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!