During this past month, I have been slowly making my way through Playing with Fire: An Exploration of Loki Laufeyjarson, by Dagulf Loptson.
I am heartened to find corroboration in my belief that one of Loki’s major aspects is as a God of Fire. Now while Loptson connects Loki with specific forms of fire – as both the funeral pyre as well as metaphorical fire of illumination/knowledge – I am delighted to see someone else confirm so many of the personal connections that I have made in my own practices.*
Though I know of several more reconstructionist Lokeans whom I have argued with, who hasten to point out that the connection of Loki with fire is nothing more than a case of mistaken identity – as there is that one instance wherein Loki is loosely conflated with Logi (to whom Loki lost to in that eating contest in Sturluson’s Eddas) and how supposedly, the only other incidental but still mistaken connection was popularized in Richard Wagner’s four part opera, often referred to as The Ring Cycle (Der Ring des Nibelungen).
But, in light of my own experiences, I have always disagreed with the assertion that Loki as a God of Fire is based merely upon accidental conflation that led to mistaken identity.
So three cheers for Peer Corroborated Personal Gnosis, indeed 🙂
But arguments notwithstanding, I’ve always equated Loki with fire, as He has often written me a burning love letter through pandoramancy
Pardon Me by Incubus
Burn The Cure
In Your Eyes Peter Gabriel
I Caught Fire in Your Eyes The Used
And His latest….
I Am the Fire Halestorm
And that has always been with His assertion:
*As well I cannot express enough how exciting it is to gain new knowledge for my path, as Loptson has threaded so many correlations between Loki and Agni, the Rigvedic deity of fire, divine knowledge, and conveyor of sacrifice to the Gods.