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Loki the Trickster

Contrary to his portrayal in the Marvel Universe, Loki in Norse mythology is a masterful trickster, as well as a god of fire like Prometheus. At one point he, too, is chained to a rock by entrails of his own sons. For Loki it is not for stealing fire from the Gods and giving it to the human race, but rather a punishment for being the principle cause of death of another god, Balder.

Although his father was the giant Fárbauti (not Odin like in the Marvel Universe), he was included among the Aesir (Norse tribe of gods). Represented as the companion (not brother or son) of the great gods Odin and Thor, he sometimes helps them with plans + other times causes difficulty + embarrassment for them. He’s known to unpredictably change course and lie more times then should be allowed. He also appears as the enemy of the gods in many stories.

Loki has the ability to change his entire body shape, size, gender, and species. He also has the ability to copy any one’s face. So he can appear in any form, making him a dangerous trickster. Seeing Loki represented in runes is usually a sign that there is false hope, grave misunderstandings, or trickery ahead.

Still, Loki has always had a special place in my heart, and as a trickster myself who works with fire regularly, I would consider him my patron.

This guest post was written by TJ Rorschach. Follow him on TikTok or IG. @TheodoreRorschach

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