge about different deities? There are a lot of different motivations that someone might have for wanting to be introduced to a particular deity, so figuring that out would definitely be the first step I would take.

Once I have established the reason they are interested, the information I would provide is largely the same. I would start by explaining that working with any god is a serious commitment, and getting to know a god is not something that a person does casually. That goes double for Loki, as he is a god of the liminal, a god of the in-between spaces. Liminal spaces aren’t ones to traverse readily or easily, and I would adamantly explain that working with Loki poses large risks – more so than working with some other gods.

There is the risk of not being able to handle Loki’s energy and being driven mad – the liminal is not a place for the close-minded or faint-hearted, and that is the place where Loki resides. He exists between opposites and at them, and he reconciles paradoxes with his very existence. He is a potent force, and it is imperative that a person understand that before they ever even consider working with him.

All relationships have pros and cons, and a relationship with a deity is no different in that respect. Having mentioned the cons, I would move on to the pros. There are, of course, a great deal of things a person gains from working with Loki.

The first is a friend who stands by you through the good times and the bad, one that makes you face the truth about yourself even when it is too hard to bear. Who makes you look deep inside yourself to understand that you, too, have value, and that the value you hold resides in the life you have. It is a value that comes from simply existing in the world, just by being present. That is one of the hardest lessons Loki teaches, and it is also one of the most healing ones a person can learn.

Another thing a person gains from working with Loki is a deep appreciation for the difficulties of life and an understanding that nothing is ever as simple as it seems. The world is complexly layered, and it is through coming to understand that Loki’s plans are always multi-layered, hidden under layers and layers of plans so deep it’s sometimes hard to believe he can keep track of his goal, that we learn to see the world in more than black and white.

Loki also helps you learn to laugh at yourself, to see that life is more than the seriousness we tend to ascribe to it. He shows us the absurdity of the mundane and he makes it okay to laugh at the sheer weirdness that life often holds.

He is also fiercely loyal to those who come to his side. While he may play tricks on occasion, as a good joke is always acceptable, he is the last one to desert those he calls to his side. He is fiercely protective in a way that is also provoking – he keeps us safe by making us take the risks that force us to grow. It is another one of those seeming paradoxes, which Loki seems to enjoy introducing into our lives – in my experience, anyway.

That is how I would actually like to introduce Loki to someone else, but people are often intimidated by descriptions that intense. That is my ideal introduction but is not the one I usually get to make. Usually, I am correcting assumptions and explaining why Loki isn’t evil. It is rare to find someone who doesn’t already have some preconceived notions of who Loki is, so it is nice to be able to express how I would ideally like to introduce him.

Note: The questions are inspired by Arrin’s 30 Days of  Deity Devotion