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A life in threes

Month for Loki: Fifteenth

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.

 

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https://lokeans.livejournal.com/231753.html , user, Hrafn, in posted comment, Friday July 5th 2013, 1:41AM (UTC)

Month for Loki: Fourteenth

You flow easily

Weaving a web within

The boundaries of Wyrd

Burning with knowledge

Seeking stillness

Ancient mage

Clever fool

Your laughter echoes

Through time.

Artwork: ‘Genasi’ by Nataliya Barteneva
on Artstation

Month for Loki: Thirteenth

Today’s pandoramancy:

This song reminds me

of how L showed me

by holding a mirror up to my behavior

how I can be overly emotional/melodramatic to a fault

…and how He does this often to make a point.

 

 

Month for Loki: Twelfth

surrender

I feel so called out, but yes.

Month for Loki: Eleventh

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…

LokiJadeLIghtNLeaks

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…)

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Next up:

Lokifinnguala

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 ❤

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CasualLokibyFlamingGoatLaufeyjarson

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…)

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So there you have it…another peek into my collection of lovely Loki artwork ❤

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”

 

https://lyricstranslate.com/en/loki-loki.html-2

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.

  candlelokiprayer

(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.