Loki as Thresholder: Loki opens doors, but we walk through them

Thresholds are liminal spaces that exist between two spaces. A threshold can be as simple as the one between two rooms in your house or as complex as the boundary between two worlds. No matter how simple or complex a threshold is, they are liminal spaces.

Liminal spaces are the “in-between” of everything that exists. This is the area where Loki draws his power. He is a god of liminality, and he can always be found in the in-between spaces.

Thresholds, however, are not meant to be dwelled in. We don’t live in our doorways, after all. Doorways, like thresholds, are meant to be used as crossing points from one place to another.

Threshold magic is also some of the most dangerous, as it is impossible to control liminality. Conducting rituals in a liminal space typically means you are allowing wyrd to take over and determine the outcome, no matter what the desired outcome is that you hold. It can be terrifying, and it is not a type of magic that should be practiced by everyone. Giving yourself over to wyrd is difficult to do, as we all, to some degree, want to maintain control over our lives and not feel subjected to whims that are not our own. It takes a lot of trust that we generally don’t inherently have towards the unknown.

In a way, working with Loki is similar to doing threshold magic. Because he is a god of liminality, it is impossible to know what aspect he will show you on any given day. The fact that he is also a shapeshifter doubles the uncertainty, and that pretty much means there’s no guarantee what form he will take.

In my experience with him, he generally takes on his more renowned human form with red hair and green eyes. But I have also seen him appear as a black widow, a black dog, a falcon, a butterfly, and as other human forms. I have never seen him appear as Marvel Loki, as I have a pretty strong distaste towards viewing him in that way.

That distaste originates from the fact that Tom Hiddleston is an actor portraying a role, and while he may be portraying Loki, he is 100% human, which means he cannot actually be Loki. There’s no reason for me to see Tom Hiddleston and go “omg, that’s Loki.” From my perspective, that’s absolutely ridiculous because Hiddleston is human and Loki is 100% deity.

Do I believe Loki can take on the guise of Hiddleston? Absolutely. Loki is a god, and deities can assume any form they want to. It seems to be a trait inherent to deity – assuming the forms that work best to get our attention.

So why do so many people seem to be stuck on the image of Loki as Tom Hiddleston? Honestly, I think this happens because people get stuck on the threshold.

From my perspective, when Loki appears to someone as Tom Hiddleston, it is more because he is opening the only door he can find into that person’s life. If it is the only way he can get someone’s attention, and he feels the need to get their attention, he is probably going to open that door and step through it.

Doors, however, open in two directions. If we refuse to step through the door he opens, we learn nothing about him except that he exists. Those who see nothing but the Loki of Marvel learn only an aspect Loki used to gain their attention. They are not stepping through the door that Loki is opening to learn more about him.

By not stepping through the door, they never learn the real depths that lurk within the god. Maybe they get glimpses, but unless they step through the door, they ignore the glimpses they get.

It is well-known and understood that the best way to gain knowledge about the gods is to research them. Read the myths and stories associated with them. Find the patterns that consistently arise in their interactions with others. Learn to distinguish and discern so that you can trust the personal experiences and UPGs that you have.

Loki is a god of thresholds and liminality. He can and will stay in the in-between spaces. He is a catalyzer of change, not change itself. He may open the door, but we are the ones who have to make the choice to walk through them.

After all, we don’t live in the in-between.

That means we have to make a choice. We can continue to stay on the path we’re on, or we can choose to walk down the new path Loki opens up to us. Change is almost always for the better, but it is almost never comfortable or easy.

So, if you are the kind of Lokean who only sees Loki as Tom Hiddleston, ask yourself if you are willing to go further. Read the myths. Learn the lore. Explore the differences. Get comfortable with the difficult and darker aspects of Loki. Learn to embrace ambiguity and the unknown.

If you want to know Loki, you have to get to know him. Getting to know anyone, god or human, means learning things about them that you might not like. Even our closest human friends are flawed – that doesn’t mean we don’t love them.

If you are the kind of person who refuses to engage with the myths, ask yourself why. What are you afraid you might learn? What truths are you afraid to confront about Loki and/or about yourself?

Loki is a loving and compassionate deity, but that does not make him safe. He is a god of liminality, and liminal spaces are inherently chaotic and dangerous. To expect otherwise is to delude yourself.

We cannot live in the threshold, but we can certainly hold awe for the gods like Loki who not only live in liminal spaces but draw their power from them.

5 thoughts on “Loki as Thresholder: Loki opens doors, but we walk through them”

  1. Interesting that someone else has also gotten butterfly Loki. 🙂 Great information here and definitely in line with my experiences.

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  2. What you describe sounds to me what some would call the Ether or Aether or whatever. I also suspect that you can find yourself stuck there during hypnogogic sleep states, very intense and real lucid dreams.

    The only thing I can think of that would exceed the fright of getting stuck there with Loki is getting stuck there with Odin. Not. Fun.

    That place, I think, is not only used by deities as a crossover, but is a dwelling place for very malicious and dangerous entities.

    My experience was so terrible that I was literally shoved in the backseat and so overtaken I was blind in one eye. I felt what it was like to be myself and to be Odin and to be each watching the reaction of each one’s response to their behavior.

    In fact, I would go so far as to say I was more of a vehicle he was riding.
    Nothing is ever as it appears to be there. I think some people who die get stuck in that ghetto until they get ‘sick and tired of being sick and tired’ and are finally able to let go some of their baggage and move on.

    I think the layer between our physical world is very close to that place and the chaos there is reflected there and the chaos here in turn, can add to that place.

    I think it is a place where things meet their opposites and annihilations occur. It is full of paradox. Very strange ones. Example:

    Spock: the needs of the many are greater than the needs of the few or the one. (He means the one must sacrifice for the many.)

    Kirk: Spock! The needs of the many are GREATER than the needs of thenfew or the one! (Meaning: the needs of the many are too great to bear by the few or the one.)

    The result is paradox. An annihilation occurs. Annihilations cause the destruction of both which results in a great release of energy. (Magic potentiality) It is very chaotic in the midst of annihilations. Some unpleasant and I rebellious entities dwell there on purpose for the purpose of taking that energy to sustain their existences.

    What you say about his company
    Is what you say about society
    Catch the witness, catch the wit
    Catch the spirit, catch the spit
    The world is, the world is
    Love and life are deep
    Maybe as his eyes are wide

    Exit the warrior
    Today’s Tom Sawyer
    He gets by on you
    And the energy you trade
    He gets right on to the friction of the day

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