July for Loki: Third Pair

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July for Loki, 1-12

1 July: “I first discovered Loki when…”

I read about him in Norse mythology books as a child. As far as I can remember he wasn’t portrayed as evil in the Norwegian books I read.

I rediscovered Him when I was 44 and invited Him into my life.

2 July: “My favourite story of Loki is that time that…”

The time Loki and Thor went to visit Utgards-Loki. Loki’s eating contest with Logi.

Another favourite is when They dress up Thor as Freyja to get His hammer back from Thrym.

3 July: “Whenever I see ____, it makes me think of Loki. Other things that remind me of him are…”

Magpies remind me of Loki.
Other things are foxes, snakes, flies, spiders, horses, salmons, falcons and seals. And fire.

4 July: When–if ever–was the first time you felt afraid of Loki?

I have never felt afraid of Him. He’s never given me any reason to fear Him.

5 July: When–if ever–was the first time you felt loved by Loki?

When He Claimed me in a dream about a month after He first began to appear to me in dreams. I fell in love with Him then.

6 July: Do you believe that Loki and Lothur from the creation myth are the same god? Why or why not?

Yes, I believe They are the same god. In other stories we have the trio of Loki, Odin and Hoenir. In the story about the creation of the first humans we have Lóðurr, Odin and Hoenir.

7 July: What colours/smells/animals do you personally associate with Loki? Do these line up with what you see on other people’s blogs? How does that make you feel?

Colours: Fire colours (orange and red), black, green. Black because He usually wears black when He visits me in dreams. Green for His eyes. Orange and red for His hair.

Smells: Bonfire smoke and cinnamon.

Animals: Magpies, foxes, horses, seals, falcoms, salmons, spiders, snakes, flies.

Some of these line up with what I’ve seen other people post on blogs and in groups. That makes me happy.

8 July: What do you think Loki’s relationship with Freyja is like? Feel free to replace Freyja with another god/dess or answer the question for multiple deities.

I think Loki has a good working relationship with Freyja. He’s been known to introduce His devotees to Her. I think they were lovers once.

I think Loki has a good relationship with Odin and Thor. I think Loki and Odin were lovers in the beginning of their relationship. Loki and Odin are blood-brothers.

I think Loki has a good relationship with Freyr. I think they have been lovers. I’ve seen several UPG on this.

9 July: How would you describe your relationship with Loki if you wanted to explain it to someone within the Lokean community?

I’d say Loki is a very good friend and my Husband.

10 July: How would you describe your relationship with Loki if you wanted to explain it to someone outside the Lokean community?

I’d say Loki is a very good friend. I wouldn’t mention that He’s my Husband due to the intolerance of godspouses in the larger Pagan/Heathen community.

11 July: What offerings do you like to make to Loki? Is there anything that you consider ‘not traditional’ among the community? If so, what is it?

On Saturdays I light a candle and incense or scented oil for Him and give Him a shot of Fireball whisky.
I burn different scented incense and oils for Him. I’ve burnt rose incense and now I’m burning lilac oils. I don’t think that is traditional.

12 July: What are some charitable organisations that you think Loki would be a member of? Would you like to be/are you a member of any of them? Why or why not?

LGBTQA+ rights, human rights women’s rights, animal rights, organisations that help homeless people, mental health rights.
I’m a member of WWF and Noah (a Norwegian animal rights organisation). I also sign petitions from Avaaz, SumofUs and Amnesty.

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Month for Loki, Day 7: One Meaningful Offering

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Recently, I was having a conversation with another Lokean, and we were talking about the importance of making offerings.

Though it was not my intent to put undue pressure on anyone to make elaborate offerings -as time, finances, and other factors can make that difficult – I wanted to stress the importance of making an offering.

It can be of utmost importance to make an offering…as the following passage from author Jenny Blain’s book, Nine Worlds of Seid-Magic  illustrates this point quite well:

“The process of initiation, by spirits or deities, not people, can be quite terrifying.  The experience of the seeress Rauðhildr is a case in point. This is how it appears in my field notes, written after she had told me the story in a coffee shop in Berkeley, California.

She made the journey to visit the Maurnir, who (according to her and Diana [Paxson]) are female…

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Month for Loki, Day 6: Because this time he did not need to chase you

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This.

(https://kernaia.wordpress.com/2017/04/23/the-beginners-guide-to-devotion/)

Back in April 2017, I read the above beautifully written post – titled ‘A Beginner’s Guide to Devotion’ shared on my WordPress feed – written by Alex of Wildwood and Wild Hunt.

It is quite possibly the most profoundly succinct description of the devotional relationship with Deity that I have ever read, so I often find myself going back to it, and re-reading it…especially nowadays.

I am simply re-blogging – so please give Alex all of the praise.

Thank you!

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“i. step, stumble. fall. your falling is sacred, but your rising again is glorious.

ii. step, stumble. fall. rinse, repeat. rinse, repeat. this is the secret they are all telling you, the mystery they are all hiding. one and the same thing, and all it amounts to is your beloved whispering in your ear don’t give up.

iii. tomorrow you will forget to love him…

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July for Loki: Two More

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Different linework and  a colored version

 

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July , One for Loki

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One of many various Loki drawings I am recently working on. Some are finished and some not yet. This is only the linework, but since is July…. here it is

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