Lokean Marriage Conversations: Part “I Can’t Keep Track of My Boys”

Husband: “Loki’s not done with that beer.”

Me: “But it’s old.” I go to dump it out with IRRITATED buzzing going on around the glass. I grump and put it back on the altar.

Husband: “I told you,” husband says, flipping the newspaper to another page without looking at me. I stick out my tongue in a totally adult, professional way.

Me: “Yeah, yeah. Why don’t you two get a room,” I fire back. This is quickly followed by a mental image that I did NOT prepare myself for. I almost choke on the air.

Husband: “What? What just happened?”

Me: “You really, really don’t want to know.”

Husband: “Why? Tell me!”

~*~Whisper, whisper, whisper~*~

Husband: “I’m not doing that,” he frowns and glares daggers at the altar.

Me: “Never say never!”

~*~runs away laughing~*~

February: Happy Anniversary

February is my anniversary with Loki. He first decided to whap me on the head during these dark winter months.

In recognition of that I am going to attempt to do what I always do-write, meditate, make offerings, and live my life, but with more of a mind toward paying attention to Himself throughout my day. That means less distractions I think. Less television. Less time spent fucking off when I could be doing work.

I’ve also been tossing around trying to do more devotional poetry, though I’m not super impressed with my own efforts He seems to like it. *ducks* Okay! I am NOT talking down on myself. I’m not.

Do any of you celebrate your anniversaries? I am a sucker for things like that.

Útiseta: Or, How I Gave Up the Grail Quest After Freyr Laughed at Me

I’m very glad I’ve never felt that what I’m doing needs to be validated with authenticity.

Sacred Iceland

When I first considered coming to Iceland to study a few years ago, my mind was in a very different place than it is today. At that time, I was very invested in what I now call the “True Heathenry Grail Quest”. In other words, doing as much research as I possibly could in order to get to the root of authentic Heathen practice, and constructing my practice to look like how it was in antiquity in order to make it more “authentic”.  I have seen more than one person on this Grail Quest before, which is why I decided to share this personal (and somewhat embarrassing) story with you. After a somewhat botched spiritual experiment in 2012, my beliefs about “true” Heathenry and what that actually means changed drastically.

Since I began walking this path so long ago, it has been a great point of sadness for me (as I’m…

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Galina: A Force of Polytheism

I’m going to post this here with little commentary. Mainly, I believe, that Galina doesn’t seem to think “pop culture pagans” are legitimate. Personally, I don’t believe that, and I daresay that anyone with their own private practice isn’t out to destroy the larger Heathen tradition.

http://witchesandpagans.com/EasyBlog/deity-centered-polytheism.html

Ritual of Offering for Himself

Materials: Incense you believe Himself will enjoy, fireproof incense burner, a small glass (decorative or functional), beer, candle (I use a tea light so I can let it burn out and not have it burn all day), candle holder

The Ritual of Offering is something I do daily and has arisen from my own practice. I try to do this, or something similar, every day.  I change it up from time to time, but this is one I particularly found to resonate with me and He seemed very pleased with.

On your altar or an area where you can meditate (preferably on a surface where your burnables will be undisturbed) light the incense. Search outward to your connection with Himself, or if you can’t feel it simply begin.

“Loki, I offer this incense to you as a symbol of my love and devotion to you and our friendship.”

Pour out the beer into the glass reserving at least a small amount for yourself. Try to get a head on the beer because it is nicer that way.

“Loki, I offer you this beer as a symbol of my eternal hospitality to you. You are always welcome in my home and my life. Please share a drink with me.”

At this point I sip the beer I’ve left in the bottle and meditate with him for a few moments. Sometimes I get a vision of us on barstools together and we chat. Sometimes he drinks and strokes my hair. Sometimes we’re just comfortably silent together. If, for some reason, he doesn’t show up I simply meditate on Himself. It happens from time to time.  

When we’re done with our interlude I light the tea candle.

“Loki, I light this candle in your honor. I honor your many great deeds and your many successes. May you always come out ahead.”

I allow the candle to burn out on its own. This isn’t a time for free range meditation for me. If I go back into meditation it is with the specific intent to meditate with Himself and no one else.

Please, do whatever feels right for you during your Ritual of Offering. Feel free to modify it. As for when you should do this, I attempt to do it daily in the morning as I said previously, but if you can only make it once a week or once a month that is what you should do. If He wants you making offerings more often He will probably let you know.

Hail Lord Loki!

Note: If you cannot use incense and candles I suggest swapping out the incense for some other offering that will delight Himself. He loves all sorts of gifts and will enjoy anything that shows true thought. Perhaps you can swap out the candle with an electric candle. He won’t mind at all.