Today I made an offering to Loki
and received this odd little bit of synchronicity:
From Gravity Falls’ Mabel, of all places.
Point taken, Sir. ❤
(a work in progress)
Hail to You, Silvertongue, Relentless One
Sovereign-Maker and World-Breaker.
Giver of Gifts, Sneaky Ton of Bricks.
(Problem Solver & Player of Tricks)
Hail the Son of the Lightning-Struck,
Agent of Change, and Bringer of Luck.
Wolf-Sire, Sacred Funeral Pyre.
Raven’s Friend, Crow’s-Father.
Sif’s Barber and Skadi’s Laughter.
Vultures Path, and Gefjon’s Wrath
Mover of Stories, and Wearer of Masks.
Hail to the captain of Naglfar, the brightness of the Sirius star
The one who made the Völva’s heart a feast, the father and mother of monstrous beasts
You’re forever in-between, my Liminial One
My Beloved Loki Laufeyjarson.
Two weeks ago, an out of state friend of mine went to visit her relatives back home.
She, her boyfriend and her kids took a six-day road-trip to Tennessee.
While there, she and her boyfriend decided to get married, so they did.
While their spontaneous barbecue/weekend get together wedding seemed to take all their friends and relatives by surprise, their day turned out to be exactly the sort of beautiful celebration that they’d been planning to have.
But it wasn’t so much of a surprise to me as she had told me of her plan to surprise everyone while she was on the road a day or two before.
She talked of how she wished that I could have been there on Thursday for their wedding on Saturday – which made attending a bit difficult if not impossible.
But I would have attended if I could have.
Though on that Friday night, I had a dream.
I had a dream that I attended their wedding…
And Loki was there, too.
Upon waking up, an image seemed stuck in my head
…of Him sitting in a chair, off to the side watching the festivities.
Some of the few details that struck me as unusual were that He was fully dressed *and* wearing boots, as well as He was holding a handful of black-eyed Susans.
On Sunday, my friend shared her wedding pictures on her Facebook feed.
And I was surprised to notice that both her bouquet and the flowers on the guest tables both featured black-eyed Susans.
I told her about my dream…and resolved to draw her a picture of Loki at the wedding.
So I did. ❤
For the past few years, this song was on my Loki playlist.
But lately, I have come to realize that this song could easily be evocative of both of Them.
Now I don’t know so much about kissing
but I do know that I have
(at one time or another)
sat across the table from either of Them
wishing I could run.
That being said
Then I might as well accept that I have gone a bit mad, eh?
Because I do want to love Them madly.
(Perhaps ‘madly’ might be the only way one could love Them.)
As well Perfect Drug is starting to have Blood Bros overtones too…
So, in case I hadn’t mentioned, I have been trying to learn German over the last six months.
Though as much as I have tried, according to the fluency paradigm of the application I’m using, I’ve only reached about 35% fluency and that supposedly corresponds to a vocabulary of approximately 800 words.
Only 800 words.*
In my waking life, I find myself translating simple phrases that I read or hear into German, as the program I use encourages this practice as it promotes intuitive learning.
Nonetheless, something odd has begun to occur: These basic German phrases have also begun to seep into my subconscious, as certain words and phrases have crept in during several of my daily meditations and have been popping up in a few of my dreams lately.
Thus, I was half-tempted to title this post:
Was sagt Er? (What does He say?)
Case in point, I had an intense meditation the other day, wherein this phrase kept echoing in my head:
Schauen sie mich an
(Look at me.)
Now that’s a phrase that I knew, as I’d been studying a unit on imperatives (ie; commands) last week, so I didn’t think much of it, and I mentally pushed it away, and continued to focus on my breathing.
However, that phrase continued to surface throughout my meditation, so I treated it as typical distracting mind-chatter, and I tried my best to accept that it was going to keep floating through my head for the duration.
But I found it difficult to focus after a while.
And then last night, I had a dream I was talking to a man in my dream – who had been speaking English -until suddenly he said:
Was wirst du mir beiten?**
Not once, but twice.
Now that immediately brought to mind the phrase I use to refer to Them – sie beiden – so I stopped, and began to examine the phrase itself, trying to translate it, wondering if I was hearing/understanding what I heard…
But thinking of ‘beiden’ made no sense:
Was wirst du mir beiden?
Which, off the top of my head, I was translating to mean: ‘What will you both to me?’
I was confused.
I said to the person, Was sagst du? (What are you saying?)
To which the person responded:
Wieso rennst du von mir?
Which I was pretty certain was
Why are you running from me?
* I feel a bit disappointed in myself, as a vocabulary of 800 words strikes me as being a rather small amount. I would think that I would be more fluent after six months of study.
** When I awoke this morning, I plugged the phrase ‘Was wirst du mir beiden?‘ into Google translate, it suggested that it was not ‘beiden‘ but ‘beiten‘ which is from the verb, ‘to offer’ – therefore, Was wirst du mir beiten? translates to ‘What will you offer me?’
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 a rather new favorite, ‘Loki in pencils’ by artist, Heidi Black on Tumblr:
I am amazed by this piece – look at those flames! – so effing bright that the subtle glow is reflected off the fur collar of His coat.
I just can’t even…*boggles*
I find these details especially impressive, considering that this stunning image is rendered in colored pencils.
(Personally, I find it damned near impossible to convey such crisp, clean lines in pencils myself….but she carries it off like a boss.)
Rock on, Ms. Black.
Next up is another example of stunning pencil work on tinted paper:
….from the incredibly talented Paige Carpenter, a depiction of Loki, titled ‘Balder’s Murderer.’
I love how His crown of mistletoe positively glows….and those eyes of His.
And speaking of His eyes…
Here’s ‘MythLoki’ by HaileyRenee, whose tumblr is here at Disturbingly Rendered.
And finally a delightful cartoon rendition of a playful Loki…
…by elreki-arts, on tricksterinthehedges on tumblr.
I love His grin.
I also love His stripe-y rainbow socks, the Burger King crown and the ridiculous pun on His shirt.