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Loki, Remover of Road Blocks [Thursday 4th July, 2013 | 6:12pm]
Lovers of Loki


July is the month in which Loki is being especially honored online, so this would seem to be an ideal time to open up and learn more. I don't have a devotional relationship to Flamehair per se, but I do believe He and his Family deserve respect and honor. Today, for the first time, and after considerable thought, I hailed Loki.

I took a nap this afternoon, and dreamed I was reading a long devotional prayer to Loki. When I woke up, the line in my head was "Loki, Remover of Road Blocks" (obstacles in general, I'd think). This makes me think of Exu in Candomblé, another powerful, fiery, ambivalent male Power. One of Exu's many epithets is "Opener of Roads, Remover of Obstacles". I'm not suggesting equivalence, but it does make me wonder.

This would be a UPG, rather than lore-based question, but is this a side of Loki that people often see? I suspect that it is.

As I was Googling around just now, a spider dropped down by the computer. I see you, Webspinner! You're watching me, aren't you?
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[User Picture]From: hrafn
Friday 5th July, 2013 :: 01:41 am (UTC)
Trickster figures are often known as "way openers," related to them being liminal figures, who cross and exist at boundaries, so I can definitely see that. For example, Loki is known for often being the first deity to approach someone - and then for handing the person off to the deity/pantheon the person is "really" meant to know/be with. I can also see a link between removing obstacles and luck, though I'm having a hard time being more articulate about that.

He's done a lot of that sort of road block removal thing with me, certainly, in terms of both making life changes and dealing with internal baggage.
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[User Picture]From: bethzombie
Saturday 13th July, 2013 :: 10:56 pm (UTC)
In my experience, Loki has never removed road blocks for me.

And I hate spiders. They die. :)
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