Satan can be divided into two distinct entities. The first is Lucifer, or Phosphoros as the Greeks knew him. Lucifer is the lightbearer: a youthful, and ambisexual, being who gives humankind the spark of divine intelligence and wisdom. Under his other names he is Prometheus, and a variety of trickster gods, while in a northern context he is Loki. Satan’s second aspect is Satan proper, and while Lucifer-Loki is a bright, sophisticated, intelligent, and relatively comprehendable entity, Satan is more primal, dark, and unknowable. It is fair to say that Lucifer is the feminine aspect of Satan, whilst Satan proper is the masculine. Though the reverse could also be true, as the brightness of Lucifer-Loki suggests the powers of light, which are associated with the masculine right hand path, and Satan-Surt’s darkness is the darkness of the earth mother.
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I am a king!
Loki , The Avengers (2012)
The fact that his parents were giants may help to explain his tendency towards evil deeds. He simply could not help playing tricks and exposing the gods to danger, although it was often his quick-wittedness that afterwards saved them.
THE ULTIMATE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF GODS, ARTHUR COTTERELL & RACHEL STORM)
Loki is mischievous, Machiavellian, humorous, sometimes sinister character. Snorri describes him as being “pleasing and handsome in appearance, and evil character, very capricious in behavior.” He is the “poor relation” among the gods who has strong affinities with the giants, particularly at Ragnarok (doom) when he steers their ship, and whose loyalties are always suspect.
ENCYCLOPEDIA OF GODS, MICHAEL JORDAN
There is no doubt that this figure bears a resemblance to that of Loki at many points, and particularly at those points which are most difficult to fit in with any other interpretations of his character. Loki seems to have become the hero of many of folk-tales, told for entertainment purposes only, and many of them are late in date; in these he usually plays a comic role. Sometimes the Indian legends about the trickster contain two creator figures, one good and impassive, and the other, the trickster, appearing as a kind of parody of him: a creator whose schemes frequently go awry. Loki as the ambivalent mischief-maker might similarly seem as a kind of Odin-figure in reverse. It is certainly easier to understand some of the puzzling elements in him if we regard him as a parody of the great creator-gods rather than as consistently in opposition to them.
GODS AND MYTHS OF NORTHERN EUROPE, H. R. ELLIS DAVIDSON
LOKI: “Father of lies”; the Trickster; Sky-Traveler; Shape-Changer; giant who is the blood-brother of Odhinn; son of the giant Farbauti (Cruel Smiter); married to Sigyn. He handsome, attractive, and free with the ladies. A dangerous god to invoke as one can never be certain how he will answer. Earthquakes, fire, forest fires, cunning, wit, stealth, deceit, mischief, daring, agility, trickery, thieves, revenge, destruction, lecherousness, death, lies, evil, dark magic.
NORSE MAGIC, D. J. CONWAY
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