With Loki you’ll never be bored,
For his tongue is as sharp as a sword.
And his heart is pure gold,
While his humor is bold,
And of mischief he’s always the lord.
I just explained, in a general way (meaning on social media) that all this “woo” stuff I’m doing is (1) a serious study, (2) also a deliberate application of a homeopathic dose of “madness” that keeps the rest of me sane, and (3) it’s enjoyable and fun as hell.
I am sheltering from the Mendocino Complex Fires in a completely empty apartment, in a region with better air quality. I am here with my four cats, a sleeping bag, and my computer to keep me company. Without a table or chair, it is hard to work on my book. The cats frequently burst out into a “wild rumpus” (at all hours) and thunder through the flat with games of chase and hide and seek. I worry they are waking the newborn baby (and parents) downstairs. I also worry that they are waking me, but there’s nothing I can do about it.
Except write limericks to a beloved god in my current polytheistic pantheon:
Our Loki’s the coolest of gods,
Though other folk think us quite odd.
We love his flame-hair,
And don’t-mess-with-me glare,
And his tricks we will always applaud.
I suppose limericks are one way to beseech and propitiate a god of fire as well as mischief. And it’s a lighter touch than “please save my house, please save my neighbor’s house, please save everyone’s house, please save the poor woodland creatures, even that poor lame fawn who is finding it harder and harder to follow its mother through my yard…”
Our Loki loves cinnamon sweets,
And chocolate and other fine treats.
We can pour him some mead,
Or bake bread that we knead,
But we always make sure that he eats!
Yeah, so, Norse gods. To be specific, I am currently “working with” Frey and Freya of the Vanir, and Gerda and Loki who are Jotun (though as Odin’s blood brother, Loki is also counted as Aesir). When I started to get into this Norse phase, I joined The Troth because it’s an “inclusive heathenry” organization that has a specific and stated policy against racism and other forms of discrimination. But I don’t seem to be a heathen by their definition. (And The Troth is not exactly supportive of Lokeans.) I think Raven Kaldera’s “Northern Tradition Paganism” may be a decent umbrella term for me, at least for now.
After years of being quite smitten with another tradition entirely, the message came “go to YOUR ancestors now,” and so I am trying that very thing, in various ways and with many kinds of interesting results. But I lack a “kindred.” There’s a Facebook group that is the closest I’ve come, but gosh, I sure wish I could find people in my area.
Except “my area” is currently on fire. Lots and lots of fire.
Are you a fellow traveler? Are you fleeing disaster? Let me know you’re out there.
Adding this one:
Our Loki is one sexy guy.
He’s more Pan than Het’ro or Bi.
With god spouses galore,
He’s up for lots more,
And none of us even ask why!