Lighten Up Over Pop Culture!

I have been an eclectic Pagan for much of my life,  and the Norse God Loki is my patron deity.  I study the Northern Path,  but also integrate my years of study regarding Celtic Tradition into my religion.  I am also a fan of pop culture,  including aspects of the Marvel Universe.

Does it mean that I worship movie and cartoon characters?  No.  My connection to Loki  (and other deities)  is real and serious,  and like any other individual in modern times,  I like to have fun.  Being devoted to one’s religion does not have to entail one hundred percent stuffy allegiance to higher powers.

As an eclectic Pagan,  I also refuse to look down my nose at people of other religions.  Dangerous fundamentalists can be found on any path;  I get annoyed with Christian evangelicals just as much as anyone else,  but I also know that there are many more Christian folk who are genuinely loving and accepting.  Good and bad exists in any religion,  and it’s not fair to judge an entire class of person based on what select individuals or dangerous groups do.

Personally,  I am appalled at the overly purist attitude of some in the Heathen  (Northern Path)  community.  Fortunately,  modern Heathenry is an accepting spiritual path,  but as with other things,  it can be perverted into something negative.  It is not fair to exclude others merely based on different views.

It often seems that Heathen purists cut down modern entertainment  (Marvel)  just because they want to prove how devoted they are to their chosen path.  If you don’t like Marvel,  that is fine,  but to harshly judge others who do is wrong.  Many modern people love cinema,  books,  television series,  anime,  animation on various subjects;  are these religion?  No,  they are for fun.  Loki is the Trickster deity with a childlike side,  and I am certain he would never be at issue with my inner child.

My patron deity has assumed many guises throughout my life,  and when I realized his spiritual role with me,  he has come to mean more.  I am also an eccentric artist,  and to quote Marvel pop culture Loki,  “I do what I want!”

Be yourself.  If you are not harming yourself or others,  lighten up!

 

 

 

 

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Daily Ritual

Honoring one’s patron deity  (or any guardian spirit)  as a daily routine will ensure a steady connection.  Such spirits are around all the time,  but maintaining a close bond offers peace of mind,  as well as a more conscious awareness of that spiritual presence.

I light a candle every day for my patron deity,  the Norse God Loki.  He has been with me in various forms throughout my life,  and though I know he is a constant presence,  performing a daily ritual allows me to focus on him regularly.

Prayer and various rituals for certain occasions are always significant,  but a simple daily ritual will ensure blessings from a patron/guardian on a regular basis.  I light a candle each day as part of my daily routine,  just as I have a bath,  brush my teeth,  and prepare meals.  It becomes second nature,  and magic is routinely practiced.

In some of my contact with other Pagans,  they often wonder how to summon a patron deity.  It is actually simpler than one might imagine;  spiritual entities may exist beyond the physical plane,  but they can always be accessed.  Formal ritual and spell work are useful,  but not necessary.  Treat a patron as a close friend.  A simple ritual of acknowledgement will keep the connection strong,  and guarantee a greater channel of communication.

I light a candle daily,  but any simple daily activity of one’s choosing will be just as helpful.  There is never physical distance between a patron and his/her charge;  simply reach out,  and the bond will strengthen.

Major Life Changes

It has been a while since I have updated my blog;  much has happened over the past year.  I now have my own apartment,  which works with my fixed income,  and have become a political activist  (mainly through social media)  after the disastrous Presidential Election of 2016.

I will share more of my spiritual insights and experiences soon.  I am highly active on Twitter.

Many Blessings.

The Equine Fetch

My primary animal totem  (also known as a  “fetch”  in the Norse Tradition)  is the horse.  One way of knowing which animal is a primary totem  (other animal spirits can also occasionally reach out),  is to encounter it constantly,  whether in dreams,  imagery,  or unexpected real life interactions.

I often find horse shapes in many things,  especially clouds and leaf patterns in trees.  It’s also common for me to find shapes in food;  one remarkable example,  was finding a nearly perfect horse head shape in a cup of vanilla ice cream  (reminiscent of a chess piece).  Considering how valuable the horse is to me in artistic inspiration,  it is not surprising that I encounter my primary animal spirit on a nearly daily basis.

Though I identify as Lokean,  I retain some eclectic spiritual practices,  including my early Celtic Pagan path;  I consider the Celtic Equine Goddess,  “Epona”,  as a patroness who keeps me inspired artistically.   The Norse God Loki is also associated with horses  (as are other figures of the Nordic Pantheon),  so my patron is quite compatible with my Celtic roots.

I have often felt that,  without horses,  I would lose so much creative inspiration,  if not all of it.  I can understand how artists of all sorts have been inspired by equines over many centuries;  their graceful forms and many colors fascinate me greatly,  just as they have many artists before me.

It is said that one will exhibit characteristics  (mainly via mannerisms)  of their primary totems;  I admit to being hypersensitive,  and my reflexes are quick  (much like an equine),  and studying the instincts and behaviors of this animal has also given me a better understanding of my own nature.  Artistic ability provides my strongest connection to my primary totem,  but the connection runs deeper in other ways.

 

Further Studies

Though I have researched many aspects of paganism  (starting with Celtic tradition in the late 1990s)  over the years,  one can never truly garner enough knowledge.  I like to think of life as an ongoing learning process,  so I am currently reading more about Viking history and culture,  mainly due to getting better acquainted with the Nordic Pantheon in recent times.

I have not  (and never will)  abandon my eclectic spirituality,  regardless of my primary path;  there are remarkable parallels in many traditions,  and the more common ground I discover,  the greater my fascination grows.

 

Common Ground In Spirituality

Though I identify myself as a Lokean,  I strive to find common ground among various spiritual paths;  all positive paths have the same common goal:  To be in touch with the Divine.  In general,  this is the ideology of an eclectic Pagan.

As a Patron God,  Loki can keep one in touch with other Divine entities,  whether of the Norse Pantheon,  or other sources;  particularly,  any paths akin to the Nordic Tradition,  especially Celtic.  Conversely,  I studied Celtic Paganism extensively in my early days of being Pagan,  which is closely tied with Germanic Paganism.  The Celtic Equine Goddess,   Epona,  will always be my Divine Patroness and friend.

Parallels among many ancient traditions exist;  though mainstream religion has cast much negativity on the modern revival of Paganism,  it is not,  in of itself,  negative.  It is not fair to judge an entire class of person based on what individuals or isolated groups do;  I have seen good and bad examples set on both sides of the religious coin.

Yes,  there are bad apples in every barrel,  but I choose not to focus on who my  ‘enemies’  may or may not be.  As an eclectic solitary Pagan/Lokean,  I must keep my heart and mind open.  Loki teaches me to find balance between light and dark energy,  and even if it is a tricky balancing act in establishing common ground among many paths,  it remains important to do just that.

 

Animal Spirits

If one has a primary animal spirit  (totem),  related species are part of the same spiritual archetype.  For instance,  if the primary totem is a raven,  then other corvids  (members of the crow family)  are included as   ‘extended’  totems.

My primary animal spirit is a horse,  but anything pertaining to an equine  (including zebras,  mules and donkeys)  are extensions of that totem,  as are mythological equines  (such as unicorns and Pegasus).  Of course,  an individual can have multiple totems;  those which are not primary,  will make their presence felt when needed.

As with any other spiritual entity/archetype,  imagery is useful for communication.  Artwork  (whether one’s own,  or the creation of another source)  is excellent for this purpose,  as well as photographs.

Connecting with any animal totem  (primary or otherwise)  is simple;  if an animal is not actually encountered regularly in person,  recurring dreams and visions in meditation can also lead one to his/her animal spirit guides.