L is for Lokean

An illustration to Lokasenna. The list of illu...
Traditional Norse Rap Battle. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The other day in a thread on the Cauldron, a couple of people mentioned that they occasionally call on Loki, or at least they don’t shun him like a Norse Satan, but they don’t like the word Lokean because when they use it, people assume they’re godspouses or spiritworkers affiliated with a specific group.

I find this interesting because it seems to me, as someone who watches the “Lokean community” but isn’t part of it, what it means to be Lokean has gone well beyond a specific group and taken on a mind of its own. You can no longer assume a random Lokean will recognize a citation from a Kaldera book; it’s equally likely she will prefer to cite an academic or a fanfic. Many now codeswitch between talking about their feels and their ecstasy, their headcanon and their UPG. There’s an amazing fluidity there, and I think it’s worth learning from even if I personally don’t even bother to try reconciling comic book canon and religious canon.

Welcoming the gods into every aspect of your life can be done in both directions. You can let your gods in at the top of the maze of your mortality, so that their input gradually filters down into every aspect of your life. But you can also start at the bottom, with sheer love and enthusiasm and FEELS, and let that bubble up and permeate every aspect of your life, and eventually your religious rowboat can reach the top that way, too. It’s not foolproof, but no path to the gods is foolproof.

For the record, I do call myself Lokean. I do it because it’s a useful word. It describes my opinions on Loki in a concise way that lets people who might have a problem with them know ASAP. My goal is communication, or else I wouldn’t be talking to other people. Whatever words get my ideas across are good words.

0 thoughts on “L is for Lokean

  1. *looks at pic and caption* I see you’re familiar with the fabulousness of Ovid and Better Myths as well.(http://bettermyths.com/loki-takes-it-just-a-little-too-far/ for anyone uninitiated)

    You wanna know a secret? Ovid’s retellings of Loki’s stories are what convinced me that it would be FUN FUN FUN to write a book about Him. I was researching Him as a side character and and during reading the Better Myths site, He convinced me that the book should be all about Him, naturally.

    1. I was very sad that I was not able to get the Norse Myth Problem Flowchart t-shirt to wear to heathen gatherings, back when I lived somewhere where heathen gatherings took place. That site is a thing of beauty that modern pagans should aspire to, IMO. 😉

  2. YES! I start with the ‘bubbling up’, too. No, it’s not as ‘solid’, in many ways, as starting with scholarship. And I do get to the scholarship. But for me, I want a relationship with my gods, not an academic course to follow. I think they like that, too.

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