Last week poison dripped from a poison pen and we Lokeans all felt it. And shook! And now you all felt it too. Thank you all for reading the Lokean Group Letter to The Wild Hunt on this and other blogs, and for commenting, signing, reblogging, and writing your own rebuttal articles.
It’s ironic, but we’ve come together more as a community since Karl Siegfried compared Loki Laufeyjarson to the current U.S. president. And Loki is definitely the talk of the town.
Liz Heffner put it very well in a comment in the Loki’s Wyrdlings Facebook group:
“Much as I detest _that_ article in TWH…I am appreciating some of the after effects upon the wider Lokean community.
We’re never going to march with one step, uniform and fading-to-gray in homogeneity. No. We will always be externally or internally vibrant, diverse, breathtakingly spectacular in all our large ways or small, subtle or grandiose. Quite likely it is that no two of us will be the same. We won’t always agree. We are not each other’s echo chamber.
But! We are now coming together and forging more visible connections. We are finding new like-minded souls and the sense of community is stronger than ever.
We are not burned by this fire. We are forged by it.
Well played, Loki. Well played.”
So all this last week, behind the scenes we were emailing, commenting on social media, drafting that letter, commiserating, sharing, forging alliances, and organizing! We also shared wonderful sick humor to metabolize the poison, such as watching Karl Siegfried in an episode of Ancient Aliens. (Glad to give you a plug, hon, since you’ve done so much for us.) And writing a parody of the Lokasenna was good for my soul, if not my reputation.
Here are some of the specific positive results
• The Lokean Group Letter, which was sent to The Wild Hunt but not published by them, has had over 2,000 views on this blog alone. The readers are from over thirty different countries. Other bloggers have republished the letter, and I presume they are seeing a lot of traffic as well. Also, some people have asked us to add their names to the letter, as posted on the blogs.
• Ky Greene’s wonderful rebuttal column, The Lokean Community–What We Really Look Like, was published in The Wild Hunt on Dec. 2nd. It describes our community accurately and well.
• In addition to publishing Ky’s column, TWH added a statement acknowledging the controversy, as well as a link to the Lokean Group letter, to the top of Seigfried’s article.
• Several other people have written rebuttal blogs, published elsewhere. (See below.)
• Membership in Loki’s Wyrdlings Facebook group has mushroomed.
• The Troth issued a membership survey to discover if Loki should be hailed once again at Trothmoot. (Results and decisions to be announced sometime in January, I believe.)
• And some of us are having discussions of further ways to organize and nurture our religious community as we’re individually and collectively tired of discrimination and disrespect from so many in neopagan and heathen communities.
I feel so blessed to be part of this community of Lokeans, Loki wellwishers, and allies. It’s lovely. I feel I made several new friends this last week. I feel so privileged to be able to say openly: Loki is my patron god. I’ve got others, but he’s the closest and dearest to me.
Rebuttal Blogs and Columns–In Progress
I am sure there are more. I will add them as I find them. Please add to comments section if you know of ones I’ve missed. Thanks!
Dagulf Loptson, Loki and Trump: My Thoughts
Sonya Odinsdottir, Rebuttal to Article: Loki in the White House
Sarenth Odinson, Loki is Not Trump (Neither is Odin)
John Mainer, Loki, Discord and Deep Lore
Lokean Blogs and Resources–In Progress
I will add as I find more. Please add to comments section if you have suggestions. Thanks.
Dagulf Loptson, Loki Cult (blog)
Kyaza, A Polytheistic Life (blog)
Amber Drake, Fire and Ink (blog)
Bat Bruja (blog)
John Mainer, Mainer74 (blog)
Loki University (online course, associated with Loki’s Wyrdlings)