May Loki Be BoundPart I-III
We have recently celebrated the festival of Balder (Midsummer) and no doubt many of us have contemplated the myths pertaining to Balder the Bright as part of our reverences and learning’s.
Obviously the figure of “Loki“ looms like a malignant smog in the myths concerning Balder as it is by Loki’s energy that the Bright One is seemingly slain — important to remember though that Balder rises anew after the Ragnarok. We shall get to that important realisation near the close of this article. First however it is probably timely to consider Loki as there is so much harmful confusion surrounding this entity. Now while it could be true to say that all the Gods / Goddesses have aspects which can be seen as `confusing` or `enigmatic`, in the main such misunderstandings or inaccessibility is not directly harmful. It is not desirable and does impede our upward evolution, but it does not usually have such baneful consequences or such immediate problems as the misunderstanding of Loki brings. Indeed the misunderstanding of this figure and the energy of it is as prime reason why experience/access to other God Forces is often confused, for as we shall see, Loki’s energy inhibits true perception and knowing.
Within the Odinist / Asatru community as a whole, there is often a rampant misunderstanding and false perception of Loki. At its worst some would claim to be on the “Lokian path“, some offer blot to this force or pay honour. To be blunt the ignorance displayed in doing such is staggering and to compound it, such individuals invariably think they are actually very clever. They chase further ignorance believing it wisdom, but such is the nature of the Loki energy, it deludes.
Though these individuals are a distinct minority, there is a far greater number who while not honouring Loki as such are still very unclear on what Loki symbolises; hence with the best of intentions, some may sign letters to kinsfolk with such legends as “May Loki Provide Laughter on Your Way“. Now obviously such is not intended as an offence but in actual fact it could be viewed as something of a curse or a wish of ill fortune. Ultimately any “laughter“ Loki seems to provide will turn out sooner or later, to be false laughter, beneath such mirth will be suffering.
Now, I think it right to make it clear that such antics as hailing Loki etc. are not acceptable within the OR. But we should of course consider the foe and how such misconceptions have arisen.
As we know, our myths are accessible on many levels, so there are various ways they can be appreciated and accessed. However what is vital to bear in mind is that our mythology, in fact all mythology is not literal truth but symbolic expression of primal realities. The Circle of Ostara Odinic Mythology for The 21st Century (a highly recommended work) makes this point crystal clear. So whatever level we are looking at or accessing, we must realise that they are symbolic and ways by which we may learn to see and understand essential realities and therefore progress. In this article, as was done in an earlier one on Balder, I am dealing with a profound level whereby the myth cycle illuminates a path to higher awareness, Odin Consciousness, a path each and every sentient being is on. There is of course much, which hampers this, and all such impediments can ultimately be traced to “Loki“ and the energy of Loki, his attributes etc. A clear example is in fact itself the “literalist“ tendency some adopt in approaching the myths, and actually this tendency is far more widespread than may be imagined. It may be that this “literalist tendency “ is selective, but it is still damaging to the individuals progress and the movement as a whole. I shall explain a little more about this selective literalism. I have never yet actually met an adult who literally believes, for example, that Thor is a huge fellow with a big red beard who flies across the sky in a chariot drawn by a couple of gravity defying goats, or who literally believe a couple of gigantic “wolves in space“ are chasing the celestial orbs in an attempt to make a snack of them. On such things people readily realise these are symbolic. However I have met some who literally believe Odin is a fellow with a grey beard, a big hat and literally missing an eye. In fact I have recently answered a question sent to another organisation on this very subject. The questioner was concerned that some illustrations of Odin show him with the “wrong eye“ missing and he wanted to know why such incorrect depictions were allowed as they were wrong, its his left eye that was missing and he wanted some sort of statement on this. So clearly here is a fellow, probably a sincere enough man, but who literally believes Odin is a one eyed being. Now this, when looked at, may seem to be a very extreme example, but really it isn’t, there are plenty of people who seem to really believe this literalism. There are many such examples. Apart from anything else, this selective literalism is wholly illogical, if someone rejects the flying goats theory but accepts the literally one-eyed Allfather and such, how is that logical. Now this is not the article to deal with the ins and outs of perception and manifestation, divine or other, of different levels of reality as such, but we should consider, in our appreciation of what Loki is and why the Rite are utterly opposed to this entity, why this literalist tendency exists, so we may better dissolve it.
Actually there are many reasons and we cannot deal now with them all, but a couple of important ones. I was talking of this subject to the Mustard Imp recently, and it was her opinion that a big part of this is due to a kind of continued Judeo Christian influence or `mind set` which has become ingrained among many after the centuries of Judeo Xtian oppression. This indeed seems a very likely factor.
For centuries the most virulent form of the Xtian creed, which infested and subjugated our folk lands, insisted on a literal acceptance of their mythology as expressed in their Bible. Any who offered a more enlightened interpretation were harshly dealt with. Those who rejected it altogether executed if their views were known. So powerful was the Judeo Xtian apparatus for suppression at one point, that even men of learning were cowed by it. Medicine and the sciences deteriorated to superstition as they could not be seen to offend this literalism of Biblical truth, the Politically Correct doctrines of the time, as now, took absolutely no heed of truth at all, but relentlessly and ruthlessly forced their perverted ideology onto the population. If highly educated and intelligent people were forced to go along with this virulent literalism, it is not surprising that the simple folk, those who were more concerned with day to day survival and who had little, if any spare time for philosophising, would in time assimilate the pervading view. Even in the mid 20th century, challenging the Adam and Eve Xtian creation myth as not being an actual literal fact was liable to prosecution. So maybe now it is not too surprising that though many have rejected the actual judeo Xtian creed, the mind set to accept myths as literal truths still has an effect on many. Some at a conscious and direct level and others at a more sub conscious level.
Now the Odinic reawakening is beginning, it is important that this literalist tendency does not take a strong root in the Odinic community. While the Rite is not overly concerned with how other groups may choose to operate, we at least will provide an elevated approach for those ready to take such as befits us as the Vanguard of the Odinist resurgence.
There may be some who will think that this is not really a problem or worth concern, in fact it is, especially when the sources from which this literalist tendency draws are considered.
Firstly most of the surviving mythology was recorded in written form at a time when few really understood the inner wisdom of our ancestral faith. The “Viking age“, like it or not, was in no way a Golden Age for our religion, in fact it was a low point and dubiously so. Had it been a Golden Age, then our natural religion and spiritual path could not possibly have been subjugated without the near total extermination of our racial organism. But vicious and bestially cruel though the Judeo Xtian suppressors were, often the actual “dirty work“ was conducted by corrupted elements of our own folk group, recruited to conduct the terror regime. For example, it was not “alien hordes “ who carried out the “witch burnings“, it was not a Semitic warlord who tricked then slaughtered the Odinic Saxon aristocracy but a corrupted member of our own folk organism, indeed a man saturated in the noxious “Loki“ energy. So obviously in these times, sufficient numbers of our folk and especially those of influence and power, had already drifted so far from understanding the nature of reality as expressed in the arcane myths of our folk unit, that they were ripe for corruption. Such cannot happen in a Golden Age.
We should also realise that part of the process of subjugation (unless rapid genocide is the chosen way) involves the undermining of peoples belief, love, trust and confidence in their Deities. An incoming creed will almost always do this, and the Judeo Stains did it very well. What they could not physically destroy, they corrupted and subverted.
Some Gods and Goddesses were so entrenched in the people’s hearts and mind that memory or belief in them could not be eradicated, so instead those who recorded the “myths“ doctored them to suit the new masters and the new creed. These propagandists stripped the deities of their true divine natures, thus Thor, beloved of the people, champion against ill and crusher of illusion was demoted in tales to being a drunken oaf, easily outwitted, a caricature. The Divine force of joyful love, Freya, was turned into a kind of voluptuous slut. The AllFather, Odin, portrayed as a treacherous demon, a liar and betrayer. Odin, the force of pure discipline and will to Holiness, dragged to this level. In some instances the Divine Ones were not even depicted as being divine at all, but a wandering gang of lying, cheating runaway Trojan nobles.
Others who recorded the myths, who had little if any belief in the gods and little understanding, treated the myths as a mere source material for entertaining tales, in other words they were not even written for any purpose but entertainment. This is acknowledged by most of the academic writers on the subject. Some supposed “myths“ are not even part (albeit it corrupted) of the myth hoard at all, but as said, purely written for entertainment though drawing on the mythic imagery in the same way as Monty Pythons Life of Brian draws on judeo Xtian imagery, or fantasy games draw on various mythos. And so the gods and goddesses are defiled to become a kind of “cosmic soap opera“, humanised and degraded. What a colourful cast of characters, and Loki of course is the “bad boy“ of this soap, the Dirty Den (to borrow from a UK soap opera Eastenders) of Asgard. And isn’t the “bad boy“ so often a little attractive at the same time.
Do you see the harm such perception of our myths creates?? Yet these are the sources the “literalists“ gaze to. They gaze at a soap opera and absorb it.
An overtly negative consequence of this can be seen in people excusing their own negativities by claiming to emulate the Gods. I have seriously heard people excuse blatant lies and betrayal claiming they “follow Odin“; I have heard uncouth, boorish and ignorant behaviour excused as emulating Thor. And in all this, it is in reality, Loki whose energy dominates.
Now it may seem that we have drifted a little from the main thrust of this article: a clearer perception of Loki, yet in fact, such is the pervasiveness of this energy that it has been alluded to throughout, for Loki represents illusion, Loki is the power of illusion. Illusion is that which prevents our correct perception of the nature of reality and therefore keeps us from the attainment of higher awareness, the Odin Consciousness.
Now remember at this level of our mythic teaching we are concerned with here, we are realising the myth cycle as a way of understanding ourselves, understanding `reality` and as a way of following an illuminated path to the great illumination. A wisdom path set down in allegorical format at the time of the last “Golden Age“ of our folk organism (see earlier ORB for Cycles of Time article which details these ages more fully).
Our mighty forebears of this time were highly evolved beings, truly realised `Weros` and their wisdom and understanding is something we are again slowly journeying towards. Against the way stands Loki /illusion and all that springs from it. We can compare Loki with the figure of Maya from the ancient Aryan teachings. Illusion is such an insidious and pervasive enemy and it is always negative. At times it may not appear to be directly harmful, the “sensations“ it produces may even seem to be `enjoyable` or may delude one into believing they are acting positively, such is the potency of the delusions the Loki energy brings. For though it may appear to afford pleasure at times, while seeming to be proof of our “freedom“, it in fact keeps us chained and prevents us experiencing the divine bliss. A happy slave or a slave who doesn’t even realise he is a slave, is still a slave and denied the full glory of true freedom. Loki’s energy keeps us from attaining Odin Consciousness and as such even if we do seem to experience “little joys“ we trade that for the divine joy. It is a counterfeit “pleasure“, and much in any case does not even appear to be remotely pleasant. It is this energy, which stimulates our nervous systems and imperfect perceptions to chase after the `desires` they generate. Much suffering to others and ourselves results.
Everywhere the Loki energy pervades, until at our Ragnarok this energy is purged and we attain Odin Consciousness.
The nature of Loki is further emphasised by his “offspring“. Today these are usually given as Fenris the monstrous wolf, Jormungandr the World Serpent, Hel and Sleipnir
Now I do not believe that in our earliest and most pure folk myths Hel and Sleipnir (or their counterparts) were considered as among “Loki’s brood“, but I will need to undertake more work in this area before I can present an article dealing with that specifically. But for the purposes of this article they will be included in this list of “offspring“, however even in doing so a clear difference between them and the first two will be discerned. The first two are clearly negative. Let us first consider the Fenris Wolf.
In some ways, Fenris could be considered as being more obviously dangerous to the Gods than Loki, certainly there is not so much ambiguity, but again the source of this threat is Loki. At the level we are detailing here, Fenris personifies the `false ego` or `little self` which constantly works to keep us from our `great self`, it seeks to devour the higher consciousness we journey and strive to attain. Indeed this little self is a child of illusion. In the mythology it may appear strange that this beast is not slain before he has grown to his dangerous size but instead he is brought into Asgarth. This shows us how hard it actually is to `slay` the false ego, how it is constantly with us, pulling at us, attempting to devour our higher consciousness (or the potential for attaining that). Even those who have extreme self discipline and conduct intense spiritual practices will still be dogged by this “wolf` and must always check on its ravening. It may also be a little puzzling that the only thing found to bind him was a chain forged by the dark elves. The dark elves themselves symbolise negative traits, be they uncontrolled sensual desires, material desires etc, but paradoxically it is these very things which spring from illusion which “bind“ or dictate to the false ego. We see in the mythology that untamed and loose this monster is a direct threat to the Odin principle, Higher awareness, and needs be destroyed before full realisation of the Odin consciousness is attained. And what is a big fear in doing this? That by overcoming this little self we loose all sense of ourselves, this is an illusion of course as the great self is then revealed and experienced, but illusion is powerful and sires a ferocious “wolf“.
The second spawn of Loki or illusion is allegorically given as Jormungandr the World Serpent. A creature so vast it encircles the material world of Midgarth and holds fast unto it. Again what splendid imagery, for Jormungandr is symbolic of the material desires and unchanneled or uncontrolled vital life force we posses. Attachment to these desires and an inability to control the life energy are yet more obstacles, which hold us from attaining higher awareness and super consciousness. Illusion, our incorrect perception of the nature of reality and desire for the seeming pleasures or gains we find on the Midgarth realm of existence which illusion brings, holds us firmly to a lower level of reality than we can achieve. Interestingly the life force in early Indo European (Aryan) teachings is depicted as a serpent (kundalini). Correct control of this force or snake leads to rapid evolution, but uncontrolled it is a danger. Another fitting child for Loki is this vast serpent.
The next two Hel and Sleipnir are not in fact “blood offspring“ at all. Hel is the Goddess who presides over the Shining realms of the `dead`, which bear her name. Indeed her very name is cognisant with Heil shining health etc. I recommend the Circle of Ostara’s Odinic Mythology for the 21st Century for a fuller appreciation of `Hel`.
Hel’s realm is a place of rest, learning, purification and renewal between incarnations. Once Odin consciousness is attained, the need for incarnation on Midgarth is ended (but some may return by choice to aid their folk soul and people). But until it is attained then the process of birth death rebirth etc. must continue. So we could say that because we are subject to illusion, that which prevents our attainment of higher consciousness, there exists a “need“ for this realm of purging and renewal. It is a necessity due to illusion or a need “born“ from illusion if you like. In that way we can easily see how a misunderstanding of Hel or a deliberate slur, could easily lead to Hel being called a child of illusion (Loki). But this Goddess cannot be regarded as a child of Loki in the way Fenris and Jormungandr are. The grotesque aspect so highly played up by some, is pretty obviously due to the Judeo Xtian influence in seeking to demonise our Holy Deities and terrify the population with the dread of death.
Sleipnir also falls into this category. Sleipnir is that vehicle which transcends all realms. Sleipnir is not bound to one but can traverse with ease all realms. This shows there is a path and a way to travel, a vehicle by which all levels of reality can be experienced but not hold us in thrall. Again, it could be said the “need“ for such is only `born` because of illusion (Loki). But again Sleipnir is not a child of illusion in the way of the Wolf and Serpent.
Sleipnir is imaged as an eight-legged horse, and this of course has many levels of symbolism. It is interesting, though not surprising, to note that various yoga systems (practices which arose in the ancient Aryan times) have eight steps or paths and also, within Buddhism there is the concept of the eight spoked wheel and eight stepped way to enlightenment.
Again a path of overcoming illusion and attaining higher consciousness is described.
This article began with a contemplation of Balder and the significance of Loki in the Balder myths and so it is to this we return at the close. As detailed in an earlier article in ORB, at the level of meaning we are dealing with here, Balder is representative of humanity and the individual and the destiny of each individual. In the myths, Balder, the most beloved child of the Gods, is troubled by dreams of ill omen and death. At this level, these are symbolic of the fears and desires we experience due to illusion and which hold back our evolution. Frigga, the force of Divine Love, attempts to protect Balder from these harms, but it is only by our own overcoming that we truly can defeat these things. But it is this divine love which will seek to draw us on our way upwards. Loki guides Hother (Balder’s brother) to commit the slaying of Balder. Hother is depicted as being “blind“ and is symbolic of the blindness of the little ego. With no intent of harm, the blind ego is guided by illusion to do most harmful things. In a state of “blindness` to Odin consciousness, even with no intended malice, illusion still leads to harm. Thus slain, Balder must dwell in Hel until the final overcoming of Loki and his forces of negativity at Ragnarok (the attainment of higher awareness). Once this has occurred, Balder is “free“ and reruns in splendour, Hother too is restored to sight (that is, the blindness of illusion is gone). But until Loki is defeated, this cannot be achieved. So with us, until Loki is defeated and bound, we are unable to progress to Odin Consciousness, which is our destiny.
Clearly then you will see why Loki is not honoured by the Odinic Rite, the Rite are not deceived into seeing him as a prankster who just went too far. We do not in any way seek to toast, honour or `laugh` with this entity. Within ourselves, within our community, within all levels of reality we strive to bind Loki.
We seek to evolve, we seek the evolution of our folk organism, we seek an attainment of higher consciousness and folk consciousness…. we must therefore strive at all times to bind Loki within and without.
MAY LOKI BE BOUND
Hail The Holy Gods
Hail The Rite
Hail The New Awakening.
Greeting Comrades of the Rite
Following publication in the last ORB of the ‘MAY LOKI BE BOUND article, I received some very good feedback and questions. As it is vital for both personal growth and the advance of our Holy religion that this figure is properly understood, I think it would be helpful for all OR members to see the pertinent questions and the response.
It is likely at some point, you may be asked similar, and so the questions and the response form ‘Part two’ to the article.
… After the Gods have bound Loki and venomous snakes are set above him to drip poison on him, his wife Sigyn sits by him collecting the poison to stop it falling on him. What is the symbolism of this at the level the article MAY LOKI BE BOUND was on?
This part of the myth, like most, is rich in symbolism, from the cords used to bind (see part 1) to the ‘venomous snakes’. So much symbolism that the reply can only deal with some of it. The figure of Sigyn can be seen as rather tragic. Certainly as far as the surviving myths portray her, her only role is as Loki’s dutiful wife. This is the only reference to her and in this she is not seen as some malevolent entity, but as said, basically tragic: She, though not being malevolent, is wedded to a wholly malevolent entity. She bares this malignant force two children – neither of whom appear to bring her any joy and indeed she sees one kill the other – surely one of the greatest sorrows a mother could suffer. Moreover, it is a consequence of her ‘husband’ deeds, which leads to this tragic event, yet she still remains dutiful by him. Now at one level, some scholars including H R Ellis Davidson have noted, Sigyn could be loyal devotion. Despite the terrible sorrows visited upon her by her husband’s actions, she remains faithfully by him, serving him still, trying to protect him no matter what. Basically she sacrifices her life, her potential, to protect a serve Loki. As said, some have suggested this is symbolic of an admirable (seeming) devotion. However, at the level we are dealing with whereby the myth cycle is an illuminated path to attaining a higher awareness, we will see this not the case. We know at this level, Loki is the symbol of illusion and all humans are subject to the limitations on our potential, that illusion brings. Until Ragnarok, which is the attaining of Higher Awareness or Odin Consciousness, each and every one of us is subject, to greater or lesser degree, to illusions, limitations and sorrows. Often, if we are able to look honestly at the intentions and impulses behind our thoughts, words and deeds, we can identify where we have fallen prey to illusions, though hard to overcome, we can at least begin the process by an honest analysis of ourselves. Quite often by this, we can identify what were really negative intentions – born from selfishness, a desire to gratify our physical or emotional senses and caress the false ego or ‘little self’. At times these can be seen quite easily, though as said, still hard to overcome. But such is the truly insidious potency of illusion, that at times what can seem to be born from good (though mistaken) intentions, even misplaced compassion, is really just another illusion which holds us back from advancing.
Sigyn is symbolic of this. She is not “ill intentioned” she does not seek to act from malice or negativity, but still she is beguiled by illusion and held as its thrall. Mythologicaly her beguiling by illusion and her embrace of it – she bore two sons, the ‘fruit’ of her illusion. Like all the fruit, which comes from illusion, it is ultimately found rotten and brings only grief in the end.
Sigyn however, is unable to let go of her illusions, despite the devastating results it has wrought in her life. Unable to accept that which she has ‘given herself to’ is false, she seeks to protect her illusion at any cost, thereby chaining herself to it instead of allowing it to be dissolved. She is willing to sacrifice her own true advance in order to protect the illusion she had defined herself by. Here we see how even a noble intent if based in illusion can lead to self deception and manipulation by negative and hostile energies. We see how hard it can be to face that something we may have cherished, is in reality baneful to us and false. Instead of facing that fact, harsh though it may be, and thereby learning and benefiting, people thus illusioned refuse to face that fact. Sometimes people feel themselves defined by their attachment to something as if they themselves have no real value without it. Despite all the evidence that in reality it is harmful to them, keeps them chained, they fear to let it go, as they fear without it they have no role, no definition, no place and are truly insignificant.
In the myths we find Sigyn seems to have no existence beyond that of ‘Loki’s wife’ – if she were not to fill that role it seems she would not merit mention and is defined and apparently only of any significance because of her relation to Loki. If she were in fact to leave her illusion and allow it to be dissolved by the venom of its own deeds returning – she in fact discover her higher value, her own path to Higher awareness – but she cannot.
So we see that clinging to ‘ignorance’ (illusion being ignorance as it stops us perceiving ultimate reality), even if not from overtly self seeking motives, halts our progress to a higher awakening as surely as easily recognised self seeking intentions. At times when the bile fills her bowl and threatens to pour onto her illusion – she does leave – but such is the thrashing that creates as indeed the illusion does begin to dissolve, she hurries back to protect it again. In the myth Loki’s contractions at such times ‘shake the earth’. In other words, those who are like Sigyn cannot endure the shaking of their world they have created by illusion. Though at times they try to ‘leave’ the illusion -to let it be destroyed – they are still so attached and fearful to letting it go that they run back to it when ‘ their world’, the illusory world begins it’s disintegrations. Trust in the High gods and courage to endure what at first may seem near unbearable will stop us emulating Sigyn.
In Lokesana it is claimed by Loki that he is Odin’s blood brother, a claim, which seems false except Odin apparently acknowledge this. Can you explain this?
Actually I’m pleased this was brought up as I had included it in my original draft for the “MAY LOKI BE BOUND” article, but cut it due to confines of space. However it is important. First Lokesana is the only one of the ‘myths’ in which this claim appears. If this claim were ‘true’, then such would be its significance that we could reasonably expect it to appear in many others. Nor is it given in Odin’s list of names. We must therefore consider if this particular myth was part of the original myth cycle. The probability that it wasn’t is further re enforced by the fact this ‘tale’ (because it is a tale rather than a myth) has been shown to be a very late addition to the myth cycle.
For those interested in such scholastic findings H R Ellis Davidson is among those who have made this known.
We know then, it was made up at a time when belief in the Gods was, at best, frail and ambiguous. TrueOdinic wisdom was virtually unknown and not revealed. Judeo- Xtianty was ascending in the Northern Odal lands, its propagandists in full flow (with state blessing) and its “thought police” in unrestrained and brutal action. A ‘skald’ that wanted to advance his career (or even remain living) would certainly not wish to present true Odinic wisdom, even if they possessed it, which seems unlikely. So this tale was composed by someone who not only almost definitely had no real belief in the ‘Gods’, but who also would have found it advantageous materially, to appeal to the ruling powers of the day.
Odinism had been so denigrated, that the Holy and Divine forces were mocked, stripped of divinity and made into the “soap operas” of the day, as noted in part 1 of this article in ORB189.
So this tale cannot be considered as part of the works containing the original ancient Indo European Odinist wisdom.
Today, it is understandable that many will want to latch onto this as a genuine teaching because so much has been destroyed or hidden, that it is almost a case of “clutching at any straw” which seems to do with our religion. But now, as we deepen our way, it is important to realise this was primarily entertainment with considerable denigration of the Holy beings thrown in.
As we know, an incoming religion, particularly a rigidly intolerant one such as Xtianity, will seek to “demonise” the previous religion. Odin was depicted as a demon figure – treacherous and given to base desire. By making the Chieftain of the Gods a “blood brother” of a negative force, it would both vilify him and undermine already weakening devotion and trust. Our ancestors took blood brotherhood very seriously, if you were thus allied, it indicated a special bond, so if Odin would ally himself with a wholly treacherous being, it would give the message, he also was treacherous. Now it maybe possible that in some lost and ancient myth – some reference was made to this blood brotherhood business, which the writer of the Lokesana had some vague knowledge of and chose to amplify. If this is so, and it is probably not likely, then the symbolism would be akin to that of Fenris (see part1). Or more specifically why Fenris is not destroyed but brought into Asgard. It would show just how insidious illusion is. Just how close it is, always at hand, even when we are consciously attempting to attain spiritual advance and it is a constant ‘threat’ to this development until the realisation of Odin Consciousness. We must always be vigilant that our thoughts and deeds are free from Loki’s energy.
The first two articles in this work have identified what Loki ultimately symbolises in our mythology: the energy of illusion and all that springs from it. We have also seen that those who set down much of our myth in the written word often subverted or attempted to obscure the essential wisdom, either from some deliberate intent or through a lack of any real experienced understanding. Either way an unfortunate result has been that many who sincerely believe they adhere to the Odinist religion have actually absorbed this false myth.
There are, as we know, some who actually give blot to Loki. A few of these do so because basically they are immature and get a thrill thinking they are being “dark“ etc. and most of these types will grow out of it, though a few unfortunately will become immersed in negativity on a longer lasting basis. But most of the “Loki toasters“ are basically unknowing and have swallowed the false myth and not yet perceived reality. It is not the business of the Rite to directly meddle in other groups ways, its their right to do as they wish, but it is very much our business to continue to build a serious and dedicated Odinist movement and community. In this way, though we are primarily concerned with the OR being a positive vehicle for our glorious faith to manifest on Midgarth, our influence also becomes very powerful on Odinism/Asatru in general, as has already been the case. As far as I am aware, we are the first organisation to unequivocally make it clear the “Loki worship“ has no place in our religious practice and it is wholly negative (obviously as Loki is illusion and negativity). Recently one or two other groups have now adopted this line as a direct result of the OR policy on this. Possibly they wont wish to acknowledge the Rite’s influence in this publicly, but we can be pleased to know that on this issue at least, such groups now present a positive philosophy also.
This final part will deal with another error sometimes displayed. I will say it seems to be very much a minority outlook and is not as widespread as some of the other misconceptions (the blood brotherhood nonsense for example) but still it is worth our correction. This error concerns the creation myth.
The creation myth as it relates to the creation of our mythological first ancestors relates in Voluspa:
Then came there out of the throng of mighty and gracious gods at home,
They found on the land, empty of force,
Askr and Embla empty of fate.
They had no spirit and no five senses,
no heat, no motion,
no healthy hue;
Spirit gave Odin,
Sense gave Hoenir
Heat gave Lodur and healthy hue.
Now of course the creation myth itself is a subject to study in its own right, but for the purposes of this article we are concerned only with dispelling the misconception that sometimes arises like a noxious boil, that Loki played any role in it.
Some scholastic writers, such as HA Bellows, have theorised that the rather mysterious Lodur is in fact Loki under a different name. This theory however while possibly academically clever, is false. Lodur, whenever mentioned in the myths is always a positive and benevolent being. His gift to the myths first man and women of our folk is `heat` and a `healthy hue`. Lodur is a fire God in one aspect and one level his very name being linked to the German `Lodern` which means `to blaze` as was noted by Jacob Grimm among others. Loki also has a fire aspect on one level and this led in time to a confusion of the two. Skaldskaparmal cemented this confusion when it changed the creator trio of Gods from Odin, Hoenir and Lodur to Odin, Hoenir and Loki. In some skaldic verse Loki is given the eke name of “staunch friend of Hoenir`. But of course it is ridiculous to ascribe the obviously beneficent qualities of Lodur to Loki. Though both on one level, fire beings, it is important to remember Lodur is a God of beneficent fire while Loki is a force of destructive, baneful fire. Loki in no away at all is a friend to the Gods, let alone a “staunch friend“. From his very inception he works to destroy the Gods and men, he is wholly malignant and negative. Lodur’s gifts to humanity are of course totally positive, Loki is the force of illusion which is ignorance and from which all harm ultimately flows, it is inconceivable that the original myths (which go back to the earliest of Indo European times) would ascribe such a negative entity with a role in the creation of the manifestation in Midgarth of the Holy energy of the High Gods, no `gift` Loki gives is ever genuinely well intended. Loki the “living shame to everyone“ is absolutely not a benevolent deity.
However due to the fact that both Lodur and Loki have a fire aspect and possibly also due to what some may see as a similarity of name, over the great period of time from our myths first inception in pre-historical times, and with the loss of real awareness and understanding of the essence of our myth (as alluded to in my earlier article Cycles of Time) this confusion arose and they became seen (by some) as one and the same being.
The whole fire aspect of both is worthy of separate consideration, but that is for another article. Suffice to say that Lodur is representative of beneficial fire and heat, while Loki, naturally epitomises destructive, baneful flame on this level of the myths. Lodur and Loki are in fact opponents, not one and the same. We can also remember that Heimdal also has an aspect of a beneficent fire God. Throughout our myths Heimdal is an implacable foe of Loki and at Ragnarok they `slay` each other. Heimdal is also deeply involved with our folk’s creation under the guise of Rig, he created the social order. We say “gather round ye children of Heimdal“. The similarities between Lodur and Heimdal are in fact so great that it is in fact Heimdal who is almost certainly the same divine being as Lodur.
It is important that we of the Rite do not allow this misconception that Loki, the force of negativity, the energy of illusion, played any role in creating our folk, to flourish. On all levels, within ourselves as individuals, within our Holy Movement, within our folk - may we play our part in the binding of Loki.