July’s temple video to Loki Herself

The Road, the Walker, and What Comes Next

It’s live!

I was feeling quiet and contemplative this month and I think this video reflects that. I also finally got the Santa Fe incense to burn nicely. I really love this brand but sometimes I have a hard time keeping the blocks lit.

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My mind has been quite occupied with several projects I have going on here at home (I’m helping out a local temple with some complicated sewing work) in addition to the rapidly-approaching Many Gods West. One session is prepped; the other still needs a bit of tidying up. I’m also preparing to start work at a house reader at a local metaphysical shop, so I’ve been making lots of marketing material for that. Oh, and I’ve been producing the Santa Muerte prayer cards! They’re now in the shop and ready to ship.

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Ever Changing Fire

Ever Changing Fire

Hail Loki

the match head
waiting to strike
and spark
a new idea

the flame
shifting, dancing
to its own tune
a flicker
of adrenaline
in changing

the searing
bonefire
that eats
and consumes
unnecessary
hindrances

the cooking fire
pilot light
that provides for
and warms the bellies
of the family

the gentle candle
light reaching for
Sigyn’s face
in the late hours
of finishing chores

the embers
of a love fire
that sputter
and wait
but will never die

Hail Loki

Sigyn + Family Shrine

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An updated version of the shrine for Sigyn, Loki, Vali, and Narvi last featured here.

A tall, thin glass with hearts and ladybugs on it for Sigyn (top left). A margarita glass filled with cinnamon candies for Loki (top right). A seashell for Narvi (bottom left). A sand art dinosaur for Vali (bottom right). A wooden bowl for Sigyn (center) in front of an index card with a prayer and heart shaped leaf on it.

A hole appears.

Everyone Who has left:

  • Hestia
  • Dionysus – No matter how hard it may seem, I can’t give up on trying to make a career out of theatre.
  • Wadjet
  • Sekhmet
  • Raphael
  • Lucifer – When I first encountered Him, I loved the idea of learning how to play the violin for Him, but He was hesitant to confirm it. The only thing He conveyed for the portion of the Questionnaire about any debts or obligations was that I should go ahead and do so.
  • Voldemort
  • Nagini
  • Unknown Spn Entity – I was able to find out that my suspicion was correct and this was Dean.
  • Baldur
  • Hoder
  • Nanna
  • Sif
  • Idunna
  • Kolga

I am closed off to the Family of Mountains, Family of Snow and Ice, and the Family of Fire (other than two plamen Who have already visited).

Rather than having People leave outright, I’ve simply had Some turn Faces away: Narvi (Older Face) and Loki (Mardi Gras and Harley Quinn World-Breaker Faces).

Some pages have been updated, consolidated (in the case of the Tribes), and just outright deleted to reflect these changes. However, with changes being conveyed daily and trying to update more than one online space, I can’t guarantee that all updates will filter to every page / blog for a little while.

*stares at Loki’s shrine in silence*

I wasn’t expecting much of an update for Loki, honestly. A combination of factors have lead a fair amount of Deities I interact with to “go on Vacation” until I’m done with my last year of undergrad (the school year is always busy, but it being my last year will make it even busier than usual), and Loki was the first to share that He was doing this.

On the heels of Odin turning a new Face to me, and in remembering the ritual idea to invite Deities, Spirits, Powers, etc to show a new side / aspect / Face mentioned here, I’m a bit suspicious of Loki gearing up to turn a new Face to me. I’ve interacted with Him briefly with ties to Mardi Gras (rather than April Fool’s), as One of several Powers connected to lightning (and sparks / electricity), with foxy connections, and I’ve interacted with Him in terms of certain acting exercises (it may be surprising for some, but I have had theatrical connections with Loki).

I’ve never been one to seek out Loki as World-Breaker, and I’m reasonably sure part of it has been a sorta-response to some praising the World-Breaker Face Loki turns to them as one of their ‘cruel gods’. The Faces that the Gods turn to us are primarily between us and Them, so on one hand I don’t care. On another hand, I don’t necessarily want a cruel god (or a cruel Face rather). I can be chewed up and spit out by non-cruel Faces, I can submit to and serve non-cruel Faces, I can find blood, tears, and pain without seeking out a cruel Face, and I can seek out cruelty easily enough in my Realm without purposefully seeking it out in my Deities.

I’m not saying they can’t or shouldn’t praise the Faces they interact with, and there isn’t anything inherently “wrong” with cruel Faces of Deities. It’s just never been my cup of tea, y’know? However, sometimes Deities turn a Face to you that you’re not expecting. Right now, I’m pretty sure it’s just a case of Someone liking a pop culture face, but I found myself putting a few Harley Quinn posts in Loki’s tag recently with the distinct suspicion of this being a World-Breaker Face.

*laughs into the void* So, apparently I’m not wrong. Loki is turning a Harley Quinn-esque World-Breaker Face to me at the moment.

Loki

[I’m sharing how I’ve known and interacted with Everyone, starting with the Aesir. The Vanir will be next, then the Rokkr, and then the category where I put those Who don’t seem to pick just one category.]

I initially read a different prayer for Him every other week then it was changed to a different one each week (this happened at the end of last summer’s devotional lockdown, so it didn’t have very much application time because I almost immediately entered into another devotional lockdown).

Of those four prayers, one was not written by me and can be shared: Hailing Loki by Galina Krasskova (from His northernpaganism.org shrine). I used to hail Him on Mardi Gras, but right now, His main holy days are tied into the mythological cycle He’s apart of (along with Baldur).

I hail Him (and Baldur) on the 1st of the 12 days of Yule as the day when They make the arrangement for Loki to orchestrate Baldur’s death (my upg). The 5th day of Yule is when Baldur is killed, and They both have this day as a holy day as well. Loki is also hailed on the day of His Capture, which in my practice, occurs on the full moon of July (in years like 2015 when July has a blue moon, I’ve gone with the option of just asking which date to use; this means that the full moon on the 1st was Loki’s Capture this year).

He has indicated that I should dance for Him, but it’s not something that I’ve gotten to (….yet). I’m not very comfortable with moving my body, and the idea of taking a dance class is currently a bit too scary to try to do. Most classes that actually teach dance are for the dance majors here, and I have no intention of majoring in dance. I mean, they’ve probably been dancing for years, may be even from childhood, and I’m just not mentally prepared for it (….yet).

Anyway, I do have some tumblr tags for Him, which is where the majority of things have gone down for Loki. I’ve said elsewhere that I focus on Sigyn, which does not mean that I also focus on Loki, though I certainly don’t aim to snub Him. Tags: Loki, lightning, dance, foxy Loki. There’s also a Loki & Sigyn tag.