Regarding Loki, Part 7: More Uncomfortable Truths

I agree with pretty well all of this. To whatever degree I had respect for the AFA as a group, its policies, or its leader, it decreases each time I hear another round of what is and is not valued there.

Also: If you have a personal problem with a god via direct experience, that’s one thing. If you have a conceptual problem with a god in theory, it had better be grounded in something real.

I can understand (possibly better than the author of this post) why folks would be worried about what choosing to be a follower of Satan implies about a person’s ethics without necessarily being worried about the entity of Satan as a problem in His own right, but I don’t think that actually applies here, and it definitely doesn’t apply to Loki.

–Ember–

Kvasir Amongst the Gods

On Feburary 13th,  Stephen McNallen made a statement in regards to the AFA’s stance on  the worship and veneration of Loki within their own organization and events.  Let me be clear that I, for one, don’t really care about the stance of the AFA in regards to the hailing of the trickster of Asgard.  I think their stance is closed minded and short sighted to be sure, but I’m not the Asa-Pope the last time I checked so they are free to establish their stances and procedures as they see fit.

What I did take umbrage at was how Mr. McNallen’s words also made subtle, but broad, pejorative assessments about those worship Loki in general.  A true statement of policy has no need to weigh in on the spiritual practices of another, and I found the remarks more than a little bit out of line.  While I might have been…

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About EmberVoices

Ember Cooke has been a member of Hrafnar and Seidhjallr for more than a decade, where she trained to be a Seidhkona, Galdrakona, and Gythia. She founded the Vanic Conspiracy and made ordination vows to the Vanir and her congregation in the summer of 2013. She has contributed to several publications on Heathen and Northern Pagan subjects and regularly presents rituals and workshops at festivals. Her personal practice is more diverse, as the Vanir have lead her into cross-training and service for the wider Pagan community. This has including medium and servitor training in American Umbanda, clergy training with the Fellowship of the Spiral Path, and jail ministry for local counties. She holds a BA with honors in Religious Studies from Santa Clara University. Ember has lived all her life in the south San Francisco Bay Area, and is intimately bound to the valley of her birth.
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