Hello ! I'm new to heathenry, and I have felt very drawn to Loki in particular. I've had some doubts, since he seems to be a controversial figure, but have decided that the feeling is too strong not to act on it. Right now, I have one altar for all of the gods. Is it okay to honor Loki along with them on that altar? Or should I have a separate space for him?
There are a lot of Heathens who honor Loki at the same altar as the rest of the gods and get by just fine. There are even some who take a certain stanza in Lokasenna to mean that Loki and Odin should always receive offerings simultaneously, though not everyone buys into that.
Loki is, after all, one of the Aesir. Even Snorri Sturluson grants him that much, and Snorri’s treatment of Loki generally wasn’t very positive compared to other sources. Loki was adopted as a blood brother by Odin, which was a legally binding thing in medieval Iceland, and it’s possible that he was already considered a member of the tribe through his mother. (The lore is ambiguous regarding his heritage.)
And he’s not just part of the Aesir; he actually helps them. He’s responsible for a lot of Asgard’s treasures and defenses: Mjolnir, Freyr’s boar Gullinbursti, Asgard’s walls, etc. Yeah, he ends up fighting the Aesir at one point, but then, so does Skadi. And all of the Vanir. And we still worship those deities.
You can find more stuff in defense of Loki in this post, if you’re interested. But in terms of your altar situation, you should be fine. (Unless the gods themselves indicate otherwise. Sometimes it’s more a matter of wanting additional attention than not liking the other deities they’re sharing with.)
- Mod E