Day 15: Just Add Loki

“Mundane,” in the sense of boring or dull, is not a word one usually associates with Loki. But today’s topic asks us if there are “any mundane practices that are associated with this deity?” Mundane in this sense means “earthly” rather than spiritual.

But I am so not down with this binary: “earthly” vs. “spiritual.” I don’t experience the world in this way. Probably it comes from doing entheogens and reading occult books in my formative teen years. Or maybe I was just always a weird kid, turning rapidly now into a weird old lady. In other words, I am quarreling with the premise behind this question.

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Artist to come. Public Domain.

That said, I really like the explanations given in Kyaza’s post today on this same topic.

But there really is no such thing as “mundane” in the “vs. spiritual” sense. Every single friggin’ atom of everything is chock full ‘o divinity, we just don’t always perceive it. (Yes, as a wee lass, I admit I was reading Aldous Huxley’s Doors of Perception…) So the gleaming stainless steel bowls about to receive my cats’ morning rations–those marvels of form and function–could potentially reveal their suchness and numinosity at any given moment, and my world would be unmade.

It wouldn’t be the first time, either. And for me, the potential deliverance of liminal perception and experience, intrinsic to all things, is where Loki dwells. It’s his promise. (He’s not unique in promising this particular thing, of course.)

So when we consciously and intentionally engage in spiritual practices we reflect acknowledge of this. We’re not transforming offerings into sacred objects for deity consumption, we’re acknowledging the sacredness they already have through the act of offering. A “sweets to the sweet” sort of thing. It’s yours anyway, so take it!

I’m yours anyway, so… Surrendering the small stuff. Making room for the numinous.

Of course, we humans dwell overmuch in the mundane as in “Booooring! The cats need to be fed, same old, same old. Fuck, what am I going to wear to work? Why won’t he put the toilet seat back down after he uses it?” That kind of thing. But dwell overmuch in the numinous and you’re one for the looney bin–or rather, these days–the cruel streets or one of those brand new concentration camps.

The balance. One foot in one world (sparkles!) and one foot in the other (meh), except it’s really you doing/being both at once, both feet connected to the rest of your body of electro-magnetic energies and minerals, dancing in the in-between and both. Not wave or particle, but both at once.

So the cure for the boredom that ails you is to wake up to the sparkles (or the horrors, sometimes) that are always there. Just add Loki! (Or any other deity.) You’re guaranteed an experience of something that just might blow your socks off and give you a reason to laugh, or at least feel something other than ennui.

Not looking forward to this year’s dreadfully difficult Thanksgiving Dinner with relatives? Just add Loki! (And duck…because that dish of cranberry sauce might go airborne.)

I could go on, but I’m sure you get the idea. Zest is obtainable. Possibilities are endless.


In this spirit, I offer a link to a google drive page of Ariel Gatoga’s lectures. If you scroll to the second roll from the bottom you’ll find my favorite, A Charmed Life (6/2/17). The message is: “Be a witch. Charm your wallet. Charm your shoes. Charm everything you have and do. All the time. Why not?”

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1QFX6glk7pcSPJ1C8pdjrmc5ON0ltk8LW


Hail Loki! (And Blessed Be!)

And a huge thank you to Ariel Gatoga, wherever he may be. He’s been an important online teacher for me but he seems to have vanished from the internet.

 

 

 

 

Day 11: Sacred Festivals

 

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Artist to come. Public Domain.

Today we consider “festivals, days, and times sacred to this deity.”

As far as we know, there were no old Norse traditions around holidays or worship of Loki. That doesn’t mean there weren’t any–much lore has been lost. It just means we don’t know. So what follows are completely modern inventions.

Loki as a god of liminal space/time may very well enjoy sunrise and sunset, but I haven’t personally encountered anyone yet who sets aside these times of day for Loki. It’s not a bad idea though.

Many people do weekly observances for Loki on Saturday, but in my case, first he wanted Tuesday and then he wanted Sunday as his “special day.” I don’t know why.

April Fool’s Day, April 1st

I don’t personally use this day to celebrate Loki as I don’t see him as “a fool” (quite the opposite) but others enjoy this day. And here’s a delightful song for it.

 

Loki’s Day, 11th Day of Lithemonath, June 11th

This holiday comes from the Pagan Book of Hours–The Breviary of the Asphodel Tradition. Lithemonath is “the month of Litha, the summer solstice.” I am not sure how widely it is celebrated outside the Asphodel tradition, and wonder if it is appropriate to adopt it as a generalized holiday for Loki.

I first came across mention of this holiday in The Jotunbok–Working With the Giants of the Northern Tradition by Raven Kaldera, 2006, Asphodel Press  (p. 277)

A note on the website’s homepage says the proper attribution is:

Pagan Book of Hours
Order of the Horae
First Kingdom Church of Asphodel
http://www.paganbookofhours.org/

Lokabrenna, Late July or early-mid August 

In the Northern Hemisphere, the heliacal (morning) rising of Sirius ushers in the “Dog Days” of Summer. This usually takes place late July or early August. Lokabrenna is a Nordic name for Sirius, the brightest star in the sky. It means something like “Loki’s Torch.” This year, in the Northern Hemisphere, the date of Lokabrenna’s first morning appearance is calculated as occuring on August 14th. I found the following information on this site. Here’s the relevant paragraph:

“During August, as Mercury makes a morning appearance, brilliant Sirius, the sky’s brightest star, makes its first morning (heliacal) rising just before sunrise. For the latitude on the diagram, about 41.7 degrees, this is August 14, 2019. For locations farther south, this occurs days earlier and later for latitudes farther north.”

[Note: 41.7 degrees is near the California/Oregon border.]

Loki Spongecake Day, Either September 4th or 5th

Somehow it seems appropriate that the date is ambiguous and based on when people first read and reacted to a certain Tumblr post, dated September 4, 2012.

I read about this day on the Lokean Welcoming Committee blog and if I remember correctly, it apparently started via an innocent Tumblr post about offering Loki a storebought sponge cake, with strawberries and whippped cream. Then someone took great umbrage, claiming this was an inappropriate offering (too storebought, too modern, whatever!). Then many other people said, “F— that! You can offer whatever you want and whatever you think Loki wants.” Voila! Loki Spongecake Day was born. I wish I could find the post where I first read about it, because it was a great telling of the story and I remember the phrase about turning this fracas into a holiday, “because that’s how Lokeans roll” or something to that effect.

In addition to Loki, the holiday celebrates a smart and snarky defiance of convention.

Significant Personal Dates

Many Loki devotees and enthusiasts celebrate anniversaries of oathing and/or godspousing as well as other dates that mark a special time with Loki.

Today, July 11th is my anniversary of oathing and asking Loki to be my patron deity.

October 28th will mark the first anniversary of the Lokabrenna Tiny Temple dedication.

People may also celebrate special holidays for various members of Loki’s family, but I haven’t covered that here.

Hail Loki!

 

Day 10: Offerings

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Artist: Sterling2. Public Domain.

 

Traditional offerings or those a devotee chooses via intuition and “personal gnosis”–that’s our devotional topic for today. Others are blogging on this topic, of course, and Kyaza’s blog for Day 10 presents an array of modern choices beyond the usual cinnamon-flavored goodies that I and others offer to Loki. Ky mentions “intangibles” too, such as community service, which are as legit as donuts and not so likely to attract ants.

The Lokean Welcoming Committee also has great, heaping gobs of information regarding offerings and a lot of other stuff beside. I love them.

As far as days of yore, no one knows if Loki was given offerings. However, people may have toasted him with mead…so…there’s that.

Why Offerings?

I’m a fan of the series, Sense8. And though I have many favorite scenes, I have a special fondness for the ones of Kala Dandekar talking to Ganesh while offering really tasty plates of food. These scenes epitomize a loving and personal relationship between a devotee and a deity.

But why make offerings in the first place? Doesn’t it just mean a bunch of food is going to waste? Well… offerings are a way of cultivating and deepening relationships, of course. And they don’t have to be edible.

Here’s what some of my favorite magic authors have to say:

Aidan Wachter writes that “much like bringing your guy chocolates, we bring the Spirits and Powers offerings with the intention to make them happy, and with luck, to have them look more favorably upon us” (Six Ways–Approaches & Entries for Practical Magic, p. 79).

In The Elements of Spellcrafting–21 Keys to Successful Sorcery, Jason Miller talks about simple offerings as “gumball magic”–put something in, get something out (p. 81). He goes into greater depth with regard to researching  folklore and history to understand which traditional offerings are appropriate for a particular spirit or deity. You don’t want to offer something inappropriate, no matter how heartfelt! He also says it’s good to make it a habit to make regular offerings, just ’cause. Again, this enables you to cultivate a relationship. Disposing of offerings also requires some care and thought. I recommend the chapter in his book which addresses these topics (pp. 81-91).

And for those who are new to the process of developing relationships with deities and spirits, I highly recommend Misha Magdalene’s Outside the Charmed Circle–Exploring Gender and Sexuality in Magical Practice, especially the chapter “On Negotiating Consent With the Gods. The book won’t be out until January 2020, but I was privileged to read an online copy, courtesy of the author. It’s SO GOOD! Preorder it!

The Five Love Languages of Loki

Just for fun, I’m gonna categorize some of my own offerings based on The Five Love Languages, by Gary Chapman!

1) Quality Time:

Inviting Loki to stand in as “Rando Cardrissian” in Cards Against Humanity.

• Inviting him to “come along” to a good restaurant, or when something fun is happening. Whether he’s “there” or not, the gesture of invitation is an offering.

I’ve offered “twisted humor” in the past and will do so in the future.

2) Physical Touch:

• It’s tough to “touch” a spirit other than energetically, so I dedicate orgasmic energy to Loki. It’s a sex magic kinda thing.

3) Acts of Service:

• Creating and dedicating Lokabrenna Tiny Temple.

• Blogging about Loki and Lokean matters.

• Co-moderating a Lokean Facebook group (service to the community).

• Doing the layout for Loki’s Torch anthology.

• Organizing LokiFestCA online.

5) Giving and Receiving Gifts:

• Physical offerings of food, incense, candles, beverages, toys, etc.

6) Words of Affirmation:

• Prayers, verbal endearments, affectionate kennings, or just letting Loki know that he’s appreciated in so many ways.

• Including him as a character in my second fantasy novel.

Loki limericks.

• Co-signing last fall’s protest letter against “that Karl guy’s” anti-Loki article in The Wild Hunt.

Finally, I think trying to live in accordance with whatever one perceives as honoring Loki is also an offering–an important one. I’d be interested in hearing how people do this. Do comment!

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Loki’s Torch Design Marathon

What a difference four days makes! On Friday, I sadly had to cancel the public park portion of LokiFest CA (but the online portion is still “go!” — scroll to end of this post for conference registration link) and to ease my disappointment, I promptly set to work doing the layout and design for Loki’s Torch–A Lokean Collection (Loki University Press). It’s one hundred pages in all, so you can imagine that I worked like a madwoman obsessed, to get this done in just a few short days. (I even spent most of Sunday volunteering at a music festival, which really interrupted my work flow… ). It was both fun and nervewracking to combine the written and visual submissions, wanting each piece to shine as well as the entire publication.

(Huge kudos to Rose Moon Rouge for her fantastic logo and cover!)

Loki's Torch PRODUCTION UPDATE


Post-layout snarks: Those writers who add two spaces between each sentence? Here’s some advice: if you don’t want to be cursed for all eternity by a bleary-eyed editor — Just. Don’t. Do. That. And artists? Please send decent photos of your artwork, positioned straight up and down so that I don’t have to crop the heck out of your work in order fit it into the publication without showing (1) the edges of your desk or altar space or (2) the paralax distortion of your image.
Post-layout blessings: To those who sent decent images of your art and bio photos that were already square, I love you. People who spell correctly, I love you too.

Now today, on Tuesday morning, the publication is largely complete, except for a few contributor photos and bios. We are definitely ahead of our August 1st publication date!

Loki’s Torch is an eclectic collection of art, poetry, fiction, articles, prayers, rituals, and recipes. Some contributors are well-known, others–not so much.

Kyaza, Dagulf Loptson, Rose Moon Rouge, and I make up the publication and founding contributors team. It’s an honor and a pleasure to collaborate with them. And, of course, it’s an honor and a pleasure to work in service to Loki Laufeyjarson and to help perpetuate Lokean culture and community.

We think you’ll find Loki’s Torch a welcome addition to your library, either as a PDF or as a “print-on-demand” paperback through MagCloud.com. We’ll let you know when it’s available!


Oneline Conference Link – Limited to 100 Participants

You are invited to a Zoom meeting, LokiFest CA Online.
When: Aug 5 – Aug. 9, 2019 3:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://zoom.us/meeting/register/f1a6411238d0a0e5c5b9141539e44ee6

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

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LokiFest CA Moving Forward

UNDER CONSTRUCTION LokiFestGood news! We have provisional approval from the Lakeport City Council to hold the public portion of LokiFest in Library Park, Lakeport CA, on August 10th! I have to jump through a few more bureaucratic hoops, but it’s probably going to be okay.

I’m also working on setting up the online portion via zoom.us either day before or perhaps the Sunday after.

There will aso be a private Lokean/pagan gathering for rituals, presentations, and community discussion on August 9th. Email me at feypride at yahoo.com if you are interested.

The event is timed to roughly coincide with (1) the rising of Lokabreanna (Sirius) and the “dog days of summer” and (2) the release of Loki’s Torch anthology. The submission period for this publication is just about over–ends May 31st.

Sub Flyer Loki's Torch Cover 2.

 

Grateful For My Readers, Happy With My Blog

I am so happy with this witchy and Lokean LadyoftheLake.blog!

Since last July I think I have written over 100 blog posts.

And wow! I have an international readership! Just since March 1st this year, I have readers from Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, El Salvador, France, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong SAR China, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Latvia, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Phillipines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Singapore, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uganda, and Uruguay.

2018 gave me 4,533 visitors. The “Group Lokean Letter Sent to the Wild Hunt” blog post garnered 2,313 views and “Dude, I Call Lokiphobia” garnered 1,027.

So far 2019 has given me 2,588 visitors. And it’s not even June yet!

So thank you, dear readers! I appreciate your time and attention and I love knowing you are there! May there be peace between us, always, until the end of our days.

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Public Domain. NASA.

 

Loki’s Torch Seeking Submissions!

So hey! A few of us got together and decided to make a thing of beauty–a nice, thick, hunky volume of Loki Lore! We are seeking both general and scholastic writing, fiction, poems, artwork, recipes, rituals, and craft tips. Length from one to ten pages.

Just don’t send something with footnotes or we’ll send it back to you for revisionendnotes only.

Everything you need to know is on the flyer. Deadline for submissions below. We’re looking to have a 100-page publication, obtainable via print on demand. Looking forward to seeing your work!

Sub Flyer Loki's Torch Cover 2.