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.
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!
Why is there a pile of loose coins on Loki’s altar?
Many devotees see Loki as a God of Change – both in terms of money and in transformation.
Loki has provided me with both forms of much-needed ‘change’ many times in my life – whether it be a random quarter or two to make a call on a pay phone (I know I’m dating myself there) or nudging me towards the Thing I Thought I Could Not Do.
It makes perfect sense to me, on several levels.
As a result, a lot of the loose coin change I find in the course of the day will often find its way onto His altar…especially dimes and quarters.
I hope that you all had a wonderful Yule and Merry Solstice!
My family and I enjoyed a lovely low-key holiday, full of some much needed down-time.
And speaking of Loki
– and we were, weren’t we? –
I finally finished embroidering the corners of this altar cloth that I had been working on for about the last week or so:
This altar cloth was inspired by an ongoing conversation taking place in one of the Lokean groups I’m in concerning instances of Loki’s shapeshifting.
While many folks – including myself – associate Loki with foxes, snakes, spiders, and other various creatures, a lot of the discussion could be separated into discussion of Loki’s shapeshifting according to the Lore(tm)
the forms He takes during more UPG interactions (i.e visual forms taken during personal interactions with individual devotees during meditation, dreams, and mundane coincidences.)
Though while I’ve no doubt that Loki as a God and a Jotun is capable of shapeshifting into whatever form that He wishes, this altar cloth was meant to depict four forms Loki has taken that are directly attested to in the Eddas and elsewhere:
This altar cloth is made of 100% white cotton, and black poly/cotton thread used to stitch each Celtic knot inspired design.
Orange-yellow ombre thread used as a bit of accent within the eye of each form, in reference to Geirrod’s assertion that Loki is recognizable in any form by the appearance of His eyes.
This altar cloth is slightly rectangular – measuring a total of 19″x 22″ inches, and is completely machine washable and dryable.
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So, I’ve spent the last few days creating and adding some more product to my Etsy shop
and drawing a shop logo and making plans for the upcoming holidays.
For the readers of this blog who are not interested in shop talk, please don’t worry: I’ve been working on creating an entirely separate blog for my shop, in case I have readers that would be bored to tears by shop updates and product discussions.
Likewise, if you are a blog reader who is interested in reading about the behind the scenes adventures of having an Etsy shop and you would like to follow my shop blog, please let me know and I will be certain to let you know once the creation of the shop blog is complete.
Update: Here is the dedicated shop blog
Such as yesterday, I spent most of the day working on a set of chaplet-style prayer beads for Hela
and I’m really pleased with how they turned out.
I wanted to make them in the style of a rosary – so I hand-twisted and glued all of the hooks/links between the beads:
It was a bit time-consuming – but I’ve always preferred the chaplet/rosary style when I make my own personal prayer beads – so I felt as if it was worth taking the time to get it right.
I was impressed with myself in making this piece; it is exactly the sort of prayers beads I would purchase for myself… y’know, if I hadn’t already made them.
Though it got me to thinking, as I was making it: I wanted to make certain that I stabilized the links enough.
You see, even though I’m not even a Catholic – I’ve always thought that rosary bead sets look and feel wonderful.
I love how the beads of a well-made set will effortlessly slide through my fingers during prayer… mmm, lovely ❤
Unfortunately, I’ve found most rosary beads to be rather fragile in my experience.
But this fact is not lost on me that, as much as I love the structure and appearance of rosary beads, when in the act of praying with them, I have been known to somehow inevitably destroy them.
I suppose that I must hold the beads too tightly or try to push them over my fingers too vigorously, or something..
In other words, I pray hard.
But I’m proud to say that I think that this set of Hela beads that I’ve made – could withstand even me and my vigorously devotional handling LOL.
And the other thing I learned? I really could use better lighting over my work-space.
According to Etsy, I have been a customer of various shops hosted there since 2010, and as much as I always intended to open my own shop, I never did.
But I have been making my own devotional jewelry – usually ankle bracelets and necklaces – since 2010.
As well, there are several altar items
– such as altar cloths, sculptures, and other various accessories –
that I’ve always made for myself, since I couldn’t always find what I wanted for my altars.
So after years of getting compliments on what I’ve made, I’ve decided to see how it goes…
Here is my Etsy shop,
where you will find some of the Norse-inspired
(and definitely Loki-inspired)
glass bead jewelry and altar items that I’ve made.
Thanks for checking it out!
UPDATE: For those interested, here is the WordPress blog that I’ve dedicated exclusively to my shop
This blog is not dead.
However, my devotional practice has definitely changed, as nearly six months ago, I started working with Odin too:
(Altar figures (l-r) Loki, Odin, ceramic, by artisan Dmitriy Kushnir from The Slavic Way on Etsy)
But maybe I am not.
As it has occurred to me that perhaps what I believe to be Odin could be simply another face of Loki….
But damned if it doesn’t feel different.
I’ve been meaning to post about some lovely things that have been happening in my life.
I’ve been collecting up these bits of joy, and out of a habitual fear of jinxing things, I’ve been keeping these things to myself.
But I am getting the impression that my cautious optimism will no longer do:
“…and the world shall open up to receive your joy.”
Recently, I ordered this Loki mini- mala from Beth and I received it in the mail the other day.
Since my family and I were hosting guests from out of town the day that package arrived, I put it aside to open later, perhaps the next day.
Well, things got busy, and our guests lingered for a few days.
However, my thoughts kept straying to the package.
I’ve never had a mala before, to be honest, I was looking forward to having some time to myself to fully immerse myself in the use of this one.
And finally, almost a week later, I finally got my chance to open the package, hold them and pray with them.
This mala is truly a pleasure to work with.
(But then again, I think that could be said about every ‘touch bead’ item that I’ve ever purchased from Beth, as this mala joins a small collection of prayer beads – two of which she has also made – that reside on my Loki altars.)
But this mala has the addition of a black silk tassel that I absolutely love to touch – and the beads!
The beads just slide effortlessly through my fingers.
I am continually impressed with how Beth’s choice of bead (size, weight, and texture) always seems to be spot-on energy-wise in every prayer item that she has made that I have purchased.
As well, Beth enclosed a beautifully handwritten(!) prayer card with the mala:
While I admit that I referred to it the first few times I prayed, the words and imagery of this suggested prayer served as a lovely jumping-off point for creating my own personal prayer as I moved through the beads during later sessions.
That alone was pretty powerful…and things got even more interesting when I began praying with my own words.
There was a personal prayer that I would offer back when I was just beginning my devotional practice with Loki in 2011. I was transitioning from the mindset of a skeptical agnostic to making my first attempts at opening up to being a devotional polytheist.
It was at that time in my life that a specific prayer had nearly become a daily mantra that I would return to whenever I was full of doubt.
It was a prayer about letting go of anger, pain, and fear… and opening up to trust, to joy, and to love.
So, fast forward to last night.
I’d gone through several cycles of prayer.
Perhaps my brain was casting about for something else, but I found myself returning to the beginning of things, and when I began speaking the words–
May I let go of my pain and open to joy….
I inexplicably felt the need to pause
Because suddenly I just knew!
There had always been a response:
…and the world shall open up to receive your joy.
These beads are full of such warmth.
They feel as if they are bursting with a bright expansive energy.
Loki is just so present in them.
I am in love all over again.
Gods, my life has been one crazy thing after another.
I have desperately been needing a touchstone of sorts as I witness my life going through yet another flurry of changes, yet another excruciating emotional overhaul.
So, in the the interest of staying positive, I wanted to post about how I received my custom prayer beads for Laufey from BethWodandis in the mail a little over two weeks ago.
Yes, I have been sorely remiss in posting, as these beads were much anticipated addition in my ever-evolving devotional practice:
Aren’t they lovely?
I love the lush green of the seraphinite coupled with clear quartz.
When discussing the gemstones that I might choose to represent Laufey, Beth suggested seraphanite for its color and energetic qualities, as seraphinite is known for its associations with nature, healing, and the Divine Feminine. The clear quartz definitely amplifies Her gentle energies rather powerfully, and I am most grateful for Beth’s suggestions.
They are powerful unmistakable combination that was so spot-on. I am so very pleased with them, and I think that She is too ❤
These beads definitely evoke Laufey for me, and they have been providing me with that necessary stabilizing energy that I’ve been needing to connect with as of late.
Thank you, Beth
Hail Laufey, Mother of Loki, my Most Beloved ❤
I know that I haven’t been posting much, or rather, I haven’t been posting as often as I’d intended. Though it’s not as if I have a shortage of topics to write about – as a matter of fact, I’ve been writing a lot lately.
My devotional practice has been going through some changes, and as much as I wanted to share my thoughts about some of the work that I’ve been doing, it just hasn’t happened. I’ve been wanting to write about the connections that I have been making – but somehow coordinating my thoughts into succinct blog posts hasn’t been going so well.
Somehow I haven’t been able to Post All the Things.
But I did want to post about how delighted I was to receive my copy of Silence Maestas handmade Loki devotional:
So I moved some things around on my altar – because He seemed to want it up there as soon as I opened it.
But it’s a strange sort of thing because when I was reading it, the vibe that I was getting from Him seemed to be both excited and irritated that I was reading it. Perhaps He was cranky over the fact that I had to remove the book from its place on the altar there in order to read it? I don’t know.
I bought a copy because I was excited to support Silence’s book project overall, but I was also curious and excited to read more information concerning the feminine Loki as well.
So my purchasing this book was intended as a gift for both of Us, in this sort of roundabout way: it was certainly intended as a gift for Him, and a combination gift/informational research project for me. (I’ll admit that those two aspects often become somewhat entwined whenever I purchase books pertaining to Him, but, then again, not every Loki-book ends up on the altar… so there you have it.)
I also got the nudge from Him to get my hands on this antler-piece
–thought I’m not exactly sure why. Another gift, perhaps.
I’m kinda using this as a bookmark – as the leather thong that came attached to the antler works rather well for holding my place in the large poetry book that I’m reading right now – but when I’m not reading, He seems to like it if I keep it on His altar for now.
And most recently, there’s these Loki and Sleipnir mini-rosary beads from Beth Wodandis Designs:
They are lovely is all I can say.
I was struck by the coloring and quality of the labradorite. I find them especially beautiful*
You see, I almost fell asleep while praying with them on the night that I received them.
The other darker beads are ‘dumortierite.’
I have read that dumortierite works well to increase one’s state of inner peace.
I am not kidding when I say that holding these has been immensely calming somehow, even though I had read in several other places that ‘dumortierite can be psychically energizing.’ Labradorite has a similar intensity of effect for me…but either way, I am not complaining.
Perhaps I have been more hyperactive than usual, therefore the intensity of these two stones has had a calming influence in response to my hyperactive energetic state.
*It would seem that Loki considered this mini-rosary as an appropriate gift for Him, as well, since every piece of labradorite I’ve ever had has eventually ended up on His altar somewhere.
Perhaps I should make Him a themed altar just for all that labradorite that He’s been wanting ❤