Norse Astrology in History: The Role of Loki

One of the most enlightening aspects of Norse astrology is studying how the planets affect human history. We see this most vividly in the slow-moving planets. Loki, who is represented by the planet Uranus, brought revolution and turmoil to Asia in the 20th century.

In a personal horoscope, Loki represents how we create problems for ourselves and others. Unlike Odin (Moon), who causes strife to serve a higher purpose, Loki begets strife for his own sake. Loki shows how we make trouble for others. He is the dissenter within us, the side that is willing to fight anyone and everyone. Loki indicates how we rebel against people, institutions and life itself. It reveals how we ignore or challenge societal roles and customs. He represents our desire to tear down stifling organizations and structures. Sometimes Loki represents the revolutionary breakthrough we need to achieve something greater. Loki is the catalyst for change, be it good or bad. It makes everything unpredictable.

Both Norse Loki and Greco-Roman Uranus are shocking and disturbing, and often a destructive force. In the life of an individual person, they are almost always negative. But its influence on society is more double-edged. Naturally, both are disruptive and threatening to the established order. However, both of these archetypes encourage discovery and enlightenment. While they can promote dissatisfaction, they also throw us off our wheels.

Loki has his greatest power in Dagaz, the rune of sudden conversion, enlightenment, cataclysmic change, and transformation to the contrary. Dagaz takes us to the greatest heights, but it can also mean a fall from that peak.

On October 1, 1949, while Loki was in Dagaz, the Chinese Civil War ended when the People’s Liberation Army proclaimed the People’s Republic of China. China is the most populous nation on earth. This was a drastic change for half a million people, who went from a backward feudalistic society to a modern socialist nation. Judging by the population, this was the greatest revolution in the world. In Dagaz we see Loki’s power to overturn the social order.

However, his influence was limited in some respects. At the same time, the Norns (Neptune) were in Gebo, and Tyr (Saturn) in Raidho. The Nornes of Gebo emphasize the restrictions of formal contracts and personal relationships between people. Tyr a Raidho emphasizes orderly and well-defined movement in our social duties. Thus the Norns and Tyr provided a means by which traditional Chinese society could hold its own in the face of a socialist revolution.

The other major historical event that accompanied Loki to Dagaz was the partition of India and Pakistan in August 1947. British colonial rule had become untenable in South Asia after World War II , and the British government tried to create separate Muslim and Hindu nations when they left. The national borders they drew were inadequate to the task, and the antagonistic nations of India and Pakistan formed amid bloodbaths and mass migrations. Again, Loki overthrew the social order, with no regard for the consequences. The Norns, as in China, were also in Gebo, but here their position emphasized the insufficiency of formal contracts and agreements. Nationality and religion overwhelmed attempts at a peaceful settlement.

We see the difference between Norse and Greco-Roman astrology by studying the position of Loki/Uranus. The Dagaz rune straddles the end of Gemini and the beginning of Cancer. There is nothing in these two Greco-Roman signs that indicates a violent revolution for a third of the world’s population. The mutable air of Gemini hardly favors the radical overthrow of the social order, and peaceful, domestic and traditional Cancer can be one of the worst possible channels for Uranian energy. Norse ruins provide a better historical perspective.

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