Question: What are the festivals, days, and times sacred to Loki?
This is another question with answers that are based entirely on modern practice since historical evidence for Loki’s worship comes through in bits and pieces.
In his book, Playing with Fire, Dagulf Loptson discusses a few different days and the way that they can be associated with Loki.
The first day he mentions is December 13th, which corresponds to the feast of Saint Lucy, the patron of the blind. This is a day that he specifically says he got from Loki when he asked him about special days.
What I find particularly intriguing about December 13th is that, last year, this is the day that I held my Yule party, and I invited both Freyr and Loki to attend. One of the attendees ended up horsing Loki for a good bit of the party, and, at the time, I was unaware of the potential significance of this day for Loki. I did, however, get the impression that Loki was incredibly happy to have been invited to the party, and it was one of the best parties I have ever thrown or been to. So, for me, that day will continue to hold special significance as I move forward on my path with Loki.
Dagulf also mentions April 1st, which, I think, nearly all of us have used as a special day for Loki, since it just makes sense. After all, what kind of trickster god would you not celebrate on April Fools day?
From a personal standpoint, I hold Saturdays sacred for Loki. There was a scholar who erroneously associated Saturday with Loki through an etymological mistake, but I have personally found that Saturdays seem to be the best day to honor him. It is on Saturdays that I run into the weirdest things or have events go slightly sideways, so since Saturdays seem to have a liminal quality to them anyway, it makes sense to me to hold Saturdays sacred for Loki.
I also find Midsummer to be a time of year where Loki is highly present, as he is a god of fire, and that fire element suggests that he can and does function as a solar deity. I attended a Midsummer ritual this summer where the group hosting it did the Drawing Down the Sun ritual, and, while they were addressing generic gods or bits of the universe (it was a fairly Wiccan/New-age group), I addressed Loki directly. I still have my charged sunstone from that ritual; I put it on Loki’s altar.
Lastly, there are the days of summer known as the “Dog Days of Summer” which generally runs from July 12 to August 20, and these are the hottest days of the year. The Romans associated these days with the dog star, Sirius, and Sirius is also known as Lokabrenna – Loki’s Torch. This is the reason that it makes the most sense to do 30-day devotional to Loki within the month of July, as it is a month that holds importance to him.
It is also the reason that the first volume of Loki’s Torch – named for the illumination of knowledge that Loki brings into our lives and the time of year simultaneously – will be published during these hot, humid days.
The last day – or two days – that some Lokeans celebrate are September 4th/5th due to an incident that occurred within the Lokean community – Spongecake. What essentially happened was that someone posted an image of a strawberry sponge cake that she had offered Loki, a desert that was store-bought.
That set another person off, who commented on her post and said that it was inappropriate for her to give Loki offerings that she had not handmade. That set off a wave of discussion across the internet through various sites, and soon a ton of people joined in the debate as to what constituted appropriate offerings and what did not. It essentially ended with people coming together and posting tons of pictures of cake.
So, what started off as an argument ended up with people coming to the consensus that cake was important, and that cake was an appropriate offering to Loki. It started as a small off-hand comment that ended up bringing the community together in a startingly Loki-like manner.
This is the best example of a holiday that has been inspired/created by modern practitioners, as it would never have become a holiday if someone hadn’t insisted that all offerings to Loki had to be handmade rather than store-bought. The Spongecake holiday shows us that the gods evolve alongside us and that they pay attention to what we do. After all, such a small argument could not have blown up and spread across the community the way it did without Loki’s influence on our daily lives.