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Fireverse 5: When Loki Told Me NOT to Go Spread Anarchy

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On Friday April 18, 2014, there was a barbecue at the Bundy Ranch. I was being pressured to go by my political friends who had been my campaign volunteers when I ran for office the previous year. The woman who had been my campaign manager called me and asked me to come out and lead everyone in singing Bring It Down, the Leslie Fish anarchist ballad, which we had sung at a New Years' Even party after the end of my campaign. 

 

Although the media narrative about the Bundy Ranch confrontation only included the extreme right, there were actually a bunch of anarchists and left-libertarians who were there hoping to witness history in the making, the beginning of a revolution that would bring peace and freedom. In the end, no revolution started. The Man backed down. The protesters stayed until the cows came home, literally, but I never went out there. 

 

When my former campaign manager asked me to come there and get everyone to sing anarchist songs, I pictured myself leading an odd mixed group of Las Vegas libertarian-anarchists hoping to spread anarchy, local rural Nevada cowboys there to support a guy they knew, and ultraconservative militiamen from out of state there to uphold the Constitution. Would it be like being Caesar, in a way, the focus of all that energy? Like when I gave a political speech? Like when Loki went to his massed admirers and absorbed the energy of fans chanting his name?

 

That song was about tearing down the system and creating anarchy. Would Loki like me to go out there and sing it? It was fairly easy to ask him, since by now I had gotten used to having him skinriding me nearly all the time. 

 

He said, "No, stay home and write your book." 

 

Just before the barbecue was going to start, Shirley called me and told me there was a terrible wind out there and she was going home because she couldn’t breathe. I was glad I hadn’t gone out there. My allergies had been bothering me even inside my house, and I was grateful to Loki for telling me to stay home. But the next day I found out just how grateful I should be.

 

There was an angry wind in the desert that day because a god was walking, disturbed and vengeful. That day, someone had stolen the idol of Sekhmet from her temple in Cactus Springs. I was so glad I had not moved from the protection of my home ground, where the local landwight kept away anything I didn’t personally invite within the bubble of his land. 

 

I asked Loki if I should do anything, other than share the news on social media. “No, that’s not your job. Write your novel.” 

 

Yes, Loki. 

 

Image: Snaptun Stone

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Erin Lale is the author of Asatru For Beginners. An updated, longer version of her book, Asatru: A Beginner's Guide to the Heathen Path, is coming in 2020 from Red Wheel / Weiser. Erin was sworn to Freya as Priestess in 1989, given to Sigyn, and is a Bride of Odin and his brothers (Honir, Lodhur, Loki.). She has been a freelance writer for about 30 years, was the editor and publisher of Berserkrgangr Magazine, is gythia of American Celebration Kindred, and admin/ owner of the Asatru Facebook Forum. In 2010 and 2013, she ran for public office. She is a dyer and fiber artist, was acquisitions editor at a small press for 5 years, created the Heathen Calendar 2017 and 2018, and founded the Heathen Visibility Project.

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  • Anthony Gresham
    Anthony Gresham Sunday, 15 November 2015

    Loki appears as a goddess in the Anime "Is it wrong to try and pick up girls in a dungeon" which can be seen on Crunchyroll.com and is boy detective in "Mythical Detective Loki Ragnarok" which can be seen on youtube.com. He also appears in the webcomics: "Sparkling Generation Valkyrie Yuki" at montrose.is/sgvy as a plush animal and is a character in Thistil Mistil Kistil at tmkcomic.depleti.com. If your not already familiar with these works I hope you can take the time to view and read them.

  • Erin Lale
    Erin Lale Monday, 16 November 2015

    Thanks! Several of my friends are also writing about Loki and Ragnarok. We all seem to be on the same wavelength.

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