Yesterday was Lùnastal (Irish: Lughnasad).
The first day of harvest, and the last fire festival of the year.
Last year Loki told me it was a special occasion, but didn’t explain why. So I’ve decided to celebrate this day as Loki’s Day (Lokabrenna Day).
I lit candles on my altar and shrines.
I gave a little food offering to Loki (who, of course got the largest part), Fenris, Frey, my ancestors and the house spirits.
Loki can be linked to the harvest of wheat, if you interpret the old stories symbolically.
In Sweden, when the wheat was ripe, it was said “Loki has been busy”.
Loki was conceived when Farbauti struck Laufey with lightning. Lightning stricking a “leafy isle” igniting a fire, the fire being Loki. From this Loki can also bee associated with lightning.
Loki was Thor’s companion in many stories. So, if Thor represents thunder, then Loki – the fleet-footed sky-walker – could represent the lightning running ahead of Thor’s rumbling, goat-drawn wagon. Lightning fixates (processes) nitrogen in the atmosphere, so that it can be used by plants. So, some good lightning storms would help wheat to ripen, something I’m sure my ancestors knew.
This gives an interesting possible interpretation of the old story about Loki cutting off Sif’s hair. Sif’s hair could represent the wheat, and Loki cutting it off and replacing it with a far more luxurious hair made of real gold could represent the wheat ripening after a lightning storm.
Other interesting mythological titbits are:
Cutting off a woman’s hair symbolised that she hadn’t been faithful to her husband.
How did Loki get close enough to do it without her noticing before her hair was gone?
In Lokasenna, Loki says He has had sex with Sif. Sif has a son who is not Thor’s: Ull. Ull is Loki’s son?
Since lightning and thunder go hand in hand, and the gods are polyamorous, I have this theory that Loki Thor and Sif often have threesomes. ^_^