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A life in threes

Month: July, 2020

Month for Loki: Tenth

A haunting melody:

 

Old Norse/Norrønt lyrics:

Loki

“Loftr, um langan veg ásu at biðja,

at mér einn gefi mæran drykk mjaðar.

Loki laufeyjarson, Loki (x4)

Sessa ok staði velið mér sumbli at

eða heitið mik heðan.

 

Loki laufeyjarson, Loki (x4)

Heilir æsir, heilar ásynjur

Loki laufeyjarson, Loki (x4)

Loki laufeyjarson, Loki

Loki laufeyjarson, Loki”

 

English translation:

Loki

“I, Lopt, from a journey long,

To ask of the gods, that one should give

Fair mead for a drink to me

Loki son of Laufey, Loki (x4)

At your feast a place and a seat prepare me

Or bid me forth to fare.

Loki son of Laufey, Loki (x4)

Hail the Gods, Hail the Goddesses

Loki son of Laufey, Loki (x4)

Loki son of Laufey, Loki

Loki son of Laufey, Loki”

 

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Month for Loki: Ninth

LOKI’S GIFTS

by Mordant Carnival

Hail Loki, honour to Loki

To Sif you gave her golden hair;
You have given me renewal.

Honour to the Son of Laufey.

To Thor you gave Mjolnir;
You have given me strength in the face of my enemies.

Hail Loki, honour to Loki

To Frey you gave Skinbladnir;
You have borne me over mighty gulfs.

Honour to the Son of Laufey.

To Frey you gave Gullinbursti;
You have been a radiance for me through the darkest times

Hail Loki, honour to Loki.

To Odin you gave Draupnir;
You have given me wealth uncounted.

Honour to the Son of Laufey.

To Odin you gave Gungnir;
You have given me victory.

Hail Loki, honour to Loki.

Honour to the fair One,
Honour to the cunning One,
Honour to the generous One,
Hail the Son of Laufey.

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(poem from ‘Be Thou My Hearth and Shield: Prayers in the Northern Tradition,’ Elizabeth Vongvisith, editor; Asphodel Press, Hubbardstown, MA, 2009; p. 124.)

Month for Loki: Eight

Month for Loki: Seventh.

A repeated meditation experience and some UPG about the rune Isa:

I’ve added the Elder Futhark rune Isa to my list of runes for trancework — with Isa as the grounding/anchoring rune.

During several meditation sessions, L suggested that I trace the rune Isa onto my hands (and sometimes, onto the top of each foot).  At first, I thought the reason for it had something to do with slowing down or halting the wave of anxiety that I felt during trancework, as I often felt anxious over feeling too ‘light’ (weightless) or disconnected from my body (or from the Earth itself) during meditation.

Tracing Isa on the backs of both hands or on the top of each foot served to lessen those sensations, and helped me to anchor myself. (Meanwhile, marking a single hand or foot gave me the sensation of being similar to a balloon tethered by a string, i.e the singularly marked hand or foot felt as if it was the only means that rooted me to the ground – which in my experience was yet another [albeit slighter] anxiety-inducing sensation indeed!)

Nonetheless, I can see how others may prefer marking a single hand or foot, as it may better suit their needs.

In short, your mileage may vary.

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As well, I learned that magically, Isa can be invoked as a powerful rune for shielding and protection, as Isa can be called upon to take the heat out of a confrontation, as well as to shield oneself/as protection from magical attack.

Month for Loki: Sixth

Is Loki a God of Fire?

Can fire be associated with Him?

Some folks – including scholars! – insist that Loki has nothing to do with fire at all, and that many Lokeans are misled into believing He is because there’s been some sort of mistaken conflation with Logi – the God of the Wildfire. *

I disagree.

I ask how could Loki not be associated with fire in some way – goodness, it’s evoked by one of the runes of His name!

And that rune is Kenaz – the rune of the torch- the physical light and heat of the hearth-fire, as well as the flame that illuminates the darkness, making shadows flee.

Kenaz is also the sacred fire that hallows the hearth and its surrounding spaces, and is the spark of consciousness that guides one through the inner darkness. In that sense, Kenaz is rune of journey-work, as it can be the torch that illuminates the path through the shadows, making Kenaz a great rune to call on during shamanic journeys that involve shadow-work.

Another aspect of Kenaz that I have come to realize is that as a rune of fire that can be controlled for a purpose – mundanely as the family hearth, and spiritually as a hallowing force – there is perhaps another spiritual purpose Kenaz may serve that is not mentioned very often…. And that is found both within Loki’s name and within the nature of fire: it burns away what is no longer necessary, and leaves the essence of a thing behind.

In the tale of Utgarda-Loki,  of the Prose Edda book Gylfaginning (chapter 44), Loki, Thor and two of Thor’s servants set out for Jotunheim, and come to the castle of the giant king, Utgarda-Loki. While there, Utgarda-Loki insists that no one may stay in his castle unless they can perform amazing feats of strength and skill.

Loki is the first to volunteer to perform a feat, by claiming that  no one can eat as much food as He can, and

“… [Utgard Loki] called over to the very end of the bench that the man called Logi should take the floor in front of the company and pit himself against Loki. Then a trencher was fetched… and filled with chopped up meat. Loki sat down at one end and Logi at the other, and each of them ate as fast as he could. They met in the middle of the trencher and by then Loki had left only the bones from the meat, but Logi had eaten all of the meat, bones, and trencher, so everyone thought that Loki had lost the contest.” (1)

But did He?

***UPG ALERT***

(and a trigger warning about reference to taboo subject: death)

Now here is where the reader meets Logi – the very God that some Internet scholars have claimed is being mistakenly conflated with Loki Laufeyjarson – and I think there is a detail that is quite telling about the metaphor of the speed of consumption being compared between Logi the God of Wildfire and Loki Laufeyjarson…

Now, if one thinks of the way fire consumes matter, of course a wildfire consumes most, if not everything in its path.

But if Loki has the essence of fire within Himself as well, what kind of fire ‘consumes’ the meat but leaves the bones behind?

And that’s when it hit me: A cremation fire.

A cremation leaves the bones behind, and sometimes even some of the organs of denser tissue, like the heart.

Perhaps Kenaz is a rune that burns to the heart of the matter…

Indeed.

So perhaps, I believe there’s another aspect of Kenaz as a rune of both mundane and sacred fire that can be found in the runes of Loki’s name – and that hearkens to His role as a God Who is the Father to Death. So perhaps it is not surprising that Loki may have more of a connection to specific fire rituals than is usually mentioned, as well as connection to a specific sort of sacred fire – the cremation fire.

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Thanks for reading!

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(1) Young, Jean I. (trans.); The Prose Edda of Snorri Sturluson: Tales from Norse Mythology, University of California Press, Los Angeles, 1954; pp.72-78.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Month for Loki: Fifth

On Othala:

Loki is a shaman just as Odin is, and Othala in His name represents His purview as a Master of Boundaries (as one must master all that defines a boundary in order to know how to push, much less break through a boundary.)

Luckily, one of the aspects of Othala is as a rune that represents a created boundary around the home, the community, and perhaps, the boundaries that define the individual  body.

Othala represents both what protects the tangible and intangible ‘wealth’/property of a space, as well as the intangible wealth of one’s heritage/knowledge, the boundaries of body and mind.

Loki as a crosser of boundaries is well versed in magicks that dissolve boundaries, as He is a liminal God, One Who stands between worlds, in pushing boundaries, and crossing boundaries.

As a protective rune, Othala may signify the holy enclosure that echoes back to a holy role as featured in the Migration Age gold stamped bracteates, (1) such as this one:

RZ bracteate

Therefore, the rune Othala can be invoked to create a sacred space/boundary for any individual or community work in much the same way one calls the quarters or casts a circle. The Norse specifically have rituals of ‘landtaking’ and frithstead making (see Thor’s Weoende Song).

Othala can be invoked to create sacred space for other specific forms of spiritual work, as follows:

-Othala is an appropriate rune to call upon for ancestral work as Othala is a rune that signifies spiritual heritage; thus Othala can be incorporated into any ritual that honors one’s ancestors (such as that which is done at Samhain or Yule).

– Othala can be an appropropriate rune for any ritual-work that requires calling upon one’s ancestors or the Norns themselves during divination or pathwalking (such as utiseta or seidr) as Othala is a rune that represents ancestral knowledge

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Othala is a powerful rune that is said to hold the power of all other runes, along with representing both the physical and spiritual boundaries. Othala is a rune of powerful protective magic that can be invoked to mark space, hallow ground and hold energy within specific boundaries for divination and pathwalking.

 

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(1) Stephan Grundy, PhD in Norse Studies, discusses in his book that “…there are three main surviving accounts of Baldur’s death. This concept… of Baldr as ‘sacred offering’ is the earliest account (c. 500 C.E) and is based upon the imagery that is stamped upon several Migration Age gold pendants called the “Three God Bracteates” which were worn for good luck… The three Gods are generally thought to be Loki, Odin, and Baldr. This interpretation, [according to Grundy] was first advanced by scholar Karl Hauck, as the bracteates depict three figures standing within an enclosure; one with a spear, one with a ring, and the other is winged and appears of mixed gender.” (Grundy, Stephan; God in Flames, God in Fetters: Loki’s Role in Northern Religion, pp. 9-15)

Month for Loki: Fourth

Lately, I’ve had runes on my mind, especially in terms of expanding upon the layered meanings held by the runes in Loki’s name, and this post concerns the newest thoughts I’ve had concerning Laguz.

As I’ve written before, the changing flow of water invoked by the rune Laguz is very representative of Loki’s shape-shifting abilities

More literally, one may recall how Loki takes the form of the salmon that swims to the source of waterfall, but more often, metaphorically, working with Loki can feel like being brought down into the water of the subconscious to do emotional/shadow work.

underwater (1)(Photo: Medical Daily)

This is yet another aspect of His purview that I believe can be symbolized by the Laguz in His name.

At least, this has been my path with Him, and one that I find especially evocative in the following poem, written by Jacob Ibrag

Deeper

It feels like sinking.

Like you’re trying to break the waters

surface with every kick your body delivers.

You remember that panic causes

more panic so you try to remain placid.

Deeper.

You think about love and if you really

had it.

If it was really love then why hasn’t it lasted?

Maybe if it was real love, you would’ve

already been found.

And if it was real love, how could it ever die out?

Deeper.

You try forming

a symbiotic relationship with the water, letting it take you so you can become a part of it.

You’ve always belonged here.

Deeper.

You let go, giving up the fight.

Remembering

that it was all in your head as you wake up in the middle of the night.

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Month for Loki: Third

Laguz I surrender to the depth and the flow
Othala I surrender to that which encompasses all [the Norns know]
Kenaz I surrender to the flame that roars and sings
Isa I surrender to the stillness at the beginning and the end of all things

 

Lokirunes

Month for Loki: Second

You might be wondering: Why offer Loki coffee as opposed to something else?

The answer is simple – I believe that the Gods appreciate anything offered to Them in the spirit of joy.

And since I enjoy a good cup of coffee every morning, Loki enjoys a cup of coffee right along with me.

Though I will admit that Loki’s cup of coffee is a little bit different than mine, for various reasons, of which I will explain below.

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There is much magic to be found in everyday activities as well as there are magickal properties associated with many common foods, drinks and spices that you may already have in your kitchen, such as

COFFEE: Many folks drink (and appreciate!) coffee for its caffeine kick, but did you know that coffee is a substance that can also be used in summoning and attraction magick? An offering of coffee can be given to spirits and Deities to summon/attract Their attention and encourage spiritual interaction.

As well, MILK (and its associate, CREAM) is one of the best ingredients for spells used to summon nurturing energy into a working, and its addition to an offering attracts prosperity, healing and protection. In some cultures, such as in India and the Middle East, milk is offered to Deity if one seeks to invite Divine consciousness into one’s life.

As one might suspect, adding SUGAR to an offering can be used to ‘sweeten up’ any magickal effects, and adds to the attraction factor. (CINNAMON can be added to bring quick luck and sharpen communication between the giver and the receiver, especially if requests are being made.)

VANILLA can be added to further ‘sweeten’ and inspire/signify love and romantic feelings. As well, vanilla can be used to engender feelings of security and foster honesty between two parties (which again, is super helpful if I have a question or a request to make!)

And finally, WHISKEY has magickal properties as well, and I add a bit of it to most of my daily coffee offerings to Loki as whiskey is an offering that the Anglo-Saxons believed drew people together in friendship and eased communication between beloved friends.

After adding some (and sometimes all) of the above ingredients to the cup, I stir it all up clockwise, while saying His name over the cup: Loki, this is for You…

 (Next, if necessary, I’ll ask a question, or make a request.)

And then, as with any ritual, I end this offering ritual with my thanks and gratitude as I place it on His altar

So there you have it, my daily offering to Loki is a cup of coffee full of magickal intent!

Month for Loki: First

Happy July!

Photo for interest only.

(His name isn’t Loki; it’s Butterscotch.)