Psychic hygiene 101: “an ounce of prevention”

Heather Freysdottir:

Much good advise here. Not every type of magic I do is Norse either, y’all – for similar reasons. A varied toolkit is a GOOD THING.

Originally posted on The Serpent's Labyrinth:

Here’s a post on how to avoid being in a situation where you need to banish entities.

1. Ward your living space.  Shield yourself.  If you are sick, stressed, or otherwise low energy, you can use something like an amulet or crystal to boost your personal shielding.  I really cannot overemphasize the importance of wards if you have a space in which you are working magic and regularly inviting spirits over for tea.  Even if you’re in a fallow period spiritually and not much is going on – like say you’re on vacation for a couple of weeks, and staying in a hotel or a friend’s house, and nothing spooky is on the menu for a bit, your vacation is from the spoop as well as from mundanity – still a good idea to keep your shields up and have a portable ward with you.

2. Cleanse regularly.

3. Keep…

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Embracing Marvel Loki, or how I stopped worrying about how to be a “tru” Lokean

Once upon a time, I had a Muse, and that Muse turned out to be a God named Loki. In hindsight, I wonder how I didn’t know or notice that the Muse was something that was Not Me, and the answer is layered – there’s a part of Loki that absolutely IS part of me, there’s my own doxa that anything we imagine exists, perhaps because we imagined it and brought it into being, or perhaps that part of our brain that is capable of dreaming is able to tap into other universes. In any case, it wasn’t disturbing to me to share a brain with Someone Else, until I found out for certain that Someone Else had His own ideas about what I should be doing with my life.

When the first Thor movie came out, I was working on a book with a friend of mine, about a finishing school for goddesses, and she and I decided that we liked Loki in the film enough that maybe we’d give Him a cameo in the book, let Him be a professor of…something or other. However, we both knew enough mythology to know that Marvel had taken some liberties, so we decided to do some research on Him, and we came across Better Myths’ retelling of the building of Asgard’s walls and Sleipnir’s conception.

Upon reading the entry, we had a joint moment of, “WE SHALL MAKE HIM OUR HERO. ANY MAN WHO CAN GIVE BIRTH IS THE BADDEST MOFO EVER.” He was pleased with this, as you can imagine. Pretty soon He had His own book going and He was moving things and well…if you really want to know the extent of my flail, it’s archived at the beginning of my blog. Have fun watching my head explode repeatedly.

And so I didn’t really see or interact with Marvel Loki, even though I enjoyed the Avengers when it came out. And I figured that Marvel Loki was probably just a costume to Himself; He can look like anything He wants, so why wouldn’t He come to a new or prospective Lokean in a very recognizable guise? I’ve seen Him be blond, brunette, raven-haired, and redheaded. Whatever, it’s a cosmetic thing, right? I’ve also had Him come to me as other people – He once came to me as my offline pal Aikasan, and when I told her about it, she mused, “I wonder if I can charge Him royalties for using my likeness?”

Loki picked Aika’s face because I’d been avoiding Him, and I hadn’t seen her in a while, and I missed her, so of course I didn’t shirk when I saw her, and He used that to get my attention. Sneaky little Fucker, isn’t He? And I’ve found that sometimes His appearance is cosmetic, sort of – He’ll pick a face that you like, or that you’ll be at ease with – and occasionally He’ll pick something terrifying to make a point. My greater point is that experiences with Him can and should vary.

And so when people would talk about Marvel Loki and whether He’s a thoughtform/distinct Entity or an aspect of Loki, I didn’t have super strong opinions, other than that people have meaningful interaction with Him, because I try not to have opinions on shit that I don’t know much about. And even now, I don’t really consider myself an expert on Marvel!Loki vs Marvel Loki (aspect? Distinct God in His own right? Godly costuming? All of the above? Fuck, I don’t know, y’all). But I do have a little experience with Him now, because He came to me, and while the contents of our interactions aren’t really relevant here, there came a point where I said to Him, “but you’re not my Husband,” and He said, “I’m not? Are you certain of that?”

WELL THEN.

So what have I learned from Marvel!Loki? Well, a lot of Marvel!Loki’s story is off-camera, and only alluded to, but the one scene from the films that stands out to me here is this:

   

Notice the almost imperceptible wink.

In this scene, one of the film’s villains is staring Loki down, and Loki’s eyeing him the way that a cat might eye a nice juicy mouse, hoping it’ll be stupid enough to fall into its trap. None of the MCU films shares what sort of trauma’s Loki had when He was lost between worlds, but it has left Loki with the kind of presence that makes a would-be miscreant back away with the realization that Loki cannot be controlled or contained once He’s unleashed.

I don’t think for a moment that the Marvelverse has shown Loki the same kinds of horrors that He’s seen in the Lore, but in some ways, it’s telling a story that’s similar and easier for our modern minds to accept. Is being cast into an abyss any better or worse than being tied to a rock? It’s a way for us to see and hear that part of Him, and understand just a little of Him. And like Him taking Aika’s face and using it, this is easier for me to accept than contemplating dead children, because I don’t want to dwell on that, or I’d probably engage in blasphemy. And I don’t really want to get into arguing over Lore, because all the stories are true and all of them are false – symbols that are more than symbols all at once. It isn’t fair to Loki to trivialize His pain, and it’s not appropriate to blame the Gods for a story that is and isn’t true. Marvel’s version of Loki is full of pain and rage, lost without a family to call His own.

Vanic Friday: Freya Invocation

Heather Freysdottir:

Hail Freyja! <3

Originally posted on The Serpent's Labyrinth:

Freya Vanadis, Lady of Golden Tears
We call to You now, across the gap of years
To stir Your heart and blood, may You ever be hailed
Lust Mistress, Battle Queen, Seiðkona enveiled
Syr and Gefn, Horn and Mardoll
Every face You show us is the fairest of all
Stirrer of strife, cut like a knife
Freya Vanadis, give to us of Your life

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A Month for Loki – Hail to the Queen on eBook

For those of you who enjoyed the excerpt of Hail to the Queen, I cleaned up the rest of the story and put it up as a short eBook on Amazon.

Loki is a young man – no – a young God, full of power, potency, and damn near anything he wants is his, except Angrboda, Queen of the Iron Wood.

Excerpt:

Angrboda is a queen. She doesn’t act like a typical queen – not one for gossip or ladies in waiting – but only a fool would address her as anything less. Loki watches her from afar, for now. He’s a young man –no- a young God, full of power, potency, and damn near anything He wants is His, except her. All of Jotunheim is in awe of his new kinship with Odin, Lord of the Aesir. Angrboda, Queen of the Iron Wood knows of him now, although she hasn’t put his name with his face. Yet. Even before his adventures with Odin and the Aesir, he watched her, and she gave him a smile that said perhaps one day. His gaze asked for more, perhaps more than he ought to ask for, but Loki couldn’t see a good reason not to ask for what he wanted, whenever he wanted it. Naming his desires served him well.

Angrboda knew he wanted her. “You’re a pretty pup,” she once said.

Well, he’s not such a pup now. Humans on Midgard know his name, and soon, so would the rest of the Nine Worlds, for such is Loki’s ambition.

Advice Following Town of Greece from a Witch with Experience

Heather Freysdottir:

Good advice for Pagans (or any other religious minority, for that matter) who find themselves in a religion-related discriminatory situation.

Originally posted on hecatedemeter:

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The Wild Hunt has reported recently on a number of instances in which local officials use the power of their office to discriminate against Pagans. In the wake of Town of Greece, we’re likely to see more of this.

I talked with Byron Ballard, who’s had her share of run-ins with local officials who don’t seem to care much for the First Amendment to see what advice she has for Pagans dealing with these sorts of issues. Thanks to Byron for taking the time to discuss what she’s learned!

Q: Please tell us about your experience.

A: Mine isn’t only one instance. It’s an ongoing war of wills so my answers may be rather general.

The most recent focus in my area has been the inappropriate “Christian default setting” in the public schools. What started it was the delivery of Gideon bibles to a public elementary school and that set…

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A Month for Loki: not-so-serious-business

From time to time people ask me what they can do to honor Loki, and my local and extended kindred have an unofficial rite for Himself – dramatic readings of bad romantic fiction.

Now, when I say bad, I mean…bad. Atrocious. “Why would anyone want to read that?!?” type fiction. We’re talking Taken at the Dinosaur Museum bad. We’re talking Werebee porn. Think MST3K for erotica. We’ve never used fan fiction, but if we found something cringe-worthy, we might go there.

If you decide to partake of this horror rite, find an appropriate story that makes you simple dog at its very concept, choose a date and time, and read it aloud in the most ridiculous voice you can muster – your best phone sex operator, Mickey Mouse, whatever, keep it silly and harmless. This can be mixed with a drinking game, but keep in mind that if the story is really bad, this may be hazardous to your liver. If you drink, pour Loki a shot so He doesn’t feel left out. Keep it lighthearted, and remember, it’ll be FUN! …for Him.