on this Month for Loki
Even though I attempt to keep my house-wards strong – and maintain them often – I find that it feels appropriate to re-set intentions on a regular basis.
Part of this re-set often centers around the act of re-drawing the house protection sigils I have around my home.
Here is a simple entrance protection sigil – featuring the Futhark runes Algiz and Thuriaz- that can be drawn on doorframes, windowsills, and perhaps any ‘entrance’ that you feel the desire to protect/ward (such as mirrors, pipe traps, etc.)
For the longest time, I’ve had three cats.
But one Saturday afternoon, about two months ago, while I was walking to our mailbox, I heard a strange sound. It was a rasping almost squeaking sound that I don’t think I had ever heard before, and it seemed to be coming from the line of overgrown bushes that separates our yard from my neighbor’s yard.
At first, I’d thought it was a possum, or perhaps, a baby squirrel.
Turns out, it was a tiny kitten, meowing piteously.
Perhaps it had been meowing so long, its throat had gone hoarse. It appeared to be only a few weeks old, at most.
So, figuring it was hungry and possibly sick, I took it in, and even though it was the weekend, we brought it to an emergency vet.
It was too young for shots. It was barely old enough for solid food. This little ginger boy.
But we adopted him, and named him Butterscotch.
(I wasn’t about to send it to a shelter to be euthanized, which is what happens in our area (central Florida), because we have so many transitional folks who only live here part of the year anyway.)
So that’s how we came to have four cats, which honestly feels like too many some days, but we love him.
Cos here’s the thing: I have had kittens in my house before.
I’ve had cats that had to be taught to stay off the counters, to stop bothering the dog, or to sleep at reasonable hours.
(I even have an older ginger cat who still is pretty demanding for food and attention.)
But I have NEVER had a cat that is as active or as crazy as this cat is.
He acts like my shadow, and he is most unfortunately very curious as he literally gets into everything.
I had to coax him out of trying to climb into the oven recently, and he routinely tries to ‘catch’ the needle while I am using my sewing machine.
Yeah, he is that kind of crazy. and it would seem that nothing is ever truly out of his reach, whether or not anyone is there to witness his shenanigans.
So to make a long story short, I’ve never had a cat like Butterscotch.
And related to all this, is the fact that for the first time ever, I have a cat who likes to climb up on my altars.
I caught him this morning, sitting quietly on my Loki altar, trying to knock the various items out of the offering bowl.
And just as I was about to get up and pull him off the altar, he looked up as if distracted, and turned his head toward the Loki artwork.
He seemed to be looking at it for a few moments before gently batting at it too.
(Unfortunately, I was nowhere near my phone, otherwise I would have taken a photo of him.)
But all I can think of is this:
Sometimes we don’t believe in ourselves as much as we could.
We aren’t aware of our own power.
One of the first things that Loki taught me involved a meditation/visualization technique for removing mental/emotional ‘obstacles’ in my mind.
Of course, I did not think that I could remove the obstacles myself, so He offered a few suggestions for my visualizations.
In short, He offered to ‘open the way’ for me, as He knew of my ability to picture things quite vividly in my mind.
(It is a skill that He will access if you have it, too.)
Later on, I went looking for validation of this UPG, I came upon these concepts discussed briefly in relation to Loki as a Trickster God on a site called LiveJournal:
“Trickster figures are often known as ‘way openers’ – related to being liminal figures, who cross boundaries and exist in the ‘in-between places’ (cross-roads, doorways, etc.)
For example, Loki is known for being the first deity to approach someone – and then for handing that person off to the deity/pantheon that the person is really meant to know or be with.
I can also see the link between the ability to remove obstacles and luck.”1
If negative thoughts or doubts, enter your mind, and you are adept at visualization, try visualizing your negative thought/doubt as being a tangible object, an obstacle to your intent.
Dispelling these obstacles can be achieved through visualization.
What follows are several examples of past visualizations I’ve used when working with Loki, as I’ve come to associate with each element:
First, visualize your negative thought/obstacle as the tangible object in your hands.
What color is it?
What does it smell like?
Remember its weight; become aware of its shape.
Now imagine yourself as handing this object – your obstacle – to Loki.
He takes it up, cupping it within His hands.
Air : Imagine your obstacle crumbling to dust as He holds it. Watch as He blows the dust from His hands. Now breathe and refocus your thoughts.
Variation, on Air : You might imagine the obstacle as a living thing – such as a bird or an insect – and imagine how He holds it for a moment, examining it, before opening His hands as He lets it go. Picture it in your mind as flying away from you, until it is nothing but a speck in the distance. Now breathe and refocus your thoughts.
Fire : Imagine the obstacle being heated by the combined strength of your will and His, as a bright flame that rises up to consume your obstacle. Watch as it is burned away by the flame, to ashes. Now breathe and refocus your thoughts.
Earth : He has taken your obstacle of negativity and He crumples it in His hands, as if it were made of thin paper. He looks down toward the ground, and drops it onto the ground – or perhaps He grinds its form under His heel – and you watch as the soil ripples over the shape of your obstacle, absorbing its energy, pulling it down toward the center of the Earth, the source of all things. Imagine your obstacle scattering itself into the dark soil, away from your sight, away from your knowing as it is re-integrated and purified by the Earth itself. Now breathe and refocus your thoughts.
Water : Imagine Loki taking your obstacle into His hands, and He closes His fingers about its dark form, squeezing it tightly. When He opens His hands, it first appears as murky water in His cupped palms. Within a moment, water seeps from the openings in between His fingers, and you watch as it flows downward in a steady stream falling through His fingers. Notice that the water has become clearer as it falls to the ground, spreading into a puddle at your feet. As He shakes this water from His fingers, droplets splattering upon the ground, this water sinks into the ground, evaporating like rain on concrete on a hot day. Now breathe and refocus your thoughts.
https://lokeans.livejournal.com/231753.html , user, Hrafn, in posted comment, Friday July 5th 2013, 1:41AM (UTC)
In what has become sort of a tradition for this blog during the month of July, today’s post will feature some of my favorite artwork of Loki:
First up, is one piece of artwork that you may realize that I’ve posted before, but the difference is that I am happy to report that *finally* found out who the artist is!
So, without further ado, here is one of my longest long-time favorites…
Loki by JadeLightNLeaks
I love the historically and lore-accurate embellishments – the fibula brooch, the intricate knotwork, the fur of His cloak, and the mistletoe! – but what I truly love is that sly little smirk on His face…and what appears to be His upraised middle finger (which I feel is likely directed at all of His haters…)
This gorgeous artwork of a more modern Loki by Finnguala on Instagram.
I especially love His eyes here, His shaved head, and of course, the hint of freckles ❤
And here’s another casual Loki by FlamingGoat Laufeyjarson (aka GoatwithaBudgie on DeviantArt)
I love His t-shirt!
(As well, ever since I first saw this artwork, I’ve imagined that He might be wearing a kilt here — but I’m not quite sure what has given me that impression…)
So there you have it…another peek into my collection of lovely Loki artwork ❤