So, I read this post on Loki, and, I haveta say... for values of "Loki," you could easily enter in "Eris," and that's pretty much exactly how I see Her. Now, I realize that some consider me being rude for comparing one Trickster God/dess to another - as, in some ways, it would be rude for someone to compare one relates-to-a-feline-person to me (as we're all special snowflakes with our own personalities and so on) - but, to me, it's how I relate
See, with my UPG, there's The Universe. It is the everything and nothing - the Tao, for lack of a better term. It makes up and is the entirety of everything that ever was and could be and is and will be. Pretty massive, eh? Well, then you start ...breaking it down, I guess. Making it knowable. Now, I'm not an expert on how things are broken down. It's probably a lot more twisty and not as simple as I see it. But, after The Universe, it's Archetypes. The different energies of the Universe. The How Shit Works-nesses. After the Archetypes, God/desses. So, when you call out to Loki, you're calling out to Eris and Coyote (the First Person, and not the power animal,) and Ananzi and so on. Because Their energy is all of a piece. Together, they are Chaos and the Trickster Archetype. They are the Universe. And, they're me, as well. After the God/desses, you have more Spirits. And then, you have the physical realm.
Now, I'm saying that things are broken down like this, but don't get me wrong - it's not a hierarchical thing. We're all of the Universe. We (the physical) reflects the non-physical, just as it reflects us. But, we can work within the physical and change it a hell of a lot easier than it does - just as the non-physical can work within and change the non-physical. That's why we work with
instead of for
forces of the Universe. (And, remember, this is MY UPG. This is how I
see the universe. Your mileage may vary, and very well probably should.)
So, then, I'm not attempting to be rude when I say "Loki is like Eris." To me,
they are of the same Archetype. Yes, Their stories are different. Their personalities are nominally different. But, for the most part, They serve the same purpose within the order of the Universe - They are the shit stirrers. It reminds me of Spike, talking about how Angelus wants to end the world, and being annoyed with it "why do all of the bad guys want to destroy the world," he laments. "The world is great as it is - I just want to be able to my thing and enjoy myself, can I help it if my thing looks evil to non-vampires?" is basically his outlook. And, that's pretty much how I see Loki/Eris - They're not trying
to bring about Huge Ass World Ending Events, They're just "doing Their thing," which, unchecked, would bring about Huge Ass World Ending Events. Just as a wild fire causes property damage - the fire isn't trying
to destroy the houses, the houses are simply in the fire's way. Not evil in and of itself.
And, those fires are important
for the world. It clears away and makes room for the new. Those shit stirrers are important. Without them, we wouldn't be as encouraged to reach out of our comfort zone. As Del said, it's important
for there to be a balance
between the Wyld, the Weaver, and the Wyrm. But, so often, the Wyrm (and, to a lesser degree, the Wyld) are absolutely vilified.
It's completely acceptable to be on the side of the Weaver, and yet, if you look at it, so many dictatorships and even wars
are fought, because people are too
invested in their version of the Weaver. To me, it's the Wyld and Wyrm that encourages self expression and open mindedness. It's Chaos that loves that-which-is-different-than-self. It's Loki that whispers in your ear, saying that it's perfectly acceptable to be gay in a Catholic society.
Hail those shit stirrers who want you to do your thing and enjoy yourself. #loki #eris #UPG