Stories Loki Has Told Me

Heather Freysdottir:

Here’s a Month for Loki tale, as given to a member of my kindred. <3

Originally posted on Mud and Lightning:

Tell me a story, sweetheart.

Once upon a time, there was a little giant, and his name was Loki. Now Loki was terribly handsome and the most dashing creature in all the nine worlds, so everywhere he went, people of all genders and orientations divested themselves of underwear and threw it at him…

Could your ego get any bigger?

Said the actress to the bishop.

Seriously, I can’t sleep. Tell me about the places you’ve been or the people you’ve met.

I was, before you interrupted.

Alright, go on then.

So Loki was the scourge of all the nine worlds, before he got his godhood. But with apotheosis, comes responsibility. At first, it was just the kind of responsibility that he was used to already- being the King’s disreputable left hand and occasionally checking in on people like him in Midgard, but over time, his responsibilities grew, until he couldn’t…

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Fields of Gold

Heather Freysdottir:

This is one of my favorite stories from Nornoriel’s Voices of Vanaheim. <3 #Freysdottir #Gerdasdottir

Originally posted on The Serpent's Labyrinth:

The following is a chapter from my book Voices of Vanaheim – the story “Fields of Gold” is the retelling of Skirnirsmal, from Frey’s perspective, in which we see Frey sigh with lovelorn mangst and win over a fierce giantess with vulnerability.  Behind a “Read More” cut because it’s a bit long (that’s what Gerda said, hurr hurr).

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Ritual Tech: A Month for Loki

Low-Key, Loki, Loke by SixteenTons (image source: http://sixteentons.deviantart.com/art/Low-Key-Loki-Loke-364262621)

Low-Key, Loki, Loke by SixteenTons (image source: http://sixteentons.deviantart.com/art/Low-Key-Loki-Loke-364262621)

As previously mentioned, my kindred is kicking around an idea for a shared ritual this July for Loki. Since people expressed an interest in this, I thought I’d post some simple ritual tech for this Working. We’re keeping it simple, and using a variant on “Come to me in whatever form (or a specific form) and share with me whatever You choose.”

ex: “Loki shapechanger, Loki Witchfather, Loki Mother of Monsters, come to me as You like; share with me whatever you please. Come to me in love, as I love You.” (or honor, or other verbiage that suits your relationship with Him)

Or “Freyr, Lord of Elves, You Who are Love and Lust, Father of Kings and Queens, come to me as Sovereign, You Who are Sacred King of this land and many others…”

We settled on this incantation so that we’d have a common thread to give the Working more umph, while leaving it open enough for personal customization. It’s usable as a lead in to meditation or dream work, or it could be done as a simple prayer so that even if someone doesn’t do audio or visual godphoning, they could still use it to receive signs and omens, shufflemancy, or the like.

And again, this is to open up new facets of Him that may or may not be known already; in devotional polytheism we talk a lot about how each devotee offers something special to their Deity, that there’s some facet of the Deity that the person can understand that another devotee can’t. It’s their own personal Mystery. What if the Deity gives you a new name for Themselves?

Odin has over 300 names, y’all. Just sayin’. My point is that in the quest for discernment, sometimes we work too hard to make things fit what we think we know. Hel, even in planning this Working, I’ve gotten some things out of Loki that I’ve never seen before, or not exactly in the way that I would have expected. It is really hard not to pick at it and try and figure out what does it mean? But the point of this is not to make it fit, it’s to let experiences happen and absorb them. That could mean a reinterpretation of something from the Lore. It could mean a new facet of Him entirely. The point of this (for me) is to let Loki express Himself in whatever manner He sees fit. Letting our Deities be Themselves is a gift, both to Them and to ourselves.

To that end, I’m going to do this devotion daily during July, and I’m going to keep a journal of what I experience, and I may share it here as appropriate. Some Mysteries are more private than others. I hope others will do the same. If you’re not Lokean, perhaps you could share this devotion with your Spirits instead?

Pre-Order Continues! Also a story.

Heather Freysdottir:

“Expressing hospitality towards the Powers, arranging a space for them, and then expressing praise and worship in a constructive way are all essential skills in the actual doing of religion. Polytheism should be empowering to individuals. We can and do rely on religious specialists the same way that we rely on, say, chefs. This doesn’t mean that we eat every meal out. Knowing how to provide for our day to day religious needs is important and part of what makes paganism on the whole a very powerful thing. I wanted to make this very clear to readers.”

Originally posted on The Road, the Walker, and What Comes Next :

Thank you all for the overwhelming response to the pre-order for the hand bound copies of Worshiping Loki. As of now, nearly half of the 20 volumes have been reserved and paid for. If this is something you’re interested in, I suggest getting in contact with me soon. (To order, email me at salinespirit@gmail.com and provide me with your shipping information and Paypal email address if you have one. I’ll generate a Paypal invoice that can be paid with credit card, debit card, or Paypal balance.) In the meantime, I’m already cutting cover boards for these volumes and I’ll be purchasing additional sheets of cover paper and book cloth soon.

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This little book came about in a very curious way. In the nearly 15 years I’ve been a Lokean I’ve come across the same questions over and over – and over and over – again. “I want to worship…

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Questions of Consent and Problematic Lore

Heather Freysdottir:

“I don’t expect either Odin nor Poseidon (nor any of the others I interact with) to pretend to be human, or to have values that line up with my cultural values, etc. However, I do expect Them to have experience with humanity at large, to understand that cultural mores differ in time and in place, to understand the advancement (and the desire for) equality between people across gender lines, racial lines, and all the other lines that there may be. It has always been wrong for any people to be treated as less than real people based on any of this things – I’ll use women and slaves as examples because they are examples that seem to span time and country, or possibly because Hellas is never far from my mind – but it’s more wrong now to treat people as inferior to another group of people because we’re less willing to allow that to go unchecked. (Though how less willing seems to depend upon the group in question) and I do expect my gods to be sophisticated enough to understand these changes and to get on board. Likewise, I expect Them to understand the concept of consent.”

THIS. I have more thoughts, but they probably merit a blog entry.

Originally posted on Strip Me Back To The Bone:

(Originally this was to be a response to a comment, but, er, well, it sort of took on a life of its own, and viola, a blog post was born. Thank you, Poppy, for the inspiration. Also note: the you in all this is general you, and I’m using Odin as an example both because He’s one of the two I’m involved with and because He is one of the ones whose name comes up a lot re: abusive gods)

What makes navigating these waters so difficult, at least to my thinking is: how do we judge Them? Do we judge Them as human, in terms of the boundaries we set up and defend, in terms of the cultural mores that we apply to Them or demand They stick to, in terms of the very language we use when talking about our experiences with Them? Ultimately, this is a decision…

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Pre-Order Announcement: Worshiping Loki – A Short Introduction

Heather Freysdottir:

I AM EXCITED

Originally posted on The Road, the Walker, and What Comes Next :

Today is a most auspicious day for the release of a new book. Worshiping Loki: A Short Introduction contains guidelines for building a fulfilling practice of Loki worship in a polytheistic context.

lokibook1Presenting material derived from experience and practice, this book sets aside arguments of historicity to provide today’s curious practitioner with practical, applicable information that can be put to work right away. Extending hospitality, building an alter, making offerings, saying prayers, and deepening practice are all covered. Discernment exercises are also provided to help enrich one’s contact with the divine. This slim 18 page volume is comparable to the devotional volumes I offer through Etsy, and extra special book making materials have been chosen to further distinguish this edition.lokibook2This very special volume is being released in limited numbers. 20 signed and numbered volumes are being issued for sale at $45 each. This batch of books will also be…

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A July For Loki Idea

“Come to me in whatever form You want, and share with me whatever You choose.”

It’s almost July for Loki again, and because He is a Man of many faces, my kindred is talking about doing a ritual to ask Loki to show us a new face or facet of Himself – or Herself, as Lady Loki* has been the subject of much discussion lately. The main point, however, is to learn more about Loki. Lore is great and all, but people grow and change, and so do our Gods.

If it’s of interest to you gentle readers, I could share some of the ritual tech, with the understanding that you’ll adapt it as best suits your practice. I expect anyone who does this to ward, ground, center, and shield as suits their practices so that they have a routine of before and aftercare for themselves.

It’s my hope that by sharing this, people will lose some of their fear of spiritual off-roading. Our Lore was recorded centuries ago by someone who doesn’t share our faith; expecting everything to be just like it was then is like expecting an old friend from high school to look and act exactly the same as they were in high school, even though it’s twenty years later. This doesn’t mean what they were was bad, it’s just different than it is now. I’m also hoping that it will help ease people’s discomfort if they get some new UPG. What if there is something that your Deity can only share with you? What if there’s a facet of Them that isn’t commonly known because it’s forgotten or brand new?

Now, if you’re not a Lokean, perhaps there’s Someone Else you’d like to do this for, and that sounds fabulous to me as well. We’re also talking about doing this in August for Freyr, and in September for Freyja.

* I’m fascinated by Lady Loki; I can count the times that I’ve seen Her on one hand, and usually just in flashes. It’s not because She’s not welcome; I’m bisexual and my human partner is a woman – I think it’s because I have a much higher comfort level with the Sacred Feminine, and so learning to trust a God is a lesson that I need to learn. It’s the same reason that Freysdottir is my nom de Pagan; I almost went with Gerdasdottir, but Freyr put His foot down and said that I’m much better with honoring my Disir than my Alfar. And He is right, and so Freysdottir is my name now.