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LokiFest Online was held on Zoom, Aug. 5-9, 2019. It was a wonderful experience, though sometimes unexpectedly glitchy! Here you’ll find links to conference materials, presentations recordings, and (soon) other community building links.
Class Info & Presenter Bios
MONDAY: Daily Practice
Explore the importance of a daily practice and how to set one up, and keep it going.
CLASS LINKS: From Dagulf’s class, here is the Lokean Washing Charm which he has now shared on his blog.
UPDATE: Dagulf graciously repeated his class so we could re-tape it (I flubbed the first recording). Here’s the recording of the second class (above).
Bio: Dagulf Loptson has been a Loki devotee for over 20 years. He’s an author, artist, and tattooer, who has written for Polytheist.com and Huginns Heathen Hof. His blog can be found at Lokicult.com. His book, Playing with Fire: An Exploration of Loki Laufeyjarson, is available through lulu.com. His upcoming book, Pagan Portals – Loki: Trickster and Transformer, will be available through Moon Books.
Dagulf is a contributor and part of the production team for Loki’s Torch: A Lokean Collection, published August 1st.
TUESDAY: Sweet Idolatry: Practically Engaging with Venerable Images
Sacred images are a vibrant part of pagan and polytheist spiritual engagement. Among Loki worshipers, the depiction of Our Mutual Friend can be both delightful and divisive by turns! In this session, we’ll explore the many ways that statues, paintings, and other icons enhance our religious practice, then look closer at some of the practical methods we can use to empower spiritually significant images to make them part of our personal and collective paths. We’ll finish the session with a real world example of the pleasure and power found in creating a venerable image of Loki.
CLASS LINKS: Lecture recording to come.
Bio: Silence Maestas is an author, educator, and artist based in Salt Lake City, UT who has presented at PantheaCon, Many Gods West, SpiritCon, and regional gender- and sex-positivity conferences. Drawing on a background in witchcraft, bhakti devotionalism, Heathenry, and spirit work, Silence aims to empower people through information and direct experience.
WEDNESDAY: Spectrosexuality and God Spousing, Parts One and Two
Content Warning: Some discussion of explicit sexuality, but not very much. More PG than X-rated, but please only attend if you are 18+ years old. Conference attendees are encouraged to leave the session if they find the material to be difficult in any way. Self-care is strongly encouraged.
This two-part presentation addresses experiences and the phenomenon of intimacy with non-corporeal beings such as deities and other spirits. Part One addresses this topic with a sexological and mystical overview. Part Two includes results of Dr. Marsh’s recent survey of 100 pagans.
Update: The two sessions ended with a one-hour group discussion that included information about Hindu Bhakti traditions from Silence Maestas, and other kinds of relationships with Loki and other deities.
Bio: Amy Marsh, Ed.D., is a sexologist, hypnotist, writer, witchy polytheist, and “crazy cat lady” oathed to Loki. She is published primarily in the field of sexology but is also at work on two fantasy novels in the Guild of Ornamental Hermits series. She resides on the volcanic soil of Lake County CA and shares the property with Lokabrenna Tiny Temple, which she established in 2018. Catch her writing about Loki and other pagan/witchy topics at LadyoftheLake.blog.
Amy is a contributor and part of the production team for Loki’s Torch: A Lokean Collection, published August 1st.
THURSDAY: The Importance of Discernment and the Danger of Imposters.
Discernment is a word tossed around a lot in Pagan and polytheist communities because, without it, there is a high risk of encountering a spirit that is not who or what it claims to be. We’ll discuss what discernment is, how you can develop yours further, and the kinds of signs that indicate imposters may be present.
CLASS LINKS: Lecture recording.
Bio: Ky Greene, aka Kyaza, is the founder of the Loki’s Wyrdlings and Wells of Yggdrasil Facebook communities and the Director of Loki University. She also runs the blog A Polytheistic Life [apolytheisticlife.com] and the multi-trad polytheist blog community Divine Multiplicity [www.divinemultiplicity.com]. She serves Loki and Freyr as a priest and honors many other deities both within and outside of the Norse pantheon. She has been part of the Pagan community for twenty years and involved in Heathenry for the last ten. She avidly pursues a deeper understanding of the theological underpinnings of polytheistic traditions. Her occult specialties are runework and natal chart astrology. She currently lives in the Appalachian Mountains in Boone, North Carolina.
Ky is a contributor and part of the production team for Loki’s Torch: A Lokean Collection, published August 1st.
FRIDAY: (1) Odin and Loki (2) Changing Perceptions of Loki in the U.S.
These two sessions are an opportunity to learn more about the complicated relationship between Odin and Loki, as well as the complicated feelings many U.S. pagans have about Loki. Learn what is changing, and why.
CLASS LINKS: Lecture Recording.
Bio (excerpts from Wikipedia): Diana Lucile Paxson is an author, primarily in the fields of Paganism and Heathenism. Her published works include fantasy and historical fiction novels, as well as numerous short stories. More recently she has published books about Pagan and Heathen religions and practices, including Taking up the Runes, Essential Asatru and most recently, Odin: Ecstasy, Runes, and Norse Magic.
Paxson hosted the first activities of the Society for Creative Anachronism, and was subsequently among that group’s founding directors and corporate officers. She was the western regional director of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America, and is a frequent panelist at science fiction conventions, especially Baycon, where she was the 2007 Fantasy Guest of Honor.
A leader in the Neopagan and Heathen revivals, Paxson is the founder of The Fellowship of the Spiral Path and has served as First Officer of the Covenant of the Goddess. She has been Steerswoman of the Heathen group, The Troth, a member of its board of directors, Coordinator of its Clergy Training program and currently edits its journal, Idunna. She is a leader of Hrfnar, a Heathen kindred in Berkeley, CA. She is a pioneer in the revival of Oracular Seidh, which she has taught and performed at many Neopagan and heathen festivals and retreats and is a frequent speaker and workshop leader at conferences and festivals.
Loki’s Torch – A Lokean Collection
An all volunteer effort. The small amount of proceeds per sale are put in a fund for other Lokean community efforts. Contributors were not paid, but received a free PDF of the publication. Most of the cost of this publication goes for printing and shipping.